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Entertainment around the area

usic of the 1960s and 1970s leads the entertainment highlights coming to local and regional venues over the next two weeks.

Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, featuring the 2004 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will play Penn’s Peak.

The venue also will host Tommy James & The Shondells, the Happy Together Tour and Jefferson Starship. The latter evolved from ’60s rock band Jefferson Airplane.

Meanwhile, PyleTribe - featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Artimus Pyle, a 2006 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee - will bring Southern rock to the Signature Event Center.


325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe

866-605-7325, pennspeak.com

• Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, 8 p.m. June 7. Mason co-found English rock band Traffic in 1967, penning, among others, “Hole in My Shoe” and “Feelin’ Alright?” The singer-guitarist’s hit solo singles include “Only You Know and I Know” and ‘”We Just Disagree.”

• Tommy James & The Shondells, 8 p.m. June 8. James, born in Ohio, scored 1960s-era Shondells hits such as “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Mony Mony.” The singer‘s solo hits include 1970s “Draggin’ the Line” and 1979’s “Three Times in Love.”

• Happy Together Tour, 8 p.m. June 13. The tour, in its 15th year, features 1960s acts such as The Turtles/Ron Dante, Jay and the Americans, The Association and Badfinger.

• Bruce in the USA, 8 p.m. June 14. Concert for Carbon. The show, featuring Matt Ryan in the role of Bruce Springsteen, benefits Lehigh Valley Hospital–Carbon.

• Jefferson Starship, 8 p.m. June 15. The band, an offshoot of San Francisco psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane, features original member David Freiberg. The singer/guitarist recorded eight albums with the band from 1974 to 1984, plus recordings in 2008 and 2020.


14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe

570-325-0249, mcohjt.com

• The Mighty Manatees, 8 p.m. June 7. Based in Montgomery County, the collective will pay tribute to the late reggae musician Bob Marley.

• Who’s Next, 8 p.m. June 8. The group performs the music of English rock band The WHO.

• Cris Jacobs, 8 p.m. June 14. Hailing from Baltimore, the soul-blues singer-songwriter/guitarist released his fourth album, “One of These Days,” in April.

• Start Making Sense, 8 p.m. June 15. The act pays tribute to rock band Talking Heads.



268 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe

570-325-5588, vicsjazzloft.com

• James Collins, Sandy Eldred and Kevin Ripley, 7 p.m. June 7. The Philadelphia-based jazz trio will perform music from its new album “Buzz (Talk).”

• Bill Goodwin Trio, 7 p.m. June 14. Goodwin, son of the same-named late radio announcer and actor, co-found the Phil Woods Quartet in 1974. The drummer’s trio, also featuring Jon Ballantyne and Evan Gregor, plans to release a new album soon.



125 Pine St., Tamaqua

570-668-1192, tamaquaarts.org

• Damn the Torpedoes, 7 p.m. June 15. The band, performing the music of Tom Petty, takes it’s name from Petty and The Heartbreakers’ 1979 album of the same name.


635 Seneca Road, Lehighton

484-613-1314, mahoningdit.com

• Retro Toy Market/“Clue,” 5 p.m. June 9. The event, presented with The Big Kid Store, will include a retro toy vendor market and a screening of the 1985 comedy/mystery film “Clue.”


6565 Interchange Road, Lehighton

610-377-5050, countryjunction.com

• Strawberry Weekend, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8 and 9. The event will include strawberry food items, beverages and desserts, as well as children’s activities.

• Father’s Day Weekend, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 15 and 16. The event will include laser tag for dads with a participating child, plus children’s activities.


137 Erin Lane, Brodheadsville

570-872-1444, secpoconos.com

• PyleTribe, 6:30 p.m. June 14. The band, based in Ashville, North Carolina, features Artimus Pyle, who joined rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1974, and son, Chris. Pyle‘s Skynyrd tracks include “Saturday Night Special,” “That Smell” and “What’s Your Name?”


4548 Lehigh Drive, Walnutport

610-767-2249, beckysdi.com

• 78th Anniversary Celebration, 5 p.m. June 15. The event, with a June 22 rain date, will feature, among other highlights, Emerald Dragon Karate, movie characters, a trackless train, fire engine rides, a moon bounce, Horns & Hooves Mini Moos and fireworks.


701 Hamilton St., Allentown

610-224-4625, pplcenter.com

• Nate Bargatze, 7 p.m. June 8. Born Nashville, Tennessee, the comedian released his debut album “Yelled at By a Clown“ in 2012. Stand-up specials include 2015’s “Full Time Magic” and 2023’s “Hello World.”

• “AEW Collision,” 7 p.m. June 20. All Elite Wrestling will bring its Saturday-night wrestling show, which airs on TNT, to the Lehigh Valley.


101 Founders Way, Bethlehem

610-332-1300, steelstacks.org

• Jake Shimabukuro, 8 p.m. June 13. Born in Honolulu, the ukulele player and composer released his debut solo album in 2002, with latest “Grateful” out in 2023.

• Alana Springsteen, 8 p.m. June 19. The singer-songwriter/guitarist, a native of Virginia Beach in Virginia, released her full-length debut album “Twenty Something” in 2023.


453 Northampton St., Easton

800-999-7828, statetheatre.org

• “Shrek: The Musical,” 7 p.m. June 12 and 13. The show, based on DreamWorks’ 2001 film, debuted in 2008 with music by Jeanine Tesori, and book/lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire.


524 Main St., Stroudsburg

570-420-2808, shermantheater.com

• “American Idiot,” June 7-9. Rebel Stages presents the show, based on rock band Green Day’s same-titled 2004 album.

• Juneteenth Freedom Festival, 2 p.m. June 15, Courthouse Square. The theater and the African American Network present the festival, set to include music, vendors and more.


552 River Rd., Shawnee-on-Delaware

570-421-5093, shawneeplayhouse.org

• “The Broken Window,” 7 p.m. June 7-9. Diane Wagner wrote the play, in which old wounds reopen and new challenges arise for a group of former friends.

Signature Event Center in Brodheadsville will welcome PyleTribe on June 14. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS
Dave Mason's Traffic Jam will take the stage at Penn's Peak on Friday.