October 23, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - The latest effort by Ardmore homeowners to block a controversial mixed-use development off Lancaster Avenue was greeted skeptically in Commonwealth Court on Wednesday. After a nearly three-hour hearing, Judge Dan Pellegrini allowed the developer, Dranoff Properties, to intervene as a party to the lawsuit and agreed to an expedited hearing for the defendants' objections. The Save Ardmore Coalition has asked the court to block the commonwealth from issuing $10.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funds for the eight-story residential and retail tower that would replace Lower Merion's Cricket Avenue parking lot. The coalition alleges it would be a misappropriation of funds because the legislature in 2007 approved $15 million in grants for "costs related to the redevelopment of the Ardmore train station.
September 4, 2015 |
TALK ABOUT starting small. When William Fleming Todd started his church in an Ardmore storefront in 1983, it had 11 members, six from his own family. That early version of Christ Haven Pentecostal Church, little more than a prayer group that included his wife and five children, grew over the next 32 years into a congregation of more than 400. It moved from Ardmore to Darby, and finally to its present building on Lindbergh Boulevard near 68th Street, Elmwood. And William Todd, who began his ministry as a street preacher, buttonholing pedestrians on the streets of Washington, D.C., advanced to become a bishop and a force in the Pentecostal movement worldwide.
August 2, 2015 |
Shuggie Otis, 61, is still a mystery. The incendiary guitar-playing son of R&B legend Johnnie Otis was nearly the next Hendrix - only funkier and cuter - until he took a spacey, more soulful route. For the most part, Shuggie Otis - like his dad - was more interested in the eccentric corners and odd edges of the blues and large-band R&B. Otis, best known for writing "Strawberry Letter 23," a song that topped the charts in 1977 in a Brothers Johnson cover, has remained an enigma whose work is best known as samples for Beyonce and hip-hop producer J Dilla.
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.