August 17, 2015 |
What's keeping the Philadelphia Folk Festival - in its 54th annual incarnation - humming like a well-oiled music box this sunny weekend at the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township? It takes a family. Make that three generations of family now, both bloodlined and "extended. " All bonding over the music, the colorful (often tie-dyed) scene, the shared and embracing sense of community. "Even people you don't know, you feel like you do," suggested second generation festival-goer and sometime volunteer Barrett Oterson.
May 18, 2015 |
Tom and Paul Kelly still work in commercial radio, polling listeners and advising such stations as More FM Philadelphia on what music to play. Big Daddy Graham is still happy holding down the overnight schmooze slot at Sportsradio 94WIP. But for more pleasure and maybe their future, these guys are banking on Internet radio - the Kelly brothers are co-operators (with third partner, Al Clay) of the Havertown streaming service iRadioPhilly. And Graham is weekly host of a music party on Wildfire Radio, a streaming Internet radio operation based in Collingswood.
May 13, 2015 |
That's Kanye "Ph.D. " West We'll never hear the end of it now. Already beloved for his rabid egomania, Kanye West now has even more to boast about. The Art Institute of Chicago on Monday awarded the megastar an honorary doctorate for his "transformative, genre-defying work. " In his speech to the college's graduating class, Kanye said the degree means his fans wont have to defend his smarts as vehemently as before. "This honor is gonna make your lives easier," he said. "You don't have to defend me as much, and I'm going to make all of our lives easier.
January 19, 2015 |
The grandfather of Philadelphia folk music is retiring from the radio. Ever since he took over Joel Dorn's slot on WHAT-FM in 1962, Gene Shay has been on the air in his hometown with his Sunday night folk-music show. But on Feb. 1, the DJ who grew up Ivan Shaner in Nicetown will close the book on The Folk Show with Gene Shay , which has aired on WXPN (88.5-FM) since 1995. To say Shay is a Philadelphia music-scene institution would be an understatement. The influential DJ, who got his start as an intern at Temple University station WRTI while a student in the 1950s, brought Bob Dylan to town for his first Philadelphia show at the Ethical Society in 1963.
January 8, 2015 |
Dunham denies it all Lena Dunham posted an Instagram pic of her and her left hand - bedecked with sparkly ringlike jewels! Worlds hemorrhaged! Surely, this meant she was engaged to her bf, Jack Antonoff , he of that cool band Bleachers ! Nuh- uh, she says. So does her bff Jenni Konner , who also happens to exec-produce HBO's Girls , source of Dunham's fame. At an HBO premiere show for Season 4 of Girls, Konner said she and LD wear friendship rings and that's what it is so shut up. Philly folk man to fold 'em Gene Shay , 79, the grand man of Philadelphia folk music, announced Tuesday that he'd do his final installment of The Folk Show for WXPN on Feb. 1. This man has done more than even a legend could do. He cofounded the Philadelphia Folk Festival in 1962, has been doing radio in our market since at least then, and has been on 'XPN since 1995.
January 8, 2015 |
FORMER LONGTIME NBC10er Lu Ann Cahn has a new gig after departing the Peacock last month. She's going back to school. Cahn will be the first director of career services at Temple University's School of Media and Communication. She'll become an Owl in February after she completes her 30 Dares in 30 Days tour. Based on her book, I Dare Me , Cahn embarked on a road trip to try something new each day for 30 days. She returns home on Jan. 30. Gene Shay retiring DJ Gene Shay will retire from WXPN's "The Folk Show" after his last show on Feb. 1. Shay, who turns 80 next month, told me that health issues and a desire to spend more time with his family spurred the decision to leave.
November 19, 2014 |
Since the 1960s, bluesman Chris Smither has been a modern-day troubadour, playing thousands of shows across North America, Western Europe, and Australia. One city has been a special destination for him over the years: Philadelphia. "That was the first place outside of New England that I established myself," Smither says during a phone interview last month from his home in western Massachusetts. Smither performs Wednesday with the Motivators at World Cafe Live. He remembers the region's vibrant music scene and how it embraced a young singer/songwriter.
August 20, 2014 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Folk Festival last weekend wasn't the same without Dante Bucci. Dante, who died last Wednesday, had been taking his unique way of making music to the festival since 2001. His instrument was the "hang," a kind of drum in the shape of a flying saucer, balanced on the lap and played with hands and fingers. The music Dante produced with this odd device, much of it of his own composition, was unlike anything heard from traditional instruments. Its sound is usually described as "dreamlike" and "haunting.
May 30, 2014 |
The summer concert season is a festival season. And in the Philadelphia area, it's one in which old and new traditions - from the Philadelphia Folk Festival, in its 53d year, to Made in America, in its third - shape the calendar. It all starts this weekend with the eclectic-as-ever Roots Picnic, part of a baker's dozen of warm-weather fests, concert series, and high-profile shows. The Roots Picnic (Saturday, Festival Pier at Penn's Landing). Now in its seventh year, the Roots Picnic is the de facto start of the summer concert season.
April 12, 2014 |
NEW YORK - It was a big night in Brooklyn on Thursday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, as Philadelphia pop-soul duo Hall & Oates joined Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, cartoon hard-rockers Kiss, and others in entering the Cleveland-based Hall as its 2014 class. Other inductees included '70s and '80s prog-rocker Peter Gabriel, singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, and country-rock hit maker Linda Ronstadt. She suffers from Parkinson's disease and did not attend the show but was paid tribute to in song by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, and Carrie Underwood.