September 14, 2016 |
It's fitting that comedian Bill Engvall is gigging this weekend at a gaming hall. After all, by his own admission, he's playing with house money. "In this business, it's real easy to get caught up in what you're not doing. And you tend to forget about the things you have accomplished," said the 59-year-old Galveston, Texas, native, who will headline Friday at SugarHouse Casino . "I've pretty much done everything I set out to do. I say that not egotistically, but if I quit tomorrow, no one's going to look at me and go, 'Ooh, you almost made it.' " Not that anyone could conceivably think that was the case.
August 31, 2016 |
Penn State coach James Franklin was listing the attributes of what makes Saquon Barkley a special running back before summing it up this way: "The good Lord doesn't give you everything. For whatever reason, he's been given more than most. " It didn't take Barkley very long - the second game of his collegiate career, to be exact - before he exhibited one of those special gifts. With the Nittany Lions driving deep into Buffalo territory, he took a handoff and hurdled free safety Ryan Williamson on his way to a 17-yard gain.
May 4, 2016 |
No artist can stay a child of her hometown forever. Philadelphia-born Santigold - who started life here as Santi White, singer of local ska-pop band Stiffed, and duet partner to rapper GZA and nu-soul songstress Res - became an internationalist, a singer-composer touching on a melange of funk, dub, reggae, ragga, punk, Africana, New Wave, hip-hop, house, electronica, and noise, often in one go. With three eclectic albums to her name (each four...
April 20, 2016
It may still be a bit too chilly to nap on the beach in Cape May, but the Exit Zero Jazz Festival offers a swinging kickoff to summer. This year's spring edition offers a typically diverse lineup, ranging from straight-ahead jazz to classic blues and soul and New Orleans grooves. Here are some highlights to lure you to the Shore a few weekends early: Joey Alexander. The Indonesian-born piano prodigy, 12, amazed the Cape May audience last year with an opening set. He returns with a pair of Grammy nominations and a 60 Minutes profile under his belt.
December 25, 2015 |
The player they call Ghost became more interested in hockey because, as a kid, he used to tag along to figure-skating practices attended by his big sister, Felicia Gostisbehere. That same big sister - a one-time Olympic hopeful whose promising skating career was cut short because of hip surgery - is a major reason Shayne Gostisbehere had such a smooth recovery from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. "Her dreams were cut short," said Shayne Gostisbhere, the swift-skating, unassuming Flyers rookie defenseman who has taken the NHL by storm, "but she helped push me toward mine.
October 7, 2014 |
ORLEANS, Mass. - Ed Snider thinks right winger Jake Voracek is on the verge of NHL stardom. "This kid," Snider said early in training camp, "has a chance to be a superstar. " Is the Flyers' chairman, mindful that Voracek was part of the package the Flyers acquired in 2011 for scoring machine Jeff Carter, overdosing on hyperbole? Or is the 25-year-old Voracek, coming off the best season of his six-year career, ready to take the next step in his development? Relayed Snider's comments, Voracek smiled.
February 6, 2014 |
Sean Chandler always would eat just part of his food - half of a hamburger, maybe, or one of the two slices of pizza. He wrapped up the rest to take home to his little sister. "This was all the time," said Brad Hawkins, who coached Chandler with the Whitman Park Tigers football program in Camden. "We'd take Sean to get something to eat, and he always had to make sure he had something to take back to his sister. " The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Chandler was one of New Jersey's best football players last season.
July 15, 2013 |
Rosemary Joseph disappeared. She told the newspaper her son, Domonic Brown, was "brainwashed. " For years, she worked two jobs to raise her two children as a single parent. She loved her 17-year-old son and encouraged him to play baseball because she was a former softball catcher. And when Brown chose his father over his mother, Joseph clutched her daughter. "We just left," Joseph said. "It was such an embarrassment. " Five months later, Robert Walker bought his son a batting cage for Christmas.
June 28, 2013 |
BORN CHRISTMAS Day 1948, backup singer Merry Clayton has been lending her skills to pop musicians for most of her 64 years. Usually she's the "last person, along with the string players," to add their flavor to a studio recording session. "That's why they call it 'sweetening,' " she explained in a recent chat. More often than not, she's the least recognized, least thanked contributor, though Clayton's blow- torched, highly emotive vocals made a major difference on massive hits such as Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," Carole King's "Way Over Yonder," Ray Charles' "Let's Go Get Stoned" and Joe Cocker's "Feelin' Alright.
June 28, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - You've seen them, but not noticed them. You've heard them, but not listened to them. The new documentary "20 Feet From Stardom" shines a light away from center stage over to the world of female backup singers. Directed by Morgan Neville, the film looks most specifically at the lives and careers of six women - Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Tata Vega, Claudia Lennear and Judith Hill - who span generations of music and have worked with a broad spectrum of artists including the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Phil Spector, Stevie Wonder, Sting and Ike and Tina Turner.