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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, a couple of popular bands might find themselves quite flattered by the musicians who pay homage to them for a living and are playing shows throughout this weekend.


During the double Mauch Chunk Opera House shows tonight and tomorrow, you may have to do a double take several times. No, that's not Stevie Nicks, just Kathy Phillips, a woman who looks a lot like the iconic singer.


She heads up Tusk, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band rounded out by Scott McDonald (guitar, vocals), Kim Williams (keys, vocals), Randy Artiglere (bass) and Tom Nelson (drums).


Though the group tours as a tribute band, the quintet has played together for more than 25 years in various combinations and styles, offering both cover and original acts.


For the Opera House performances, singer-songwriter Jeffrey Gaines will join the entourage.


Tomorrow night will bring a different kind of tribute at the River Street Jazz Café in Plains Township. Members of local acts Village Idiots, Cabinet and Sunyata will come together – the show is set for 10 p.m. – for Before the Flood, and tribute to Bob Dylan and The Band.


Before the Flood is a live album that was released in June of 1974 by Bob Dylan and The Band. It documents the joint American tour between the two acts.


The Village Idiots will be back at it again come 10 p.m. Thursday at the River Street Jazz Café, where they will perform An Evening of the Dead, a homage to the tunes of the Grateful Dead.


The Village Idiots have been around locally in various embodiments since 1989 but have always been associated with the sounds of the Dead.


If you go


What: Tusk, the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band



When: 7:30 tonight, 7 tomorrow night



Where: Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe



Tickets: $23



More info: 325-0249



What: Before the Flood, a tribute to Bob Dylan and The Band, with members of Village Idiots, Cabinet and Sunyata



When: 10 p.m. tomorrow



Where: River Street Jazz Café, 667 N. River St., Plains Township



Tickets: $8



More info: 822-2992



What: An Evening of the Dead with the Village Idiots



When: 10 p.m. Thursday



Where: River Street Jazz Café, 667 North River St., Plains Township



Tickets: $5



More info: 822-2992


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