July 1, 2016 |
If all the world's a stage, why can't shows from Broadway, London, and even Philadelphia be playing on it, simultaneously? That's the billion-dollar question the fairly new online video service BroadwayHD is testing Thursday night, as it offers up the first-ever live stream of a Broadway show, the musical revival She Loves Me. And in the process, the start-up hopes to cement its status as the "Netflix of Broadway. " Well-reviewed and nearing the end of its run at Studio 54, this internet treat features a top-notch score by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock (of Fiddler on the Roof fame)
March 19, 2016 |
Lee Andrews, 79, of Sharon Hill, the former leader of Lee Andrews and the Hearts and the father of Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, drummer for the Roots, died Wednesday, March 16. Mr. Andrews, born Arthur Lee Andrew Thompson in Goldsboro, N.C., in 1936, came from a performing family. His father, Beechie Thompson, was a member of the Dixie Hummingbirds. When Mr. Andrews was young, the Thompsons moved to Philadelphia, where he would form with the Dreamers, his first musical group, at Bartram High School.
February 13, 2015 |
THE OWNERS of the historic Lit Brothers Department Store building on Market Street between 7th and 8th could barely hide their excitement when they announced that the building would be "lit up" with rooftop LED advertising Jan. 20. Their news release was sprinkled with adjectives like cinematic and spectacular . "The twin giant LED displays mark a pivotal point in the revitalization of Market Street East and bring the first ad-friendly, digital-motion...
March 21, 2014 |
PART of what makes "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," the Fox remake of the PBS classic, cool is the mind-blowing science. The other part? The insane visuals, which are thanks to Ambler's Kara Vallow , a Germantown Friends grad who developed and produced the animation on "Cosmos. " "I'm a very proud Philadelphian and no one understands why," Vallow said. Vallow has been the producing partner of Seth MacFarlane for more than a decade, working on "Family Guy," "American Dad!"
July 5, 2011 |
Before he became the legendary music promoter who helped shape the concert industry over a four-decade career, Larry Magid was a 12-year-old doo-wop fan in West Philly, infected with the music bug by a song called "Sh-Boom. " The 1954 hit by the African American rhythm-and-blues group the Chords "had this refrain, 'Sh-boom, Sh-boom,' " Magid, 68, recalls fondly as he sits in his gold-record-lined office at the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties. "It made no sense, but it was something so different, so new. And you felt a connection to the music.
May 25, 2011 |
THEY SAY if you were really there, basking in the DayGlo colors and smoky haze of the hippie era, you probably don't remember it. Yet veteran concert promoter Larry Magid is still around to prove them wrong, with an entertaining new book called "My Soul's Been Psychedelicized: Electric Factory Four Decades in Posters and Photographs. " Published by Temple Press and landing in stores today ($39.50), this large-format, profusely illustrated trip down memory lane aims to set the record straight about the dawning of the countercultural revolution in our town, with a special focus on all the great talent that grew up in the period.
May 25, 2011 |
Ever wonder if this town is big enough to support another big concert venue, let alone two? Pretty soon, we'll know the answer. The Bowery Presents, a New York-based concert promoter and club operator run by (among others) former Live Nation exec Jim Glancy, has taken a long-term lease on the big building at 1026 Spring Garden St., the former Spaghetti Warehouse. If all goes well with their Liquor Control Board application, BP will open a new rock club on the site in the fall. There's also a huge, 3,000-capacity House of Blues entertainment venue coming to the waterfront area, near the SugarHouse Casino.
May 21, 2011
Just the Fact(ory) Were you part of the groovy, late '60s scene at the original Electric Factory rock club at 22nd and Arch streets? Or plunked down $4 for one of the Factory's formative years, triple-bill rock extravaganzas at the Spectrum? If so, rush to the computer and send us your memories and images, for possibly inclusion in our Wednesday send-off of Larry Magid's glossy book "My Soul's Been Psychedelicized - Electric Factory - Four Decades in Posters and Photographs. " Send pictures or photos to factory@ phillynews.com.
December 29, 2010 |
PHILADELPHIA music fans have long benefitted from a hyperactive and competitive concert-promotion scene, a high-stakes game with its share of drama and intrigue. Still, 2010 is going down as one for the books. Larry Magid, the area's best-known concert promoter, was finally judged dispensable by the buyers of his business and took his leave from the Live Nation operation in February. Magid refused to disappear quietly into the night, though. Instead, the 67-year-old promoter has come back as a reinvigorated rival, with salutary effects for the Philly nightlife scene.
October 26, 2010 |
The stories that promoter Larry Magid has collected over four decades could fill a book. Magid, one of the creators of Electric Factory Concerts, indeed has a book due in April, but don't expect juicy stuff. "What am I going to tell?" Magid says. In the coffee-table tome My Soul's Been Psychedelicized - borrowing a Chambers Brothers lyric - Magid teams with Philly Mag's Robert Huber in compiling posters and photos taken at the original Electric Factory, Bijou Cafe, Spectrum, Tower Theater, and the second Electric Factory.