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Penn's Peak

Monday, January 25, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Travis Tritt sings before a crowd of well over 1,000 at Penn's Peak Saturday night, showing his great versatility with an acoustic show.

Travis Tritt has become known as "Mr. Country Club" although there isn't anything stuffy about him.

As he proclaims in his hit song "Country Club," he "drives and old pickup truck" and does "his drinkin from a Dixie cup."

Wearing jeans and sipping from a Dixie cup, the country music singer did an acoustic concert Saturday night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, attracting a large, responsive crowd for the performance.

He sang most of his hits, did tributes to the late Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, and even interjected some blues.

Thursday, January 21, 2010
Vicky Zetterberg performs as Frida from ABBA during Arrival's visit to Penn's Peak in July, 2008. At left is Finn Sjoberg, an original guitarist for ABBA. Arrival -The Music of ABBA returns to Penn's Peak Friday night. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Arrival's timing for its Penn's Peak performances couldn't be better, at least from the perspective of ABBA fans.

The tribute group, which hails from Sweden, like the original ABBA, last played at the Jim Thorpe venue in July, 2008, coinciding with the theatrical release of the movie version of Mamma Mia!, the musical filled with ABBA songs, which starred Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan.

Thursday, January 21, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Travis Tritt during a previous concert at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. He's returning Saturday night for an acoustic performance.

Saturday night at Penn's Peak, country start Travis Tritt makes a return visit. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $37 and $32.

What makes this performance unique is that it is an acoustic show whereby he will not be backed by a band. The performance has been receiving great reviews.

Some of the hits by Tritt include "Here's A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)," "Country Club," "Help Me Hold On," and "Tell Me I Was Dreaming."

Born just outside of Atlanta, Travis Tritt grew up on a musical combination of Grand Ole Opry, Southern Rock and Delta Blues.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Dave Rehrig of Twitty Fever Band will present, with Tim Gillis, the "Branson Review" as a luncheon show at Penn's Peak on April 27 and 28.

The recent warmer temperatures have many thinking about spring.

One cure for cabin fever is a luncheon show at Penn's Peak, with the season kicking off in April. This year there is quite a varied line-up.

The sound of Branson, movie music, and big bands are are slated, although two big bands coming to the Peak this spring already are sold-out.

For all luncheon shows, reservations are required and can be made by calling toll-free at 877-764-6328.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

January

Ÿ 22 - Arrival - the Music of Abba, 9 p.m. Tickets $28 and $23.

Ÿ 23 - Travis Tritt the Acoustic Show, 8 p.m. Tickets $37 and $32.

February

Ÿ 5 - Yes, 8 p.m. Tickets $47 and $42.

Ÿ 12 - David Cassidy, 8 p.m. Tickets $32 and $27.

Ÿ 13 - Valentine's Dinner Dance featuring Remember When. Dinner at 5 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. Tickets $40. Call 866-605-7325 or 610-826-9200 for reservations.

Ÿ 20 - Bruce in the USA, 8 p.m. Tickets $15 advance, $20 day of show.

Ÿ 21 - Jamey Johnson, 8 p.m. Tickets $34 and $29.

Thursday, January 14, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Photo from a prior appearance at Penn's Peak by Rick Springfield. The singer of the hit song "Jesse's Girl" will be returning to the venue on Friday, Feb. 26. Tickets go on sale Saturday.

John Michael Montgomery headlined a nearly sold-out concert at the 10,000 seat Allentown Fairgrounds just a few years ago. On Sunday, May 16, he will be the headline performer at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

This is just one of several shows added recently to the 2010 schedule at Penn's Peak.

Other names added are country stars Sammy Kershaw and Mel Tillis, pop icon Rick Springfield, and the legendary Blood, Sweat and Tears, whose hit "You've Made Me So Very Happy" was one of the top songs of 1969.

Here's who was recently added:

Thursday, December 31, 2009
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Gregg Allman sings during his Penn's Peak concert Wednesday night.

It didn't take Gregg Allman long to hit his stride.

From the moment he took to the Penn's Peak stage Wednesday night with a bluesy take on "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'", Allman and his crack six-piece band lived up to the tradition he has established.

To paraphrase the title of his 1977 solo album, Allman can still play up a storm.

The Allman Brothers Band celebrated 40 years in 2009, and as a founding member, vocalist and keyboardist, Gregg Allman's contributions to American music, Southern style, are part of the legend that landed ABB into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Gregg Allman will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Gregg Allman's legacy as a pivotal figure in the development of both Southern rock and the jam band movement has been long secure.

For four decades, as a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, Allman's vocals and keyboards have graced ABB's finest moments.

Both the laid back and hell raising parts of his persona have surfaced during his solo turns, highlighted by 1987's hard rocking anthem, "I'm No Angel".

Thursday, December 17, 2009
David Cassidy from "The Partridge Family" TV show will be making a return appearance to Penn's Peak on Feb. 12.

Two classic rock bands are paying a visit to Penn's Peak in 2010.

Skid Row and FireHouse will be appearing in a twinbill on Friday, July 30. Tickets, costing $24 in advance and $29 on the day of the show, go on sale Saturday, Dec. 26.

Also just announced is Big Shot - Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute, on Saturday, Feb. 27. Tickets at $17 in advance go on sale this coming Saturday, Dec. 19.

A reminder that tickets to any Penn's Peak event make great Christmas gifts.

Thursday, December 10, 2009
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Travis Tritt brings his acoustic show to Penn's Peak on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Several new concerts have been added to the Penn's Peak schedule.

Coming to the Jim Thorpe venue are Travis Tritt, Yes, Dave Mason, and The Machine.

Meanwhile, tonight at Penn's Peak, Kenny G will be doing his Christmas show with the concert starting at 8 o'clock.

Tickets are on sale for the Tritt concert, which will be held on Jan. 23.

Tickets for Yes, Mason, and The Machine - a Pink Floyd tribute band - go on sale Saturday.

Yes will be at the concert hall on Feb. 5, Mason has a March 4 date, and The Machine is returning on March 27.