Entertainment around the area
BY JIM RADENHAUSEN
ig Bad Voodoo Daddy, swinging into Carbon County later this month, ranks among the entertainment highlights at local and regional venues in the coming weeks.
The swing band, known for songs such as “You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)” and “Go Daddy-O,” will play Penn’s Peak. The latter will also host tributes to the Eagles and AC/DC.
Mauch Chunk Opera House, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, will welcome Celtic band The Tartan Terrors. The opera house will also host tributes to Green Day, Led Zeppelin and other acts.
Over in the Lehigh Valley, Rick Wakeman, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and The Rascals will perform in Bethlehem, while Jay Leno will bring his brand of humor to Easton. Meanwhile, rock music fans will have a slew of shows to choose from at Stroudsburg’s Sherman Theater.
325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe
• Dark Desert Eagles, 8 p.m. March 17. Following the passing of Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey in 2016, Pat Badger - an original member of rock act Extreme - formed Dark Desert Eagles. The act performs Eagles hits, plus Joe Walsh solo songs.
• Live Wire, 8 p.m. March 18. Established in 2000 and hailing from the New York metro area, Live Wire performs the music of AC/DC.
• Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, 8 p.m. March 24. The contemporary swing-revival band, formed in 1989 in Ventura, California, features, among others, co-founders Scotty Morris and Kurt Sodergren. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has released nine studio albums, with most recent “Louie Louie Louie” out in 2017.
MAUCH CHUNK OPERA HOUSE
14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe
• The Tartan Terrors, 8 p.m. March 17. Ian Irmisch founded the Celtic band - blending music, comedy and dance - with late sister Ellen in 1996. The group’s discography includes albums such as “Whiskey Before Breakfast” and “Here’s to Tonight.“
• Letterbomb, 8 p.m. March 18. Letterbomb performs the music of punk-rock act Green Day. “Letterbomb” appears on Green Day’s 2005 album “American Idiot.”
• Start Making Sense, 8 p.m. March 24. The group, performing the music of art-rock band Talking Heads, takes its name from Talking Heads’ 1984 live album and the Jonathan Demme film “Stop Making Sense.”
• Kashmir, 8 p.m. March 25. Jean Violet created the Led Zeppelin tribute band, named after Zeppelin’s 1975 song of the same name, in New York City in 2000.
• Rich Vos, 8 p.m. March 31. Vos, a comedian and actor, started his stand-up career in 1984. Since 2011, Vos and wife Bonnie McFarlane have co-hosted the podcast “My Wife Hates Me.”
• Soulshine, 8 p.m. April 1. The band, featuring New York musicians, pays tribute to the Allman Brothers Band. The latter released its version of the song “Soulshine” in 1994.
• Mystery City, 7:30 p.m. April 6. Formed in 2014, the classic-rock tribute band’s members hail from Carbon County and the northeastern Pennsylvania area.
• BStreetBand, 8 p.m. April 7. The group, founded in the Scranton/Hazleton area in the 1970s, performs the music of Bruce Springsteen.
• Beyond Purple, 8 p.m. April 8. The Connecticut act showcases early Deep Purple hits, plus hits by Rainbow, Whitesnake and Dio.
TAMAQUA COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER
125 Pine St., Tamaqua
• Comedy Night with Kricket Comedy, 7 p.m. April 1, The Stitch. Steve Bickel, Shana Harton and Eddie Gallagher will perform.
• Gallery Opening with Tamaqua High School Students, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 6. Open to the public. Light refreshments served.
VIC’S JAZZ LOFT
AT THE STABIN MUSEUM
268 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe
• Ecospheres, 7 p.m. March 24. Based in Jim Thorpe, this jazz/rock/funk fusion band features, among others, Kyle O’Brien and Josh Martonyak. Ecospheres covers Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Jeff Beck and others.
• Nicholas Krolak “Correspondence” Release Party, 7 p.m. April 1. The event marks the release of the musician’s “Correspondence” album. Mike Lorenz of Bethlehem and Tyler Dempsey of Clarks Summit will perform with Krolak.
6565 Interchange Road, Lehighton
• Brew & Chili Fest, noon March 18. The event will feature brew and chili samples, with the public voting for its favorite chili. Two of a Kind, a musical duo, will perform.
• Egg Hunts, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 1, 2 and 8. In addition to egg hunts, Country Junction will offer pictures with the Easter Bunny from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on those dates.
701 Hamilton St., Allentown
• PAW Patrol Live! “Heroes Unite,” 6 p.m. April 11 and 12. Ryder and the PAW Patrol pups face their greatest challenge yet when Mayor Humdinger clones Robo Dog.
WIND CREEK EVENT CENTER
77 Wind Creek Blvd., Bethlehem
• Leanne Morgan, 7 p.m. March 18. Born and raised in Tennessee, Morgan started her comedy career in 2001. The comedian has a Netflix special set to premiere this spring,
• Rick Wakeman: His Music and Stories, 8 p.m. March 30. Born in West London, the keyboardist/composer was a session musician early in his career. Following a brief stint with folk-rock act Strawbs, Wakeman joined progressive-rock band Yes in 1971. Wakeman, an on-and-off member of Yes through 2004, has released dozens of solo albums.
• Kenny Wayne Shepherd, 8 p.m. April 1. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, the blues singer-songwriter recently released a 25th anniversary edition of sophomore effort “Truth Is …” In 2013, Shepherd, Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg formed blues supergroup The Rides.
• The Rascals Featuring Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish, 8 p.m. April 7. Formed in 1965 in Garfield, New Jersey, the blue-eyed soul-rock group scored three No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart: “Good Lovin,’” “Groovin’” and “People Got to Be Free.”
• Four By Four, 2 p.m. April 11. The show features music by The Beatles, Beach Boys, Bee Gees and Motown acts.
453 Northampton St., Easton
• “Hits! The Musical,” 7:30 p.m. March 18. Dionne Warwick serves as an executive producer for the show. Cast members, ages 10 to 22, perform some of the biggest hits of all time.
• Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour, 1 and 5 p.m. March 25. Blippi and Meekah discover what makes different cities unique and special. Stevin John’s “Blippi,” an educational YouTube channel/video live-action program, debuted in 2014.
• Bored Teachers Comedy Tour, 7 p.m. April 6. The show features teacher-comedians from the “Bored Teachers” videos and beyond.
• Jay Leno, 7 p.m. April 7. Born in New Rochelle, New York, the comedian and actor hosted “The Tonight Show” from 1992 to 2009 and 2010 to 2014. From 2014 to 2022, Leno hosted the series “Jay Leno’s Garage.”
524 Main St., Stroudsburg
• Box of Rain, 8 p.m. March 18. The Philadelphia band, performing music by the Grateful Dead, takes its name from a 1970 Dead song.
• Rael: A Peter Gabriel Experience, 8 p.m. March 24. Based in New York and northern New Jersey, the band pays tribute to Genesis’ progressive-rock years, plus solo Peter Gabriel hits. Rael was the protagonist of Genesis’s 1974 album “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.”
• Life of Agony and Sick of it All, 6:45 p.m. April 1. Formed in the mid-to-late 1980s in New York City, Life of Agony, an alternative metal band, and Sick of it All, a hardcore punk band, will perform.
• Silverstein, 7 p.m. April 2. Formed in Burlington, Ontario, in 2000, the rock band - whose name references children’s author Shel Silverstein - has released 11 studio albums to date.
• Sam Grisman Project, 8 p.m. April 7. Grisman performs the early-1990s acoustic music his father David made with Jerry Garcia.
• One-Eyed Jack, 7:30 p.m. April 8. Formed in 1991 as a psychedelic garage band, One-Eyed Jack has released four albums to date.
• Dopapod, 8 p.m. April 13. The jam-rock band, formed at Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 2008, has five studio albums to its credit.