Sunday, January 22, 2017

Penn's Peak

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Singer Don McLean will be performing at 8 p.m. Friday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Opening for him will be local singer Mike Pilgermayer.

"So bye-bye, miss American pie.

Drove my chevy to the levee,

But the levee was dry.

And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye

Singin', "this'll be the day that I die.

"this'll be the day that I die."

Who over 25 hasn't sung those words at some point? Who doesn't recognize them as lyrics from Don McLean's hit song, "America Pie?"

Friday night, you'll be able to hear McLean sing it live on the stage of Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

McLean is making a concert appearance at the Peak at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $29 and $24.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS "Will Work for Chocolate Comedy Tour" helped raise $17,080 during a comedy night held Saturday night at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe. The funds will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter and five local fire departments.

Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, was filled with the sounds of raucous laughter on Saturday night when four comedians from "Will Work for Chocolate Comedy Tour" did their best to keep the capacity crowd laughing.

Gordon Baker-Bone served as host and lead comedian.

Joe Fernandes joined Baker-Bone and made the crowd laugh about the trials of being a boyfriend to his girlfriend and trying to be a father figure to her kids.

Pat Brown was third in line. Her jokes centered about being single, going to the gynocologist, and just why she doesn't want the complications of having kids.

Friday, November 11, 2011

It's been 30 years since REO Speedwagon released their landmark album, "Hi Infidelity", and in the words of the band's longtime lead singer Kevin Cronin, that anniversary was reason enough to "Party!"

And "Party!" they did at Penn's Peak on Thursday night. Entering the stage to the opening chords of Sam and Dave's classic song "Soul Man" to the closing notes of the band's encore, REO delivered hit after hit, with songs that spanned their incredible 40 year career.

Thursday, November 3, 2011
Special to the Times News

The Little River Band with special guest Ambrosia will be performing at 8 p.m. Friday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. The band, originally from Australia, has had numerous hits including "Lonesome Loser." Admission prices are $34 and $29. Meanwhile, tonight at Penn's Peak, there's another Australian band on stage. The Australian Pink Floyd Show begins at 8 p.m. and features re-enactments from actual Pink Floyd concerts as well as blow-ups - including a kangaroo - and superb lighting effects.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The rock band Get the Led Out, a Led Zepellin tribute band, will be performing at Penn's Peak on Saturday night. Photo is from prior Penn's Peak concert.

There are numerous Pink Floyd tribute bands out there, but The Australian Pink Floyd Show holds a unique distinction.

It is on record as the only tribute band who has played before a member of the original Pink Floyd.

"We played (Pink Floyd guitarist David) Gilmour's 50th birthday party," said Jason Sawford, a member of the Australian Pink Floyd show.

The Australian Pink Floyd Show makes a stop Thursday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe as part of its U.S. tour.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $37 and $32.

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.