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First Posted: 8/13/2014

THIS WEEK: Aug. 20 to 26, 2014

A Gathering of Singers & Songwriters, the 13th annual concert with regional folk singers Tom Flannery, Lorne Clarke, Lara Herscovitch and KJ Reimensnyder-Wagner. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. Free. 570-996-1500.

Party on the Patio, with Stayin’ Alive, a Bee Gees tribute band. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21. Free. 570-831-2100.

Yonder Mountain String Band, the American progressive bluegrass band from Nederland, Colorado. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21. $17 advance; $22 day of show. 866-605-7325.

Open Mic Night, with musicians, poets, comedians and performers of all types along with special guest singer-guitarist Corky Staats. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Friday, Aug. 22 with signups at 6:30 p.m. and performances at 7 p.m. Free. 570-996-1500.

Talent Night, for all ages. Voice of Hope Christian Coffee House, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 231 E. State St., Nanticoke. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. Free. Broadcast live on WVHO-FM (94.5). Free. 570-735-1760.

Atlas Gray, the funk and soul band. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. $15. 570-325-0249.

Katie Kelly, the folk singer-songwriter. Vintage Theater, 326 Spruce St., Scranton. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. $10. 570-589-0271.

Bless the Fall, the Arizona metalcore quintet with guest bands Chiodos, I Killed the Prom Queen and Capture the Crown. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. $17 advance; $20 day of show. 570-420-2808.

Life Is a Cabaret, an evening of song favorites with cabaret performers John Baldino, Erin Canedy and Miranda Micciche. Lyrics, 76 S. Main St., Carbondale. 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. $8. 800-838-3006.

Mike Lewis, the Americana recording artist in a Christian coffeehouse concert. The Main Bean Cafe, 161 Main St., Luzerne. 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. Free. 570-899-2264.

Nancy and Spencer Reed Quartet, the veteran performers in a concert of jazz standards and swing. Carriage House, Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. $15. Reservations: 570-689-9494.

The Grascals, the cutting-edge, award-winning bluegrass band with special guests the Coal Town Rounders. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. $25. 570-325-0249.

Jason Miles Goss, the indie-rock singer-songwriter. Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Drive. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. $16 advance; $20 at the door. 570-588-8077.

Soul Asylum, the platinum-selling, Grammy-winning alternative rock group. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. $30. 570-831-2100.

Velveteen, an evening of music, movement and art presented by the lamp post . chapter one, an art collective based in Wilkes-Barre. The Vintage Theater, 326 Spruce St., Scranton. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. $10. 570-589-0271.

Hickory Project, the hard-driving acoustic bluegrass group with national mandolin champion Anthony Hannigan. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. Free but donations accepted. 570-996-1500.

The Irish Rovers, the Canadian Irish folk group on its Farewell Tour. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. $77, $37, $27. 570-826-1100.

Irem Summer Concerts, with the award-winning Irem String Band. Irem Temple Country Club Pavilion, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. Free. 570-675-3713.

Josh Groban, the pop singer performing with musicians from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. The Pavilion on Montage Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26. Tickets at livenation.com.

Pitbull, the stylish rapper in a high-energy show blending urban, Latin and pop. Great Allentown Fair, 1850 Liberty St. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26. $80, $59, $39. 610-433-7541.

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Motley Crue, the metal glam rockers with shock-rock performer Alice Cooper. Great Allentown Fair, 1850 Liberty St. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27. $90, $75, $45. 610-433-7541 or allentownfairpa.org.

Christian Music Concert, with Ben Horrevent and Kendall Mosley. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 712 Linden St., Scranton. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. Free. 570-899-2264.

Lady Antebellum, the seven-time Grammy Award-winning country trio with special guest baritone country singer Joe Nichols. Great Allentown Fair, 1850 Liberty St. 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. $75, $59, $39. 610-433-7541 or allentownfairpa.org.

Party on the Patio: Beatlemania Now, the Beatles tribute band. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. Free. 570-831-2100.

Music of Spain, Mexico and South America, by noted violinist Christopher Collins Lee, concertmaster of the Merida Symphony in Mexico. Presented by the Carter Chamber Music Series at the Fine and Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets, East Stroudsburg University. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. $25; $10 students. 570-422-3483.

Girls, Guns and Glory, Boston’s rising roots-country band. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. $10. 570-325-0249.

Cornstock Folk Festival, three days of music including swing, Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, Appalachian, folk, reggae and Americana acoustic rock. Performers include Pappy and Friends with members of Cabinet, RUNA, Cricket Tell the Weather, the Hillbilly Gypsies, Garcia Grass, MiZ, Tim McGurl, the Bog Swing Group, Free Music Orchestra, Dan Johnson, Colebrook Road, Julie and Kris Kehr, Polina and the Pyramids, Sassafras, the Griggs Family Band and the Highgrass Ramblers. Also: a Kids Tent, crafts, games, wine tasting, singer-songwriter showcase and vendors. Lazy Brook Park, 55 Overlook Road, Tunkhannock. Friday, Aug. 29 to Sunday, Aug. 31 with gates open at 9 a.m. $45 advance; $55 at the gate. 570-250-7464 or cornstockfestival.com.

Tim McGraw, the country superstar returns to the Great Allentown Fair, 1850 Liberty St. 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. $78, $58. 610-433-7541 or allentownfairpa.org.

Doc Gibbs with DeeDee Lavell, gospel, blues, funk and jazz. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. $18. 570-325-0249.

Hunter Hayes, the young country singer and multi-instrumentalist with “The Voice” finalists the Swon Brothers. Great Allentown Fair, 1850 Liberty St. 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. $59 (pit area), $49, $29. 610-433-7541 or allentownfairpa.org.

Parmalee, the country music quartet with opener Clare Dunn. Wyoming County Fair, Route 6, Meshoppen. 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. $16.50, $11.50. Tickets available at wyomingcountyfair.com.

Coal-Mining History Through Song, with singer and multi-instrumentalist Jay Smar. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. 570-696-9105.

Simone Felice Trio, the folk and gospel singer, formerly of the Felice Brothers Band. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. $20. 570-325-0249.

The Swon Brothers, the country music duo with opener Clark Manson. Wyoming County Fair, Route 6, Meshoppen. 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. $16.50, $11.50. Tickets available at wyomingcountyfair.com.

NEPA Labor Day Festival, with entertainment by George Wesley, East End Vipers, Ron Coleman & the Star 5 Band, magician Pat Ward along with skits by the Patchtown Players. Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 1. 570-574-7253.

Labor Day Celebration, with an 80s hair-band tribute by Bad Hair Day followed by a fireworks extravaganza. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. Sunday, Sept. 1 with concert at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free. 888-946-4672.

Breakfree, the Christian-music band in a back-to-school lawn party. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 712 Linden St., Scranton. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4. 570-342-8263.

Winger, the hard-rock band with multi-platinum rock group FireHouse. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. $24 advance; $29 day of show. 866-605-7325.

John Denver Tribute with Ted Vigil. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. $25. 570-325-0249.

A Simon & Garfunkel Retrospective, by Lehigh Valley duo AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m Saturday, Sept. 6. $25. 570-325-0249.

David Griffin, the Christian-music artist from Jim Thorpe. Agape Christian Coffee House, Plains United Methodist Church, 133 N. Main St. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. 570-371-6363.

Billy Cobham Spectrum 40 Band, the jazz-fusion drummer and his all-star cast of players. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10. $35. 570-325-0249.

Willie Nelson & Family, the legendary country music singer and songwriter touring in support of his 69th album “Band of Brothers.” F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11. $97 limited pit; $67, $57, $47. 570-826-1100.

Solas, the quintessential traditional Irish-American band. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11. $25. 570-325-0249.

Broken Road, the country-music duo. The Truth Christian Coffee House, New Life Community Church, 570 S. Main Road, Mountain Top. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. Free. 570-301-7081.

Cast of Beatlemania, a re-creation of the sights and sounds of The Beatles. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13 with different shows each night. $22 Friday; $25 Saturday. 570-325-0249.

Gary Belles, the Christian-music recording artist. My Cup Runneth Over Christian Coffee House, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 190 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. 570-824-2991.

Lisa Lampanelli, an evening of racy comedy. Mount Airy Casino Resort, 312 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. Saturday, Sept. 13 with doors at 7 p.m. and show at 8. $65, $50. 877-682-4791.

Big Apple Jazz, a fundraiser for the Back Mountain Chamber with New York City jazz musicians in a tribute to trumpeter Bobby Baird along with a New York street-style menu and signature drinks. Huntsville Golf Club, 1334 Market St., Dallas. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. 570-407-8870.

Ana Popovic, the award-winning guitarist performing electric funk, jazzy instrumentals and blues vocals. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. $22 advance; $27 day of show. 866-605-7325.

Concert in the Park, with the Jim Buckley Jazztet followed by Tom Hamilton & Friends. Nay Aug Park, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. 570-344-5656.

An Evening with Erica Kiesewetter and Jon Nakamatsu, a chamber concert with the violinist and pianist from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. Sordoni Theater, WVIA Studios, 100 WVIA Way, Pittston. Wednesday, Sept. 17 with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and music at 7. $30. 570-270-4444 or nepaphil.org.

Wailin’ Jennys, the Canadian harmony trio. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. $30. 570-325-0249.

Mustard’s Retreat, the Michigan folk duo performing traditional and contemporary songs along with storytelling. The Bookhouse, Eastern Monroe Public Library, 1002 N. Ninth St., Stroudsburg. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19. 570-421-0800.

Lily Allen, British pop music singer and songwriter. Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St., Philadelphia. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19. $25. 215-627-1332.

An All-Tchaikovsky Concert, the 2014-15 season opener of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic with performances of Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony and Piano Concerto No. 1 (performed by guest pianist Jon Nakamatsu). F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19. $37.60 to $63. 570-270-4444 or nepaphil.org.

Broken Road, the Christian-music duo with singer-songwriter Mike Lewis. Amazing Taste, How Sweet the Grounds Christian Coffee House, Centenary United Methodist Church, 24 N. Main St., Ashley. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. 570-899-8073.

The truTV Impractical Jokers, comedy and hilarious videos by the foursome of Brian “Q” Quinn, Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto and James Murray, who challenge each other to outrageous dares and stunts as presented on their truTV show. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. Age 18 and older. $125 (VIP and meet and greet); $49.50. 570-826-1100.