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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Umphrey’s McGee at The Peak

Monday, March 18, 2019 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Umphrey’s McGee’s Joel Cummins, who handles keyboards and vocals in the progressive rock jam band, looks forward to the 8 p.m. March 21 concert at Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe.

“Penn’s Peak is one of the most stunningly-beautiful rooms we play,” says Cummins in a phone interview. “Fans can expect a show full of elite performances and inexplicably good times will abound.

“Penn’s Peak always goes off for us because we feel like it’s kind of a secret show for the most diehard of fans.

Tristan England born to run in ‘Monster Jam’ EarthShaker

Friday, February 22, 2019 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Tristan England, driver of EarthShaker in the “Monster Jam Triple Threat Series,” Feb. 22-24, PPL Center, Allentown, got his start in 2015 when he attended “Monster Jam University” to train with “Monster Jam World Final” champion, Tom Meents.

“Tom Meents kind of just tossed me in the truck and taught me how to drive.

“I definitely figured out my own driving style over the years and consider myself to be calm, cool and collected.

“It’s controlled chaos and my driving style will get the fans on the edge of their seats,” says England in a phone interview.

Bill Engvall brings his real-life comedy to Penn’s Peak

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Bill Engvall, one of the top comedians in the United States, brings his tour to Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, at 8 p.m. Dec. 7.

As a native of Galveston, Tex., Engvall’s career in comedy started after moving to Dallas where, on a dare, he tried his hand at stand-up comedy one night at a nightclub with friends.

“I had always been a fan of comedy, but I never thought about it as a career. That night was basically a dare. I had no planned thing to do.

Evans has ‘Christmas’ spirit

Friday, November 30, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Country singer Sara Evans is back with her limited engagement tour of “At Christmas,” stopping at 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe.

Evans began her career in the late 1990s and quickly became one of country music’s top female singers with five No. 1 country singles, including “No Place That Far,” “Suds In the Bucket,” “A Real Fine Place To Start,” “Born to Fly” and “A Little Bit Stronger.”

Just say ‘Groot’: ‘Age Of Heroes’ brings Marvel Cinematic Universe to life at PPL Center

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Just say, “Groot.”

“Marvel Universe Live! Age Of Heroes” brings the Marvel Cinematic Universe to life at PPL Center, Allentown, for seven performances, Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.

The latest production from Feld Entertainment, which also produces “Disney On Ice,” “Monster Jam,” “Monster Energy Supercross” and “Sesame Street Live,” is a leading producer of live touring family entertainment.

Ziggy Marley brings voice of love to Penn’s Peak

Friday, September 14, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

As a son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley’s concert, 8 p.m. Sept. 16, is set to bring his message of love to the stage with songs about social, political and personal topics.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica and the eldest son of Bob Marley, Ziggy and his siblings, Stephen, Cedella and Sharon, formed Ziggy and the Melody Makers in 1981 after their father died.

The first song the siblings recorded, “Children Playing In The Streets,” was written by their father. Their 1988 album, “Conscious Party,” received a Grammy.

What’s in a name? For 311, the story is true

Friday, August 24, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

It’s been 27 years since the Omaha, Neb., quintet, 311, brought its unique sound of reggae, hip-hop, funk and heavy metal to the ears of fans throughout the world.

“All of the styles mentioned are accurate ingredients. Personally, jazz has been a big influence. With jazz, you don’t let things get too obvious. 311 used to be more hip-hop but we’ve moved into more reggae, always with rock as the largest ingredient,” says Nick Hexum, says 311 front-man and lead guitarist in a phone interview.

Zero degree of separation with the Bacon Brothers

Friday, August 3, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

With more than 20 years and eight albums under their belt, The Bacon Brothers blend rock, soul, folk and Americana.

“For one thing, we have two writers, and for another thing, we don’t really say, ’This is the kind of music that we play or the instrumentation we use,’” says Kevin Bacon in a phone interview.

“There are certain bands that don’t use certain things, like the banjo. It just wouldn’t work for them. But for us, it does. We write the song and see where the arrangement takes us. Once you do that, it gets pretty diverse in the sound,” says Kevin Bacon.

Giving the hits Creedence

Friday, July 27, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Creedence Clearwater Revisited, with founding members Doug “Cosmo” Clifford and Stu Cook, brings the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival, an American rock band from the 1960s and 70s, to Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, at 8 p.m. Aug. 1.

The Hall of Famers formed Creedence Clearwater Revisited in 1995 after the original group split up in 1972. Performing live once again in concert the hit songs that have touched generations for decades has generated world-wide tours and a platinum-selling album, “Recollection.”