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Toto continues to show the skills that pay the bills

August 7, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Toto recorded its first album in 1977. And as the band’s longtime guitarist Steve Lukather explained it, the members—who released the self-titled album in 1978— felt there was an unyielding dictum to being in a band. You had to play your instrument and you had to be a good musician.…

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Disney cartoons to be screened outdoors in downtown Bristol

August 6, 2015
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Disney is coming to downtown Bristol next week. Two animated children’s classics, “Peter Pan” and “Dumbo” will be screened outdoors on The Patch at Depot Square, North Main Street and Riverside Avenue. The screenings are free. The classic “Peter Pan” will be shown on Wednesday, Aug. 12 and “Dumbo” will be shown on Thursday, Aug.…

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Crocodile Club sits down Aug. 21 at Lake Compounce

August 5, 2015
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The Crocodile Club is back again. The New England Carousel Museum, a non-profit treasure in the Connecticut community, is once again bringing back the annual dinner meeting at Lake Compounce, the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the country, on Friday, Aug. 21. The Crocodile Club will celebrate its 134th reunion dinner with its gathering…

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PCS Youth Theater to present ‘No No Nanette’

August 4, 2015
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The PCS Youth Theater, now in its 30th season, will be presenting the musical “No No Nanette,” on Friday. Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Plainville High School Auditorium, Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville. The curtain time is 7:30 p.m. on both evenings and admission is only $15 per person. Tickets will be available…

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Fashion, fitness combine to help the kids

August 1, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Fashion was the draw. But helping kids was the inspiration. Local fitness icon, Lori-Ann Marchese of Body Construct LLC in New Britain, was tapped as a brand ambassador for Athleta—the fitness wear retailer. And Marchese said Athleta wanted to throw a celebration party for her at its store in the…

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Walter Trout is back, healthy, and playing the blues

July 31, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Walter Trout is honest. “I thought I was done,” said the blues guitarist in a phone interview earlier this year. He recalled how he was in a hospital in Nebraska. His liver had failed. He had just had a transplant. He had lost more than 120 pounds, half of his…

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Girls Night Out offers up 3 fantastic performances

July 24, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Three artists. Three fabulous performances. That’s the best way to sum up the opening night of the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too Tour at the nearly full Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10. The package features headliners Christina Perri and Colbie Caillat, and chart newcomer Rachel Platten. As…

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Idina Menzel gives her fans a fabulous show

July 24, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR For the fans of Idina Menzel, the Broadway diva could walk out and sing a bunch of sea shanties and they’d be happy that they shared the same air as their heroine. Menzel’s fans are a devoted lot if the Facebook posts I saw the night of, and the morning…

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With The Devil Wears Prada’s latest fans will be sent soaring into ‘Space’

July 18, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR “Star Trek” may have espoused that space is the final frontier. But “Space” is also the latest release from Ohio’s The Devil Wears Prada, which has set its launch pad up on the main stage of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this summer. The tour stops into Hartford on…

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Sister Sin takes its classic metal sound to the Mayhem hordes

July 16, 2015
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Sister Sin takes its classic metal sound to the Mayhem hordes

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Swedish band Sister Sin demonstrates that the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is committed to bringing fans all dimensions of the music known as heavy metal. Sister Sin, which is touring behind its latest album “Black Lotus,” has a definite 1980s metal feel to it. Sister Sin –which is fronted by…

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