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...

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: 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: The Pineapple Thief is livin’ the dream, making U.S. tour debut

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Pineapple Thief Picture a high school boy dreaming for years about having a date with one of the most attractive girls in the school and never having the dream come true – until one day years later, the girl invites him to go on a date. The Pineapple Thief, a rock band from the south of England, went through a similar experience this year. The...

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 of...

On Stage: Larry the Cable Guy still makes ’em laugh

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Larry the Cable Guy Daniel Lawrence Whitney is coming to the area for a show at the Xcite Center at Parx Casino (2999 Street Road, Bensalem, 888-588-7279, https://parxcasino.com) it’s a show guaranteed to make you laugh. He is a world-famous stand-up comic as well as an actor, producer, country music artist and former radio personality. Audiences...