On Syage: BBMak is back

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times BBMak Back in 2000, BBMak was one of the hottest pop bands in the United Kingdom. The group’s popularity quickly spread around the world. What set BBMak apart from the other “boy band” groups of the era was that the versatile threesome won over young audiences with its music — not with flashy choreography and unlimited hype. ...

On Stage: Metal for everyone

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Ice Nine Kills There are concerts every night of the week just about 365 nights every year. When winter weather departs from the northern states around this time every year, the weeknight concert schedule becomes almost as heavy as the weekend night schedule. This week, there are numerous midweek concerts in the area featuring interesting acts. Fans...

On Stage: Reid brings soulful voice to The Flash

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Terry Reid This weekend, two talented acts that date back to the late 1960s and early 1970s are playing shows in the area – Terry Reid and Foreigner. On May 4, Terry Reid & The Cosmic American Derelicts will perform at Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org).    Send...

On Stage: Kategory 5 steps up for Candlelight benefit show

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kategory 5 The Candlelight Theater (2208 Millers Road, Arden, Delaware, 302- 475-2313, www.candlelighttheatredelaware.org) is a non-profit theater nestled in the village of Ardentown, Delaware — a picturesque artistic community established in 1900. The Candlelight presents a season of great – and well-attended — shows every year but...

Mixed Media: Spring into First Friday

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Well, it’s been a minute since I’ve been able to write about art. I took a brief hiatus to get married, enjoy my honeymoon, and then recenter myself in the real world. Turns out the real world didn’t stop while I was gone, and there’s a lot of art to be seen, after all, First Friday is coming up and there’s a lot going on! Let’s start in West...

On Stage: A local musician lays down the law

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Michael Braunfeld Most people don’t associate being a lawyer with being an entertainer – unless they take into consideration high-profile criminal lawyers like F. Lee Bailey or Clarence Darrow. So, it’s a little unusual that two music acts playing in the area in a five-day period feature lawyers – Mike Cusimano, whose band played the Keswick...

On Stage: Slambovian knows how to celebrate

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Slambovian Circus of Dreams The Slambovian Circus of Dreams — songwriter Joziah Longo (vocals/guitar/harmonica), his wife multi-instrumentalist Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, ukelele, theremin, melodica), guitarist/mandolin player Sharkey McEwen, Bob Torsello (bass) and Felipe Torres (drums,percussion) — usually has some sort of theme...

On Stage: Roger McGuinn remains a major influence

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Roger McGuinn If you attend Roger McGuinn’s show at the Colonial Theatre (Bridge Street, Phoenixville, 610- 917-1228, www.thecolonialtheatre.com) on April 25, you’ll be treated to a great musical performance and a lesson in rock-and-roll history. A concert performance by Roger McGuinn is more than just a music concert. It is a history lesson...

On Stage: Odonis Odonis stays intense

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Odonis Odonis Two acts playing at Philadelphia venues on April 19 can induce different dream states. Odonis Odonis can put you on a trail to industrial nightmares while Dawn Landes can make you float away with her soft lullabies. Odonis Odonis is a Canadian band that has embraced different sound vibes over the years but has always maintained a constant...

On Stage: Less Than Jake is more than fun

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Less Than Jake Just over a year ago, ska/punk/indie rock veterans Less Than Jake energized and thoroughly entertained a sellout audience at The Queen (500 North Market Street, Wilmington, 202-730-3331,www.thequeenwilmington.com). Now, the band from Gainesville, Florida, is back to do it again. LTJ will headline a show at The Queen on April 17 and...