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After all these years, Martin Barre gets a case of the blues

December 19, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITORWhen Martin Barre hits the stage in Hamden this weekend, fans of the former Jethro Tull guitarist will get a taste of the blues (as well as tracks from his new album and Tull). But, although, Barre is getting his blues licks in as a solo artist (Jethro Tull is no…

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Straight No Chaser hits the musical iron while it’s still smokin’

December 4, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Most music albums have the gestation period of an elephant. Often, the time that passes between conception to release is months and months and months. So, it’s often hard for a group itself to keep its finger on the pop music pulse. But Straight No Chaser’s new album, “The New…

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100-feet of holiday spirit

December 4, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR As soon as you walk through the tunnel that takes you into the front entrance of Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Bristol, you can’t miss it. Right in front of you, with blazing white lights and shiny red holiday bulbs, a 100-foot tree greets you as you arrive for the…

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Sitting in with his home orchestra for ‘Messiah’

November 27, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When the Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents “Joyful Voices with the Hartford Chorale” starting next Thursday, there will be a longtime fan of the ensemble standing on stage with them. Matt Worth, who is originally from West Hartford, will be the guest baritone as the HSO takes on Fauré’s Requiem, and…

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Half century later, Hot Tuna’s Casady still hot for his vocation

November 22, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Fifty years for one career is a long time for any vocation. And to keep plugging along in that career into your seventh decade of life is also an incredible feat. But Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen have been cooking along as musicians since the 1950s when they started off…

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Crowds support veterans by attending pinup show

November 22, 2015
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All American Productions presented ‘Pinups at the Mansion! An All Pinup Fashion Show’ to benefit Honor Flight New England at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown. There were a large number of models from the area participating in the runway show, which featured 1940s, 1950s pinup inspired fashions as well as fashions from Connecticut fashion house,…

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The Tenors takes Bushnell crowd on a journey

November 20, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When Victor Micallef of The Tenors spoke to The Observer to promote the group’s upcoming Connecticut show, he explained the four man ensemble tries to take its audience on a musical journey via their performances. The purpose of the journey is to ease the stress of our every day lives.…

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Lake Compounce’s ‘Holiday Lights’ opens Nov. 27

November 17, 2015
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Lake Compounce announced its fourth annual “Holiday Lights”, New England’s favorite seasonal holiday themed family event taking place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings beginning on Nov. 27. Brand new for this season, a 100-foot tall decorated tree will reign over the main gates of the park with hundreds of thousands of lights and decorations.…

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The Tenors take on epic sound of classic Queen

November 9, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There are some classic rock bands that lend themselves to reinterpretation by other artists. The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles are three classic examples of artists who have seen their material performed by others. However, the music of Queen is not a likely choice for a cover song.…

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Jethro Tull: The band, the man… and the rock opera

November 6, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR On Jethro Tull’s website (JethroTull.com), there is message directed toward reporters interested in interviewing the band. The web page is labeled “All Too Frequently Asked Questions.” And leading that list is: “How did you get the name Jethro Tull?” For fans of the band, it’s a poorly kept secret that…

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