June 8, 2016 |
Jim Waters hopes to boost Gloucester City by launching a summer concert series on his beloved hometown's waterfront. "There's also a selfish reason," says the longtime high school teacher and newly minted entertainment impresario. "I want to hear good music close to my house!" The free shows at Proprietors Park on the Delaware River are set to debut at 7 p.m. next Tuesday with the quintessential Philly rocker Kenn Kweder. Concerts will continue every other Tuesday through Aug. 23, concluding with Fran Smith Jr. (an original member of the Hooters)
June 1, 2016
Beyoncé 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. $45-$280. www.ticketmaster.com
May 30, 2016 |
When Connor Barwin began his career in the NFL in 2009, the Eagles defensive end, indie-rock geek, and civic activist - whose third annual benefit concert for his Make the World Better Foundation takes place at Union Transfer on Friday, with Philadelphia bands Waxahatchee and Hop Along headlining - came to a surprise realization. "I got drafted and I went to Houston," says the 29-year-old Pro Bowler, who played for the Texans before signing a six-year, $36 million contract with the Eagles in 2013.
May 23, 2016
On May 6, the Walnut Street Theatre celebrated its 207th anniversary with a gala concert. Founded in 1809, the theater is America's oldest, as well as the most-subscribed theater in world, with 55,000 season ticket-holders. About 700 guests were treated to an evening of entertainment by John Kander and Frank Ebb, the lyricist and composer known for some of America's classic musicals, including Chicago , Cabaret , and New York, New York . The program also featured an award program, with Audrey Merves and Len Karabell presented the 2016 Edwin Forrest Award, named after Edwin Forrest, America's first great actor and a native Philadelphian.
May 18, 2016 |
'The music of the spheres. " It's not just a poetic turn of phrase: For centuries, from ancient Greece to the Renaissance, the idea was at the center of European ideas of the cosmos and how it worked. Classical writers such as Plato and Pliny developed the idea that the distances between the planets corresponded with musical intervals as identified by Pythagoras, and that the heavenly bodies literally produced harmony - the music of the spheres - as they moved in their orbits around (as they understood at the time)
May 14, 2016 |
'Ain't No Man," the new Avett Brothers single, is a foot-stomping sing-along. It's built on little more than a spartan thump, an acoustic bass, and Seth and Scott Avett trading vocal verses until a churchlike chorus joins in, echoing an optimistic, self-affirming message: "There ain't nobody here that can cause me pain or raise my fear, 'cause I got only love to spare. " The song, a throwback to country gospel, isn't a typical mainstream single, but it's emblematic of the Avett Brothers' popularity: The North Carolina band have managed to turn their bluegrass-inflected Americana into Billboard chart success.
May 7, 2016 |
Parquet Courts Late last year, Brooklyn's Parquet Courts released Monastic Living , a 33-minute EP of abrasive studio jams. A new album, Human Performance , is its opposite: the punk quartet at its most tuneful and personal. On albums such as 2012's Light Up Gold and 2014's Sunbathing Animal , singers Andrew Savage and Austin Brown declaimed their lyrics, which often railed against complacency or embraced alienation. On the excellent Human Performance , their fifth full-length, the band turns inward, whether for the travelogue "Berlin Got Blurry," the love song "Steady on my Mind" or the disoriented "I Was Just Here" (from bassist Sam Yeaton, who now lives in Philly)
April 30, 2016
Quebe Sisters / The Hello Strangers Sisterhood will be doubly powerful Saturday in Sellersville. The headlining trio is the Quebe Sisters, the fiddling Western swing act of Burleson, Texas, siblings Hulda, Sophia and Grace, whose last name rhymes with "maybe. " Since elementary school, the sisters, now in their 20s, have been honing their skills and the harmonies heard on their 2014 album, Every Which Way . They'll be joined by openers the Hello Strangers. The team of Larissa Chace Smith and Brechlyn Chace advertise themselves as "Pennsyltucky Fried.
April 25, 2016
Q uestion: I recently attended a concert held in a local church. The event was so crowded that we sat in the balcony and happened to be behind a couple who were probably in their 30s. Despite the fact that members of the Philadelphia Orchestra were performing and there were incredible professional singers, these two spent the entire time playing games on their phones. They never stopped and, sitting behind them, it was extremely distracting. Should I have said something to them? Were they being rude?