March 17, 2016 |
FROM THE OUTSIDE peering in, it would seem as if the Arena Football League is taking on water. Four more teams were subtracted this offseason, the 18-game schedule was reduced to 16 and everybody gets to make the playoffs. It's been a chaotic seven months since last year's championship, which San Jose won to cap an historic 20-win season. Even the Sabercats had to cease operations because of money problems. "It was a tumultuous offseason in revamping our league," Soul majority owner Ron Jaworski said at the team's media day in Voorhees on Tuesday.
March 16, 2016
Obama Derangement Syndrome is striking Republicans once again. To avoid having to answer for the rise of Donald Trump, they want to hold the man in the White House responsible for the emergence of a demagogic showman who has been the loudest voice challenging the legal right of the winner of two elections to be there. Obama picked his words carefully but with some quiet glee when he was asked about this at a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday.
March 6, 2016 |
THE LOOK was a little more frazzled than normal, the hair more mussed. Brett Brown met the media before Friday's contest with the Miami Heat and he looked as though he had already seen Dwyane Wade throw in 30 points (Wade scored 21 without playing the fourth quarter in a 112-102 Miami win). That is where Brown is: sometimes bordering on insanity, most times hiding it with an enormous amount of inexplicable optimism for a team that fell to 8-54 with the loss. Lately, the former seems to be outweighing the latter, and with good reason.
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.