Category: Features

‘80s pop star continues to sing positive thoughts

  By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The predominant theme of Howard Jones’s music can best be summed up by one of his biggest hits. “Things can only get better.” It’s a positive message that infused his music from the moment…

Review: Lynyrd Skynyrd in concert reminds you of their greatness

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Lynyrd Skynyrd is one of those few bands who can perform 90 minutes of music in concert and you can honestly say you’ve heard every track on classic radio. Besides the obvious ones of “Sweet…

Documentary focuses on tour to foster unity through music

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the divisive post-election America of 2016, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus organized a concert tour of the Deep South. The mission of the 300-member choir was as much about starting a dialogue with…

Step into those red boots and stride

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The show is called “Kinky Boots.” And said “kinky” footwear rises from the feet over the knees and about mid-thigh. The whole construction, and the person wearing it, is balanced on a thin, supportive stiletto…

Lazer Lloyd’s journey brings him back to Connecticut

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Lazer Lloyd’s life has been a series of journeys. Lloyd, born Lloyd Paul Blumen, has been on a musical journey. Through the years, he has tackled 1950s rock and roll, blues, Americana, and a singer-songwriter…

Review: Evanescence, Amy Lee still have the fire

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Evanescence is Amy Lee. And Amy Lee is Evanescence. The lead singer and chief songwriter of the band made that reality perfectly clear early on when the band from Little Rock, Arkansas entered the national…

Comedian Jessica Kirson adds to dialogue about her stand-up peers

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Comedian Jessica Kirson is adding her voice to the dialogue about the issues female comics face in the industry. But, Kirson isn’t doing it from behind the microphone, standing on stage in front of the…

Under the Streetlamp shines the spotlight on timeless classics

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you like the timeless classics from artists like Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, The Everly Brothers, and the Beach Boys, you will find kindred spirits on the stage of the Mohegan Sun Wolf…

Styx forges new music for fans

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Styx was a regular on the album and singles charts. With songs like “Babe,” “Come Sail Away,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Mr. Roboto,” and so on…