8 DAYS A WEEK:
Wonder jazz: “Don Braden: Earth, Wind & Wonder,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, opens the “Jazz Upstairs” fall season, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. With Braden on saxophone and flute, his latest CD, “Earth Wind and Wonder,” features his quartet performing jazz interpretations of songs by Earth Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder. Braden has toured the world leading his own ensembles, and as a sideman, including for Betty Carter and Wynton Marsalis. He has recorded 21 CDs, and for film and television shows. Braden gives master classes at schools and universities and runs education programs, including the Litchfield Jazz Camp, Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens, and the Harvard University Monday Jazz Band. Tickets: Miller Symphony Hall box office, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown; millersymphonyhall.org; 610-432-6715
The band is back: The Allentown Band, conducted by Ronald Demkee makes its annual September pilgrimage to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown, for a concert, 3 p.m. Sept. 29. The concert features guest soloists Patricia Risley, mezzo soprano, including “Vilyia” from “The Merry Widow” and “O mio babbino caro” from “Gianni Schicchi”; James Vaughen, trumpet, above, including “Trumpet Concert,” by Franz Joseph Haydn, and Eric Gombert, organ, including “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor,” by Johann Sebastian Bach. Vaughen attends the Curtis Institute of Music. Risley has sung at some of the most prestigious opera houses in the world. Gombert is Cantor at St. John’s. The concert is free. Good-will donations accepted.
So Thorogood: George Thorogood and the Destroyers’ “Good To Be Bad Tour: 45 Years of Rock” stops at Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, 8 p.m. Sept. 29. Doors open at 7 p.m. Thorogood has sold more than 15 million albums, with the hits “I Drink Alone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over,” “Who Do You Love” and “Bad To The Bone” and had more than 8,000 concerts since 1975. “My highlight is every night when I walk on that stage and play our hits for those happy people,” says Thorogood, vocals, lead guitar, with Jim Suhler, rhythm guitar; Buddy Leach, saxophone; Bill Blough, bass guitar, and Jeff Simon, drums, percussion.Tickets: Penn’s Peak box office, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe; pennspeak.com; ticketmaster.com; 800-745-3000