January 13, 2015 |
WHILE SOME thought that having DJs along the Broad Street Mummers Parade route on New Year's Day to be sacrilegious and the equivalent of putting Swiss on a cheesesteak, or sitting in Jerry Jones' luxury box during a Cowboys vs. Eagles game, most would agree that the parade lulls and backups were up there with the Watch Paint Dry Olympics. I volunteered to be the disc jockey at the City Hall grandstands,hoping to spin some tunes and get the crowd in a good mood before and during the parade.
July 1, 2014 |
THE BET Awards are the most casual of the awards shows (anything but black tie goes), the most self-promotional (rare was the presenter who didn't a push a TV show, movie or album) and the most sponsored. It seemed as if not a minute went by without seeing a logo or hearing a product placement. Strong on music (auto-tuning and backing tracks allowed) and spectacle, the BET Awards suffer from some of the same problem as the Grammys: In attempting to lure younger viewers, the show makes it seem as if there are no black entertainers over 40 - no singers who don't come out of rap and hip-hop.
February 7, 2014
M ELISSA Greene-Anderson, 50, of Villanova, is executive vice president of Oldies.com, an online retailer and related catalog for "oldies" music, classic movies and related merchandise. The family-owned company operates from a 60,000-square-foot warehouse in West Conshohocken and is one of the largest music and mail-order companies in the U.S. and one of the largest resellers of vinyl records. Q: Tell me about the business. A: In the '80s, we started Collectables Records, which grew to be the largest independent reissue label for music in the country.
July 7, 2013
1 West Catholic snags $1M donation West Catholic High School announced this week it received a $1 million donation, the largest in the school's history. The money came from an anonymous donor and will be used to help carry out the school's new five-year plan. As part of the changes, the school is changing its name to West Catholic Preparatory High School. 2 Vernon Park kicks off 'Oldies in the Park' "Oldies in the Park," sponsored by Councilwoman Cindy Bass, kicks off Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Germantown's Vernon Park.
May 3, 2013
By Ryan Schumm The lead singer is new this year, but the back-up band is familiar. The stage is identical, and the songs are mostly covers. At the recent budget concert, Superintendent William Hite performed the greatest hits of Thomas Knudson, Arlene Ackerman, and countless other Philadelphia School District (PSD) headliners. The title track of the latest PSD album, "Catastrophic," borrows the tune of Knudson's classic 2012 hit, "Dire. " And no doubt fans immediately recognized the refrain from "Unprecedented," the 2011 ballad from budget guy Michael Masch.
April 5, 2013 |
ANDY PETTITTE was a rock on the mound in his latest gritty performance. Mariano Rivera jogged in from the bullpen to nail down a ninth-inning lead. Following two straight duds to start the season, the banged-up New York Yankees finally looked like themselves Thursday night. Pettitte pitched the Yankees to their first win of the year and Rivera made a successful return to the mound in New York's 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox. "I was waiting for 11 months," said Rivera, who acknowledged feeling a little anxious before his first regular-season pitch since knee surgery.
June 18, 2012 |
If the Dallas Cowboys are America's team, then the Beach Boys — who are marking 50 years of fun, fun, fun with a new album and a tour that brought them to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on Saturday — are America's band. Granted, they have been more or less a movable oldies jukebox for the last 30 years, at least, but that does not diminish the deathlessness of their songbook or erase the fact that they have provided the aspirational soundtrack for American life, the grand illusion of an eternal summer of sun, surf, hot rods, bikinis, and burger joints.
October 21, 2011 |
A busy auction schedule over the next few days will offer opportunities to bid on objects from a historic Philadelphia family, a historic Main Line landmark, and a historic collection of "golden oldies" - in every sense of the term - not to mention antique dolls and an armchair suitable for the Halloween weekend. The historic family in question is the Wistars, specifically Wistars combined with Emlens and Cressons, two other old Philadelphia names. Family items in storage for more than 50 years will be featured by Philadelphia Estate Liquidators at a 425-lot sale beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the gallery at 100 W. Merchant St., Audubon.
June 3, 2011 |
PARIS - As Maria Sharapova prepared to serve while only a point from defeat in the French Open semifinals, Li Na was thinking what any opponent would at that precise moment. "I was, like, 'Please, double-fault. That way I can win the match,' " Li explained to the crowd a few moments later. Sharapova obliged. Her second serve hit the white tape atop the net and bounced back for Sharapova's 10th double-fault of an error-filled afternoon, closing Li's 6-4, 7-5 victory yesterday. The result ended Sharapova's bid to complete a career Grand Slam, and allowed Li to reach a second consecutive major final.
April 29, 2011
OK, SO THE NFL lockout has officially screwed the Eagles more than any other team. Forget Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton going first overall to the Carolina Panthers as the NFL draft started last night in New York. Ignore Washington quarterback Jake Locker going eighth to the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars trading with the Washington Redskins to draft Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert 10th overall. Simply focus on the fact that the Minnesota Vikings, a team that still has Super Bowl talent in a lot of areas, used the 12th pick on Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder.