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Penn's Peak

Monday, November 15, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Sha Na Na opened the show at Penn's Peak with "At the Hop" on Friday night. The music and performers were vibrant and exiciting and the audience had a hard time staying in their seats.

From the moment Sha Na Na opened the concert at Penn's Peak on Friday night with "At The Hop," the audience was keyed in for a good time. The concert continued with plenty of favorites, which are also on their latest CD "Peppermint Twist," "Let's Dance," and "Sandy."

Since Sha Na Na is celebrating their 40th anniversary, they spoke a little about their start in the music business.

In 1969, Sha Na Na played at Woodstock, which became their defining moment whey they appeared second to last on the final day. That gig gave them a record deal and started them on their way.

Monday, November 15, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Voyage singer Hugo Valenti performs Steve Perry's vocals during the Journey tribute at Penn's Peak Saturday night.

Journey and Bob Seger produced a plethora of hits during their commercial zenith in the 1970's and 80's, making them prime subjects for tribute bands.

Both were paid homage by bands that did remarkable jobs with their tributes before a large crowd at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Saturday night.

Voyage, featuring vocalist Hugo Valenti, brought its Journey tribute to The Peak, while Hollywood Nights, a Philadelphia-based band, presented its take on Seger.

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Loretta Lynn

Christmas is only about six weeks away and one gift suggestion would be tickets to a music concert.

Penn's Peak has announced some shows for early 2011 including the "First Lady of Country Music" Loretta Lynn, tribute bands like Bruce in the USA and Arrival, and 80s rockers Slaughter and Jani Lane performing on the same evening.

Tickets for most of the concert events are already on sale.

Three shows go on sale Saturday. They are Dave Mason on April 14, country singer Travis Tritt on April 29, and English rockers Uriah Heep on June 24.

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS Sha Na Na will be at Penn's Peak Friday night at 8 p.m.

Sha Na Na has the distinction of being more popular than many of the bands whose hits they perform in their concerts.

Tomorrow, the band, which got its big break at the world famous 1969 Woodstock Festival, makes a return to Penn's Peak in a concert set for 8 p.m. Tickets are $27.

Opening will be the popular oldies band Remember When.

Jocko Marcellino, one of the original members of Sha Na Na, said he enjoys playing at Penn's Peak. "It's a lovely venue; like a big log cabin," he said in a phone interview.

Friday, November 5, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Little Big Town performs at Penn's Peak, Thursday, before a large crowd.

Little Big Town might be considered the female version of The Statler Brothers or Oak Ridge Boys.

Their harmony, stage presence, and attention to detail - factors which the Statlers and Oaks take seriously - were obvious last night when they made their return to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Also like the Statlers and Oaks, every member had a special and important part in the performance, which highlighted their respective style. The blend was perfect.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Little Big Town will be performing at 8 p.m. Thursday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The short career thus far of the band Little Big Town "has been the best we could ever imagine," said member Philip Sweet.

They were nominated for a Grammy, have charted 12 songs, and recently released their fourth album, "The Reason Why" on which is contained their top 10 hit "Little White Church" and their current single "Kiss Goodbye."

"The Reason Why" was number one on Billboard's country albums chart.

Tomorrow night, the four-member band makes a return appearance to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe in a concert set for 8 o'clock.

Tickets are $37 and $32.

Monday, October 25, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Larry Stewart of the band Restless Heart sings during concert Saturday at Penn's Peak.

It's been awhile since the band Restless Heart has had a big hit.

In the music industry, there's a saying that if you don't keep recording, you're quickly forgotten.

On Saturday night at Penn's Peak, it was obvious that the fans still very well remember the sextet.

Restless Heart performed a 15-number set that included every one of the band's seven number one hits.

Among them including "The Bluest Eyes in Texas, a ballad which proved to be one of the crowd's favorites judging by the applause.

Monday, October 25, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ian Anderson, shown here at a 2008 Jethro Tull concert, performed a solo concert to a sold out Penn's Peak audience Sunday night.

Ian Anderson has been the front man and musican driving force behind Jethro Tull for more than four decades.

The question is, where does Jethro Tull end and Ian Anderson begin?

On his latest solo tour, which included a sold out performance at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Sunday evening, Anderson gave a glimpse of the answer.

Billed as "An Evening with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson," the crowd got exactly that: a career spanning two-set show culled from the Tull repertoire and Anderson's solo works, with some new stuff mixed in.

Friday, October 22, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS Restless Heart will be performing at 8 p.m. Saturday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Opening will be vocalist Nicole Donatone.

Restless Heart, a country music band that in the mid 1980s had six number one hits in a row, is working on a comeback.

The group, whose hits include "The Bluest Eyes in Texas" and "I'll Still Be Loving You," bring their harmony to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Saturday.

Opening will be local country singer Nicole Donatone. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $24 and $19.

This is the first appearance at Penn's Peak for Restless Heart.

Friday, October 15, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS The Blood, Sweat and Tears horn section (from left) Steve Jankowski, Teddy Mulet, Tom Timko and Jens Wendelboe showcases its talents at Penn's Peak Thursday night.

Blood, Sweat and Tears is a musical institution, a brand name for horn-driven, brassy pop and a home for talented players.

All of that remains true and was on display as the 2010 edition of BS&T took the stage at Penn's Peak Thursday night.

As pioneers of the jazz rock sound, BS&T's hits from the late 1960's and early 70's are enduring, and the band, 10 musicians strong, took great delight in delivering lively renditions of them.

With original member Steve Katz back in the line-up, BS&T is also aware of its own sense of history.