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The symphony connects into The Machine

May 1, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The Machine does things differently when it partners up with an orchestra, as it will do on Friday night when it is joined by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. In a phone interview, The Machine’s drummer Tahrah Cohen explained that some bands playing with an orchestra tend to use the ensemble…

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This is what happens when the circus gets XTREME

May 1, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you go to the circus, you expect to see clowns and trapeze artists… and a few animal tricks as well. But when “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME” comes to town this month, there will be an X-Games-type wrinkle to the proceedings. The show includes The…

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The blues are getting pretty ’Heavy’ for Randy Bachman

April 24, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When the original musicians on the Chicago blues scene crafted their sound in the early 20th century, the racism of the time kept their music from being disseminated to the public at large… in particular white audiences. It wasnt until a bunch of young British musicians in the 1960s—such as…

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Swing in on a star and take a ‘Sentimental Journey’

April 17, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR It’s been an annual tradition for 74 years. And this year’s OM Show is reaching back to the music that was popular when the show was just a young buck on the city of Bristol’s arts scene. This year’s show, which is a fund raiser for the OM (Older Members)…

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Celebrating the musical legacy of Queen

April 10, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you talk to JJ Midnight, he makes it clear the choice was a no-brainer. JJ Midnight, also known as Bristol’s Joe Archambeault, is the lead vocalist of Celebrating Queen, which pays musical tribute to the band… Queen. Celebrating Queen performs this Saturday at the Memorial Boulevard School auditorium on…

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Preparing for a princess’s arrival

March 27, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR On April 19, fairy tale royalty will converge on the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. That’s when the Junior Miss Southington Organization will hold its annual Princess Meet and Greet. The Observer caught up with one of these “Once Upon A Time” royals, her highness Princess K., via email to talk…

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Maestro presents symphony with a musical gift

March 13, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Classical music composition is not something to be taken lightly. It’s not like whipping off a nursery rhyme or a heavy metal riff. So, when a composer creates a piece for someone, or something, in many ways, it’s a gift… an act of love. This week, guest conductor Maestro Gerard…

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Kathy Griffin returns to stand-up spotlight

March 13, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR You’ve seen Kathy Griffin hosting events such as the Daytime Emmys. She matched wits with Jerry Seinfeld in the classic sitcom, “Seinfeld.” She’s demonstrated her dramatic acting chops with guest roles on “Law and Order.” She had her own reality series, BravoTV’s “My Life on the D List.” She gave…

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The bittersweet success for the late guitar great Johnny Winter

March 6, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR It was one of those rock and roll stories with a bittersweet twist. Rock and blues guitarist Johnny Winter had gone through a good deal of hard times in the decades after he first hit the scene as a musical wunderkind in the early 1970s. He battled all sorts of…

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Rockers friends now, but strangers way back when

March 6, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The prime movers of the band known as The American Vinyl All Star Band were burning up the charts and filling the arenas during the same moments of rock history. But, oddly enough, until they were pulled together for a benefit a decade ago, these soldiers of classic rock never…

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