June 20, 2015 |
While America's alt-rock scene lumbered through its wild '90s - the period of Beck's Odelay , the Beastie Boys' Ill Communication , Soundgarden's Superunknown , and Ice-T's Body Count - a nice Philly band, holed up at Manayunk's Grape Street Pub and Old City's Tin Angel, moved tiny mountains with a mellow brand of pop: June Rich. Twenty years after its first album, and 17 years since the band broke up, June Rich has reunited, re-releasing its debut disc with a new song ("Who I Am")
June 7, 2015 |
You can call it power-bluegrass or country soul, but whatever you call it, Nashville's SteelDrivers have bushels of it, as they righteously displayed Thursday night at the Ardmore Music Hall, with supporting act Rootsology in tow. Led by Music City session cats Tammy Rogers (a fiddler known for gigs with Patty Loveless), bassist Mike Fleming (Holly Dunn), mandolinist Brent Truitt (Dolly Parton), and banjo player Richard Bailey (George Jones), the now-decade-old outfit found its groove when it brought on country-singing guitarist Gary Nichols.
May 24, 2015 |
You can take the purported extraterrestrial origins of the Sun Ra Arkestra as mere showmanship, or as sci-fi social commentary. But watching bandleader Marshall Allen on Thursday at the Ardmore Music Hall - eliciting trademark squawks and grunts from his alto saxophone and conducting the cacophony of the 14-piece band for more than two hours just days before his 91st birthday - you could start to believe that there is something not quite human about...
May 20, 2015 |
Ardmore isn't New Orleans, and quiet Lancaster Avenue is surely not Bourbon Street. But on Sunday, there were some sweaty goings-on at Ardmore Music Hall with zydeco accordion king C.J. Chenier & the Red-Hot Louisiana Band and supporting act Philly Gumbo. In silver brocade and sparkly shoes, Chenier, son of zydeco god Clifton Chenier, walked onstage with the heritage of Louisiana Creole funk on his shoulders. Also on his shoulders was a Baldoni accordion as opulent as his outfit.
May 15, 2015 |
Between Thursday and July 5, the remaining original members of the Grateful Dead - Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir - will play what they're calling their last shows together. On May 14 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., the original Dead men will play solo sets as part of "Dear Jerry," a tribute to band cofounder, guitarist, and spirit guide Jerry Garcia (who died Aug. 9, 1995), with dozens of like-minded artists. The (supposedly) terminal concert series, titled "Fare Thee Well," is June 27 and 28 in Santa Clara, Calif., and July 3 and 5 in Chicago.
May 1, 2015 |
Suburban Square in Ardmore will lose its Macy's store in January, as part of the retailer's strategy to close stores nationwide in order to cater to the growing number of online shoppers, experts said. The Ardmore center and the location of the Macy's have historical significance. Suburban Square opened in 1928 as one of the first shopping centers in the United States, and likewise had one of the first department-store anchors when Strawbridge & Clothier opened there two years later.
March 10, 2015
LOWER MERION After 10 months of a misnomer, Lower Merion is fixing the "Ardmore" sign on Anderson Avenue. The sign has read "Ar_more" since May, when a truck hit the bridge that carries SEPTA trains over Anderson Avenue. The 'D' was left dangling, and the township took it down for safety reasons. The bridge clearance is 10.5 feet, and this wasn't the first time a tall vehicle has topped out. The work was scheduled to be done overnight Thursday but has been delayed by weather.
January 22, 2015 |
Thomas J. Carbine, 96, of Ardmore, a decorated World War II pilot who later became president of an enameling company and the father of 12 children, died Sunday, Jan. 11, of an intestinal ailment at ManorCare King of Prussia. Mr. Carbine was president of the Quaker City Japanning & Enameling Co., a metal finishing firm at Third Street and Girard Avenue. He sold the building and gradually wound down the firm's operations a while ago. Born in Narberth, Mr. Carbine graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School and earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Villanova University.
January 10, 2015 |
It was the first Saturday of the new year, and Doug Seegers was eating breakfast at a McDonald's in West Nashville before heading out to his steadiest gig - playing in front of the local Goodwill store. "Whether I'm playing a big show somewhere or whether I'm playing out on the street for little kids walking by, I get the same kind of joy," Seegers says over the phone. "I'm just looking to play my guitar and spread my music to whoever is around at the time. " Seegers, who plays Sunday at the Ardmore Music Hall, may still enjoy busking, but life certainly has changed over the last year for the 63-year-old country artist.
September 13, 2014 |
The title of Paul Thorn's new album comes from something he heard while growing up in Tupelo, Miss., where he still lives. " 'Too blessed to be stressed' - I got that phrase from an old black woman I used to go to church with, Sister Johnson," Thorn, 50, recalls from a tour stop in Connecticut. "One morning when I was a kid, I asked her how she was doing, and she said, 'Oh, I'm too blessed to be stressed.' "That phrase stuck in my head. All the songs on this record were intentionally put together to make the listener feel good.