Category: Good Times

Review: Kinky Friedman leaves you wanting more

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Technically, you can say country singer Kinky Friedman performed in concert at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville on Nov. 3. But in reality, the show felt more like an intimate gathering of friends, watching the…

Review: Steely Dan’s complexity comes alive in concert

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you’re a fan of Steely Dan, you know how complex the group’s arrangements can be. Donald Fagen’s and Walter Becker’s affinity for jazz – and the many genres that feed that musical stream –were…

Review: ‘Drag Race’ was just wow

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Wow, just wow. I’ve been to a handful of drag shows. Typically, though, they have been in smaller clubs with small stages and dim light. Stage production was on dependent on the performers themselves. They…

Review: Third time’s a charm for ‘The Book of Mormon’

by MIKE CHI’m of the opinion that good comedy should hold up after multiple viewings. There should be laughs that will get you every time. And there should be nuggets that you might have missed the first time around and…

Review: Sara Bareilles charms the Mohegan Sun

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Sometimes, well many times, an artist in concert prefers to let the music do the talking. They may offer some prepared between songs patter. They may even offer up some periodic acknowledgement of appreciation to…

Review: Goodbye? Say it ain’t so, Deep Purple

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Deep Purple is on its “Long Goodbye” tour, wrapping up a career that has seen many personnel incarnations, spin-offs, and imitators over its five decades-plus career. And the Purple will be missed by the rock…

Review: The journey’s far from over for Journey

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There was a Journey before there was a Steve Perry. And Journey barely lost a step after the final reunion with its long-time singer. So there’s been plenty of Journey without Perry. Perry finally parted…

Review: Having fun with Foreigner

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Although the song itself is about a rough and tumble bruiser, there is a line in the Foreigner song, “Head Knocker,” that clearly sums up vintage rockers’ show at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday,…

Avril Lavigne puts her heart on her sleeve

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Right at the start, it’s clear Avril Lavigne’s newest album, “Head Above Water,” is drawing from deeper emotions than her previous efforts. In the title track, which opens the album, Lavigne sings, “God, keep my…