On Stage: Hunter & Woodward perform at The Flash Sunday

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward It’s summertime and things just keep rocking hard at Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org). The popular venue in Kennett Square started the weekend with a show Friday night by Heather Gillis, a young Nashville-based blues rocker from Florida. On July 14, the...

On Stage: Heather Gillis brings big talent to The Flash

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Heather Gillis Kennett Flash will be rocking this Friday night. Heather Gillis, a Nashville-based blues rocker from Florida, will make her Chester County debut on July 12 at Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org). Gillis is primarily a guitarist/vocalist but is much more than that. She is an amazingly...

On Stage: Common Kings push musical boundaries

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Common Kings When Sublime with Rome brings the tour supporting its brand-new album “Blessings” to the Mann Center (5201 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia. https://manncenter.org) on July 9, fans would do well to get there early enough to hear the opening act – Common Kings. Common Kings are a multi-cultural pop/rock band with vocals inspired by soul...

On Stage: Shakespeare comes to life at Phoenix Theatre

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Tempest If you’re looking for a different and interesting way to celebrate the holiday weekend, you can celebrate the opening of Chester County’s newest cultural attraction – the opening weekend of the Phoenix Theatre (The Phoenix Theatre at SALT Performing Arts, 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs, https://www.thephoenixtheatrepa.com). Most...

On Stage: Another Wainwright makes her mark

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Sloan Wainwright In the world of American singer/songwriters, there are a few families that stand out – especially the Taylors and the Wainwrights. The Taylor clan features a number of top-selling international artists with James Taylor, Carly Simon, Sally Taylor, Livingston Taylor, Kate Taylor and Ben Taylor filling a two-generation roster.

On Stage: Eleni Mandell learns from work behind bars

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Eleni Mandell Singer/songwriters have a wide, wide array of topics and experiences they use as inspiration for their songs. It’s safe to say that Eleni Mandell has tapped into a source probably never used before – teaching songwriting at a women’s prison. Mandell, who will headline a show on June 26 at the World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street,...

On Stage: Two acts with local roots come home

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Allen Tate Two acts that are performing in the area on June 22 have Pennsylvania roots and are playing venues very close to where their careers started – Allen Tate and The Ocean Blue. Tate, who went to high school in Fort Washington and now lives in Brooklyn, will come back to the area for a show Saturday night at Boot and Saddle (1131 South Broad...

On Stage: Cirque’s Crystal debuts at Wells Fargo Center

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Crystal Over the years, the huge arenas in the South Philly sports complex have hosted a number of Cirque du Soleil extravaganzas and many ice spectacles such as Disney On Ice and Ice Capades. This week, the Wells Fargo Center (3601 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com) will host a show that is a combination of both – Cirque...

On Stage: National tour of Cats returns to Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Perhaps only in Istanbul do cats have numbers comparable in a way similar to those amassed by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical “Cats.” Istanbul, a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosporus Strait, is home to more than 40,000 stray cats. A popular saying in the city notes “If you kill a cat, you need to build a...

On Stage: Coatesville’s Mascherino brings back The Color Fred

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Fred Mascherino The Color Fred is back from the dead. Coatesville’s guitar hero Fred Mascherino has reignited his solo project The Color Fred with a revamped lineup. Mascherino has also resurfaced with a brand-new song titled “Don’t Give Up On Me” – released as a single and a lyric video as well. To celebrate its first new material in over...