Infinity Music Hall Opens In August With Toad the Wet Sprocket

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infinityhWhen the curtain goes up next month at the anxiously anticipated opening of Hartford’s Infinity Hall & Bistro, it will be the  ’80s/’90s alternative group Toad the Wet Sprocket taking center stage.

Infinity Hall founder/owner Dan Hincks announced Thursday that ribbon-cutting will be held on Aug. 21 with the well-known reunited band christening the stage with its performance on Aug. 28.

“It is absolutely a tremendous feeling to see it happening,” said Hincks. ” I have gotten so much support from everybody in the Hartford community.  It’s a big project and a real joy to see it come to fruition.”

Celebrating the “new beat” that comes with the announced music hall opening was Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.

“It’s a good beat for the city,” said Segarra about the music hall opening. “There is a lot of positive energy in Hartford and this is one of those exciting additions.”

Considered a key component to downtown’s Front Street entertainment district development, the $6 million concert hall and bistro project has been one of the main topics of discussion around the city since first proposed as the main jewel in the riverfront development project in 2012. City leaders and business owners have attentively watched as construction on the performance venue progressed over the past year, a project they are banking on as a critical boost the city needs as part of its revitalization efforts.

“I am really excited to see the house lights come on,” said Michael W. Freimuth, executive director of the Capital Region Development Authority. “The music hall is going to generate more foot traffic for the restaurants that have opened, complements the theater and offers another amenity to the overall convention center area.”

Among the artists already booked for the Hartford venue, Hincks said, are John Mayall, Paula Poundstone, Chick Corea and the Vigil, 10,000 Maniacs, Black 47 and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

The music hall seats about 500 people. The venue, funded in part with $1.3 million in state bonding money, includes a 9,800 square feet main level which includes box office, bistro and music hall and a 7,000 square-foot mezzanine with more seating, VIP dining space, kitchen,  green room for artists, and a private dining room that is available for rent .

The Hartford location is the second location for Infinity Hall. The original venue, which opened in 2008,  is located in a 19th century restored opera house in rural Norfolk. It has become a popular concert site featuring an eclectic mix of live acts ranging from Wilson Phillips, Kevin Bacon and the Bacon Band to Keb Mo, the late Dave Brubeck,  Kevin Costner and his band  and Tory Amos.

“Without Norfolk, we wouldn’t be in Hartford,” Hincks said Thursday. “The patrons truly appreciate the high quality entertainment Infinity provides,” he said. “It makes senses to expand into Hartford. We’re so excited to join this increasingly vibrant market and thrilled to bring Connecticut and Massachusetts even more music and dining options.”

Toad the Wet Sprocket is best known for its 90s hits including “All I Want” and “Walk on The Ocean.”  The band split in the late 90s, reunited years later and now doing concert tours together. In 2013 the group, that includes Glen Phillips, Todd Nichols, Dean Dinning, and Randy Guss, released an album ” New Constellation.”

Asked if he knew anything about the group whose music was also featured in movies including “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”  in 1992 and Mike Myers “So I Married An Axe Murder” in 1993, Segarra said his memory of the band was “refreshed” upon learning the official news about the opening performance.

“I absolutely will be at that concert,” he said.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other dignitaries are expected at the Aug. 21 ribbon-cutting. The bistro will open Aug. 22, Hincks said.

“We will be offering diners a tour of the building and the music hall when they come in,” he said.

Located next to the upscale Capital Grille and across from Ted Turner’s Ted’s Montana Grill, the music hall/bistro also shares the block with the Spotlight Theaters. The Front Street project is being developed by the HB Nitkin Group, with Nixs Hartford restaurant also scheduled to open soon.

Infinity tickets go on sale for some of the Hartford venue July 24. People can visit the website, InfinityHall.com, to purchase concert tickets and make dinner reservations, or call the box office at 866-666-6306.

 

 

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