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Steely Dan To Play Toyota Oakdale Theatre In September

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Steely Dan will perform at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford on Sept. 16. (Danny Clinch Photo.)

Steely Dan will perform at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford on Sept. 16. (Danny Clinch Photo.)

Steely Dan, the decades-old brainchild of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker with millions of album sales under its belt, will head to the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($35-$95) go on sale Friday, May 2 at 10 a.m. through oakdale.com or ticketmaster.com. Continue reading

Upcoming Concerts: Drive-By Truckers, Old Crow Medicine Show

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Drive-By Truckers play Toad's Place in New Haven on March 18. (Promotional Photo.)

Drive-By Truckers play Toad’s Place in New Haven on March 18. (Promotional Photo.)

With just over a month to wait until the arrival of Drive-By Truckers’ 12th album, “English Oceans,” it’s not too early to grab tickets for their upcoming show Toad’s Place in New Haven, which happens on Tuesday, March 18 at 8:30 p.m. Continue reading

Prince Closes Out Stint At Mohegan; Refunds Offered For After Party

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Prince plays three December shows at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Promotional Photo.)

Prince plays three December shows at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Promotional Photo.)

Sunday was the third and final night of Prince’s weekend stint at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

The series of shows marked his only East coast performances, and some of his only shows in advance of a new album in 2014.

Following up on the weekend of well attended and well received performances came an after party that left some fans revolting against the purple throne.
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Concert Review: Prince at Mohegan Sun Arena

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Two versions of Prince showed up last night at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Rock-God Prince took his time, shouting in full voice and wearing out the strings of his multi-colored guitar through long, wah-drenched solos. He churned through a slowed-down version of “Let’s Go Crazy” that briefly teased “Frankenstein” by the Edgar Winter Group. He swapped solos with his all-female rhythm section, testing the waters, taking the pulse of the audience. (“You like the rock, huh?” he said, with a sly smile.)

Then, for most of the night, there was MC Prince, who made sure everyone — his sprawling band included — got down, in a big way. He opened the show unexpectedly, rapping through “Days of Wild,” a New Power Generation song with a 1994 vintage. (It wasn’t officially released until 2002.) Throughout his 15-song set, he was generous with the spotlight, trading vocals with his backup singers and name-checking his instrumentalists. The hits came early and often: “1999,” an extended dance treatment of “Musicology,” a pair of Family songs (“Mutiny” and “Nothing Compares 2 U,” later a huge hit for Sinead O’Connor) and Time covers (“The Bird,” “Jungle Love”). He invited teams of women to dance onstage several times, doing his thing while they self-consciously did theirs.

At this point in his career, Prince clearly seems to be thinking about his own legacy and the musical lineage he comes from. He paid tribute to Curtis Mayfield with “We’re A Winner.” On longer, groove-oriented numbers when he casually directed his players, it felt like we were seeing Fela, the late Nigerian bandleader. As a first encore, Prince aligned himself with the growing EDM scene, DJ’ing a medley of his own hits (“When Doves Cry,” “Sign O’ the Times,” “Hot Thing,” and “I Would Die 4 U”) before bringing the band out for two more funk workouts (“Let’s Work” and “U Got the Look”).

Rock-God Prince owned several songs, none more memorable than “Purple Rain,” the night’s second encore, which he performed after some of the crowd had already decided to leave. On chorus after chorus of the song’s four-chord outro vamp, he explored arpeggio figures and ray-gun tones with grimaces of pure rock ectasy on his face, as the band patiently comped behind him.

Brilliant, charismatic bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding opened the show. Spalding’s music — smooth, vocal jazz with ample new-jack swing, in some of the most outsider harmonic language you’ll ever hear — illustrated yet another orbit of Prince’s sound-world, one that runs from Joni Mitchell’s mid-’70s, Jaco-driven jazz-rock albums through his own glossy ’90s work with NPG.

Is Norah Jones Playing Tonight’s Wild Rovers Tour In Hamden?

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The Wild Rovers Tour with Cory Chisel is rumored to feature a special appearance by Norah Jones. (Handout)

The Wild Rovers Tour with Cory Chisel is rumored to feature a special appearance by Norah Jones. (Handout)

* Update: unfortunately, Norah Jones did not perform Saturday night.

Tonight the Spaceland Ballroom is hosting the “Wild Rovers” Tour featuring Cory Chisel, The Candles, Invisibleman, and Adriel Denae. However it’s guesswork over the tour’s “Special Guests,” that’s drawing some buzz.

Speculation has it that none other than Norah Jones may make an appearance tonight in Hamden.

There’s more than a few signs pointing to this- Chisel spent months touring with Jones, and Josh Lattanzi of The Candles also plays bass in her backing band.

Not only that, but the Grammy award winner popped up at several previous Wild Rovers Tour dates (see here for St. Louis, MO, here for Appleton, WI, and here for St. Paul, MN). There’s similar rumors for the tour’s Hudson, NY stop on Sunday (click here).

Of course this is all speculation. A call to the show’s promoters yielded nothing but hedging and non-confirmations of potential guests.

The other problem is that the Spaceland Ballroom show is the first of three Northeast dates on this leg of tour. Jones could very well be in another part of the country by now.

Equally exciting the rumor train is the potential that Rosanne Cash, daughter to the late country legend Johnny Cash, could perform. Chisel played a sold-out show with her Friday night at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. Cash has several dates booked in the area, including one at the Palace Theatre in Stafford Springs on Dec. 13.

There’s only one way to find out about tonight’s guests.

Tickets to tonight’s show at Spaceland Ballroom are $15 at the door. The show is 21+, and doors open at 8 p.m.

Upcoming Concerts: Charles Bradley, Cat Power, Panic! At The Disco

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Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires will play Pearl Street Ballroom in Northampton. (Elizabeth Weinberg / Handout)

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires will play Pearl Street Ballroom in Northampton. (Elizabeth Weinberg / Handout)

Charles Bradley’s recent rise to popularity came late in his life, but age hasn’t stopped the screaming eagle of soul from pouring out his energy and love at the Pearl Street Ballroom this winter.

Bradley performs with His Extraordinaires at the Northampton venue on Feb. 5. Tickets are $17 in advance through iheg.com (on sale Friday), or $20 at the door.

There will be panic down 91 in Wallingford when Panic! At The Disco play The Dome at Oakdale on Jan. 29. The general admission show goes on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster, for $29.75. Continue reading