On Stage: Scantron celebrates EP release at Ortlieb’s

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Scantron Scantron can mean different things to different types of people. For those in the tech world, Scantron is a global, technology and services driven company. For teachers and students, scantron is a device used to scan prepared forms used for multiple-choice and true-or-false testing. For rockers in the Mid-Atlantic region, Scantron is a high-energy,...

On Stage: Hello Dolly! at Kimmel Center this week

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Hello Dolly! It seems that everybody is familiar with “Hello Dolly!” in one form or another – especially the Academy Award-winning film and the hit Broadway musical. It’s hard not to be familiar with the song, “Hello Dolly!”– at least with the tune’s opening lines… “I said hello, Dolly; Well, hello, Dolly; It’s so nice to have...

On Stage: The Picturebooks focus on Motorcycles and Metal

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Picturebooks Heavy rock music and motorcycles have been linked since the late 1960s. The link can be traced back to Peter Fonda’s motorcycle movie “Easy Rider,” which featured Steppenwolf’s song “Born to Be Wild.” The song’s lyrics introduced the term “heavy metal” – “I like smoke and lightning, Heavy metal thunder, Racin’...

On Stage: Carlene Carter reaches back into her family tree for new project

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Now that Valentine’s Day is over, it might just be a good time to check out some live music. There are shows with a variety of genre choices around the area on February 15 including country rock/Americana, jazz/blues, alt-pop, avant-garde, Hawaiian/SoCal reggae and singer-songwriter. Carlene Carter Carlene Carter, who has one foot in country-influenced...

On Stage: Love and metal in the air for shows tonight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Hideous Divinity While many of the shows on February 14 will focus on love songs and romantic tunes in celebration on Valentine’s Day, there will be a show on February 13 at MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 215- 925-6455, www.milkboyphilly.com) that will be the flip side of the coin. The all-metal show will feature Vader as the headliner....

On Stage: Leftover Salmon a delicious rock/blues dish

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Leftover Salmon Music fans have been dining on (actually, listening to) Leftover Salmon for years and enjoying the tasty musical dishes (songs actually) the band serves up on stage and on record. Leftover Salmon is an American jam band from Colorado that plays a blend of rock, zydeco, bluegrass, country and Americana. The band formed in 1989, when members...

On Stage: Crack The Sky keeps defying categories

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Crack The Sky Crack the Sky, which is viewed by some as a rock band and others as a prog band, was formed in Weirton, West Virginia in the early 1970s and is still performing and recording in 2020. On February 9, the Ardmore Music Hall (23 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, 610-649-8389, www.ardmoremusic.com) will host “An Evening with Crack the Sky.” Over...

On Stage: Recreating The Dead’s Europe ’72 tour

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Rainbow Full of Sound Deadheads, as fans of the Grateful Dead are known, are passionately devoted to the legendary San Francisco band. They are also extremely knowledgeable about the Dead’s music and career. Not only are they extremely familiar with the Dead’s best-known songs, they know every song in the Dead’s catalog. There are no deep cuts...

On Stage: Midge Ure share four decades of history

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Midge Ure Back in 1975, the penultimate track on the Kinks’ “Schoolboys in Disgrace” was a song titled “No More Looking Back.” In the song, Ray Davies sang, “No more looking back, No more living in the past, Yesterday’s gone and that’s a fact, Now there’s no more looking back.” The same year, Midge Ure was playing guitar...

On Stage: Barone and Mercer revist NYC music scene of the late 70’s

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Richard Barone and Glenn Mercer If you want to hear a top caliber musician tap into musical history with authority and bring music from the past to the present to perform it in a contemporary way, then Richard Barone is your man. Barone is an American rock musician who first gained attention as frontman for the Bongos. He works as a songwriter, arranger,...