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.
December 9, 2015 |
With ominous bass and soft drums, Car Seat Headrest started their headlining set at Johnny Brenda's on Sunday night with low-key confidence via the moody and atmospheric "The Ending of Dramamine - How to Leave Town," in which an opening repeating structure was soon joined by contemplative guitar. Sharp, recurring notes began to dance like a candle urged by subtle currents before they turned bluesy, the drum rolled, and the song shifted, still tight and compact - clinical, amid an expansive jam feel that coolly returned to that soft, minimalist beginning.
November 30, 2015 |
* THE SPYMASTERS - CIA IN THE CROSSHAIRS . 9 p.m. Saturday, Showtime. "Homeland" star Mandy Patinkin narrates this documentary, which includes interviews with all 12 living directors of the CIA. * FROSTY THE SNOWMAN AND FROSTY RETURNS. 8 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, CBS3. Jackie Vernon voiced the snowman in the 1969 original, narrated by Jimmy Durante. When "Frosty" returned in 1995, he was voiced by John Goodman. Here's your once-a-year opportunity to compare and contrast.
November 25, 2015
Mom was on the phone from Queens, this time with a Thanksgiving message for Philly. "Stop and realize that someone out there is waiting for your hand to reach out to them, for your kindness to touch them," Patsy Newall was saying. I will, Mom. After morning Mass every day, my mother says her own little prayer: "Lord, I pray for a good day and that I can help someone today. " My mother takes Thanksgiving seriously. "You should tell people to reach out and help a soul, to do a little kind act. They'll feel a little better knowing they helped someone.
September 25, 2015 |
She's performed for presidents, the Queen of England, and Pope John Paul II. On Saturday, Aretha Franklin will headline the Festival of Families concert attended by Pope Francis on his historic visit to Philadelphia. The Queen of Soul talked with The Inquirer on Tuesday about what the event means to the star, a seasoned pro and lifelong Baptist; whom she's bringing with her; and the very special gift she hopes to give the pontiff. Did you reach out to volunteer for this or were you contacted?
September 25, 2015 |
Soul Project , a European hit since 2006, tours extensively, performing for intimate crowds that mill around its international crew of dancers as they solo to American soul and R&B songs. Swarthmore College helped bring it here as one of Fringe Festival's final shows, where the two-night run sold out at Christ Church last weekend. It reprises on Swarthmore's Lang stage Friday and Saturday. Its creator, teacher, and choreographer, David Zambrano, is a Venezuelan who divides his time between Amsterdam and Brussels.