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Michael Hamad

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Michael Hamad is the staff music writer for The Hartford Courant.

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  • 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....

  • Lyme's Braiden Sunshine Eliminated From 'The Voice'

    Lyme's Braiden Sunshine Eliminated From 'The Voice'

    Lyme's Braiden Sunshine made it all the way to the semi-finals of NBC's "The Voice" before being voted off on Tuesday night. The Team Gwen member had previously bested Korin Bukowski in an Instant Save sing-off. For the semi-finals, Sunshine chose to sing the hymn "Amazing Grace," accompanied by...

  • Jimmy Greene's 'Beautiful Life' Nominated For Two Grammys

    Jimmy Greene's 'Beautiful Life' Nominated For Two Grammys

    Connecticut saxophonist and educator Jimmy Greene’s latest recording, “Beautiful Life,” has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category. "When I Come Home," a reworking of Greene's song "Home" (with vocals by CT native Javier Colon), was nominated for Best Arrangement,...

  • Braiden Sunshine Heads To 'Voice' Semi-Finals

    Braiden Sunshine Heads To 'Voice' Semi-Finals

    Lyme teenager Braiden Sunshine is still in the running on the NBC music competition show "The Voice." He'll perform Monday night, Dec. 7,  in the semi-finals. After his last performance ("Harder to Breathe," by Maroon 5), Sunshine was the recipient of an Instant Save, which allowed him to progress...

  • Bruce Springsteen Returning To Hartford On River Tour

    Bruce Springsteen Returning To Hartford On River Tour

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's new River Tour, which launches on Jan. 16 in Pittsburgh, will arrive at Hartford's XL Center on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m., according to a Live Nation press release. The Boss is touring behind "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection," a new compilation built...

  • Lil Wayne Bringing Dedication Tour To Oakdale

    Lil Wayne Bringing Dedication Tour To Oakdale

    Rapper Lil Wayne is thanking fans by launching the Dedication Tour, which arrives at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford on Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Rae Sremmurd opens. Tickets ($25-$125) go on sale beginning on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. through oakdale.com or livenation.com and by calling...

  • Kung Fu To Cover Curtis Mayfield At Toad's Place

    Kung Fu To Cover Curtis Mayfield At Toad's Place

    Kung Fu's holiday cover album this year is Curtis Mayfield's 1972 classic "Superfly," to be performed in its entirety at the band's annual two-day Toys for Tots Holiday Spectacular at Toad's Place in New Haven on Dec. 18 and 19, beginning at 8 p.m.The New Haven band -- guitarist Tim Palmieri, tenor...

  • Session Hosts Holiday Hip-Hop Showcase At Sully's

    Session Hosts Holiday Hip-Hop Showcase At Sully's

    The Session, a popular Brooklyn, N.Y.-based hip-hop website and podcast, brings its first  Hartford Holiday Spectacular to Sully’s Pub on Dec. 12, starting at 7 p.m.Hot 93.7 DJ Kid Fresh, Country 92.5 traffic anchor/producer Amy Sunshine and Teddy Ren host the event, which features performances...

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