On Stage: Vanessa Collier keeps busy close to Chadds Ford home

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Vanessa Collier The COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the spring and the music industry went into freeze frame. As a result, Vanessa Collier’s touring schedule has been decimated – in the real meaning of the word. Since the spring, she has performed about one-tenth of the shows she normally would have. For Collier, a resident of Chadds Ford, the pandemic...

On Stage: A good time for find some laughs

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Ali Siddiq With all the restrictions imposed in an effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, attempting to find a live music show in the area by a national act is a nearly impossible task. However, finding a live comedy show by a national act performed locally is relatively easy thanks to the different series presented each weekend by Punch Line Philly...

On Stage: Enjoy a few laughs with Phil Hanley — outdoors — in Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Phil Hanley Phil Hanley is a Canadian comedian who has been living in New York City for most of the last decade. In addition to playing clubs all over the United States, he also done film work. But for the last seven months, there have been no live shows on his performance schedule and, obviously, no film work. That will change this weekend when Hanley...

On Stage: The Crossing finds a safe way to perform together at Bowman’s Hill

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Crossing If you go to Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope this weekend, you just might hear trees sing – although you’re more likely to hear singing by a choir. But if you tune in spiritually, you probably will be able to hear both human and arboreal singing. On October 3 and 4, GRAMMY-winning new-music choir The Crossing, led...

On Stage: The Gallaghers at Candlelight, Sept. 27

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  The Gallaghers COVID-19 has been altering the scene for live music in the area for months. Major and mid-size venues have been prohibited from holding indoor shows by government mandate. Forced to rely on creativity, some venues have been able to present live music – but in a very restrictive way. Area restaurants and taverns have presented singer/songwriters...

On Stage: Conrad comes home to Pottstown, playing gigs in Chesco

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kendal Conrad Kendal Conrad had a master plan forging a career in music – grow up in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, learn to play guitar and write songs, graduate from college, head to Nashville to make music and eventually go out on national tours. Conrad embarked on that path more than a decade ago and was progressing nicely – until the COVID-19...

On Stage: W. Chester’s Crane keeps ASH going strong despite pandemic

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Braham Logan Crane A lot of memorable events happened in 2004. George W. Bush was reelected President of the United States. NASA’s MER-A (Spirit) spacecraft landed on the surface of Mars. Saddam Hussein went on trial in Iraq for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Nintendo DS, the best-selling handheld game console of all time,...

On Stage: Lotus headlines at CBP — in the parking lot

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Lotus When Lotus performs a live show for its fans this weekend, the instrumental band could appropriately borrow a line from a Monty Python project – “And Now for Something Completely Different.” On September 4, Lotus will headline a show at Citizens Bank Park — at Citizens Bank Park not in Citizens Bank Park.  Lotus’ show will be part...

On Stage: Local musicians taking it outside for shows

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Nicole Zell and Chris Spousta The era of live music in indoor venues has been paused indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, there are several restaurants and taverns around Chester County and its surrounding area that have been hosting live performances by musicians — in relatively safe outdoor settings. Musicians are loving...

Music Spotlight: Del Val artists thriving in California

By Denny Dyroff , Entertainment Editor, The Times Sharon Little and Tim Sonnefeld California has always held a magical attraction for musicians, actors and just about anyone associated with the arts. “California Dreamin’” is more than just a song by The Mamas and the Papas, it is a mantra – and the “Holy Land” is Los Angeles. Hundreds of musicians and songwriters from the Delaware Valley...