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Penn's Peak

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS The 80s rock band Slaughter, consisting of Mark Slaughter (pictured), Dana Strum, Blas Elias, and Jeff "Blando" Bland, will be returning to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on March 25. Also performing will be Jani Lane, formerly of Warrant.

The Saw Doctors, who have +achieved much success in their home country of Ireland, are going to be touring in the United States and Penn's Peak is one of their stops.

Formed in 1986 in Tuam, County Galway, they have achieved 18 singles in the Top 30 in Ireland, including three number ones.

Their first number one, "I Useta Lover," topped the Irish charts for nine consecutive weeks in 1990, and still holds the record for the country's all-time biggest-selling single.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull had his solo tour stop at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe in October.

It was another busy year for concerts at Penn's Peak.

From classic rock to blues to country to jazz to tribute bands, The Peak had something for everyone in 2010.

Here is a list of the top 10 favorite shows that this reporter caught at The Peak in the past year, not counting the tribute shows. These are primarily on the rock side (sorry, country fans).

1. Ian Anderson (Oct. 24) - Catching the Jethro Tull frontman in an intimate venue is a rare treat, and he responded with a performance spanning his four decades in Tull, as well as his solo works.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rusted Root, a native Pennsylvania band (Pittsburgh to be exact), will be occupying the stage at Penn's Peak tonight.

Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $29.

The group has been together since the early '90's. The music community quickly embraced them and their genre of roots music and world rock.

Their debut album was 1992's "Cruel Sun," which they self released. This album helped them get signed with Mercury Records and their 1994 debut album with Mercury got Rusted Root noticed.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Gregg Allman concert, scheduled for this evening at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, has been postponed.

The performance is rescheduled to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22.

All tickets purchased for tonight's show will be honored for the Jan. 22 event.

Gregg Allman's website says the concert date was changed because of the East Coast blizzard.

Allman is presently touring along the East Coast.

There are two more concerts scheduled this week at Penn's Peak.

Tomorrow at 8 p.m., Dark Star Orchestra makes a return appearance to the venue.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The year 2010 is rapidly coming to a close, with just three more concerts scheduled at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

They are Greg Allman on Dec. 28, Dark Star Orchestra on Dec. 29, and Rusted Root on Dec. 30.

Several concerts have been added for 2011, including Rubix Kube, the Ultimate 80s Tribute Band, on Feb. 4; Yellow Brick Road, which is a tribute to Elton John, on Feb. 5; Dickie Betts and Great Southern on Feb. 18; The Saw Doctors on March 5; Vanilla Fudge with Nazz on May 9, and Styx on Aug. 26.

December

Ÿ 28 - Gregg Allman, 8 p.m. Tickets $37 and $32.

Monday, December 13, 2010
Johnny Winter plays the blues at Penn's Peak Saturday night. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Johnny Winter still knows how to let his fingers do the talking.

The Texas guitar legend returned to Penn's Peak Saturday night, headlining an evening of hot blues players.

Mike Zito, another Lonestar State guitar slinger, preceded Winter on stage with a fiery set, but was still reverent to Winter, proclaiming what an honor it was to be on the same bill.

When Winter took to the stage at about 9:45 p.m., he didn't disappoint. It might have been cold outside, but Winter heated things up at the Peak.

Friday, December 10, 2010
Johnny Winter (second from left) and his band, including (from left) Vito Liuzzi, Paul Nelson and Scott Spray, return to Penn's Peak Saturday night.

Johnny Winter remains one of the best standard bearers for the blues ever to pick up a six-string.

Now 66, the legendary Texas guitar slinger is still alive and well, to borrow the title from one of his songs.

Winter and his band have made several appearances at Penn's Peak over the years, and they return to the Jim Thorpe area venue on Saturday night, headlining an evening of blues music.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Lead singer Doug Gray, an only original member of The Marshall Tucker Band, sings during a previous concert at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. The Marshall Tucker Band is returning for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Two popular Southern rock bands will be appearing Saturday night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

They are The Marshall Tucker Band, with the opening act being The Bounty Hunter Gang.

The Marshall Tucker Band is a Southern rock band originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina. The band's blend of rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, country, and gospel[1] helped establish the Southern rock genre in the early 1970s.

The band has recorded and performed continuously under various lineups for nearly 40 years.

Monday, November 22, 2010
Eddie Money works the stage during his Penn's Peak concert Friday night. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

A pair of classic rock singers served up their hits in contrasting styles Friday night at Penn's Peak.

Eddie Money pulled out all the stops, with a brightly lit stage, a huge banner with his name logo and a full band.

Meanwhile, special guest John Waite performed on a dimly lit stage with spare accompaniment, providing acoustic versions of his songs.

Both were effective in their own way at The Peak, in a show presented by WLEV.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Eddie Money will perform at Penn's Peak Friday night.

On his 1977 debut album, Eddie Money sang about wanting to be a rock'n' roll star.

Money not only reached stardom, he is still rocking after all these years.

What keeps him going?

"The way the business is now, you have to knock on wood," said Money in a phone interview while taking a break from his current tour, which includes a stop at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Friday night, presented by WLEV.

John Waite, former lead singer for The Babys and Bad English, will open the show at 8 p.m.