by Len Lear One of the country's most popular country & western music bands, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, founded by two Chestnut Hill area musicians, is returning to Philadelphia next Monday, March 2, 8 p.m., at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., to perform selections from their… Read More >

by Fred P. Gusoff When you’re walking or driving along the 7000 block of Germantown Avenue, don’t blink or you’ll likely miss one of the best-kept secrets in Northwest Philadelphia. Off to the side of the road, in a nondescript building that once housed the old Mt. Airy Post Office… Read More >

by Pete Mazzaccaro It's that time of year again for the Philadelphia Flower Show, which runs from Feb. 28 through March 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It's a the biggest gathering of flower and plant purveyors and their fans in the country, held annually by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.… Read More >

by Jeremy Jones My visit to The Philadelphia Print Shop put me in such a state of awe, I had to go back three times to get my notes straight and attempt to maintain a journalist’s objectivity. It would take a five-part series to do the shop justice, so I… Read More >

by Tom Utescher The Mount St. Joseph Magic had their slowest week since the holiday break, with last Saturday’s snowstorm causing the postponement of all of the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinal contests. Third-seeded MSJ reached that round of the tourney in its lone game of the week, a… Read More >


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Asleep at the Wheel, which will perform Monday, March 2, 8 p.m., at World Café Live, was founded by Ray Benson, a native of Wyndmoor, and Springfield resident Ruben “Lucky” Oceans in 1970. The band has  recorded more than 30 albums. "I spent a lot of time in the Wissahickon as a kid," said Benson. "My friends and I would pretend we were Davy Crockett.”

Hill’s 9-time Grammy ‘hillbilly’ to perform in area

by Len Lear One of the country’s most popular country & western music bands, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, founded by two Chestnut Hill area musicians, is returning to Philadelphia next Monday, March 2, 8 p.m., at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., to perform selections from their Bob Wills tribute album, “Still […]

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