On Stage (Extra): McQueen is a breath of fresh air

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Lily McQueen With so many new female rock artists arriving on the scene every month, it verges on being overwhelming for listeners. Making it even harder is the fact that so many of them sound the same – content to ride the current trend and not adverse to ripping off ideas, riffs or even full productions from their peers. Every once in a while, it becomes...

E. Coventry youth dies in house fire

EAST COVENTRY – A township boy died in a house fire early Sunday, State Police said. The East Coventry and Ridge Fire Company responded to a report of a structure fire on Bulkwater Road at 5:34 a.m. Responders reported finding the structure fully involved with a report of one occupant — the child — still in the structure.

Unintended consequences and Newton’s Third Law

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times While Democrats wept over special election results this week, U.S. Senate Republicans — in secret — put together their version of the health care reform, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which apart from some minor details, appears to be a lot like the house health care plan, the American Health Care Act: it cuts benefits for the poor, could lead to big rate...

On Stage (Bonus): Marah finds you can go home again

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Marah There is an old saying that says you can never go home again. Don’t tell that to Dave Bielanko or his band Marah. Marah was formed in 1993 by singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Bielanko from Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, bass guitarist Danny Metz and drummer Ronnie Vance in 1993. Singer/songwriter/guitarist and harmonica player Serge Bielanko, Dave’s older...

What To Do: Chester County Balloon Festival soars to new heights

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Chester County Balloon Festival Seeing hot air balloons in all shapes and sizes floating in the sky over your head is always a memorable sensation. If you want to experience this sensation, then you should plan on attending this weekend’s 11th Annual Chester County Balloon Festival (New Garden Flying Field, 1235 Newark Road just off Highway 1, Toughkenamon,...

On Stage: Blues guitar aces, young and old, share stage

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Quinn Sullivan and Buddy Guy Guitar ace Quinn Sullivan is headlining a show on June 22 at the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com) and will be performing dates with blues legend Buddy Guy later this summer. Three weeks ago, Sullivan was sitting in class as a student at New Bedford High School in Massachusetts.

Art Watch: An exciting weekend of art

From steel sculpture in Chester Springs to Plein Air painting in Malvern, something for everyone By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times This weekend offers a fun opportunity to enjoy a beautiful Chester County weekend of art, from Lisa Fedon’s Open Studio sale, to Ivystone Studio in Downingtown and a Plein Air competition at Gallery 222 in Malvern. Metal sculptor Lisa Fedon will be opening up her...

On Stage (Bonus): Reel Big Fish on a ‘Beer Run’

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Reel Big Fish A hot summer night, live music under the stars and a variety of tasty craft beers on tap is a combination that’s hard to beat. Reel Big Fish, a ska-punk band from California, is older that the legal age to drink in every state. So, it’s more than acceptable for the band from Huntington Beach to launch a national tour in celebration of America’s...

On Stage (Extra): Barone dives into the soul of 60’s Village artists

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Richard Barone New York City is – and always has been – one of the music capitols of the world. In the mid-to-late 1960s, folk music and rock music came together with some jazz influences on the side to take popular music to a whole new place. It was when folk-rock was born and when the DNA for country-rock was starting to come into existence.

What To Do: Things looking up for Father’s Day

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Fatherfest at the American Helicopter Museum. If there is a blimp, a helicopter or a bald eagle in the sky above you, it’s almost a certainty that you’re going to look up. If it’s a helicopter, the sound of the plane also attracts your attention. Checking out a chopper flying overhead is virtually impossible to resist.