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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
July 2, 1993 |
QUOTE "I think he needs help. I think his bitterness for me is so deeply embedded inside him that until he gets rid of that, it will eat at him like a cancer, 'cause you can't have that negative of a feeling for someone and carry it around. Inevitably, you will self-destruct. " - Billy Ray Cyrus, on Travis Tritt POMPETUS, THE UNSOLVED MYSTERY One of the enduring Tattle questions is about to be definitively answered. Well, sort of. After 20 years, Steve Miller has been asked to explain the phrase "pompetus of love.
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.
April 27, 1992 |
The smiles from the Coatesville Red Raiders runners were practically big enough to brighten the overcast skies Saturday at the Penn Relays. "This was a great day," junior Walt Washington said. In a day full of great performances, the Red Raiders saved their best for last: The team of Eric Towles, Dennis Johnson, Washington and Earl Miller won the Philadelphia-area finals in the 1,600-meter relay. In this new event, for the top 10 area teams that don't qualify for the Championship of America final, Miller came from behind to give Coatesville the win in 3 minutes and 25.66 seconds.