Music Spotlight: Chesco native Zell sees album plans put on hold, but finds silver lining

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Nicole Zell When America screeched to a halt in early March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, everything was turned upside-down and inside-out. Nothing was the same. The music industry got slammed. Venues closed and tours got cancelled. Recording sessions were put in limbo. Album releases got put on hold indefinitely. The shutdown was bad for the...

Music Spotlight: Chesco native Auer, new name, still great music

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Laura Auer The entertainment industry has been thrown into a state of disarray by COVID-19. Shows have been cancelled, album releases have been indefinitely delayed and nobody knows where or when it will end. Over the next few weeks, this column will feature musicians and entertainers from Chester County and look at what is happening with them right...

On Stage: When the music comes back, a time to celebrate Bowie

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Sass Jordan Back at the beginning of the year, Bowie fans were excited. Sass Jordan was also excited about “A Bowie Celebration” tour through North America. “A Bowie Celebration” was set to return to North America in March following a major European tour in January this year.  The run was slated to kick off in San Diego on March 3 and include...

On Stage: When the music comes back, a time to celebrate Bowie

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Sass Jordan Back at the beginning of the year, Bowie fans were excited. Sass Jordan was also excited about “A Bowie Celebration” tour through North America. “A Bowie Celebration” was set to return to North America in March following a major European tour in January this year.  The run was slated to kick off in San Diego on March 3 and include...

On Stage: When the music comes back, a time to celebrate Bowie

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Sass Jordan Back at the beginning of the year, Bowie fans were excited. Sass Jordan was also excited about “A Bowie Celebration” tour through North America. “A Bowie Celebration” was set to return to North America in March following a major European tour in January this year.  The run was slated to kick off in San Diego on March 3 and include...

On Stage: When the music comes back, a time to celebrate Bowie

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Sass Jordan Back at the beginning of the year, Bowie fans were excited. Sass Jordan was also excited about “A Bowie Celebration” tour through North America. “A Bowie Celebration” was set to return to North America in March following a major European tour in January this year.  The run was slated to kick off in San Diego on March 3 and include...

On Stage: Can’t go to the show? Let it come to you

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Brian Fitzy This is spring 2020 and, because of the “shelter in place” order caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, you can’t go to concerts, theater shows or other entertainment. But they can come to you. There are hundreds of live streaming shows, online concerts and podcasts every week. One of the best is coming up this weekend – and one of the...

Not On Stage: Summer stadium arena shows postponed, delayed, cancelled

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kenny Chesney All you music fans out there who are dreaming about heading to the Wells Fargo Center, Citizens Bank Park or Lincoln Financial Field over the next few months to attend concerts by major country, Top 40 or rap acts – forget about it. If the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening to wipe out the Eagles’ season, then shows such as Kenny Chesney’s...

Music Spotlight: Gilbert O’Sullivan ‘alone again’ after shutdown stalls US tour

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Gilbert O’Sullivan With the “shelter in place” order necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are finding themselves alone because of the restrictions. Being “alone” can offer a welcome respite from an ultra-busy schedule. Being “alone” as a full-time option is a different story – especially when it’s mandated by the...

Music Spotlight: Chesco’s Mascherino leads move for live music online

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times This is a strange time for music fans who want to hear their favorite acts perform live. Because of the restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, attending a live event is a “thing of the past.” But that doesn’t mean that listeners no longer have access to “live” music. Many artists are performing alone and streaming their performances...