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Allman Brothers/Grateful Dead tribute reopens Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on July 10

Allman Brothers/Grateful Dead tribute reopens Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on July 10
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From a press release:

The Peach Music Festival in Scranton has been postponed until 2021, but anyone who loves that music can attend the reopening of the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Friday, July 10.

Steal Your Peach, a tribute to both The Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead, will be the first band to play inside the venue since the coronavirus shutdown in March, offering two shows with different setlists – one at 6 p.m. and one at 9 p.m.

“We are humbled and honored to not only be the first band to reopen the beautiful MCOH in Jim Thorpe, PA, we also get to be the first band to break in the brand new $50k upgraded sound system!” the band said.

The venue will be at half capacity (190 tickets), and social distancing will be implemented. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

“Obviously, being in an enclosed space, despite all of our efforts to promote cleanliness and safety, poses its own risks, so we simply ask that patrons wear a mask whenever possible, in order to protect others and the band, and to be aware of others and to be courteous to one another by practicing social distancing whenever possible,” the venue noted.

Tickets, which are $20 for one show or $30 for both shows, are on sale now at The Opera House (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.

A mixture of some of the best and hardest-working musicians in the Philadelphia area specializing in a mashup concept, Steal Your Peach fuses the music of the Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers Band. Some blues, funk, and reggae-style classics sometimes make it into sets as well, depending on the occasion.

Each member has multiple projects currently both original and not and have formed a bond here with some of their favorite and most influential music, paying close attention to the details of all the original work while also incorporating the fire of their own improvisational musical contributions, making each show unique and exciting while creating a tangible symbiotic experience between the band and the listeners.

For Marc Singer (guitar and vocals), Jimmy McGuigan (guitar/slide), Anders Alfelt (bass), Tony Gioia (drums and percussion), Dean Gorfti (drums and percussion), and Ben Mainwaring (keys and vocals), there is nothing like coming back to pay homage to the music that inspired them all to play.

Steal Your Peach has performed at the River Street Jazz Cafe, Brooklyn Bowl, Trocadero Theatre, Ardmore Music Hall, Underground Arts, Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company, Stout’s Brewery, The 8×10, Gypsy Sally’s, The Acoustic, Mexicali Live, Havana New Hope, Tellus360, World Cafe Live Philadelphia, The Queen Wilmington, Be on Key Psychedelic Ripple, Owsley’s Golden Road, Quixote’s True Blue, In and Out of the Garden We Go Festival, WhoHill Festival, Bright Box Theater, and the Abraham Lincoln Hotel.

They have shared bills with Pink Talking Fish, Butch Trucks Freight Train Band, The Ron Holloway Band, Holly Bowling, The Cris Jacobs Band, John Kadlecik Band, Dead Phish Orchestra, The Bruce Katz Band, Revelator Hill, Alan Paul’s Big in China with Ron Holloway as a special guest, Splintered Sunlight, Good Lovin’ Jam Band, Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam, and more.