May 25, 2007 |
Once upon a time, your average Jam on the River was jammed with . . . jam bands. Dead Head-esque formations playing musical hacky sack, lollygagging through loping rhythmic passages. No more. While 2007's Jam features Dark Star Orchestra - drawing its inspiration from all things Jerry Garcia - to say nothing of The Disco Biscuits post-Dead meanderings, there's little left of the jam mentality save for some of the weekend's peeps taking their time playing long songs. Disco Biscuits do that.
May 26, 2006 |
The festival season at Penn's Landing takes off tomorrow and Sunday, bringing in that warm feeling of summer with the 21st annual Captain Morgan's Jam on the River. Alt band World Party, back in action after a four-year hiatus, is on the bill, as are Philly-based jam band the Disco Biscuits and Ween, taking a break from recording their new album at their home base in Bucks County. More than 20,000 people are expected along the waterfront, and - new this year - there also will be two evening concerts at the nearby Electric Factory.
August 6, 2010
Bally's Atlantic City, Boardwalk at Park Place, 609-340-2000, ballysac.com. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, 609-317-1000, theborgata.com. Gabriel Iglesias, 8 and 11 tonight (sold out), 9 p.m. tomorrow (Music Box), $39.50. John Legend, 8 tonight (Event Center), $125, $95 and $75. Kris Allen, 8 p.m. tomorrow (Event Center), $39.50. Caesars Atlantic City, Boardwalk at Arkansas Avenue, 609-348-4411, caesarsac.com. Willie Nelson, 9 tonight, $85, $65 and $55. Black Eyed Peas, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (Boardwalk Hall)
July 13, 2007 |
The rolling hills and lush landscape of Lancaster County show off what nature has to offer. It's the green home of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate, and it will play host to the first Great Green America Fest. Organizers are calling the festival a "35-acre think-tank," with music, games, food, and arts and crafts, all to promote the preservation of the environment. The festival starts tonight with a concert featuring the Dark Star Orchestra, a Grateful Dead tribute act that strives to stay true to the music and the spirit of the Dead's dedication to the environment.
March 18, 2011 |
'It's the vibe, and the vibe says we really, really, really want it. We want the magic and we want it badly. And making magic is one of those things where you just don't know how or when you do it. Magic happens when the stars are aligned and the energy flows brightly. " That's how Phil Lesh describes the wondrous interaction between fans and Furthur, his ensemble with fellow Grateful Dead member Bob Weir and young jam-band stalwarts who make their engines roar. Furthur hits the Tower Friday through Sunday, takes a day off Monday, and gets back at it Tuesday and Wednesday.
June 28, 2013 |
WHAT WOULD you call something that includes Beyoncé, Jerry Seinfeld, Steely Dan, the Roots, Don Rickles and Bill Maher ? How about, July in Atlantic City? As the summer heats up, so does the headliner action as a nonstop parade of top entertainers make their way to town. There's no doubt the biggest booking of the month is Beyoncé , who last year christened Revel with three still-talked-about concerts. This time, Queen Bey will be strutting her stuff at Boardwalk Hall, on July 26. But that gig is but the tip of an impressive iceberg.
November 7, 2001 |
Some days Randy Cordero is soft-spoken Randy, a recovering electromechanical engineer. Some days - this Friday, for one, at the Theatre of Living Arts, and Saturday, for another, at the Trump Marina in Atlantic City - he's swaggering Surreal Neil, shimmying in bell-bottoms and a sequined shirt, belting out "Sweet Caroline," a song Neil Diamond first recorded when Cordero was 4 years old. Cordero fronts Super Diamond, a San Francisco tribute...
May 3, 2009 |
Only sports teams have played the Spectrum more than the Grateful Dead. Back before Jerry Garcia died in 1995, the prototypical jam band sold out the now-slated-for-demolition arena a whopping 53 times, then did two more shows in its post-Garcia incarnation as the Other Ones in 2002. On Friday, the band now known as the Dead, who re-formed for an Obama benefit in State College last fall, opened another two-night, sold-out stand in South Philadelphia. Frosty-haired frontman Bob Weir kicked off the three-hour show with "Playing in the Band," which is pretty much what the 61-year-old, mellow-voiced singer has been doing since he met Garcia on a fateful New Year's Eve in Palo Alto, Calif.
May 15, 2009 |
Kicking off with a bracing blast of mid-'90s rap-metal nostalgia, when Korn headlines the House of Blues next Thursday, the pop music scene at the Jersey Shore will be a busy one this summer. That will be particularly true in Atlantic City, where casinos hit hard by the recession and competition from Pennsylvania slots parlors are counting on marquee acts to help bring gamblers back to the beach. The dominant player, as usual, is the Borgata Hotel & Spa, where R&B stars Mary J. Blige and The Dream will sing on June 5 at the Event Center, which also will host Chicago with Earth, Wind and Fire , on June 12 and 13, Il Divo on July 3, an arsenal of Philadelphia International Records all-stars , including the O'Jays and Jerry Butler on July 17, and Depeche Mode with Peter, Bjorn & John on Aug. 1. At that resort's tinier Music Box, which essentially was turned into a comedy room, there will be Joel McHale (May 23)
July 6, 2012 |
MUSIC Guiding Lights Lo-fi innovators Guided by Voices are back in the swing, after a mere seven-year layoff. Their 2012 release "Let's Go Eat the Factory" finds the group still aiming for arty (and often absurdist) extremes with ditties like "The Big Hat and Toy Show" and "Doughnut for a Snowman," as dreamed up by front guy Robert Pollard and comrades-in-arms Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Greg Demos and Kevin Fennell. All will be on board as the band returns to a favorite Philly haunt.