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TV talent tops upcoming shows

Near-winning comedians from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” lead the entertainment highlights coming to local and regional venues over the next couple of weeks.

Josh Blue, who finished third on “AGT” in 2021, will perform at Bethlehem’s Musikfest Café, while Drew Lynch, 2015 “AGT” runner-up, will play Stroudsburg’s Sherman Theater.

Among other entertainment options, Celtic punk band Flogging Molly will rock the Jim Thorpe area with a show at Penn’s Peak.

Over in Brodheadsville, rock band Trapt celebrates the release of its upcoming album with a concert at Signature Training Academy.

Two female musicians who debuted in the early-to-mid-1990s, meanwhile, will perform in Bethlehem.

Diana Krall will bring her brand of jazz to Wind Creek Event Center, while singer-songwriter Joan Osborne will play the Musikfest Café.


325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe

866-605-7325, pennspeak.com

• Flogging Molly, 8 p.m. Feb. 24. Formed in 1995 in Los Angeles, the Celtic punk band released the first of its seven studio albums, “Swagger,” in 2000. Flogging Molly, which features founding member Dave King, released its most recent album, “Anthem,” in 2022.

• Tusk, 8 p.m. March 2. The group, a tribute to rock band Fleetwood Mac, formed in 2008 in New Jersey. Tusk takes its name from the Mac’s same-titled 1979 album and song.


14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe

570-325-0249, mcohjt.com

• Jack Willhite Rock & Roll Comedy Show, 8 p.m. Feb. 23. Willhite, a rock vocal impressionist and stand-up comedian, performs music parodies of various rock acts.

• Bad Animals, 8 p.m. Feb. 24. The New York act, formed in 2001, performs the music of rock band Heart. Bad Animals, named after Heart’s same-titled 1987 album and song, features Daena D and Gina D in the roles of sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, respectively.

• Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis, 8 p.m. March 1. Garron, performing as Elvis Presley since 1997, uses the name of Presley’s twin brother who passed away at birth.

• The Linda Ronstadt Experience, 8 p.m. March 2. The Linda Ronstadt tribute features Tristan McIntosh, who, in 2016, finished sixth during the 15th season of “American Idol.”



125 Pine St., Tamaqua

570-668-1192, tamaquaarts.org

• “The Play That Goes Wrong,” 7 p.m. Feb. 23, 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 24. Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields wrote the Oliver-Award-winning play in 2012. In the show, the fictional Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society tries to stage a production of fictitious playwright Susie H.K Brideswell’s 1920s whodunit “The Murder at Haversham Manor.”

• Toolshed Jack American Cancer Society Benefit, 7 p.m. March 2. The party band, based in Schuylkill County, performs uptempo pop, rock and disco songs.


137 Erin Lane, Brodheadsville

570-801-6999, signaturetrainingusa.com

• Trapt: Album Release Party, 6 p.m. Feb. 23. Formed in Los Gatos, California, the rock band released its major-label debut studio album in 2002. The self-titled set featured singles such as “Headstrong,” ’Still Frame” and “Stand Up.” Trapt, set to release its ninth studio album “The Fall” in May, features original members Chris Taylor Brown and Pete Charell.


77 Wind Creek Blvd., Bethlehem

610-297-7414, windcreekeventcenter.com

• Diana Krall, 8 p.m. March 1. Born in British Columbia, Canada, the jazz pianist/singer released her debut album “Stepping Out” in 1993. Three of Krall’s albums, including 2001’s “The Look of Love,” each topped 1 million in domestic sales. The Canadian singer’s 15th studio album, 2020’s “This Dream Of You,” concluded her 20-plus-years working relationship with producer Tommy LiPuma, who passed away in 2018.


101 Founders Way, Bethlehem

610-332-1300, steelstacks.org

• Josh Blue, 8 p.m. Feb. 23. Blue, who grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, won NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2006. The comedian, whose self-deprecating humor centers on his cerebral palsy condition, finished third in the 16th season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2021. Blue’s stand-up specials include 2012’s “Sticky Change” and 2018’s “Broccoli.”

• Brain Damage, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Formed in 2003, the group performs the music of Pink Floyd. Brain Damage takes its name from the British rock band’s same-titled 1973 track.

• SteelStacks High School Jazz Band Showcase, noon and 4 p.m. Feb. 25. The 12th showcase features 20 scholastic jazz groups from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This event marks the second set of preliminaries in the competition, with finals set for 4 p.m. March 24.

• Dancing Dream, 7:30 p.m. March 1. The New York City act, formed in 2009, pays tribute to Swedish pop band ABBA.

• Joan Osborne, 7 p.m. March 3. Born in Anchorage, Kentucky, the singer-songwriter released her debut studio album “Relish” in 1995. The set featured the hits “One of Us” and “St. Teresa.” Osborne, who has performed and recorded music in various genres, released her most recent album, “Nobody Owns You,” in 2023.

• David Nail, 7:30 p.m. March 7. Hailing from Kennett, Missouri, the singer-songwriter released the first of his four studio albums in 2009. Nail scored No. 1 hits at country radio with 2011’s “Let It Rain” and 2013’s “Whatever She’s Got.” He released a 2018 EP as frontman of David Nail & The Well Ravens, with three solo EPs issued thereafter.


453 Northampton St., Easton

800-999-7828, statetheatre.org

• That Motown Band, 7 p.m. March 2. The act performs music by acts such as Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and, The Supremes. Guest Step By Step will celebrate the music of Johnny Maestro.

• Red Hot Chilli Pipers, 7:30 p.m. March 7. Formed in 2002 in Scotland, the Celtic band performs a fusion of traditional pipe tunes and contemporary pieces. Notable covers include Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and Coldplay’s “Clocks.” Albums include 2007’s “Bagrock to the Masses,” 2010’s “Music for the Kilted Generation” and 2019’s “Fresh Air.”


524 Main St., Stroudsburg

570-420-2808, shermantheater.com

• Pure Prairie League, 8 p.m. Feb. 23. Formed in 1970 in Waverly, Ohio, the country-rock band features original member John David Call. Pure Prairie League, with 10 studio albums to its credit, scored hit singles such as 1975’s “Amie” and 1980‘s “Let Me Love You Tonight.” The latter features singer-songwriter Vince Gill on lead vocals.

• Get Your Band in the Spotlight: Artist Showcase, 8 p.m. Feb. 24. The performance lineup includes bands such as Suppress the Sky, Orange Moon Project and Sunday Mourning.

• The Gibson Brothers, 8 p.m. March 1. The bluegrass act, featuring brothers Eric and Leigh Gibson, originated in Plattsburgh, New York. The Gibson Brothers, winner of numerous International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, released its debut studio album in 1994, with its most recent set, “Darkest Hour,” out in 2023.

• Drew Lynch, 8 p.m. March 2. Born in Indianapolis, the comedian/actor finished second in the 10th season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2015. Lynch, who at age 20 suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him with a stutter, appeared in the final season of IFC comedy “Maron” in 2016. The comedian, whose specials include “Concussed” and “Short King,” hosts the podcast “Did I Stutter?!”

Drew Lynch will perform at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS
America's Got Talent third-place winner Josh Blue comes to Bethlehem on Saturday.