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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist Shawn Phillips performs at The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Friday.

Phillips is one of most fascinating and enigmatic musicians to come out of the early '70s singer-songwriter boom, but his music is difficult to categorize. His refusal to shape his music which crosses between folk-rock, jazz, progressive, pop, and classical to anyone else's expectations has allowed him to hold onto a large and dedicated following.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Craig Thatcher Band and Friends will perform live at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Long a well-known bluesman and rocker in the Lehigh Valley, Thatcher has assembled a band of many outstanding talents, much to the delight of audiences in Pennsylvania as well as around the country.

About to release a new CD, the Craig Thatcher Band storms into the Opera House with a magnificent set of new music combined with classics performed in their inimitable, magnetic style.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
The Battlefield Band

The Battlefield Band, masters of Celtic music, both ancient and modern, will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe Friday. Show time is 8 p.m.

The Battlefield Band is recognized in its native Scotland in the same way the Chieftains are revered in Ireland. They have appeared multiple times with Garrison Keillor on his A Prairie Home Companion radio show, which is no small feat and a nod to their prodigious talent.

Monday, October 27, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Ellen Perkins, a senior at Lehighton Area High School selected to participate in the National High School Honor Choir in Nashville, stands in front of high school band and school cheerleaders which gave her a noisy sendoff to the event on Friday. The National Choir is being held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville through Wednesday.

Ellen Perkins, a senior at Lehighton Area High School, got quite a send-off Friday to participate in the National High School Honor Choir in Nashville.

Although the school has had many students make District Chorus and State Chorus (including Perkins) over the years, the 17-year-old student is the first ever selected for the national event.

The National Choir is being held through Wednesday at the historic Grand Ole Opry.

Perkins was surprised by a special performance on her behalf by the high school band and cheerleading squad, which composed a special cheer for her.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back at The Mauch Chunk Opera House on Saturday. This special performance "It Was a Very Good Year" is a musical journey about the life and times of the late Frank Sinatra starring Tony Sands as "The Voice," singing all his best loved songs performed true to their original arrangements.

Tony Sands captivates his audiences with the mannerisms, illusion and romance that have made him a must-see in Atlantic City and Vegas for more than 20 years.

Friday, October 24, 2014
Popa Chubby

Larger-than-life blues figure Popa Chubby has a lot of reasons to feel lucky this year. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of his emergence as a powerful force in the venerable New York blues scene with his very own band, and his own unique brand of hard-hitting, face-melting, blues-rockin' funky soul. And he'll celebrate this major milestone the only way he knows how, with a CD Release event at 8 p.m. Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe for his smokin' hot new studio album, "I'm Feelin' Lucky."

Monday, October 20, 2014

Zion UCC, Second and Iron streets, Lehighton is again hosting its ecumenical Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30.

The cantata was created by former Zion UCC Director of Music Paul R. Smith 40 years ago. The current Director of Music, Brad Cressley, has continued the tradition.

Last year's cantata featured 80 voices which represented 22 different chuches and organizations.

Cressley said, "This year we hope to have a choir of 100 strong and the group is once again looking for vocalists to join the cantata."

Friday, October 17, 2014

The 44th annual Lehighton Halloween Parade will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at Seventh and Coal streets.

The rain date is 2 p.m. Sunday.

Julie Harris, parade chairman, said paraders are permitted to toss candy and gum to parade viewers. They are not allowed to stop and perform in front of the judges' stand.

The grand marshal is retired Lehighton Area School District music teacher Paul Smith, who serves as director of the Lehighton Band.

The lineup is as follows:

Division 1

(Form on Coal Street between Eighth Street and Beaver Run Road)

Thursday, September 11, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Wishbone Ash will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Sept. 19.

On Sept. 19, legendary British rockers Wishbone Ash take the Mauch Chunk Opera House Stage, located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe, for a concert as part of their 2014 U.S. Blue Horizons Tour Summer Tour.

Led by founding member Andy Powell, the band continues to help define the modern rock sound. Touring and producing outstanding progressive rock for over 40 years, Wishbone Ash remains one of Britain's most well-known bands. Always best appreciated live, their twin-guitar sound, honed back in the '70s, is one of their defining and enduring traits.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS If the expression on 18-month-old Joshua Slaby of Palmerton is any indication, the rides at the 25th annual Palmerton Community Festival were a big hit with children.

It's the perfect environment for individuals who crave a familiar place occupied by many a friendly face.

Such a relaxed atmosphere permeated from the walkways for the start of the 25th annual Palmerton Community Festival on Friday.

Mayor Chris Olivia offered remarks during the opening ceremony.

He noted there has been a festival in the borough for 50 years.

From 1965-1989, it was known as the Palmerton Hospital Festival. Since 1990, it has been the Palmerton Community Festival.