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August 16, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police have identified the 20-year-old man killed outside a concert to promote peace at the Dell Music Center on Wednesday night. Alexis Guevara of Frankford was outside the venue at 8:37 p.m. when he was shot twice by an unknown man, Lt. Norman Davenport said. He was pronounced dead the next morning at 10:18. The concert venue was hosting a show called "Philly Support Philly: Peace on the Streets. " It was unclear whether Guevara had been attending the show, police said. Davenport said police hadn't yet determined a motive in the shooting.
NEWS
August 16, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Atlantic City Alliance acknowledged Thursday that the crowd in the photo of the Lady Antebellum beach concert used in full-page newspaper ads to promote the resort had been digitally altered and contained repeated images of some of the same people. But Jeff Guaracino, communications officer for the alliance, a casino-funded marketing group, said the ad did not misrepresent the size of the crowd. The ad's slogan is "We Have Something for Everyone. No Wonder Everyone's Here. " He said the digital changes were made by the alliance's creative director and were designed to incorporate photos from various views, as well as to cover up video towers and alcohol.
NEWS
August 15, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A MAN WAS fighting for his life last night after he was shot a few yards outside a concert dedicated to peace, police said. Just after 8:30 p.m., police received reports of someone shot at the Dell Music Center in Strawberry Mansion, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Officers found a 20-year-old man lying in the center's parking lot, on 33rd Street near Huntingdon. He had been shot twice in his abdomen and right thigh, and was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he remained in critical condition, Small said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Symphony orchestra as jukebox? Such was the idea behind the Philadelphia Orchestra's People's Choice concert on Friday at the Mann Center. Some 16 possibilities posted on radio station WRTI-FM's website were subject to open voting, which yielded a good medium-weight concert of Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Smetana - all classical music greatest hits that, with any luck, gave the audience an increased sense of ownership. Philosophically, it's a fine idea. But having such a concert more than once a year might not be healthy.
NEWS
August 3, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even the Grammy-nominated country superstar Blake Shelton was impressed by the turnout for Thursday's free beach concert in Atlantic City. "That's got to be some kind of fire hazard," he said, looking out at the ocean of people. The show - a huge success for the beleaguered resort - had some crowd-control challenges given the massive turnout, which officials said they aim to fix for Sunday's second free show, featuring Lady Antebellum. Police reported no arrests and only minor incidents like dehydration.
SPORTS
August 2, 2014 | By Sara Rayburn, For The Inquirer
Trainer Jimmy Takter has such a prohibitive favorite in Saturday's $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, that one local owner is surprised he even has a horse in such a prestigious race. "I have tickets for the Billy Joel concert at [Citizens Bank Park], so I had to scramble to rearrange my plans," said Howard Taylor, a lawyer from Philadelphia and co-owner of 20-1 longshot Doncango. "[Winning the Hambletonian] would be a dream. It would be a shock, but it would be a dream," Taylor said.
NEWS
August 2, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - With crashing waves beside them and a huge stage ahead, more than 60,000 people got a picture-perfect beach day here Thursday - and a free Blake Shelton concert. The roar of the energized crowd and the twangy timbre of country music drowned out - at least temporarily - the city's recent casino woes. A second free concert will follow Sunday, when Lady Antebellum will perform. "You could be sweating in Philadelphia or you could be chilling in A.C.," Mayor Don Guardian said as he looked out at the crowd from the hospitality tent during Shelton's set. "It's our Super Bowl, and we get two in one weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Some of us Philadelphians are getting old. G. Love & Special Sauce - this city's prime instigators of blues-inflected hip-hop - are heading a bill at Festival Pier on Saturday night. But can it be that the band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first self-titled album? Could it be that Garrett "G. Love" Dutton's son Aidan turned 13 on the day of this interview? "Everyone's good," says Dutton, celebrating his son's birthday on Martha's Vineyard, coinciding with acoustic gigs the twosome perform at beach-town clubs.
NEWS
July 24, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Officials expressed confidence Tuesday that free but ticketed beach concerts featuring country superstars Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum will go smoothly. "For a small town, we're used to this," said Deputy Police Chief William Mazur, who will oversee police operations for the two concerts, July 31 and Aug. 3. "I think Atlantic City was built for this type of event. " On Tuesday in Boardwalk Hall, Mazur and other officials from the city, beach patrol, Live Nation, and the sponsoring Atlantic City Alliance briefed Mayor Don Guardian on details for the shows, which they also hope will launch a burst of good news against this summer's onslaught of bad publicity from looming additional casino shutdowns.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
STYX is milking their Philly tour-stop hiccup. Earlier this month, two of the classic rockers' tour buses caught fire while they were parked in Northern Liberties on the day of their concert with Foreigner at Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center. Thankfully, no one was hurt. But why not turn some classic-rock lemons into classic-rock lemonade? I hear that the band is now incorporating the incident into a cover of the Doors ' "Light My Fire," including at a recent tour stop in Minneapolis.
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