July 30, 2016 |
Thousands of Democratic National Convention staffers and volunteers, a host of South Jersey politicians, and hundreds of Camden residents on Thursday took in performances by Lady Gaga and Lenny Kravitz at an event hosted by George E. Norcross III, the Democratic superdelegate often described as New Jersey's most influential power broker. The "Camden Rising" concert at the city's waterfront BB&T Pavilion was billed as an invitation-only affair, but in the days leading up to it, several community groups and Camden residents received stacks of tickets to hand out. As a result, many in the audience were Camden City or County employees, or members of well-known community groups.
July 28, 2016 |
Woody Allen's affinity for gypsy jazz is obvious to anyone who has seen - or just listened to - his films. The director has used Django Reinhardt's music on his sound tracks at least as far back as 1980's Stardust Memories , and his 1999 movie Sweet and Lowdown stars Sean Penn as a shiftless guitarist who both worships and envies the legendary guitarist. So it says something that when Allen wanted a distinctly French jazz guitar sound for his time-traveling 2011 Midnight in Paris , he turned to Stephane Wrembel.
July 21, 2016 |
The concert at the Dell Music Center was a "Stop the Violence" program to promote peace in Philadelphia's neighborhoods. It ended with 20-year-old Alexis Guevara mortally wounded in the parking lot after an escalating argument with two men who were leaning on his car. On Tuesday, William Greene was held for trial on a murder charge after his alleged accomplice - testifying anonymously because of threats - told a Philadelphia judge that Greene shot...
July 6, 2016 |
This year's Wawa Welcome America! pre-fireworks July 4 concert on the Ben Franklin Parkway was an early-bird special. With a goal of getting the explosions in the sky started by 10, the show's biggest names - Hamilton star and Philadelphia native Leslie Odom Jr. and Fort Worth, Texas, retro-soul singer Leon Bridges - had both completed their sets by 6:30 p.m. Odom, who grew up in East Oak Lane, was billed as both a star of the show and...
June 30, 2016 |
Leon Bridges, the 26-year-old rhythm-and-blues singer with the 50-year-old soul, will bring his high-waisted vintage slacks and his playful-to-prayerful love songs to the July 4th Wawa Welcome America! party on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Bridges, who channels Ben E. King's "Stand by Me" and Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" every time he sings his neo-soul serenades, is a young master of old-school vulnerability. "The world leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, girl," he laments on "Coming Home," the title song on his breakout 2015 debut album, which skyrocketed him from obscurity to omnipresence on the concert circuit.
June 28, 2016 |
Somber and Kenny Chesney are typically mutually exclusive terms, particularly at the country music superstar's concerts, which are usually non-stop, feel-good events. But halfway through Chesney's show Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field, the vibe changed from celebratory to solemn when the dynamic entertainer offered a shout-out to Folcroft Police Officer Christopher Dorman, who was shot seven times Friday morning, allegedly by a career drug and weapons offender. Chesney thought that Dorman, who is expected to make a full recovery, had died.
June 22, 2016 |
Art may or may not be the answer to society's most nettlesome ills. But sometimes in the face of abject destruction, the only thing you can do is to draw yourself up to the beauty of creation as closely as you possibly can, and listen. Sunday afternoon's musical response to the Orlando massacre could have achieved quite a lot with any number of pieces of music, but the repertoire choices were particularly wise. About 300 packed the pews of First Presbyterian Church at 21st and Walnut Streets for the concert by conductor Andrew Senn, a chamber orchestra of mostly freelancers, and a chorus of about three dozen (all donating their time and talent)
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.