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Penn's Peak

Saturday, September 8, 2012
SafetySuit performs Sunday night at Penn's Peak. Opening will be Go Radio and Taylor Berrett. The concert event starts at 8 p.m.

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

Tonight, Live Wire performs an AC/DC tribute. Opening for Live Wire is Completely Unchained.

The music gets underway at 8 p.m. and admission is $27.

Sunday night, SafetySuit brings its pop/rock sound to the venue. This is SafetySuit's first appearance on the mountaintop stage. Opening will be Go Radio and Taylor Berrett.

The event begins at 7:30 and tickets at the door are $20.

Monday, August 20, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Vince Gill performs at Penn's Peak, Saturday night.

Yes, Vince Gill, your fans still believe in you.

A sold-out crowd attended Gill's concert on Saturday night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The audience members sang with him, laughed at his quips, rewarded him with generous applause, and obviously enjoyed every minute of his more than two-hour performance.

Gill delivered a no-nonsense show, singing his songs the way people remember and appreciate them.

Friday, July 27, 2012
A film, "The Last Ride - A Story of Hank Williams - Music's Original Bad Boy," will be shown at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sunday, Sept. 16.

More concerts have been added to the calendar for Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, and tickets for two of them go on sale tomorrow.

Meanwhile, tonight at the venue, 7 Walkers will be making their debut appearance.

Bill Kreutzmann, former Grateful Dead drummer, formed 7 Walkers whose sound is an electrifying mix of New Orleans funk and classic Bay Area rock which they have dubbed "swampadelic."

Their name comes from the title of one of their songs.

Tonight's concert starts at 8 o'clock. Tickets at the door are $25.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Jim Messina will be performing Friday, July 20, at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The concert begins at 8 p.m.

Jim is not only a musician, he is also a knowledgeable and highly skilled recording, mixing and mastering engineer and a producer.

Actually, he almost gave up playing professionally at one point, but Buffalo Springfield changed his mind. He joined the group as a bassist and also produced their final album.

Jim went from Buffalo Springfield to Poco where he helped them carve out the genre referred to as country/rock.

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Lita Ford

One week from today, a new album of rock singer Lita Ford will be released.

The LP, "Living Like a Runaway," refers to her first band The Runaways, of which she was a member between 1975 and 1980, achieving her international breakthrough.

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Blues guitarist, singer, and producer Johnny Winter will be performing Saturday night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. It's one of three concerts at the venue this weekend.

It's going to be a busy weekend at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, with three concerts set over three nights.

On Friday night, Foreigner performs with this event being sold-out.

Johnny Winter returns to the venue Saturday night at 8 p.m. with Magic Slim & The Teardrops opening.

On Sunday night, the rock band Cinderella performs.

It's general admission seating for both the Winter and Cinderella performances, with tickets available at the door.

Tickets for Johnny Winter are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and for Cinderella $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Probably no comedian skirts so many topics as Steven Wright. His one-liners, jokes, paraprosdokians, and deadpan humor can be on anything from the military to ambition to lawyers to, you name it.

Where does he get all his material?

"Just from noticing the world," he said in a telephone interview. "From the minute you wake up to the time you go to bed, you're bombarded by little pieces of information."

He added, "I get it from noticing my surroundings, from reading a book."

As an example of his humor:

"How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?"

Saturday, June 16, 2012
The Wall, America's best live Pink Floyd show, will perform at Penn's Peak at 8 p.m. today.

The Machine is back at Penn's Peak!

The Machine, which bills itself as America's best live Pink Floyd show, last appeared at The Peak in March 2010. It attracts large crowds for every performance here because of its flawless recreation of Pink Floyd concerts as well as the accompanying spectacular light show for which Pink Floyd was known.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 in the PIT and $25 seated.

Joe Pascarell, guitarist and vocalist for the band, said in a phone interview that Penn's Peak is one of the band's favorite venues.

Friday, June 15, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Kellie Pickler, a contestant on the "American Idol" TV show, performs at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Last night, country singer Kellie Pickler was a "Penn's Peak Idol."

The contestant from the popular "American Idol" TV show attracted a large audience at the local venue who applauded her every move, gushed, took pictures, and even gave her gifts.

In a concert that lasted nearly 1 1/2 hours, Pickler responded with a satisfying performance that gave the crowd a glimpse of her fantastic vocal versatility as well as her confidence on the stage.

Thursday, June 7, 2012
The band America will be performing at 8 p.m. Friday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Hits by America include "Tin Man," "Horse With No Name," "Ventura Highway," and "Sister Golden Hair."

The band Chicago unknowingly had some influence on how the band America got its name.

America, whose hits include "Horse With No Name," "Ventura Highway," and "Tin Man," makes a return visit to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Friday. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $40 and $35.

Dewey Bunnell, a founding member of the band, explained in a telephone interview how they became "America."