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Penn's Peak

Monday, October 31, 2011

Country's best-known "outlaw," Willie Nelson, performed at Penn's Peak last night.

As any true Willie Nelson fan would expect, there would be nothing fancy. He didn't talk much.

He just sang one hit after another. And that was just fine.

The 75-minute set consisted mostly of the hits he's either recorded or written over his decades long career.

About the only words he uttered during the performance was "thank you," which was okay. He also introduced his band, which included his sister Bobbie Nelson, a pianist who did a solo selection.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Kitty McVeigh of Bethlehem joins "The Doc" Layne Roberts as co-hosts of The Daily Bump and Grind on Penn's Peak Radio. The program airs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Friday, a special program beginning at about 11:30 a.m. will have Roberts having heart tests live, on the air, at a local cariology center.

You might remember her from morning shenanigans on Cat Country 96 a few years back. Or maybe you had heard her when she was the voice on The Hawk oldies station from the Lehigh Valley.

Kitty McVeigh, who left the area for a job in Cincinnati, is back and joined "The Doc" Layne Roberts as a co-host on Penn Peak's daily radio program, "The Bump and Grind."

McVeigh, who resides in Bethlehem, is a 20-year veteran of radio.

Although she wasn't supposed to begin her new job until Monday, she and The Doc are already up to their morning fun this week.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Country singer Loretta Lynn will be making a return to Penn's Peak on Friday, Oct. 14. Lynn is shown in a previous Penn's Peak concert.

Melvin Seals is best known for his friendship and musical partnership with cultural icon Jerry Garcia.

He has spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band and in doing so helped pioneer what has now become "Jam Band Music."

Melvin continues to bring his unique brand of melodic flavor to the stage with his latest projects, Vitamin B-3 and The Mix, Melvin Seals JGB Band and Melvin Seal Rhythm Factory.

Tomorrow night at Penn's Peak, Melvin Seals and JGB make a stop at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Monday, October 3, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot on stage at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, Sunday.

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot put on a two-hour, no-nonsense concert Sunday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, and the large audience in attendance loved every minute of it.

People came from as far away as West Virginia and Delaware for his performance, during which he sang 31 songs - interrupted only by a 15-minute mid concert break.

Monday, October 3, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Country singer Jo Dee Messina performs during her Music Room Series at Penn's Peak on Saturday.

Country singer Jo Dee Messina wasted no time getting the audience into a festive mood during concert Saturday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

She opened her show with a chorus of "Let It Snow."

After that, she tried hard to keep the show upbeat as she presented her "Music Room Series," which consisted of fielding questions from the audience, introducing her 2-year-old son, and, of course, singing her songs.

Friday, September 30, 2011
Country singer Jo Dee Messina will be performing in her "Music Room Series" at 8 p.m. Saturday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Jo Dee Messina, one of country music's most congenial performers who has had a long string of hits, makes a return to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe tomorrow.

She's back with her popular "Music Room" series, during which she takes fans' requests, tells stories, and likely has some special surprises.

Messina said she is looking forward to returning to the venue, which is her third time performing here.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Rusted Root is one band that doesn't fit neatly into one musical category.

Blending folk, acoustic, and world music with African, Native American, and Latin American influences, the Pittsburgh-based sextet defies explanation.

This hard-touring group of musicians could easily stake a claim as one of the great jam bands on the scene today.

Their performance at Penn's Peak on Friday night was no exception.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Rusted Root returns to Penn's Peak Friday night.

When Rusted Root had an opportunity to return to Penn's Peak, there was no hesitancy on agreeing.

"We love Penn's Peak," said lead singer Mike Glabicki. "It's one of the best venues in the country."

In fact, the band is working on producing a new DVD and Glabicki is hoping some filming can be done at Penn's Peak for it. "I'm not sure yet if we'll be filming for the DVD."

Rusted Root is at Penn's Peak at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets at the door are $29.

It's one of three concerts this weekend at Penn's Peak.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

38 Special has been playing music since the mid-1970's, but on Friday night at Penn's Peak, the group played with the enthusiasm and spirit of a band new to the music scene.

38 Special has always been a band that has stayed true to their Southern rock roots while still offering commercial appeal, and their set demonstrated why they are able to still draw a crowd after three decades on stage.

Thursday, September 15, 2011
 The Southern rock band .38 Special will be performing at Penn's Peak tomorrow. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

It'll be a rockin' time at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Friday when returning to the venue is .38 Special, a Southern rock band which has been together for over three decades.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $32 and $37.

Their many Gold and Platinum album awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse.