On Stage: Willie Nile thankful to be playing lives shows again

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Willie Nile Six months ago, Willie Nile — much to his delight — started playing live shows for live audiences again after a year-and-a-half of pandemic restrictions. Back in May, he visited the Main Line for a show at the Ardmore Music Hall. This weekend, he’s coming back to Main Line. This time, it’s to perform in concert at 118 North...

On Stage Extra: Chesco actress has key role in Anastasia

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Anastasia When the national tour of the hit musical “Anastasia” visits Philadelphia next week for a six-day run at the Merriam Theater from November 23-28, an actress from Chester County will be playing one of the lead roles. The show, which is presented by the Kimmel Cultural Campus in partnership with The Shubert Organization, will feature West...

On Stage: Yngwie Malmstein returns for live show at the Keswick

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Yngwie Malmstein After being forced off the road for more than a year-and-a-half by the pandemic, Yngwie Malmstein has started to tour again and will headline a show at the Keswick Theatre (291 N. Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 215-572-7650, www.keswicktheatre.com) on November 18. The Swedish guitar ace is now touring in support of his new album, “Parabellum,”...

On Stage: Blues Project is back, celebrating its 60’s roots

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Steve Katz of Blues Project The 1960s was a magical time for music in Greenwich Village in New York. Many acts who went on to be classified as all-time greats were playing in small clubs in the Village – clubs such as Gerde’s Folk City, The Bitter End, Cafe Au Go Go, Cafe Wha?, The Gaslight Cafe and The Bottom Line and acts such as Bob Dylan, Tim...

On Stage: Marc Broussard returns to World Cafe Live

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Marc Broussard Last year, Marc Broussard was scheduled to headline a show at the World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com) on April 1. It turned out to be an example of “April Fools.” There was no concert on April 1, 2020. The COVID-19 shutdown took care of that. Now, Broussard is set to return to the...

On Stage: Livingston Taylor welcomes a return to the stage — and live audiences

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Livingston Taylor Livingston Taylor has been around for a long time and plans on being around a lot longer. Taylor, who will be headlining a show on October 30 at the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com), is a singer-songwriter who made his first album in 1970 and has released more than 20 more LPs...

On Stage: Dukes of Destiny ready to rock Jamey’s

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Dukes of Destiny The Dukes of Destiny are headlining a show at Jamey’s House of Music (32 South Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, 215-477-9985, www.jameyshouseofmusic.com) and it’s a match made in blues heaven. Jamey’s has become the area’s top showcase for regional and national blues acts – a destination for blues band’s tour schedule and a Mecca...

On Stage: Candlelight celebrates the best of its performances

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Candlelight Theater (2208 Millers Road, Arden, Delaware, 302- 475-2313, www.candlelighttheatredelaware.org) is presenting its brand-new mainstage production – “The Best of the Candlelight Theatre” – now through October 31. The original production is just what its name implies – a series of arranged and choreographed numbers that were...

On Stage: Birdtalker kicks off busy area music weekend at MilkBoy Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Birdtalker This weekend, live music gets off to an early start with a twin-bill at MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 215- 925-6455, www.milkboyphilly.com). The show on October 7 will feature Birdtalker as the headlined with Bre Kennedy as the opening act. Fronted by husband-and-wife Zack and Dani Green, Birdtalker have cultivated...

On Stage: Garrison Keillor comes to Sellersville

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Garrison Keillor Garrison Keillor will bring years of experience to the stage at the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com) on October 2 – experience as a storyteller, a poet, a narrator, a broadcast veteran and an amiable all-around entertainer. On July 6, 1974, Garrison Keillor hosted the first broadcast...