On Stage: Phillip Phillips hits the state at Parx

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Phillip Phillips Fans of “American Idol” and “One Tree Hill” — take notice. On August 28, the Parx Casino’s Xcite Center will host a special twin-bill featuring co-headliners Phillip Phillips (“American Idol” winner) and Gavin DeGraw (who wrote the theme song for “One Tree Hill”). Doors for the show will open at 6 p.m. ...

On Stage: Dee Jay Silver enjoys crossing formats

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Dee Jay Silver Dee Jay Silver and Jason Aldean go together like ribs and BBQ sauce or Jack Daniels and Coke. On August 25, 2017, Silver was in the area performing on the Camden Waterfront as part of Aldean’s “They Don’t Know Tour.” This year, Silver returns to the BB&T Pavilion (1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden, New Jersey, 856-225-0163, www.livenation.com)...

On Stage: Balún celebrates Puerto Rican roots

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Balún The coquí is a frog endemic to Puerto. The species is named for the loud call the males make at night. This sound serves two purposes. The coquí is a very important aspect of Puerto Rican culture and has become an unofficial territorial symbol of Puerto Rico. To hear coqui’s unique call, you need to go to Puerto Rico. Or you can...

Mixed Media: Time for submissions to local art shows

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times It’s back to school season! Which means it is also submission and call for entry time for artists. I’d like to start today’s article off by introducing some opportunities and deadlines to artists in the area. First, the much anticipated Fourth Annual National Juried Show with Oxford Art Alliance will be accepting applications through August 31....

On Stage: Selwyn Birchwood, a blues star in the making

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Selwyn Birchwood It may be a mid-week evening, but August 21 has several shows on its calendar that will get audiences out of their seats and dancing in the aisles – Selwyn Birchwood in Sellersville and Water Street in Philadelphia. Birchwood will bring his scorching blues sound to the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville,...

On Stage: Jean Luc Ponty makes rare Del Val appearance

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jean Luc Ponty Jean Luc Ponty is one of the most versatile, most progressive and most interesting violinists in today’s music scene – just as he has been for the last 50-plus years. On August 18, Ponty will treat fans with a rare area performance at the Keswick Theater (291 N. Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 215-572-7650, www.keswicktheatre.com). Whether...

Mixed Media: Keeping up with the Main Line Art Center

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times I hope you had the opportunity to tune in to WCHE 1520AM on Wednesday when I interviewed the new Executive Director for the  Main Line Arts Center, Thomas Scurto-Davis for Art Watch. In preparation for any interview, I write out a script that I follow which contains a series of questions peppered with some fun tidbits I like to add for authenticity,...

On Stage: Larry the Cable Guy still makes ’em laugh

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Larry the Cable Guy Daniel Lawrence Whitney is coming to the area for a show at the Xcite Center at Parx Casino (2999 Street Road, Bensalem, 888-588-7279, https://parxcasino.com) it’s a show guaranteed to make you laugh. He is a world-famous stand-up comic as well as an actor, producer, country music artist and former radio personality. Audiences...

On Stage: Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Ladysmith Black Mambazo There are dozens of music acts with “Smith” in their names including Aerosmith, Echosmith, Gunsmiths, Smiths, DJ Whitesmith, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Robert Smith, Locksmith, Smith, Goldsmith, Smithereens, Patti Smith, Wordsmith, Silversmith, G.E. Smith, Tinsmith, Elliott Smith, Blacksmith, and The Tunesmiths. Two of them...

On Stage: Mmmmmmm, Bacon Brothers

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Bacon Brothers For Kevin Bacon, the thought of going out on an “Actors Rock” style music tour with other actors who have bands is not something that would bring a smile to his face. Like Kiefer Sutherland, Priyanka Chopra, Hugh Laurie, Juliette Lewis and Jennifer Lopez, Bacon’s main claim to fame is as an actor.   ...