On Stage: COVID spike means brief run of live shows coming to an end

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Pete Davidson The old saying, “If you snooze, you lose,” is valid for a wide variety of situations. If you don’t take advantage of watermelon and fresh-picked corn on the market shelves during the summer and early fall, don’t be disappointed when you look for it now and it’s long gone. The signs were there. Growing seasons only last so long....

On Stage: D’Alesandro brings laughs to Philly; RIP, Boot and Saddle

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Eric D’Alessandro That the possibility finding a live show in the area by a national act has been virtually eliminated by COVID-19 restrictions is hardly a laughing matter. For example, just this week, one of Philadelphia’s long running and highly respected rock clubs closed for good. However, going out this weekend for a live indoor show at...

On Stage: Finding live comedy is no laughing matter in the era of COVID

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Godfrey Efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic have created many unpleasant side effects. One of these side effects is that finding a live music show in the area by a national act is an unachievable task. A resulting side effect from this is that many people who are accustomed to attending several concerts and stage shows each month have been going...

On Stage: Venues cautiously move to indoor shows as weather gets colder

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Queen COVID-19 has almost completely erased the live music scene in the area for eight months as venues have been prohibited from holding indoor shows by government mandate. Fortunately, there has been a thread of a lifeline to live music locally in late summer and early autumn. Restaurants, wineries, theaters and clubs have been hosting low-key...

On Stage: Vanessa Collier keeps busy close to Chadds Ford home

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Vanessa Collier The COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the spring and the music industry went into freeze frame. As a result, Vanessa Collier’s touring schedule has been decimated – in the real meaning of the word. Since the spring, she has performed about one-tenth of the shows she normally would have. For Collier, a resident of Chadds Ford, the pandemic...

On Stage: A good time for find some laughs

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Ali Siddiq With all the restrictions imposed in an effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, attempting to find a live music show in the area by a national act is a nearly impossible task. However, finding a live comedy show by a national act performed locally is relatively easy thanks to the different series presented each weekend by Punch Line Philly...

On Stage: Enjoy a few laughs with Phil Hanley — outdoors — in Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Phil Hanley Phil Hanley is a Canadian comedian who has been living in New York City for most of the last decade. In addition to playing clubs all over the United States, he also done film work. But for the last seven months, there have been no live shows on his performance schedule and, obviously, no film work. That will change this weekend when Hanley...

On Stage: The Crossing finds a safe way to perform together at Bowman’s Hill

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Crossing If you go to Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope this weekend, you just might hear trees sing – although you’re more likely to hear singing by a choir. But if you tune in spiritually, you probably will be able to hear both human and arboreal singing. On October 3 and 4, GRAMMY-winning new-music choir The Crossing, led...

On Stage: The Gallaghers at Candlelight, Sept. 27

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  The Gallaghers COVID-19 has been altering the scene for live music in the area for months. Major and mid-size venues have been prohibited from holding indoor shows by government mandate. Forced to rely on creativity, some venues have been able to present live music – but in a very restrictive way. Area restaurants and taverns have presented singer/songwriters...

On Stage: Conrad comes home to Pottstown, playing gigs in Chesco

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kendal Conrad Kendal Conrad had a master plan forging a career in music – grow up in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, learn to play guitar and write songs, graduate from college, head to Nashville to make music and eventually go out on national tours. Conrad embarked on that path more than a decade ago and was progressing nicely – until the COVID-19...