On Stage Extra: A melting pot of music and comedy on display this week

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Tempest There is a lot of variety in the schedule for upcoming shows in the area – a Celtic rock band that was formed by a Norwegian singer (Tempest at 118 North and Havana), an American comedian whose roots are in India (Hari Kondabolu at the Grand), a punk/pop singer with an interesting background (MZ Neon at TLA), a New Orleans rock band (The Revivalists...

On Stage: Blues fans, this is your time for great local shows

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Christone “Kingfish” Ingram We’re in the midst of a stretch of live concerts that will have blues music fans in the area in hog heaven (which is defined as “a state of complete happiness”). Over a period of two weeks, the area’s concert schedule features performances by Selwyn Birchwood, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Mike Zito, Albert...

On Stage Extra: ‘Waitress’ serves it up at Academy of Music

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Waitress Pie was celebrated in the middle of March with “π Day (Pi Day)” on March 14. Pie will also be celebrated in Philadelphia this week when the Kimmel Cultural Campus presents the popular musical “Waitress” at the Academy of Music (Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia, www.kimmelculturalcampus.org) from March 29-April 3. Never underestimate...

On Stage: Local women of jazz in the spotlight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Mindy Rhodes Over the next few days, there will be two special shows focusing on female acts – one featuring one woman and the other featuring 11 women. “Jazz for Jamey’s,” a special multi-artist show as a benefit for the venue, will be held on March 24 at Jamey’s House of Music (32 South Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, 215-477-9985,www.jameyshouseofmusic.com)....

On Stage Plus: Whitmore Sisters bring harmony to City Winery

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Whitmore Sisters It will be a family affair when the Whitmore Sisters open for the Mastersons on March 21 at City Winery (990 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, citywinery.com/philadelphia). The Whitmore Sisters — Eleanor and Bonnie Whitmore — are two of roots music’s most accomplished songwriters/instrumentalists/vocalists. The Mastersons...

On Stage Extra: Nathan Gray brings new band to Milkboy Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Nathan Gray and the iron Roses Nathan Gray, who will headline a show at MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 215- 925-6455, www.milkboyphilly.com) on March 18, has been the front man for several well-received bands including BoySetsFire, I am Heresy and The Casting Out. Gray’s arrival was in 1994 as the singer for BoySetsFire, a post-hardcore...

On Stage: Kennett Symphony ‘reimagines’ live performance

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Without question, concerts by the Kennett Symphony are always enjoyable events. This weekend, the Kennett Symphony (kennettsymphony.org) is performing two concerts, and both will offer more than just well-played classical music. The first will be “Reimagined Symphony” on March 19 at 1 p.m. at Mendenhall Inn (323 Kennett Pike, Chadds Ford). The second...

On Stage: Slambovian Circus of Dreams finally returns to local stage

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times It is said that good things come to those that wait. Slambovian Circus of Dreams Fans of the Slambovian Circus of Dreams have been waiting for a long time to hear the band perform a live show in the area – waiting since December 2019. COVID-19 wiped out all shows in 2020 and in most of 2021. Then, there was a long-awaited Slambovian Circus of Dreams...

On Stage: The Connells return to the area with show at Brooklyn Bowl

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Connells When music fans talk about Southern rock, they are usually referring to a subgenre of music that is a blend of rock, country and blues with the focus on electric guitar.  Southern rock started in the 1970s and featured such bands as the Allman Brothers Band, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd. There is another Southern rock subgenre that appeared...

On Stage: Warm up from the cold with hot jazz

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Matt Cappy A great way to combat a chilly evening is hot jazz – a live performance of hot jazz. This weekend, the temperature may dip into the twenties outside, but an antidote can be found inside a venue in Kennett Square on Friday night. On February 25, Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org)...