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She’s got style, she’s got grace. Miss CT’s Outstanding Teen talks fashion

July 28, 2016
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant is primarily about scholarship. Private interview and on-stage interview count for a good portion of the final scores. But fashion also is key for contestants. They are judged on their evening gowns. They have to choose a private interview outfit that reflects a certain…

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Cheap Trick keeps exploring new horizons

July 22, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Some bands who stick around for a couple of decades resort to retracing their steps rather than forging ahead with new ones. But Cheap Trick, despite a sizeable catalogue of hits and well-known tracks, continues to release new music. And the band, which comes to Connecticut on July 25, has…

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Ellis Hall believes in the gospel according to Ray Charles

July 22, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR One day when singer Ellis Hall sat down with the late great musician Ray Charles, Charles shared a little philosophy with Hall. “There’s only two kinds of music,” said Ray to Hall, “Good and bad.” That philosophy defined Charles’s career, which saw the singer mining everything from R&B to rock…

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Monster Jam… rolling with the changes

July 22, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR As driver Gary Porter explains it, they don’t make monster trucks like they used to. However, that’s not a bad thing, he said. Porter comes to Connecticut July 23 and 24 with his truck Carolina Crusher as Monster Jam sets up at Stafford Motor Speedway. Porter got into the sport…

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Edgar Winter wields a pen as well as he wields a keyboard

July 18, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR To the fans, Edgar Winter always has been about the music. Edgar Winter is “Frankenstein,” the heavy, heavy instrumental track that was a monster hit and still echoes on classic rock radio. Edgar Winter is “Free Ride,” the ebullient hit single that is played nearly as much as “Frankenstein.” He’s…

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Demi, Nick continue their musical evolution

July 15, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR It’s interesting and satisfying to watch music artists grow and mature over the years. When I went to the July 6 Mohegan Sun Arena stop of the Future Now tour with Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, it was not the first time I had seen either artist. I first caught…

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10,000 Maniacs seizes the moment with latest live set

July 15, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When you capture lightning in a jar, it makes sense to share the glow. And that’s what 10,000 Maniacs did with its latest album, “Playing Favorites,” a live album that features many of the band’s hits. The band—which includes Mary Ramsey on vocals, Jerome Augustyniak on drums, Dennis Drew on…

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Coyote River Band keeps on flowing

July 9, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you check the music calendars across the state, especially in the months conducive to outdoor performances, you’re likely to come across the name of Coyote River Band. The Connecticut band was formed six years ago, and despite some personnel changes over the years, CRB is still going strong. They…

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Carousel summer hours in place starting Friday

June 30, 2016
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Starting Friday, July 1, Bushnell Park Carousel will have new summer hours in place. The carousel will be open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. These new hours will last through the months of July and August. Take a 3 1/2 minute spin on the carousel for $1 per…

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Compounce fireworks on Saturday

June 27, 2016
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On Saturday, July 2, Lake Compounce will host its annual fireworks display over the lake in celebration of Independence Day. Produced by Pyrotecnico, the show, beginning with the laser show starts at 9 p.m., and fireworks will be launched from the far side of the lake as well as from barges floating in the lake.…

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