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Penn's Peak

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.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ian Anderson, shown here performing with Jethro Tull at Musikfest in Bethlehem in 2008, will make Penn's Peak a stop on his solo tour on Sunday, Oct. 24.

As the frontman and creative force behind the classic British rock band Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson is accustomed to performing for large crowds around the world.

Anderson has now embarked on a 22-city solo tour, which is bringing him to more intimate venues.

Billed as An Evening with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, the tour includes a stop at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sunday, Oct. 24.

The tour provides a change of pace for Anderson, whose singing and flute playing have been hallmarks of Jethro Tull for four decades.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Blood, Sweat and Tears will perform at Penn's Peak on Thursday, Oct. 14.

Steve Katz has been around for two tours of duty with the Blood, Sweat and Tears experience.

"I left after the first six years, then I came back 35 years later," said Katz, one of the founding members of the band that helped create the fusion of brassy pop and jazz music, in a phone interview from his Connecticut home.

The latest edition of Blood, Sweat and Tears will make its Penn's Peak debut on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m.

Monday, October 11, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS The Golden Boys put on a spectacular show Friday night at Penn's Peak. From left are, Fabian, Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell. The show was featured as Dick Fox's Golden Boys show.

For several hours on Friday night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, Dick Fox's "Golden Boys" took their fans back to their teen years during live performances of their many songs.

As Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon and Fabian, came on stage the audience cheered and clapped. No wonder. All three superstars from the Bandstand era were heart throbs from the 60s and they still had all the exuberance and appeal of their youth.

Friday, September 24, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS @$:The Temptations perform at Penn's Peak before a large crowd, Thursday night.

It wasn't just a concert last night by the Temptations at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. It was a show; a choreographed song and dance act by some of the most dapper gentlemen that have ever visited the Peak.

The Temptations took the audience down Memory Lane not just with an array of 60s and 70s hits like "I Wish It Would Rain" and "Get Ready," but with stage presence that is such a trademark of the 60s Motown: bands like the Four Tops, The Supremes, and The Jackson 5.

Monday, September 13, 2010
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band made an appearance during the performance of Beatlemania Now at Penn's Peak Saturday night. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Cable music channel VH-1 broadcast a series called "The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time" last week.

Topping the list, as they have on past occasions, were The Beatles.

While that might not seem surprising, it is worth noting that the list was compiled from a poll of about 200 current musical artists, most of whom weren't even alive when The Beatles broke up 40 years ago.

To this day, the impact the Fab Four had on modern music and culture is immense, which is why they keep popping up at the top of such "Best of" lists.

Thursday, September 2, 2010
Debbie Harry smiles for the Penn's Peak crowd during Blondie's performance Wednesday night. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Blondie rode the new wave of the late 1970s to the top of the record charts and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The question is, where do Debbie Harry and company go from there?

Blondie's lively performance at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Wednesday night revealed some answers for those who caught this recent edition of the band in action.

The 2010 model includes original members Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke along with a trio of cohorts who were able to summon up whatever musical whims the band conjured up.

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Blondie will perform at Penn's Peak on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Blondie, a mainstay of the new wave music scene of the late 1970's that made it big on the pop charts, has survived beyond most of the bands from that movement.

The band fronted by singer Debbie Harry has been active in its latest phase since reforming in 1997 and is set to release a new album later this year, with the title "Panic of Girls."

Friday, August 20, 2010
Singer Jared Weeks and bassist Eric Taylor of Saving Abel are out front during their Penn's Peak performance Thursday night. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

The mantle of southern rock is large enough to encompass a variety of sounds.

Take Thursday evening's bill of hard rocking bands at Penn's Peak, three of which hail from south of the Mason-Dixon line, as an example.

Saving Abel, a quintet from Cornith, Mississippi, headlined the bill, which also included American Bang from Nashville, Tennessee and Taddy Porter from Stillwater, Oklahoma. While each have Southern roots, they showcased their own approaches to being part of the latest wave of Southern rock bands without having to hoist Confederate flags.