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LMFAO Party Rocks Your Tuesday!

Another dreary day is on tap for the tristate area! It’s time to spice it up on Tune Tuesday by throwing a little LMFAO in the spotlight. This song will get your day jump started in the right direction, even before the first sip of coffee with it’s explosive amount of energy to have you pushing the pedal to the medal!

Just remember to apologize to your neighbors in the cubicles for party rocking.

Music Review: Justin Bieber Grows Up!

Am I too old to have a “Bieber Fever”? Probably, but Justin Bieber has come out with this hot new track that’s totally addictive and gets your heart pumping. It’s one of those songs that you listen to at a club. A whole new kind of Bieber, and with his newly released video, we can now see just how grown up he has become.

Take a listen!

Tune Tuesday: You Are a Cinema!

Ever hear a good song that just makes you want to get up out of the drivers seat of the car and just start dancing? I know I’m not the only one with such a passion!

Today, I heard this song called Cinema on the David Guetta station on my Pandora. I wish I could have put it on repeat for the entire duration I was in the car! I had this weird image that my car suddenly became a mobile nightclub complete with laser lights and bottles of champagne.

Am I the only one who thinks like that when club songs come on?

An Evening of Jazz Presented by The Litchfield Jazz Festival

As a music lover, I’m one who enjoys a wide variety of music. In my car on the way to work or on a one of my many road trips, I’ll throw on some tunes from everything from rock and roll to country and all points in between. It’s what keeps my beat alive as I make my way to various destination points. One beat I haven’t given much of a chance, however, is jazz. The harmonic beauty of jazz I have left out of the picture for so long. It was as if I was being prejudice against it’s very existence. Recently, however, I had some light shown to me about what the beat of jazz is really like, and boy was I ever missing out on some good times.

In the quaint, yet bucolic, town of Kent here in Litchfield County, jazz lives on and is the beat of the drum for the town. Everywhere you look during the summer, you’ll discover signs bragging all about some jazz festival that’s coming to town in August. If you didn’t know anything about it, you may just give it a brief look and then move on. I beg you, however, not to move on as I have witnessed what is perhaps some of the best music this country has to offer. From July 11th-August 6th, Kent is the star attraction for jazz as they put on a show called ‘Kent has that Jazz’ which is a month of free jazz concerts on display in various locations throughout Kent and is presented by the Litchfield Jazz Festival.

Over the course of the month, you’ll be able to sit back and relax at places like the Kent School’s Mattison Auditorium where you’ll discover the professionals on stage including the Litchfield Jazz Camp teaching artists. I made it a point to discover what I had been missing out on my whole life, and what better way to experience an evening of jazz than with the professionals themselves. This past Monday evening, I took the short trek down to Kent from Torrington to get in touch with my inner jazz loving self, which came out quite quickly as soon as the tunes started about. As I sat in the Kent School’s auditorium, I listened in as bittersweet symphonies got things rolling leading up to foot tapping and hand clapping as the music became more livelier. Trumpeters and pianists alike took to the stage to entertain the crowd,which became just as lively as the music once everyone got into the rhythm of things.

Around here,the arts are everything. If you were ever looking for a state that was abundantly rich in the arts, Connecticut is undoubtedly your destination to turn to. We have some amazingly talented people packed into one charming little state, yet together we are all working to build a name, not only for ourselves, but also the communities that we live in, and as the sun sets over the hillsides in Kent, it’s an evening of free jazz in Kent that makes Kent the main attraction of choice for locals and tourists alike.

For more information, visit: The Litchfield Jazz Festival

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THIS WEEKEND: The New England Jazz & Blues Festival

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After a long week of work, isn’t time to get out and unwind with the family? You bet it is! This weekend, jazz it up a bit, literally! The New England Jazz & Blues Festival kicks off this weekend at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury. The event is produced by Mike Gow who has co-hosted the Litchfield Jazz Festival for many years. Now, he is bringing the excitement of jazz to Middlebury. This is the first annual event and it’s a unique opportunity to enjoy some fun filled action on the rides of the amusement park while enjoying a little jazz throughout the afternoon and evening. The price of the admission includes the show, rides, and parking.

All the fun starts Saturday at 1PM as the Nicole Zuraitis Group opens up the world of entertainment to a variety of other performers such as groups like Chris Brubeck & Triple Play, Kal David & The Real Deal, and Hall of Famer James Cotton w/special guest Billy Squier. Can’t make the show Saturday? No problem! The fun continues on into Sunday with even more performers such as Ali Ryerson Quintet, Roomful of Blues, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson. A portion of the proceeds to these shows will support Litchfield Jazz Camp Scholarships so as you’re enjoying a great day out, you’re also doing good to support the arts and culture as well.

After you’ve enjoyed a day of splendor filled with activities that will knock your socks off as you listen to all the jazz greats entertain for the masses, head on over to the After Hours Party which will take place at 10PM at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Southbury. All ticket holders are invited to the event, and admission to the party is also included in the ticket price. This is your chance to spend the night with the entertainers as you get up close and personal with them. Join in on all the excitement by bringing your guitar or other musical instruments!

For more information, visit: http://www.newenglandjazzbluesfestival.com/

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