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.

On Stage: Music lovers and enjoy the Heart of the matter

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times This is a great time for area Heart fans with three concerts featuring musicians who have been key members of the hitmaking band from the Pacific Northwest. On August 9, there will be a concert by a band featuring two original Heart members. On August 12, Heart’s Nancy Wilson will headline her own show. Last Saturday, her sister and Heart bandmate...

Mixed Media: Connective Art and Music Festival excites the senses

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Did you make it out to the Connective Art and Music Festival last weekend in Oxford? I stopped in with a few friends for an afternoon filled with art, live music, and overall fun community engagement. As someone who hasn’t spent much time in Oxford, I was pleasantly surprised the lively and enticing energy of the town. First of all, I’d like to give...

On Stage: Summer really is endless for The Beach Boys

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Beach Boys Like the Energizer Bunny, the Beach Boys just keep going and going. On August 4, the Beach Boys will bring their surf music and California beach vibe to the area for a pair of shows at the American Music Theater (2425 Lincoln Highway, Lancaster, www.amtshows.com). The veteran pop/vocal group is on the road with its 2018 “Now...

On Stage: Experiencing BIRTHH in Philly tonight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Alice Bisi All living human beings have experienced birth. All fans of popular music should experience BIRTHH. Area music fans can experience BIRTHH live on Aug. 2 at PhilaMOCA (531 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, 267-519-9651, www.philamoca.org). BIRTHH is the stage name of Alice Bisi, a talented young musician from Firenze, Italy. She released...

Mixed Media: An unofficial art loop

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Thunderstorms threaten our last First Friday of the summer, but then again, that’s to be expected (and not necessarily delivered upon) right? Also the Wilmington Art Loop is taking a summer hiatus but that isn’t stopping the Wilmington area from celebrating local art this Friday. Prevail, we will! Weather and summer slump be damned!