Jeweler/party thrower Henri David was planning his 46th Halloween Ball when he heard that longtime friend Stevie Nicks and the rest of Fleetwood Mac would stop at his Pine Street store (named Halloween) for a shopping spree before their show at Wells Fargo Center. “Christine McVie had never been here,” says David. “During their four-hour shopping fest, Stevie held her hand and they were like little girls going through Mom’s beads.”
Right before the concert, David and partner Paul Struck went backstage and draped the band with its purchases. Nicks invited David to Mac’s next Philly show, Oct. 29, but he’ll be busy in his “pumpkin patch,” planning his dozen-plus outfits (“one resembles Mad Max-meets-RuPaul and needs a welder to put it together”) for the costume party at Sheraton Center City. “At 46, my Halloween Ball is older than 90 percent of my guests,” David says.
Stephen Starr Catering is out of Locust Street’s Arts Ballroom, with Harry Spivak’s Catering & Me in its stead and seeking serious promoters for events like Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.
Soulful Philly singer/songwriter Aaron Livingston, a collaborator of RJD2 and The Roots, has signed with Anti Records and will drop his debut EP, “Things I Forgot,” next month. He also has a Dilworth Park gig on Oct. 25.
Seen on the scene
• Bro-country sensation Eric Church wowed the Wells Fargo Center audience on Saturday with a cover of Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia.” He talked of past gigs playing Prospectors Steakhouse and Saloon in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.
• Usher, in Philly rehearsing (possibly at the Liacouras Center) for his upcoming tour, ate at Parc and hung out in Rittenhouse Square. He performs at the Wells Fargo Center on Nov. 11.
• The Philadelphia Film Festival kicked off at the Prince (not the Kimmel as scheduled, because the projector broke) with a screening of “St. Vincent” starring Bill Murray. Director Theodore Melfi and co-star Jaeden Lieberher were there. Melfi hired 11-year-old Lieberher , who’s from South Philly, because “he wasn’t cutesy or precocious like the 1,200 other kids we saw.” For his part, young Lieberher got nostalgic, saying he enjoyed working with Murray because “I was a big fan of ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Groundhog Day’ when I was a kid.”