Category: Good Times

‘Hamilton:’ Is it worth the hype?

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There is no doubt that “Hamilton” has become a pop culture brand name. The stage musical is a phenomenon— the stage show equivalent of Beatlemania or Taylor Swift-Mania. “Hamilton” generates a buzz far beyond the…

The voices rise to the top at Pentatonix performance at Sun

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the modern era of pop music, harmony has ruled the roost. When the boys went off to war in World War II, they listened to the Andrews Sisters. In the 1950s, street corners across…

98 Degrees heats up holiday season Dec. 12

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR It may be December in New England. But it will be 98 Degrees inside the Ridgefield Playhouse on Dec. 12 as the vocal group takes the stage to promote its latest Christmas album, “Let It…

Dave Matthews Band shines on stage

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the world of popular music, there are often artists who are better off taking residence in a recording studio. There are also artists who do okay in the recording studio, but really shine on…

Donny and Marie have a merry Christmas… and some laughs

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Back on their variety show in the late 1970s, Donny and Marie Osmond set the template for their on-stage sibling rivalry. When they weren’t singing and acting in comedy skits together, they were often needling…

The enduring vision of Foreigner’s ‘Double Vision’

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The band Foreigner jumped quickly out of the gate when they released their self-titled debut album in 1977. With top 10 hits such as “Feels Like the First Time” and “Cold As Ice,” the band…

Rituals, traditions, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The Christmas holiday season is beloved for its many traditions– some personal, some shared. For instance, some will enjoy the same Christmas Eve ritual, such as a midnight mass and hot cocoa upon the arrival…

A really big show from TSO

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Trans-Siberian Orchestra has a reputation for putting on a show. And that’s a show with a capital “S.” With its lights, videos, and pyrotechnics, TSO—which makes its rounds every winter holiday season with its metallic…

The ‘Legends’ ride into the Fox

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR “Legends in Concert” comes back to Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Fox Theater now through December, bringing a cast of performers who pay homage to some of music history’s big stars. In this installment, which continues through…

The Doobie Brothers dig deep and the fans jump in behind them

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The Doobie Brothers have a lot of faith in their fans. And the fans at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Nov. 11 proved that faith is well-deserved. The Doobie Brothers, pre-Michael McDonald and the Grammy-winning…