On Stage: DeWyze looks to move past American Idol

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Lee DeWyze Many musicians are reaping benefits from exposure of their music via television — in reality competitions or show placements in popular series. Lee DeWyze had fared well with his experience in what used to be called “the small screen.” The talented singer-songwriter built a legion of fans through his performances on the “American...

On Stage: Jesse Terry doubles down on new albums

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Jesse Terry Jesse Terry is more than just a talented singer-songwriter with two first names – he is a talented singer-songwriter with two new albums that were recorded at the same time. On his current tour, which brings him to the area for a show on February 17, Terry is coming back to Burlap & Bean Coffeehouse (204 South Newtown Street Road, Newtown...

On Stage: Juice lands the gig

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Juice O.K., if you hear “Juice” in news about the entertainment world, it’s time for you to think of something other than O.J. Simpson and his bizarre story – especially of the news is about a talented band from New England. Juice, a septet from Boston featuring Ben Stevens [lead vocals], Michael Ricciardulli [guitar], Rami El-Abidin [bass], Christian...

On Stage: ‘Waitress’ shows the power of pie

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times ‘Waitress’ at The Kimmel Center. Never underestimate the power of pie – especially fresh-baked cherry pie. Just ask fans of the original “Twin Peaks” series. Pies play a role in the hot musical “Waitress,” which the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia series in bringing to Philly this week for a six-day run at the Forrest Theatre...

On Stage: John5 bring a diverse audience to Sellersville

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times John5 Fans who love progressive music with an emphasis on tasty string work – guitar, electric violin, mandolin — should not even think of being anywhere but the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com) on the evening of February 10. The dynamite double-bill will be headlined by John 5 and the Creatures...

On Stage: ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ brings the laughs

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Larry Lees When audiences watch “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” – the current production at the Candlelight Theater (2208 Millers Road, Arden, Delaware, 302- 475-2313, www.candlelighttheatredelaware.org) – they fall into three categories. There are those who have seen the film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, those who have never seen the film...

On Stage: Emmanuel is the guitar players’ guitar player

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Tommy Emmanuel Tommy Emmanuel is a guitarist that other accomplished guitarists go out of their way to hear play. He is one of only five musicians handpicked by his mentor, Chet Atkins, as a Certified Guitar Player (CGP). On February 3, Emmanuel will perform an area show at the Keswick Theater (291 N. Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 215-572-7650, www.keswicktheatre.com). ...

On Stage: Anna Meredith is not like anyone else

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Anna Meredithna Meredith, Abbie Gardiner, Chosen Dance, Hannah Wicklund, Sin City Band, In 1966, the Kinks had a hit with a song titled “I’m Not Like Anybody Else.” Now, more than a half-century later, another Brit musician could adopt the title as her motto. Anna Meredith, who will headline a show at The Foundry at Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal...

On Stage: Kimbra’s album delayed, but not her passion

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Kimbra Originally, Kimbra’s show on January 31 at Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, 215-232-2100, www.utphilly.com) was supposed to be one of the earliest gigs on a tour supporting her new album “Primal Heart” on Warner Bros. Records. “The album was supposed to be released on January 19,” said Kimbra, during a recent phone...

On Stage: No ‘Spin’ zone, Barron goes solo at The Flash

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Chris Barron Whenever the Spin Doctors come to the area, they draw a crowd – not surprising for a band that has been popular for almost three decades. One of the main cogs in the success of the band has been Chris Barron, who is the group’s guitarist and main songwriter. On January 27, Spin Doctors fans will have a rare opportunity to hear Barron perform...