On Stage: A weekend of special local shows

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Nels Cline There are some special shows taking place at area venues this weekend – one of rock’s most respected guitarists with a show offering love to Philly, a sensitive singer-songwriter from Chester County, a Grateful Dead/Phish tribute band with Dead After-Show Party, an experimental alternative pop band from Brooklyn with its own niche...

On Stage: A woman born to be — and perform — ‘Jazz’ comes to Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jazzmela Horn There are times that a child’s birth name can influence the child’s destiny. If a child is named Jazzmeia Horn, it would make sense if that child became a jazz musician or a horn player. And, that’s what happened for Jazzmeia Horn, who is performing twice this weekend at the Wine & Jazz Festival at Longwood Gardens (Route...

Mixed Media: That magical time of year

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times It’s that magical time again. Time for the Kennett Square First Friday Expanded Art Walk. This rotations’ theme is Destination: Kennett Square. Kennett Square does not have your typical art venues. Square Pear, which is prominently located at State and Broad Street serves as the only real gallery in town. So what does an expanded art walk look like...

On Stage: Trashcan Sinatras at Sellersville tonight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Trashcan Sinatras On May 27, the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com) is hosting a very special acoustic show by one of Scotland’s all-time favorite rock bands. The Trashcan Sinatras, who have been representing Scotland in the international rock scene for more than three decades, are visiting the...

On Stage: Lissie comfortable with her midwest roots

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Lissie Rock musicians from all over the country migrate to California on a regular basis. There is a natural attraction there that can’t be denied. If the young artists can afford it, they’ll stay there on the West Coast. Or, they might venture off to one of the country’s other hot spots for musicians such as Austin, Brooklyn or Nashville. If...

Mixed Media: A lot to look forward to in June

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times I hope everyone enjoyed the Chester County Open Studio Tour last weekend. It’s so fun to see artists and art appreciators alike come together in the more intimate studio setting; for artists to have the opportunity to showcase their process, and for art appreciators to take in the unique headspace and physical work space of their favorite local artists....

On Stage: Fuchs delivers the real thing

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Dana Fuchs It’s pretty obvious where Dana Fuchs is coming from musically. With a foundation in blues, rock and R&B and a voice soulful and powerful enough to command attention even in an overly-noisy rock club, Fuchs delivers the real thing. Fuchs released her first album “Lonely for a Lifetime” in 2003 and has been delivering soulful,...

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,...