On Stage: Vanessa Collier comes home for rooftop show at The Flash

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Vanessa Collier Vanessa Collier is a highly acclaimed blues/jazz sax player who – in normal times – spends a lot of time touring nationally. Occasionally, the Chadds Ford resident gets an opportunity to play a show at a venue close to home – including Delaware gigs at the Candlelight Dinner Theater and the Arden Gild Hall. On July 30, she will...

On Stage: Sharon Katz brings The Peace Train to Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Sharon Katz On July 23, the City Winery (990 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, citywinery.com/philadelphia) will host one of the most important artists of our time – musician, philanthropist, musicologist and humanitarian activist Sharon Katz. On this special summer night, Sharon Katz & The Peace Train will roll into Philadelphia. “I’m having rehearsals...

On Stage: Live shows start roaring back in area

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Ley Line Pandemic restrictions have had a stranglehold on live entertainment for more than a year but now, finally, the grip is starting to loosen. The calendar of shows over the next week still is limited with regard to venues but it does feature variety – and that is a victory. The Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com)...

On Stage: Space Kamp makes return to Lehigh Valley for free show

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Space Kamp Space Kamp is a music group that started in the Lehigh Valley and now is returning to the Lehigh Valley on July 11 to perform a free show. “Space Kamp’s Summer Shakedown” is scheduled for July 11 at Levitt Pavilion Steel Stacks (101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, www.levittsteelstacks.org). Space Kamp, a duo that delivers a swirling blend...

On Stage: The Blues take center stage at Sellersville

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Clarence Spady Two highly acclaimed blues artists will be performing at the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com) in the upcoming week – Clarence Spady on July 2 and Ana Popovic on July 6. They couldn’t be less alike. Spady is an African-American male guitarist from North Jersey who now lives in...

On Stage: McKeown headlines People’s Light Drive-In

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Erin McKeown The live music scene in the area started to come to life a few weeks ago and has been picking up momentum ever since. The schedule of live shows is getting meatier after months and months of looking anorexic. People’s Light (39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, peopleslight.org) has resumed its Drive-In Concert Series, following current PA regulations...

On Stage: Relive the music of the 60’s with Beehive: The Musical

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The second show of the 2021-2022 season of Candlelight Theatre (2208 Millers Road, Arden, Delaware, www.candlelighttheatredelaware.org) has arrived and has audiences dancing in their seats, smiling and laughing. The new production is “Beehive: The 1960’s Musical.” The members of the all-female cast ask audiences to join them for this rollicking...

On Stage: Roth, Tuk, Levins featured in Flash Rooptop shows

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Bryan Tuk Complex This will be a big weekend for the Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org) with a trio of shows featuring highly respected veteran music acts – Arlen Roth on June 11, Bryan Tuk Complex on June 12 and Levin Brothers on June 13. It will be a hometown gig for Bryan Tuk, a Bucks County...

On Stage: Popa Chubby ready to shake off cabin fever and rock it at Sellersville

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Popa Chubby Things are looking good for Popa Chubby. After more than a year of being sidetracked by the COVID-19 pandemic, Popa Chubby is back in action with a new album and a series of live shows. On June 4, Popa Chubby will visit the area for a pair of shows at the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Street, Sellersville, 215-527-5808, www.st94.com). Popa...

On Stage: Nile ready to rock at Ardmore

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Willie Nile “Nile” and “ancient” are words that go together well – but not always. The word “ancient” is frequently used to describe the area along the Nile River, which is the longest river in the world at 4,130 miles. The word “ancient” is often used by younger music fans to describe veteran rockers who are in their 70s. Willie Nile,...