Our Fab 5
5 great things to do this week
Country music singer-songwriter Phil Vassar performs at the Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg, on Friday, March 18. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $32 and $40.
Before launching his own recording career, Vassar was an established songwriter who wrote such tunes as Alan Jackson’s “Right on the Money,” Tim McGraw’s “For a Little While,” and Jo Dee Messina’s “Bye Bye.” He has racked up 10 No. 1 singles and 26 Top 50 hits in addition to earning two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies and being named the Academy of Country Music’s top new male vocalist.
David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach will join Vassar for the Stroudsburg show.
For more information, visit shermantheater.com. — caitlin west
It’s Manilow Time
Catch Barry Manilow “One Last Time” on Sunday, March 13, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Twp. Tickets start at $19.75 in recognition of his hit 1975 song “Mandy.” The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
The Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning singer-songwriter performed more than 400 concerts at the Las Vegas Hilton and Paris Las Vegas from 2005 to 2011 before embarking on his latest venture, the “One Last Time” tour, to thank his fans for their decades of support. Manilow will be backed by 13 musicians and singers and joined by special guest Dave Koz.
A Brooklyn, N.Y., native, Manilow attended the Juilliard School in New York City, wrote music for television and commercials, and joined Bette Midler for a nightclub act before hitting it big as a solo act. His other hits include “Can’t Smile Without You” and “Copacabana.” For details, visit manilow.com. — cw
Bull James, aka WWE NXT developmental star Bull Dempsey, will face “The King of Arms” Brute VanSlyke in a Grand Slam Wrestling battle Saturday, March 12, at the Moosic Youth Center, 606 Main St., Moosic. Tickets are $10 and free for children under 12 with a paying adult. A meet and greet with Bull and others starts at 5:30 p.m., and the show follows at 7.
Van Slyke recently toured with WRESTLE-1, a Japanese promotion. Other matchups include GSW heavyweight champion “The Cinema” Stevie Shields vs. “The Man” Kevin Graham; Matt Turner vs. Mike Vaughn, in what will be their final “best of five” match in a Fight Without Honor; and GSW Tag champions The Ca$hMasters (Clay Drasher and Shaun Andrews) vs. The Impeccables (Kit Cassidy and Keita Murray).
Also set to appear are GSW Adrenaline champion Mark Hartt, Shogun Machette and general manager Phil Stamper.
Visit facebook.com/grandslamwrestlingpa for more information. — cw
A Taste for Whiskey
Bourbon and beer fans can learn a lot more about their favorites at an informational tasting session on Tuesday, March 15, at Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton.
Tickets to the 21-and-older event are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and registration in encouraged because of limited space. The event starts at 7:30 p.m.
Lew Bryson, an author and managing editor of Whisky Advocate magazine, will lead the session, sharing the history of bourbon, bourbon barrel aging, beer and more. Guests can sample three bourbon barrell-aged beers — Founder’s KBS (2014), Stone Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard (2015) and New Holland’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Dragons Milk — as well as three bourbons — Weller Reserve, Knob Creek Reserve Single Barrel and Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year. Bryson also will sign books and meet with guests.
For more information, visit coopersbeerclub.com or call 570-346-6883. — cw
U2 for You
Unforgettable Fire, a New York-based U2 tribute band, rocks NEPA on Saturday, March 12, at Mt. Airy Casino Resort, Mt. Pocono. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8.
Unforgettable Fire was born on New Year’s Day in 1995 as one of the very first U2 tribute bands to ever perform in America. After more than 17 years of playing in some of the most prestigious venues on the East Coast, the band has formed a reputation among many to be one of the closest experiences to being at an actual live U2 show.
The band delivers material from pre-Boy to the most recent songs available in the U2 catalogue. The band features singer Tony (Bono) Russo, Mick (Edge) Normoyle, drummer George (Larry) Levesanos and bassist Craig (Adam) Kiell. For more information, visit uf2.com. — tg