On Stage: Want to go seriously retro? Check out Blackmore’s Night

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Blackmore’s NightFeatured, Blackmore’s Night, Many bands play music from the past – from 20, 30, 40, 50 or even 60 years ago. Blackmore’s Night plays music that has its roots in music from several centuries ago. On July 19, Blackmore’s Night will make a return visit to the area for a show at the Keswick Theater (291 N. Keswick Avenue,...

On Stage: Fitness tops surprising busy Tuesday night local show schedule

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Fitness July 17 is a Tuesday and Tuesdays is not usually the best day of the week for a selection of live music at area venues. Mid-week shows are a tough draw – especially Tuesday’s following a summer weekend. This year, July 17 is an exception. The area music calendar features shows by Fitness, an electro-pop duo from L.A. on July 17. There will...

On Stage: Old and new acts hit area this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Russian Baths If you took five of the music acts playing in the area this weekend and sorted them like playing cards, you’d have a full house – three ‘new” and two “old.” The “new” acts are Russian Baths, a band that has yet to reach its third anniversary; Mapache, just released its debut album in October 2017; and Dos Santos, which was...

On Stage: The circuses — sort of — are coming to town

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Volta There are two circus-style events coming to the area this week – but not the one-ring type with lions, tigers, elephants and clowns. One is a new age style and the other is a day-long rock tour that is more like a circus than a concert. From July 12-August 5, Cirque du Soleil will take up residence under the Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) which has...

Summer arts schedule kicks into high gear locally

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Welcome back to Mixed Media after a little midsummer hiatus! I hope everyone enjoyed their Independence Day celebrations and have successfully digested all of that potato salad and recovered from any fireworks related injuries. We’ve got a few events coming up. Thursday, July 19, Art Trust in West Chester will be hosting the artist talk for their current...

On Stage: Steel City legend keeps to his roots

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Joe Grushecky Joe Grushecky is a veteran rocker who was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He released his first album in 1969 while a young musician in the Steel City. Now, almost a half-century later, he still calls the area home. Pittsburgh is a blue collar, tell-it-like-it-is town and Grushecky’s music shares the same attributes.

On Stage: STYX, Joan Jett to rock Hershey

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times STYX Classic rock comes in many forms and attracts people with a variety of musical tastes. If you’re a classic rock fan and you have a predilection for bands that rock hard and put out a 100 per cent effort every time they step onstage, then you need to make the short drive to Hershey this weekend. On June 30, the GIANT Center (550 West Hersheypark...

On Stage: Sax and Brown return to Philly roots

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Scot Sax and Suzie Brown Nashville may be home to Scot Sax and Suzie Brown, but the duo will always have its ties to the Philadelphia area. Philadelphia is Sax’s hometown, the place where Brown began her music career and the city where the couple met and first fell in love. On June 28, Sax and Brown return to this area for a show at Bourbon and Branch...

On Stage: Aucoin’s music good, good works even better

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Rich Aucoin If you took Rich Aucoin’s surname and separated it, you would have gold (AU) and coin – definitely something valuable Even if you don’t do this, you still have something valuable – a talented musician with a catalog of two albums and three EPs and a history of engaging in charitable projects. Aucoin is a Haligonian (native of Halifax, Nova...

On Stage: Trevor Hall highlights his spiritual side

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Trevor Hall Area music fans have a lot of choices for live shows this weekend. They can go on a softer route on June 23 by attending shows by Dustbowl Revival, illumine/Sean & Dave Make Music, or Trevor Hall. Or, they can travel a trail of harder music on June 24 by attending shows by Poison, Hogan’s Goat or Twitching Tongues. On June 23, Trevor...