On Stage: Venerable acts headline locally this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor The Legendary Pink Dots There are five musical acts playing around the Delaware Valley on October 12 that are very, very different musically but have one major aspect in common – longevity. The Legendary Pink Dots – an Anglo-Dutch experimental rock band formed in London in 1980 – have found a genre all their own. Although far outside the mainstream, LPD...

On Stage: ‘Cabaret’ comes to West Chester

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Cabaret The Resident Theatre Company (RTC) at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center (236 North High Street, West Chester, http://www.rtcwc.org) has embarked on its third season and has started the journey with a musical that is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser – “Cabaret.” “We took an email survey last season to find out which shows audiences...

On Stage: Grayscale has deep Chesco roots

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Grayscale Grayscale is celebrating the release of its sophomore album, “Nella Vita,” with a show on October 5 at the Theatre of the Living Arts (334 South Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1011, http://www.lnphilly.com). It will be a homecoming for the Philadelphia-based band after a brief stateside tour and the lone area gig prior to an ambitious...

On Stage: Collective Soul celebrates 25 years

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Collective Soul Collective Soul, an Atlanta-based rock band, is celebrating its first quarter-century in music this year with its “25th Anniversary Tour,” a tour that will touch down locally on October 3 at Xcite Center at Parx Casino (2999 Street Road, Bensalem, 888-588-7279, https://parxcasino.com). Formed in 1992, Collective Soul released...

On Stage: Jinjer, a Ukraine import all about honesty

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jinjer In the world of spices, ginger is one of the heaviest hitters. Ginger a spice that is strong – not in a tongue-burning way but rather in an attention-getting powerful way. In the world of metal music, Jinjer is one of the heaviest hitters. Jinjer is a metal band from the Ukraine – a foursome from Donetsk that is brutal even in its softest...

On Stage: Hackett keeping Genesis’ sound alive

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Steve Hackett It would be an understatement to describe former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett’s fanbase in the area as sizable. Genesis was one of the best progressive rock bands ever — one of the genre’s trailblazers. The band broke up quite a while ago and prospects of any type of reunion are non-existent. Fortunately, the band’s guitarist...

On Stage: Don’t ‘sleep’ on Toby Lightman

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Toby Lightman Toby Lightman, who is headlining a show on July 26 at the World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com), released her latest album “When The Lion Sleeps” earlier this year. Lightman, a talented pop singer-songwriter, has been making albums since 2004. Her new LP is unlike anything she has...

On Stage: Legendary Don Felder comes to Chester County

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Don Felder There is an obvious link between Slash, Richie Sambora, Peter Frampton, Orianthi, Joe Satriani, Bob Weir and Alex Lifeson. They are all legendary rock guitarists. But you don’t need “seven degrees of separation” to personally link them to each other. One degree of separation will suffice. All of them played on Don Felder’s new...

On Stage: Smooth Hound Smith rocks with conviction

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Smooth Hound Smith Smooth Hound Smith, which is headlining a show at Boot and Saddle (1131 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, 215-639-4528, www.bootandsaddlephilly.com) on September 23 is like an Americana band with balls. The band, which was founded by Zack Smith (guitars/vocals/foot drums/harmonicas/banjo) and Caitlin Doyle-Smith (vocals/percussion),...

On Stage: James plays it ‘big’ in Love For Three Oranges

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Zachary James Zachary James is a Broadway and screen actor and an international opera singer who has performed in venues all around the world. Now, James call Philadelphia home and is performing with Opera Philadelphia. For the next two weekends, James will play a major role in Opera Philadelphia’s company premiere of “The Love for Three Oranges.”