On Stage: Sellersville returns to live streaming-only concerts due to COVID

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Deb Callahan Up until about a week ago, the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com) was holding down the fort in the battle to keep indoor performances with live audiences featuring national acts on the local schedule The venue was able to present live music and comedy at 10% occupancy to live performances...

On Stage: Kasim Sulton’s music is familiar, even if his name isn’t

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kasim Sulton You may not recognize Kasim Sulton by name, but you most certainly have been exposed to his musical efforts. Sulton, who will be performing at the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com) on December 12, has a list of names on his musical resume that looks like the “Who’s Who” of the world’s...

On Stage: With live shows dwindling, Greg Sover adapts to new realities

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  The Greg Sover Band Live music in the area is still alive (barely) – not quite dead (completely). Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 restrictions have made it hard for live venues to keep presenting music on stage. It is much worse in Philadelphia where the city’s additional restrictions have closed things down entirely. Sellersville is 37.5 miles from...

On Stage: Even as venues close again, Kendal Conrad keeps busy

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Kendal Conrad Philadelphia basically shuttered its doors to live entertainment again last week and the rest of the state doesn’t seem far behind. Some bars, restaurants and wineries have kept live music going but in a very small and low-key fashion. There are a few venues in Chester County that are hanging on — Cedar Hollow Inn Restaurant and...

On Stage: COVID spike means brief run of live shows coming to an end

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Pete Davidson The old saying, “If you snooze, you lose,” is valid for a wide variety of situations. If you don’t take advantage of watermelon and fresh-picked corn on the market shelves during the summer and early fall, don’t be disappointed when you look for it now and it’s long gone. The signs were there. Growing seasons only last so long....

On Stage: D’Alesandro brings laughs to Philly; RIP, Boot and Saddle

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Eric D’Alessandro That the possibility finding a live show in the area by a national act has been virtually eliminated by COVID-19 restrictions is hardly a laughing matter. For example, just this week, one of Philadelphia’s long running and highly respected rock clubs closed for good. However, going out this weekend for a live indoor show at...

On Stage: Finding live comedy is no laughing matter in the era of COVID

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Godfrey Efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic have created many unpleasant side effects. One of these side effects is that finding a live music show in the area by a national act is an unachievable task. A resulting side effect from this is that many people who are accustomed to attending several concerts and stage shows each month have been going...

On Stage: Venues cautiously move to indoor shows as weather gets colder

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Queen COVID-19 has almost completely erased the live music scene in the area for eight months as venues have been prohibited from holding indoor shows by government mandate. Fortunately, there has been a thread of a lifeline to live music locally in late summer and early autumn. Restaurants, wineries, theaters and clubs have been hosting low-key...

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...