Geoff Tate to perform Saturday at Mount Airy


Geoff Tate and his band, Operation: Mindcrime, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Mount Airy Casino and Resort, 312 Woodland Road, Paradise Township. Doors open at 7 p.m.


Tate, a multi-platinum selling, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, is best known for his 30-plus years as the creative and driving force behind the progressive metal band Queensryche.


The band's first three albums — their self-titled EP (1983), “The Warning” (1984) and “Rage for Order” (1986) — all hit gold status selling more than 500,000 units each. With the release of its landmark concept album “Operation: Mindcrime” (1988), Queensryche went on to bring its progressive music to sold-out audiences.


Following the album's platinum success, Queensryche released “Empire,” which entered the Top Ten on the Billboard charts, eventually generating sales of more than three million copies. The album featured "Silent Lucidity. Tate and the band would perform the Grammy nominated song live at the Grammy awards accompanied by a supporting orchestra. In all, Queensryche has been nominated for a Grammy four times and has had its music featured in three feature films.


In 2006, the band released “Operation: Mindcrime II.” The band would soon hit the road performing both albums back-to-back in their entirety in a theatrical presentation. The spectacle would be captured on “Mindcrime at the Moore,” a double CD/DVD release.


In 2017, Queensryche would release “Sign of the Times: The Best of Queensryche,” that featured 17 career-spanning tracks including seven Top 10 hits with a two-CD deluxe Collector's Edition that added 15 previously unreleased recordings. Later that year, the band performed on the fall leg of the Heaven and Hell Tour with the late Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice along with other special guest Alice Cooper. The year would culminate with the release of “Take Cover.”


In early 2009, Queensryche released “American Soldier” (via Atco/Rhino Records), a concept album inspired by the stories of military veterans.


In 2010, Capitol/EMI released an expanded 20th anniversary edition of “Empire.” The two CD set included the remastered album along with 13 bonus tracks, 10 of which were previously unreleased live performances recorded in 1990 at London's Hammersmith Odeon. Also in 2010, Queensryche would present the “Queensryche Cabaret,” which was heralded as "the first adults-only rock show."


In 2011, the band would celebrate its 30th anniversary, marking the occasion with the release of “Dedicated to Chaos” (Roadrunner Records/Loud & Proud) and a tour.


At the end of 2012, Tate released his first solo album in over a decade, “Kings & Thieves” (InsideOut Music), that was quickly followed by the news of a 25th anniversary Mindcrime Tour in 2013. Also, Tate would release what would be his last album under the Queensryche name, “Frequency Unknown” (Cleopatra Records).


In 2014, Tate and his band mates embarked on what would be its farewell tour as Queensryche, with a subsequent announcement stating that Queensryche with original lead singer Geoff Tate would be changing its name to "Operation: Mindcrime" in September for future tours and recordings. By the end of the year, Tate began working on a new concept album, “The Key," the first in a trilogy. Released in September of 2015 (Frontiers Music SRL), the debut album examined the question, "What would you do if you discovered the key to changing the way we view the world, the way we look at time, the way we travel, and could essentially change the human condition — for better or for worse?"


Next in the trilogy would be 2016's “Resurrection,” completed by 2017's “The New Reality.”


In the summer of 2018, Tate and the current line-up of Operation: Mindcrime, hit the road to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Operation: Mindcrime, performing the 1988 landmark concept album from beginning to end in its entirety.


For the first half of the year, Tate found himself going out on an extensive tour with Avantasia, as he was featured on three of the songs from the band's latest album, “Moonglow.” After the trek with Avantasia, he teamed up with guitarist and bassist Simone Mularoni, keyboardist Emanuele Casali and drummer Paolo Caridi for an entirely new project called “Sweet Oblivion” that released a self-titled debut album in June. Also that month, Operation: Mindcrime took to the road to continue the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the landmark concept album of the same name, performing 16 dates throughout the U.S. on the tour's first leg of the year. The second leg begins in the fall and is expected to land in over two dozen cities.


Tickets are $28 to $39 and are available online through shermantheater.com and eventbrite.com or at the Sherman Theater Box Office 570-420-2808.


SheilaMark Duo sings the blues at Shawnee Inn


The SheilaMark Duo will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the main lobby of The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, 100 Shawnee Inn Drive, Shawnee-on-Delaware.


The SheilaMark Band is a Hammond organ driven, female -fronted band that performs the blues, rock, zydeco, and tunes and songs from the American songbook.


For information, call 800-742-9633, 570-424-4050, ext. 1408, or visit ShawneeInn.com.


Kirby Center celebrates Fat Tuesday


A special Fat Tuesday Celebration of New Orleans-inspired music featuring Indigo Moon Brass Band with special guests The Mule Team perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday as part of the Live from the Chandelier Lobby concert series at the F.M. Kirby Center, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre.


Indigo Moon Brass Band are a jazz/funk ensemble from Northeastern Pennsylvania rooted in traditional New Orleans second-line music. They feature horn players Nick Driscoll, saxophone; Dan Coil, trumpet; Gary Rixner, trombone; and George Levandowski, sousaphone; and A.J. Jump, drums, and Rick Statsmen, percussion, supplying the rhythm.


The Mule Team from Scranton are an Americana group pulling from traditional country, folk, rock, and rhythm and blues featuring three-part harmony and songwriting from Chris Kearney, guitar; Roy Williams, piano, guitar, pedal steel; and J.P. Biondo, guitar; with Ian O’Hara, bass and A.J. Jump, drums, rounding out the rhythm section.


Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of show, and are available through the box office, kirbycenter.org and 570-826-1100.