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Singer/songwriter Jeffrey Gaines and harp guitar player Muriel Anderson perform in Jim Thorpe on Aug. 27

Singer/songwriter Jeffrey Gaines and harp guitar player Muriel Anderson perform in Jim Thorpe on Aug. 27
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An Evening with Jeffrey Gaines and Muriel Anderson at Mauch Chunk Opera House

From a press release:

The Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe will present an evening with singer/songwriter Jeffery Gaines and guitar and harp guitar player Muriel Anderson on Saturday, Aug. 27. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and available on the Opera House website, by calling 570-325-0249, and by visiting SoundCheck Records (23 Broadway, Jim Thorpe) or calling them at 570-325-4009. The facility (14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe) is open from noon-5 p.m. on show days, and tickets are available for most shows at the door at showtime. Parking is available and free after 5 p.m. at the Carbon County lot behind the train station.

Jeffrey Gaines has gone against the grain since releasing his first folk-oriented album during the grunge rage of the early 1990s. Causing difficulties for radio programmers with his boundary-crossing music, however, Gaines spent a decade trying for a commercial breakthrough. Nevertheless, he built a loyal following through passionate concert performances and a series of intensely personal albums, each based on his soulful voice and distinctive song narratives. Given the acclaim for his songwriting, the success of his breakthrough MTV hit in 2001, a cover version of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes,” was somewhat ironic. Gaines’ stage presence and soulful voice deliver epic emotion, taking no time to hook deep and captivate with just an acoustic guitar and voice.

Muriel Anderson’s renowned guitar and harp guitar playing is highlighted by a backdrop of stunning visuals by celebrated photo artist and cinematographer Bryan Allen. Together, they bring you on a musical and pictorial journey around the globe, full of joy and humanity, with new tunes, old favorites, stories, and images. When Anderson first encountered Allen’s work, she knew she had found her artistic soulmate – she was amazed to find that his photo art was saying the same thing as her music. They went on to create the 11-award-winning “Nightlight Daylight” CD and, in the process, discovered that their artistic affinity extended to the heart of Allen’s stunning visuals provide an insightful backdrop to Anderson’s music, accentuating the audience experience as never before.