August 23, 2015 |
Bob Rose said he had tried but figured there was no shot. He and a partner book shows each summer on the Ocean City Music Pier. Before each season, he talks with city officials and residents about which acts they'd like to see. This year, someone suggested the Beach Boys. "I'm thinking, 'Yeah, right,' " Rose said. "So I talked to my partner, and he decided to pursue it, and, lo and behold, [the Beach Boys] liked the idea of playing in Ocean City. When you're pitching 'America's Greatest Family Resort,' you can't think of a better band than the Beach Boys.
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.
August 15, 2015 |
A bluegrass version of The Who's rock opera Tommy , a discussion on the cultural significance of Bobbie Gentry's groundbreaking "Ode to Billie Joe," and more live music than most people might hear in an entire year is all on tap at this weekend's Philadelphia Folk Festival. Now in its 54th year, the Folk Festival draws thousands of music lovers to a musical mix of everything from traditional folk to electric blues, gospel, and zydeco. "Friends and fans in the area have been begging us to play there for years," said Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars.
August 13, 2015 |
PHILADELPHIA GOT three new state representatives yesterday in a low-turnout special election to replace two reps who were on the take and one who was promoted to the state Senate. Democrat Donna Bullock will step in for former state Rep. Michelle Brownlee, who resigned in June after she was busted for pocketing cash from a lobbyist-turned-informant. Bullock, 36, a former special assistant to City Council President Darrell Clarke, defeated Republican computer engineer Adam Lang and write-in candidate Judith Robinson.
August 12, 2015 |
IT SEEMED LIKE Ben Toland was always taking care of people, not only physically as a nurse, but also spiritually as a church musician and author of inspirational messages. The messages were written on an eye-gaze computer because Ben Toland was paralyzed and bed-ridden for most of the last four years of his life. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis might have taken away his ability to move and to speak, but it left his soul intact. Benjamin Stephen Toland Sr., a licensed practical nurse who worked for hospitals and nursing homes, a self-taught musician who could play many instruments, a devoted churchman and loving husband and father, died Aug. 6 of complications of the paralyzing disease.
August 11, 2015 |
The students sat in the bleachers in white marching band T-shirts, name tags hanging from their necks. Soon they would board the bus for a week at band camp. But first, the Cardinal O'Hara High School marching band had a meeting Sunday morning at the football field in Springfield, Delaware County. The true purpose of the gathering was a surprise: The 45-member marching band has been selected to perform on the airport tarmac as Pope Francis boards his flight back to Rome from Philadelphia on Sept.
August 7, 2015 |
ARCHIE is having a moment. The ageless Riverdale redhead, who's been playing two girls against each other for 75 years, recently underwent a comic-book reimagining with writer Mark Waid and artist Fiona Staples . Now comes word that writer, director and producer Adam McKay (not only a Philadelphia native but the man who directed and co-wrote, with Will Ferrell, the "Anchorman" films and "Talladega Nights") has teamed up with "Funny Or Die" to produce a new musical that will bring together Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Reggie and the rest of the gang.
August 2, 2015 |
Shuggie Otis, 61, is still a mystery. The incendiary guitar-playing son of R&B legend Johnnie Otis was nearly the next Hendrix - only funkier and cuter - until he took a spacey, more soulful route. For the most part, Shuggie Otis - like his dad - was more interested in the eccentric corners and odd edges of the blues and large-band R&B. Otis, best known for writing "Strawberry Letter 23," a song that topped the charts in 1977 in a Brothers Johnson cover, has remained an enigma whose work is best known as samples for Beyonce and hip-hop producer J Dilla.
July 29, 2015 |
Local Twitter mayhem "Orange Is the New Black" and "Hemlock Grove" star Madeline Brewer , who hails from nearby Pitman, N.J., stopped by WXPN's XPoNential outdoor music fest Sunday evening. From the audience, she took to social media to express her enthusiasm for headliner Grace Potter . But she experienced a bit of confusion when she put a call on Twitter for "bubbles," and instead got fans thinking she wanted drugs. To clarify, she was looking for champagne.
July 27, 2015 |
The Bryan brothers have done - and won - just about everything there is to do and win in men's doubles tennis. Since breaking onto the scene in 1995, identical twins Mike and Bob have won 16 Grand Slam titles, one Olympic Gold medal, and held the No. 1 ranking in the world for 424 consecutive weeks - the longest of any player or tandem in tennis history. Even in a career as long and decorated as theirs, there is a first time for everything. On Sunday, that first will be performing in a live music show before hitting the courts at Villanova University's Pavilion for the California Dream's (6-4)