On Stage: Eric Johnson brings it back to Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Eric Johnson Texas guitar ace Eric Johnson played the area back in the spring on the first leg of his “Ah Via Musicom Tour.” Now, he is returning to Philly on the second leg for a show on October 22 at the World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com) Johnson is a highly-acclaimed guitarist from the...

Unionville grad Claffy comes home for one-night concert at Patton

EAST MARLBOROUGH — Chester County native Alexander Claffy returns from his travels around the globe for one night only. On Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at Patton Middle School, his new trio will appear at the same school he attended as a child. The evening features the likes of Jazz Legend David Kikoski on piano, heralded by the New York Times as “A pianist of broad experience and even...

On Stage: Kingdom Come celebrates 30 years

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kingdom Come Kingdom Come is a band that has come and gone – and come and gone – and come again. The veteran hard rock band formed in 1987 and broke up a few years later. The group reformed in 1990 and then disbanded in 2016. This year Kingdom Come came back to life again.    Send article as PDF   

Mixed Media: A loss in the local arts world

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times This weeks’ column starts on a more somber note. Fred Carspecken, co-founder and owner of Carspecken-Scott Gallery in Wilmington, passed suddenly in his home last week after struggling with an illness over the last few years. Carspecken held a reputation as a successful art dealer – expanding on his early talents and marketing art to the professional...

On Stage: Kathy Mattea finds her voice, again

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kathy Mattea Sometimes, dealing with your body as you grow older is like dealing with an old car. Everything works, but some of the parts just aren’t working as well as they used to work. Just ask Kathy Mattea. Mattea, a country music star who is headlining a show – “Kathy Mattea: The Acoustic Living Room Songs & Stories” — on October...

Mixed Media: Fall fundraisers highlight busy art events schedule

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Fall is such a nostalgic, family oriented month, and my childhood memories are filled with the weekends my parents would take us to the pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins to carve. Funny enough, I didn’t care for the actual carving, but I lovingly selected my pumpkin, and waited impatiently for the toasted seeds we’d eat while carving. If you’re...

On Stage: Ricci and Appleton bring no-holds bar sound to Sellersville

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jason Ricci and JJ Appleton What do you get when you pair a talented singer/songwriter/guitarist from New York City and a kickass harmonica player and singer from the South? You get an act billed as Jason Ricci and JJ Appleton. The two veteran musicians will bring their no-holds-barred sound to the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville,...

On Stage: Pete RG fans to get album preview at Ortlieb’s

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Pete RG Pete RG, who is headlining a show at Ortlieb’s (847 North Third Street, Philadelphia, 267- 324-3348, www.ticketfly.com) on October 9, will be treating his fans to a preview of his soon-to-be-released album “Whatever We Want Whenever We Want.” Three years ago, RG was in Philly playing the now-defunct North Star Bar while touring in support...

On Stage: Petras fashions a music career in pop

By Denny Dyroff,  Entertainment Editor, The Times Kim Petras Kim Petras has been developing a lot of avenues to fame recently – including some runway work this week at New York Fashion Week. But, her main claim to fame is her music. Petras writes and sings pop songs – good pop songs that have the potential to be earworms. Her latest single is a catchy pop song called “Heart to Break.”...

Mixed Media: A first on First Friday, starting on Thursday

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Gallery DUO starts in on this months’ First Friday a little early. Their reception for Visions of Summer, on Thursday from 7-9pm, will feature new work by gallery owners/artists Alessandra Manzotti and Sus Iserbyt. Alessandra showed me around the gallery, which is in the old forge building in Fairville. The exposed beams and leaning brick chimney which...