On Stage: Aucoin’s music good, good works even better

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Rich Aucoin If you took Rich Aucoin’s surname and separated it, you would have gold (AU) and coin – definitely something valuable Even if you don’t do this, you still have something valuable – a talented musician with a catalog of two albums and three EPs and a history of engaging in charitable projects. Aucoin is a Haligonian (native of...

On Stage: Trevor Hall highlights his spiritual side

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Trevor Hall Area music fans have a lot of choices for live shows this weekend. They can go on a softer route on June 23 by attending shows by Dustbowl Revival, illumine/Sean & Dave Make Music, or Trevor Hall. Or, they can travel a trail of harder music on June 24 by attending shows by Poison, Hogan’s Goat or Twitching Tongues. On June 23, Trevor...

On Stage: Uptown celebrates the roots of Doo-Wop

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Soul Harmony Today’s world of music has an amazing number of genres and sub-genres.  Some of the oldest are blues, country and western, rock and rhythm and blues. The first three are easy for casual music fans to figure out. The fourth is more obscure. Rhythm and blues, commonly abbreviated as R&B, is a genre of popular music that originated...

Mixed Media: Summer is a fun time to try new things

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Orange Slime Mold with Puffballs and Lichen by Patrick Jacobs Ohhhh! There are so many interesting things happening this month – specifically of the more contemporary persuasion. Summertime can be a bit of a roll of the dice, considering so many art organizations slow down their regularly scheduled programming to accommodate waning summertime crowds....

On Stage: Champions of Magic dazzle at Merriam

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Champions of Magic Champions of Magic sounds like a grand title for a touring entertainment show but the name hits the nail on the head when it describes the magic show that is visiting Philadelphia this week. From June 20-24, the Kimmel Center is presenting Champions of Magic at the Merriam Theater (250 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, 215-893-1999,...

On Stage; Diamante shining as new rock diva

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Diamante If there is a pantheon for rock deities, the section for powerful female rock goddesses would surely include artists such as Debbie Harry, Pat Benatar, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, Avril Lavigne and PJ Harvey. There would also be a special section for hard rock lady deities featuring acts such as Joan Jett, The Great Kat, Vixen’s Janet...

On Stage: Just in time for Eternal Summers to the area

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Eternal Summers Eternal Summers, which is headlining a show on June 14 at Boot and Saddle (1131 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, 215-639-4528, www.bootandsaddlephilly.com), is a young band from Virginia that has been described as a “dream punk” band. The Roanoke-based trio featuring Nicole Yun, Daniel Cundiff, Jonathan Woods plays jangly pop...

Mixed Media: Head to Oxford for Third on Third

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times I hope you all made it out to Scarlett Thickett Farm last Saturday to see their smattering of fabulous artists. For me, it’s become to inaugural summertime activity. The barn swallows flitting around on the rafters are the end all arbiters of when my summertime activities can commence. The town of Oxford will be hosting its Third on Third this Friday...

On Stage: River Whyless is another reason App. State is famous

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times River Whyless For sports fans, Appalachian State University is known for producing what has been called “one of the greatest upsets in college football history.” For music fans, Appalachian State University is known for giving the world one of the best American folk/rock bands in the past decade – River Whyless. The sports world was stunned...

On Stage: Get some joy from ‘Hate’ tour at The Troc

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Night Club On June 9, the Trocadero (10th and Arch streets, Philadelphia, 215-922-6888, www.thetroc.com) is hosting the “Everybody Still Hates You Tour.” Obviously, it will not be an evening filled with Americana, smooth jazz or sensitive singer/songwriters. The tour features Combichrist as the headliner along with Wednesday 13, Night Club, Prison,...