November 18, 1988 |
It was Miller time in Philadelphia last night as beer-bellied San Francisco rocker Steve Miller and the Ben Sidran band played a sold-out Tower Theater. Like the beverage that shares his name, Miller's show was mildly refreshing, but lacked distinctive character and bite. Looking ever more like the Pillsbury Doughboy, Miller took the stage alone, opening with a five-song acoustic set highlighted - if you trust the reaction of rabidly nostalgic fans - by a harmless, charmless "Wild Mountain Honey.
April 22, 2011 |
DALLAS - Rock 'n' roll guitarist Steve Miller rose to fame as the space cowboy, a gangster of love, a joker, a smoker, a midnight toker. As a character named Maurice, he spoke of the "pompatus" of love. To this day, no one knows what that means. Now, Miller, whose band plays Upper Darby's Tower Theater Tuesday with Greg Allman, has become a mentor to Max Marshall. "Playing music with Steve has validated my dream of being a musician as real instead of just a pipe dream," said Max, a guitarist, songwriter and Dallas high school student.
April 22, 1997 |
Marc Fisher pitched a three-hitter and battery mate Steve Miller drove in two runs as Plymouth-Whitemarsh, playing its first game in 10 days, topped Upper Moreland, 4-1, yesterday in a battle of Suburban One American Conference division leaders. Fisher was one of the seniors who traveled to Florida earlier this month, putting a hole in the Colonials' schedule, while Miller, a junior, was one of the players left behind to do nothing more than take batting practice. "I wish I could have pitched in Florida," said Fisher, who struck out four and walked five as he improved his record to 3-1. "I felt good during warm-ups, and I had only one bad inning.
August 24, 1992 |
Steve Miller has the shore act down. With his tan, faded khaki pants, pink polo shirt, deck shoes and no socks, he looks like an upscale professional slumming through the weekend. Except he's not on vacation. "I worry a lot, but I don't let it show," he says, fidgeting over his second cup of coffee on the porch of 410 Bank Street, one of two Cape May restaurants he and his wife, Janet, own. "I look at the restaurants the same way I used to produce movies. You hire the best people and give them room to do what they do best.
December 10, 2004
I ENJOYED and howled out loud - over Patty-Pat Kozlowski's "Middle Dog" diatribe (Dec. 8). I only have a small bone to pick with her. Steve Miller did not write or record the song "Stuck in the Middle. " I don't know if Patty-Pat is a joker, a smoker, or a midnight toker, and frankly, I suppose, it's none of my business. But that song was written and recorded by a group called Stealers Wheel. The band featured the talents of singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, subsequently famous as a solo artist for the hit "Baker Street" - and not to be confused with ex-Councilman Fran Rafferty, famous for his Council-chambers fistfight with Councilman John Street.
April 28, 1991 |
Henderson High of West Chester, Pa., won the Championship of America in the boys' 1,600-meter relay in a photo finish yesterday, the first time in six years that an American team had won one of the sprint relays at the Penn Relays. The Henderson four finished in 3 minutes, 13.38 seconds, the same time as Kingston College High of Jamaica. But the official photographs showed Henderson anchor Chad Black leaning first to win. Jamaican teams had won all three of the sprint relays in each of the last five years.
April 22, 2011
Femi Kuti Femi Kuti, son of Afro-beat legend Fela Kuti (subject of last year's short-lived, much-lauded Broadway show Fela! ), has succeeded in walking the musical tightrope between honoring his father's legacy and creating something uniquely his own. After more than 20 years of touring and recording, the powerhouse musician (who sings, dances, and plays several instruments onstage) is more in demand than ever, for good reason: His updated brand of Afro-beat, fusing soul, funk, and jazz, melds powerful polyrhythmic sounds with socially conscious lyrics to both entertain and enlighten.
July 29, 1994 |
In March, the Mavericks played Northeast Philadelphia's Bronko Bill's, and they transformed the place. Before the Miami-based rockin'-country band hit the stage, all was artificial: Garth Brooks on the video screen, scores of boot scooters paired off to "country hip-hop" mixes. But when the Mavs hit the stage, the sprawling funhouse turned into an honest-to-goodness honky-tonk. Raul Malo's Orbison-esque tenor soared to the heavens, and the band swung out with a relaxed intensity that put the lie to the phony Nashville product that preceded it. As good as the band sounds on What a Crying Shame (MCA)
September 13, 2000 |
A lifelong resident of Coatesville was recently asked to bring his expertise to revitalizing the city by enhancing the business district. In August, Steve Miller, 29, was appointed Main Street manager, a new position. He is responsible for business retention and development. "My role as Main Street manager is to promote the city's business district while providing our current and future business owners with the support necessary to help them remain successful," Miller said.
September 19, 2010 |
If any rising Philadelphia rock band would seem to have it made in today's topsy-turvy music business, it would be Free Energy. Led by singer Paul Sprangers and guitarist Scott Wells, the band was a breakout hit this year at the influential South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The Fishtown quintet's fresh take on the clean, classic-rock crunch of 1970s acts such as Cheap Trick and T-Rex has drawn deserved attention both nationally and at home. Six weeks before its first album, Stuck on Nothing , came out on CD, the band made its TV debut on Late Show With David Letterman . This summer, Free Energy toured the United States and played giant festivals in England and Japan.