Author: mchaiken

Review: ‘Come From Away’ touches upon the rest of us on 9-11

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Typically, when a historic event is turned into a book, movie, play, we are presented with heroes and villains. And everyone else is turned into mere wallpaper. The events of Sept. 11, 2001 is one…

Time for Three makes time to welcome classical newcomers

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When the string trio Time for Three comes to Hartford in May, the group will be performing in one venue that is expected. But Time for Three also will bow up in a venue more…

Look, there’s nothing up his sleeve

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Shin Lim refers to his talent as sleight of hand, not magic. Press materials for the entertainer state, “He has no intention of lying to the audience. He performs carefully self-choreographed routines rather than pretending…

Wishbone Ash born in ‘perfect storm’

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Fifty years ago, the bands began to play. And along the way, they built a template that still survives today. Last year and this year are notable for representing the 50th anniversary for a large…

St. Paul alum sings about ‘Cycles’ in new video

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The ups and downs – the cycles – of relationships inspired the first song and video of a young Connecticut singer. Jillian Caillouette, a graduate of Bristol’s St. Paul Catholic High School currently attending Western…

Uli Jon Roth looks back at German music scene 50 years ago

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR London and America tend to get all of the attention when rock historians speak about rock music in the late 1960s. But there were other countries with rock scenes as well – including West Germany.…

Review: Justin Timberlake is here, he’s now

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There was a dose of nostalgia in the air as Justin Timberlake settled into the first of two nights at the Mohegan Sun Arena on April 12. Although Timberlake’s Man of the Woods Tour is…

Walter Trout and the blues: Only the strong survive

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Walter Trout, the venerable blues guitarist, was in the car with his wife. The couple were listening to the blues station on satellite radio. At some point, the announcer cued up a brand new blues…

Smart ‘Mormon’ respectful with its laughter

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR “The Book of Mormon” is a funny, sarcastic, and cheeky musical. And its subject matter veers into the scatological‑ even as it rips open your sides from vigorous laughter. But the show, which opened April…

Review: Bad Bunny shakes and quakes at the Mohegan April 7

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Bad Bunny rocked the house Sunday. Actually, he rocked the Mohegan Sun Arena, swayed it, and probably moved it a few degrees to the south. The audience of the Puerto Rican Latin trap vocalist danced…