June 26, 2015 |
A garden party need not be a staid, tame affair of tea sandwiches and wine spritzers. At Tyler Park Center for the Arts this weekend, it will have quite the sound track. Saturday and Sunday mark the first Summer Music and Sculpture Festival. Bands such as jammy Wineskin, drummers like Jim Hines, eclectic cover band TriTide, and other acts will provide the beat to an installation featuring dozens of sculptures from artists traveling from as far away as Germany and from as near as Trenton and Philadelphia.
May 27, 2015 |
Working on a shoestring, a wing, and a prayer - make that many prayers - Mary Lou Adams and a handful of other volunteers are vowing that the show will go on this year in Gloucester City. The seventh annual Art, Music, and Crafts Festival sponsored by a private organization called the Gloucester City Cultural Arts and Heritage Society is set for June 14 at Proprietors Park, along South King Street on the downtown waterfront. Music, art, crafts, collectibles, food, and children's entertainment will be offered from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., said Adams, who this spring had considered canceling the event because of a seeming lack of interest on the part of longtime participants.
March 25, 2015 |
Harvey D. Wedeen, 87, of Center City, chairman of the keyboard department at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance for nearly five decades and a force behind starting many of the school's degree programs, died Friday, March 13, at home. Mr. Wedeen became a faculty member at Temple in 1964, and was director of the well-regarded Temple University Music Institute at Ambler from 1971 to 1975 and the music festival's artistic director in 1974 and 1975. He helped establish the school's doctoral program in performance; the master's program in accompanying and chamber music; master's programs in piano performance and pedagogy; the Center City Temple Prep; and a program to bring free music lessons to local children.
March 20, 2015 |
AUSTIN, Texas - South by Southwest transitioned into its music-festival phase on Tuesday night. Multi-act showcases broke out at dozens of official venues - and many unofficial ones - on either side of the I-35 freeway that splits the Texas state capital down the middle. No parties are bigger that those at the Fader Fort, a vast barn of a space named after the music and lifestyle magazine that's a model of corporate-sponsored (Converse sneakers, computer firms Intel and Austin-based Dell)
March 13, 2015 |
The sprawling culture and technology summit known as South by Southwest takes place in Austin, Texas, every March. It started out as a music festival in 1987. It still is one, but the madness that this corporate-branded mega-event brings to the streets of Austin, with thousands of acts, including a few dozen from Philadelphia, playing in more than 100 venues, doesn't get under way until next week. Before that happens, both the SXSW Film Festival - behind Sundance, the most influential annual festival for independent movies in the United States - and SXSW Interactive, the wide-ranging technology conference that first brought Twitter to the attention of the world in 2007, will occupy the Texas capital city.
October 21, 2014 |
A white sign fluttered from a fourth-floor balcony at the Piazza at Schmidts where six young men and women sipped from bottles and red plastic cups, music blaring below. "Yo Wiz," the sign read, calling out to rapper Wiz Khalifa, "After Party Over Here. " The best party in the city on Sunday did, indeed, seem to be at the Under 30 music festival, where Khalifa and others played as part of the Forbes Under 30 Summit. The four-day event, which kicked off with the free concert, is bringing billionaires, venture capitalists, business tycoons, and young entrepreneurs together in Philadelphia through Wednesday.
July 26, 2014 |
The XPoNential Festival, now in its 21st year, revels in breadth and diversity. Ranging from Triple-A mainstays to zydeco torch-bearers, from child fiddlers to septuagenarian blues icons, from sensitive singer-songwriters to rowdy rock-and-rollers, it's a place for discoveries. The festival, sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's WXPN, features more than 30 acts from Friday through Sunday on Camden's waterfront at Wiggins Park and the adjacent Susquehanna Bank Center. "Every year I think the common experience at the festival is people go and they're really excited about seeing this band or that band, and they always come away talking about some band that they hadn't ever seen before," says Roger LaMay, WXPN's general manager.
June 24, 2014 |
DOVER, Del. - While they waited for the transcendent moment to arrive - Andre 3000 of OutKast, performing "Hey Ya!" at the apex of the reunited Atlanta rappers' headlining set on Saturday at the Firefly Music Festival - the 80,000 music fans gathered at the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway for the weekend had plenty of diversions to occupy their time. Firefly, which has doubled in size since its inception in 2012, got underway this year Thursday with 20,000 campers set up for a low-key opening featuring California indie-rock band Local Natives and Philadelphia singer-songwriter Amos Lee. On Friday, the fest - which has expanded on 154 bucolic, if a bit dusty, acres - revved up with rock headliners Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters, whose leader, Dave Grohl, pleased the Delaware crowd with tales of Rehoboth Beach vacations, and an encore featuring Rolling Stones and Alice Cooper covers.
June 21, 2014 |
Row the river on Sunday at the Bartram's Garden Community River Fest. The day of family fun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will have free water and land activities, including a boat parade and complimentary rentals. Float for cool treats as Baby's Ice Cream features a floating ice cream barge offering free treats in the middle of the river while supplies last. Watch a floating band performance by the WGBS Philly 57 Memorial Jazz Ensemble. From noon to 2 p.m. is the Tidal Schuylkill Boat Parade, showing off the decorating skills of Philadelphians and the Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School boat builders.
May 27, 2014 |
The Jam on the River, a music festival that's been cheered, changed, merged, and abandoned, returned triumphantly to Penn's Landing on Sunday. This time it was reincarnated as - of course! - an electronic dance party. The come-and-go history of the event made no difference to hundreds of fans who came to hear bands such as GRiZ, Conspirator, Zoogma, Grimace Federation, and the headliner, Lotus. It was a crowd mostly in its 20s that exuded a peace-and-love vibe, where clothes the color of the rainbow were standard, and dozens of people moved to the music accompanied by a throw-back accessory: the hula hoop.