July 12, 2015 |
If it were anyone else taking on the winds, rain, and lightning of Thursday night for an outdoors show, the first of the summer season at Dell Music Center, it would have been a washout. This, however, was Patti LaBelle, Philadelphia's first lady of R&B, who is still going strong at 71, 52 years into her career. The opening act was supposed to be local trombonist Jeff Bradshaw's large band, featuring Najee and Kenny Lattimore, but they did not play. LaBelle came on early at 9:45 p.m. and proceeded to warm the chilly audience with a piercing, nuanced voice that raged and seduced.
June 19, 2015 |
Bette Midler reminded nearly 10,000 fans of her enduring power and charisma on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, putting ona muscular show filled with palpable emotion, wise-cracking jokes, and charming nods to Philadelphia. Midler opened with her tour's namesake "Divine Intervention," before jumping into "I Look Good," a classic full of characteristic sass.Midler quipped that she's like vodka: ageless, odorless, and tasteless. Her famed dancers, the Harlettes, were fabulous and essential to the performance, not just as backup, but as gossip girls and playmates.
May 20, 2015 |
B.B. King going back home Riley B. "B.B. " King , who died Thursday at 89, will be laid to rest in his hometown of Indianola, Tenn. He will be buried on the grounds of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, officials announced Monday. The famed bluesman will be honored at a public memorial Friday in Las Vegas, followed by a private memorial service on Saturday. Info: www.bbkingmuseum.org . POTUS' very first tweet "Hello, Twitter! It's Barack ," read a mysterious tweet sent Monday from the handle @POTUS . "Really!
March 26, 2015 |
Philly's Riley bails from 'The Voice' Philly's reality-TV light was snuffed a bit on Monday night. Famed street singer Anthony Riley , who could be heard belting old soul tunes in Rittenhouse Square, among other environs, has left NBC's The Voice , according to team captain Pharrell . The be-hatted one announced that Riley was leaving the show for personal reasons? During auditions, Riley's golden pipes made all four judges - Christina Aguilera , Blake Shelton and Adam Levine , in addition to the aforementioned "Happy" man - turn their chairs in record time.
March 16, 2015 |
For more than 50 years, Patti LaBelle, the pride of Southwest Philadelphia, has owned center stage, effortlessly blowing her audiences away with vocal highs in "New Attitude" and "Over the Rainbow" and sultry, soul-stirring lows in "Little Girls" and "You Are My Friend. " But starting Monday at 8 p.m., the soul-music icon will embark on a new endeavor that, she admits, has her shaking in her stilettos. LaBelle will compete in the 20th season of ABC's hit show Dancing With the Stars . Her partner, Artem Chigvintsev, might have a hard time keeping up with LaBelle.
September 8, 2014 |
That voice, that seemingly sweet, innocent voice, can growl sensually, arch dramatically, and reach towering angelic highs in a heartbeat. When Patti LaBelle begins to speak, there is rich vocalism in every breath, whether she's calling you "honey," or talking about her gospel past with Southwest Philadelphia's Beulah Baptist Church Choir, her soon-to-debut-at-Walmart frozen shrimp-n-lobster macaroni and cheese, her latest tour stop at the Mann Center...
August 13, 2014 |
FORMER Philadelphian Collette McLafferty has been forced to turn to the crowdsourcing website Indiegogo to finance her legal fees after she was sued for $10 million. Her alleged offense: Earning $75 to sing in a tribute band to Doylestown's homegrown pop star, Pink . "I've been a professional singer for 20 years. It's not my first time at the rodeo," said McLafferty, who started her professional career here and was a regular at Old City's Khyber and Manayunk's Grape Street Pub with her band edibleRed in the '90s.
July 30, 2014 |
ETTA ARDELLA Green Bell had a listening ear. Family, friends and neighbors knew they could go to her with any concern, or just to be in the presence of someone they could talk to, someone who cared and heard them without judgment. And you knew that Etta Bell was hearing you and that she felt your pain - or your joy. In fact, it was hard to be despondent or in a bad mood in her presence, because Etta Bell was just naturally a happy person. Her smile could light up a room. What's more, Etta had a wisdom born of life's lessons and her religious faith to offer help to those who needed her guidance, or just to receive a word of encouragement to press on. Etta Bell, a devoted family matron and active churchwoman, died July 17 of natural causes.
June 6, 2014
BBQ TURKEY BURGERS 4 teaspoons canola oil 1/8 cup minced onions 1 tablespoon minced parsley 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning 2 pounds lean ground turkey 1 large egg white 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup crushed stuffing mix Salt and pepper to taste 1 bottle Miss Patti's Good Life Sweet Agave Bourbon BBQ Sauce 6 toasted hamburger buns Lettuce and tomato, optional Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in...
June 6, 2014 |
IN THE shadows of a Southwest Philadelphia shed, 6-year-old Patricia Holte laid the foundation for a deliciously successful enterprise. Much too shy to interact with the other neighborhood children on 84th Street, the quiet first-grader sought refuge behind her family home with just cats, dogs and butterflies for company. Armed only with ketchup, salt, and a handful of jalapeno peppers, little Patsy would lose herself in those moments, fantasizing that she was cooking for her adoring fans.