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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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  • Hartford Library Announces 2016 Baby Grand Jazz Lineup

    Hartford Library Announces 2016 Baby Grand Jazz Lineup

    The Hartford Public Library’s Baby Grand Jazz Series, one of the most popular, long-running jazz happenings in Connecticut, has announced its 2016 schedule, which kicks off on Jan. 3 with a performance by innovative Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda. (Read the Courant's profile of Castaneda here...

  • 2016 Gathering Of The Vibes Canceled

    2016 Gathering Of The Vibes Canceled

    The Gathering of the Vibes, Connecticut's largest rock festival, won't move forward in 2016, according to a statement on the festival's website. "As you know, we pour our hearts and souls into producing this "rare & different' festival," founder Ken Hays writes, "but after a seemingly never-ending...

  • Rihanna Coming To Hartford's XL Center In March

    Rihanna Coming To Hartford's XL Center In March

    Rihanna's recently announced Anti World Tour will stop in Hartford's XL Center on March 26 at 7:30 p.m., with Travis Scott opening, according to a Live Nation press release. Tickets ($30.50-$126) will go on sale beginning on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. through xlcenter.com. The Anti World Tour...

  • Maroon 5 To Play XL Center In Hartford

    Maroon 5 To Play XL Center In Hartford

    Maroon 5, the hugely popular pop-rock band fronted by Adam Levine, will perform at Hartford's XL Center on Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m., with special guests Tove Lo and R. City, according to a Live Nation press release. Tickets ($30.50-$126) go on sale beginning on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. through...

  • Black Sabbath Coming To Mohegan In 2016

    Black Sabbath Coming To Mohegan In 2016

    Black Sabbath's The End tour,  presumably its last, arrives at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7:30 p.m., according to a press release. The band -- original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, along with Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk, who replaces...

  • CT's Braiden Sunshine Wins Knockout Round On 'The Voice'

    CT's Braiden Sunshine Wins Knockout Round On 'The Voice'

    Braiden Sunshine, a student at the Lyme/Old Lyme High School and a contestant on Season 9 of the NBC reality talent show “The Voice,” defeated Ellie Lawrence in last night’s Knockout round, and will now advance to the Live Shows phase.Competing on Gwen Stefani’s team, Sunshine, 15, without his...

  • Janet Jackson Coming To Hartford

    Janet Jackson Coming To Hartford

    Janet's Jackson's Unbreakable World Tour arrives at Hartford's XL Center on Saturday, Feb. 27, according to a Live Nation press release. Tickets ($49.95-$125.95) for the general public go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at xlcenter.com or by calling 877-522-8499. American Express...

  • Meghan Trainor Concert At Mohegan Postponed

    Meghan Trainor Concert At Mohegan Postponed

    Pop star Meghan Trainor has postponed her upcoming July 4 appearance at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, according to the venue's website. A statement from Trainor: "I don't want anyone worrying but I have had a haemorrage on my left vocal chord. The doctors wants me on complete vocal rest until...

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