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Yardbirds, Janis Joplin’s band, and more ’60s artists perform at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 18

Yardbirds, Janis Joplin’s band, and more ’60s artists perform at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 18
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From a press release:

Edd Raineri, host of “The Beatledd Fab Four Hour” on 88.5 WRKC, will present a night of ’60s music by The Yardbirds, Big Brother & The Holding Company (Janis Joplin’s original band), and Peter Asher & Jeremy Clyde at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Doors at the Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre) open at 5:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, which are $59.50, $69.50, $75.50, and $89.50, plus applicable fees, go on sale this Friday, June 25 at 10 a.m.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, tickets are only available online at,, and by phone at 570-826-1100. A Kirby Member pre-sale begins on Wednesday, June 23 at 10 a.m. Members can call 570-826-1100 to purchase tickets.

The Yardbirds’ big 1960s hits include “For Your Love,” “Heart Full of Soul,” “Shapes of Things,” and “Over Under Sideways Down.” Their original drummer, Jim McCarty, continues to keep the beat.

“The musicianship in this band is just outstanding,” promoter Edd Raineri said. “I was simply blown away when I saw them perform in concert.”

Big Brother & The Holding Company, the band that backed the legendary Janis Joplin in the ’60s, scored big with “Piece of My Heart,” “Down on Me,” “Summertime,” and “Ball and Chain.” Last year marked the 50th anniversary of Joplin’s death.

“We’re flying them in from California for this show,” Raineri noted.

Peter Asher, once a member of the British duo “Peter & Gordon,” and Jeremy Clyde, once a member of the British duo “Chad & Jeremy,” have joined together to showcase their many ’60s hits, including “A World Without Love,” “I Go to Pieces,” “A Summer Song,” “Yesterday’s Gone,” and more.

The award-winning WRKC 88.5 is a nonprofit, student-run FM radio station at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre that has been on the air since 1968. “The Beatledd Fab Four Hour” can be heard live on Fridays nights from 7 p.m.-8 p.m., with encore broadcasts on Saturdays from 9 p.m.-10 p.m. Listen online at or via the TuneIn app.