Pianist Horace Silver Had Hartford Roots

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Courtesy Blue Note Records.

Courtesy Blue Note Records.

Pianist and composer Horace Silver, who passed away on Wednesday at home in New Rochelle, N.Y., spent more than a year living in Hartford as he worked to get his music career off the ground. Continue reading

Hartford Wagner Festival Postponed Amid Controversy

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Richard Wagner in 1871. (Wikimedia Commons.)

Richard Wagner in 1871. (Wikimedia Commons.)

A brief statement appeared on the Hartford Wagner Festival website today, announcing a yearlong postponement of their production of “Das Rheingold” in response to “vicious and coordinated attacks” by the American Federation of Musicians. Continue reading

Jeff Bridges Has a Band Called The Abiders. For Real.

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Jeff Bridges and the Abiders will play two Connecticut dates in September. (Courtesy CO5 Media.)

Jeff Bridges and the Abiders will play two Connecticut dates in September. (Courtesy CO5 Media.)

El Duderino (and Blue Note recording artist) Jeff Bridges brings his group, the Abiders, around to the East Coast for a first-ever tour of these parts, according to a press release. They’ll play two Connecticut shows in September.

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Upcoming Connecticut Concerts: Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Sublime With Rome

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Sublime With Rome heads to the Dome at Oakdale in Wallingford on Aug. 10. (Paradigm Agency Photo.)

Sublime With Rome heads to the Dome at Oakdale in Wallingford on Aug. 10. (Paradigm Agency Photo.)

Sublime with Rome – Sublime bass player Eric Wilson’s revamped project with vocalist Rome Ramirez — heads to the Dome at Oakdale in Wallingford on Sunday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The band played its first big gig in 2009 at Cypress Hill’s annual Smokeout Festival and has since toured extensively. They also released an album, “Yours Truly,” in 2011. GA tickets ($35.50) go on sale starting Friday, May 23 at 10 a.m. through oakdale.com or ticketmaster.com.

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Tom Petty, Steve Winwood Heading To XL Center In Hartford

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers head to Hartford's XL Center on Sept. 13. (Mary Ellen Matthews Photo.)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers head to Hartford’s XL Center on Sept. 13. (Mary Ellen Matthews Photo.)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 2014 North American tour kicks off in San Diego, Calif. on Aug. 3 and includes a stop at Hartford’s XL Center on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m., according to a press release.

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Concert Review: Bruce Springsteen At Mohegan Sun

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Bruce Springsteen performed at Mohegan Sun Arena on May 17. (Nick Caito Photo.)

Bruce Springsteen performed at Mohegan Sun Arena on May 17. (Nick Caito Photo.)

“You do this every night?” a winded Steven Van Zandt asked Bruce Springsteen, only five songs deep into the E Street Band’s three-hour concert at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday night.

“Every [expletive] night,” Springsteen answered. Continue reading

Upcoming Concerts: Keith Urban, Neutral Milk Hotel

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Keith Urban performs at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford on Aug. 16. (Promotional Photo.)

Keith Urban performs at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford on Aug. 16. (Promotional Photo.)

Down-under country star Keith Urban performs at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m., with special guests Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge. Tickets ($29.75-$59.75) go on sale starting this Friday, May 16 at 10 a.m. Visit livenation.com or ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000. Continue reading