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Three more concerts slated for Penn's Peak

Published March 05. 2012 05:02PM

Officials at Penn's Peak announced three more concerts coming to the venue.

They are:

• Survivor with special guest Pat Travers Band on Sunday, May 6. Tickets are $24 in advance and $29 on the day of the show.

• Arrival - the World's Greatest Abba Show, on Friday, July 13. Tickets are $28 and $23.

• Jim Messina, on Friday, July 20. Tickets are $23 in advance and $28 day of show.

Tickets go on sale to the general public for all three concerts on Friday, March 9.

They are already available to Penn's Peak Sneak Peak members.

Survivor is a rock band formed in Chicago in 1978. The band is best known for its double platinum-certified 1982 hit "Eye of the Tiger," the theme song for the motion picture Rocky III.

Other singles that charted for Survivor include "Burning Heart," "The Search Is Over," "High on You," "Is This Love," and "I Can't Hold Back."

This is the first appearance at Penn's Peak for Jim Messina.

Messina began learning guitar at the age of 5 and as he got older was attracted in particular to the guitar parts and sounds in early Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson records.

His California roots led him to early '6O's surf music, again especially fascinated by the guitar sounds of early surf/rock groups like Dick Dale and the DelTones and the Champs.

When Jim was only 17 and a senior in high school, he was asked by a local deejay who had heard him play, to assemble a band, and he readily accepted the offer.

He graduated to the position of second engineer at Hollywood's famed Sunset Sound, working with superstars-to-be; among them the Doors, Lee Michaels and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass and later Buffalo Springfield.

After engineering their second album, Buffalo Springfield Again, on which he also served as something of an uncredited producer, Jim joined the group playing bass and producing their final album, "Last Time Around."

After the disbanding of Buffalo Springfield, he joined Poco and played with them for nearly two years.

Jim made three solo albums in the '80s, as well as recording and touring with the original, reunited Poco when they released the album Legacy in 1989.

Solo acoustic performance dates by Jim were well-received and led to his forming a new band to tour with and do the best of his own material and as well as that of some of the illustrious company he'd kept over the years. With an album of all-new material on River North, Jim says he's enjoying discovering who he is, where he's been and where he's going.

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