On Stage: Laugh it up with Jim McCue tonight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jim McCue If things go as planned on the evening of July 27, they’ll be laughing in the aisles at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center (226 North High Street, West Chester, UptownWestChester.org). On Saturday night, the theater in downtown West Chester will be presenting an evening of comedy with Boston’s stand-up veteran Jim McCue. A mixture...

On Stage: Albert Castiglia was born under a good sign

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Albert Castiglia Over the next few days, Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org) is presenting a series of shows that will please a wide variety of music tastes – blues, western swing, classic rock tribute, singer/songwriter and indie pop. It starts on July 25 with modern bluesman Albert Castiglia. “Born...

On Stage: Cirque du Soleil: Amaluma comes to Oaks

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Custard, from Cirque du Soleil: Amaluma. There are two circus-style events coming to the area this week – but not the traditional one-ring type with lions, tigers, elephants and clowns. One is Cirque du Soleil — a new age style circus from a circus company that constantly pushes the boundaries. The other is a concert by the Rolling Stones, a...

On Stage: Jesse Terry performs in the round in Berwyn

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jesse Terry Veteran singer/songwriter Jesse Terry has performed many memorable shows in this area, including sold-out shows at Burlap and Bean and World Café Live. He also played in Chester County at The Spotlight Concert Series a few years ago and now is making a return appearance. On July 20, The Spotlight Concert Series at Trinity Presbyterian Church...

On Stage: Ladybug Festival comes to Wilmington

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times It’s time once again for the Ladybug Festival (Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware, https://theladybugfestival.com) – a free two-day festival held on Market Street in downtown Wilmington. The eighth annual all-female festival will feature more than 60 musical acts on approximately 20 stages on July 18 and 19. Main Stage performers for July 18 are...

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.