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Penn's Peak

Thursday, April 29, 2010
James Otto

James Otto has a lot on his plate right now.

He's ready to tour with country sensation Toby Keith this summer. He's riding on the wave of a current single, "Groovy Little Summer Song," that is climbing the charts. And, he's going to be a daddy.

He and his wife Amy are expecting a daughter in August.

Otto, a member of what is called the "MuzikMafia" to which Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich also belong, will be performing Sunday night at Penn's Peak. The concert begins at 8 o'clock. Tickets are $22 in advance and $27 at the door. Tickets will be available at the door.

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Spyro Gyra will perform at Penn's Peak Friday night.

When Jay Beckenstein was performing in jam sessions in Buffalo, New York back in the 1970's, little did he know that he was in the process of defining a genre of music.

From those jams grew Spyro Gyra, one of the most successful practitioners of the smooth jazz sound on the pop charts.

The latest edition of Spyro Gyra will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Friday evening. Show time is 8 p.m.

Thursday, April 22, 2010
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Ted Nugent, shown here from a 2008 Penn's Peak concert, returns to The Peak on Thursday, June 24 at 8 p.m. The Nuge is known for hard-rocking hits such as "Cat Scratch Fever", "Wango Tango", "Free For All" and "Stranglehold". Tickets are $32 in advance and $37 the day of the show for general admission seating. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, April 24 and are available on-line at www.ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster outlets, including Gallery of Sound and Boscov's, at the Penn's Peak box office and Roadies Restaurant.

Monday, April 19, 2010
38 Special singer Donnie Van Zant (center) stands in between guitarists Don Barnes (left) and Danny Chauncey (right) during the band's sold-out show at Penn's Peak Saturday night. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

38 Special's return to Penn's Peak saw the veteran Southern rockers firing on all cylinders.

The latest stop on the band's 2010 Wild-Eyed and Live Tour attracted a sold-out crowd to The Peak Saturday night, and Donnie Van Zant and company did not disappoint.

Taking the stage with the rocking anthem "Rockin' Into the Night", 38 Special grabbed the throttle and kept the pedal to the metal during a hit-filled 87 minute set.

Monday, April 19, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Cheri Martorana of Rubix Kube brings the 80's back to life at Penn's Peak.

Trying to capture the electricity of the music of the 1980's on stage is like time traveling in that Delorean from Back to the Future; you had better be moving at 88 miles an hour to catch the lightning.

It's a challenge that New York City 80's tribute band Rubix Kube pulled off during a fast paced debut at Penn's Peak Friday night.

The key to pop music success in the 80's was that artists could no longer merely rely on their music. Due to the explosion of MTV onto the scene, acts with a visual flair (and a hot music video) were the ones who topped the charts.

Thursday, April 8, 2010
The Temptations will be making an appearance at Penn's Peak on Thursday, September 23. The group is best known for hits such as "My Girl," "Get Ready," and "Just My Imagination." Tickets for the concert are on sale.

If you enjoy comedians, one of the nation's funniest will be coming to Penn's Peak in June.

Steven Wright, whose CDs are "I Have A Pony" and "I Still Have A Pony," will be bringing his act to the Jim Thorpe venue on Sunday, June 6, at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday but are already available to Sneak Peak Club members.

Known for his deadpan delivery, Wright has built up quite a following on his stand up alone.

He won an Oscar for his short "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings" (1988).

Monday, March 29, 2010
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The Machine, billed as "America's top Pink Floyd show," returned to Penn's Peak on Saturday and played for a sell-out crowd. The band combined a spectacular lights-effect show with Pink Floyd music which captivated the audience with its lengthy performance. It was one of two concerts held this weekend. On Friday night, Melvin Seals and JGB (Jerry Garcia Band) put on what those attending described as an "incredible show."

Thursday, March 25, 2010
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The Machine, the New York-based Pink Floyd tribute band, brings its Ultimate Pink Floyd Live Experience back to Penn's Peak on Sat., March 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for the Pit (standing room only) and $25 for regular reserved seating. Here, bass player Ryan Ball (left) and guitarist/singer Joe Pascarell (right) perform during a 2008 concert at Penn's Peak.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Two concerts are scheduled this weekend at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

On Friday night, Melvin Seals and the JGB Band will be in concert at 8 p.m. As most Grateful Dead fans know, the JGB stands for the Jerry Garcia Band.

On Saturday night, The Machine, which is the ultimate Pink Floyd tribute band, will take the stage at 8 p.m.

Melvin Seals is best known for his friendship and musical partnership with cultural icon Jerry Garcia.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Five more concert events have been announced for Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, including Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, the bluegrass rock band Rusted Root, the Motown sound of The Temptations, the "Ultimate 80s Tribute Band" Rubix Kube, and the ever popular Sha Na Na.

Concert dates are as follows:

* Rubix Kube, Friday, April 16, 9 p.m. Tickets $15 advance and $20 at the door.

* Rusted Root, Saturday, June 12, 8 p.m. Tickets $24 advance, $29 day of show. Tickets go on sale Saturday.