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If you had told our teenage selves that we would interview Howard Jones in the future, we’d most definitely not have believed you! But, here we are, about to talk to Howard freakin’ Jones! With two shows coming up in our area, Daryl’s House, Pawling and Infinity Hall, Hartford, we had a couple of questions to ask and share with our Unlocking readers!

Around the world, Howard Jones has had an impressive 15 top 40 hit singles between 1983 and 1992. His current tour, “Solo – The Songs & The Stories” will include trips down memory lane recounted by Howard, behind the scenes stories (we love!) and the inspiration behind the songs.

We recently had the opportunity to pop over the state line to visit Daryl’s House, a super duper live music venue and restaurant in Pawling, New York. Not only did we get to sample some of the new dishes they recently added to their menu, we got to sit with DARYL HALL!! We asked him a bunch of questions and ate a lot of good food. Thank you rockstar gods for granting us this O.M.G. life-moment.

Litchfield Magazine and TownVibe, we tip our hats to you for putting together the Taste of Litchfield! Litchfield County is a tasty place, so to get so many incredible restaurants, specialty markets, and distillers in one glorious location was so much fun, and super convenient for us tasters!

This was a foodies paradise…aka our paradise! Without further ado, here’s our highlights of the day, Unlocking Litchfield style. 🙋🏼💁🏻

Who hasn’t seen Jersey Boys? Even if you haven’t sung along to the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musical, you can catch four stars from the original Broadway cast in The Midtown Men. This super-suave musical group includes Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer.

We got to chat with Michael Longoria, so check out our interview below!

We had the pleasure of taking a break during our workday and chatting with Broadway legend, Betty Buckley. An award-winning career that has encompassed TV, film, stage and concert work around the globe, Betty is probably best known as the quintessential musical theater actress.

This talented Tony Award winner will be singing songs from her recently released live double album, Story Songs, in a couple of upcoming shows at the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk (and look out for our exclusive Wall Street Theater blog post coming this week!). Her album is a collection of music from all genres, from theater to folk, to Top 40.

If you’re a 90s music fan, then you definitely know Nelson’s Can’t Live Without Your Love and Affection hit (it reached #1 on US Billboard Hot 100) and yes, we were obsessed. We’re also fans of Gunnar and Matthew Nelson’s father, Ricky Nelson. He starred in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet from 1952-1966, Rio Bravo with John Wayne and Dean Martin (to name just a couple), and stole the hearts of fans all over the world, even after his death in 1985.

Rick’s twin sons play an amazing tribute show to their father in Ricky Nelson Remembered – and if you love his music, it’s a must see [Lora’s seen it and highly recommends!]. Grab your tickets now for their Ridgefield Playhouse show on April 13th – click here

Frontman and singer-songwriter for the Platinum-selling, 90s alternative rock band, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Glen Phillips heads to Infinity Hall Norfolk on April 7th with “nothing but six strings, the truth and that one-a-kind voice,” according to the IH website.  You know the hits, “All I Want,” “Walk on the Ocean,” “Something’s Always Wrong,” “Fall Down,” and much more! Read our interview with him below…

Bethany Watson is a co-host on the extremely popular iHeartRADIO “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show,” which has millions of listeners tuning in every day. Bethany is also a kindred spirit. She is never without a coffee in hand…and if she is, then there’s a cocktail in its place. She keeps us up-to-date with the news and what’s trending, and can be (self-admittedly) totally nerdy (she does a piece on the morning show called Hip Hop Clarinet).

Lora knew Bethany from a previous photoshoot, so we said, “Hey Bethany, we’re going to be in the city, can we come visit you at the studio and ask you a bunch of random questions?” to which she replied, “Suuuuure, come on over!” She’s super nice like that.

We grew up listening to 10,000 Maniacs‘ “What’s the Matter Here” and “Trouble Me” to name just a couple of their hits…so when we found out the band was coming to the Fairfield Theatre on January 14th, we reached out to lead singer Mary Ramsey to chat with her! Make sure you get your tickets and head out to this great venue for what’s sure to be an amazing show!