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Portraits of Canton: André Balazs

March 10, 2016 Arts and Entertainment, Photos No Comments

These days, André Balazs’ musical excursions are generally solo. On Saturday night, however, the New Hampshire resident brings the Bipolar Jukebox experience to the band’s old stomping grounds — the Crown and Hammer Pub in Collinsville.

“I love playing with the guys. They’re really exceptional – Dennis Fancher on guitar and Charlie Dye on drums – just really, really, really killer musicians,” he said. “Almost all the other gigs I do are solo, so it’s kind of a blast to play with the band . . .  It just raises your game as a player.”

Saturday is a homecoming of sorts for the Farmington native, who also lived in Collinsville for several years.

“I haven’t been floored by the quality of players that I’ve met up in New Hampshire yet,” he said. “Definitely you appreciate how lucky we are in Connecticut. I took for granted just having monsters around. I didn’t have to travel very far to get humbled or to learn a few moves.”

“It’s also a home crowd,” Balazs added. “The requests are for originals, which is kind of a neat thing. You take that for granted when you go to a new place like New Hampshire. Slowly it’s happening, but it takes time.”

Balazs also plays at La Trattoria in Canton every Thursday night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The gig at ‘The Crown,” 3 Depot St., Collinsville, starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2016.

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