‘Last Waltz’ celebration set for Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe
JIM THORPE — One of rock music’s seminal events will be honored with a party, free natural food, and a concert at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Nov. 7.
The ‘The Band’ Band will perform a tribute to The Band’s legendary farewell concert, known as The Last Waltz with doors opening at 7 PM at the Opera House, located at 14 West Broadway, in Jim Thorpe. In keeping with the spirit of The Last Waltz, the Opera House will offer a complimentary pre-concert hors d’oeuvre buffet provided by Jim Thorpe’s 14 Acre Farm. Beverages, bar and desserts will be available for purchase.
The Band’s farewell concert took place at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco on Thanksgiving Day 1976 and featured a Thanksgiving dinner for 5,000 attendees.
It represented the artistic culmination of The Band’s storied run with the original configuration of Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, Levon Helm and Robbie Robertson. More than a dozen special guests performed, including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, and Neil Young. It was famously immortalized in Martin Scorsese’s documentary film of the same name, which is considered by many to be the greatest concert film ever made.
While The Band may be long gone from the stage, The ‘The Band’ Band keeps their sound and spirit alive with authentic, true-to-form renditions of their legendary repertoire. This group of veteran musicians showcases the astounding breadth and depth of The Band’s distinctively original Americana music with classics such as Up on Cripple Creek, The Weight and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, as well as deeper cuts from The Band’s vast catalog.
Tickets to the Nov. 7 event are $28 and available at the Mauch Chunk Opera House website, www.mcohjt.com, by visiting SoundCheck Records in downtown Jim Thorpe or by calling 570-325-4009.
Reach the Times Leader arts & entertainment department at 570-991-6109.