On Stage: Hot Tuna visits Phoenixville

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Hot Tuna It seems whenever Hot Tuna come to the area, there is a holiday vibe in the air. Usually, the veteran duo’s visit is a Thanksgiving week show at the Keswick Theater. This time, Hot Tuna – Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen – have changed it up a little bit. The two veteran musicians are performing the day after Easter at the Colonial Theatre...

On Stage: Women take center stage in area concerts

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Lowlight The month of March is ending on a good note…especially with several concerts featuring highly talented women musicians – some of whom you should know and some of whom you might not but definitely should know. The list includes the Pretenders with Chrissie Hynde, Lowlight featuring Renee Maskin, Erika Wennerstrom from Heartless Bastards...

On Stage: Bullets Over Broadway opens in West Chester

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Some things are a laughing matter – some are not. The Resident Theatre Company (RTC) at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center (236 North High Street, West Chester, http://www.rtcwc.org) was very serious when it began presenting shows last spring. Now, over the next few weeks, the RTC is wrapping up its first full season with its third production...

On Stage: Rush to release album on West Chester label

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Tom Rush Rush may be the name of a certain veteran singer-songwriter but it is far from a description of how he records and releases albums. Tom Rush, one of America’s most revered folksingers, released his first album, “Tom Rush at the Unicorn,” in 1962. His most recent album “Voices” will be released on April 27 via West Chester-based...

On Stage: A master of Indian classical music performs in the area

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Zakir Hussain On March 24, area music fans will have the opportunity to hear one of the legendary masters of Indian classical music perform live in concert with one of India’s emerging new luminaries. Zakir Hussain, a master percussionist in North Indian Hindustani classical music, is recognized as the world’s premier table player. He will perform...

On Stage: Great local theatrical options this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times If you’re looking for a theater experience this weekend, there are two very good options – a theater plus dinner experience or a theater plus music experience. One option is a visit to the Candlelight Theatre (2208 Millers Road, Arden, Delaware, 302- 475-2313, www.candlelighttheatredelaware.org) to catch a performance of its latest production...

On Stage: Spring into metal with big show tonight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Allegaeon Fans of metal music will be in a state of ecstasy on March 20 – and not because it’s the first day of spring. The reason for their delight will be mega-show at the Voltage Lounge (421 North Seventh Street, Philadelphia, 215- 964-9602, www.voltagelounge.com) featuring a sextet of top-flight metal acts. The “Dank Memes Tour 2018”...

On Stage: Keith Harkin brings a bit of Ireland for St. Patty’s

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Keith Harkin Keith Harkin couldn’t have picked a better day to play a show in Philadelphia. If you’re a musician from Ireland, it is almost mandatory to have a gig in the states on St. Patrick’s Day. “I always tour in March,” said Harkin, during a phone interview Monday afternoon from a tour stop in Atlanta, Georgia. “I love playing live...

On Stage: Swan Lake opens Pa. Ballet Spring season

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Swan Lake There are many famous ballets but “Swan Lake” is on a plateau all its own – elevated above the rest and deservedly so. Anyone even slightly interested in ballet should take advantage if there is an opportunity to see one of the country’s top professional companies perform “Swan Lake.” And, just such an opportunity exists right...

On Stage: Cabaret comes to Wilmington

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Cabaret A trip to Wilmington, this week could also be a trip to Berlin – to Berlin in 1931 when the Nazis were first rising to power. That’s because the National Tour of “Cabaret” is running from March 13-18 at the Playhouse on Rodney Square (10th and Market streets, Wilmington, Delaware, 302-888-0200, www. ThePlayhouseDE.org).