On Stage: ‘Phantom’ is back in Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Phantom of the Opera It was inevitable that “The Phantom of the Opera” would become the longest-running musical of all time — both on Broadway and London’s West End. It is the longest running show in Broadway history by a wide margin. Based on fan response and ticket sales, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show is also one of Philadelphia’s...

Art Watch: First Friday openings for November

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times First Fridays every month are always a frenzied and fun art event throughout the county, but this First Friday is particularly packed with art as it kicks off the holiday gift giving season.  This Friday, start in Kennett Square with the First Friday Art Loop, November Art Loop in Kennett November 3 from 6-9pm. Most every store in Kennett Square will highlight the...

On Stage: Santo still sweet with time off from HoneyHoney

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times It would make sense if the opening act on October 30 Boot and Saddle (1131 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, 215-639-4528, www.bootandsaddlephilly.com) were called Honey. The opener for headliner Willie Watson is Suzanne Santo, who is one-half of the L.A.-based Americana band HoneyHoney. There’s no need for HoneyHoney fans to worry that the band has broken...

On Stage: Peaceful music, or anything but on Sunday

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Abbie Gardner People view Sunday nights in different ways. Some like to relax and get ready for the upcoming work week while others like to do things to squeeze the most out of their weekends. For those who like to maximize their weekends by enjoying live music, there are two choices this Sunday that are polar opposites – a quiet show by a solo acoustic artist...

On Stage: Annie Haslam, Renassance back for a very special local show

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Annie Haslam It’s always a special occasion when Annie Haslam performs in the area. In recent years, she has made fans’ holiday seasons brighter with special holiday-themed shows. Now, she is returning for a very special show at the Keswick Theater (291 N. Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 215-572-7650, www.keswicktheatre.com) on October 27. Haslam, who was born...

On Stage: Hal Ketchum comes to West Chester

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Hal Ketchum Hal Ketchum has played his songs for fans all over the world. Now, Ketchum is bringing his music to West Chester. On October 26, Ketchum will headline a show at the Bravo Main Stage Theater at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center (226 North High Street, West Chester, 610-356-2787, www.uptownwestchester.org). Ketchum is a country music artist...

On Stage: Howard Jones is still a New Wave icon

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Howard Jones Sometimes, when Howard Jones tours in the states it is as part of the Retro Futura Tour – a summertime tour that features bands from the 1980s playing short sets of their hits. Jones didn’t even get to this area in summer 2017 because the tour’s closest date was Atlantic City. The last time Jones did a show locally was last September at the...

Art Watch: Artist of the Month: Philip Jameson

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times Celebrated West Chester artist Philip Jamison is the star of two important exhibitions this month, a retrospective show at Mala Galleria in Kennett Square, and his paintings are also featured significantly this Saturday in a live auction of the art collection of John L. Hall, at  Chester County Art Association.  Possibly no other living artist today has played...

On Stage (Spotlight): The Cavalera brothers cement their metal legacy

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Max and Iggor Cavalera are the original founding members of Brazilian heavy metal legends Sepultura, and specifically the team behind the band’s early albums — including seminal releases such as “Arise,” “Chaos A.D.” and “Roots.” The Cavalera brothers have gone on to cement their legacy in metal music — Max with Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy...

On Stage (Extra) JJ Grey and the music of the swamp

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times JJ Grey JJ Grey doesn’t hollowly boast about “draining the swamp” but rather brings the music of the swamp to listeners around the world. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Grey and his band JJ Grey & Mofro are known for playing lively southern swamp rock. On October 21, JJ Grey & Mofro will visit the area for a show at Union Transfer (1026 Spring...