On Stage: Kid Koala spins into Philly tonight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kid Koala   Eric San will be performing in Philadelphia on May 17, but you won’t find his name on any venue listings. His fans, however, know that he’s coming because they know he performs under his entertainment alias – Kid Koala. On May 17, Kid Koala will bring his “Kid Koala’s Vinyl Vaudeville Floor Kids Edition” to Johnny Brenda’s...

Mixed Media: Chester County Open Studio Tour

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Lynette Shelley at Ivystone This weekend marks the kick-off of the County Open Studio Tours starting with Chester County. You have plenty of ways to curate your schedule, plenty of conduits to take, with 154 artists spread over 64 studios. Not even the most diligent of art walkers could make it to every site location so I recommend choosing either a theme,...

On Stage: After 40 years, Feelies still feelin’ it

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Feelies Two years ago, the Feelies celebrated their 40th anniversary as a band. But, their long career has not been a continuous one. When a band has existed more than four decades, there’s a good chance there was at least one hiatus along the way. The Feelies, who are performing on May 12 at the World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia,...

On Stage: Chester County’s Brian Fitzy is keeping busy

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Brian Fitzy It’s been almost a year since Brian Fitzy released his new album “Hard Times for Dreamers. “ The album dropped  May 19, 2017 and Fitzy has been a busy man ever since. “I’m busy every day – keeping the balance between playing shows and doing things that bring in money,” said Fitzy, during a phone interview Saturday afternoon...

Mixed Media: Art coming up everywhere for spring

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Did you get out for the May First Friday last weekend? I made it down to Carspecken and Scott on Thursday night for the opening of Frances Roosevelt’s solo exhibit of recent work. The gallery was bustling! A work by Olga Nelson In addition to that, the Square Pear Fine Art Gallery (formerly Mala Galleria) made its debut with its new name last week....

On Stage: With Nik Bärtsch, less can be more

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Nik Bärtsch and Ronin An often-heard phrase makes the claim that “less is more.” Sometimes, it makes sense — other times not. The phrase definitely makes sense when it’s used in reference to the music made by Nik Bärtsch. The music composed and performed by Bärtsch with his various ensembles is minimalistic — and full —...

On Stage: Clint Holmes is more than a great singer

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Clint Holmes Clint Holmes is a stellar singer with a very impressive resume. Holmes, who will headline a show at Rrazz Room (6426 Lower York Road, New Hope, 888-596-1027, www.TheRrazzRoom.com) on May 5, is more than just a great singer. He is a performer, recording artist and vocalist — one of those rare performers who can legitimately be...

On Stage: Echo Black is taking it up to 11

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Echo Black “Black and blue” is something that denotes pain. “Black and Blu” is something that denotes pleasure – specifically when you’re talking about the band Echo Black and its lead singer Danny Blu Echo Black, a New York-based pop/rock band, is known for its intense performances. The band plays shows that leave audiences physically...

Mixed Media: First Friday, suddenly summer edition

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Dusk by Frances Roosevelt. Welp. So much for spring. I went from using the heater to swifty turning on the air conditioner today in my apartment. What happened to the chunk of time when you can let the breeze in and it’s perfect? Oh, that was called Tuesday. Not that I’m complaining! It’s perfect weather for an art stroll and it just so happens...

On Stage: ‘Motown’ comes to Wilmington

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Motown the Musical The popularity of the “Motown Sound” has remained at a high level for more than 50 years. “Motown the Musical,” which celebrates Berry Gordy and his label Motown Records, made its Broadway debut in April 2013 on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, and its popularity has remained at a high level for more than three years. “Motown...