On Stage: Yann Tiersen at The Keswick tonight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Yann Tiersen Yann Tiersen speaks a lot of languages, plays an amazing number of instruments and has released almost 20 albums. Tiersen is a multi-dimensional musician from the Breton region in the west of France who is known for his solo work and his work on film scores. He is currently on tour supporting his new album, “ALL” – a tour that brings...

On Stage: Uriah Heep keeps it heavy for nearly 50 years

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Uriah Heep In 1969, guitarist Mick Box formed a band in London called Uriah Heep – its name taken from a Charles Dickens character. Box has remained the core element of the band and has kept it going for more than five decades. On May 20, Uriah Heep visits the area for a show at the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com).

On Stage: Brand X returns, again

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Brand X Brand X, which is headlining shows at the Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org) on May 18 and 19 has a similarity to horror film characters like Freddie Kreuger and Chucky – just when you think they’re dead and gone for good, they reappear. The London-based band started in 1975 and...

On Stage: Fab Faux focus on the sound of the Beatles

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Fab Faux Beatles fans will never be able to see the Beatles perform live — unless John and George somehow come back from the dead. But the band’s music lives on with a wide array of tribute acts performing songs from the foursome’s impressive catalogue. Some of these tribute acts put on stage shows in which they try to look and sound like the...

On Stage: Carla Olson and Todd Wolfe bring history to the stage

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Carla Olson and Todd Wolfe When legendary singer/songwriter/rocker Carla Olson and iconic guitarist/songwriter Todd Wolfe come to perform at The Living Room (35 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, https://thelivingroomat35east.com) on May 16, they will bring a lot of music history with them. The two music veterans are touring in support of their new album,...

Mixed Media: Chester County Studio Tour

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times The studio of local artist Al Moretti. What does a “studio” mean to you? What does that word evoke? Do you imagine a messy den of creation filled with loose papers (something like Francis Bacon’s hoarder nightmare?), or,  spartan–save the paint splattered walls a la Jackson Pollock? Or maybe you envision neatly stacked paintings in an airy loft,...

On Stage: Josh Ritter goes for a new sound

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Josh Ritter If you’re a fan of singer/songwriters who write great songs and have strong stage presence, you have quite a few good options this Tuesday and Wednesday with shows by Josh Ritter and Art d’Ecco on May 14 and concerts by Lissie and John Shakespear on May 15. Ritter, will headline a show at the Keswick Theatre (291 N. Keswick Avenue, Glenside,...

On Stage: Some options for Mothers’ Day

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Freddie Jackson If you’re thinking about taking mom out to a concert to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday night, you have several choices ranging from smooth — Freddie Jackson — to rough — Disparager. If your mom likes romantic songs delivered by a classic R&B singer, Freddie Jackson should be your choice. If your mom has tattoos...

On Stage: The Illusionists at Kimmel

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Illusionists – Live From Broadway It’s no illusion — “The Illusionists – Live From Broadway,” which is playing Philadelphia this weekend, is the world’s best-selling magic show. Kimmel Center Presents is bringing the internationally-acclaimed production to the Merriam Theater (250 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, www.kimmelcenter.org)...

On Syage: BBMak is back

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times BBMak Back in 2000, BBMak was one of the hottest pop bands in the United Kingdom. The group’s popularity quickly spread around the world. What set BBMak apart from the other “boy band” groups of the era was that the versatile threesome won over young audiences with its music — not with flashy choreography and unlimited hype.