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Entertainment around the area

Local and regional venues will host a variety of music genres, among other attractions, over the next couple of weeks.

Among the highlights: rocker Lita Ford and country act Sawyer Brown will play Penn’s Peak, while rock bands Lynyrd Skynyrd and Greta Van Fleet will play Allentown’s PPL Center. The latter will also host reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel and country act Travis Tritt. On the R&B/soul front, Gladys Knight will play Easton’s State Theatre.

For those craving stand-up fun, Robert Kelly will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, with Wanda Sykes taking the stage at Bethlehem’s Wind Creek Event Center.

In terms of retro cinema, the Mahoning Drive-In Theater will host weekends dedicated to director Quentin Tarantino and horror icon Freddy Krueger.

See below for information on the aforementioned events and more.


325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe

866-605-7325, pennspeak.com

• Daytime Tribute Shows, 1 p.m. The schedule is as follows: We’ve Only Just Begun (Carpenters), Oct. 4; Memories of Patsy (Patsy Cline), Oct. 5; and Islands in the Stream (Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers), Oct. 11-13.

• Elton Rohn, 8 p.m. Sept. 30. Hailing from Toronto, the act performs the music of Elton John.

• YYNOT, 8 p.m. Oct. 7. A Rush cover band formed in 2015, YYNOT features Billy Alexander, Tim Starace, Mike Hetzel and Patty Pershayla. The group also performs original progressive rock.

• Lita Ford, 8 p.m. Oct. 8. Born in England and raised in California, Ford was lead guitarist for The Runaways from 1975 to 1979. With eight solo studio albums to her credit, Ford’s biggest hit singles include “Kiss Me Deadly,” Ozzy Osbourne duet “Close My Eyes Forever” and “Shot of Poison.” Jack Russell’s Great White will also perform.

• Sawyer Brown, 8 p.m. Oct. 9. Formed in 1981 in Apopka, Florida, the country band features Shayne Hill, Joe Smyth, Gregg Hubbard and Mark Miller. Sawyer Brown, winner of the inaugural Vocal Group category on “Star Search” in 1984, has released 18 studio albums to date.


14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe

570-325-0249, mcohjt.com

• Robert Kelly, 7 p.m. Sept. 30. Born in Medford, Massachusetts, Kelly’s roles include stand-up comedian, television and film actor and radio personality. He currently hosts the podcast “You Know What Dude?”

• Nyke Van Wyk & Friends, 8 p.m. Oct. 1. Van Wyk, a violinist, will perform with collaborators and musicians he’s respected through the years.

• Splintered Sunlight, 8 p.m. Oct. 7. Formed in 1992, Splintered Sunlight performs the music of The Grateful Dead. The act features Butchy Sochorow in the role of Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia.

• 70s Flashback, 8 p.m. Oct. 8. 70s Flashback pays tribute to acts of the 1970s, including Carole King, Doobie Brothers and Led Zeppelin. The act features, among others, Dave Bott, Tim Malchitsky and Joelle Witner.



125 Pine St., Tamaqua

570-668-1192, tamaquaarts.org

• Comedy Night, 8 p.m. Sept. 30. Tyler Rothrock will host the event, set to feature Matt Celmer and headliner Paul Spratt.



268 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe

570-325-5588, vicsjazzloft.com

• Jazz Nights: Silvano Monasterios, 7 p.m. Sept. 30. Monasterios, a pianist, will perform with drummer/composer Rodolfo Zuniga and bassist Gabriel Vivas.


635 Seneca Road, Lehighton

610-683-7243, mahoningdit.com

• Tarantino-A-Go-Go! Vol. 2, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Exhumed Films and the Mahoning Drive-In will screen Quentin Tarantino films such as 1992’s “Reservoir Dogs,“ 1997’s “Jackie Brown” and 2009’s “Inglorious Basterds.” General gates open at 6 p.m. Showtime at sundown.

• Freddy-Fest IV: The Final Nightmare, Oct. 7-9. Exhumed Films and the Mahoning Drive-In will screen the first six “A Nightmare on Elm Street” films on Oct. 7 and 8. Jack Sholder, director of the second “Nightmare…” film, will attend. The theater will also screen Sholder’s 1987 sci-fi thriller “The Hidden” on Oct. 6, plus two of Freddy Krueger creator Wes Craven’s films on Oct. 9. Gates open at 6 p.m. Showtime at sundown.


701 Hamilton St., Allentown

610-224-4625, pplcenter.com

• Lynyrd Skynyrd, 7 p.m. Sept. 30. Formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1964, the Southern rock band’s lineup features, among others, Gary Rossington, the only remaining original member. The act has released 14 studio albums to date, with hit singles including “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Free Bird“ and “What’s Your Name?”

• Greta Van Fleet, 7 p.m. Oct. 1. Formed in 2012 in Frankenmuth, Michigan, the band consists of brothers Josh, Jake and Sam Kiszka, plus Danny Wagner. Great Van Fleet released its debut full-length studio album in 2018, with sophomore effort “The Battle at Garden’s Gate” following in 2021.

• Wisin & Yandel, 8 p.m. Oct. 7. The reggaeton duo, which formed in Puerto Rico, released its first studio album in 2000. Wisin & Yandel recently released “No Se Olvida,” the second single from upcoming album “La Última Misión.”

• Travis Tritt, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Born in Marietta, Georgia, Tritt released his debut studio album “Country Club” in 1990, with his most recent, “Set in Stone,” out in 2021. His hit singles include “Help Me Hold On,” “Foolish Pride” and “Best of Intentions.” Chris Janson, whose hits include “Buy Me a Boat” and “Done,” will also perform.


77 Wind Creek Blvd., Bethlehem

610-297-7414, windcreekeventcenter.com

• Wheel of Fortune Live!, 7 p.m. Oct. 2. Mark L. Walberg, host of PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow,” hosts this traveling edition of “America’s Game.”

• Masters of Illusion: Escape the Ordinary, 8 p.m. Oct. 7. Born from the like-titled CW television series, Masters of Illusion features magicians Dan Sperry, Michael Turco and Naathan Phan.

• Wanda Sykes, 7 p.m. Oct. 9. Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, and raised in Maryland, Sykes - an Emmy winning stand-up comic, writer, actress and producer - has performed for 20-plus years. She has starred in numerous specials, television series and films. She serves as a showrunner for Netflix’s “The Upshaws,“ in which she co-stars.

• The Platters, 2 p.m. Oct. 11. Formed in 1952 in Los Angeles, The Platters’ hits include “The Great Pretender,” “Twilight Time” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” The current lineup features Lance Bernard Bryant, Jovian Ford, Brittany Wallace and Omar Ross.


453 Northampton St., Easton

610-258-7766, statetheatre.org

• The Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7. The act performs the hits of Electric Light Orchestra. Mik Kaminski, who recorded and toured with the original ELO from 1973 to 1986, and then with ELO Part II from 1988 to 2000, co-founded The Orchestra in 2001.

• Oh What a Night of Rock N Roll, 7 p.m. Oct. 8. LAR Enterprises will present this event. The lineup includes, among others, Lou Christie (“Lightnin’ Strikes”), Jay Siegel’s Tokens (“The Lion Sleeps Tonight”) and La La Brooks (“Da Doo Run Run”).

• Gladys Knight, 7 p.m. Oct. 9. Born in Atlanta, Knight recorded with family music group The Pips from 1962 to 1987. The act’s biggest hits include “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.“ Knight has also recorded numerous solo studio albums.


524 Main St., Stroudsburg

570-420-2808, shermantheater.com

• Joey & the T-Birds, 7 p.m. Oct. 1. Originating in Queens, New York, the group has performed doo wop for 30-plus years. The show benefits musician James Hummel, who has had recent health issues.