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Stranger on the beach inspires Life of Dillon

July 8, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR A mysterious stranger on a beach gave David Keiffer and brothers Joe and Robert Griffith a name for their band. And it gave them a philosophy by which to live their lives—thereby inspiring their musical sound. That stranger’s name was Dillon. And Life of Dillon is the name he lent…

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Styx’s bassist Ricky Phillips in midst of labor of love for late Ronnie Montrose

July 3, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Bassist Ricky Phillips returns with his fellow rockers in Styx this weekend. But in addition to preparing to perform classic rock tracks such as “Renegade” or “Too Much Time on My Hands” with the band from Chicago, Ricky has had his ears tuned onto another rocker. Ronnie Montrose. Although Ricky…

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Something new is on the horizon for Def Leppard

July 3, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Fans of Def Leppard can rejoice. New music is on the way from the band that gave the world such faves as “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and “Love Bites,” according to the band’s guitarist Phil Collen. Collen and the rest of Def Leppard (singer Joe Elliott, bassist Rick Savage,…

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These ‘Kinky’ boots are made for loving

July 3, 2015
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By KATERINA BELALES CORRESPONDENT I never thought that a pair of boots would get the biggest entrance applause in a show. Well, that’s exactly what happened at the performance of “Kinky Boots” at the Bushnell in the Hartford. I had the pleasure of seeing this amazing musical Tuesday night. Based on the 2005 film “Kinky…

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Compounce holding fireworks display July 4

July 1, 2015
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Compounce holding fireworks display July 4

On Saturday, July 4, 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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Fashions: The Miss Connecticut contestants show their elegance in evening gown

June 27, 2015
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The evening gowns chosen by the contestants for Miss Connecticut is often a closely guarded secret until the night of preliminaries. So the preliminary event is the first chance anyone outside of the contestants closest confidantes have seen the gowns. The preliminary competition was held Friday night at the Mohegan…

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And now for something completely different from Fall Out Boy

June 26, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Fall Out Boy’s latest album “American Beauty/ American Psycho” doesn’t sound anything like the album that first brought the band to the public’s attention, “From Under the Cork Tree.” But then it’s not as different as you would think “From Under the Cork Tree” fit squarely in the band’s punk…

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Fall looks for this year’s brides

June 15, 2015
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Earlier this spring, designers unveiled their fall bridal collections at New York International Bridal Week at Pier 92 in New York City. For the brides ‘saying yes to the dress’ for a fall wedding, these are some of the designs you will see at your selected bridal shops. PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN

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Making music to make a ‘Wish’ come true

June 12, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR On Sunday, entertainment will prove to be the ticket to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation. And the reigning Miss Forestville, Jillian Duffy, will be among the performers that night. The role on stage is an appropriate one for Duffy, who herself, was once helped by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She will be…

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These rockers prove age ain’t nothing but a number

June 5, 2015
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  By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters told the Irish Times back in November, “Rock and roll is a young man’s game.” He said it as more of an apology since, obviously, he’s still performing rock music into his 40s. But in its earlier days, truthfully, rock and roll was…

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