On Stage: Karen Gross mixes humor and timeless cabaret

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Karen Gross Karen Gross is a talented singer and storyteller…a composer of heartfelt original music. She is also a throwback to a bygone era…a playful chanteuse who can perform sophisticated, sassy cabaret shows. She has performed at prestigious venues including Lincoln Center in New York City and the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Kimmel...

On Stage: Sibling-powered Lawrence comes to The Met

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Lawrence Usually, mid-week is a slow time for live music – especially Wednesday nights. But that isn’t so this week – not this Wednesday. The area music calendar has several great shows in a variety of genres – indie-pop, blues and pop-rock on Wednesday. Years ago, a much older generation had George and Gracie – comedians George Burns and...

On Stage: Son Step comes home to drop new album

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Son Step Son Step has a new album to drop and the band knows when and where it wants it to drop. On May 17, Son Step released its third full-length album, “Fossilillies” on the Grind Select label. The Philly-based band will start its support tour with a hometown album release show at Johnny Brenda’s (1201 North Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia,...

On Stage: Bottle Rockets keep close to their roots

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Bottle Rockets Music fans who head to the Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org) on June 5 will be in for a double treat – The Bottle Rockets and Sarah Borges. It is a show featuring two acts of headlining status…acts that also interact well with each other. Last year, Borges came to...

On Stage: Geographer brings a bit of Jersey to Philly tonight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Mike Deni Geographer is the name of Mike Deni’s American synth pop/indie rock band. Based on Deni’s globetrotting in recent times, it could also describe his avocation. Formed in San Francisco in 2007, Geographer is a vehicle for Deni’s music that is helped along by his band — Joyce Lee, cello, synth; Duncan Nielsen, guitar, bass, synth,...

Mixed Media: Kennett Square’s Weekend of the Arts

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times First Friday is upon us! This week, I will focus on the cluster of art events occuring in the Kennett Square area for the Weekend of the Arts. As one of Kennett Square’s expanded art events, Weekend of the Arts promises a variety of lively offerings that will lead you throughout Kennett Square and slightly beyond.

On Stage: Shortly brings music mix to Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Shortly If rock musician Alexandria Maniak lived in Jamaica and chose a project name similar to her current project’s name, it would most like be “Soon Come.” But Maniak lives in America so her project name/band name/professional alias is “Shortly.” On June 1, Shortly will visit the area to headline a show at Everybody Hits (529 W Girard...

On Stage: Joe Louis Walker shows no sign of slowing down

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Joe Louis Walker Joe Louis Walker may be closing in on his next decade – he will be 70 on Christmas Day – but he’s no way ready to slow down. The word retirement is not in his dictionary. On June 1, Walker will visit Chester County to be the headliner at the 10th Annual Chester County Blues BBQ (Wyndsor Farm, 2550 Ridge Road, Elverson, www.chestercountyblues.com). “I’ve...

On Stage: The Book of Mormon returns to Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Book of Mormon In March 2011, “The Book of Mormon” made its debut at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. During its first year, the show was consistently one of the top five best-selling shows on Broadway and it set 22 new weekly sales records at the O’Neill. The show, which was seven years in the making, met with immediate critical acclaim...

On Stage: Take the less-traveled musical path this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times RAM If you’re in the mood to hear live music that is different…music that you don’t usually hear on the internet or radio…then there are two music acts performing in Philadelphia this weekend that you should check out – RAM and Joe Moffett. RAM, which is performing on May 26 at Myst Lounge (5835 Rising Sun Avenue, Philadelphia, 267-686-4101),...