October 6, 2015 |
Sassy, singing/songwriting East Texan Kacey Musgraves might seem like an overnight sensation from the splash that 2013's Same Trailer Different Park and its heated singles "Blowin' Smoke" and "Follow Your Arrow" made. In reality, Musgraves, now 27, has been at the country game since childhood, penned songs for Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride, and had just enough cheek to pull off a party at the Trocadero on Saturday and sell the place out. Saucy in a short, fringed dress and verbal demeanor (even her sweetest lyrics don't shy from smartly allegorical looks at weed and sex)
March 4, 2014 |
Country music used to be a tradition-bound genre that kept its elder statesmen close at hand, even as the twangy old coots eased into their dotage. But a youth movement has been afoot for over a generation, as fresh faces with pop appeal push aside wrinkly legends lucky to be honored in name but rarely heard on the radio. George Strait, 61, is the exception that proves the rule. On Friday night, the almost-ageless wonder made the sold-out Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia a stop on his "The Cowboy Rides Away" tour, a victory lap which is purported to be his last.
October 26, 2012
MUSIC THE MAIN EVENT Celebrating 30 years of urban radio glory in a big way this week, Power 99 goes for broke with "The Main Event" of Powerhouse 2012. On board: Trey Songz, Usher, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Wale, Keyshia Cole, Big Sean, French Montana, 2 Chainz, Miguel and more. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., 6 p.m. Friday, $150.99-$19.99, 800-745-3000, livenation.com. ETHNIC PRIDE The world premiering "Stars of David" is billed as a "song cycle" rather than a musical, with contributions by a wide variety of composing talents - from pop-minded Duncan Sheik to the late great Broadway tunesmiths Marvin Hamlisch, Sheldon Harnick and Jule Styne.
October 14, 2012
Through Oct. 17, Philly.com/health and The Inquirer will mark breast cancer awareness month by publishing a profile a day of transformative moments reported by patients. The series will culminate in a special Philly.com/Inquirer section on Oct. 18, and can be viewed at www.philly.com/breastcancer . Ronni Jacobs of Chestnut Hill is a single mother and has a special relationship with her two daughters, whom she raised by herself. The worst moment in her breast cancer journey was sharing the news with them.
April 2, 2012 |
Christina Davidson and Frank Tucci, both recently widowed after the unexpected deaths of their spouses, always wanted to have a big wedding for their second try at love. But as wedding planning goes, someone usually doesn't make the guest list. On Sunday, the couple from Washington Township in Gloucester County didn't have that hassle. They exchanged vows onstage live at the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas in front of millions. Country music stars Martina McBride and Pat Monahan serenaded the two. "So no one has to feel left out," Davidson said.
February 23, 2012 |
Country music veteran Martina McBride, 11 albums deep into her career, says she's starting over. She's representing this through her latest album, Eleven . "I'm definitely surrounding myself with new energy and new ideas, and thinking outside the box musically and professionally," says McBride. One element of her reboot over was recording Eleven on a different label, Republic Nashville, after her long, successful run with RCA Records. "I was there for 18 years, and this was the first opportunity I had to pursue another record label," McBride says.
October 13, 2011
Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Fox TV host Bill O'Reilly; Martina McBride. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Actor Zachary Levi; Gloria Estefan performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Actor John Goodman; Evanescence performs. Conan (Midnight, TBS) - Sarah Michelle Gellar; Simon Helberg; Dropkick Murphys.
February 14, 2011 |
NO ONE can grouse that the 53rd annual Grammy Awards was "out of touch" with the marketplace. Most winners scoring big at last night's Los Angeles to-do were among last year's biggest disc and download sellers - including the creamy country harmonizers Lady Antebellum (scoring five Grammys - including song and record of the year), hip-hop comeback star Eminem (three Grammys, including best Rap Album), dance pop phenomenon Lady Gaga (with two) and the ever reliable Jay-Z (two). But there were a couple of "leftfield" shockers.
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)
August 6, 2010
Casinos Atlantic City Hilton Boston at the Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-347-7111. www.hiltonac.com/ . Dark Star Orchestra. $20. 8/6. 9 pm. Bally's Atlantic City Park Place & The Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-340-2000. www.ballysac.com . Karaoke Night. 8/12. Dueling Pianos With Krissy & Rick. 8/6. Borgata Hotel & Casino 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City; 609-317-1000. www.theborgata.com . Gabriel Iglesias. $39.50. 8/6. John Legend. $75-$125. 8/6. 8 pm. Kris Allen.