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Another rockin' weekend at Penn's Peak

  • special to the times news The Southern rock band Blackberry Smoke is one of three bands performing at "Winter Jam," at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Friday at 8 p.m.
    special to the times news The Southern rock band Blackberry Smoke is one of three bands performing at "Winter Jam," at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Friday at 8 p.m.
Published February 23. 2012 05:01PM

Two nights of explosive music are set for Penn's Peak, this week.

Friday night, it's Winter Jam, featuring Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke along with Citizen Band Radio and Cabinet. The concert action starts at 8 o'clock. Tickets are $22 at the door.

On Saturday night, it's a tribute to Bruce Springsteen with "Bruce in the USA" performing on stage. Tickets for this event are also $22 at the door.

Winter Jam

Blackberry Smoke is more than Southern rock.

The band's bio states:

"You can call Blackberry Smoke's music southern rock and you wouldn't be wrong. Or you could call it country and you wouldn't be wrong, either. But you would be selling both the band and its legion of fans short by trying to fit them solely into one genre. With influences that run the gamut from country to bluegrass to metal to gospel and yes, southern rock, Blackberry Smoke is more than the sum of its diverse parts."

Blackberry Smoke is an Atlanta based southern rock band. The band is made up of five longhairs who are all about traveling the country roads, good times and plenty of drinking.

Blackberry Smoke features Richard Turner on bass and vocals, Charlie Starr on guitar and vocals, Brandon Still on keys, Brit Turner on drums and Paul Jackson on guitar and vocals. They have had the opportunity to play with the best of the best: ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shooter Jennings. Montgomery Gentry, Marshall Tuckr Band, and Cross Canadian Ragweed, just to name a few.

The quartet, which has built an international following thanks to the Internet and a universal love for good music, self-released its debut, "Bad Luck Ain't No Crime," which was produced by Dupree, in 2004. A few years later, they followed up with the country-centric EP "New Honky Tonk Bootlegs."

Zac Brown signed the band to his Southern Ground label in the Spring of 2011.

Their new album is expected this year, as well as a live DVD recently released through Southern Ground. It was filmed at The Georgia Theatre at their sold out show from the newly renovated building.

Citizen Band Radio is classified as vintage early 70's country and rock blended music.

Their sound comes from a plethora of other artists: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Jesse Colter and the Rolling Stones, to name a few. CB Radio has taken a little bit of each of these artists and blended it all together to get their own unique sound.

Cabinet, with their start merely five years ago in Wilkes-Barre, has outgrown their regional favorite tag and progressed on to a broader fan base. All this while still retaining their own signature Cabinet sound.

Their backgrounds are eclectic, musically, and all that adds to their serious musicianship.

The band has managed to weave bluegrass, country and folk influences into a gorgeous sound all their own. Cabinet consists of Pappy Biondo, J.P. Biondo, Mickey Coviello, Dylan Skursky, Todd Kopec and Jami Novak.

Bruce in the USA

For the die hard Bruce Springsteen fan, this is one show you will not want to miss!

Born on the Las Vegas strip in 2004, Bruce in The USA debuted at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino's "V Theatre."

The band, which is led by Matt Ryan from the World Famous "Legends in Concert," is a note perfect and visually accurate recreation of Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band.

Ryan has an amazing likeness to the real Bruce Springsteen. Not only does Matt look like Bruce, but he sounds just like him too.

As for the E. Street Band members, they were all hand picked from some of the West Coast's most acclaimed musicians. The combination of Matt Ryan and the remaining members of Bruce in The USA prove how they became the World's Number One tribute to the real Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band.

Clarence Clemons himself even joined the band on stage one night claiming that the show was the greatest tribute he has ever seen.

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