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Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe hosts free Social Listening Series with NEPA bands every weekend through Aug. 22

Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe hosts free Social Listening Series with NEPA bands every weekend through Aug. 22
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From a press release:

Following Carbon County’s transition into the green phase on June 12, Jim Thorpe music venues have taken their time to reopen. The Mauch Chunk Opera House will open with a limited capacity show this Friday, July 10, and Penn’s Peak started hosting its weekly Social Listening Series on June 27 with NightWind.

These free live shows by regional acts are held at Penn’s Peak on Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. in place of the venue’s regular summer deck party series. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The events will now be inside the concert hall and limited to 250 people, with health and safety guidelines in place:

  • All guests are required to wear masks while entering, exiting, or otherwise traveling throughout the venue. Face coverings may be removed while seated.
  • Observe social distancing by staying 6 feet apart from groups outside your own.
  • Per state requirements, a maximum of eight guests are allowed at one table.
  • Per state requirements, the maximum number of people allowed in the venue will be 250. Once that number is hit, no additional guests will be allowed to enter until others leave.

Roadies Restaurant and Bar is open, so food and beverages will be available.

These shows also come with a warning: “In connection with your visit to Penn’s Peak, please be advised that you must follow Penn’s Peak’s policies, CDC guidelines, and the recommendations of health officials. Please note that any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19, and Penn’s Peak cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit. By visiting Penn’s Peak, you acknowledge and agree that you assume these inherent risks associated with attendance. You also agree to follow posted safety instructions. Failure to follow instructions may result in removal from premises.”

“We ask for your patience as we adjust to this ‘new norm,'” Penn’s Peak said on its website. “We really couldn’t be more excited to kick off our new Social Listening Series! We’re so happy to have you all back!”

Following Nightwind, Becky and the Beasts played on July 3. The series continues this weekend with Shellshocked Churchills and Mother Nature’s Sons, and the first regular concerts currently scheduled at Penn’s Peak will be country singer/songwriter Rodney Atkins on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m., the rescheduled Sara Evans country show on Friday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m., and AC/DC tribute band Live Wire on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m.

Social Listening Series schedule:

Friday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m.: Shellshocked Churchills

Saturday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m.: Mother Nature’s Sons

Friday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m.: Mystery City

Saturday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m.: Band of Brothers

Friday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m.: NightWind

Saturday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m.: Large Flowerheads

Friday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m.: Flaxy Morgan

Friday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m.: Large Flowerheads

Friday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m.: Mystery City

Saturday, Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m.: Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen

Saturday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m.: South Penn Dixie

Penn’s Peak (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe) is a beautiful mountaintop entertainment venue can comfortably host 1,800 concertgoers with a spacious dance floor, lofty ceilings, a concert bar/concession area, and a full service restaurant and bar aptly named Roadies. Complete with a broad open-air deck for summertime revelry, Penn’s Peak patrons enjoy a breathtaking overlook of nearby Beltzville Lake, plus a commanding, picturesque 50-mile panoramic view of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Appalachian Mountains. The venue also hosts weddings, banquets and special events that are truly “above the rest.”

Geographically convenient to residents of major population zones in Hazleton, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Stroudsburg, the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, and New York City, Penn’s Peak is an ideal location for any event. It is located only four miles from Exit 74 of the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.