November 16, 2001 |
This is a story of a boy and dream. Corny, right? So is, admittedly, WMMR-FM's Pierre Robert, Philly's beloved radio personality. "There is something about me that's corny," Robert (pronounced Ro-BARE) says with a laugh at what is, in reality, soulful charm. Whether morning, midnight or midday (the spot he currently holds) on 93.3, for 20 years Robert has been a dedicated, mellifluous presence, and that speaks as much about his off-air personality as it does his on-air.
February 22, 2000 |
A University City nightclub with a history of party-fueled fisticuffs was the scene of an early- morning shooting yesterday. A large fight involving several people broke out after 2:30 a.m. outside the club - The Pegasus Showcase - at 3801 Chestnut Street. Garth Dixon told police he was watching the melee when a shot rang out. Dixon, 29, fell to the street, a bullet in his stomach. A crowd was milling about near the club but police found no witnesses to the shooting. Police patrolling nearby heard gunshots, investigators said.
August 6, 1999 |
Barbara "B.J. " Stubinski Meany, 53, of Rosemont, a country-western singer and songwriter who performed with local bands for nearly two decades, died of cancer Monday at Bryn Mawr Hospital. She was lead singer for Cross Fork, a local country-western band, from its inception in 1989 until its breakup in 1993. It performed throughout the area, including the Goshen Country Fair in Chester County, at the Hearth in Pipersville, and at Northampton Township's open-air theater in Bucks County.
November 7, 1998 |
The Sixers have partied there. So have rap artists Jay-Z, Foxy Brown and DMX. But last night, the night after an altercation that started inside Pegasus nightclub, in West Philadelphia, turned tragic, the club was pretty quiet. Pegasus was formerly the Chestnut Cabaret, a sit-down nightclub featuring performances by smooth R&B acts like Will Downing or the challenging lyrics of poet-singer Gil Scott-Heron. Last night, record-label representatives from rapper-producer Pete Rock's label, milled outside, preparing for a record-release party for his new album "Soul Survivor.
September 8, 1995 |
"I was a little surprised this year that someone didn't try to Xerox the Milkbar," says Jim Lesser, co-owner of Milkbar. Frankly, we are, too. But Lesser, who just reopened his bar last night after extensive remodeling, is not the only new kid on the nightclub block anymore: In August, the three-story, multi-roomed nightclub called Paragon opened in Center City (15th and Locust streets), and tomorrow FUBAR holds its grand opening celebration in University City. "This was the old Chestnut Cabaret," says Chaz Paris, a FUBAR spokesman.
August 11, 1995 |
If you're looking for the true heir to the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, well, here he is. Ian Moore hails from Vaughan's adopted hometown of Austin, Texas, and he's a six-string virtuoso rooted in the blues - but he also is a gifted singer and songwriter with a commanding style all his own. His new album, Modernday Folklore (Capricorn), picks up where he left off on his galvanic 1993 debut, Ian Moore. It offers hard-hitting, soul-tinged blues-rock as well as such change-of-pace moments as the mesmerizingly atmospheric "You'll Be Gone.
June 29, 1994 |
The scene has been wounded. Last week, the Philadelphia-area live-music circuit suffered four losses that could force bands to drop the city from their tour itineraries. On Monday, two of the region's longest-running venues - the 23 East Cabaret in Ardmore and the Chestnut Cabaret in West Philadelphia, in business since 1980 and 1981, respectively - shut their doors. Earlier that day, the Cellblock, a heavy-metal and hard-rock club in Bensalem, was seriously damaged by fire and forced to close.
June 21, 1994 |
Those jokes about dull Philadelphia rolling up its sidewalks at 10 p.m. seemed truer than usual yesterday. Philadelphia's two most durable club venues for original live music - the Chestnut Cabaret and 23 East Cabaret - shuttered their doors for good. A third venue, the hard rocking Cellblock in Bensalem, was destroyed early yesterday morning in a fire. Other clubs - including Fairmount's North Star and Old City's Khyber Pass, are also feeling the strain of "the heat, the new 10 percent liquor tax, and the competition," said Khyber/Trocadero proprietor David Simons.
June 17, 1994 |
Kelly Riles of Velocity Girl has some advice for young bands: "Just keep doing it. " "Almost all bands when they're starting out are just not very good. Just accept it. Think about it. Change and tinker with it and eventually you will be good. " Perseverence has paid off for Velocity Girl, the Washington-based quintet signed to Subpop records. Five years ago, while students at the University of Maryland, bassist Riles and guitarist Archie Moore disbanded their noise outfit called the Gotterdammercrats and launched Velocity Girl.
March 25, 1994 |
She missed the Oscars Monday night. She had better things to do - namely performing with Herbie Hancock for an AIDS benefit in New York City. Me'Shell NdegeOcello just hasn't had time to watch TV, let alone "sit back, relax, and listen to the eight-track" as the lyrical hook to her hit "I'm Digging You" goes. Michelle EN-day-gay-oh-CHEL-lo. That's how you pronounce her name. It means "free as a bird" in Swahili. Appropriate. The career of the former Michelle Johnson of Washington, D.C., has begun to soar like her chosen name since the fall release of Plantation Lullabies (Maverick/Sire)