August 23, 2016 |
If Philadelphia experiences a small uptick in population in spring next year, celebrity lovebirds Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman won't be surprised. They'll just rest easy knowing that their "Summer of 69: No Apostrophe" tour worked as intended. "Nine months from now, I hope you'll send us pictures of all the show babies," Mullally, of Will & Grace fame, told a house packed with couples at the Merriam Theater on Saturday. Offerman, known best as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation , meanwhile, told the audience that they should "walk out of this theater ready to make love.
August 22, 2016 |
B efore Sheila E. met Prince, he had already found his way into her bedroom. The year was 1978, when the Minneapolis wunderkind made a bold entrance with his debut album, For You - "Produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince. " The drumming daughter of Santana percussionist Pete Escovedo went home from a record store with a poster of the album cover showing "a beautiful young man with brown skin, a perfect Afro, and stunning green eyes. " She taped it to the ceiling above her water bed at the Oakland, Calif., home she lived in with her parents.
August 21, 2016 |
Los Lobos. The great Chicano rock-and-roll band from East L.A. will close out the 55th Philadelphia Folk Festival in style on a final-day bill that will also include Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives and C.J. Chenier & the Buckwheat Zydeco Band. Sunday at the Old Poole Farm in Schwenksville. Ween. The return of Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, New Hope's own Chocolate & Cheese duo of inveterate jokesters and exacting musicians - otherwise known as Gene and Dean Ween - who split in 2012 after nearly three decades, and who are now back together where they belong.
August 21, 2016
Around the world without a plane ticket. Thanks to web radio, the great festivals of the United States and Europe are available live and archived. The Boston Symphony Orchestra's Friday, Saturday, and Sunday concerts at Tanglewood are heard live on WGBH in Boston - www.wgbh.org . - including this Saturday's concert performance of Aida, Acts 1 and 2, starring Kristine Opolais. The February-through-April concerts from Boston's Symphony Hall are available for streaming on www.bso.org . The BBC Proms are archived on www.bbc.co.uk in concerts that range from straight classical to Gershwin.
August 19, 2016 |
It's easy to spot the splashier renovations to the Academy of Music from the past couple of decades - the meticulously restored ballroom, or the enormous crystal chandelier in the main auditorium that now closely resembles the original. Less obvious is some of the work being done this summer on the building, which has been, since 1857, the city's prime gathering place with a sense of occasion. In the past few weeks, during the brief window of time when the Academy wasn't hosting a graduation, Broadway show, or opera, the last of its 1960s-era HVAC units was replaced.
August 14, 2016 |
Last year, he was a rock star. This year, David Bowie is officially a dead composer. But is he a Dead Great Composer, like Beethoven? Well, he was treated like a DGC this summer at the BBC Proms, one of the most prestigious summer classical festivals in the world, held at London's Royal Albert Hall. Artists from senior-citizen rocker John Cale to 38-year-old French opera singer Philippe Jaroussky gathered to form what was called the Stargaze ensemble to discover what one of the hosts called "another side of David Bowie.
August 13, 2016 |
Despite having been part of post-punk indie-goddess ensembles Throwing Muse, Breeders, and Belly - the dramatic '90s dream pop band she has recently reunited - Tanya Donelly doesn't have time for legacy management. "I mean, it makes me feel a little bit old," Donelly says with a laugh at having just received her AARP card ("I want those discounts, man"). "Heritage, yes. Of course I'm proud of all of those bands and that time. Wow. But I'm too busy with my kids and the music. All of that stuff was a product of being with the right people - and the cross-pollination of Boston's tight musical families.
August 10, 2016 |
It's not pirate radio. But then again, it's not too far from a parrot and an eye patch. Ideas for programming include shows on geek culture, salsa music, and legalizing marijuana, along with poetry slams, local bands, and news from the neighborhoods. Some shows might be broadcast in Khmer or Bhutanese. Philadelphia's new radio station, low-power, public-access WPPM - as in "People Powered Media" - is inventing itself in a hurry. It's set to go live with all original programs next month, charged with serving the underserved and providing unique and educational points of view and information.
August 7, 2016 |
Matt Nathanson can't seem to sit still. Last summer, the singer/songwriter toured with Train and the Fray. After his latest album, Show Me Your Fangs , launched in October, he headed out for an acoustic set. Now, he's at it again, this time with a full band and American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips as a co-headliner. Nathanson recorded his first album in 1993, while he was still in college. His music gained popularity in the mid-2000s, when songs such as "Come on Get Higher," "All We Are," and "I Saw" were featured on NCIS , Big Shots , Scrubs , and other shows.
August 5, 2016 |
The Camden Children's Garden is hosting two free concerts this month, beginning Thursday with a performance by professional singer and Camden native Vedra Chandler. The second concert, on Aug. 25, will feature the band Blues Junior, which plays a blend of soul, blues, R&B, funk, and rock. Doors open at 6 on both nights, and the shows start at 7:30. The "Music Feeds Me" concerts are hosted by Levi's and the New Jersey-born singer SZA. Sponsors include Camden County, the city, and the Camden City Parking Authority.