July 15, 2015
THE QUALITY AND suitability of July Fourth concert acts can be debated and has been. That's subjective. What is objective is the concert ran late, disappointing some, inconveniencing others. The concert and the fireworks that follow usually end around 11 p.m. This year fireworks didn't even begin until 11:25 p.m. Some parents complained the fireworks went up after kids were put to sleep. Even though SEPTA extended service later, some riders had problems. Why did the concert run late?
July 10, 2015 |
Two years after his appearance on NBC's megahit singing competition, The Voice , Bucks County native Matthew Schuler is preparing for the release Friday of his first single with Universal, an empowering anthem titled "Invincible. " Since the show, he has been traveling almost nonstop, back and forth between his home in Yardley and destinations around the world, from Los Angeles to South Africa. "It's been a wild ride," the 22-year-old singer, who made his most notable mark on The Voice covering Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," which hit No. 1 on the iTunes charts and No. 40 on the Billboard.
July 7, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra, which knows the way to London and Vienna, could use a little help these days finding the neighborhoods of the city in which it lives. In 15 years, the orchestra's wonderful free neighborhood concert series has brought it to North Philadelphia, the Navy Yard, Drexel Hill, and elsewhere. This year, the series consists of two concerts, and you might notice that the next one, July 30, has the intrepid Philadelphians venturing all the way to, well, their usual perch in Verizon Hall.
July 4, 2015 |
Amid Soundgarden reunions, TV appearances by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, and the constant hype around Nirvana - and, by extension, everything Dave Grohl does via the Foo Fighters, documentary filmmaking, and comic bits on the coming FX series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll - you could miss another classic band out of Seattle: Mudhoney. Formed in 1988, singer/instrumentalist Mark Arm's Mudhoney lighted the way for the aforementioned acts, with a primordial garage-punk feel and sludgy heavy-metal sound.
June 28, 2015 |
One day after a Palestinian teen was killed in Jerusalem last summer in retaliation for the slaying of three Israeli youths, his East Jerusalem neighborhood was steeped in violence. Tear gas and bullets were everywhere, and police were not letting anyone leave. But one teenage girl from that neighborhood slipped past the soldiers patrolling the streets, threaded her way through the danger, and escaped. Soon she arrived safely at her destination - chorus rehearsal at the Jerusalem International YMCA, about a 20-minute drive away.
June 27, 2015 |
Sixto Diaz Rodriguez - the long-haired, shades-wearing, Mexican American folksinger known singularly as Rodriguez - opens Monday night for Brian Wilson at the Mann Center. That will be special for several reasons. Not only is it the meeting of a couple of '60s pop legends ("rock-and-roll history," exclaims Rodriguez), but it also will be a fascinating peek into the famously troubled lives of its performers. "Between Brian and I, we both have had complicated lives, so to speak," Rodriguez, 72, says with a laugh, as his family chats and giggles behind him. "We have both been through some stuff.
June 3, 2015 |
Early arrivals at the Arden Theatre's fund-raising concert and award ceremony for Broadway eminence Stephen Sondheim on Monday night were greeted with champagne and popcorn and chatted happily in the lobby until just after 7, when the lights went out. According to Peco, an underground cable shorted near the theater at 40 N. Second St. during a powerful rainstorm, taking out about 600 customers. By 8:30, power had been restored to 400 of them - but not the theater, where only emergency lights gleamed.
June 1, 2015 |
YOU CAN ALMOST feel it – the sun beating down onto your summer hat, the fluorescent band strapped across your wrist, perhaps even the grass beneath your feet as you wait to start grooving to your favorite tunes. Philadelphia's peak music season has arrived. Every month this summer brings an opportunity to catch an outdoor festival, and there are plenty of solid indoor options, too. Some highlights: Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa, June 10 . While blatantly different in terms of their musical styles, these two do share the experience of having produced multiplatinum albums.
May 29, 2015 |
At 24, the cherubic, redheaded Ed Sheeran has shown dexterity as an artist and as a chart-topper, with a blend of folk and soul (occasionally tipped with hip-hop rhythms) with undeniable nods to American culture (example: his tune "The A-Team"). His affiliations further show his flexibility. He covered Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" during the 2012 Summer Olympics. He has cowritten several hits with One Direction, and he has toured with Taylor Swift. Sheeran has also worked with drum-and-bass god Goldie and weird rapper Lupe Fiasco.
May 28, 2015 |
SURPRISE! The Roots are performing again at the Wawa Welcome America! Festival's Philly Fourth of July Jam. The Roots, performing at the festival for the seventh straight year, will be joined by co-headliners Miguel and Jennifer Nettles. With past performers who include high-profile names like Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and John Mayer, some observers have questioned the uniqueness of this year's acts. "In an incredibly diverse city like Philadelphia with a wide range of tastes in music, on the one hand it's probably virtually impossible to make everyone happy," Mayor Nutter said at a news conference yesterday at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.