Category: Features

Take ‘Care’ and enjoy your holiday chocolate

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Caroline Maselli liked chocolate as a child. “I think I may have always enjoyed chocolate,” said the owner of Care’s Chocolates. “I grew up on Hershey and M&Ms— my favorite Halloween candy. I also remember…

Pure Prairie League brings its brand of country rock to CT

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR With its trademark Norman Rockwell-esque cowboy “Sad Luke” on every album cover, Pure Prairie League and its country rock sound were mainstays in the record collections of most FM rock stations. Later, the single “Amie”…

Poco started the trend but the Byrds got the credit

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Poco is often cited as one of the pioneers of country rock, having followed in the footsteps of The Byrds, whose “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” was seen as a template for the sound to follow.…

Stone in love with you

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Kate Prior’s and Tony Caramanica’s mutual love for rocks and stones led to a love for each other and, in turn, a new business venture. Prior and Caramanica are partners in TK’s Earthly Treasures, which…

Spotlight on the horns this weekend

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Fans of the sounds of the horns mingling together as one within the context of a classical composition will take delight in the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concert, “Brass and Brahms” from Nov. 2 to…

The Church shows some spit and vinegar as it revisits ‘Starfish’

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you cue up The Church’s seminal album, “Starfish,” the sound is languid and dreamy. It’s a gentle river current that takes your consciousness downstream (to borrow a metaphor from the Summer of Love.) Although…

Kayla Blood shows the men that she’s a winner, too

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Kayla Blood has always found herself in a world of competition dominated by men. Whether she was competing in mixed martial arts or motocross, Blood often was one of the few women on the roster.…

Lenny Clarke is a lunatic with a big heart

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the course of his conversation, Lenny Clarke calls himself more lunatic than comedian. But his history shows that he may be a lunatic, but he’s one with a lot of heart. The Boston-based comedian…

Morissette’s message still resonates with her audience

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The ’90s were the worst of times and best of times for women. It was the worst of times if the #MeToo movement is any indication. As we are made aware of the hardships women…