On Stage: The Eternal Yardbirds return to play City Winery

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Yardbirds Any credible list of the 10 all-time best rock guitarists should – without question – include Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Amazingly, all three got their starts in the same band – the Yardbirds The Yardbirds, who are playing the City Winery (990 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, citywinery.com) on September 22 are a bit...

On Stage: Harper brings sounds from down under to blues

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Harper Many, many blues bands have performed at Jamey’s House of Music (32 South Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, 215-477-9985,www.jameyshouseofmusic.com) in recent years, but none have had the musical line-up of this week’s headliner. On September 16, Jamey’s will host the area debut of Harper and Midwest Kind. The band’s founder/leader is an...

On Stage: Rock legends band together for American Vinyl All Star Band

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times American Vinyl All Star Band Danny Beissel recently performed in concert at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center in West Chester. It was another of the singer’s “pre-release’ shows for his soon-to-be-released album, “Featherborn.” Jeff “Skunk” Baxter recently headlined a show at City Winery in Philadelphia. The guitarist and longtime...

Legislators meet with nonprofits to discuss housing experience

Cheryl Miles, Chairwoman for Black Women of Chester County in Action, Representative Dan Williams (74th Legislative District), Senator Katie Muth (44th Senatorial District), Chester County Commissioner Josh Maxwell, Mayor Peter Urscheler of Phoenixville, Mayor Lillian DeBaptiste of West Chester, Rob Henry (Administrator, Chester County Partnership to End Homelessness), Hallie Romanowski (Executive...

On Stage: Linda Gail Lewis makes long awaited return to area

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Linda Gail Lewis It’s been almost a year to the day since Linda Gail Lewis had a show scheduled show in the area. On August 22, 2021, Lewis was slated to perform in Kennett Square at Kennett Flash’s Rooftop Series. The shows in that series were staged on a rooftop of a parking garage in downtown Kennett Square. Lewis and her band of local all-stars...

On Stage: Sarah Diamond comes home to headline at Uptown!

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Sarah Diamond There is an old saying – “You Can Never Go Home Again.” Don’t tell that to Sarah Diamond. She won’t believe you — and will offer proof of the opposite this weekend. Diamond is a Downingtown East grad and a West Chester University alumna who is now living in Largo, Florida. She is also a talented singer who leads her...

On Stage: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ opening at the Forrest Theater

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Dear Evan Hansen A nice way to combat a heat wave is to spend an evening inside an air-conditioned venue watching a live theatrical performance. Fortunately, there are several good choices — ranging from a new smash Broadway hit (“Dear Evan Hansen”) to a timeless theater classic (“Sweet Charity’). “Dear Evan Hansen,” which is billed...

On Stage: ‘Sweet Charity’ at The Candlelight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Many of you are familiar with timeless standards such as “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” but how many know the origin of these songs? They are two of the standout tunes in the award-winning musical, “Sweet Charity.” The Candlelight Theatre (2208 Millers Road, Arden, Delaware, www.candlelighttheatredelaware.org)...

On Stage: The Claudettes excited to be back playing live

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Claudettes The Claudettes do wonderful work in the recording studio. But, more than anything, the Claudettes are a great live band. Unfortunately, COVID-19 robbed the Chicago-based band of that aspect for more than two years. Late last year, the Claudettes returned to playing live concerts – including a powerful show at the Arden Gild Hall...

On Stage Extra: Big Sunday Philly shows change venues

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Vision Video Sunday is the night for relocated rock concerts in Center City Philadelphia. The Vision Video show on July 10 was originally scheduled to be held at MilkBoy Philadelphia and then switched to Kung Fu Necktie. A similar scenario has played out for the concert by the Wrecks on July 10. It was originally scheduled to be held at the Foundry...