Christopher Holland — who on weekends plays banjo for The Boiled Owls — writes about arts and entertainment, including the business of A&E, in the Greater Lehigh Valley and beyond. Everyone needs to have a life outside of the office or the workplace, so turn here for recommendations, insights and more on the arts and entertainment scene.
UPDATE: Because of a conflict with filming a movie, Jeff Daniels and his group are postponing his Jan. 22 concert at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. According to a report, the concert will be rescheduled, possibly for another date in January. This blog will be updated when a new date for the concert is announced.The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Jeff Daniels is the timeless cinema comedy “Dumb and Dumber.” Today, in “Dumb and Dumber To,” Daniels and his character Harry live again on the big screen in a sequel to the film that topped the charts in 1994. And while his film is getting significant buzz in the media, Daniels’ life is much more than movies. He also is an accomplished singer/songwriter who will be making an appearance in the Greater Lehigh Valley next month. Yes, you read that correctly. Jeff Daniels is a musician in a nationally touring band … and he plays a custom-signature Martin OM acoustic guitar that’s manufactured right here in the Valley. On Jan. 22, Daniels and his band will be making a stop at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. Critics describe his music as “grassroots” and “down-to-earth,” which is a fairly accurate description. It’s along the lines of country, folk and Americana, and, after listening to his albums, I can assure you this show is not to miss. He will be joined by the Ben Daniels Band, a five-piece ensemble – put together by his talented son – which boasts a distinctive roots-rock sound, ranging from twangy folk to rollicking blues. In 2011, Jeff Daniels visited Martin Guitar in Nazareth, where he recorded videos performing original compositions at the Nazareth facility. You can view one of the videos here. And while he’s an outstanding musician who has accomplished a lot in his songwriting, his concert also will be full of witty banter to engage the audience comically as well as musically. Tickets are $30 and on sale at the Opera House website. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8. You can also learn more about Daniels and his music by visiting his website. Read More »»
I've been an avid musician since I was about 14, playing relentlessly and developing in a form of art that I almost can't even put into words how powerful it can be. Read More »»
Gearing up for its 11th year, the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail's Wine on the Mountain festival is making its way back to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Read More »»
We've all been seeing or reading about how Allentown is undergoing major revitalization in its business district, so let's shift gears a bit and take a look at some other things happening in the downtown's lifestyle sector. Read More »»
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