Here are a couple shows by Connecticut acts worth checking out this weekend:
FRIDAY, Feb. 17
Frank Viele with Jamie Lynn Hart & the Folkadelics, the Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. 8 p.m. With his band, the Manhattan Project, Hamden resident Viele is known for a high-energy blend of rock, soul and classic pop. He’s on this own for this show, returning to his singer-songwriter roots and stripping his songs down to their solo-acoustic bones. Boston folk-pop singer Hart opens the show, presumably with songs from her new full-length debut, “Anticipate.” $10.
SATURDAY, Feb. 18
Hannah Cranna with the Manchurians and Age of Reason, Cafe Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. 9 p.m. After a long absence, New Haven power-pop band Hannah Cranna (named for the Monroe town witch) is back together with a new album, sort of. “A Real Nice Parade” (available via CDBaby and IndepenDisc) the band’s first release since 1997, is actually a mix of five new songs recorded last year, and seven songs the band liked best from its heyday. All of them are catchy alt-pop songs built around jangling guitars and vocal harmonies that draw on the influence of the Beatles, Big Star and Badfinger.
In fact, Badfinger singer and guitarist Joey Molland produced the group’s self-titled 1997 album, and is a featured guest on the closing track here, a cover of Badfinger’s”Money/Flying,” recorded live in New Haven in ’97 For longtime fans, it’s a promising return from old friends with a knack for melody. For the uninitiated, it’s a strong introduction to a band the Courant described as “one of Connecticut’s best” back in the day. $5 cover.
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