August 14, 1991 |
The Jovers have 12 minutes in Merv Griffin's Resorts' "Starstruck" show. This doesn't sound like much, especially on those nights, about once a month, when Griffin himself grabs a microphone and makes a surprise appearance. When Griffin appears, the Jovers have a tag line, one of many that have been tried, proved and seasoned from nearly 30 years in front of audiences. Fe (pronounced Fay) Jover halts her nonstop gush of bubbly, British- accented giggles, and says quite seriously, "Merv has asked us to make a special announcement.
September 2, 1988 |
Loretta Holloway is on the move. The slim, elegant vocalist owns homes in both Atlantic City and Las Vegas, which makes life on the road a lot easier. With such real estate holdings, Holloway is obviously earning a decent living, even though she has not yet slipped into the household-name bracket. Among the reasons for this is that a lot of the top names in the business like having Holloway as their opening act. Currently, Holloway is holding down that spot for impressionist Rich Little through this weekend at Caesars Hotel-Casino.
March 11, 1999 |
Opening acts often get no respect in this town. People walk in on them late, talk during their sets and sometimes even get nasty with the poor musicians, just 'cause the headline artist they've paid to see hasn't taken the stage as yet. I'll never forget Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band being booed in 1973 by a Spectrum crowd who only wanted to see Chicago. Cretins. And they were hardly the only soon-to-be-important artists snubbed in South Philadelphia, land of the boo-birds.
February 18, 2014 |
Of all musical birthdays worth celebrating (there aren't as many as you've been led to believe), one particularly quirky event has warm local value: the 20th anniversary of G. Love and Special Sauce's first album. South Street busker Garrett "G. Love" Dutton - laid-back singer, guitarist, harmonicist - hooked up with out-of-towners Jeff Clemens (drums) and Jim Prescott (upright bass) for a then-unique trio based as much in hucklebucking folk and blues as it was in hip-hop. The group's sloppy, tangy tones quickly found their way to Okeh/Epic, and their eponymous album dropped in 1994, influencing the like-minded relaxed-fit Jack Johnson, whose success sadly surpassed theirs but led to a friendship and contract with his record label.
July 28, 1987 |
David Bowie threw a barbecue to talk about music yesterday at Veterans Stadium - the music he'll make Thursday and Friday in concerts opening the North American phase of his "Glass Spider Tour. " Already, workers had begun building the show's elaborate stage, which takes four days to complete. The tour's "logistics are horrendous," Bowie said, and the production costs a "basic" $10 million and counting. Bowie, whose opening act will be Philadelphia's Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers, has had a long association with the area, dating back to 1974, when he recorded two albums here.
July 11, 2008 |
In January, Sharon Little was waiting on tables in Ardmore and West Chester and singing in coffee shops like Ardmore's MilkBoy, with a self-released CD and an EP to her name. On Saturday night, she will be opening for Robert Plant and Alison Krauss at the Mann Center for Performing Arts, one of her 34 dates on their stellar "Raising Sand" tour. It's been a rapid trajectory this year for the 28-year-old, but Little's no overnight sensation. She's been singing - jazz, blues, pop - since she was 16, and her unwavering goal has been to "Follow That Sound," as she declares on the opening track of her CBS debut, Perfect Time For A Breakdown.
August 18, 2015 |
Zac Brown and his talented, diverse band have played fast and loose with Brown's country music tag from the start. His group has had jam-band and Jamaican/Caribbean elements that appealed to Dead/Buffett heads, soft folk and bluegrass for traditionalists, and the crunching stadium rock that goes for C&W today. Brown's 2015 Jekyll + Hyde took leaps into big band, R&B, and even electro-dance, to go with bluegrass kicks and big rock-outs. Brown's "Heavy Is the Head" went to the top of both the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and Country Airplay in April.
August 31, 1990 |
When he last appeared in Atlantic City, it wasn't Garry Shandling's show. That was about four years ago, when Shandling was an opening act for Joan Rivers. Now he's back in town, and at last, "it's Garry Shandling's show" - this time, he's the headliner. Since that last appearance at the shore - at a time when he was regarded as a highly promising comedian - Shandling has produced and starred in two specials for Showtime, and landed It's Garry Shandling's Show as a weekly series for several years on the Fox network.
May 22, 2011
Bill Skiles, 79, the wacky half of the Skiles and Henderson comedy duo, who entertained audiences for five decades with his sound effects, mimicry, and improvised musical instruments, died Monday at home in St. Cloud, Fla. The cause was kidney cancer, said his wife, Arlene. Mr. Skiles and Pete Henderson began their collaboration in Orange County, Calif., where they grew up. Starting as an act at Disneyland in the late 1950s, they worked their way up to Las Vegas showrooms, national television, and touring as the opening act for the Carpenters and the New Christy Minstrels.
February 21, 1986 |
The way comedian Sammy Shore sees it, he's the "number-one number two. " That's Sammy Shore's way of saying: Sure, he's basically an opening act and probably always will be, but when it comes to opening acts, he's at the top. This weekend, Shore is opening for Julio Iglesias at Resorts International Casino Hotel. "I've worked with them all," Shore said during a telephone interview. "All of them. " Shore has no illusions about how the audience regards him. " I know they come to see Julio, not me," he said.