On Stage: Holly Miranda at City Winery, Nov. 30

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Holly Miranda The schedule for music concerts gets a little light over the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s hard for music acts to compete with Thanksgiving dinners, family gatherings and homecoming parties. Fortunately, there is a great show on tap for November 30 when Holly Miranda headlines a show at City Winery (990 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, citywinery.com/philadelphia/). Miranda...

On Stage: Local acts in the spotlight this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times River Drivers A lot of top-flight local talent will be on display at music venues around the area tonight. On November 23, the Philadelphia Folksong Society (6156 Avenue, Philadelphia, pfs.org) is hosting a “CD Release Party” by Philadelphia-based Celtic-tinged folk-rock collective River Drivers. River Drivers is a four-piece band whose unique passion-infused...

On Stage: The Pineapple Thief is livin’ the dream, making U.S. tour debut

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Pineapple Thief Picture a high school boy dreaming for years about having a date with one of the most attractive girls in the school and never having the dream come true – until one day years later, the girl invites him to go on a date. The Pineapple Thief, a rock band from the south of England, went through a similar experience this year. The...

On Stage: Violet Bell bring progressive folk to Delaware Valley

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Violet Bell The Philadelphia area always has the Liberty Bell as a prime attraction. On November 21, there will be two “bells” for area residents to enjoy – the Liberty Bell in Old City and Violet Bell, which is headlining a show at the Living Room (35 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, https://thelivingroomat35east.com) Violet Bell is touring in...

On Stage: Downingtown’s Morrissey hitting it big in national tour of ‘Mean Girls’

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Mary Kate Morrissey(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Just as every young basketball player has dreams of playing in the NBA or WNBA or every young musician envisions a career as a rock star, almost every young girl or boy who acts in local theater – or even in school productions – dreams of someday being in a Broadway musical. The odds...

On Stage: Female rock pioneers team up

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Cherie Currie and Brie Howard-Darling In the 1980s, there were many all-female rock bands that wrote music, sang the songs and played their own instruments – acts such as the Bangles, the Go-Go’s, L7 and the Lunachicks. The groundwork for their success and acceptance was laid a decade earlier by two bands who made huge inroads into the male-donated...

On Stage: A musical that really is ‘Beautiful’

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times For more than a century, many beautiful national touring productions of Broadway shows have been presented at The Playhouse on Rodney Square (10th and Market streets, Wilmington, Delaware, 302-888-0200, www. duponttheatre.com), which formerly has been known as the DuPont Theatre and the Playhouse Theatre. This week, the theater in downtown Wilmington...

On Stage: Celebrating 80 years of Blue Note Records

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kandace Springs Area jazz fans are in for a triple treat on November 8 when The Grand Opera House (818 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware, 302-652-5577,www.thegrandwilmington.org) hosts “The Blue Note 80th Anniversary Tour” featuring Kandace Springs (Vocalist and keyboards / Trio), James Francies (Piano / Trio) & James Carter (Saxophone...

On Stage: Tiffany looks to make her mark in North America

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Tiffany Korean American pop star Tiffany, who will make her Philadelphia debut with a show at Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, 215-232-2100,www.utphilly.com) on November 6, has a lot of talent and a lot of followers on social media. She also has a lot of names. Tiffany, as she is known in Korea, is also known as Tiffany Young,...

On Stage: Anthony Ramos looks to conquer pop music, too

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor Anthony Ramos Anthony Ramos is a bright young star in the entertainment world – star of stage and screen (film and television) – and now is poised to become a star in the world of pop music. Ramos just released his debut album, “The Good & The Bad,” on October 25 on Republic Records and now is on tour in support of the new LP. The tour brings him to...