Entertainment in the area – Times News Online


Music fans will have their pick of acts to see locally and around over the next two weeks.

Jim Thorpe’s Mauch Chunk Opera House will host world fusion music, tribute bands and the musical Aunt Mary Pat, while fans will get a chance to see their idol Barry Manilow at the PPL Center in Allentown.

In the world of retro cinema, things will get really weird during the Mahoning Drive-In Theater’s Reel Weird Weekend V, which is set to include an appearance from “Blue Sunshine” director Jeff Lieberman. The theater will also host a live puppy adoption event, as well as a tribute to the Monkees.

See below for details on these events and more.


325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe

866-605-7325, pennspeak.com

• Deck Parties, 6:30 p.m. from August 4 to 12. When: South Penn Dixie, country, August 4; Mystery City, classic rock, August 5; Toolshed Jack, pop/rock/disco/funk, August 11; TimeWhys, 1960s rock, August 12.


14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe

570-325-0249, mcohjt.com

• Incendio, 7:30 p.m., August 4. Incendio’s global fusion sound includes genres such as Flamenco, Classical, Middle Eastern, Celtic, Jazz, Rock, Trance and Pop. The Los Angeles band – made up of Jim Stubblefield, Jean-Pierre Durand Liza Carbe and Timothy Curle – released their first album “Misterioso” in 2000 and their most recent, “Summoning the Muse”, in 2019.

• Laurel Canyon, 8 p.m. Aug. 5. The act pays an acoustic tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Laurel Canyon consists of award-winning writer/producer Mark Hudson, Hall of Fame songwriter Gary Burr, and singer-songwriter Mark Mirando.

• Back to the Garden 1969, 8 p.m. August 6. This act honors Woodstock, an event that drew approximately 500,000 people to a small dairy farm in upstate New York. Founder/Leader Gary Adamson has assembled a group of musicians who have toured, performed and recorded nationally. The musicians are all multi-instrumentalists, as well as lead singers.

• Aunt Mary Pat: Downashore & More Tour, 8 p.m. Aug. 12. Following the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2018 Super Bowl victory, Aunt Mary Pat caught the eye via a viral video. In 2019, the comedian released her debut comedy album “Talk of the Township” and Christmas EP “Mary Friggin Christmas.” The following year, she released the single “Summer Days & Philly Nights”.

• AM Radio Tribute Band, 8 p.m. Aug. 13. AM radio plays songs from the 1960s and early 1970s, mimicking sounds, voices, looks, slogans, images, and styles. The band’s lineup includes Jimmy Cavanaugh, Danny Eyer, Bill Sharrow, Su Teears, Joe Triglia and Kevin Burk.



268 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe

570-325-5588, www.vicsjazzloft.com

• Mike Lorenz Trio, 7 p.m. August 4. The trio, consisting of Lorenz on guitar, Justin Sekelewski on bass and Kyle Andrews on drums, will perform originals, standards and covers. Lorenz, composer and pedagogue from Bethlehem, directs and co-directs several groups.

• Jesse Green Trio, 7 p.m. Aug. 11. The trio includes pianist Green, bassist/vocalist David Lantz and drummer Danny Gonzalez. Green, son of trombonist Urbie Green and big band singer Kathy Preston, has recorded three albums as a frontman.


635 Seneca Road, Lehighton

610-683-7243, mahoningdit.com

• Reel Weird Weekend V, August 5-6. Exhumed Films and the Mahoning Drive-In Theater will present the event. “Pink Flamingos” and “Polyester” by John Waters, released in 1972 and 1981 respectively, will be screened on August 5. Both films feature Divine. The August 6 doubleheader “Drugs Are Bad for You” will feature director Jeff Lieberman’s “Blue Sunshine,” featuring Lieberman, and David Cronenberg’s 1992 film “Naked Lunch.” General doors open at 6 p.m. nightly. Showtime at sunset.

• Homeward Bound: Live Puppy Adoption, 6 p.m. The theater will screen 1993’s “Homeward Bound,” a story of courage, adventure and friendship between three pets searching for their owners across the country. The fundraiser and live adoption campaign will benefit Team Philly Bully, a non-profit organization that rescues and fosters animals of all kinds, with a focus on pit bulls and related breeds. . Dogs are welcome and must be well behaved, kept on a leash at all times and cleaned up afterwards. Dogs cannot enter the snack bar.

• Mahoning Monkeymania, August 14. During this celebration of The Monkees fans, the theater will screen two episodes of the 1960s television series, from 35mm copies of Saturday morning reruns. The event will also feature the Monkees’ 1968 movie “Head,” as well as an all-Monkees live DJ set, a themed raffle and more. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show begins at dusk.


6565 Interchange Road, Lehighton

610-333-5354, countryjunction.com

• Laser tag competition, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., August 6. The event will take place in front of the carnival area. Open from 5 years old. Ribbons and prizes awarded to the top six teams. Also, The Groove will perform from 1 to 4 p.m.

• Children’s Day, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 13. The event will include carnival rides, gem mines, arcade games, sidewalk chalk contest, laser tag, bumper cars, mini-bowling, petting zoo and, if the weather permitting, a paintball cart. and pony rides. Additionally, Rikki & Friends will perform from 1-4 p.m.


701 Hamilton Street, Allentown

610-224-4625, pplcenter.com

• Barry Manilow: Hits 2022, 7:30 p.m. Born in New York, Manilow released his self-titled debut album in 1973. He has released over 30 studio albums to date, with his most recent, “Night Songs II”, released in 2020. Manilow scored three No. 1 singles on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart: “Mandy,” “I Write the Songs,” and “Looks Like We Made It.”


524 Main Street, Stroudsburg

570-420-2808, shermantheatre.com

• Nightrain: The Guns N’ Roses Tribute, 8pm August 6th. Nightrain plays every song from the “Appetite For Destruction” album, which includes “Nightrain” and hits such as “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Paradise City” and “My Beloved Child.” The Orlando-based band also plays all the hits and most-requested songs from other Guns N’ Roses albums. The Ancient Mariners, a Philadelphia-based tribute to Iron Maiden, will also perform.

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