Michael Hamad

Writer

Michael Hamad is the staff music writer for The Hartford Courant, where he covers popular music and jazz. He is also a visual artist whose work has been featured in the New York Times, the Village Voice, Take Magazine and the Believer. He lives in West Hartford with his wife and two kids.

Recent Articles

  • HSO Selects Adam Boyles For Assistant Conductor Position

    HSO Selects Adam Boyles For Assistant Conductor Position

    A month after its Battle of the Batons concerts, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra announced its new Assistant Conductor: Adam Kerry Boyles, the current Director of Orchestras at M.I.T. in Cambridge and music director of the Brookline Symphony Orchestra. "We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Adam Kerry...

  • Ray LaMontagne's Touring Band Is Basically My Morning Jacket

    Ray LaMontagne's Touring Band Is Basically My Morning Jacket

    When Ray LaMontagne performs at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford on June 24, he'll be backed by four members of rock group My Morning Jacket, according to a Live Nation press release. MMJ bassist Tom Blankenship, drummer Patrick Hallahan, guitarist Carl Broemel and keyboardist Bo Koster...

  • Dead & Company Announce 2016 Tour, Hartford Show

    Dead & Company Announce 2016 Tour, Hartford Show

    On the heels of its successful 2015 tour, Dead & Company -- longtime Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, along with guitarist John Mayer, bassist Oteil Burbridge and keyboardist Chimenti -- announced a 2016 run, which includes a stop at Hartford's Xfinity Theatre on...

  • Phish Returns To Hartford In July

    Phish Returns To Hartford In July

    Vermont improv-rock quartet Phish returns to Hartford's Xfinity Theatre for a show on July 9 at 7:30 p.m., according a Live Nation press release and the band's website. Tickets ($45-$65) go on sale starting Feb. 26  at 10 a.m. through livenation.com or by calling 800-745-3000. There's also an online...

  • Dave Matthews Band Returning To Hartford In June Before Taking 2017 Off

    Dave Matthews Band Returning To Hartford In June Before Taking 2017 Off

    The Dave Matthews Band will perform at Hartford's Xfinity Theatre on June 11 at 7 p.m., according to a Live Nation press release. With this tour, DMB, no stranger to shows in Hartford, celebrates its 25th anniversary, before leaving the road for all of 2017. Each concert on tour will consist of...

  • Janet Jackson Reschedules Hartford Show

    Janet Jackson Reschedules Hartford Show

    Singer Janet Jackson, who previously canceled a Feb. 27 Hartford stop on her current Unbreakable World Tour due to an undisclosed illness, will now perform at the XL Center on Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the Feb. 27 show will be honored. Purchase new tickets at xlcenter.com.

  • CT 'American Idol' Hopefuls Don't Make Cut To Hollywood

    CT 'American Idol' Hopefuls Don't Make Cut To Hollywood

    Dan Overlock and Sarah Barrios, two Connecticut musicians who tried out for the final season of 'American Idol' in Philadelphia, were both eliminated from the competition before either one made it to Hollywood. Barrios, of Torrington, appeared on screen for a few seconds during last night's episode,...

  • Janet Jackson Postpones World Tour Including Hartford Concert

    Janet Jackson Postpones World Tour Including Hartford Concert

    Citing a medical issue, superstar Janet Jackson postponed all upcoming dates on her Unbreakable World Tour, including a scheduled Feb. 27 concert at Hartford's XL Center. "I need you to know," Jackson said in a released statement, "I learned today, from my doctors that I must have surgery soon....

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