Category: Features

Slinging that outlaw instrument, Eric Johnson coming to town

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When Eric Johnson first picked up the electric guitar as a youth, the instrument was still a relatively new addition to the musical canon. There was something new and fresh about the instrument, said Johnson,…

Art and music dance a waltz in Phoebe Legere’s heart

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Phoebe Legere will show two sides of the same creative coin this month in Connecticut. Not only will she be featured in an art show in Middletown dubbed “Seeing the Unseen: Connecting to Creation,” she…

CT troubadour takes stage in area

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Plainville will be home to a performance by Connecticut’s official troubadour. Kate Callahan, who has long been a staple on Connecticut’s acoustic music scene, recently was presented the title, state troubadour. It was an honor…

Symphony puts focus on Russian composers

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The Russians are coming. The Russians are coming. And the Hartford Symphony Orchestra will be playing them this weekend. As part of its Masterworks Series, the HSO is presenting “Russian Intensity” this weekend at The…

Everybody loves ‘Millie’

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The key to any movie, television show, book… or stage play is the main character should be likeable and relatable. And the cast of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which is now being performed by Connecticut Theatre…

For Twiztid, it’s getting better all the time

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Twiztid considers its latest musical endeavor part of the duo’s ongoing evolution. The assertion is right there in the title, albeit twisted to fit Twiztid’s world view… “The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’s.” “When we…

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill: A perfect marriage at Mohegan Sun

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If their tour dubbed Soul2Soul is any indication of reality, country stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have the perfect marriage. Everything about the sold out show at the Mohegan Sun Arena on May 5…

The Cult follows the template, but breaks the mold

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The center continues to hold after all these years. Singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy of The Cult can trace their partnership back to 1984 when Astbury’s successor to the Southern Death Cult, the…

That trash is pretty pretty… and fashionable

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR It’s become a yearly tradition of fun and creativity. But Trashion Fashion, which will be presented Sunday, is about more than just letting artists and fashion designers put their creativity to the test. “Our main…