Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Penn's Peak

Monday, July 12, 2010
Raymond the Amish Comic keeps the Penn's Peak crowd laughing. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Raymond the Amish Comic is a fixture of the July schedule at Penn's Peak.

Raymond's show has been running the same weekend at the Jim Thorpe venue for so long that he has become attached to it. He told the crowd there Saturday night that if he passes away before next year's date, he would haunt anyone who was booked to fill it.

Raymond's popularity at The Peak is strong enough to survive the summer, which is normally a lull time for comedians. He did note, however, that this year he lost some of his regular fans for the show due to pig roasts.

Monday, July 12, 2010
Peter Noone entertained fans at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, on Friday night.

They came from 24 states, plus Canada and England for the first Fabfun Noonefest at Penn's Peak and then they stayed on Friday night for the Peter Noone concert which followed the inaugural event.

While it was the first time Elizabeth Stevens of Nesquehoning saw Noone in concert, she met up with the Noonatics from all over the country who follow Noone everywhere.

Friday, July 9, 2010
Aaron Lewis performs Staind hits on acoustic guitar at Penn's Peak Thursday night. JOE PLASKO TIMES NEWS

Staind has sold millions of albums with its brand of power-packed, stinging metal and brooding hard rock.

At the heart of those songs is frontman Aaron Lewis and his signature Gibson guitar.

Lewis has embarked on a solo acoustic tour, a vehicle that has its appeal not only to Lewis but to his Staind fans, with 1,000 of them showing up to Penn's Peak at Jim Thorpe Thursday night to catch him in action, up close and personal.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Playing acoustic is nothing new for the Staind frontman Aaron Lewis, who brings his solo acoustic tour to Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, at 8 p.m. July 8. His career began with an acoustic guitar and a dream.

"The solo shows bring things full circle for me. It's something that I used to do before I ever met the guys in Staind. It was a way that I put money in my pocket since I was 17," Lewis says in a recent phone interview from his home in Massachusetts.

Thursday, July 8, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Peter Noone will be performing with Herman's Hermits for a concert at 8 p.m. Friday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

A disc jockey could easily have an hour-long show just playing Herman's Hermits hits from the 60s.

Just some of the band's charted songs include:


"No Milk Today."

"Henry the Eighth."

"Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter."

"Into Something Good."

"Can't You Hear My Heartbeat."

Tomorrow at Penn's Peak, Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone makes its venue debut. Anyone who has ever seen Noone performs knows the ageless singer puts on a high-energy show.

Always present for his performances are his "Noonatics."

Thursday, July 1, 2010
Saving Abel is coming back to Penn's Peak on Thursday, August 19, with special guests American Bang and Taddy Porter. The appearance is among the stops on the band's tour for their new Miss America album, which presently is number 16 on a Billboard chart.

Rock, pop, country, and comedy are among the genres on entertainment on the spacious Penn's Peak stage in the coming weeks.

Just recently announced at the Jim Thorpe venue is a concert on Thursday, Aug. 19, by Saving Abel, who is making a return appearance, this time with American Bang and Taddy Porter.

Saving Abel's newest album, "Miss America," went on sale just three weeks ago and already has soared to number 16 on this week's Billboards rock albums chart. The CD features the single, "Stupid Girl (Only in Hollywood).

Friday, June 25, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ted Nugent and bassist Greg Smith (right) jam on stage at Penn's Peak Thursday night.

Perhaps the best way to distinguish Ted Nugent tours these days is by the concert artwork.

The backdrop for Nugent's current outing, the "Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead" tour, which roared into Penn's Penn in Jim Thorpe Thursday night, features a caricature of the Nuge, with a maniacal grin, riding in a tank, machine guns blazing in each hand.

Is the 61 year-old Nugent ever going to slow down? Perish that thought!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ted Nugent, shown here during an 2008 concert at Penn's Peak, returns to the Jim Thorpe venue on Thursday evening.

For Ted Nugent, there is no such thing as slowing down.

The Motor City Madman has already had a busy year. Here's a partial list of his activities thus far in 2010.

His latest New York Times bestseller, Ted, White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto, was released in paperback.

He received the Bronze Smokey Bear Award for outstanding service in the prevention of human caused wildfires, for the effectiveness of his public service announcements and print campaign.

Monday, June 21, 2010

David Arnao, vocalist for Taunted By Tomorrow, sings during the Palmerton-based band's performance at Penn's Peak Friday night, opening for Winger and April Wine.

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.