On Stage (Spotlight): Made In America

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times It’s Labor Day Weekend and that means it’s time once again for Philadelphia’s largest annual outdoor music event – the Budweiser Made In America Festival. The Budweiser Made In America Festival (www.madeinamericafest.com) is huge – a two-day musical celebration that occupies the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Center City every Labor Day weekend.

On Stage: Late album release doesn’t deter Tinkerbelles

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Tinkerbelles There is a really diverse line-up of bands performing in Philadelphia on September 1 – from the powerful metal music of England’s Venom, Inc. to the southern rock/psych sounds of North Carolina’s The Freeway Revival to the noise-pop offerings of the Illinois band Tinkerbelles. Tinkerbelles were supposed to be out on tour to support the release...

Art Watch: Having fun at the Whitney Museum of American Art

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times The Art Watch column is written to describe art events and artists working in the Brandywine Region, but this Art Watch moves 2 and a half hours north to New York City’s Whitney Museum of American Art. As most of you know in 2015, the famous Whitney Museum of American Art moved from its iconic Breuer designed minimalist building on Madison Avenue to the Lower...

On Stage (Spotlight): Allie X, new name, new music

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Allie X Since the release of her new album “Collxtion II,” publications and album reviewers have been referring to Allie X as a new pop act. That’s hardly the case. Allie X, who will headline a show on August 29 at The Foundry at Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal Street, Philadelphia, 215-309-0150, www.thefillmorephilly.com), has been making and releasing...

On Stage (Bonus): get seriously heavy with Marduk

Marduk By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times When Marduk performs on August 27 at Reverb (1402 North Ninth Street, Reading, 610-743-3069, www.reverbconcerts.com), the band will be playing at a venue that also is a description of the effect of the group’s music. Marduk is one of the heaviest metal bands from Scandinavia. When the powerful foursome plays, the sounds it makes rattle the foundation...

On Stage: Dee Jay Silver puts new spin on country

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Dee Jay Silver It’s easy to assume that a musical act with the name Dee Jay Silver would be a Day-Glo drenched EDM (electronic dance music) act. However, if the artist’s name were Jay Dee Silver, it would sound much more like a country act. On August 25, Dee Jay Silver will be performing at the BB&T Pavilion (1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden, New Jersey,...

On Stage (Spotlight): VÉRITÉ brings truth to music

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times VÉRITÉ VÉRITÉ is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter whose fans have been waiting for her debut album ever since she self-released her first single “Strange Enough” in July 2014. That song reached Number One on Hype Machine and becoming the Number One Most Viral Twitter Artist the week of release. The fans who have been patiently waiting have been rewarded...

Art Watch: Busy art calendar as summer ebbs

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times This week make sure to submit your artwork to the Oxford Art Alliance’s Juried Show by the close of Thursday August 24th. This is a wonderful national show that is juried this year by Brandywine River Museum of Art’s Executive Director, Tom Padon. Go to www.oxfordart.org for more information and an online application. There are great cash prizes and it...

On Stage Spotlight: Croce returns to his Chester County roots

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times A.J. Croce There are quite a few recording acts that have their roots in Chester County. Nashville has three of them – Downingtown’s Liz Longley and Kate Klim (Downingtown High grads) and Chester Springs’ Anna Wilson (Villa Maria Academy). West Chester has Mindy Rhodes (Westtown School) and Laura Promiscuo (West Chester Henderson). Coatesville has Fred...

On Stage: Dave Koz and Larry Graham Jr. are side by side

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Dave Koz and Larry Graham Jr. There are people who never seem to wear the same outfit twice. Dave Koz seems that way when it comes to touring his live shows. Koz’ tours come in many different formats and are presented at a wide variety of venues. In recent years, Koz has visited this area with an assortment of different shows and an array of guest performers...