MOUNT CARMEL - People were dancing in the aisles, clapping their hands and stomping their feet Saturday night when the popular Mahoney Brothers presented their annual concert that took music fans back to the fabulous 50s and sensational 60s and 70s while raising money for area youth programs.

The fourth annual event sponsored by the Kulpmont Cruise Association in the Richard Beierschmitt Auditorium at Mount Carmel Area Junior-Senior High School attracted a large crowd and featured two new attractions.

Approximately 50 classic and antique cars and street rods lined the parking lot before the show while the young Keystone Kids Starmakers from the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre area got the audience in the mood by singing favorites from the golden age of rock 'n' roll in the lobby before later joining the Mahoney Brothers in the auditorium.

"What a crowd!" exclaimed concert organizer Joe Cesari, of Kulpmont, just prior to the two-hour show. "The Mahoney brothers are happy to be here and the weather was beautiful for the car show. People come from all over to hear this fantastic group and we had car owners from Williamsport, Scranton and the local area who brought different vehicles from the 1940s, 50, 60s and 70s."

Cesari said audience participation really makes the group's Juke Box Heroes show special.

"The audience has the pleasure of hearing their entire show in one setting," he said.

Cesari said more than 500 tickets were sold in advance for the show that keeps getting bigger and better each year.

He said proceeds benefit area youth programs and playgrounds.

'Fantastic'

Cesari said band and baseball boosters raised funds for their respective organizations by selling food and drinks in the lobby.

"We create the crowd for other people to make money for good causes," he concluded.

"I'm really looking forward to the show because I've never heard them play before," said Colleen Yechimowicz, of Hunlock Creek, who was assisting the Keystone Kids Starmakers.

Mary Balonis, of Kulpmont, added, "I come every year. The Mahoney Brothers are fantastic, and my favorite is their Neil Diamond impersonations."

Tom Hill, of Oak Ridge Estates, Mount Carmel, also hasn't missed a show in Mount Carmel and is particularly proud of his wife, JoAnn, who wears a poodle dress and dances in the aisles every year. "She's a dancing machine," Hill said.

The Mahoney Brothers, who are billed as the "world's greatest musical impersonation show," are based in New Jersey and have performed at Knoebels Amusement Resort for approximately 20 years. Their show Saturday paid tribute to the Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Jimmy Buffet.

They use replica instruments of those used by the original performers and groups.

The group, which has one of the premier Beatle tribute acts in the world, includes Tim, Brian and Mike Mahoney, Jay Swanson and Dan Seeth.

During the winter months, the Mahoney Brothers perform on cruise ships in Finland and Scandinavia, and their 50th year Beatles performances in Pennsylvania and New Jersey casinos have been played to standing-room-only crowds.

Keystone Kids Starmakers

The Keystone Kids Starmakers, who also performed during the show's intermission, featured entertainers ranging in age from 6 to 16 with girls dressed in poodle dresses and boys in black leather jackets and slicked back hair.

The non-profit group has made more than 30 appearances since May 2011 at various festivals, arts shows and car cruises in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It is a revival of the original youth entertainment troupe known as The Jersey Kids Starmakers established in 1992.

Another cruise

The Kulpmont Cruise Association will sponsor its 12th annual car cruise in Kulpmont Sunday, June 22. Other association officers are Rich Mychak, vice president, and Patty Mychak, secretary/treasurer.