Art Watch: Celebrating Gallery 222’s first anniversary

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times The big go-to art event this weekend is Saturday’s 1st Anniversary Exhibition and celebration reception at Gallery 222 in Malvern from 6:30pm to 9:30. Artists, art lovers , friends and public are all welcome to enjoy art, live music, food and drinks to toast the gallery’s first year in business. Gallery 222’s 1st Anniversary Show, “Graham,...

On Stage (Spotlight): Colony House is not what it seems

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Colony House Colony House, which is headlining a show on September 19 at Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal Street, Philadelphia, 215-309-0150, www.thefillmorephilly.com), is a band that could be confusing to people. The quartet from Franklin, Tennessee – Caleb Chapman, lead vocals, guitar; Will Chapman, drums, percussion; Scott Mills, guitar, additional...

On Stage (Bonus): Sleeping With Sirens rocks The Foundry

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Sleeping With Sirens Area fans of the band Sleeping With Sirens are in for a treat this weekend. Sleeping With Sirens has embarked on a North American underplay tour this Fall in support of its new album “Gossip,” which will be released September 22 via Warner Bros. Records. The four-week tour kicked off August 31 in San Francisco at Slim’s and will...

On Stage: Ramonda Hammer hitting its stride

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Ramonda Hammer Ramonda Hammer is a relatively new Los Angeles grunge band that is beginning to hit its stride. The foursome of Devin Davis, Andy Hengl, Justin Geter, and Mark Edwards just released a five-song EP called “Destroyers” on New Professor Records. Now, Ramonda Hammer is out on tour in support of the disc – a tour that brings them to the area...

On Stage: Mancari offers new treats for the ears

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Becca Mancari People have many different preferences when it comes to music listening tastes. Some prefer the ultimate familiar. Just look at the popularity of radio stations with oldies or classic rock formats. Some prefer current music – again with a sense of familiarity. So many EDM acts and modern rock bands adhere to a pattern – an act will introduce...

Art Watch: Under the Influences and giving back for Harvey

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times So many great shows and art events happening this weekend that it will be very difficult for you to choose which event to go to! After months of an important retrospective show of Andrew Wyeth’s works, Somerville Manning Gallery opens this Friday with “Under the Influences,” a wonderful show that pairs a contemporary artist’s work with...

On Stage: Batten makes rare area appearance

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Jennifer Batten To land the gig as lead guitarist for Michael Jackson’s world tours during the height of his world-wide popularity, you had to be an amazing musician – a musician who could handle the complexities of the pop legend’s arrangements. To be able to tour and record with Jeff Beck, one of rock’s all-time great guitarists, you had to be...

On Stage: Duhon decides not to go it alone anymore

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Andrew Duhon Trio For years, Andrew Duhon pursued his music career as a solo artist. He toured and recorded on his own. But, that changed recently. Duhon is a songwriter from New Orleans — a teller of stories with insightful lyrics and a distinctive voice. He has released three albums, the latest of which (“The Moorings”) was nominated for...

Art Watch: Beth Clark ready to go bigger in new exhibit

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times This art weekend starts in West Chester with fresh openings at Church Street Gallery and The Art Trust in downtown West Chester. Well known plein air painter Beth Clark has an opening reception at Church Street Gallery for “Flora Magica” this Friday September 8 from 5-9pm, and around the corner The Art Trust at Meridian Bank continues its 2017 board...

On Stage (Spotlight): Made In America

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times It’s Labor Day Weekend and that means it’s time once again for Philadelphia’s largest annual outdoor music event – the Budweiser Made In America Festival. The Budweiser Made In America Festival (www.madeinamericafest.com) is huge – a two-day musical celebration that occupies the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Center City every Labor Day weekend.