On Stage: Kennett Symphony goes ‘Pop’ for the holidays

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Kennett Symphony is one of the area’s musical and cultural treasures. The highly talented orchestra performs several shows in the area each year with highlight concerts being the annual summer program “Symphony Under the Stars” at Longwood Gardens and the annual winter holiday concert, “Pops Goes the Holidays.” On December 7, the Kennett...

On Stage: Denny Laine reflects on life with Moodys, Wings before City Winery gig

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Denny Laine Back in the 1960s, every once in a while a single would come out that was so different and so good – so unlike anything else that had come down the pike – that it stopped listeners in their tracks. It didn’t happen that often but, when it did, it was a memorable event. Some examples are “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones, “Sherry”...

On Stage: Main Line the main place for great music this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Mike Zito There is a six-mile stretch along Lancaster Avenue on Philadelphia’s Main Line that has been a hotbed for top-flight music clubs for a long time – clubs that regularly present highly acclaimed national acts as well as respected local acts. The stretch, which runs from Ardmore to Wayne, was previously home to clubs such as the venerable...

On Stage: Holly Miranda at City Winery, Nov. 30

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Holly Miranda The schedule for music concerts gets a little light over the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s hard for music acts to compete with Thanksgiving dinners, family gatherings and homecoming parties. Fortunately, there is a great show on tap for November 30 when Holly Miranda headlines a show at City Winery (990 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, citywinery.com/philadelphia/). Miranda...

On Stage: Local acts in the spotlight this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times River Drivers A lot of top-flight local talent will be on display at music venues around the area tonight. On November 23, the Philadelphia Folksong Society (6156 Avenue, Philadelphia, pfs.org) is hosting a “CD Release Party” by Philadelphia-based Celtic-tinged folk-rock collective River Drivers. River Drivers is a four-piece band whose unique passion-infused...

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: Violet Bell bring progressive folk to Delaware Valley

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Violet Bell The Philadelphia area always has the Liberty Bell as a prime attraction. On November 21, there will be two “bells” for area residents to enjoy – the Liberty Bell in Old City and Violet Bell, which is headlining a show at the Living Room (35 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, https://thelivingroomat35east.com) Violet Bell is touring in...

On Stage: Downingtown’s Morrissey hitting it big in national tour of ‘Mean Girls’

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Mary Kate Morrissey(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Just as every young basketball player has dreams of playing in the NBA or WNBA or every young musician envisions a career as a rock star, almost every young girl or boy who acts in local theater – or even in school productions – dreams of someday being in a Broadway musical. The odds...

On Stage: Female rock pioneers team up

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Cherie Currie and Brie Howard-Darling In the 1980s, there were many all-female rock bands that wrote music, sang the songs and played their own instruments – acts such as the Bangles, the Go-Go’s, L7 and the Lunachicks. The groundwork for their success and acceptance was laid a decade earlier by two bands who made huge inroads into the male-donated...

On Stage: A musical that really is ‘Beautiful’

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times For more than a century, many beautiful national touring productions of Broadway shows have been presented at The Playhouse on Rodney Square (10th and Market streets, Wilmington, Delaware, 302-888-0200, www. duponttheatre.com), which formerly has been known as the DuPont Theatre and the Playhouse Theatre. This week, the theater in downtown Wilmington...