Laurence Juber - Fingerstyle Guitarist

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As a young working musician in London, England in the 1970s, Laurence Juber got an extraordinary, life-changing break when Paul McCartney picked him to become Wings’ lead guitarist. Juber spent three years recording and touring with the band. During that time he won a Best Rock Instrumental GRAMMY® for the track “Rockestra” from the Wings album “Back To The Egg.”

After Wings disbanded in 1981, Laurence embarked on a career as a solo artist, composer and arranger, and soon developed a reputation as a world-class guitar virtuoso, being voted #1 by Fingerstyle Guitar magazine. He has released 13 critically acclaimed solo albums, including “LJ Plays the Beatles”, “Guitarist” and “One Wing”.

“I’ve Got The World On 6 Strings”, is a collection of solo guitar arrangements of tunes by Harold Arlen, composer of ‘Over The Rainbow’, and ‘Stormy Weather’ among many other classics. Laurence has also played guitar on soundtracks for TV (Home Improvement, Beverly Hills 90210) and film (The Big Chill, Dirty Dancing, Pocahantas) as well as recordings with Alan Parsons, Paul Williams, Al Stewart, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Belinda Carlisle, among many others. The venerable C.F. Martin Company currently offers an ‘LJ’ Signature model guitar and GHS Strings market Juber’s Signature guitar strings.

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Denny Corby Mentalist & Magician

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Come to the Mauch Chunk Opera House to laugh and be amazed by hilarious comedy magic from two professional magicians who are known worldwide. Magician and Mentalist Denny Corby with Illusionist David Garrity . They will be presenting their laugh-inducing evening of magic, mind reading, and illusions with a comedic twist!

Denny Corby has been performing comedy magic around the country and has been voted locally as the best magician in the area! David Garrity has traveled the world with his comedy magic show for 25 years and has been seen at the Wolf’s Den at Mohegan Sun Casino and exclusive, all-inclusive, adult only resorts on the Mexican Mayan Riviera.

During this incredible performance you’ll see amazing, visual magic, objects appear, disappear and float around the stage. There will also be hilarious escapes and mind-boggling mind reading.

Laugh out loud while seeing impossible and amazing feats while unlocking the mysteries of the human mind. This will be an evening of mystery entertainment that you will not soon forget!

Eastbound Jesus

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With a snare, a kick, and an old beat up high hat, Carl began teaching himself how to play the drums while Adam and Zack played along on guitars, Luke on banjo and Dave on bass. Vocal melodies and harmonies were flowing like the beer from their cans and within a few hours, the group had written 2 songs front to back and it was obvious, at least to the brand new quintet, that they had immediately put together a sound that was just as unique as it was traditional.

Week by week, song by song, the band quickly collaborated a full set-list of original music, recorded an album in a bedroom with two sm-58’s and on Jan. 27th, 2011 released their debut album Greatest Hits Vol. 1. Eastbound Jesus continued to grow musically, as well as with members picking up Dylan Robinson on lead guitar, as Zack Infante took over on lap steel guitar. Writing music and picking up fans throughout the spring the band won the Saratoga Performing Arts Battle Of The Bands in June of 2011.

Eastbound Jesus continues to grow musically and went into the studio in late November to record their album Holy Smokes due out in the winter of 2012. The album represents a year as a band and the completely unique and exciting sound the members have all worked to develop, which promises to be an album for the ages!

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Tusk - Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

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Tusk, The Definitive Fleetwood Mac Tribute invites audiences on a trip back to when great pop songwriting ruled the charts and Fleetwood Mac dominated the airwaves with multiple top ten hits spanning two decades. TUSK masterfully duplicates all the hits of one of rock’s premier super groups on an evening fitting for a romantic Valentine’s Day night out.

Cornmeal

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Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over a decade, they prove just that as the band sets out with a newly reformed lineup, a fresh energetic sound and heads back into the studio to finish their long-awaited latest studio album after almost six years.

A nationally-recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influenced by American roots and folk music, and seamlessly blends lightning-fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand upon the five-piece acoustic-electric group’s vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the traditions of the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass, Americana, and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growing fan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and live performance.

With the release of their debut album “In The Kitchen” in 2001 by Livin’ Live records, Cornmeal secured its place as one of the top bands in its genre. 2003’s “Tales from Magic Stone Mountain” garnered much critical attention and became a staple on college and AAA top 10 lists throughout the country. In May of 2006, Cornmeal released their third album, “Feet First”, which became proof positive that Cornmeal’s tenure on the road brought on an honest and mature sound. Produced by former guitarist Kris Nowak and bassist Chris Gangi, “Feet First” features strong songwriting and musicianship while demonstrating their ability to stylistically ride the fence and bring it back home without missing a step.

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Simone Felice with Anna Mitchell

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with Special accompaniment by Anna Mitchell

The music of Simone Felice is filled with songs of memory and regret, of reminiscence and desire, songs that reflect on love and childhood and Americanness and, more than anything, on time passing. Each one somehow sounds like a classic, each live performance suggesting we are in the presence of a rare, fiery brilliance.

Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen are brought to mind, such is the depth of emotion wrought by Felice’s careful approach. It shows that the power of music can lift your spirits and make your heart full. His music is so authentic, it’s strangely uplifting, it’s almost like you’re greeting the sunrise.

There is a boldness to Simone’s writing, the fierceness and fearlessness of complete honesty that pushes into places that simply take the breath away. Some of his songs are so perfectly formed they sound like they might have been around forever, touching the hem of Dylan by way of Gordon Lightfoot.

From Ireland, the stunning Anna Mitchell performs with Simone. If David Lynch were to reset Blue Velvet in the wilds of West Cork, then Anna Mitchell’s evocative, dark songs of life and love’s painful kiss would sit well on the soundtrack.

Together, they perform songs good enough to be sung by the whole world.

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Jubilee Riots Formerly Enter the Haggis

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Toronto roots rock band, Jubilee Riots formerly Enter The Haggis, has proven itself to be a true grassroots success story, and never has this been more evident than with the group’s latest release, The Modest Revolution. Inspired entirely by the content of one Canadian newspaper, and funded entirely through the generous contributions of loyal fans, The Modest Revolution represents the latest step in the group’s exciting musical journey.

Seven albums and a decade plus on the road have seen Enter The Haggis evolve from wildly popular local band to established international touring act, with a sound that lies somewhere between the fiercely creative and contemporary soundscapes of Radiohead, and the heartfelt story telling and infectious grooves of The Band. Their formula for success has been a simple one: record great music, back it up with inspired live performances, and tour constantly. It’s this uncompromising commitment to their music and fans that has seen the band garner top ten charting positions on Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes; major television appearances such as A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts and Live with Regis and Kelly; and their very own PBS special.

Eclectic. Electric. Roots Rock Reinvented.

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Todd Snider

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Snider has always been sort of meta, writing songs about music, about seeing shows and about the work of other songwriters. One of his best-known songs, “Beer Run,” is about a couple guys and their failed attempt to use a fake idea before a Robert Earl Keen show. Another, “Brenda,” explores the partnership between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Another tune, “Talking Seattle Grunge Rock Blues,” speaks for itself.

Snider is an of-the-people, no-B.S. type of dude. You get the feeling that if he wasn’t making music he might be working on a landscaping crew or hanging drywall, and maybe getting a healthy string of misdemeanor charges for disturbing the peace or public intoxication. He’s a troubadour whose work can be embraced by fans of radio country, outlaw country, Americana, classic rock or topical folk, but his candor can sometimes shock everyone. Snider is in the Tom Petty, Kris Kristofferson or John Mellencamp mold, and — judging from his book — he seems to smoke a lot more pot than any of them. Snider’s songwriting has generally been more focused on words and story than melody and sophisticated harmony.

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Chatham County Line

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Entering their second decade as an ensemble, Chatham County Line bring a deep reverence for traditional American roots music and timeless bluegrass instrumentation to insightful, poetic original songs that are powerfully contemporary yet rich with the complex resonance of their southern heritage. Over the course of six studio albums and performances around the world, they have pursued a singular style that is entirely their own, yet connects with audiences from all walks.

Dynamic and captivating, Chatham County Line are equally capable of classically hard-driving bluegrass and sparse, haunting ballads. The key to their sound lays in the close collaboration of the band’s four members: Dave Wilson (guitar), John Teer (mandolin, fiddle), Chandler Holt (banjo), and Greg Readling (bass). This partnership enriches their latest album Tightrope (Yep Roc), which was forged over a year’s worth of intensive rehearsals where they put every element under the microscope.

“At the end of the day,” explains Wilson, “you want to write songs that have a reason for existing. For Tightrope, there was a lot of scrutinizing. We wanted every song to make the future Greatest Hits.”

In person, the band is a marvel of rugged soulfulness, veering from winningly loose to thrillingly tight. It’s readily apparent that these four men share a profound friendship, and love what they do. “With this band,” Wilson says, “you can’t just rotate a guy out and replace him. It’s something larger than that. It’s a big train we’re riding on, and everybody’s enjoying the ride.”

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Unforgettable Fire

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Unforgettable Fire was born on New Years Day in 1995. Since then they have performed in some of the most prestigious venues on the East Coast, and built a reputation to be one of the closest experiences to being at an actual live U2 show. They’re dedicated fans of U2, and do not settle for anything less than complete authenticity. In addition to performing a very impressive array of U2 material from pre-Boy to the most recent “No Line On The Horizon,” the band does everything from wardrobe to lighting to recreate the live U2 concert setting for their audiences. Joining the band in the summer of 2001 was singer Tony (Bono) Russo. Over the years, he has brought UF added authenticity, as he is regarded as one of the country’s top Bono look-a-likes. In late 2002, bassist Craig (Adam) Kiell brought his top-notch musicianship, experience, and stage presence to the band and has been a crucial part of the band’s rhythm section ever since. Late 2004 brought guitarist Mick (Edge) Normoyle to the band, which completed its quest to have the truest, most authentic live U2 sound. They’ve succeeded stunningly in that quest, and together they bring their audiences the best possible U2 show.

Hiroya Tsukamoto

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Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. In many ways, his music is reminiscent of guitarist Alex DeGrassi, with stirring melodies and magnetism.

Originally from Kyoto, Japan, he began playing banjo when he was thirteen years old. In 2000, he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the US and since then has been performing internationally, including several appearances with his group at Blue Note in New York.

Hiroya has developed unique acoustic music which is sometimes described as “Cinematic acoustic music” that he recently performed on Japanese National Television. Recipient of the Professional Music Achievement Award, he completed a debut album entitled “The Other Side of the World” with his band Interoceanico, released in 2004.

His composition entitled “El Otro Lado del Mundo” was nominated as the finalist of The USA Songwriting Competition 2004 and “Samba de Siempre” in 2005, also “Seventh Night” is the finalist of International Acoustic Music Award in 2006. Hiroya released his second album entitled “Confluencia” in 2006 and the third album “Where the River Shines” in 2008.

Hiroya’s recent album is “Places”, his spellbinding 2014 effort.

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LUV IT LIVE : Benefit Bash w/Craig Thatcher Band Rock & Blues Revolution

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Lehigh Valley’s premier guitarist/bluesman Craig Thatcher calls out to fans of live music, for a rockumentary of the iconic songs fused by traditional blues with the experimental musical era of the mid 60’s to early 70’s. The Rock-Blues Revolution created a genre we’ve come to know today as Classic Rock. You’ll hear best of Cream, Clapton, Hendrix, Joplin, Zeppelin and more.

Show your support by attending a special evening of Great Music, Food from local eateries, prizes and more. This Benefit is to raise funds to help keep live music alive at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

David Mayfield Parade

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If you’ve seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Jessica Lea Mayfield, or at Bonnaroo, you’ve caught the charisma, the heart, and the comedy, and it’s likely you’ll come back for more. This singer-songwriter, band leader, and Grammy nominated producer David Mayfield grew up playing bass and touring with his family’s bluegrass band. As a teenager he established himself as a hot picker collecting national awards for his dexterity on guitar and mandolin. His knack for colorful performances was evident as a backing player in his sister Jessica Lea Mayfield’s band including their appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” He oozed personality on stage – a trait that makes him a natural frontman. He took his skills and personality when he joined the bluegrass outfit Cadillac Sky, playing sold out shows with British folk revivalists Mumford and Sons. Encouraged by his friend Seth Avett, to record his original material, Mayfield did just that, to much acclaim. Since that time he has toured almost non-stop. Conscious of not just being a musician, but an entertainer – something his father instilled in him in the family band – he certainly makes an impression live. But it’s the strength of his songwriting and musicianship, combined with that charm and personality that keep audiences consistently lining up to join the parade.

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Ambrosia

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In the year 1970, four young musicians from the South Bay of Los Angeles, came together to create a new invigorating style of music.

Exploring the possibilities of progressive, classical and world influences, yet rooted with the soul of the blues and R&B, Joseph Puerta, Christopher North, David Pack and Burleigh Drummond created a new sound that was defined and recognized as “Ambrosia”.

Originally labeled as America’s answer to the progressive invasion of such English acts as “Yes” and “King Crimson”, the group quickly proved it was all that and much more as it’s albums painted aural landscapes covering the gamut of musical styles and attracting the collaboration of such cultural icons as, Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and Alan Parsons.

In it’s brief recording history, Ambrosia garnered 5 Grammy Nominations, 5 Hit Singles, Heavy FM Airplay and the admiration and respect of the musical community. All this was in addition to Sold Out concerts around the world.

Today, the band is more alive and compelling than ever. With three of the original members in tact plus the addition of guitar ace Doug Jackson on electric guitar and backing vocals, Mary Harris contributing amazing keyboards and vocals, and the powerful and contemporary lead vocals and acoustic guitar of Ken Stacey…Ambrosia is exploring new musical territory and continuing to wow life-long fans and new converts alike

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Incendio

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In both Italian and Spanish, incendio means fire and this is a fitting name for a musical group whose sound is all about energy, exploration, and passion. At the heart of Incendio s sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar, which can conjure up romantic as well as powerful, bold images. Their music is not solely flamenco, classical, Middle Eastern, Celtic, jazz, rock, trance, or pop, but all of them. Showcasing the timeless sound of the Spanish guitar in a variety of settings, Incendio takes the listener on a global musical experience.

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Splintered Sunlight - Watkins Glen Show

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42 years ago the Grateful Dead performed at the Watkin Glens gathering in 1973, which attracted more than 600,000 people. We celebrate that event.

Formed in 1992, Splintered Sunlight has been captivating audiences with their authentic tribute to The Grateful Dead for over fifteen years. The band has built a faithful following of deadheads and non-heads by using an approach that respects the improvisational traditions of The Dead, while exploring what can happen when individual band members bring their unique influences and interpretations into the mix.

Different for this show, is a nod to St Patrick’s Day that would have made the Dead proud, themselves known to add appropriate flourishes in honor of the day.

Splintered Sunlight shows feature unique setlists as the band strives to create a special musical experience for the audience every time they take the stage. The band pulls from a list of well over 200 songs which includes songs from The Grateful Dead as well as artists from many musical styles and genres.

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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!

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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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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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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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