On Stage (Bonus): Anders Osborne is on a writing spree

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Anders Osborne On May 20, downtown Wilmington will welcome the inaugural staging of David Bromberg’s Big Noise Festival at Tubman Garrett Park (815 Justison Street, Wilmington, http://www.bignoisefestival.com). The festival’s all-star line-up will feature David Bromberg Big Band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Dr. John, Anders Osborne, Larry Campbell &...

On Stage: Jarre finally comes to North America

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Jean-Michel Jarre Jean-Michel Jarre is a legend in the world of electronic music. Ever since his debut album, the French composer/performer has been pushing the boundaries of music – and of attracting live audiences. In 1990, Jarre attracted an audience of 2.5 million in front of La Défense skyline, Paris in a show commemoration celebration of the...

Art Watch: The most important art weekend of the year

The Chester County Studio Tour is this weekend By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times The hugely anticipated art event of the year is here, The Chester County Studio Tour, is this weekend Saturday and Sunday. This year an astonishing 179 artists are showing and selling their artwork in 72 art studio locations throughout Chester County Saturday May 20th 10am-6pm, and finishing up the next day Sunday...

On stage (Bonus): Pau Kelly sings about…death

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen Over the years, there have been a variety of songs devoted to death including tunes that were hits for Johnny Cash (“Cowboy’s Lament – Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie”) and Hank Williams (“Six More Miles (To the Graveyard).” Last year, Australia’s legendary singer/songwriter/rocker Paul Kelly released a whole album...

On Stage (Extra): The Unlikely Candidates dodge rain in Camden

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Unlikely Candidates May 14 is the day to get in family mode – the day to celebrate Mother’s Day. May 13, on the other hand, is a day to get in music mode — a day to enjoy live music…a day with plenty of good options for listening pleasure. Whether you’re a fan of Southern Rock or the music of David Bowie — whether you’re a fan of...

On Stage: Seth Walker rocks his roots

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Seth Walker Seth Walker’s show on May 11 at MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 215- 925-6455, www.milkboyphilly.com) may have a large city downtown location but the vibe inside the venue will be country – with a healthy dose of the blues. Over the past 10 years, Seth Walker has become recognized as one of the most revered modern roots...

Art Watch: be inspired, check out your local art association

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times With the flurry of First Friday art openings behind us and The Chester County Studio Tour just over a week away, many artists you know are in a creative panic as they get art ready for the studio tour and organize works for throughout the Summer months. Some artists are using the Studio Tour as an opportunity to create works “outside the box” of their...

On Stage (Bonus): Shannon McNally celebrates Americana

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Shannon McNally Wednesday is often called “Hump Day” – the mid-point of the work week. For many, Wednesday night is a night to celebrate moving closer to the weekend. If you’re looking for a good concert to cap off a good “Hump Day,” you’re really in luck on May 10.

On Stage (Extra): State Champs goes deep at TLA

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times State Champs There’s no question that the show at the Theatre of the Living Arts (334 South Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1011, http://www.lnphilly.com) on May 9 will be a high-energy blast of popular music. The popular venue on South Street will host a concert featuring State Champs as headliners along with a power-packed bill featuring Don Broco, Against...

On Stage: Tommy Castro hits Sellersville

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Tommy Castro and The Painkillers Award-winning guitarist/vocalist Tommy Castro and his band The Painkillers will return to this area for a show on May 4 at the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com). “We’ve played the Sellersville Theatre a number of times and always had a lot of fun,” said Castro, during...