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)
July 25, 2015 |
WXPN's summer festival is an adult now, 21 years strong. It's somehow fitting for the radio station, a national leader and tastemaker in the triple-A (Adult Album Alternative) format. In its infancy, the festival was called the Singer Songwriter Weekend. After a two-year diversion as the All About the Music fest, the event grew up to be the XPoNential Music Festival. Held Friday through Sunday at Camden's Wiggins Park and the adjacent Susquehanna Bank Center, this year's roster includes 31 artists, some young, some old (or both simultaneously, as is the case with Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear )
July 24, 2015 |
Minaj's apocalyptic rage The music world was picking up the pieces Wednesday after Nicki Minaj deployed an apocalyptic series of tweets to express her anger for not picking up a coveted MTV Video Music Award Video of the Year nomination for "Anaconda. " The 32-year-old Trinidad and Tobago native did pick up three nods, including Best Female Video and Best Hip-Hop Video, but was incensed that "Anaconda" was snubbed. She has a point. The vid got nearly 20 million hits in 24 hours after its premiere last year on Vevo.
July 23, 2015 |
In a bid to generate excitement for its December concert series, the Philly Pops called on members of the Fire Department, the Police Department, and the military in an extravaganza Tuesday morning at the Kimmel Center. The Pops also gave away 100 shiny new bicycles to their children in the event it called "Christmas in July. " Jasmine Randolph, 7, whose father is Army Master Sgt. Sterling Randolph, was one of the lucky 100. "It has a kickstand!" she said, her eyes lighting up with excitement, of the hot-pink kids' bike with tasseled handlebars she got, along with a helmet.
July 22, 2015 |
Since forming the duo called Archer Spade in 2010, trombonist Dan Blacksberg and guitarist Nick Millevoi have presented music on a fairly regular basis - but in the past, their efforts have been all about them. Their 2012 Commissioning Series featured new compositions written for them by composers Gene Coleman, Dave Soldier, and Johnny DeBlase, while their sporadic Performance Series rarely hosted a concert that didn't include Archer Spade or one of the pair's numerous other projects.
July 14, 2015 |
In 2007, Brian Middleton, a businessman in Bedminster, Bucks County, received an awkward phone call from a friend. "He'd met a guy at his church who'd written a musical, and he asked if I would come over to listen and consider investing," Middleton said. "In all candor, I thought it was going to be a really uncomfortable meeting. " The aspiring composer, Christopher Smith, was an amateur who didn't know how to read or even write music. But Middleton thought he couldn't say no - so he listened to Smith sing love songs for two hours.
July 13, 2015 |
Two years after a fatal oil-train derailment in Quebec drew national attention to the transport of crude oil, more than 100 people gathered Saturday in Center City to remember the victims and demand better train safety controls in Philadelphia. "These trains go through our neighborhoods and right past our most important icons, and right by a major water supply," said Tracy Carluccio, director of special projects at Delaware Riverkeeper Network, one of the groups that organized the rally at Schuylkill River Trails park, near tracks used by oil trains daily.
July 10, 2015 |
If you are a Master-of-the-Universe developer like Philly's Bart Blatstein, it's nothing to embark on a spur-of-the-moment jaunt to Nashville and Austin, Texas, and return from the two-night westward excursion with a crystalized concept for a long-struggling Atlantic City property you recently acquired. That, in a nutshell, is the story of T Street, the first phase of The Playground, the ocean-straddling entertainment complex that Blatstein and his partner, acclaimed casino architect Paul Steelman, believe represents a crucial step forward in Atlantic City's post-casino-industry-collapse era. It's located on the site of what was most recently the failed Pier Shops at Caesars, a mostly high-end shopping mall that was a victim of, among other things, Atlantic City's devastation from legal gambling in neighboring states.
July 8, 2015 |
Although he was one of Philadelphia's ultimate behind-the-scenes musicians, James Holesovsky, 72, who died Saturday, June 27, after an extended illness, was a cellist who could have had the personal glory to which many aspire. Instead, through his personal musical standards and networking skills, he helped maintain the quality of classical music in Philadelphia. A 50-year member of Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Mr. Holesovsky was the soul of consistency, no matter the performance conditions or repertoire at hand.