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Southington Observer Features

Understanding blues the Butterfield way

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When you talk about the blues with the casual listener, Paul Butterfield’s name doesn’t typically come up. But it should, according to James Montgomery, who is bringing his group the James Montgomery Blues Band to…

Scarlett: The next generation of SWANs

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the beginning of SWAN Day CT, 10 years ago, musician Jennifer Hill’s oldest child was doing what children do—playing around as mom went about her business organizing an arts festival and making music But…

Bono and the boys meet their symphony

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR For a band born in the age of punk, 1976, the concept of an evening of orchestral renditions of U2’s catalogue seems a bit incongruous. But after the rough and tumble guitar-bass-drums of their debut,…