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Penn's Peak

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Two of the regions best polka bands will be bringing their music to Penn's Peak for a "Polkafest" at 2 p.m. Sunday.

On stage will be John Stanky & the Coalminers and The Pennsylvania Villagers. Doors open at 1 p.m. and there's a general admission fee of $13.

John Stanky, the proclaimed "Gentleman Of Polkas," began his musical career in 1945. He formed his first band in 1950, changing their name to the "Coalminers" in 1962, as some of the players worked the mines.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tickets go on sale Saturday for three concerts recently announced for Penn's Peak.

They are:

• Greg Allman on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

• Bruce in the USA on Saturday, Feb. 20.

• Spyro Gyra on Friday, April 23.

Meanwhile, within the next week, three concerts are scheduled.

Tomorrow night, the unique rockers The Tubes perform. Opening for them will be NightWind.

On Thursday, Oct. 29, America makes a return.

Then on Friday, Oct. 30, the classic rock band Tesla will entertain.

Thursday, October 22, 2009
Dark Star Orchestra will be performing at Penn's Peak on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Opening will be the Donna Jean Godchaux Band.

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, Dark Star Orchestra presents its critically acclaimed live performance at Penn's Peak.

The announcement comes with the additional news that DSO's John Kadlecik (who performs Jerry Garcia's roles for the band) will join Grateful Dead founders Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in their new project, Furthur.

More information and tour dates can be found at www.Furthur.net

Opening for Dark Star will be The Donna Jean Godchaux Band.

Thursday, October 22, 2009
The Tubes will be performing tomorrow night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

John Waybill, lead vocalist of The Tubes, is excited about playing at Penn's Peak tomorrow night.

"It's great," he said of the venue. "We always have a great meet-and-greet. It's one of our best meet-and-greets of all our shows."

He added, "This is the perfect place to go because the stage is big and people can get close. It's about the perfect venue for us."

He prefaced this with, "Expect a freak-out as usual."

The Tubes perform at 8 p.m. Opening for them will be NightWind. Tickets at the door are $20.

Thursday, October 22, 2009
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS America (Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley, from left) will perform at Penn's Peak on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Since riding onto the pop charts in 1972 with ''A Horse with No Name'', America remains as popular as ever with its many fans.

Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell are favorites of the Penn's Peak crowd as well, and they will be returning to the Jim Thorpe area venue next week, on Thursday, Oct. 29, for an 8 p.m. show.

America was originally a trio, formed by the sons of American servicemen stationed in England. The band got the idea for its name from an Americana jukebox on the base where they were living, but it also reflected their roots as well.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Friday night at Penn's Peak, two legendary Southern Rock bands will be making their return.

Performing will be Molly Hatchet and Blackfoot. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

In a telephone interview with Greg T. Walker, bass player for Blackfoot, he remarked that Penn's Peak is one of his favorite venues.

"It's one of the premier venues in the country for that size," he said. "It's designed well. It's constructed well. The sound is great. The production staff is hard t beat."

Thursday, October 15, 2009
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Bobby Barth of Blackfoot plays guitar during the band's concert at Penn's Peak in 2008.

Thursday, October 15, 2009
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Guitarist Bobby Ingram and vocalist Phil McCormack of Molly Hatchet perform at Penn's Peak during a past show.

Monday, October 5, 2009

On his latest album, What Lies Beneath, Robin Trower takes a different direction by handling the vocals himself.

At Penn's Peak Saturday night, Trower continued to let his guitar do the talking.

Trower delighted a crowd of 1,200 at The Peak with a setlist full of his best known material from his 1970's commercial zenith.

This was the second appearance in Jim Thorpe for the 64 year-old British guitarist, and Trower Power was in full flower.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Bret Michaels is proof that while you can take the rock star out of Pennsylvania, you can't take the Keystone State out of the rock star.

The Poison singer and frontman, who grew up in Mechanicsburg, brought his solo tour to Penn's Peak Sunday night before a crowd of 1,000 that gave him a warm welcome back.

Wearing a black Brett Michaels Band tank top and his trademark bandanna under a white cowboy hat, Michaels, at 46, looked fit and ready to rock as he took the stage, after the strains of Guns'n'Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" heralded his entrance.