Menu
     

Events

Upcoming Events

Robin Trower

April 4, 2018 - Penn's Peak, PA

Author: Visit Poconos/Tuesday, October 17, 2017/Categories: Poconos Events

Event date: 4/4/2018 Export event

Penn’s Peak is proud to announce Robin Trower, Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 8:00 pm in Jim Thorpe PA.  The Robin Trower story started in the mid Sixties when he began his recording career in the Southend rhythm and blues band The Paramounts. But the first time Trower pinged on rock’n’roll’s radar was in 1967, with Procol Harum – house band of the Summer of Love. Though he did not play on their mega-hit ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’, he completed five albums and many tours with them before breaking away for a solo career in 1971. 

Robin admits that ‘the big break for me was Gary Brooker getting me to join Procol. That opened up the whole world. Without that I would never been able to go on and do what I’ve done.’ He rates leaving PH ‘the best career decision I ever made’

Trower modelled his own band on the power-trio blueprint of Cream and Taste, and, of course, the Jimi Hendrix Experience. His atmospheric, effects-laden Stratocastering brought inevitable initial comparisons with Hendrix, but he quickly made his own mark.  Robin along with the vocal talents of James Dewar, a hard-living Scot, whose voice will always be associated with the Robin Trower Band proved to be a musical powerhouse.

Robin soon found himself outselling Procol by a considerable factor as he tuned in to the heavier zeitgeist of a new decade, his second album, ‘Bridge Of Sighs’ reached the Top 10 in the States. This collection of songs is in every budding guitarslinger’s reference library, and has influenced a generation of musicians.

The success of Bridge of Sighs gave Robin the freedom to explore his musical limits. “In City Dreams” and “Caravan to Midnight” (both produced by Don Davis) demonstrated Robin’s maturing song writing abilities and strong connection to the Blues.

As punk and new wave attempted to redefine the musical landscape, Robin’s distinctive style of playing retained a sizeable live following in the United States. Radio, however was listening in another direction. In the late eighties, Trower’s recorded output became more sporadic. And in 1984 he split from long-time label Chrysalis Records.

In the Nineties, a brief reunion with Procol Harum gave Trower breathing space to reassess the direction of his solo career. He was now, he concluded, aiming to fulfil himself musically rather than sell tonnage. ‘For the past ten years I’ve just been making albums for my own heart,’ he recalled to this author in 2001. ‘The great joy of having my own label (V12 Records, owned jointly with manager Derek Sutton) is that you haven’t got to make music to please some guy behind a desk. You can please yourself and make the music you want’…

The first V12 album ‘20th Century Blues’ appeared in 1994 and saw him backed by drummer Mayuyu and bass player/vocalist Livingston Brown. As the decade progressed, Robin decided to take on a share of the lead vocals. ‘I thought to myself there aren’t any blues artists that aren’t singers…I thought I’d give it a go. When you write songs, you’re always gonna get a twist put onto them by whoever sings them. When you sing it yourself it tends to come out how you heard it in your head when you wrote it.’

With his stock still high among his fellow performers thanks to albums like 1997’s ‘Someday Blues’,, the late Nineties saw him hooking up with Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry for two albums, ‘Taxi’ and ‘Mamouna’, plus a European tour. It was a rare chance for European fans to see him live as, at this point, he was still concentrating on gigging in the States.

2000’s ‘Go My Way’ saw Trower sharing the spotlight with bassist/vocalist Richard Watts. As Robin later explained, ‘Go My Way’ was an album he rated highly. ‘It’s really where I live, that kind of blues; slightly spacey…I just like it. I like some of the other areas as well, but that’s my hometown.’

In 2002 Robin ran into Davey Pattison at Jimmy Dewar’s funeral. The chance meeting led to ‘Living Out Of Time’, released in 2003. It also featured Dave Bronze on bass and Pete Thompson on drums, a rhythm section he’d worked with many years earlier. So this was ’back to the future’…but with a difference. Young blues guitarist Eric Gales had supported Robin on a previous American tour and so impressed Trower that he wrote some songs for him. Robin and Eric never did have the chance to collaborate on recording them, but those songs formed the basis for “Living out of Time”.

2005 brought ‘Another Day’s Blues’, After this, Robin and legendary Scots rocker Jack Bruce got together to discuss remixing two of their Eighties collaborations for future reissue, but soon realized it would be more interesting to make it a hat-trick by recording a new album. The first meeting took place in February 2006. Robin and Jack’s joint venture, ‘Seven Moons’ was revealed to the public almost two years later.

Recorded in trio format with drummer Gary Husband, the result combined their talents more satisfactorily than its predecessors. ‘The main thing that changed,’ Trower confirmed, ‘is that we co-wrote all the music on this record. Before, we each brought our own songs, but now I write the lyrics and Jack and I do the music together; I think it’s a much better gel.’ He still regards Bruce as ‘one of my heroes from the Sixties.’  ‘By adding what he does, he makes the song into something much, much larger. All those dimensions are added compositionally just by him playing bass and putting the vocal melody to it.’

The next two albums were 2009’s ‘What Lies Beneath’, and 2010’s ‘The Playful Heart’. Both proof that Robin Trower still has the wherewithal to rock the world. Livingston Brown had heavy input into both records, and the latter disc – recorded with the road band of bassist Glenn Letsch, Pete Thompson and Davey Pattison – was particularly satisfying. The vibe is more contemplative than the power-rock of his early years, still the quality and passion is present in every single note.

The 2012 set “Roots and Branches” is a revelation, a mix of covers - the roots - and new material - the branches. The entire set is tribute to an artist still growing in power and dexterity, but most of all in emotional expressiveness. The CD garnered praise from both sides of the Atlantic as the many rave reviews attest.

Something’s About To Change released in early 2015 confirmed a world-class musician at the top of his game. With his own V12 record label allowing Trower to bypass the spirit-sapping protocol of the conventional record industry, it comes to no surprise this album sounds so vital. While palpably influenced by Trower’s deep love of post-war U.S. blues, its personal themes and visceral music mean that it will resonate with every generation. This set of songs differed from the catalog as Robin himself played the Bass on them.  "As a songwriter and a performer, you use everything at your disposal to put into your songs," reflects Trower.

The latest release is titled Where You Are Going To. The new CD is more of a rocker, but still squarely based in Robin's love for Blues. Robin's voice is much more confident on these ten new studio recordings, and the guitar work is stunning. A continuation of Mr Trower's creative upsurge. The songs remain the cornerstones. The artist’s astonishing fretwork may sometimes take top billing, but the all-original material of Where You Are Going To speaks of the gas in his creative tank. "There is some sort of feeling of emotional release," he says, "when you play a note that rings out right."  Leading the line, of course, is Robin himself, playing bass again, alongside his unmistakable soul-in-fingers guitar parts. Chris Taggart played Drums, and Livingstone Brown co-produced and did the mixing/mastering

The current century has seen Robin wowing fans old and new on both sides of the Atlantic. The stadiums he filled in the Seventies may be a fond memory, but the upside is that audiences in clubs and theatres can witness the magic at closer quarters.

Robin will return to the stage in the US for a six week tour in Spring 2017. It will feature a trio, Robin’s favorite line-up, with Richard Watts on Bass and vocals, and Chris Taggart on drums.

Make no bones about it, Robin Trower is an axeman’s axeman. He’s been a Fender Stratocaster endorsee ever since Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre let him try one before a gig in the early Seventies, and now has his own signature model – an honor accorded to few. Robin Trower live is an experience not to be missed. Whether you play guitar, or just enjoy a brilliant soulful player, come out and see the show. You will walk away smiling.

Tickets on sale Friday, October 13th at 10:00 AM at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak Box Office and Roadies Restaurant and Bar.  Penn’s Peak Box Office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only, no phone orders. 

General Admission

Advance: $27

Day of Show: $32      

About Penn’s Peak

Penn's Peak, a beautiful mountaintop entertainment venue located in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, can comfortably host 1,800 concertgoers.  Enjoy a spacious dance floor, lofty ceilings, concert bar/concession area and a full service restaurant and bar aptly named Roadie's. 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. Choose Penn's Peak for your next wedding, banquet or special event and treat your guests to an event 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.  For more information on Penn’s Peak, go to www.pennspeak.com or call 866-605-7325.  

Print

Number of views (179)/Comments (0)

Visit Poconos

Visit Poconos

Other posts by Visit Poconos
«November 2017»
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
29303112
  • Get Stuffed in Style
    75

    Get Stuffed in Style

    The beautiful Inns of the Poconos are ready and waiting with a Thanksgiving bounty for you and your family.  If you just come for the feast, stay the night or make a weekend of it – these four Inns have carved out the perfect getaway for you and your families.  Replete with stunning mountain views, sumptuous accommodations and cuisine to write home about, they are ready for you.
    Read more
34
5678
  • Consider a Locally Sourced Thanksgiving Celebration
    512

    Consider a Locally Sourced Thanksgiving Celebration

    Thanksgiving is the perfect time to express gratitude for the abundance of locally grown foods available in and around Northeastern Pennsylvania and Sullivan County, NY.  Local farm markets, many of which run during November, are one option for sourcing vegetables, baked goods and turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner. There are well-established markets in Honesdale and Scranton, PA; and Callicoon and Barryville, NY. Some of these markets move indoors during the late fall and winter.

    Read more
91011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293012
3456789

Upcoming events

Poconos Events

There’s So Much On The Horizon in the Poconos, You’ll Be Head Over Hills!  Most likely, you’ll have a hard time deciding what to do next. You may decide to hit a food and wine festival to nourish your foodie soul – or maybe you’ll want to see a show. Great! You can do both. In fact, you can do a lot more than that. The Poconos has concerts, festivals, races, comedy shows, theater, carnivals, and county fairs.

The Poconos concerts run the gamut from local acts to national tours – and the genres run the gamut from rock to blues to country. Pocono Mountain festivals celebrate everything from beer to garlic to wieners! And what about the fantastic food concoctions you’ll run into on the midway at the county fairs -­‐ who’s up for deep-­‐fried Oreos?

All sorts of Pocono events are coming up, such as art and music festivals, NASCAR and Indy races, and more! In the Pocono Mountains, you can do whatever you want.

If you have an event and want to submit it for inclusion in our site, please send it to Events@VisitPoconos.com.  Please include event info and photo(s).  If you would like us to cover your event, we have writers and contributors who may be able to attend.

Pocono Events Articles

Yoga combined with Fall Foliage a big hit on the Lehigh Gorge Bike Trail in the Poconos

October 24th, 2017 - Lehigh Gorge State Park, White Haven, PA

  • 13 November 2017
  • Author: Visit Poconos
  • Number of views: 73
  • 0 Comments
Yoga combined with Fall Foliage a big hit on the Lehigh Gorge Bike Trail in the Poconos
A New TWIST was added to the gentle curves and bends of the Lehigh Gorge Bike Trail in the Poconos this fall foliage season, that is Yoga on the Bike Trail. This new series presented by Nearme Yoga in cooperation with Pocono Bike Rental combines rail trail mountain biking in a relaxing forest setting with a 1 hour yoga class. To reach this forest setting yoga class you bike along a smooth well maintained trail, stopping in a river meadow, where your harmoniously guided yoga class will immerse you in sounds, sights and refreshing smells of nature. 

Other Industries Take Note; Minor League Baseball Does It Right

  • 13 October 2017
  • Author: Visit Poconos
  • Number of views: 207
  • 0 Comments
Other Industries Take Note; Minor League Baseball Does It Right
Last week MiLB.com released an article stating that over 41 million fans passed through the gates of Minor League ballparks in 2017 for the 13th consecutive season, with overall attendance increasing 1.1 percent from 2016, and average attendance rising 2.4 percent over last season.
The total attendance mark of 41,832,364 is only second to Major League Baseball among all other professional sports industries, edging out industry giants like the NFL, NHL, NBA, PGA, MLS etc. Business leaders and fans alike may not take Minor League Baseball too seriously.

Camelback Resort to Debut New Attractions, Expanded Haunted House for Monster Mountain 2017

Tannersville, PA

  • 4 October 2017
  • Author: Visit Poconos
  • Number of views: 382
  • 0 Comments
Camelback Resort to Debut New Attractions,  Expanded Haunted House for Monster Mountain 2017
Camelback Resort’s Monster Mountain celebrates its opening night on Friday, October 6 at 6 p.m., and will unveil two new attractions: the one-of-a-kind Monster Coaster and the Lights Out Zip Lines. Both are part of the resort’s unique immersive Halloween-themed experience that has established Camelback Resort as a go-to destination for frightening, family-friendly fun. The event will also introduce the expansion of Kartrite’s Kurse haunted house attraction. 

A Night of Jazz Touches on Music in Education

Scranton Cultural Center’s Jump, Jive an’ Jazz Annual Jazz Event

  • 2 October 2017
  • Author: Visit Poconos
  • Number of views: 277
  • 0 Comments
A Night of Jazz Touches on Music in Education
On September 24, jazz legend Bob Dorough performed as special featured guest to the Upper Valley Winds Big Band during Jump, Jive an’ Jazz at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple.  He is best known for his ABC-TV's “Schoolhouse Rock,” Saturday morning cartoons that entertained and instructed unsuspecting children during the years 1973-1985.

An Iconic Career Win at the Tricky Triangle: A Look at the 2017 Pocono Axalta 400 Race

An Iconic Career Win at the Tricky Triangle: A Look at the 2017 Pocono Axalta 400 Race

Around 10 a.m. at the Pocono Raceway on June 11th, the cool morning hours offered a vast, clear blue sky. Against the mountainous, wooded backdrop, pit crews were preparing their team’s stock cars for inspections before the Pocono 400 race.

 

The place was already booming with onlookers out for the full experience; many lined up at the inspection area, watching each car come in.  “It’s fascinating watching the cars getting all the measurements. It’s our first time at the Tricky Triangle,” says Julie Zwahr who travelled all the way with her family from Texas.  

RSS
123456