The stars are out this weekend at Penn’s Peak
Scan this photo with the Prindeo app for a video of Neal McCoy performing his hit song “Wink” in concert. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar return to Penn’s Peak on June 28. Tickets go on sale Friday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Summer’s heating up and that includes the stage at Penn’s Peak. This looks to be one of the hottest weekends of the season at the mountaintop entertainment venue in Jim Thorpe.
Tonight welcome Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. These two have formed one of the most successful partnerships in music history.
During their nearly four-decade career, they have won an unprecedented four consecutive Grammy Awards, as well as three American Music awards.
Their undeniable chemistry, Benatar’s mezzo-soprano vocal range and Giraldo’s trail blazing work as a producer, guitarist and songwriter created some of rock’s most memorable hits, such as “Promises in the Dark,” “Hell is For Children,” We Live For Love,” “Love Is A Battlefield,” “Hit me with Your Best Shot” and “We Belong.”
Their rock ’n’ roll love affair has endured for 39 years and they continue to tour every year, wowing audiences everywhere.
Show time is 8 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.
Canned Heat rose to fame because the band’s knowledge and love of blues music was both wide and deep. Emerging in 1966, Canned Heat was founded by blues historians and record collectors Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson and Bob “The Bear” Hite. Hite took the name “Canned Heat” from a 1928 recording by Tommy Johnson.
They were joined by Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine, another ardent record collector, who was a former member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. Rounding out the band in 1967 were Larry “The Mole” Taylor on bass, an experienced session musician who had played with Jerry Lee Lewis and The Monkees and Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra on drums who had played in two of the biggest Latin American bands, Los Sinners and Los Hooligans.
With the leadership of manager/producer Skip Taylor, the band attained three worldwide hits, “On The Road Again” in 1968, “Going up the Country” in 1969 and “Let’s Work Together” in 1970. These recordings became rock anthems throughout the world with “Going up the Country” later being adopted as the unofficial theme song for the film Woodstock and the “Woodstock Generation.”
In 1970, the band was shattered by the suicide of Wilson. His death sparked reconstruction within the group and member changes have continued throughout the past five decades. In 1981, Hite collapsed and died of a heart attack and in 1997, Vestine died in France following the final gig of a European tour.
Despite these untimely deaths and assorted musical trends, Canned Heat has survived, and more than 50 years later and with 38 albums to their credit, the band is still going strong.
The Craig Thatcher Trio will open for Canned Heat.
Show time is 8 p.m., and doors open at 7 p.m.
Neal McCoy has released 15 studio albums on various labels and has released 34 singles to country radio. In 1993, he broke through with the back-to-back number 1 singles “No Doubt About It” and “Wink” from his platinum-certified album “No Doubt About It.”
His commercial success continued into the late 1990s with two more platinum albums and a gold album, as well as six more Top Ten hits.
A seventh Top Ten hit, the number 10 “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On,” came in 2005 from his self-released “That’s Life.”
“Music of Your Life,” a big band jazz and country amalgam with Les Brown, Jr. recorded for a public television special, appeared in 2011, with a new studio album, “XII,” finally arriving in 2012.
In 2013, he released “Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride,” McCoy’s longtime friend and mentor.
McCoy has been on 15 USO Tours around the world and continues to say it’s one of the achievements he’s most proud of. He is also the recipient of multiple Humanitarian awards from The Academy of Country Music, The Country Radio Broadcasters and The Masonic Grand Lodge.
In 2016 McCoy again made a move to continue his patriotic values by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance “Live” on his Facebook page every morning.
He’s reached millions of viewers all over the country and around the world. Currently he is over 500 days in a row and going strong.
McCoy maintains a busy touring schedule through the year.
You’ll want to catch this show at Penn’s Peak, because McCoy says that “no two shows are the same!”
Show time is 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.