September 13, 2013 |
On Oct. 24, Gene Shay , radio guy, folk god, gets his very own plaque on the Philly Music Walk of Fame on South Broad, with six other local music stars. Philly-born Gene, now 78, brought Bob Dylan here for his first Philly concert in 1963. He also made up the name of WXPN's show World Cafe 22 years ago. Host of The Folk Show on XPN, he's been on local radio since 1962. Hard to imagine Philly without him. Educating on education Keepin' it local . . . M. Night Shyamalan is about way more than the supranormal, OK?
February 22, 2013
1ERIC BURDON On "Til Your River Runs Dry" (ABKCO), this voice of authority still growls like an Animal but ruminates like a confident yet world-weary blues rocker. 2SONS OF ROGUE GALLERY Philly-spawned producer Hal Willner grew up listening to Gene Shay on WXPN (88.5 FM). He passes on the knowledge with "Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys" (Anti), his second double-disc of tunes recast with contemporary artists and offbeat arrangements. 3RON SEXSMITH He's a master of subtle understatement and mellifluous good taste, yet always wears heart and hurt on his sleeve.
September 7, 2012
EXHIBITS Buddhist relic exhibit A rare collection of sacred Buddhist relics will be displayed this weekend. The pearl-like crystals were found among the ashes of cremated Buddhist masters. Practitioners believe they are physical embodiments of a master's spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom. Living Buddhist masters from Burma, Indonesia, France, Thailand, Tibet, South Korea and Taiwan have contributed relics to the collection, including the Dalai Lama. Bo De Temple, 1114-20 S. 13th St., 6-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
August 19, 2011
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the building of the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Berlin Wall. Thankfully, the festival is still standing, through the efforts of more than 2,500 volunteers. Proceeds from the event support the Philadelphia Folk Song Society's mission and musical education programs for schoolchildren throughout the Philadelphia region. The festival, founded by the society based in Mount Airy, actually began in Paoli, as the Hootenanny. It's one of the longest continuous events of its kind.
August 19, 2011 |
A FUNNY THING happened on my way to Schwenksville, chatting it up with some of the powers behind this weekend's Philadelphia Folk Festival. Given how the event is celebrating big - marking the 50th annual music fest (and gathering of the tribes) - I expected organizers to be waxing nostalgic about all that's been and gone. You know, "the good old days. " But then I got on the horn with Levi Landis, executive director of the festival's parent organization, the Philadelphia Folksong Society, and discovered he's a relatively young folknik of 29. Not much "history" to share there.
August 14, 2011 |
This year marks the Philadelphia Folk Festival's 50th birthday. But it's been a few years since the festival organizers' realized that the august institution, which takes place every August at the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township near Schwenksville, needed to attract a younger audience to ensure that it has a future to compare with its storied past. In recent years, festival bookers Rich Hardon and Jesse Lundy have brought in marquee names like the Decemberists and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco to give the fest a contemporary buzz.
August 14, 2011 |
David Bromberg was born at St. Agnes Hospital in South Philadelphia, and before his family moved to New York, the dazzling guitarist, who will perform at the Philadelphia Folk Festival this weekend, spent the first few years of his life in either Chester or West Chester. "I know they're very different, but I can't remember which," says the 65-year-old singer and songwriter, who last month released Use Me , a genre-hopping roots-music album featuring Los Lobos, Vince Gill, Linda Ronstadt, and Levon Helm on Appleseed Recordings, which is based in one of the places Bromberg may be from.
August 3, 2011 |
FOR SURE, there'll be some very familiar faces at the 50th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, returning to the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township in two weeks. Seasoned perennials such as Arlo Guthrie, Tom Rush, Tom Paxton and David Bromberg are among the guests coming back for the big birthday party, along with some of their rarely here contemporaries (Levon Helm, Jorma Kaukonen) and young turks of note like the Wood Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, Hoots & Hellmouth, Dan Bern and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.
April 11, 2011 |
Russell Brand 's invasion of America is complete: The British comic stars in the top two box office draws of the weekend. He rules the roost in Dinsey's Hop , about happy bunnies who get even more hopped up on joy. It's the weekend's top earner with $21.7 mil, according to studio estimates. The live-animation combo pic, which cost $63 mil to manufacture, has made $68.2 mil since its April 1 opening. Brand plays the title role in the No. 2 picture, a mild remake of the 1981 sex comedy Arthur , which opened this weekend with $12.6 mil. Hanna , a spy thriller about a wee bonnie teen lass (the explosive Saoirse Ronan)
April 1, 2011 |
A great thing about the music business is that you never know who you might trip over in the dark and discover. Might even be someone who'll wind up scoring a No. 1 album (this year's critically applauded "Mission Bell") and a hot-ticket tour. So it was that I first encountered a wet-behind-the-ears Amos Lee nine years ago, literally in the dark,at a Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference, performing for a "crowd" of 10 in the tacky lounge of a Catskills resort. On Tuesday, by contrast, Lee will headline a verging-on-sold-out homecoming show here at the 1,800-seat Merriam Theater.