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Baring his soul from the heart of Texas

August 27, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you think about music in Texas, you might think of the blues. Or you might think of Tex-Mex music. Or you might even think of country music. Typically, you don’t think of soul music. But Luke Wade is the exception to that Texas musical stereotype. The former contestant on…

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Bea Miller wants to be the girl who tells you the truth

August 21, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Bea Miller’s music offers up more emotional heft than you would expect from a 16-year-old singer. On her hit single, “Young Blood,” Bea—who first came to national attention on “The X-Factor”—sings, “But in dark times when we close our eyes/ It’s a nightmare, it’s a nightmare/ When the sun don’t…

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Carousel museum hosts BARC art show

August 18, 2015
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The New England Carousel Museum and the Bristol Adult Resource Center will present an exhibit called “Innovative Lives” featuring work created by artists at BARC, a non-profit organization that provides services to adults with special needs. The art work will be presented on Thursday, Aug 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Carousel Museum,…

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Showcasing eternal quality of the music of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd

August 17, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In an interview with the Observer, singer Bruce Lamont said the music of Led Zeppelin is the classical music of the future. And given the performance last Friday at the Toyota Oakdale Theater, the lead singer of Led Zeppelin 2 is right. Led Zeppelin 2 and headliners, the Australian Pink…

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Cirque Eloize flashes their ‘iD’ and enchants

August 16, 2015
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  by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR I am not a connoisseur of circus entertainment. I’ve interviewed lots of circus performers. But, I can count the number of circus type performances I’ve seen on one hand. I’m not adverse to the world of circus. I just had few opportunities to indulge into that artform. So when…

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Cirque Eloize finds the talent to please your ‘iD’

August 14, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Acrobats, jugglers, and aerialists, to those outside of the world of circuses, may seem like rare animals. They are creatures that you are unlikely to find in your neighbor’s house or hanging out at the local suburban mall. But for troupes such as Cirque Éloize—which has set up a month-long…

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Lucid Empire joins pack as live music takes stage at Rockwell festival

August 14, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Live music always has been a hallmark of the now annual West End Association Summer Festival at Rockwell Park. This year will be no different with acoustic bands taking the stage at the gazebo at the West End park and amplified acts taking the stage in the amphitheater bowl. The…

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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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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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