June 19, 2016 |
NEW YORK - Trinity Church near Wall Street is the place to be for serious music-seeking New Yorkers in January. When many major institutions are on hiatus, all manner of left-of-center concerts fill the gap. And two Philadelphia groups that have been steadily gaining traction here would have been part of it had a snowstorm not intervened early this year. Not until Thursday could the Crossing and Prism Quartet reschedule their joint concert of Gavin Bryars music in a program titled The Fifth Century . But how would they fare without the momentum of wintertime festivallike programming?
June 13, 2016 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Bob Rose was still in junior high school when he promoted his first music show. A few hometown Bridgeton bands were looking for gigs, and a school dance needed performers. Several years later, in 1974, Rose put together his first big outdoor concert - a five-act garage-band show at the now-defunct Palatine Race Track in Centerton, Cumberland County. Back then, social media didn't exist, so Rose had to rely on old-fashioned word of mouth and some concert posters.
June 11, 2016 |
More than ever, summer music means "a room without a roof" as Pharrell put it in his "Happy" song of a couple summers ago. That means amphitheaters and all-day festivals - the latter of which dominate the June-to-September calendar - as well as the South Philly stadiums. Not to mention the streets of our fair city, where Leslie Odom of the Broadway smash Hamilton will host an all-local Wawa Welcome America! concert July 4 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and Made in America will return on Labor Day weekend.
June 10, 2016 |
ONE OF the messages at this year's DNC: "Big Girls Don't Cry. " We're not referring to likely nominee Hillary Clinton , but to Fergie , who'll be performing July 27 in a charity-benefit concert for the Creative Coalition, a group formed to bring together artists and entertainers to learn about important issues so they can better inform and influence. Fergie is an old pro at the convention show. She also performed with the Black Eyed Peas at the 2008 Convention in Denver, the Washington Post reports.
June 8, 2016 |
Kanye's faithful showed up . . . . . . but he didn't. Nearly 4,000 hard-core Kanye West fans mobbed Manhattan's Webster Hall early Monday morning when word spread that history's greatest artist planned to give a surprise concert. The music deity, who is husband to reality goddess Kim Kardashian , wanted to play for his faithful after his planned set at the Governor's Ball music fest was rained out. But his lil' party was canceled because of the unruly crowds, says the New York Daily News.
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.