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Whiskey Blanket covers all bases

Music is a safe way to have a voice and create a community. Whiskey Blanket embraces the ability to use hip-hop music as a tool for social consciousness about current social issues. A diverse […] Continue Reading…


This Slacker is no slacker

Songwriter, musician and producer Vic Ruggiero of the Slackers has played in several ska/reggae bands including the Stubborn All-stars. The Bronx native is also associated with Rancid and Crazy Baldhead, has released three solo […] Continue Reading…


SHU exhibit lifts cultural veil

The Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield opens its new 2011-2012 season with a compelling, thoughtful and provocative exhibit, curated by Deborah Frizzell, “Fluidity, Layering, Veiling: Perspectives from South Asian […] Continue Reading…


Marvin Gaye: A tortured genius remembered

As Forever Motown (formerly the Magic Of Motown), the 12-piece show band of which I am a member, gears up for a late-September re-launch, I paused to reflect on the influences that were so […] Continue Reading…


Music still a vehicle for social change

So let’s be honest here: Music has a large impact on social change and vice versa. It’s interesting to look at music from a sociological aspect. Is music a reflection of a social shift […] Continue Reading…


Random, but carefully thought out thoughts

As we hit mid-summer, I took time over the past couple of weeks to think about a few things as they relate to music in the Bridgeport area. As the temperature heats up, the […] Continue Reading…


Don’t write off struggling bookstore

Back in the fall of 2003, my band, MDIII, was born out of an assumption. The organizers of the brand-new Sweetport Arts & Music Festival asked me to open up the festival as a […] Continue Reading…


Vibes Festival organizers announce more acts

In 1996, Ken Hays gathered friends together in Purchase, N.Y., to throw a memorial party for Jerry Garcia and called it “Deadhead Heaven, a Gathering of the Tribe.” The following year, the celebration was […] Continue Reading…


Pretty Lights shines in live performances

The crowd goes wild and throws their hands in the air, trying to match the infectious sounds blaring out of the large speakers. Glow sticks get tossed in the air, bright lights shine in […] Continue Reading…


Motown rebound

Last late summer, I was referred by one of the drummers in my band, MDIII, Pete Hines, to a bandleader/bass player based in Middletown, Neal Hatcher, who was knee deep in the process of […] Continue Reading…


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