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Phil Lesh coming to Penn's Peak

Published July 15. 2013 05:06PM

Phil Lesh, a founding member of the Grateful Dead Band, is the next performer on the grand stage of Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The concert will be held Wednesday, July 24.

Lesh played bass guitar with the Grateful Dead throughout their 30 year career.

Ticket sales are brisk for this concert and there exists a good possibility it could be a sellout.

After the band's disbanding in 1995, Lesh continued the tradition of Grateful Dead family music with a side project, Phil Lesh and Friends, which paid homage to the Dead's music by playing their originals, common covers, and the songs of the members of his band.

Phil & Friends helped keep a legitimate entity for the band's music to continue.

Recently, Lesh has opened a music venue called Terrapin Crossroads, and has been performing with Furthur alongside another former Grateful Dead bandmate Bob Weir.

A day after Lesh performs, Old Crow Medicine Show with Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys will be putting on a concert.

After going on hiatus and losing a key band member, Old Crow Medicine Show came back strong in 2012 with Carry Me Back, a high octane, old-timey sounding record that boasts some of the band's best songwriting to date.

2012 also saw new life for the band's ubiquitous Americana anthem "Wagon Wheel," with Darius Rucker's version of the tune reaching No. 1 on the Billboard country charts.

Hoping to ride the momentum of that feat, Old Crow decided to cobble together a 3-song EP and ship it to country radio.

"On the heel's of Darius Rucker's success with 'Wagon Wheel,' we thought maybe there's a chance country radio will finally spin Old Crow, so the EP really started as a promo thing," said singer-fiddler Ketch Secor. "But we knew our fans would love the bonus songs, too, so we put together a sharp package and put it out for all - kind of a thank you to our fans for all the love and support on the last tour. "

The three song EP features a cover of the Alabama classic "Dixieland Delight." Back in 2008, Secor talked with American Songwriter about his fondness for the country super-group.

One other big event at the venue this month is Wine on the Mountain, which will be held July 27 and 28.

The schedule of upcoming events is as follows:




• 24 - Phil Lesh & Friends, 8 p.m. Tickets $54 advance, $59 day of show.

• 25 - Old Crow Medicine Show with Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys, 8 p.m. Tickets $25 advance, $30 day of show.

• 27 and 28 - Wine on the Mountain.


• 2 - Yonder Mountain String Band, 8 p.m. Tickets $17 advance, $22 day of show.

• 14 - Ted Nugent with Laura Wilde, 8 p.m. Tickets $34 advance, $39 day of show.

• 23 - Big Night Out featuring Hoobastank, Lit, and Alien Ant Farm, 8 p.m. Tickets $25 advance, $30 day of show.


• 6 - Live Wire, 8 p.m. Tickets $17 advance, $22 day of show.

• 26 - Josh Turner with Ayla Brown, 8 p.m. Tickets $37 and $42.


• 4 - Chris Cagle, 8 p.m. Tickets $24 and $29.

• 26 - Gordon Lightfoot's "50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour," 8 p.m. Tickets $42 and $37.


• 2 - America, 8 p.m. Tickets $35 and $40.

Deck Parties


• 18 - Friar's Point Band, 6:30-9 p.m.

• 19 - Ric Toole Band, 6:30-9 p.m.

• 26 - Free Range Folk, 6:30-9 p.m.


• 1 - Jack Kaligis and the New Constitution, 6:30-9 p.m.

• 4 - Richie Molinaro and Mr. Lou, 6:30-9 p.m.

• 8 - Nightwind, 6:30-9 p.m.

• 9 - Craig Thatcher Band, 6:30-9 p.m.

• 15 - Billy Bauer Band, 6:30-9 p.m.

• 22 - Steal Your Face Band, 6:30-9 p.m.

• 25 - Coal County Express, 2-5 p.m.

Luncheon shows

(Reservations required)

• Sept. 17, 18 & 19 - The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. Doors open 11:30 a.m., showtime 1 p.m., lunch noon.

• Oct. 1, 2, and 3 - The Swing Dolls - A Tribute to the Andrews Sisters and the McGuire Sisters. Doors open 11:30 a.m., showtime 1 p.m., lunch noon.

• Oct. 15, 16, and 17 - King Henry and the Showmen - One More for the Road, The Farewell Tour. Doors open 11:30 a.m., showtime 1 p.m., lunch noon.

• Oct. 24 - Real Diamond. Doors open 11:30 a.m., showtime 1 p.m., lunch noon.

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