Music Spotlight: Unionville’s Grassie find different ways to work during pandemic

By Denny Dyroff , Entertainment Editor, The Times  Gillian Grassie Unionville’s Gillian Grassie likes a lot of variety in her life. After growing up in Chester County, the talented multi-media artist has lived, on the East Coast, in Europe and on the West Coast. Grassie is an award-winning, internationally touring harpist/singer-songwriter who has performed in France, Germany, India, China, Canada,...

Music Spotlight: Chadds Ford’s Vanessa Collier keeps busy, ready to release new album

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Vanessa Collier The COVID-19 pandemic has hit everyone hard – in a variety of ways. For musicians, it has been devastating. Live shows are virtually unheard of. Going into a studio to make an album is hardly a viable option. It’s as if someone has pushed the “pause” button for most of the music industry. For Vanessa Collier, a resident of Chadds...

On Stage: With indoor performances a no-go, venues move outdoors

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  The Fractals Live entertainment continues to get battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, there have been a few attempts by venues to present live entertainment. Three different forms of presentation have emerged – indoor, outdoor and outdoor in a drive-in environment. Indoor shows might be the most pleasing aesthetically, but they are also the...

On Stage: Venues reopen briefly, but…close again, due to COVID-19

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times COVID-19 has almost completely wiped out live music and theater performances. There were glimmers of hope for live shows recently. Some venues actually hosted indoor performances in late July but the era of indoor live shows 2020 has drawn to a close. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced statewide mitigation efforts as COVID-19 cases surge in Pennsylvania. Some...

On Stage: Blues ace Toby Walker to perform in Landsdowne, Friday

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Toby Walker When Mike Tyson was in his prime, he would pummel his ring opponent with a barrage of short, powerful and severely damaging hooks to the midsection – never stopping until he had battered him into submission (frequently via a knockout). COVID-19 has been brutalizing the area’s live entertainment scene with similar effectiveness. Live entertainment...

On Stage: Candlelight offers comedy as area’s first reopened indoor venue

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Julia Scotti COVID-19 has been messing with live entertainment schedules for a while now. For more than four months, live performances have been scarcer than factual statements coming from the nation’s top elected officials. It has only been the last few weeks that restaurants and other venues have been permitted to allow customers inside. One of the...

Music Spotlight: Chesco’s Mascherino keeps busy, despite pandemic

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Fred Mascherino When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and forced virtually everything to come to a halt, it was a shock – and it was something that took a lot of effort to get accustomed to. It was similar to a blizzard that was unexpected, came on quickly and dropped six feet of snow on the area. Virtually everyone was forced to remain at home – to stay...

Music Spotlight: While readying for a virtual Ladybug Fest, local acts hope to be back on the road this fall

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Soraia The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the course of music more than any other event since the spring of 1860. On April 9, 1860, the French inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville created the first sound recording in history. An eerie rendition of the folksong “Au clair de la lune” was captured by Scott’s trademark invention —...

Music Spotlight: Chesco’s Sonnefeld LA move pays off big

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Tim Sonnefeld The Delaware Valley has been the home base of many great record producers such as Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, the founders of Philadelphia International Records; Joe Tarsia, founder and owner of the legendary Sigma Sound Studio; and brothers Phil and Joe Nicolo. Los Angeles has always been a hotbed of recording studios and is famous for...

Music Spotlight: Downingtown’s Kate Klim back to work, readying 2021 album

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kate Klim Kate Klim, a talented singer/songwriter and Chester County native, graduated from Downingtown High School in 2000. In the two decades since, she has lived all around the country, built a reputation as a top-flight performer and released three albums. It’s been five years since she released a new album but that could change in the not-too-distant...