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All-Star Christmas


96.5 TIC and DeCormier Nissan are proud to present the All-Star Christmas, starring Train, Daughtry, Ingrid Michaelson, Matt Nathanson, and Echosmith at the Toyota Oakdale Theater powered by Xfinity on Friday December 12th!

Tickets are on sale NOW at and Oakdale.comCLICK HERE to purchase your tickets today!!

Image courtesy Vanguard Records

Matt Nathanson Gives The Gift Of Hearing

Matt Nathanson’s video for ‘Headphones’ documents his Peruvian visit, showcasing his volunteer work with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to raise awareness and funds for the hearing impaired.

96.5 TIC–10/23/2014

Photo Credit: Brain Ambrose Photography

Gavin DeGraw On The Best Christmas Gift He Gave & New Music

When Gavin DeGraw caught up with Damon Scott, he recalled the best Christmas gift he ever received as a kid. But gift giving is a two-way street, and the singer also shared the best gift he ever gave… to his brother Joey.


Photo Credit: Brain Ambrose Photography

Howie Dorough, Avril Lavigne & Gavin DeGraw Remember Their Best Christmas Presents

Like Ralphie’s Red Ryder BB Gun in A Christmas Story, everyone has their own fond memories of opening that one super special present on Christmas morning… So with December 25th quickly approaching, some of our All-Star Christmas performers revealed their all-time favorite gifts they received when they were kids!


Photo Credit: Brian Ambrose Photography

Backstreet Boys Talk Early Career Rejection & One Direction Competition

Being one of the biggest boy bands in history is no easy feat! When the Backstreet Boys sat down with Damon Scott backstage before their All-Star Christmas performance, they talked about the rejection they faced [...]


Photo Credit: Brian Ambrose Photography

Plain White Ts Talk Where Delilah Is Today & Weird Fan Gifts

The Plain White Ts kicked things off at this year’s All-Star Christmas, and they shared some insight on their biggest songs, weirdest fan presents and more backstage with Damon Scott.


Photo Credit: Brain Ambrose Photography

Backstage at the All-Star Christmas [UPDATED]

Backstreet Boys meet Gavin DeGraw! Damon Scott, Gina J, Gary Craig and more 96.5 TIC personalities! And a Chad Kroeger sighting!! See the latest backstage pics from All-Star Christmas, as the magic happens!


Photo Credit: Brian Ambrose Photography

Sara Bareilles Ponders GRAMMY Gimmicks & Explains Her ‘Brave’ Endorsement

Sara Bareilles is no stranger to GRAMMY nominations, but her recent nods for her latest album “The Blessed Unrest” took the singer by surprise. She spoke all about it backstage at 96.5 TIC’s All-Star Christmas.


Photo Credit: Brian Ambrose Photography

Backstreet Boys Live @ All-Star Christmas

The big moment is here– Backstreet Boys, live on stage at All-Star Christmas! Check out lots of BSB pics here, all courtesy of Brian Ambrose Photography!



Sara Bareilles Live @ All-Star Christmas

Sara Bareilles is live on stage at the All-Star Christmas, and we’ve got photos! Lots of photos!! Check them out here courtesy of Brian Ambrose Photography…


Photo: Gloria Korlou, 965 TIC

Chad Kroeger Spotted Backstage @ All-Star Christmas

Chad Kroeger was spotted backstage at All-Star Christmas after Avril Lavigne’s set!


Photo Credit: Brian Ambrose Photography

Avril Lavigne Live @ All-Star Christmas

Check out photos of Avril Lavigne’s performance live on stage at the All-Star Christmas! All images courtesy Brian Ambrose Photography.


Photo Credit: Brian Ambrose Photography

Gavin DeGraw Live @ All-Star Christmas

Check out photos of Gavin DeGraw live on stage at All-Star Christmas!


Photo: Damon Scott, 96.5 TIC

Awkward Moment Backstage @ All-Star Christmas

Damon got a little… er… confused when he took this photo backstage at All-Star Christmas. LOL!


Photo: Bill Sencio, 96.5 TIC

Gavin DeGraw Talks Christmas Gifts & New Music

Gavin DeGraw is getting ready to perform for his biggest fans in Connecticut at the All-Star Christmas, and he shared some insight on the Holidays, his latest album, and his Heisman Trophy connection with Damon Scott.


Photo: Bill Sencio, 96.5 TIC

Sara Bareilles Talks GRAMMY Noms & More Backstage at All-Star Christmas

Sara Bareilles stopped by to talk with Damon Scott backstage at All-Star Christmas! She gave some insight into being nominated for Album of the Year at the GRAMMYs, her Windows/ “Brave” connection and lots more.


Photo: Tristano Korlou, 965 TIC

We Are The Children Toy Drive at All-Star Christmas

Thanks SO MUCH to everyone who made a donation to We Are The Children tonight at All-Star Christmas! We collected lots of new, unwrapped toys this evening which will help make the Holidays brighter for some kids in need.


Photo: Bill Sencio, 965 TIC

Damon Interviews The Plain White T’s Backstage At All Star Christmas

Plain White Ts are getting ready to kick off the All-Star Christmas! Before they hit the stage they took the time to sit down with Damon Scott backstage to discuss their pick for the worst artist in the pop music world, what they’d be doing if they weren’t in a band and more.



Follow Along With All-Star Christmas!

There’s snow on the ground and all the artists are here at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford… and that must mean it’s time for the All-Star Christmas!


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Plain White Ts Live in Hartford

The Plain White Ts performed at the Angry Bull Saloon in Hartford this afternoon before heading out to the All-Star Christmas! Check out photos from their performance right here!


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All-Star Christmas: The Show Must Go On!

What’s All-Star Christmas without some snow? The forecast for tomorrow night’s All-Star Christmas with the Backstreet Boys, Sara Bareilles, Avril Lavigne, Gavin DeGraw and Plain White Ts is calling for snow, but despite the wintery weather, the show WILL go on!


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All-Star Spotlight: Everything Old Is New Again With the Backstreet Boys

Check out the Backstreet Boys talking about their two-decade career as we gear up for the All-Star Christmas in just a few short weeks!


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All-Star Spotlight: Avril Lavigne Talks “Rock N Roll”

All-Star Christmas performer Avril Lavigne talked about her latest album and more.


(Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

All-Star Spotlight: Backstreet Boys Talk Concert Cruises

The Backstreet Boys discuss their love of concert cruises… while it won’t prove their sea legs, the All-Star Christmas is coming up fast and they are sure to light up the stage! Listen to the full interview here…



Not Fade Away: Gavin DeGraw Talks Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man’

DeGraw’s debut was three decades after Joel’s, but that dilute the man’s impact: “I feel like I’m seeing things through his eyes when he sings his songs.”


Image courtesy Epic Records

Stream Avril Lavigne’s New Album

Avril Lavigne’s new self-titled release hits stores on November 5th, but you can stream the entire album right now on iTunes.



All-Star Christmas With Backstreet Boys, Sara Bareilles, Avril Lavigne & Gavin DeGraw

It’s that time of year– 96.5 TIC and Stone Academy proudly present the All-Star Christmas, starring Backstreet Boys, Gavin DeGraw, Sara Bareilles and Avril Lavigne at the Toyota Oakdale Theater in Wallingford on Saturday December 14th!


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Interview: Sara Bareilles Talks Going Solo, Her Gay Anthem and the Power of Beyonce

Right before last night’s (October 23), We Can Survive concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Sara Bareilles talked about going solo, the power of her song ‘Brave’ and being a woman in the music industry.


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Plain White T’s Make Like ‘The Giving Tree’ In New Music Video

In the clip which covers the dissolution of a longtime love relationship, singer/guitarist Tim Lopez takes on the song’s titular role, actually becoming “The Giving Tree,” thanks to extensive make-up that allows him to blend in with an actual tree.


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Andy Grammer: 20 Things You Didn’t Know…

Everyone knows the smash hits Keep Your Head Up and Fine By Me, but who is Andy Grammer? Andy is also truly one of the nicest and most grateful stars ever. Check out 20 things you probably didn’t know about the next star to hit the Acoustic Cafe on April 8th!



Meet & Greet With Train

Train met with some of their biggest fans in CT backstage at All-Star Christmas. Check out the photos from our exclusive Meet & Greet with the band! All photos courtesy Brian Ambrose Photography– check out to get your prints!



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