Music Spotlight: Del Val artists thriving in California

By Denny Dyroff , Entertainment Editor, The Times Sharon Little and Tim Sonnefeld California has always held a magical attraction for musicians, actors and just about anyone associated with the arts. “California Dreamin’” is more than just a song by The Mamas and the Papas, it is a mantra – and the “Holy Land” is Los Angeles. Hundreds of musicians and songwriters from the Delaware Valley...

On Stage: Eric Mintel keeping classic jazz in spotlight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Eric Mintel The list of talented and famous people in the arts who are Bucks County natives and/or residents is long and varied. It includes Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Michener, actor/director/screen writer Liev Schreiber and Oscar and Tony Award-winning writer and theatrical producer Oscar Hammerstein...

On Stage: Badfish offers ‘Sublime’ show at TLA

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Badfish Sublime may be gone but the music of the ska punk band from Southern California lives on. When a trio loses its guitarist/vocalist/primary songwriter, it usually spells the end of the band. Such was the case with Sublime when the trio’s main man Brad Nowell died in 1996. The music of Sublime lives on through Badfish, a Sublime tribute band...

On Stage: Ghost appears locally as US tour leg wraps up

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Ghost Ghost, a Swedish rock band whose music spans many genres, rose to arena status a few years ago – and has continued to build on its success ever since. Now one of the most popular touring bands in the world, Ghost is coming down to the final few shows of its mammoth year-long schedule of live concerts.

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: Karen Gross mixes humor and timeless cabaret

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Karen Gross Karen Gross is a talented singer and storyteller…a composer of heartfelt original music. She is also a throwback to a bygone era…a playful chanteuse who can perform sophisticated, sassy cabaret shows. She has performed at prestigious venues including Lincoln Center in New York City and the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Kimmel Center...

On Stage: Wild Rivers flows into Eagleview

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Wild Rivers The Downingtown area has never had to experience wild rivers – maybe the Brandywine Creek overflowing its banks every once in a while — but never wild rivers. On August 7, the area will get to experience Wild Rivers – a Canadian rock/folk/country band from Toronto, Ontario. The Eagleview Summer Concerts on the Square at Eagleview...

On Stage: Travis thrives on ‘mistakes’

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Travis Chandler Chandler Travis is a veteran musician who has played in many bands and has many projects of his sown such as the Chandler Travis Philharmonic and the Chandler Travis Three-o. On April 21, Travis will visit the area for a show at Jamey’s House of Music (35 South Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, http://jameyshouseofmusic.com).

On Stage (Extra): A big concert weekend for your Saturday

By DENNY DYROFF, Staff Writer, The Times Seldom Scene No matter what your musical tastes are, there is probably a concert in the area March 4 that will be to your liking. The long lineup of acts performing in Delaware Valley ranges from the female rock trio Potty Mouth to the traditional bluegrass band Seldom Scene — from American reggae-rock group Tropidelic to singer-songwriter Marc Berger....

What to do: It’s a First Friday weekend!

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Chadds Ford Historical Society is hosting its ninth Annual Winter Plein Air Event at its Barn Visitors Center March 4 There will be something special in the air in Chadds Ford this weekend – art. On March 4, the Chadds Ford Historical Society will host its ninth annual Winter Plein Air Event at its Barn Visitors Center (1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, 610-388-7376,...