May 9, 2013 |
Whatever music Billy and Joe Tayoun play - the authentic folk songs of the Mid-East Ensemble, or the modern ethno-rock of Barakka - their surname carries a legacy. Through their two bands, the brothers are not only ambassadors for Lebanese culture in the Philadelphia area. They, along with brother-in-law Roger Mgrdichian, also are keepers of a family entertainment tradition that dates to 1959, when the Middle East Restaurant opened in South Philly at 10th and Ellsworth Streets. Owned by Joe and Billy's father, the late Edmond Tayoun, and their uncle, former City Councilman Jimmy Tayoun, the Middle East became a hotbed of live art, music, and dance when it moved a decade later to 126 Chestnut St. in Old City.
July 11, 2012 |
THERE'S A lot to love about Louisiana culture, from the food to the hospitality to the music. Wednesday night the Penn Museum celebrates Bayou-state sounds with local band Zydeco A-Go-Go. Zydeco is a natural fit for the museum's P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights series of Wednesday evening outdoor performances, which showcase music from around the world. The genre is a close cousin of better-known Cajun music, which developed in the late 18th century after the British forced French-speaking Acadians out of Canada.
June 17, 2012
Connecticut . OpSail 2012 visits the Constitution State July 6-9. This event is part of a national observance of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The welcome event is July 6 in Niantic. There will be a parade of sail and U.S Navy ships, along with fireworks, July 7, and ship visits July 7 and 8 in New London. Free. www.opsail2012ct.org . Delaware . The Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival will be at the Lewes Historical Society, Second and Shipcarpenter Streets.
April 6, 2012 |
If the monthly Gospel Brunch at Johnny Brenda's is like a hipster church, then its minister is David April, a/k/a DJ DNA. April has hosted the brunch since Easter Sunday 2010; he's also hosted "Roots of Rhythm & Blues" and "The Gospel Train" for 20 years on Hatboro's WRDV-FM. To celebrate that anniversary, he'll preach musical truth Saturday with a live gospel show at the venue. The "Gospel, Soul & Rhythm-'n'-Blues Review" will feature performances by the York Street Hustle, a Philadelphia-based, nine-piece ensemble that plays '60s soul; Philadelphia's gospel-based God's Grace, which typically performs at local churches; and Carlton Lewis III, a member of the famed gospel group the Dixie Hummingbirds who has since embarked on a solo soul career.
October 6, 2011
Bert Jansch, 67, a legendary folk guitarist, died in London on Wednesday after a long battle with lung cancer. Mr. Jansch was a founding member of the influential group Pentangle, which won wide acclaim in the late 1960s and the 1970s, and he also enjoyed a solo career that spanned five decades and more than 25 albums. Known for his gentle eloquence on the acoustic guitar, the Scottish-born Mr. Jansch was a central figure in the British folk-music revival in the 1960s and played to appreciative audiences throughout the world for many decades.
July 27, 2010 |
A most intriguing voice, hefty blasts of (and from) the past, plus cool jazz, folk and world music have our attention in this week's new recorded music offerings. THROUGH THE HOOP: There's no staying neutral on Jesca Hoop and her second album "Hunting My Dress" (Vanguard, A-) . In the vein of a Bjork, PJ Harvey or Kate Bush, you'll find Hoop fascinating or off-putting and for much the same reasons - her soaring range, tongue-rolling pronunciation (sometimes appearing British, though she's not)
February 16, 2007 |
A little a cappella and a lot of gospel, haunting artifacts and heroic ancestors, joyful celebrations and somber commemorations are the hallmarks of Black History Month. Local observances will peak with a musical festival today at 30th Street Station and a series of exhibits and tributes next weekend at the Convention Center. And both are among the free celebrations offered in this region. At the Pathmark Black History Month Celebration today, radio and TV personality Diane Brown will emcee a program described as traditional music of the African American community on a stage in the train station's North Waiting Room.
March 6, 2005 |
The sixth child of a fiddle player from Donegal and an accordion player from Tyrone who met at a Ceili dance, John McGillian seemed destined to be an Irish musician. He grew up in a household filled with Irish song and began playing traditional Irish button-key accordion music at age 6. These days, McGillian spends almost every Sunday performing at The Plough and The Stars, an Irish pub in Philadelphia. "It's traditional Irish dance music. No words, all tunes," McGillian, 30, said.
May 9, 2004 |
Near a wood-carved illustration of the magical puppet who became a real-life boy, the musical duo of Kathy McMearty and John Lionarons played Celtic folk songs, country tunes and radio hits recently for the family crowd at Pinocchio's Bar & Restaurant. It was the second annual MediAmerica Roots Ramble, a festival featuring 14 musical events hosted by the Media Business Authority and other local businesses and benefitting the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County. McMearty, of Media, and Lionarons, of Lansdowne, were selected as entertainers for the event's first family-oriented show, said Paul Patchel, festival manager.
September 19, 2003 |
The Silk Road Project, sponsored through the clout of cellist Yo-Yo Ma and an international group of musicians known as the Silk Road Ensemble, burst onto the scene last year with a global agenda. Through a series of festivals, CDs and international concerts of newly commissioned works and traditional melodies, the project raised awareness of cross-cultural milestones in human history. Besides silk, gunpowder, crafts, mathematics and other innovations between 500 B.C. and the time of Marco Polo, musical instruments from Persia, India, China and Mongolia traveled this trade route as well.