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finisher and country singer Josh Gracin, and alternative band Kulik, fronted by Schuylkill County native Jacob Kulick.
The rain-or-shine event will have food and wine for sale. Parking is free. All ages; 21 to drink alcohol. Noon Saturday, Blue Ridge Winery, 239 Blue Ridge Road, Saylorsburg. Tickets: $40 lawn seating (bring blankets and chairs); $100 VIP with back stage patio and two drinks, www .blueridgeestatewinery.com. Richie Ramone wasn’t the original drummer for seminal punk rock group The Ramones, and his entire stint in the band lasted less than four years between Marky Ramone’s two turns.
But in his 4 years in the band, he had arguably the most impact of any drummer. The speed of his playing helped the group evolve, and he was the only drummer to write songs recorded by The Ramones (including the familiar “Somebody Put Something in My Drink”) and the only one to to sing lead vocals, on the song “Can’t Say Anything Nice.”
With all The Ramones’ original players dead, Richie Ramone’s shows are among the few opportunities to hear the band’s music played live by a former member.
7 p.m. Friday, withe Tender Beats, Scarlet Moon, PHLPHR and Blind Choice, OneCentreSquare, 1 Centre Square, Easton. Tickets: $15 general admission, www.OneCentre Square. British reggae band UB40 in its nearly 40-year recording career has released 20 studio albums, 11 of which hit the
Top 10 on the U.K. charts.
But in the United States, its popularity is based largely on its 1983 platinum album “Labour of Love” and that disc’s No.1 hit “Red Red Wine,” then a 1985 Top 30 hit covering Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe.” A decade later, it had a second No. 1 with a cover of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” from the movie “Sliver.” Singer/rapper Shaggy had a similar experience, topping the U.S. charts in 2000 with his six-times-platinum album “Hot Shot” and its No. 1 hits “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel.” But he hasn’t had a charting single since.
But both remain compelling performers able to deliver their hits. This version of UB40 has original lead singer Ali Campbell and drummer Astro.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. 7th St., Philadelphia. Tickets: $49.50 adv., $55 day of show, www.bowerypresents.com, 800-745-3000.
Better Than Ezra singer/ guitarist Kevin Griffin will play at Blue Ridge Winery’s Blue Ridge Live! on Saturday