On Stage (Spotlight): The Cavalera brothers cement their metal legacy

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Max and Iggor Cavalera are the original founding members of Brazilian heavy metal legends Sepultura, and specifically the team behind the band’s early albums — including seminal releases such as “Arise,” “Chaos A.D.” and “Roots.” The Cavalera brothers have gone on to cement their legacy in metal music — Max with Soulfly, Cavalera...

On Stage (Extra) JJ Grey and the music of the swamp

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times JJ Grey JJ Grey doesn’t hollowly boast about “draining the swamp” but rather brings the music of the swamp to listeners around the world. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Grey and his band JJ Grey & Mofro are known for playing lively southern swamp rock. On October 21, JJ Grey & Mofro will visit the area for a show at Union Transfer (1026 Spring...

On Stage (Bonus) Colin Hay is more than just ‘Down Under’

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Colin Hay For most musical acts, there is a pattern to follow. You release an album and then you tour in support of that album. If you’re a popular musician, that’s what you do. On March 3, Colin Hay released his new album “Fierce Mercy” on Compass Records and has been touring almost non-stop ever since. On October 20, he will bring his U.S. tour...

On Stage: The Patriot Tour comes to Philadelphia

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Marcus Lutrell While various activities around the country may or may not show disrespect for the country, there are many activities bolstering patriotism – events such as Veterans’ Day parades and Flag Day events. On October 20, the Kimmel Center will host an event that is 100 per cent respectful and even more patriotic – the Patriot Tour. The Patriot...

Art Watch: the Delaware County Studio Tour is on

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times Rev up your engines and sync your google maps ap and prepare to explore the arts from the 51 artists at 19 studio locations showing throughout Delaware County this weekend! Most everyone knows about the Chester County Studio Tour which is now a blockbuster May event every year, but the Delaware County Studio Tour is still getting its sea legs, as it is just in...

On Stage: The Main Squeeze

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Main Squeeze The Main Squeeze relocated from the Midwest to the West Coast and now are in the middle of a long tour of the East Coast – a tour that brings then to the area for a show on October 17 at Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, http://undergroundarts.org). The band features Ben “Smiley” Silverstein, keyboards;...

On Stage (Spotlight): Ramirez brings tour to Boot and Saddle

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times David Ramirez Sometimes you have to go places, even when you’re not going anywhere — like David Ramirez. On October 15, Ramirez will bring his “We’re Not Going Anywhere Tour” to Boot and Saddle (1131 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, 215-639-4528, www.bootandsaddlephilly.com). The tour shares its name with Ramirez’ new album.   ...

OnStage (Bonus): Keifer is coming home

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Tom Keifer Tom Keifer is going home again – again. Keifer is a local boy who rose to international fame as the lead vocalist of the glam-rock band Cinderella. He is a Philadelphia area native who relocated to southern New Jersey during the Cinderella days and then moved to Nashville around 20 years ago. More specifically, Keifer grew up in Delaware County...

On Stage: Pa. Ballet opens with Sleeping Beauty

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Pennsylvania Ballet’s opening production of its 2017-2018 season is “The Sleeping Beauty,” which is a bit ironic considering that the company has been anything but sleeping in recent years under the guidance of Artistic Director Angel Corella. “The Sleeping Beauty” opens on October 12 and runs through October 22 at the Academy of Music (Broad...

On Stage (Spotlight): Andrew W.K. keeps the party going

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times It would seem natural if Andrew W.K. had a tattoo of Dionysius somewhere on his body. Dionysus was the Olympian god of wine, vegetation, pleasure, festivity, madness and wild frenzy. He was depicted as either an older, bearded god or an effeminate, long-haired youth. He was usually accompanied by a troop of Satyrs and Mainades (wild female devotees). ...