On Stage: Joe Louis Walker shows no sign of slowing down

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Joe Louis Walker Joe Louis Walker may be closing in on his next decade – he will be 70 on Christmas Day – but he’s no way ready to slow down. The word retirement is not in his dictionary. On June 1, Walker will visit Chester County to be the headliner at the 10th Annual Chester County Blues BBQ (Wyndsor Farm, 2550 Ridge Road, Elverson, www.chestercountyblues.com). “I’ve...

On Stage: The Book of Mormon returns to Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Book of Mormon In March 2011, “The Book of Mormon” made its debut at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. During its first year, the show was consistently one of the top five best-selling shows on Broadway and it set 22 new weekly sales records at the O’Neill. The show, which was seven years in the making, met with immediate critical acclaim...

On Stage: Take the less-traveled musical path this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times RAM If you’re in the mood to hear live music that is different…music that you don’t usually hear on the internet or radio…then there are two music acts performing in Philadelphia this weekend that you should check out – RAM and Joe Moffett. RAM, which is performing on May 26 at Myst Lounge (5835 Rising Sun Avenue, Philadelphia, 267-686-4101),...

On Stage: the circus comes to town

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Big Apple Circus The Big Apple Circus, which is celebrating its 41st anniversary this year, up residency at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (100 Station Avenue, Oaks, https://bigapplecircus.com) for a run now through June 16. Many of the world’s greatest circus acts have performed under the Big Apple Circus Big Top. Each year, a new show...

On Stage: Yann Tiersen at The Keswick tonight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Yann Tiersen Yann Tiersen speaks a lot of languages, plays an amazing number of instruments and has released almost 20 albums. Tiersen is a multi-dimensional musician from the Breton region in the west of France who is known for his solo work and his work on film scores. He is currently on tour supporting his new album, “ALL” – a tour that...

On Stage: Uriah Heep keeps it heavy for nearly 50 years

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Uriah Heep In 1969, guitarist Mick Box formed a band in London called Uriah Heep – its name taken from a Charles Dickens character. Box has remained the core element of the band and has kept it going for more than five decades. On May 20, Uriah Heep visits the area for a show at the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com).

On Stage: Brand X returns, again

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Brand X Brand X, which is headlining shows at the Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org) on May 18 and 19 has a similarity to horror film characters like Freddie Kreuger and Chucky – just when you think they’re dead and gone for good, they reappear. The London-based band started in 1975...

On Stage: Fab Faux focus on the sound of the Beatles

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Fab Faux Beatles fans will never be able to see the Beatles perform live — unless John and George somehow come back from the dead. But the band’s music lives on with a wide array of tribute acts performing songs from the foursome’s impressive catalogue. Some of these tribute acts put on stage shows in which they try to look and sound like...

On Stage: Carla Olson and Todd Wolfe bring history to the stage

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Carla Olson and Todd Wolfe When legendary singer/songwriter/rocker Carla Olson and iconic guitarist/songwriter Todd Wolfe come to perform at The Living Room (35 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, https://thelivingroomat35east.com) on May 16, they will bring a lot of music history with them. The two music veterans are touring in support of their new...

Mixed Media: Chester County Studio Tour

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times The studio of local artist Al Moretti. What does a “studio” mean to you? What does that word evoke? Do you imagine a messy den of creation filled with loose papers (something like Francis Bacon’s hoarder nightmare?), or,  spartan–save the paint splattered walls a la Jackson Pollock? Or maybe you envision neatly stacked paintings in an airy...