August 23, 2015 |
Saturday CAPE MAY At 8 p.m., the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale performs a full-length concert at the Cape May Convention Hall (714 Beach Ave.). The Emmy award-winning, Grammy-nominated ensemble is composed of 80 young choir members and a 20-person men's chorale. $20 ($15 for seniors; $10 for kids 12 and older). 609-884-9565. Sunday WILDWOOD Through Friday, get a taste of the Shore at Wildwoods Restaurant Week. Select eateries ranging from Schellenger's Restaurant to Westy's Irish Pub will offer a four-course meal for $30. For a list of participants, see wildwoodsnj.com/wildwoods-restaurant-week.cfm, or call 609-729-9000.
August 19, 2015 |
Stevie Wonder showed up on a stage in Dilworth Park on the west side of City Hall just after 3 p.m. on a sweltering Philadelphia day. After warming up with a few instrumental selections before the highly excitable crowd gathered Monday to see him, he took a few minutes to explain what he was doing there. "Hello, Philadelphia, I'm so happy to be here," said the 65-year-old musical genius, who had just arrived from Washington on a whirlwind journey to announce the final 20-city leg of his tour for the 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life . He'll play the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 7. "It's all about love," Wonder said.
August 18, 2015 |
When the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority kicked in $1.2 million to underwrite Sunday's Maroon 5 concert, part of the plan was to woo visitors such as Mary Jo Olszyk. She doesn't like to gamble, but she does like to vacation at the beach - making her a perfect potential customer for a town desperate to diversify from what has been its gaming mainstay. "It wouldn't be my first place to come," she said. "It's my impression that it's dirtier than the other Shore areas - the water and the town.
August 15, 2015 |
When Rascal Flatts comes to Atlantic City this week, the band won't be the only act to hit the beach. Nick Jonas and his abs, along with the gentlemen pop stars of Maroon 5, play that sandy A.C. spot Sunday. But Rascal Flatts - singing cousins Gary LeVox and Jay Demarcus, vocalist/guitarist Joe Don Rooney - will bring big-time country-crossover music to the Jersey Shore. "We love playing Atlantic City, whether it's the casinos or on the sand," says Rooney. "It's a good time anytime we're in Jersey.
August 12, 2015 |
EVERY ONCE in a while we have an argument in the Tattle offices about the music business. Do the more senior acts take in more money because 1) They have the largest, most diverse fan base? or 2) Baby boomers are the only group willing to spend big money for concert tickets? or 3) Younger music fans would rather listen to Spotify? We don't have one good answer (it's probably a combination of things), but the latest list of Pollstar's Top 20 Global Concert Tours again shows it's a goodie to be an oldie.
August 10, 2015 |
In an apparent hiccup at Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein's newly opened entertainment and dining venue in Atlantic City, several concerts scheduled there were canceled. 39N, a concert site at Blatstein's new venture the Playground, was to host two of the live music events Friday and Saturday. But on Ticketmaster on Saturday, both a Splintered Sunlight show that night and a show by the Rebirth Brass Band on Aug. 14 were listed as "canceled. " An earlier show by Splintered Sunlight, a Grateful Dead tribute act, scheduled for Friday also was canceled, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
August 4, 2015 |
The traits that make the orchestral player do not necessarily translate to chamber music, but you never would have known that from hearing violinist Amy Lee on Friday night at the Curtis Institute of Music. The 2005 Curtis grad is now associate concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, an ensemble whose defining characteristic is its exquisite precision. That Lee reflected the Cleveland philosophy was hardly surprising. The extent of her individualized approach, however, suggested she doesn't need an interpretive assist from the podium.
August 2, 2015 |
It would be understandable if anyone left the Philadelphia Orchestra's second and last free "neighborhood concert" of the season feeling bemused. The point of these concerts, started a decade and half ago, is to bring the orchestra to audiences who don't ordinarily go to it. Holding Thursday night's neighborhood concert in Verizon Hall, the orchestra's home, represented a certain up-is-down logic that perhaps only the orchestra and its sponsors could appreciate. The concert wasn't exactly free, either.
August 1, 2015
In Concert 9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-864-4303. www.brynmawrtwilightconcerts.com . Dar Williams. $15; $5 children 5-16. 8/1. 7 pm. 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228. www.thecolonialtheatre.com . Sugar Free Allstars. $6.50. 8/4. 10:30 am. 421 N. Seventh St.; 215-569-9400. www.electricfactory.info . The Vamps. $25. 7/31. 7 pm. Born Of Osiris. $29.50. 8/5. 3 pm. 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 302-652-5577. www.TheGrandWilmington.org . Beres Hammond.
July 24, 2015
I AM A BIT HOT under the collar at the Rev. Clenard Childress. Tell you why. First, the best way to prevent abortions is to promote a sound sex-education program in the schools and communities and strongly encourage the use of contraception. Second, instead of putting the burden on women to be more sexually responsible, share the burden with men (and boys) to be more sexually responsible by keeping their zippers zipped. That was the message that both Jesse Jackson and Bill Cosby (his conduct with women notwithstanding)