Category: Good Times

Poison, Cheap Trick, Pop Evil show Hartford a good time

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The last time I saw Poison, it wasn’t a great moment in the band’s history. I saw them at Lake Compounce in Bristol in the late 1980s when the park hosted concerts. The glam metal…

Poison’s ‘Open Up and Say… Ahh’ marks 30th anniversary

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Thirty years ago, glam metal rockers Poison rocketed into the public consciousness with its sophomore effort “Open Up and Say Ahh…” The band, which comes to Connecticut next week, already had established its foothold on…

‘Love Never Dies’ stands superbly on its own

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When you have a favorite movie, television show, or stage musical, you probably imagine what happens to the characters after the end credits. Movie studios know this and often will offer sequels that do just…

Celebrating love on the Great White Way

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you’re going to do a show about “Love on Broadway,” what better way to approach it than corral performers who found love and continue to experience love on Broadway. To that end, on May…

Yardbirds’ drummer looks back at group’s early days

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Jim McCarty was there at the beginning when seminal rockers The Yardbirds formed in 1963. And in 2018, although the membership has fluctuated through the years, McCarty is still keeping the beat for the band.…

Punch your card for magic with ‘The Illusionists’

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The great thing about the stage show “The Illusionists,” which materialized at The Bushnell in Hartford this weekend is that it notches several punches into your magical entertainment card. If you want a lot of…

Danielle Nicole pushes her boundaries with ‘Cry No More’

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR After a career with blues band Trampled Under Foot, and a solo album that built on the sound she crafted with her former group, singer Danielle Nicole began to stretch her musical muscles on her…