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Local Entertainment

Thursday, November 8, 2012
The talented Claire Lynch Band performs at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. Lynch, who pushes the boundaries of the bluerass genre, has a large following and often sells out of the venues in which she performs. Tickets will be available at the door with a $5 discount for mentioning the TIMES NEWS.

The Claire Lynch Band performs live at The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe on Friday, Nov. 9 at 8:30 p.m.

Officials of the Opera House said that anyone mentioning reading the article about the concert in the TIMES NEWS will receive a $5 discount.

Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre.

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Jonathan Edwards

Two long-time, accomplished musicians will be making a special appearance Friday night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Jonathan Edwards, who had the classic hit "Sunshine," and Michael Martin Murphy, best known for the hit "What's Forever For," will be on the local stage for a concert starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.

The concert is unique in that Edwards and Murphy will be sharing the stage at the same time - along with a musician, performing acoustically.

Thursday, September 13, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A murder, comedy, mystery, "Judge Judy," will be presented at the Parkview Inn on Saturday, Sept. 22. Is Judge Judy's life in danger in this special production? For ticket information, phone (570) 645-3555.

Parkview Inn in Summit Hill will be hosting a dinner show on Saturday, September 22. This will again be a murder, comedy, mystery.

White Rose Productions presents a spoof of television's most popular judge. "Judge Judy" is touring the east coast to promote her show and to try cases in small town USA with her brand of justice.

Her court room turns deadly when her bailiff, Officer Byrd, fails to show up at court . A new bailiff arrives uninvited...or was she?

Several cases are presented throughout the evening and Judge Judy dishes her harsh, no nonsense verdicts.

Monday, August 27, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Country singer Nicole Donatone, black dress, dances with Anna Luzzo, 9, of Easton, and Bella Richardson, 6, of West Chester, during Donatone's performance yesterday at the West End Fair in Gilbert.

The West End Fair in Gilbert always gets the most popular local bands to provide free entertainment.

Yesterday, country singer Nicole Donatone, star of the Penn's Peak Radio programs "Tunes N Trivia" and "Round-Up," performed.

Tonight, the Cramer Brothers, who are West End residents, will be on the main stage at 6, 7:30, and 9 p.m.

Also this evening, the Pleasant Valley High School band will do a preview concert at 5:30 p.m. in the band shell.

Tomorrow night, the veteran band Twitty Fever will entertain at 5:30, 7:30, and 9 p.m.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Nicole Donatone, who has recorded an original CD and who has a weekly show on Penn's Peak Radio, will be performing at the West End Fair in Gilbert on opening day, Sunday, Aug. 26, at noon, 2, and 4 p.m.

As summer winds down, so does the fair season.

There are still several fairs occurring in Eastern Pennsylvania with some major performers attending.

Here's a rundown of the remaining fair schedules:

West End Fair

Gilbert

Aug. 26

Noon, 2, and 4 p.m. - Nicole Donatone.

Aug. 27

1, 3, and 4:30 p.m. - John Hamby with Southern Comfort Band.

5:30 p.m. - Pleasant Valley Band.

6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. - The Cramer Brothers Band.

Aug. 28

Noon, 2, and 3:30 p.m. - Len & The Sidekicks Band

1, 3, and 6:30 p.m. - Joe Nagele.

Friday, August 10, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Line dancers enjoy themselves at the Carbon County Fair near Palmerton while in the background, the band Crazy Hearts performs. The fair will have a "Country Spectacular" featuring five bands tomorrow.

Five country bands will be performing at the Carbon County Fair on Saturday, with a giant jam session serving as the grand finale.

The "Country Spectacular" gets underway at 1 p.m. with the jam session set for 9:30 p.m.

Participants are:

Ÿ 1 p.m. - Tracy Lee.

Ÿ 3 p.m. - The Hawks.

Ÿ 5 p.m. - Joe Bonson & Coffee Run.

Ÿ 6:45 p.m. - Brooke Unger.

Ÿ 7:30 p.m. - The Cramer Brothers.

Ÿ 9:30 p.m. - Jam Session.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Kylie Barrett, left, and Natalie Morris, sing and dance during third annual Music Academy staged for school children this week at Zion United Church of Christ in Lehighton.

The third annual "Music Academy, a week-long, free music camp held this week at Zion United Church of Christ in Lehighton, had a lot of variation.

The pre-schoolers made music with all sorts of recycled objects: toilet paper rolls, paper plates, water bottles. The middle school students enjoyed vocal selections, with some of the youngsters not only singing but dancing to the tunes.

Some attendees who played musical instruments formed a band.

The music camp was directed by Brad Cressley, music director at the church.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The third and final Concert Under The Stars by the Lehighton Band will take place in Eurana Park, Weatherly, on Sunday evening, August 12 beginning at 7 p.m. and in the Lehighton Park on Thursday evening, August 16, beginning at 8 p.m.

This will be an evening of light music featuring three graduating seniors as soloists.

The concert will begin with the march, "Old Comrades" by Tieke followed by a very delightful number, "Overture Energico" by James Barnes.

This number, unlike many overtures, is peppy with some very delightful melodies.

Monday, August 6, 2012
Met a Star

Brianna Boyle and Lance Williams, Tamaqua, met Nash Overstreet, (center) guitarist and vocalist with the pop rock band "Hot Chelle Rae," on Fifth Avenue during a recent visit to New York City.

Friday, June 29, 2012

There are concerts scheduled tonight and tomorrow night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Tonight, US Rails with the Sterling Koch Band perform at 8:30.

The Cast of Beatlemania will perform at the Opera House on Saturday, June 30th, at 8 p.m.

The latest album of U.S. Rails, Southern Canon, is a formidable testament to how tightly knit Ben Arnold, Tom Gillam, Joseph Parsons, Scott Bricklin and Matt Muir have become as a band. They produce some of the finest driving rock 'n' roll and folk rock and around.