February 27, 2016 |
A decade ago, just when he was relaunching his recording career, James Hunter spent five months living with his managers in West Philadelphia. "I had a lovely time out there," the Englishman said recently from Miami, where he was preparing to board a blues cruise. "I developed quite an affinity for Philadelphia. " The 53-year-old singer-guitarist also has quite an affinity for old-school soul and rhythm-and-blues. His new album, Hold On! , reaffirms his status as one of the modern masters of the vintage sounds.
February 17, 2016 |
Susan Tedeschi, whose heart-to-heart vocals range from tender to tough love in ways that leave her Tedeschi Trucks Band fans shaken and stirred, concedes that, yes, that's her in the Facebook photo, all dressed up, holding her Fender guitar in one hand and doing laundry with the other. Her face is as intense about getting those clothes into the dryer one-handed as it is when her voice is wringing every ounce of scorn out of "I Pity the Fool," every ounce of tender longing out of "Always," and every street-tough blues chop out of that Fender.
February 14, 2016
The politically minded Brooklyn rapper Kweli teams up with the Soul Rebels, one of the most musically adventurous of young New Orleans brass bands. A socially conscious party should ensue. Wednesday at the Theatre of Living Arts.
February 4, 2016
BECAUSE OF preparations for the Democratic National Convention, the Soul's home game against the Los Angeles Kiss on Saturday, June 11 has been moved from the Wells Fargo Center to the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $15. The Soul also has to relocate a July 9 game against Cleveland. Early talk was that the team was looking at Allentown. The DNC is July 25-28, which will require more relocations if the Soul host postseason games. - Ed Barkowitz
February 3, 2016 |
Life as we know it may have stopped during Winter Storm Jonas, but not for the Wilma Theater production of playwright Tom Stoppard's new work, The Hard Problem , or for its most striking cast member, saxophonist Michael Pedicin. The tall, bald, tan Pedicin marched down snowy Broad Street for weekend evening performances and Sunday's matinee. As he's done since Jan. 6, he appeared on stage, playing as scenes changed and characters considered their quandaries. "I'm one of those crazy people who enjoy snow in the city," Pedicin said between performances.
January 29, 2016 |
T.J. TINDALL, 65, the legendary Philly Soul guitarist on 38 gold and platinum hits, including the O'Jays' "Back Stabbers" and the Trammps' "Disco Inferno," died Tuesday after a long, private battle with cancer. Mr. Tindall, whose bronze plaque is on the Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame on Broad Street, played guitar for Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Records sessions band, MFSB, at Sigma Sound Studios during the legendary duo's '70s hit-making heyday.
January 13, 2016 |
Started November 2000, with its first official gig at Asbury Park's Stone Pony, the Light of Day concert series to raise funds for Parkinson's Disease-related charities has raised more than $2.5 million. Rather than remain Asbury-bound with occasional visits by former townie Bruce Springsteen, Light of Day events occur every year across the globe. To celebrate the charity's 16th anniversary, Philly soul-folkie Ben Arnold (who played the 2015 event in New Jersey) brought the party to World Café Live Friday night for this city's first Light of Day fête.
January 12, 2016 |
Among other things, it was a night of twangy, funky bass overlaid with humming, soulful organ music cut by staccato drums. Maceo Parker's Saturday night show at a packed Ardmore Music Hall was also a survey of decades of American music history as the saxophonist channeled greats such as Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, and his former band leader, James Brown. These musical nods and prolonged tangents came just as seamlessly as Parker switching from vocals to lift us off with the sax. Both his brass work and that of trombone player Greg Boyer provided the emotional context as Parker deftly took us to his jazz beginnings before diving back into funk with lyrics that were repeated invocations, calls to a more relaxed state of being as the bass drove the music.
December 14, 2015 |
Cedar channels, iron drive shafts, brass tappers, and assorted gears, plates, and pulleys were scattered all over the attic of a cranberry-sorting house at the Birches Farm in Tabernacle. But Mark Ehlenfeldt knew what to look for. He'd been studying photographs, schematic diagrams, and patent drawings of a South Jersey invention he hopes to rebuild: an ingenious, if somewhat high-maintenance, cranberry sorter (or separator). Last seen in operation sometime around 1960 at the Birches, the machine no longer exists - except as hundreds of large and small parts Ehlenfeldt recovered from the attic in October and November.
December 11, 2015 |
THE SLIMMED-DOWN Arena Football League announced its schedule Thursday and among the highlights was a reduction from 18 games to 16. The Soul's first game is April 1 at Cleveland and the home opener is 10 days later against Jacksonville, which upset the Soul in last year's conference championship game. Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh and leading receiver Ryan McDaniel are two of the Soul's key pieces under contract for 2016. "I fully expect for us to be there again at the end," said John Adams, the team's chief operating officer.