July 3, 2016 |
SHICKSHINNY, Pa. - Chris Castillo makes shows happen. His latest kicks off at noon Friday, when Yardstock IV starts its first of three days of music, featuring 66 bands on two stages. Free parking and camping is available near the festival area. The 24-year-old started booking music in 2009 at Phillip's Emporium in Bloomsburg, Pa., but when that went away, Castillo built a stage inside the garage at his Shickshinny home. He outgrew that and so converted his father's old work barn into a homey music venue.
June 21, 2016 |
The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Delaware - 295 acres - simply screams for a musical festival, especially considering the current entertainment cultural thinking that every wide outdoor space with grass and campers should hold a messy, multicultural gathering with bands, DJs, and food trucks. Starting with July 2012's party, Firefly Music Festival became a quick contender on the circuit, gathering the likes of John Legend, Foo Fighters, Beck, and - in one day - Paul McCartney and Morrissey.
June 18, 2016 |
KIDS 6 p.m. Friday, Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse , 3500 Reservoir Dr. $10. 215-765-4325. Wee ones get a chance to get wack and whirl in tie-dyed onesies as the third annual children's festival gets underway with the first of three concerts this summer. On the bill: Lucy Kalantari, playing her 1920s hot-jazz ukulele tunes, and divine kindie-rock diva Joanie Leeds. - Michael Harrington 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Brandywine River Museum of Art , 1 Hoffman's Mill Rd., Chadds Ford.
June 12, 2016 |
Firefly (June 16-19, the Woodlands of Dover) Firefly continues to thrive, with expected attendance of 80,000 per day, despite this year's mostly predictable, if perfectly respectable, lineup: Major Lazer; Kings of Leon; Ellie Goulding; Deadmau5; Florence & the Machine; Vince Staples; Earth, Wind & Fire; Fetty Wap; Of Monsters & Men; Mumford & Sons; and scores more. (855-281-4898, fireflyfestival.com ) XPoNential Music Festival (July 22-24, Camden Waterfront) The WXPN-FM (88.5)
April 30, 2016 |
Legendary bassist and sartorial maven Jamaaladeen Tacuma has forever hung at the busy intersection of magic-making avant-garde jazz and experimental fusion-funk. The Southwest Philadelphia native, by age 19, was playing in Ornette Coleman's Prime Time (recording free classics such as 1977's Dancing in Your Head and 1978's Body Meta ), and angular guitarist James Blood Ulmer's torrid Tales of Captain Black in 1978. If Tacuma had stopped there, he would have cemented his avant-jazz cred, but this is also a gentleman who once held down the groove for Philadelphia organist Charles Earland and earlier this month was part of the Jazz Foundation of America's 25th anniversary Loft Party in Manhattan, keeping hard, funky time with trombonist Craig Harris and playing David Bowie songs.
March 12, 2016 |
Follow music critic Dan DeLuca's journey at SXSW on philly.com/inthemix James Alex is making up for lost time. "I remember this story about Charles Bukowski," says the 42-year-old leader of the ardent Philadelphia-area rock-and-roll band Beach Slang, whose busy coming week at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, includes not one but eight showcase performances. "He had been writing poetry and his publisher wanted a novel, and Bukowski came back a week later with a full novel.
September 10, 2015 |
The taxicab company whose driver struck and killed a young man and woman on North Broad Street early Monday has been under investigation by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission nearly two dozen times in the last five years, and has paid thousands of dollars in fines for infractions and safety violations, state records show. Around 4:30 a.m. Monday, Amanda DiGirolomo of Phoenixville and Bryan Botti of Baltimore, both 25, were crossing in a crosswalk at Arch Street when they were struck by the northbound Rosemont Taxicab Co. car, police said.
September 6, 2015 |
Saturday STONE HARBOR If the Philadelphia Museum of Art's "Discovering the Impressionists" exhibition put you in the mood for paintings of that style, you'll love Ocean Galleries' (9618 Third Ave.) latest show, "Renoir: Modern Day Impressionism," on display through Sept. 7. The exhibit features the colorful still-lifes, landscapes, and seascapes of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's great-grandson Alexandre Renoir. Alexandre, who was born in France and trained in Canada as an artist, will appear from 7 to 10 p.m. for a special reception, where he'll paint live for guests.
September 5, 2015 |
The fourth, and biggest, Budweiser Made in America festival is upon us. Biggest in that, for the first time, the Jay Z-curated, Beyoncé-headlined two-day music festival has sold out in advance and this year will bring a record 70,000 music fans per day to an expanded site on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (The entrance to the fenced-in site is now on 21st, rather than 22d Street, where it had been in years past.) Also biggest in that there are more bands. This year, a fifth stage, called Tidal, has been added, branded as such to promote Jay Z's Spotify- and Apple Music-competing music service, which, not surprisingly, has exclusive rights to live stream the event.
August 21, 2015 |
With its tattered gilt and vintage beer-'n'-booze signage, Bob & Barbara's Lounge on South Street looks fabulously tacky. Every second and fourth Wednesday, Philadelphia's Wallace Brothers band - twin singing multi-instrumentalists Zach and Colby - hosts Country Night. All participants are asked to wear cowboy hats and any Western ephemera they can muster. "It gets pretty colorful in there," says Zach Wallace. This Saturday, everyone will don a Dakota, a Tommy Bahama, or a Bonanza Felt for the first Philadelphia Country Music Festival at B&B's.