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.”

On Stage: The Long Ryders roll out new album

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Long Ryders The Long Ryders, who are headlining a show on September 19 at The Locks at Sona (4417 Main Street, Manayunk, 484- 273-0481, sonapub.com), could actually be called the “Long Riders.” The Long Ryders — Sid Griffin, vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica; Stephen McCarthy,  vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, pedal steel...

On Stage: Rose of the West at Boot and Saddle

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Rose of the West Rose of the West, which is headlining a show on September 17 at Boot and Saddle (1131 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, 215-639-4528,www.bootandsaddlephilly.com), has a contemporary sound and, at the same time, a sound that could have put the band in heavy rotation on MTV in the 1980s. Fronted by Gina Barrington, Rose of the West...

On Stage: Chadds Ford’s Collier appears poised for blues stardom

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Vanessa Collier Kennett Square is no stranger to the blues. It’s actually just the opposite. Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org) presents top-flight blues acts on a regular basis. Most of the time, they are established acts who have been recording and performing for years – proven stars...

On Stage: Jon Pousette-Dart comes to The Flash

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jon Pousette-Dart Jon Pousette-Dart’s debut album in 1976 was “Pousette Dart Band.” Now, Pousette-Dart has 10 albums to his credit and more than a thousand shows on his musical resume. When Pousette-Dart goes on tour, it could be in one of three configurations – as a solo act, as an acoustic duo or with his talented band that features Malcom...

On Stage: Halliday lays down the law for folk fans

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Marion Halliday There are two acts coming to the area this weekend that are performing shows in support of their debut solo albums – but that’s where the similarity ends. Marion Halliday plays powerful Americana music with rock influence. Alyse Vellturo, who performs as pronoun, is an indie pop singer-songwriter and one-woman band.

On Stage: Christie Lenée brings big guitar talent to The Flash

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Christie Lenée If Christie Lenée played electric guitar with roots in the blues instead of acoustic guitar with a fingerpicking pedigree, she would be on a plateau with Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. That doesn’t mean that Lenée is not an internationally acclaimed guitarist who is one of the best in the world at what she...

On Stage: ‘Kingfish’ roars into show at The Mann

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Christone “Kingfish” Ingram Venues around the Delaware Valley have long been favorite places for blues acts to visit when they are on tour. So, it’s not surprising that three of the top young blues acts in the country are performing on the area over a three-week period. Last week, Danielle Nicole rattled the rafters at the Ardmore Music Hall...