Nickelodeon is doing a good (or insidious) job of launching bands. First there was Big Time Rush, now there’s the Fresh Beat Band, stars of the TV show aimed at preschoolers, which comes to Mohegan Sun Sept. 21. Tickets go on sale April 13 at 10 a.m. for $34.50 via www.ticketmaster.com.
Jason Mraz clambers on to the big stage Aug. 25 at Comcast Theatre in Hartford, with opener Christina Perri. Tickets go on sale April 13 at 10 a.m.; prices haven’t been announced. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 6, at 10 a.m. for a June 15 performance by Rascal Flatts with Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge; prices are $70.50, $65.50 and $45.50 for reserved seats, $30.25 for the lawn, via www.livenation.com.
It’s festival season! This year’s Gathering of the Vibes, happening July 19-22 at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, features headliners Primus, Phil Lesh & Friends, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby with Branford Marsalis, Mickey Hart Band, Sound Tribe Sector 9 and the Avett Brothers. Local bands Mates of State, Max Creek, Kung Fu and Deep Banana Blackout are also scheduled to perform. For the complete lineup and ticket information, visit gatheringofthevibes.com.
Arlo Guthrie and the Guthrie Family Reunion are the star attraction at this year’s Green River Festival, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s birth July 14-15 on the campus of Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, Mass. Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Richard Thompson, Rubblebucket, David Wax Museum, CJ Chenier, Winterpills, Rebirth Brass Band and JD McPherson are among the other performers. For complete lineup and ticket information, visit www.greenriverfestival.com.
And of course, there’s the Daffodil Festival April 28-29 at Hubbard Park in Meriden. The free event features Barefoot Truth, String Theorie, Mates of State, M.T. Bearington, the Rivergods, the Guru, Farewood, the Manchurians, the Grimm Generation, Sidewalk Dave, Grayson Hugh, Amalgamated Muck, Jennifer Hill & Co., the Ivory Bills and more. For the full lineup, visit www.daffodilfest.com.
Interesting lineup: ZZ Top, 3 Doors Down and Gretchen Wilson perform May 27 at MGM Grand at Foxwoods; tickets are $90, $80 and $70. The current incarnation of ’70s champion-rockers Boston headlines July 20; tickets go on sale Friday, April 6, at 10 a.m. for $65, $55 and $45. Tickets are available via www.foxwoods.com/shows.aspx.
The Foxy Shazam postponed until June 5 a show that had been scheduled for April 1 at the Webster Theatre.
Former Trinity student/rapper Sam Adams performs April 24 at Toad’s Place in New Haven; tickets go on sale Friday, April 6, at noon for $20 via www.toadsplace.com. Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger are there June 19; tickets go on sale Friday, April 6, at noon for $20.
The Spin Doctors perform May 18 at Pearl Street in Northampton; tickets are $12.50 via www.nbotickets.com.
Xiu Xiu performs with Dirty Beaches May 7 at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton; tickets are $12. Crooked Still leader Aoife O’Donovan plays a solo show June 12; tickets are $12.50. Bowerbirds return June 18; tickets are $12. The Flatlanders perform Jun 24; tickets are $35. Tickets are available via www.nbotickets.com.
Straight No Chaser performs Aug. 25 at Ives Concert Park in Danbury; tickets go on sale Friday, April 6, at 10 a.m. for $45.50, $37.50 and $27.50 via www.premierboxoffice.com.
Guitarist Peter White plays July 19 at Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk; tickets go on sale Thursday, April 5, for $70 and $50. Tom Rush is there Aug. 9; tickets are $50, $40 and $35. Tickets are available via www.infinityhall.com/events.
Musical comedian Stephen Lynch performs April 27 at the University of New Haven; admission is free for students and $10 for the public.
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