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Mark Hummel & the Golden State Lone Star Revue

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GOLDEN STATE-LONE STAR Revue is a concept of a cross country meeting of the minds between California and Texas musicians, featuring Little Charlie Baty and Anson Funderburgh.

Mark Hummel – has had quite a year so far! Besides producing and playing on Blind Pig’s “Remembering Little Walter” with Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman, Little Charlie Baty, Nathan James, June Core & RW Grigsby. The recording was nominated for a Grammy Award and has recently won Best Blues Album & Best Traditional Blues Album of the year at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN.

LITTLE CHARLIE BATY – is the former leader and masterful guitarist from Alligator Records recording act “Litle Charlie & the Nightcats”. Charlie and the Nightcats have been one of the West Coast’s most successful blues acts, touring the globe for over 25 years.

ANSON FUNDERBURGH – a native of Texas, Anson has earned the respect of artists like Delbert McClinton, Boz Scaggs, Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ronnie Earl. Over the years, these musicians have called on Anson to lend his tremendous guitar talents to their projects. Funderburgh recorded with the Fabulous Thunderbirds on their Butt Rockin’ album, and went solo in 1981.

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Sugar Blue

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Sugar Blue is known as the Jimi Hendrix and Charlie Parker of the harmonica for his astonishing technical mastery. His style is melodically fluid, instantly recognizable for its soaring trills, flamboyant flourishes and swooping glissandos that bring the tiny dynamo’s remarkable sonic and emotional range to life.

Born in Harlem, New York he spent his childhood listening to performances by some of the finest show people of the day, including Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Dexter Gordon and James Brown, at the famous Apollo Theatre where his mother was a singer and dancer.

His fate was sealed when an aunt gave him a harmonica for his tenth birthday: it was instant love and he began playing along with Bob Dylan (with whom he would later record…) and Stevie Wonder songs on the radio as well as Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson. It was this diverse background that gave birth to his own unique sound.

He moved to Paris, France where he met the Rolling Stones who used his unmistakable sound to good advantage on three of their albums: that’s Sugar Blue’s harmonica blasting on their ’78 platinum disco hit “Miss You”.

He toured with Willie Dixon’s Chicago Blues All Stars, formed his own band and won a Grammy in 1985 for his contribution to the album Blues Explosion recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Blue has made a few appearances on the big screen too: he performed in the Cinemax special, Fats Domino and Friends, with Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis and others in the 1987 thriller, Angel Heart starring Robert De Niro.

“The man who took Little Walter’s innovations on that same instrument clear into the stratosphere” – TIME OUT CHICAGO

“One of the foremost harmonica players of our times …” ROLLING STONE

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The Dublin City Ramblers

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Ireland’s legendary folk music group have been at it for 4 decades and recently have been honored with a Ballad/Folk Group of the Year award at the Irish Country Music Awards.

During their long career, the multi award winning Dublin City Ramblers have released over 30 albums, eight of which went gold. They have also notched up several top ten hits beginning with “The Rare Ould Times” through “Flight Of Earls” “John O’Dreams” to “The Punch and Judy Man,” “The Ferryman,” and others.

They continue to wow audiences all over the world with shows that are full of energy, humor and most of all great music. They play a mixture of ballads and folk music and have performed at some of the world’s most iconic venues and festivals including Dublin’s National Stadium, New York’s Carnegie Hall, England’s Royal Albert Hall, Hollywood Irish Fest, Florida, Miami Irish Fest, the Cleveland Irish Festival, and the Milwaukee Irish Festival.

Hey 19 - A Tribute to Steely Dan

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Hey Nineteen is the Nation’s top Steely Dan tribute band, an 11-piece group of professional musicians with the theoretical knowledge and musicality required to master the complex music of Steely Dan. They have packed venues throughout New England and are well-known for their their spot-on Steely Dan sound. Hey Nineteen will amaze you with their exacting solos (as originally recorded), vocals, harmonies, and musicality, all while keeping you moving with their high-energy show.

They comprise top professional musicians, several of whom have performed with Grammy-winning, international artists. Hey Nineteen brings the big hits and the deep cuts, from ‘Do It Again’ to ‘Your Gold Teeth II’, from ‘Reelin’ in the Years’ to “Doctor Wu” and many more.

“Rejoice, Steely Dan fans! The next best thing to seeing the real band live is a local group of exceptional musicians, “Hey, Nineteen,” who play the music, note perfect. Just getting the right chords to these songs is like making a politician tell the truth..”

Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo

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One of the world’s truly extraordinary guitarists, Frank Vignola brings his jaw-dropping technique for a not-to-be-missed concert. Joined tonight by youthful guitar ace Vinny Raniolo, Frank demonstrates the stunning virtuosity that has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, and the late guitar legend Les Paul, who included Frank in his “Five Most Admired Guitar List.”

Raised in the New York area, Frank started playing guitar at the age of six. In the 1980s he enjoyed numerous sideman gigs with folks like Madonna and Leon Redbone, as well as coming into his own as a bandleader with his famed Hot Club of France tribute, which the New York Times hailed as one of New York City’s top ten acts of 1988. Frank has explored a range of musical genres over the subsequent years: leading jazz projects like Appel Direct, performing with Les Paul, and playing with the likes of Donald Fagen, Queen Latifah, and Mark O’Connor. He also somehow found the time to write 18 guitar instruction books for Mel Bay Publications and record numerous solo and collaborative CDs, recently Just Between Frets with Tommy Emmanuel (Solid Air) and Frank-N-Dawg with David Grisman (Acoustic Disc).

At the tender age of 26, guitar whiz Vinny Raniolo had already performed alongside many of the finest musicians in the world, including Tommy Emmanuel, Tony Trishka, and Matt Flinner–not to mention Frank Vignola!

40 Story Radio Tower - De Tierra Caliente

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Another installment of 40 Story Radio Tower hits the stage for summer night of totally unique brand of theater. The brainchild of Joe Ferron Hiatt, writer and playwright, along with the addition of some of the most original thinkers and talent from northeast Pennsylvania to Philly to Brooklyn and more, and this will make a fantastic evening of original work put before a live audience and recorded live for download on Itunes.

MUSICAL GUEST : De Tierra Caliente: A Latin party band whose music fills the air with bright colors and gets everybody up and dancing. Catchy melodies and unaffected lyrics fuse with Latin, Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms to inspire an irresistible North/South American party.

The quartet delivers the sabor, spice and alegría of warm-weather countries to American audiences, where formidable winters and nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic sometimes overshadow simple pleasures like sharing a meal with friends or going out dancing. At a show you can’t help but heat up as intoxicating songs in Spanish, English and Portuguese sing out the bright colors and familial warmth of a South American kitchen.

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Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand

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Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband

They’re from the great state of Utah, and have won the Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition, so that tells you some important basics.

However, aside from letting you know that Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband are knockout musicians, it doesn’t tell you about the quality of their stage show.

Back in 2008, they put on one of the most entertaining nights of music ever here at the Opera House. Incredible fiddle, guitars and banjo, original and classic tunes, lead vocals and harmonies, comedy even: there’s just about nothing this band can’t do – and do it well.

Featured right in the middle of Jim Thorpe’s famous Fall Foliage Festival, Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband presents the perfect show for the season. Traditional instruments, such as mandolin, fiddle and acoustic guitar, are all featured in the act. They can pick and grin alongside the best bluegrass outfits, past and present.

Yet the band can also rock out, or feature the solo improvisations of the best of jam music. Some songs even have a world beat or reggae feel. Country? No problem – the group delivered the album and song, Dream Big, which made it into the Top 20 of the Billboard Country charts.

Their music is better than glitz, commercial, whatzit. They don’t just play the banjo, they OWN the banjo, and are a credit to contemporary bluegrass. – A fan commenting on their song Banjo Boy

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Sons and Heirs - A Smiths and Morrissey Tribute

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“…these guys love the band, and they’re really passionate about it” – Andy Rourke, The Smiths

“The Sons & Heirs visually and musically approximate The Smiths in their prime” – Jerusalem Post

Special guests: Lower Wolves R.E.M. Tribute

The music of Morrissey, Johnny Marr & co. lives on with The Sons & Heirs, a New York-based tribute band that recreates the experience of seeing The Smiths in their prime. Singer Ronnissey, guitarist Ravi Marr, bassist Fredo Rourke, and drummer Flax Joyce deliver the songs and live performance of The Smiths and Morrissey with keen attention to detail, down to the last gladioli flower left on stage. Since 2006, The Sons & Heirs have performed everywhere from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles, and have shared the stage with the likes of Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and Morrissey drummer Spencer Cobrin.

The Sons and Heirs’ goal is to authentically recreate the experience of seeing The Smiths live during their brief touring career (’82-’86). From a musical standpoint, this means that they faithfully follow the band’s live arrangements, shunning any artistic liberties that a musician may be tempted to indulge in when covering a song. From a sonic standpoint, they have assembled instruments and technology which are as close as possible to what the Smiths actually used. Visually, each band member embodies the style, spirit and energy of their corresponding member.

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Barefoot Movement

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40 Story Radio Tower is a stage show at the Opera House recorded live for podcast. It features original broadcast-style dramas, comedies, humor, and poetry, and showcases a musical act.

A variety show in the style of A Prairie Home Companion, 40 Story Radio Tower is the brainchild of Jim Thorpe playwright Joe Ferron Hiatt. It is a celebration of the spoken word, through plays, comedies, and poetry, and of new live music, all presented in a radio show format.

This month’s featured guest definitely qualifies as one of the most eclectic acts around: Take a listen to The Barefoot Movement, and you will hear slices of bluegrass, country, folk, and even a little bit of rock and roll. That diverse mix has attracted widespread critical acclaim for their latest album, “Figures of the Year.”

How would Wall classify their melting pot of music? "I think folk-Americana is really accurate, because we draw from so many styles of traditional music," bandleader Noah Wall says. "It's hard to call it just bluegrass. We do play a lot of old-time string music, but that's definitely not all we do. The songs that I write draw from anything from classic rock – what I grew up listening to – or folk, or anything in between. I would say it's traditional based music that draws from all kinds of traditional music."

Hollywood Nights

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HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS is truly a Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet band experience! There show is based on Bob’s high energy performances of the late nineteen seventys and the bands attention to detail cannot go unnoticed. Bringing ten musicians to the stage with songs like Night Moves Against the wind, Old time Rock & Roll, Katmandu, Like a rock and Turn the page, this will be a night for all who have come to love Rock & Roll in its finest moment.

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Billy Joel Tribute - The Stranger

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THE STRANGER is the complete premiere tribute to the music of one of the worlds most beloved performers, Billy Joel. Comprised of some of the best and most experienced musicians in the business, this 6 piece band brings together an authentic replication of Billy’s timeless music, crowning it with soulful, spot on vocals that makes listening to a Billy Joel song so special. Out front on piano & lead vocals is founder & frontman Mike Santoro. Born and raised in Levittown NY like Joel himself, Mike also looks like Billy, moves like Billy, plays piano like Billy, and most of all sounds so much like Billy Joel that you will be astonished that what you’re seeing and hearing is actually a tribute artist. We give you the Billy Joel show with the sound of his original band in his prime… energetic, interactive an often unpredictable. Its live entertainment at its best!

Frank Sinatra Show - The Tony Sands Orchestra

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Tony Sands captivates his audiences with the mannerisms, illusion and romance that have made him a must see in Atlantic City & Vegas for more than 20 years. Tony’s impressive resume includes numerous television appearances throughout the east coast as well as his spot on portrayal of Sinatra in a Rat Pack style revue.

Currently Tony Sands if producing a never before seen musical journey about the life and times of the late Frank Sinatra called “It Was A Very Good Year”.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House is an exquisite venue to hear Big Band music & this performance will feature an 8 piece world-class big band. You’ll hear all the best loved Sinatra Classic true to the original arrangements.

Crenshaw, Edwards, Jeffreys

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Marshall Crenshaw
Born near Detroit, Michigan, Marshall Crenshaw began playing guitar at age ten and he received his first break playing John Lennon in the off-Broadway company of Beatlemania. In 1987, he played Buddy Holly in the Richie Valens biopic “La Bamba.” While living in NYC, he recorded the single “Something’s Gonna Happen” for Alan Betrock’s Shake Records, which led to a deal with Warner Bros. His debut album, Marshall Crenshaw was acclaimed as a pop masterpiece upon its release in 1982 and established him as a first-rate songwriter, singer and guitarist. The record spawned the Top 40 single “Someday, Someway,” which rockabilly singer Robert Gordon covered and scored a hit with a year earlier, and other classics such as “(You’re My) Favorite Waste of Time,” “Whenever You’re On My Mind” and “Cynical Girl.” Over the course of a career that’s spanned three decades, 13 albums and hundreds of songs, Marshall Crenshaw’s musical output has maintained a consistent fidelity to the qualities of melody, craftsmanship and passion, and his efforts have been rewarded with the devotion of a broad and remarkably loyal fan base.
Jonathan Edwards
Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age. This is one veteran performer who is neither grizzled nor nostalgic. These days Jonathan is likely to be found on the road. “I’ve been doing what I do best, which is playing live in front of people. I’ve been concentrating on that and loving it,” he says.
Garland Jeffreys
Since his debut in 1969, Brooklyn-born, African-American/Puerto Rican vocalist/songwriter Garland Jeffreys has been hard to define: Is he a racial protest singer who likes reggae, or a rocker who likes the darker shade of the black-born blues? Jeffreys, who turns 70 this June (2013), grew up loving doo-wop legend Frankie Lymon, roomed with Lou Reed in college and has worked with Dr. John, Sonny Rollins, James Taylor and Linton Kwesi Johnson among others. 2011’s lauded “The King of In Between” was his first album in 13 years and another is already on the way as he experineces a new awakwening of his creative powers.

Leftover Salmon with Billy Payne

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Leftover Salmon is a genre-bending band from Boulder, Colorado. Their unique blend of bluegrass, rock, country, and Cajun/Zydeco, which the band calls “Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass”, has found favor with the jam band scene. The band formed by accident in 1989 (see 1989 in music), when a local band, the Salmon Heads, asked some members of the Left Hand String Band to fill some missing spots in its lineup. The synergy worked and the result was Leftover Salmon. After the independent release of Bridges to Bert in 1993 (see 1993 in music) and the 1995 (see 1995 in music) live follow-up Ask The Fish, Leftover Salmon gained a spot on the H.O.R.D.E. festival tour and a contract with Hollywood Records. Their 1997 Hollywood debut and second studio album, Euphoria, continued to define their eclectic sound and introduced many songs that would become classics for the band. Even though the group is performing more traditionally structured songs instead of loosely organized jams, there are still plenty of opportunities for the group to exhibit the instrumental virtuosity that has made them favorites on the jam-band circuit. Newcomer Noam Pikelny is a blazing banjo picker in the Béla Fleck mode, and every time he breaks into a solo the energy level kicks up a notch. Leftover Salmon’s new take on traditional styles has more than enough imagination to keep fans of the band’s older, more freewheeling style happy, even as the more disciplined performances attract new ones into the fold.

Wishbone Ash

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Touring and producing outstanding progressive rock for over 40 years, Wishbone Ash remains one of Britain’s most remarkable bands. Always best appreciated live, their twin-guitar sound, honed back in the seventies, is one of their defining and enduring traits.

Wishbone Ash are considered to be one of the major innovators of the harmony twin lead guitar format. Their contributions helped Andy Powell and Ted Turner to be voted “Two of the Ten Most Important Guitarists in Rock History” (Traffic magazine 1989), and to appear in the “Top 20 Guitarists Of All Time” (Rolling Stone). Melody Maker (1972) described Powell and Turner as “the most interesting two guitar team since the days when Beck and Page graced The Yardbirds”.

Dala Girls

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Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony best described as angelic. These two best friends met in their high school music class in 2002; they have since released five albums and toured extensively across North America. Darlings of the Canadian music scene, Dala are now poised to bring their fresh brand of acoustic pop music to the world.

Drawing upon influences like The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Dala write songs that are both catchy and insightful. Amanda’s ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Sheila’s velvety alto, creating the lush harmonies that have become their trademark.

“There’s nothing pretentious about Dala’s music; it’s stripped down and laid bare. That’s not to say it is without polish – far from it. Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther have worked hard to exploit every facet of their extraordinary musical blend, and it would be just as at home in a 1960s coffeehouse as it is now on the contemporary concert stage”. -Andrew Craig, Host of CBC “Canada Live”

The sheer joy with which they perform is infectious, turning first-time listeners into instant fans. Dala are equally entertaining between songs, telling funny and down to earth stories that make every show unique. Dala have opened for artists such as Tom Cochrane, Stuart McLean of the CBC’s Vinyl Café, Richie Havens and Arlo Guthrie. No strangers to the festival scene, they have also performed at The New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Edmonton Folk Festival, California’s Strawberry Festival and Mariposa. In 2009, they were the only Canadian act invited to play at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival.

The Alt

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The Alt

The beautiful mountain Knocknarea in Ireland’s County Sligo is said to be the final resting place of the ancient Irish warrior-queen Maeve. The ‘Alt’ is a storied glen on the side of Knocknarea, and it was in the shadow of this glen that the three master Irish traditional musicians in The Alt – John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy, and Eamon O’Leary – first gathered to rehearse.

The Alt are fully aware of traditional Irish musical history, and chose to record their debut album in the quiet isolation of a small cabin in North Carolina’s Appalachian mountains, where Irish immigrants first settled into new homes in Appalachia. These master musicians touch at something deeper in Irish music, something swift and beautiful and magical that has always run beneath these songs.

Each player in The Alt is a leading light of today’s folk scene and though this could be easily called a supergroup, at its heart The Alt is really a celebration of friendship and song.

Guitarist and singer John Doyle, whose family hails from around Knocknarea, was born and raised in Dublin, lives in Asheville, NC, and is one of the pre-eminent guitarists and vocalists of his generation. His ground-breaking work with Irish band Solas and with Karen Casey has influenced many other artists and his style of guitar accompaniment is iconic in Irish music.

He met flutist and singer Nuala Kennedy at Celtic Colors and while touring in Europe and the two hit it off while exploring songs and tunes in common. Nuala is herself a singer and songwriter well-known internationally for her beautiful vocals and her unusual arrangements of traditional songs.

Looking to add a third voice to the band, John suggested his long-time friend and fellow Dubliner Eamon O’Leary, who also plays guitar and bouzouki. O’Leary is one of the most in-demand Irish vocalists and guitarists in the US today, thanks to his subtle and beautiful work with Jefferson Hamer in The Murphy Beds.

Gathered in the mountains of North Carolina, The Alt recorded their debut album in just three days, a testament to the ease each member feels with their native music. The singular sound of The Alt is greater than the sum of its parts; at once delicate, deliberate and at its core always in deference to the music.

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Ted Vigil's Tribute to John Denver

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John Denver is alive and well with Ted Vigil! With his uncanny resemblance to John Denver, both physically and vocally, singer/songwriter Ted Vigil has stunned audiences across the country with his tribute performances.

Born and raised in the same open air which John Denver so deeply cherished, Vigil recreates the original concert experience in his tribute to John Denver. Ted’s incredible voice and likeness elevates this show to the most accurate representation of any artist your likely to see on stage.

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Tom Petty Tribute - Damn The Torpedoes -

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Damn the Torpedoes is the ultimate tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.  Each member takes pride in playing the extensive Tom Petty catalog while sounding and acting as close to the real thing as possible.

Whether performing note for note renditions of the studio recordings or engaging the audience with actual live versions of TPATH’s concert performances, the Damn the Torpedoes deliver a great Tom Petty experience.

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The Young Dubliners

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In recent years they have twice appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, had songs featured in TV shows (Sons Of Anarchy, Human Target) and toured extensively as a headliner and as the opener for such a diverse list of artists as Collective Soul, Jethro Tull, Johnny Lang and many more.

Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called ‘Celtic Rock’, that label, as labels often can be, is misleading. The Irish influence is there, certainly, but it’s not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. That was always the idea, Keith explains. The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different backgrounds. Even though two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music we listened to growing up wasn’t Irish at all, but when we got here, we got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish Music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. Everyone writes now so you never know what you’ll end up with when you start on a new album.

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Leo Kottke

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At any given moment you could close your eyes and imagine three guitarists in the place of Kottke. One of the most influential finger style guitarist of his day. Leo Kottke’s innovative sound and mind bending guitar work, changed a generation of thought about how an Acoustic guitar can be played.

For over 4 decades the mastery of one mans instrument can be heard in many players today, the great Willy Porter bows down to his genius and points to Kottke as one of his early inspriations.

He is known for a fingerpicking style that draws on influences from blues, jazz, and folk music, and for syncopated, polyphonic melodies in alternative tuning.

It the perfect marriage of space and sound when Leo takes the stage in the stellar acoustic environment of the Mauch Chunk Opera House. For virtuosos of this caliber it will be awe inspiring.

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Eaglemania

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If you love The Eagles, then this is the show to see. After wowing a big crowd last April, this is their much-anticipated return. With an intimate room, phenomenal sound, all seats close, and a great listening and viewing balcony, it all adds up to a great opportunity to experience your own style of Eaglemania!

With a passion for perfection, Eaglemania brings the ultimate Eagles experience, scrupulously delivering the harmonies and musicianship of one of the greatest bands of all time.

Formed in 1971 by Glen Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, they later added Don Felder, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmitt. With five number one singles, six Grammys, five American Music Awards, and six number one albums, the Eagles were (and continue to be) one of the most successful musical acts ever.

Alex De Grassi

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Alex de Grassi has been a unique voice in the world of acoustic guitar for over 30 years and his innovative approach to composing and arranging for solo steel-string guitar has influenced a generation of players. From his first solo performances in university coffeehouses and as a street musician to his engagements at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Montreux Jazz Festival, Alex has followed his own vision and, in the process, helped to lay the foundation for contemporary fingerstyle guitar.

Alex’s career has drawn acclaim for numerous recordings as well as for his live performances as a soloist and within ensemble settings. His 1978 recording, Turning: Turning Back (cited by Acoustic Guitar magazine among their top ten essential fingerstyle recordings), the subsequent recordings Slow Circle (1979) and Southern Exposure (1984), and his Grammy-nominated recording The Water Garden (1998) are considered classics of the genre.

Alex’s most recent solo guitar recording, In Concert (Mel Bay Records), was recorded in front of a live Nashville audience and it features compositions and arrangements spanning the length of his career. His latest solo studio recording, Now and Then: Folk Songs for the 21st Century (Tropo Records), features contemporary arrangements of 11 treasured melodies from the American standards repertoire. “In rediscovering these songs,” he explains, “I came to appreciate the maxim that folk music is a ‘living’ tradition, and that each generation will find relevance and a way to reinterpret these songs … I have arranged traditional melodies to … tell a few American stories whose threads reach through time to unite the present with the past.”

Over the last three decades as a soloist and collaborator, de Grassi has explored a variety of musical directions, and he has stretched his repertoire to include interpretations of jazz classics with Bolivian Blues Bar (Narada Jazz 1999), and Tatamonk, a collaboration with Chilean folk musician Quique Cruz. Alex’s latest foray into collaborative works is the deMania trio with bassist Michael Manring and percussionist Chris Garcia. Their first recording, deMania, was released in 2006.

In addition to the Grammy nomination, Alex’s tenth recording, The Water Garden, garnered an Indie Award nomination and was named Crossroads Magazine’s Best Acoustic Instrumental Recording of the year. Shortwave Postcard (Auditorium) was picked as one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s Top CDs of 2002.

The 'The Band' Band Last Waltz Celebration

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The original Band’s final performance, in San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom, was called The Last Waltz, and set the standard by which all farewell concerts are measured. We celebrate that great night back in 1976!

The Band produced some of the most original and soulful music that set the standard for contemporary music in Anerica with classics like Up on Cripple Creek, The Weight, Ophelia, It Makes No Difference, and I Shall Be Released.

The Last Waltz Celebration features a 3-piece horn section, as well as the full 5 pieces of the ‘The Band’ Band. One in the audience last summer said “I had no idea how much I loved The Band!”

As with the original Last Waltz, when Bill Graham catered the show to acknowledge a historic event, the Opera House will serve hors d’oeuvre.

Craig Thatcher Hendrix Tribute

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Guitarist Craig Thatcher, along with bassist/vocalist Wayde Leonard and drummer Don Plowman, has put together an explosive Jimi Hendrix tribute show.

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The Sixties Show

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The Sixties Show is a NYC based theatrical based multimedia show from NYC and is regarded as The Greatest 1960’s Musical Tribute show in The World.

The act features former members of Billy Joel’s and Elton John’s band, The Boston Pops® and current members of Multi Platinum Pop Stars The Smithereens.

Individually they have toured and recorded with Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys, Mick Jagger, The Bee Gees, Paul McCartney, Carley Simon, Bruce Springsteen and Pete Townsend and other chart topping legends.

The band dresses in full mod 1960’s costume and plays only authentic vintage 1960’s instrumentation and gear while they meticulously re produce the hits, b-sides and deep album cuts from only the very best songs of the 1960’s that sound just like the original albums. The show also involves narration and key archival 1960’s newsreel footage and sound bites that takes the audience back in time.

Mary Fahl

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“Sounding like no other singer of her generation” (Allmusic.com), Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer-songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s band October Project, an East Coast chamber-pop group that recorded two poetic albums for Epic, selling over 300,000 albums.

With what the Boston Globe dubbed “a voice for the gods” Fahl wraps you up in her rich contralto and transports you to every corner of a song with power and subtlety. As a solo performer, she has recorded albums for SONY Classical and V2 Records, and has written and performed songs for several major motion pictures, including the lead song (“Going Home”) for the Civil War epic, Gods and Generals.

During the show, Fahl and her remarkable band will perform an unforgettable version of Judy Collins’ timeless Both Sides Now, as well as the debut performance of a song just completed, which was written by Mary and John Lissauer for the audio version of Anne Rice’s new novel “The Wolves of Midwinter,” scheduled to be released this coming October 15.

With a repertoire of beautiful melodies and sumptuous textures, her acclaimed version of “Dark Side of the Moon” and her own elegant compositions that draw on classical and world music sources, Fahl can either put forth big, cinematic, and lush songs, or she can simply be by herself onstage with no more than a guitar, a spotlight, and her unmistakable voice.

She will also perform songs from her long-anticipated album, “Love and Gravity.”

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Disounts on Lodging and Dining at participating businesses. Your Performance Card will be activated and mailed to you within 8-10 business days

PERFORMANCE CARD $50

Mauch Chunk Opera House
jim thorpe, pa

We will add an additional 20% to your $50 purchase.

PERFORMANCE CARD $100

Mauch Chunk Opera House
jim thorpe, pa

receive 20% extra when you buy a $100 Performance Card. Also use your card at participating local eateries. Check our website to participants

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