On Stage: Blues legends come to Sellersville

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times John Mayall If you’re a fan of blues music, the only place you should want to be on August 20 is the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com). The two acts on the bill, both of whom specialize in the blues, have been making music for a combined total of 118 years.

On Stage: The Philadelphia Folk Festival has a loaded lineup

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times If you’re in the mood for a lot of music this weekend, then you should head north — to Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville to check out the 2019 Philadelphia Folk Festival (Old Pool Farm, Schwenksville, 800-556-FOLK, www.pfs.org). This Philadelphia Folk Festival is a music festival that is on a plateau all its own. Now in its 58th year, the festival...

On Stage: Kennett Symphony under the stars

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times A great way to spend a warm summer evening is to sit in the audience at the Open Air Theater at Longwood Gardens (1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org) with a mild breeze blowing and the Kennett Symphony playing onstage, That scenario will exist on August 17.

On Stage: Willie Nile is still rockin’ it

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Willie Nile The name “Nile” is associated with superlatives. The Nile River is the longest river in the world at 4,130 miles and has a drainage basin that covers 11 countries. Willie Nile is an internationally acclaimed rocker whose career spans 40 years.

On Stage: Tessa Violet at Voltage Lounge tonight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Tessa Violet Tessa Violet turned in a sparkling performance when she headlined a Philly show last September at The Fillmore. Now, the talented singer/songwriter/indie rocker is returning to Philadelphia on August 14 when she brings her “I Like (The Idea Of) You” Tour to the Voltage Lounge (421 North Seventh Street, Philadelphia, 215- 964-9602,...

On Stage: Jamison Ross is a rising star in jazz world

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jamison Ross Jamison Ross, who is headlining a show on August 12 at Johnny Brenda’s (1201 North Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, 215-739-9684, www.johnnybrendas.com), is one of the rising stars in the world of jazz. He is a drummer, a composer, a Grammy Award nominee and the winner of many prestigious awards, including the prestigious Thelonious...

On Stage: New Reveille is worth getting to know

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times New Reveille When Shawn James’ fans make the trip northward to Upper Bucks County to catch his show on August 10 The Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com), they would be well advised to get to the comfy theater early enough to hear the opening band’s set. Performing the role of lid-lifter will...

On Stage: Top singer-songwriters at The Flash

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Beth Nielsen Chapman On August 9, Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, www.kennettflash.org) will present a dynamite double-header featuring two of America’s most respected, veteran singer/songwriters – Beth Nielsen Chapman and Dan Navarro. Chapman’s recording history dates back to 1980 when she released her debut...

On Stage: Bryce Vine sees career take off

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Bryce Vine Bryce Vine, who shared the bill with MAX and EZI at the Theatre of the Living Arts (334 South Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1011, http://www.lnphilly.com) back in November, has seen his career take off and is now coming back to the TLA as a solo headliner. His show at the South Street venue is scheduled for August 4. Vine presents a genre-bending,...

On Stage: Montreal Guitare Trio returns to The Flash

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Montreal Guitare Trio The Montreal Guitare Trio is no stranger to the Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org). The Canadian band played the venue earlier this year as the opening act for the California Guitar Trio. Now, the Montreal-based threesome – Sébastien Dufour, Glenn Lévesque and Marc...