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Penn's Peak

Friday, February 4, 2011
Yellow Brick Road

Gerald Brann has a degree in jazz piano. He's played piano all his life and, thus, appreciates the masters such as Billy Joel and Elton John.

This is one reason he put together a band eight years ago that plays tribute to Sir Elton.

Appropriately named "Yellow Brick Road," the tribute band makes its debut Saturday night at Penn's Peak in a concert starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 on the night of the show.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Remember when "Flashdance" made oversize tops the craze. And the Madonna look was a fashion statement?

It was in the 80's and Friday night at Penn's Peak you have a chance to re-live those days.

Performing at Penn's Peak on Friday is Rubix Kub, the ultimate 80s tribute band.

In conjunction, there will be an 80's dress contest.

Rubix Cube will pull five members of the audience, who they feel look "like totally awesome" to participate in the contest.

All five will be given gift bags.

Then, three special prize winners will be announced.

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Joe Plasko/TIMES NEWS Robin Trower

Six more concerts have been added to the 2011 schedule at Penn's Peak.

Among them is Thin Luzzy, a Dublin, Ireland rock band which has Penn's Peak as its first stop on an American tour.

The shows, and the dates tickets go on sale, are as follows:

Ÿ Thin Lizzy, with opening act Supersuckers, Thursday, March 24, 8 p.m. Tickets, $32 and $27, on sale Feb. 4.

Ÿ Get the Led Out, Friday, April 15, 8 p.m. Tickets, $23 to $33, on sale Saturday.

Ÿ Easton Corbin, Thursday, June 2, 8 p.m. Tickets $20 advance and $25 day of show. Tickets on sale Feb. 4.

Monday, January 24, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Gregg Allman sings behind his keyboard for the sellout/sell out audience at Penn's Peak on Saturday night.

During his rendition of the Allman Brothers Band classic "Dreams I'll Never See," Gregg Allman sang a verse about "putting on a new face" so he can "get on back in the race."

These days, that fits Allman, who is a new man and back on the road after undergoing a successful liver transplant last June.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer made his fourth solo appearance at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Saturday night, in a concert that was rescheduled from Dec. 28 due to a winter storm.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
Gregg Allman released his seventh solo album, "Low Country Blues" this week.

You can't keep a good bluesman down.

Gregg Allman, frontman for the Allman Brothers Band, has released "Low Country Blues," his seventh solo album and his first in 14 years.

The release of the new CD was originally scheduled for last year but was held up by Allman's successful liver transplant surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida last June, which followed his long battle with chronic Hepatitis C.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Saturday night, the rescheduled Gregg Allman concert will be held at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The concert, which starts at 8 p.m., comes on the heels of his new album release "Low Country Blues." It's his first album release in 14 years and consists almost entirely of vintage blues material from the '40s, '50s and '60s.

The album release comes just seven months following a liver transplant.

The list of upcoming Penn's Peak shows is as follows:

January

Ÿ 22 - Gregg Allman, 8 p.m. Tickets $37 and $32.

February

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.