After four years of silence, Bushkill will be rocking once again this summer When the Mountain Laurel Performing Arts Center kicks off its summer season.


After four years of silence, Bushkill will be rocking once again this summer When the Mountain Laurel Performing Arts Center kicks off its summer season.
The center will once again host some of the biggest names in the music world, beginning With its first show Wednesday, July 13, starring 1970s glam rockers KISS.
"Gene Simmons has called me three times to tell me how exited he is to open the venue, and we're talking to some other artists who are just as exited to have a new place to play." Said Total Concert Team's David Rodriguez, whose company will be managing the center on behalf of new owners Wolfington and O'Neil Property Group.  
Along with John Wolfington, one of the owners of the real estate company that bought the center from Pike County following its untimely demise in 2007, Rodriguez and his partner Marc Jason addressed a throng of area politicians and business people Tuesday at a press conference announcing the re-opening of the center.   
The management group said they have a plan to make sure the center never closes again, including branching out from the basic rock concert format into comedy shows. While there are only four shows booked to date, including KISS on July 13, Larry the Cable Guy August 6, ZZ Top (featuring a surprise guest) August 20 and Frankie Valli and the Beach Boys August 25; the promoters say they plan to have at least four more shows before closing for the winter.
Total Concert Team says they are in talks with other well-known acts, and expects to announce new shows soon.
"We're really just trying to test the market with this first season," Total Concert Team's Marc Jason said in an interview with The Wayne Independent, but we expect to extend our seasons longer and longer as the word builds among artists and tourists coming to the area. We've got a good marketing plan, and we will be making a lot of noise about it, so we're pretty confident."
Numerous local and regional luminaries were on hand to help celebrate the opening of the center, including State Representatives Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike), and Mike Peifer (R-Wayne, Pike, Monroe), both of whom spoke in glowing terms about the boon the center be for tourism and the local economy.
Pike County Sheriff Phil Bueki, whose office will be handling crowd control and traffic for events at the center, was especially enthusiastic about the opening, reminiscing about the time KISS invited him onstage to jam with them thanks to his arriving on a Harley Davidson complete with a shotgun strapped to it.
Bueki also recalled his office's more official efforts for past shows  by saying they used to pride themselves on their ability to clear the parking lots in under an hour, even with the full 11,000 seat capacity. He closed by promising the same efficiency for future shows before effectively summarizing the mood at the press conference by exclaiming "Let's rock!"
For information on the center, future concerts, pricing and email updates for upcoming shows, visit their website at www.mtlaurelpac.com. you can also get performance updates from Twitter at twitter.com/mtlaurelpac.