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Blues Traveler gives us the ‘Run-Around’ at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on July 29

Blues Traveler gives us the ‘Run-Around’ at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on July 29
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From a press release:

Blues Traveler will bring their high-energy performance and top hits like “Hook,” “Run-Around,” and “But Anyway” to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Friday, July 29 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which are $30 in advance or $35 the day of the show, are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak box office (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe), and Roadies Restaurant and Bar (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe). Penn’s Peak box office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only; no phone orders.

It’s not every band that’s still staking out new musical territory and embracing fresh challenges more than 25 years into their career, but that’s the case with Blues Traveler. Having long ago graduated from the jam band underground to mainstream stardom, the iconoclastic combo has consistently stuck to its guns and played by its own rules.

Blues Traveler’s trademark sound was electrifying fans around the world, to the tune of approximately 30 million people and upwards of 6,000 live shows over the band’s 25 year history. Beyond the commercial success of their recordings, which have sold in excess of 13 million combined units worldwide, Blues Traveler has long been known for the creative use of segues, multiple song mash-ups, and extensive instrumental jams in their live performances.

On their latest album, “Blow Up the Moon,” singer John Popper and the band are back with new material and old favorites, continuing to make their mark on pop music. A clever collaboration between various artists, “Blow Up the Moon” sees Blues Traveler keep an open-minded perspective on making music and enlists an eclectic mix of songwriters influenced by the band’s remarkable career.

It is the first collaborative album that Blues Traveler has ever made. Prior to these sessions, it was rare for the band to have someone else perform on their songs and even more rare to have anyone outside the band write with them. This process was a unique and successful experience for each of these artists who each found new depths and energy in their writing and performance. “Blow Up the Moon” features a range of artists across the spectrum, representing country, pop, reggae, and hip-hop.

“We wanted to experiment with co-writing since we usually try to do everything in-house, in this misguided homage to The Beatles,” says Popper. “Blow Up the Moon” allowed Blues Traveler to expand their musical palette while holding the foundation of their distinct and explosive brand of rock. “We found quality writers to see what they could bring to us as a band, and also people who could see our strengths, something that’s hard to see for yourself.”

Collaborating artists include Thompson Square, Plain White T’s, 3OH!3, Dirty Heads and Rome Ramirez (Sublime), Hanson, Jewel, Secondhand Serenade, JC Chasez (*NSYNC), Bowling for Soup, New Hollow, and Thomas Ian Nicholas.