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Penn's Peak

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Sammy Kershaw

Country singer Sammy Kershaw is busier these days than a CSI investigator.

He's touring, he's been doing benefit concerts to help fishermen and Gulf coast residents cope with the oil spill, and he has announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor in Louisiana in the Oct. 20 primary.

Friday night, his itinerary brings him to Penn's Peak where he makes his initial appearance in a concert starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are economically priced at $25 and $20.

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Old Crow Medicine Show

Few entertainers have been as excited about performing in Jim Thorpe as the Old Crow Medicine Show.

The band is appearing at Penn's Peak tonight at 8 o'clock. Tickets are $30 at the door.

Old Crow Medicine Show, who specializes in its unique brand of American roots music with a rock and roll attitude, got its name from the Indian village of Old Crow, Yukon, Canada.

The band has always had an interest in Native Americans and has played on numerous reservations.

Friday, July 16, 2010
B-52s members (from left) Keith Strickland, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson perform the band's unique dance rock at Penn's Peak Thursday night. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

If there is one thing certain about The B-52s, it is that wherever they perform, a dance party is sure to follow.

Penn's Peak got a dose of The B-52s' infectious grooves Thursday night, and the crowd kept shaking its collective booty.

Once considered part of the New Wave movement of rock when they first broke on the scene in the late 1970's, the group from Athens, Georgia has endured long after many of their contemporaries have faded.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS A large crowd rocks with the band Cinderella at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe last night. More rock music is in store at the venue on July 30 when Skid Row appears with Firehouse.

There was no glass slipper but there was quite a ball with Cinderella last night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The hard rock icons of the 80s and 90s played before a large crowd in a stop on their summer tour. The band, with its original members, returned to the road this year after a four-year hiatus.

Lead singer Tom Keifer, a native of Springfield, Bucks County, showed the energy of a 18-year old (but believe it or not he is 49 years old).

The other band members are Eric Brittingham, Jeff LaBar, and Fred Coury.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
JOSEPH CULTICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The B-52s (from left, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson) will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Thursday.

Nowadays, The B-52s are well-established as prime purveyors of party music for their danceable rhythms and campy songs.

They have also registered their share of quirky hits along the way, including "Love Shack", "Roam", "Rock Lobster", "Private Idaho" and "Channel Z".

There was a time, however, when the band's offbeat approach landed it right in the vanguard of the burgeoning New Wave scene of the late 1970's.

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."