The top 3 Lehigh Valley-area concerts this week include legendary East Coast acts and a tribute band that takes fusion to a whole new level. First is a thrash metal band from New Jersey that is partially responsible for the popularity of the thrash metal scene it helped start in the ‘80s, bringing decades of hard-hitting hits to the neighborhood. Next is a tribute act that not only covers songs by the Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers Band but fuses them together adding a touch of improv for a unique experience. And last is a legendary Philadelphia punk rocker hitting the stage as a solo artist as part of the Powertone Records Showcase in Sellersville.
When: 6:45 p.m. Thursday
Where: Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg
How much: $20
Tickets: https://www.shermantheater.com/ 570-420-2808
Musical style: Thrash metal, speed metal, heavy metal
Known for hits like: “Elimination,” “Mean Green, Killing Machine,” “Coma,” and, “Last Man Standing.”
Honors: They started out playing covers of punk rock songs by bands like The Ramones and The Dead Boys before becoming one of the founders of Thrash Metal, alongside bands like Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer. They were one of the first bands in the genre to achieve mainstream success, signing to Atlantic in 1987, with their first six albums making the Billboard charts. They’ve sold over 16 million records worldwide and continue touring and recording.
Check them out if you like: Megadeth, Metallica, Exodus, Testament, Anthrax, Pantera, Slayer
Steal Your Peach
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe
How much: $20-$25
Tickets: www.pennspeak.com/ 866-605-7325
Musical style: Rock, folk, jam band
Known for hits like: Fusing the songs of The Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers Band like, “Touch of Grey,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Ripple,” “Ramblin’ Man,” and, “Midnight Rider.”
Meet the band: Made up of former members of Live at The Fillmore, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, Dead on Live, Rainbow Full of Sound, and Splintered Sunlight, Steal Your Peach fuses the music of the Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers Band creating a unique mix of the original tracks while adding an original Steal Your Peach touch of improvisation. The Philadelphia-based band is known for their interactive performances and impressive musicianship that has earned them spots on stages at Brooklyn Bowl, Trocadero Theater, Ardmore Music Hall, and Musikfest Cafe.
Check them out if you like: Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Band, Phish, Little Feat, Gov’t Mule, The Band, The String Cheese Incident
Joe Jack Talcum (of Dead Milkmen)
When: 7 p.m. Sunday as part of Powertown Records Showcase
Where: Sellersville Theater, 24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville
How much: $19.50-$29.50
Tickets: www.st94.com/ 215-257-5808
Musical style: Punk, folk, acoustic rock
Known for hits like: “Dean’s Dream,” “Photograph,” “Ryan’s Song,” “Weed Whacker,” and, “Sex Sting.”
Meet the band: Most often celebrated as the guitarist and co-lead vocalist for the punk band, The Dead Milkmen (formed in Philadelphia in 1983), Joe Jack Talcum (Joe Genaro) is also an accomplished solo artist that tours behind his solo records regularly. He keeps up a YouTube channel that archives many of his livestream performances and music videos, and he has a regular newsletter fans can sign up for on his website.
Check him out if you like: The Dead Milkmen, Ween, They Might Be Giants, The Residents, King Missile, Weird Al Yankovic, Descendents
Jay Honstetter is a freelance writer. Follow him on Twitter @jayhonstetter