Author: mchaiken

Reach out and touch someone… Sure Sure is listening

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you have a question for the band Sure Sure, go ahead and reach out. The Los Angeles band, which opens for Young the Giant at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday, Jan. 31, has…

Musical generations merge to create new entity

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Magic Dick first came to the attention of rock fans as the harmonica player for the J. Geils Band. Shun Ng is a young guitarist and singer out of Boston who has earned praise from…

Mother, may A$AP play with danger?

by MIKE CHAIKEN THE OBSERVER Popular music long has been accompanied by a whiff of danger. Even when youngsters danced the jitterbug to the clarinet musings Glenn Miller in the 1940s, the “respectable” folks of the 1930s reeled back in…

Believe it or not, Matt Fraser does connect

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Whether or not psychic medium Matt Fraser can channel the voices of the dead is a subject I’ll allow the pundits on the web to debate ad infinitum. Since, I didn’t have the chance to…

Symphony goes for baroque

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When the Hartford Symphony Orchestra sounds off the first note at its performances from Jan. 18 to 20, it will be doing something unique for a major symphony. The Connecticut ensemble will be playing music…

Petit, Martin hold Coffee and Conversation evens Jan. 15

State Representative William A. Petit Jr. (R-22) and Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) on Tuesday, Jan. 15 will hold their first Coffee & Conversation event of the 2019 legislative session. The session will be held 8 to 9 a.m. at Bolo…

Health listings for Jan. 4

TUESDAY, JAN. 8 BRISTOL BLOOD DONATION. 1 to 6 p.m. Elks Lodge, 126 South St., Bristol. RedCrossBlood.org, 1-800-Red-Cross.   SOUTHINGTON BLOOD DONATION. 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Smith’s Medical, 201 West Queen St., Southington. RedCrossBlood.org, 1-800-Red-Cross.   JAN. 8 to…

Support groups for Jan. 4

TUESDAY, JAN. 8 SOUTHINGTON FREE SUPPORT GROUP FOR FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS OF PATIENTS WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE OR RELATED MEMORY DISORDER. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mulberry Gardens, 58 Mulberry St., Southington. Mulberrygardens.org   WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9 SOUTHINGTON. DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP. 6:30…

Music listings for Jan. 4

FRIDAY, JAN. 4 BRISTOL SPIRIT SHAKER. Bleachers, 300 Middle St., Bristol.   SATURDAY, JAN. 5 OTHER MARK KILIANSKI AND NATE SABAT DUO. Presented by GuitartownCT. Best Video Film and Cultural Center, 1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden. $15. Guitartownct.com   FRIDAY, JAN.…

Miscellaneous listings for Jan. 4

FRIDAY, JAN. 11 BRISTOL SINGLES SNOWFLAKE DANCE. Sponsored by Singles Social Connections. 7 to 11 p.m. Dance. Buffet. Dress to impress. Nuchie’s Restaurant, 164 Central St., Bristol. $15 for members. $20 for guests. (860) 463-6906.   SATURDAY, JAN. 19 BRISTOL…