Power 99 show, prog rock and other highlights of the weekend

Bela Fleck
Bela Fleck
Posted: October 26, 2012

MUSIC

THE MAIN EVENT

Celebrating 30 years of urban radio glory in a big way this week, Power 99 goes for broke with "The Main Event" of Powerhouse 2012. On board: Trey Songz, Usher, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Wale, Keyshia Cole, Big Sean, French Montana, 2 Chainz, Miguel and more.

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., 6 p.m. Friday, $150.99-$19.99, 800-745-3000, livenation.com.

ETHNIC PRIDE

The world premiering "Stars of David" is billed as a "song cycle" rather than a musical, with contributions by a wide variety of composing talents - from pop-minded Duncan Sheik to the late great Broadway tunesmiths Marvin Hamlisch, Sheldon Harnick and Jule Styne. Yet with its tasteful, string-driven arrangements and overarching theme - celebrities ruminating about their Jewish identities - the production comes together in a heartening and humorous fashion with broad appeal.

Philadelphia Theatre Co., 480 S. Broad St., 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday (through Nov. 18), $51-$79, 215-985-0420, philadelphiatheatrecompany.org.

HOT COUNTRY

Who's the role model for ABC's "Nashville"? Could be Martina McBride, one of the best belters (and lookers) in Music City, now battling the Taylors and Mirandas.

Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets, 8 p.m. Friday, $65, $55, $29.50 $15 (4 pack-individual), 800-745-3000, livenation.com.

TIME PASSAGES

Al Stewart was one of the weirder pop (and commercial jingle) successes, with folky hits like "Year of the Cat" and "Time Passages." His eccentric material taps into myth and history.

Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, 8 p.m. Friday, $22-$42.50, 610-917-1228, thecolonialtheatre.com.

BANJO SUMMIT

Bela Fleck is frontman for Banjo Summit, but does he ever have good company this weekend - Tony Trishka, Bill Keith, Noam Pikelny (of Punch Brothers), Richy Stearns (The Horseflies) and Eric Weissberg ("Dueling Banjos"). See story on Page 36.

Grand Opera House, 18 N. Market St., Wilmington, 8 p.m. Friday $34-$42; 800-37-GRAND, thegrandwilmington.org. Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Ave., Glenside, 8 p.m. Saturday, $29.50-$39.50, 215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com.

DECISIONS, DECISIONS

Here's another pick for progressive-bluegrass fans - Yonder Mountain String Band, who smartly mix country and jamming.

TLA, 334 South St., 8 p.m. Friday, $25, 800-745-3000, livenation.com.

SILENCIO IS GOLDEN

The atmospheric music of Angelo Badalementi has lent quite the whammy to the work of David Lynch, famously in "Twin Peaks." Now the prog-rock troupe Silencio aims to put a spell on you live.

Upstairs at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 9 p.m. Friday, $15, 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.

THE REAL BARNES

Philly sax ace Robert "Bootsy" Barnes shows off his gospel soul side fronting Bootsie's Organ Trio, with special guest Duane Eubanks on trumpet.

Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, $25-$20, 215-568-3131, chrisjazzcafe.com.

THINGS THAT GO POP

Percolating electro-popsters Shiny Toy Guns are on target again, with original lead singer Carah Faye Charnow back in the fold. MNDR and Colourmusic open.

North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar streets, 7 p.m. Saturday, $17/$20 (all ages), 215-787-0488, northstarbar.com.

MONK WINNER

Bassist Ben Williams, winner of the Thelonious Monk Award, brings his quartet to Philly.

Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, $25-$20, 215-568-3131, chrisjazzcafe.com.

DAY'S IN

Howie Day has finally put out an EP ("Live From . . . ") that reveals what concert fans have known for years: The man and his machinery make for an amazingly layered "one-man band."

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St, 8 p.m. Saturday, $20-$22, 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.

OLD AND NEW

With frontwoman Annie Haslem a longtime area resident, the British-spawned prog-rock ensemble Renaissance still enjoys quite the local following. This time, Haslem and fellow original Michael Dunford are serving their 1977 album "Novella," plus previews from "Grandine il Vento."

Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Ave., Glenside, 8 p.m. Saturday, $39.50-$65, 215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com.

AMERICAN VOICES

The Philadelphia Singers, led by David Hayes, offer choral gems by Elliot Carter, Randall Thompson, Morten Lauridsen and Philly legend Vincent Persichetti.

Church of the Good Samaritan, 212 W. Lancaster Ave., Paoli, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and St. Clement's Church, 20th and Cherry streets, 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday, $30-$40, 215-751-9494, philadelphiasingers.org.

- Compiled by Jonathan Takiff, Tom Di Nardo.

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