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Penn's Peak

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Two more shows have been announced for Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Beatlemania Now, a tribute to Liverpool's Fab 4, will be coming back to Carbon County's largest concert venue on Saturday, Sept. 11.

The group goes through several costume changes including one in which they wear apparel from the band's "Yellow Submarine" tour.

Besides sounding like The Beatles, Beatlemania Now also looks like the original John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

A Journey Tribute with Voyage will be staged at Penn's Peak on Saturday, Nov. 13. Featured will be Hugo, formerly of Evolution.

Monday, August 9, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey's McGee sings and plays in the midst of the band's dazzling light show at Penn's Peak Friday night.

Umphrey's McGee is a band that dwells in different musical realms.

There has even been a term coined for what the Chicago-based sextet does - "improg", a combination of improvisational and progressive rock music.

The improvisational part appeals to fans of the jam band circuit, to which Umphrey's McGee (the band took its name from a relative of guitarist Brendan Bayliss) is often linked. The band demonstrated its stamina Friday night at Penn's Peak with a three-hour performance, including two sets and an encore.

Friday, August 6, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Carl Palmer drives the beat for Asia at Penn's Peak Thursday evening.

Asia has been defined as a supergroup, since it is comprised of members from other British progressive rock bands.

Fans of the genre sometimes don't reserve the reverence for Asia that they do for Yes, King Crimson, Roxy Music and other bands that preceded it, but Asia continues to chart its own path and shouldn't take a backseat to anyone.

The secret to Asia's commercial success, upon the release of its multiplatinum debut album in 1982, is that the quartet create a whole even greater than it's the sum of its formidable parts.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Asia, featuring original members (from left) Steve Howe, Carl Palmer, Geoffrey Downes and John Wetton, will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Thursday evening.

By now, it is obvious that the reunion of the four original members of Asia has taken on a life of its own.

To borrow the title of one of the British supergroup's songs, it has been beyond their wildest dreams.

"I don't think anyone envisioned it," said Asia keyboardist Geoffrey Downes, in a phone interview from Alexandria, Virginia, prior to the soundcheck for a concert on the band's current tour, which includes a stop at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Thursday night. Doors open at 6 p.m., with showtime at 8 p.m.

Monday, August 2, 2010
Skid Row guitarist Scotti Hill swirls his hair while delivering a riff at Penn's Peak Friday night.

Prior to Skid Row taking the stage at Penn's Peak Friday night, two songs were blared over the speakers.

One was "The Star-Spangled Banner", which Skid Row plays before every show as a tribute to U.S. troops serving overseas.

The latter was Rainbow's "Long Live Rock'n'Roll", featuring the late, great Ronnie James Dio on vocals.

Monday, August 2, 2010
Guitarist Paul Barrere of Little Feat sings on stage at Penn's Peak Saturday night.

There have been some changes with Little Feat since the band's last appearance at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe in December, 2008.

For one, the band has gone from a seven-piece to a six member unit, as it parted ways with female vocalist Shaun Murphy last year.

Also, drummer and original founding member Richie Hayward has been battling with liver cancer and has been replaced on the road by former drum technician Gabe Ford, the nephew of blues guitarist Robben Ford.

Friday, July 30, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Randy Bachman (left) and C.F. "Fred" Turner brought their reunion tour to Penn's Peak Thursday night for an evening filled with Bachman-Turner Overdrive hits plus some new songs.

As the Penn's Peak crowd waited for Randy Bachman and C.F. "Fred" Turner to take the stage Thursday night, a video played on the screens showing two huge tractor-trailers colliding, with one marked "Bachman" and the other "Turner".

That kind of power-packed wallop is just the kind of impact the Bachman and Turner reunion produced once they came onstage and began their hit-filled trip down memory lane.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The next week-and-a-half are going to be busy ones at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Five concerts are scheduled between tonight and Aug. 6.

Tonight, Bachman and Turner will be in concert starting at 8 p.m.

Randy Bachman and Fred Turner originally were part of Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Their hits include "Taking Care of Business" and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."

Tomorrow, the venue will be rockin' when Skid Row and Firehouse team up for a twin-bill.

Little Feat will be at Penn's Peak on Saturday night.

The schedule for Penn's Peak is as follows:

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Little Feat (from left, Richie Hayward, Kenny Gradney, Fred Tackett, Paul Barrere, Sam Clayton and Bill Payne) returns to Penn's Peak on Saturday night.

Little Feat has long been a traveler on what its members refer to as "The Proud Highway".

The band that was home to the late Lowell George has proven to be a true road warrior, bringing its uniquely American mix of rock, blues, funk, folk, jazz, swamp boogie and country to a loyal following.

Little Feat has made Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe a frequent stop on its annual concert tours, and it returns there on Saturday night for the first time since December, 2008.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Skid Row will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Friday night.

For Rachel Bolan, Skid Row has been a way of life since he and Dave "The Snake" Sabo were founding members of the band over two decades ago.

"It's been cool being around this long and still being able to do it," said Bolan, Skid Row's bassist, in a recent phone interview.

Formed in Tom's River, New Jersey, Skid Row has become a hard rock and metal institution, moving forward through many line-up changes, with Bolan and guitarist Sabo the only constant members.