On Stage: Willie Nile is still rockin’ it

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Willie Nile The name “Nile” is associated with superlatives. The Nile River is the longest river in the world at 4,130 miles and has a drainage basin that covers 11 countries. Willie Nile is an internationally acclaimed rocker whose career spans 40 years.

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: Joe Louis Walker shows no sign of slowing down

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Joe Louis Walker Joe Louis Walker may be closing in on his next decade – he will be 70 on Christmas Day – but he’s no way ready to slow down. The word retirement is not in his dictionary. On June 1, Walker will visit Chester County to be the headliner at the 10th Annual Chester County Blues BBQ (Wyndsor Farm, 2550 Ridge Road, Elverson, www.chestercountyblues.com). “I’ve...

On Stage: A little something for everyone this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Michelle Lewis There is a great variety of live music on tap in the area this weekend – a folk/country singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, rocking twin sisters from New Jersey, a young Australian singer-songwriter, a Pennsylvania-born song stylist whose repertoire covers more than a half-century, a guitarist-singer-songwriter from Kenya, a heavy twin-guitar...

On Stage: Spend some time with Family and Friends

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Family and Friends For a lot of people, Thursday night is a good time to get an early start on the weekend – a good time to enjoy an evening with family and friends. This Thursday night is an especially good night to enjoy an evening with family and friends – more specifically, Family and Friends. On July 20, Family and Friends, a highly energetic...

On Stage: Kiss The Sky

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times  Kiss The Sky Attending a show by tribute band can be a risky proposition as the quality can range from acceptable to downright dreadful. There is a big caveat.

On Stage (Bonus): Crowded Streets puts its own spin on DMB

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times For a musician, playing the same songs on stage over and over again for years can become boring – even for an established band with several top hits. Imagine what it’s like for members of long-time cover bands who have to play someone else’s songs over and over again. The rut becomes even deeper.

On Stage (Extra): Richard Shindell comes to New Hope

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Richard Shindell This month, New Hope has caught fans’ attention as a worthwhile destination for live music. Two weeks ago, Dave Davies, guitarist and co-founder of the Kinks, performed at the Havana Club in New Hope. This weekend, veteran singer-songwriter Richard Shindell has a show in the artsy, riverside town. On April 29, Shindell will be performing at...

On Stage: Nalani & Sarina twice as good

Also: Rich Robinson gets past The Black Crowes By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Nalani & Sarina There can be good things about a buzz and there can be bad things. A buzz at an outdoor picnic can be a bad thing because it probably means that there are pesky insects in the area. A buzz in electronic equipment is definitely a bad thing. A buzz is also something bad if it describes a driver’s...

On Stage: Lloyd Cole still breaking categories

Also: Nalani & Sarina get back to their roots By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Lloyd Cole Lloyd Cole has built a legion of fans over the last few decades and has remained hard to pin down musically. Cole, who will be performing April 22 at the Tin Angel (20 South Second Street, Philadelphia, 215-928-0770, http://www.tinangel.com), has definitely had a varied music career.