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...

On Stage: Keswick hosting music treasures of the 1980s tonight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Alarm MTV had a major influence on rock music in the 1980. It was a springboard for hundreds of bands in a variety of genres – rock, metal, hair, pop, folk-rock and dance. Not surprisingly, many of the bands were fluff and that resulted in a lot of “One Hit Wonders” such as Kajagoogoo, A-Ha, Toni Basil, A Flock of Seagulls and Right Said...

On Stage: N.C. band ‘Bask(s)’ in Philly limelight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Bask Labor Day Weekend is here, and pumpkin festivals are looming on the horizon. The season for basking is just about over. But, the season for Bask never ends. Bask is a band from Asheville, North Carolina featuring Scott Middleton – Drums, Jesse Van Note – Bass, Ray Worth – Guitar, Vocals, and Zeb Camp – Guitar, Vocals. ...

On Stage: Killer Queen Experience at Knauer

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times No one will ever hear or see Queen – the band the ruled the rock world in the 1970s and 1980s – play again. Sure, there is a band called Queen out on the road now with two of the original members – guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. But Queen without deceased vocalist Freddie Mercury is like the Four Seasons without Frankie Valli...

On Stage: Adrian Belew lights up Sellersville

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Adrian Belew The concert schedule of the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com) frequently features an evening of blues music. On August 23, the venue will feature an evening of Belew’s music – the music of internationally acclaimed guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Adrian Belew. Belew first appeared...

On Stage: The End of America brings harmony to a troubled world

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The End of America There is a band playing this weekend at the World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com) that is definitely a band from the states. The band’s name is The End of America and there is no way a group from Europe or anywhere else in the world could have that name and not get a huge amount...