Author: mchaiken

Review: Evanescence, Amy Lee still have the fire

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Evanescence is Amy Lee. And Amy Lee is Evanescence. The lead singer and chief songwriter of the band made that reality perfectly clear early on when the band from Little Rock, Arkansas entered the national…

Comedian Jessica Kirson adds to dialogue about her stand-up peers

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Comedian Jessica Kirson is adding her voice to the dialogue about the issues female comics face in the industry. But, Kirson isn’t doing it from behind the microphone, standing on stage in front of the…

Under the Streetlamp shines the spotlight on timeless classics

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you like the timeless classics from artists like Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, The Everly Brothers, and the Beach Boys, you will find kindred spirits on the stage of the Mohegan Sun Wolf…

Styx forges new music for fans

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Styx was a regular on the album and singles charts. With songs like “Babe,” “Come Sail Away,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Mr. Roboto,” and so on…

‘The Sound of Music’ at The Bushnell gets it mostly right

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Rodger and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” is an American stage musical chestnut. The show has been performed by professional companies, of course. It’s also been tackled by community theater groups and high school drama…

Area Republicans say businesses can’t afford $15 wage minimum

State Representatives William A. Petit Jr. (R-22), Whit Betts (R-78), and Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) said the state’s business community can’t afford the crush of anti-employer policies pushed by the majority party’s “controversial” proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to…

Judas Priest: Rocking hard since ‘69

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR 2019 has seen a horde of rock bands reach their 50th anniversary. The year 1969 has proven to be a watershed year for classic rock. And one of the bands that arose from that bountiful…

Retirement isn’t coming any time soon for Uriah Heep

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR After 50 years and 25 albums, there’s only way to oust the guitar out of the hands of the band’s long-time leader Mick Box. Rip it out of his cold dead hands. Box said he…

Setting up ‘camp’ in ‘Cruel Intentions the Musical’

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR One can suppose it’s apropos that “Cruel Intentions the Musical” arrived in Hartford the same week that the 2019 Met Gala in New York celebrated “Camp,” the new exhibition at the Costume Institute. “Cruel Intentions…

Main Street foundation offering education opportunities

The Main Street Community Foundation, in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Connecticut Chapter announced education opportunities available in 2019. The foundation will offer four web/audioconferences on topics of interest to enhance the development and knowledge of nonprofit board…