Music Spotlight: Chesco’s Mascherino leads move for live music online

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times This is a strange time for music fans who want to hear their favorite acts perform live. Because of the restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, attending a live event is a “thing of the past.” But that doesn’t mean that listeners no longer have access to “live” music. Many artists are performing alone and streaming their performances...

Music Spotlight: Colin Hay says ‘see you next year’

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Colin Hay On April 5, Colin Hay was supposed to perform a show at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, but we all know that that’s not happening now. On March 24, his management announced, “In response to COVID-19, the Colin Hay Sunday, April 5th, 2020 show at Keswick Theatre, in Glenside, PA has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 7th, 2021.” It...

Music Spotlight: Music artists cope with pause in age of Coronavirus

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Noa When it comes to concerts, shows, annual events and other entertainment and group activities, the coronavirus pandemic has thrown us into an era of “would have” – an era in which virtually everything involving more that three or four people being together has been cancelled. On May 15, it would have been the 42nd annual staging of the Winterthur...

On Stage: The Play That Goes Wrong

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Play That Goes Wrong Thursdays are traditionally party nights — “anticipating the weekend” wild nights. Tonight, you can get wild with theater or with music. If you want to get wild with an evening of laughter, plan a trip to The Playhouse on Rodney Square (10th and Market streets, Wilmington, Delaware, 302-888-0200, www. duponttheatre.com). Now...

On Stage: Wire still showing spark after all these years

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Wire Those who work with electricity know that when dealing with wire, it’s better to assume it might be live even if it appears to be dead. The same can be said for music fans when dealing with the British band Wire, which is headlining a show on March 10 at Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, http://undergroundarts.org) There...

On Stage: Nelson meets life challenges with new music

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Ryan “Gooch” Nelson If you googled the word “resiliency,” an appropriate entry in the search results would be a picture of Ryan “Gooch” Nelson. Nelson has suffered several major physical and medical setbacks. Back in 2004, he was paralyzed in a truck accident. In addition to being a quadriplegic, he had to deal with leukemia a few years later. Either...

On Stage: The Lil Smokies much more than a snack

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Lil Smokies If the act headlining a show at Boot and Saddle (1131 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, 215-639-4528, www.bootandsaddlephilly.com) on March 5 sounds more like a sausage links brand then a music band, there is a good reason. The band that will perform at the South Philadelphia venue is The Lil Smokies, a Montana-based bluegrass/Americana...

On Stage: Comedian Youssef know how to get to your heart — literally

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Bassem Raafat Mohamed Youssef Live entertainers can evoke a wide range of emotions. They can make you laugh, or they can make you cry. They can bring great happiness, or they can rip your heart out. Bassem Youssef, who is headlining Punch Line Philly (33 East Laurel Street, Philadelphia, 215-606-6555, http://www.punchlinephilly.com), can have you laughing...

On Stage: Scantron celebrates EP release at Ortlieb’s

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Scantron Scantron can mean different things to different types of people. For those in the tech world, Scantron is a global, technology and services driven company. For teachers and students, scantron is a device used to scan prepared forms used for multiple-choice and true-or-false testing. For rockers in the Mid-Atlantic region, Scantron is a high-energy,...

On Stage: Hello Dolly! at Kimmel Center this week

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Hello Dolly! It seems that everybody is familiar with “Hello Dolly!” in one form or another – especially the Academy Award-winning film and the hit Broadway musical. It’s hard not to be familiar with the song, “Hello Dolly!”– at least with the tune’s opening lines… “I said hello, Dolly; Well, hello, Dolly; It’s so nice to have...