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Penn's Peak

Monday, June 21, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Kip Winger points to the Penn's Peak crowd during Winger's performance Friday night.

Staying power.

Both Winger and April Wine demonstrated they still have it by rocking out at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Friday night.

The bands have longevity working for them, which means a lot when many of their contemporaries have long packed it in.

This has already been a good year for April Wine, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame back in March.

Winger has been around only half as long, but the quartet's fifth album, Karma, demonstrates that it is still kicking butts and taking no prisoners.

Thursday, June 17, 2010
Winger's latest album is called Karma. The band shares the bill with April Wine at Penn's Peak Friday night.

In 2006, the members of Winger reunited and recorded its fourth album.

The comeback continues to provide a new lease on musical life for the quartet, which had its commercial zenith in the late 1980's and early 90's.

The latest product of the rejuvenated Winger is Karma, the band's fifth album, which was released last year on Frontier Records.

Karma demonstrates the band hasn't forgotten how to rock while on hiatus.

Thursday, June 17, 2010
April Wine performs at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Friday night.

Mention April Wine, and most American pop music fans will recall the band's 1981 power ballad, "Just Between You and Me".

In its native Canada, however, April Wine is much more of a national musical institution.

The band, which formed in 1969 in Montreal, has been active for four decades, give or take a mid-80s hiatus, releasing 17 albums. April Wine was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame this past March.

Monday, June 7, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Steven Wright performs at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

An hour-and-a-half of non-stop laughter is what comedian Steven Wright delivered last night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Wright, a native of Boston, went through absurd story after story of life's typical events, putting a humorous twist on them.

Examples:

Ÿ I'm thinking of buying a plasma television - in case I need a blood transfusion.

Ÿ If heat rises, Heaven might be hotter than hell.

Ÿ I was caesarean born although you can't really tell. However, when I go out of the house, I go out through a window.

Friday, June 4, 2010
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Wanna know a secret about Comedian Steven Wright?

He doesn't really have a pony.

Yes, his initial CD was "I Have a Pony" and his newest one is "I Still Have a Pony," the truth is: in real life he doesn't have one.

He certainly doesn't have one in his apartment, as the funny-man boasts on his CD. Of course, you shouldn't take verbatim everything a comedian says. That would be pretty gullible.

Wright, who got his big break from Johnny Carson, is coming Sunday to Penn's Peak for an 8 p.m. performance. Tickets are $34 and $29.

Examples of the comedian's wit:

Thursday, June 3, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Adam Aijala of Yonder Mountain String Band performs at Penn's Peak last year. YMSB returns to The Peak stage Friday night.

Listeners of The Show, Yonder Mountain String Band's fifth and most recent studio album, might have registered a bit of surprise at the rhythmic backdrop of some of the songs.

While the Colorado-based band might explore new directions while recording, fans should note the quartet has no plans to change what works in the concert setting.

"You really get across the board reviews," said Adam Aijala, guitarist for Yonder Mountain, which is making another appearance at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Friday night. "Some people liked it, some people didn't. I think the songs are good.

Monday, May 24, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Get The Led Out guitarists Jimmy Marchiano (left) and Paul Hammond jam during their Penn's Peak concert Saturday night.

Led Zeppelin holds a sacred place among hard rock fans.

The British band took a mystical approach to its heavy rock and spaced-out blues that has become legendary, almost as much for its off the stage indulgences as for the music itself.

A mythology has developed around Zep over the years, and those dealing with paying tribute often find themselves getting sucked into it, at their peril.

Get The Led Out doesn't get lost in the clouds of myth or immersed in the legend. The Philadelphia-based band keeps the focus on what still attracts legions of Zep fans - the music.

Monday, May 24, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Graham Russell (left) and Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply harmonize during their Penn's Peak concert Friday night.

After 35 years together, it would be easy for Air Supply to play it safe.

To the credit of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, the band's founding duo, they are looking for ways to continue to evolve musically.

Air Supply is back on the pop music charts for the first time in 20 years, thanks to a striking new album, Mumbo Jumbo. At Penn's Peak on Friday night, it showcased a good portion of the current release.

Friday, May 21, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Vocalist Paul Sinclair of Get The Led Out performs as part of the band's Led Zeppelin tribute show at Penn's Peak last year.

Get The Led Out continues to enthall fans with its remarkable Led Zeppelin tribute show.

The Philadelphia-based band has been a crowd favorite at Penn's Peak crowd since its first appearance, attracting packed houses, and it returns to the Jim Thorpe Saturday night. Showtime is 8 p.m.

Get The Led Out has been billed by the media as "The American Led Zeppelin" for its amazing recreations of the music of the legendary British rockers.

Thursday, May 20, 2010
Graham Russell of Air Supply performs during an appearance at Penn's Peak. Air Supply returns to the Jim Thorpe venue for a Friday night concert. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Air Supply has a lot to celebrate this year.

2010 marks the 35th year that founding members Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock have been making music together, dating back to when they were unknown singers and actors in a production of Jesus Christ, Superstar and continuing through performances in coffeehouses back in Australia.