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Concerts

THIS WEEK: SEPT. 4 TO 10, 2009

Crüefest, an evening of rock led by heavy metal band Mötley Crüe along with Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool and Charm City Devil. Toyota Pavilion, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. Tonight at 5. 961-9000 or livenation.com.

Live Music in the Cafe, with the duo Sparrowsong. Barnes & Noble Wilkes-King’s Bookstore, 7 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Tonight, 6:30 to 8:30. Free. 208-4700.

Tim McGraw, the country superstar in concert with opener Nashville recording artist Chris Young. The Great Allentown Fair, 302 North 17th St., Allentown. Tonight at 7:30. $69, $55. 610-433-7541 or allentownfairpa.org.

Calling Levi, the gospel group in concert with opener Erica Leigh. Wyoming County Fair, Route 6, Meshoppen. Saturday at 7 p.m. 836-9992.

Brad Paisley, the king of country music brings his “American Saturday Night’ tour to the Great Allentown Fair with special guests Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne. Allentown Fairgrounds, 302 North 17th St., Allentown. Saturday at 7 p.m. 610-433-7541 or allentownfairpa.org.

Patterson Grove Concert, a program of country gospel, traditional country and comedy by Carl and Opal Schlappi. Patterson Grove Campground, 1128 Bethel Hill Road, Shickshinny. Saturday at 7 p.m. Free-will offering. 864-3327.

Toby Keith, the contemporary country hit-maker on his America’s Toughest Tour with special guest Trace Adkins. Toyota Pavilion, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. $72.50, $36.50, $20. 961-9000 or livenation.com.

Summer Concert Series with the Ecumenical Community Choir. Faith Lutheran Church, Route 940, Blakeslee. Sunday at 7 p.m. Free. 646-0309.

Sawyer Brown, the country-pop group with openers Angelica Carozzi and Jeanne Zano. Wyoming County Fair, Route 6, Meshoppen. Sunday at 7 p.m. $15, $10. 836-9992.

Jay Black, the former lead singer of Jay and the Americans performs his hits (“Come a Little Bit Closer,” “This Magic Moment”). Mount Airy Casino Resort, 44 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. Sunday at 8 p.m. $35. 877-682-4791.

Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037, a film chronicling the art of handcrafting a Steinway piano followed by a question-and-answer session with director Ben Niles and performances by pianists Ron Stavinski and Jon Nakamatsu. Presented by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in partnership with Robert M. Sides Music Centers. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Wednesday at 6 p.m. $25, $10 students. 341-1568.

American Idols Live, the 2009 tour with top-10 contestants Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud, Megan Joy, Michael Sarver and Scott MacIntyre. Wachovia Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Wednesday at 7 p.m. 970-7600 or ticketmaster.com.

The Black Crowes, the hard rock band on its “Stuck Inside Utopia” tour with opener Truth & Salvage Co. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Wednesday at 8 p.m. $47 advance, $52 day of show. 325-0371 or pennspeak.com.

Howie Mandel, an evening of standup with the actor and comedian (“Deal or No Deal”). Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Thursday at 8 p.m. $54, $49. 325-0371 or pennspeak.com.

FUTURE CONCERTS

Celebration of the Arts, the 32nd annual jazz and arts festival with the Skip Wilkins Quintet, the Magic Touch, the Bob Dorough Ensemble, the Alex Gordon 3, Jaro, the David Liebman Group, Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Jazz Orchestra, 3Spirit, Chris Parker Quartet, the COTA Cats, Brian Lynch Unsung Heroes Project, Bill Goodwin Band, Nellie McKay and the Aristocrats and Blue Sparks from Hell. Also: a Music Motif Art Show, strolling musicians, a Jazz Mass and a children’s area. Main Street, Downtown Delaware Water Gap. Sept. 11, 6 to 9:30 p.m.; Sept. 12, noon to 9 p.m.; Sept. 13, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. $8 Friday; $25 Saturday and Sunday. 460-0713 or cotajazz.org.

Patent Pending, the New York pop-punk outfit with Freshman 15, Pull the Pin and Kelsey & the Chaos. Eleanor Rigby’s, 603 Route 6, Jermyn. Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. $10. 947-7799.

Live Music in the Cafe, with singer-songwriter Joe Tellie. Barnes & Noble Wilkes-King’s Bookstore, 7 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 208-4700.

Meeting of the Minds 2, with 17 bands, late-night jams, light shows, children’s activities, food and craft vendors, camping and more. Bands include Juggling Suns, Cabinet, Jimkata, Bohemian Sunrise, Hexbelt, the Big Dirty, Backwoods Experiment, Dakini, herbie, Agent Moosehead, Fellswoop, Chester River Runoff, UZO, Displaced Peoples, the Backroad, South Mountain Pass, Trippin on Nothing, Tomm Dunn, Kyle Morgan, Mike Miz, Erik from Baltimore and more. Mountain View Park, Wind Gap. Sept. 11 to 13. $30 advance; $40 at the gate. Information at jibberjazz.com.

Mining the Musical Past, stories and songs about the area’s coal-mining era, the world’s first “gravity railroad” and the invention of the roller coaster by multi-instrumentalist Jay Smar. Susquehanna Riverlands, Route 11, Berwick. Sept. 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 866-832-3312.

Jon Nakamatsu Performs Rachmaninoff, a classical concert by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic with the award-winning pianist performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Also: Bizet’s “Selections from L’Arlésienne” and Strauss’ “Don Juan.” Sept. 11, 7 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton; and Sept. 12, 7 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 341-1568 or nepaphil.org.

Boz Scaggs, the multi-dimensional singer-songwriter whose 1976 album “Silk Degrees” was one of the landmark pop titles of the decade, performing his hits along with new material from his latest CD “Speak Low.” F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. $50, $40. 826-1100.

The Guess Who, the Canadian rock band (“American Woman,” “These Eyes”) with original members Jim Kale and Garry Peterson. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. 325-0371.

Independent Rock Series, with Skyway Avenue and special guests Slow Motion Sickness, Putrefied Flesh, 7ate9, a Killer’s Initiative, Kill for Less and Flying at Hendon. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. $10. 420-2808.

Late Night Wars, the punk-pop band with Joey Rozmus of Real World Cancun. Eleanor Rigby’s, 603 Route 6, Jermyn. Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. $10. 947-7799.

AJ Swearingen, the singer-songwriter in a concert which pays tribute to iconic folk-rock-pop artists of the past. With Day Rubies. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Sept. 12 at 8:30 p.m. $15 benefits the Opera House. 325-0249.

Chonda Pierce, music and comedy with the stand-up comedian and author. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. $26, $21. 826-1100.

Ken Medema, a concert by the Christian recording artist and frequent guest on Dr. Robert Schuller’s “Hour of Power.” Shavertown United Methodist Church, 163 N. Pioneer Ave., Shavertown. Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. $10, $5 children. 675-3616.

Mercy Mercedes, the North Carolina new-wave rock band along with Stereo Skyline and Emmure. Eleanor Rigby’s, 603 Route 6, Jermyn. Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. $10. 947-7799.

John Ralson with Mike Dunn & the Kings of New England. Eleanor Rigby’s, 603 Route 6, Jermyn. Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. $10. 947-7799.

Paula Poundstone, the standup comedian, television star and author (“There’s Nothing in This Book I Meant to Say”). Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. 325-0371.

Independent Rock Series, with rock group Motionless in White. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. 420-2808.

Best of Open Mic, performances in music and spoken word. Held in conjunction with the Dallas Harvest Festival. Dallas United Methodist Church, 5 Parsonage St., Dallas. Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. 675-1950 or dallasharvestfestival.com.

Jim Malcolm, the singer-songwriter from Scotland performing traditional and contemporary songs along with a performance as poet laureate Robert Burns. First Presbyterian Church, 14 Broad St., Pittston. Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. $10. 905-9074. The Nields, the harmony-driven sisters Nerissa and Katryna in a concert of folk-rock favorites. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Sept. 19 at 8:30 p.m. $18. 325-0249.

Alice Cooper, the theatrical rock star brings his “Theatre of Death Tour” to the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. $50, $45, $40, $35. 344-1111.

Dave Matthews Band, the popular summer-touring rock artist with Robert Randolph & the Family Band. Toyota Pavilion, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. $70, $39.50. 961-9000 or livenation.com.

Baltimore Consort, the seven-member early-music ensemble performing Shakespearean music along with early English, Scottish and French popular music. Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Free. 208-5898.

Driver Side Impact, the punk-pop emo band from Ohio with metal punkers These Green Eyes and I.M. Legend. Eleanor Rigby’s, 603 Route 6, Jermyn. Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. $10. 947-7799.

Live Music in the Cafe, with Scranton group Dealer in Wares. Barnes & Noble Wilkes-King’s Bookstore, 7 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 208-4700.

The Atomic Punks, a band re-creating the early days of Van Halen -- The David Lee Roth Years. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. 325-0371.

Josh Turner, the platinum-selling contemporary country singer in concert. Bloomsburg Fair, McClure Boulevard and Route 11, Bloomsburg. Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. $36, $31. 784-4949 or bloomsburgfair.com.

Victor Bailey Band, the former Weather Report bassist and his all-star band performing world-class jazz and fusion. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Sept. 26 at 8:30 p.m. $28. 325-0249.

Miranda Lambert, the country-pop singer and guitarist. Bloomsburg Fair, McClure Boulevard and Route 11, Bloomsburg. Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. $36, $31. 784-4949 or bloomsburgfair.com.

Foreigner, the pop-rock band of the 1970s and ‘80s led by Mick Jones (“Cold as Ice,” “I Want to Know What Love Is”). Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. 325-0371 or pennspeak.com.

David Cook, the “American Idol” winner delivers his rock-oriented songs in a concert at the Bloomsburg Fair, McClure Boulevard and Route 11, Bloomsburg. Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. $44, $39. 784-4949 or bloomsburgfair.com.

Open Mic Night, for acoustic music and poetry. Barnes & Noble Wilkes-King’s Bookstore, 7 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 208-4700.

Trace Adkins, the contemporary country singer in concert. Bloomsburg Fair, McClure Boulevard and Route 11, Bloomsburg. Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. $44, $39. 784-4949 or bloomsburgfair.com.

Sugarland, the country-pop duo in concert. Bloomsburg Fair, McClure Boulevard and Route 11, Bloomsburg. Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. $48, $43. 784-4949 or bloomsburgfair.com.

Emmitt-Nershi Band and Assembly of Dust, a co-headline tour with the country-rock bands. River Street Jazz Café, 667 North River St., Plains. Oct. 1 at 9 p.m. $15 advance; $18 at the door. 822-2992.

Seether, the post-grunge alternative rock band. Bloomsburg Fair, McClure Boulevard and Route 11, Bloomsburg. Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. $34, $29. 784-4949 or bloomsburgfair.com.

Raymond the Amish Comic pokes fun at the Amish lifestyle in a stand-up routine. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. $18. 420-2808.

Black 47, a concert of Irish rock and roll by the political ensemble who sing of the Northern Ireland conflict, civil rights and urban unrest in contemporary New York. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Oct. 3 at 8:30 p.m. $26. 325-0249.

Robin Trower, the English rock guitarist formerly of Procol Harum. With openers Steve Brosky ‘n Jimmy Meyer. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. $27 advance, $32 day of show. 325-0371 or pennspeak.com.

Black 47, the unblinkingly political Irish rock band in concert. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Oct. 3 at 8:30 p.m. $26. 325-0249.

Riches to Rags, an afternoon of music from the Grand Opera and Sacred Repertoire including highlights from “The Student Prince” and fun selections from Broadway. Performed by LaVoce, an ensemble of Scranton-area singers, directed by Dolores Dominick-Noll. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. $10. 996-1500.

Bret Michaels, the wild lead singer of the rock band Poison. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. 325-0371 or pennspeak.com.

Keller Williams, the singer-songwriter and guitarist in concert with opener Retro Rocket. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. $23. 420-2808.

The Asylum Street Spankers, the Austin-based sextet performing a wildly eclectic program of Texas swing, ragtime, two-step parlor dances, jazz, vaudeville and more, based on the sound of early 20th-century music. Sponsored by the Chicory House Concert Series at Arts YOUniverse, 47 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. $15. 825-8772.

Blues Traveler, the five-piece jam band performing songs from its latest CD “North Hollywood Shootout.” Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. $24 advance, $29 day of show. 325-0371.

Big Giant & the Extravaganza, with punk-rock bands Bayside, Motionless in White and more. Eleanor Rigby’s, 603 Route 6, Jermyn. Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. $18. 947-7799.

Crescendo Family Concert, a patriotic cross-country trek across America through music. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Oct. 11 with pre-concert activities at 1 p.m. and concert at 2 p.m. 341-1568 or nepaphil.org.

John Williams at the Movies, a pops concert by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic performing music from “Harry Potter,” “Superman,” “E.T.” and “Schindler’s List.” Oct. 9, 8 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre; and Oct. 10, 8 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington St., Scranton. 341-1568 or nepaphil.org.

Eric Clapton Retrospective, a tribute to Slowhand with the Craig Thatcher Band. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Oct. 10 at 8:30 p.m. $20. 325-0249.

John “Bucky” Pizzarelli, a concert by the jazz guitarist performing mainstream and traditional pieces. Evans Hall, Keystone College, 1 College Green, off Route 6, La Plume. Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. Free. 945-8170.

Who’s Live Anyway? Hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions with Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Chip Esten and Jeff B. Davis. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. $45, $35, $25. 826-1100.

Badfish – A Tribute to Sublime, a concert paying tribute to the hits by the influential ska/rock band of the 1990s. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. $18. 420-2808.

Molly Hatchet and Blackfoot, a double bill of southern rock. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. $22 advance; $27 day of show. 325-0371.

Strung Out, the southern California alternative pop-rock group with Pour Habit and the Flatliners. Eleanor Rigby’s, 603 Route 6, Jermyn. Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. $10. 947-7799.

A.F.I. (A Fire Inside), a concert by the hardcore punk revivalists. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. $24. 344-1111.

Doo Wop Concert, with the Skyliners, Duprees, Kenny Vance, the Chiffons and the Paramouts. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. $45, $35. 826-1100.

The Tubes, the theatrical 1980s hard-rock band with original members Fee Waybill, Prairie Prince and Roger Steen. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. 325-0371.

Open Wings, a stripped-down acoustic concert by the supergroup of Ed Kowalczyk of Live, Art Alexakis of Everclear and Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. $25. 420-2808.

Natural Breakdown, the band that promotes healing through words and music, blending Indian classical, Latin jazz, bluegrass, folk, fusion, psychedelia and rock. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. 420-2808.

America, the folk-rock band in concert (“Horse with No Name”). Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. 325-0371.

Tesla, the hard-rockers and acoustic jammers in concert at Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. $25 advance, $30 day of show. 325-0371.

Polkabration, with Stanky & the Coalminers and the Pennsylvania Villagers. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. $13. 325-0371.

Classical Guitar Concert, with guitarists Paul Sweeny and Jay Steveskey performing music of Shakespearean times, the Baroque and Romanticism of Germany and the exotic music of 19th and 20th century Spain. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. $10. 996-1500.

The Derek Trucks Band, the blues-rock guitarist and his band on the “Already Free World Tour” at the Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. $39, $29. 420-2808.

The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, an afternoon of ballads and dance tunes with the veteran big band. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. 420-2808.

The Casualties, the hardcore punk group with special guests. Eleanor Rigby’s, 603 Route 6, Jermyn. Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. $12. 947-7799.

Tchaikovsky & Mozart, a classical concert by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic performing Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Fourth Symphony along with Berlioz’ “Roman Carnival Overture,” which spotlights principal clarinetist Pascal Archer. Nov. 6, 8 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton; and Nov. 7, 8 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 341-1568 or nepaphil.org.

Tracy Byrd, the contemporary country singer in concert. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. $32, $27. 325-0371 or pennspeak.com.

An Evening with Johnny Mathis, the 50-year veteran singer and multi-Grammy Award winner performs his classic romantic jazz and pop standards (“Chances Are,” “Misty”). F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. $100, $75, $55. 826-1100.

Brian Wilson, the hit songwriter of the Beach Boys performs classic hits and new material at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. $75, $49, $24.50. 826-1100.

2U and Invisible Sun, two tribute bands saluting the music of U2 and the Police. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. $19 advance; $24 day of show. 325-0371.

Dickey Betts & Great Southern, the southern-rock band fusing country, jazz and blues. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. $35. 420-2808.

Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania, performances of Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” and John Rutter’s “Magnificat” accompanied by orchestra and soloists. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. 343-6707.

Get the Led Out, the Philadelphia-based Led Zeppelin tribute band. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. $33, $28, $23. 325-0371.

Real Diamond, a re-creation of a Neil Diamond concert with Curt DiDomizio and his 11-piece band spanning four decades of songs. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. $23, $20. 325-0249.

Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, the six-member folk-rock band fronted by incantatory songwriter and lead singer Joziah Longo. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Nov. 21 at 8:30 p.m. $28, $25. 325-0249.

Jazz and Java, a concert with jazz artists Marko Marcinko and Friends. Evans Hall, Keystone College, 1 College Green, off Route 6, La Plume. Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Free. 945-8170.

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin, a performance by the 40-year comic veteran whose awards include two Tonys, two Peabodys, six Emmys, a Grammy and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. $70 (includes Meet and Greet), $49, $39. 826-1100.

Railroad Earth, the American trad rock band in concert. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Nov. 27-28 at 8 p.m. $30. 420-2808.

Jay Smar, the multi-instrumentalist in a concert of traditional American and original folk, old-time mountain music, bluegrass, gospel and coal-mining songs of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Nov. 27 at 8:30 p.m. $13. 325-0249.

Christmas with the Choral Society, a holiday concert with the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania joined by the six children’s and youth choirs. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Ave., Scranton. Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. 343-6707.

Holiday Show, a seasonal concert by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic performing selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker,” Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and a mini Messiah Sing-along. Also on hand: the Ballet Theater of Scranton, Ballet Northeast, the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania and the “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.” Dec. 4, 7 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre; and Dec. 5, 7 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington St., Scranton. 341-1568 or nepaphil.org.

Eilen Jewell, the Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter in a concert of roots, blues, jazz and country. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Dec. 4 at 8:30 p.m. $18. 325-0249.

Live Wire, the East Coast’s premier AC/DC tribute band. With New Jersey-based band Hollywood Nights who re-create shows by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. 325-0371.

A Very Special Acoustic Performance by Bryan Adams, the Canadian singer performs hits from his three decades of music-making (“Cuts Like a Knife,” “Summer of ‘69”). F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. $73.50, $63.50, $53.50. 826-1100.

Ryan Pelton, a Christmas tribute show by the Elvis impersonator. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. 325-0371.

Badfish – A Tribute to Sublime, the reggae-influenced punk revival band. Eleanor Rigby’s, 603 Route 6, Jermyn. Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. $14. 947-7799.

John Berry’s Country Christmas. The country music star celebrates the holidays with traditional and contemporary songs. The Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. 420-2808.

Michael McDonald This Christmas, a holiday and pop concert with the singer who formerly fronted the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan (“Takin’ It to the Streets,” “What a Fool Believes”). F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. $59.50, $49.50, $39.50. 826-1100.

The Lettermen Holiday Show, old hits along with holiday favorites by the veteran trio. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 North Washington St., Scranton. Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. $40, $35, $30. 344-1111.

A Traditional English Christmas, a holiday concert with the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania joined by the Society’s premier treble ensemble, Cantare. Included: Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” and other British holiday fare. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Dec. 19. 343-6707.

Bo Bice, the “American Idol” fourth-season runner-up in concert. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. 420-2808.

Arrival: The Music of ABBA, a re-creation of ABBA stage shows by the Sweden-based 12-member ensemble. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. $28, $23. 325-0371.

Celebrate America, a pops concert by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic performing American music by Sousa, Berlin, Gould and more. Feb. 12, 2010, 8 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre; and Feb. 13, 8 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington St., Scranton. 341-1568 or nepaphil.org.

Phil Vassar, the good-time contemporary country singer (“Just Another Day in Paradise”). Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. $29. 420-2808.

The Pink Floyd Experience, a re-creation of the iconic rock band’s show with 270,000 watts of light, 22 tons of quadraphonic sound, six musicians and one signature flying pig. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. $35, $25. 826-1100.

Love Me Tender: From Elvis with Love, an Elvis Presley tribute show. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. 344-1111.

Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Experience, a re-creation of the mystical aura of an authentic Zeppelin concert with a thunderous sound, spectacular light show and vintage clothing. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. March 6 at 8 p.m. $31. 420-2808.

Italian Music of the Baroque Period, a concert by the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania with string orchestra and soloists performing pieces of Pergolesi, Monteverdi and Martini. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. March 6. 343-6707.

Masterworks 3: Beethoven, a classical concert by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic performing Beethoven’s famous Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”) along with Mendelssohn’s “Hebrides Overture” and Fauré’s “Pelléas et Mélisande Suite.” March 12, 2010, 8 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton; and March 13, 8 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 341-1568 or nepaphil.org.

Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, the hit-making crooner and his group (“Worst That Could Happen”). Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. March 12 at 8 p.m. $30. 420-2808.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the seven-member swing revival band fusing classic American sounds including jazz, swing, Dixieland and big band music. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. March 20 at 8 p.m. $35, $25, $19.50. 826-1100.

An Evening with Debbie Gravitte, a pops concert by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic with the Broadway Tony-winning singer who performs songs from “Evita” and “Wicked.” April 9, 2010, 8 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton; and April 10, 8 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 341-1568 or nepaphil.org.

Carmina Burana, a performance of Carl Orff’s popular cantata by the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania. April 30 at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton; and May 1 at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 343-6707.

Masterworks 4: Season Finale, a classical concert by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic performing the popular “Carmina Burana” along with choral singers and soloists. Also: Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite.” April 30, 2010, 8 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton; and May 1, 8 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 341-1568 or nepaphil.org.

Jim Brickman, the award-winning songwriter and pianist performing his romantic chart toppers at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. May 7 at 8 p.m. $45, $35, $25. 826-1100.

Glenn Miller Orchestra, the big-band swing orchestra led by trombonist Larry O’Brien. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. May 8 at 8 p.m. $30, $22.50, $19.50. 826-1100.

Dick Fox’s Golden Boys, with 1960s teen idols Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell and Fabian. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. $54, $49. 325-0371.

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