For those of you who want to paint your faces like kabuki demons and shout at the devil — and you know who you are — you’re in luck: Kiss and Mötley Crüe are co-headlining what they’re simply calling “The Tour,” which wraps up Sept. 23 at Comcast Theatre in Hartford. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 23, at 10 a.m. for $151 for a VIP Package; $90.50 and $50.50 for reserved seats; and $30 for the lawn (or four lawn tickets for $108), via www.livenation.com.
Face painting seems rather less likely when Crosby, Stills & Nash performs June 16 at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford; tickets go on sale March 30 at 10 a.m. for $76, $56 and $46 via www.livenation.com.
Cake plays May 9 at the Palace Theater in Waterbury; tickets go on sale Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m. for $50, $40 and $35 via www.palacetheaterct.org.
Ben Harper plays an acoustic show Oct. 7 at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton; tickets go on sale Friday, March 23, at 10 a.m. for $45 and $35. Tickets are available via www.nbotickets.com.
Disco Biscuits side project Conspirator plays April 14 at Pearl Street in Northampton; tickets are $15 via www.nbotickets.com.
Jesse Malin returns June 15 to the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton; tickets are $15. Matthew Sweet is there June 17 performing his “Girlfriend” album in its entirety; tickets are $30. Nellie McKay plays June 22; tickets are $20. Tickets are available via www.nbotickets.com.
It’s either the hottest live-entertainment retro trend of the year, or a sign of our culture’s inexorable decline (or both): Foam N’ Glow, billed as “America’s Largest Foam Party,” hits the Webster Theatre Saturday, March 24, where it “fuses high-energy music, ultraviolet dancers, fire performers, CO2 shows and foam into one mind blowing combination.” Tickets are $22 in advance, and all-white attire is suggested. Candlebox plays May 4; tickets go on sale Friday, March 23, for $21. Thrice is there May 27; tickets are $17.99. Tickets are available via www.tickets.com.
Bob Marley’s old band, the Wailers, performs (without him, obviously) May 16 at Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk; tickets go on sale today, March 22, for $60 and $40. Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio play a pair of shows June 3, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 and $75 per show. Matthew Sweet does the “Girlfriend” show June 16; tickets are $60 and $40. Connecticut native Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers play June 27; tickets are $41, $31 and $26. Tickets are available via www.infinityhall.com/calendar.
Connecticut’s Ken Morr Band plays a CD release show April 5 at Bridge Street Live in the Collinsville section of Canton; tickets are $25 and $15 via www.41bridgestreet.com/calendar.
Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, featuring Allman Brothers Band drummer and Bloomfield resident Jaimoe, performs April 13 at Arch Street Tavern; tickets are $17. Hot Day at the Zoo is there April 20; tickets are $7. Tickets are available via www.archstreettavern.com.
Paul Gruel, author of the new book “Lawyers, Guns and Photos: My Adventures With Warren Zevon,” holds a book-release party with local musician Brian MacDonald April 27 at Black-Eyed Sally’s in Hartford. This week, Sally’s hosts Joe Krown Trio Thursday, March 22 (tickets are $15), and Debbie Davies Saturday, March 24 (tickets are $10). Jimmy Thackery is there March 30 (tickets are $12) and Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez play March 31 (tickets are $10).
The Sounding Board Coffeehouse in West Hartford hosts the Please & Thank-You Stringband April 7 (tickets: $16, $14 for members); the Lost Acres String Band April 14 (tickets: $16, $14 for members); Storrs’ own Poor Old Shine April 21 (tickets: $16, $14 for members) and Last Fair Deal April 28 (tickets: $16, $14 members). Concerts take place at the Universalist Church of West Hartford. For reservations or more information, e-mail email@example.com, or call 860-635-7685.
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