R.I.P. Godfather

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I had planned on heading up to Waterbury Wednesday night to see James Brown, but as you have probably heard, he passed away this week. While I can’t say I’m a huge fan of The Godfather of Soul, I was curious to see “the hardest working man in show business” do his thing at a […] [Read More]
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Back in the saddle

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Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while, but a home computer on the fritz and the general end-of-the-year malaise on the local concert scene has left me with little to write about. The Who in Bridgeport on Nov. 28 was a truly spectacular evening, but I haven’t gotten any feedback on the Dec. 1 show […] [Read More]
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Friday night with The Hurdy Gurdy Man

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The Klein in Bridgeport might not be the perfect venue for a ’60s folk singer like Donovan, but the veteran performer did his best to make his Friday night concert an intimate affair. Playing an acoustic tour with Tom Stubbs on stand-up bass and Stewart Lawrence on drums, Donovan breezed through all his hits and […] [Read More]
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Soulful, but far from full

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The scene was all too familiar as I pulled into the parking lot at The Klein in Bridgeport Tuesday night – plenty of parking spaces surrounding not a lot of cars. But this was worse than other poorly attended concerts in Bridgeport because I figured “American Idol” season 2 winner Ruben Studdard could have drawn […] [Read More]
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Bluegrass in Bridgeport

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I checked out the Ralph Stanley concert at The Klein in Bridgeport Friday night and, once again, I was a little saddened by the low turnout. To have one of the legends of bluegrass in our own backyard and to see just a few hundred people at the show was a bit disheartening. Concert organizer […] [Read More]
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Wish You Were Here

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Kate Katcher of Bridgeport’s Playhouse on the Green was picking my brain before Friday night’s concert there about ways to draw crowds to the intimate little theater on State Street and I’m afraid I wasn’t much help. I gave a few suggestions and, before heading into the show, all I could think was, “I’m glad […] [Read More]
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Fun with Flogging

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How did I miss this group? I love Irish music. I love rock ‘n’ roll. I love Irish rock ‘n’ roll music. So how has the group Flogging Molly been so far off of my radar? I mean, I’ve heard of them, but I never heard the group’s music. The Pogues, Black 47, Dropkick Murphys, […] [Read More]
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E.C. was here

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There was nothing surprising about Eric Clapton’s concert at the Mohegan Sun Arena Saturday night and that was a good thing. When you have Slowhand out on stage with a backup band of seasoned veterans and young hotshot guitarists, the only shock would have been if it was anything less than terrific. Seeing Clapton wail […] [Read More]
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Dennis Miller Concert Review

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Reviewing comedy seems much more personal than music. People sometimes go to see bands they may not be too fond of, just to go to a concert. But not many people will spend the money to see a comedian they don’t care for. Such was the case Wednesday night with Dennis Miller at the Palace […] [Read More]
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Aimee Mann Concert Review

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Seeing Aimee Mann perform live is always a treat, but to see her in the intimate setting of the Quick Center at Fairfield University was even better. The small theater provided a perfect stage Saturday night for Mann and her two backing musicians for a stop on what she described in an earlier interview as […] [Read More]
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