This is pretty cool: if you’re a music fan living in the Hartford area, you’ve probably caught more than a few shows at Arch Street Tavern. You’re also likely to be familiar with Little Ugly, a local quartet that’s really at the top of its game right now, with a recent EP, “Where the River’s Born,” funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign, tours all over the map and a shelf full of music awards. Continue reading
Hordes of out-of-town (or out-of-state) Phish fans will roll into Hartford on Sunday, Oct. 27, when the band performs at the XL Center. Which raises a serious question: what should everyone do before and after the show?
A couple of suggestions: Arch Street Tavern (85 Arch St.) will host before and after parties, with Vermont-based Jerry Garcia Band tribute Cats Under The Stars launching into their Jerry thing early (5 p.m., 4 p.m. doors), and Dead Set (Cats Under The Stars plus special guests) jamming on Grateful Dead covers into the wee hours. Drummer Bill Carbone (Max Creek) and Colby Dix (of Touchpants, one of Phish drummer Jon Fishman’s other bands) will sit in. Maybe some unexpected guests will show up? (And do you really have to go to work on Monday?)
Phish tribute Seven Below, who recently won the Connecticut Music Award’s Best Cover/Tribute Band, will be at the Hartford Room at East Coast Dog (257 Asylum St., right across the street from the venue) from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday. (If you happen to be in town the night before, the Alchemystics are playing the same room.)
Of course, there are a ton of great restaurants and bars around town. (We’ve got a searchable database on our site.)
Conscientious objectors to Phish’s music could always head down to hear DJ Steve Aoki in Wallingford, but I imagine none of them have read this far.
Be safe, and have a blast. (Oh, and have you heard what they did down in Hampton yet?)
Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band performs June 26 at Mohegan Sun; tickets go on sale Friday, April 27, at 10 a.m. for $185 and $135. Veteran German hard-rock band the Scorpions is there July 9; tickets go on sale Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m. for $40. Marc Anthony, singer and songwriter Marco Antonio Solis and pop singer Chayanne bring their “Gigantes” tour Aug. 9 to Mohegan; tickets go on sale Thursday, April 26, at 10 a.m. for $155 and $125. Tickets are available via www.ticketmaster.com.
Willie Nelson performs June 18 at the Shubert Theater in New Haven; tickets go on sale Friday, April 27, at 10 a.m. for $100, $78, $68 and $58. Tickets are available via www.shubert.com.
Gov’t Mule performs with moe. June 24 on the new Festival Stage at Comcast Theatre in Hartford; tickets go on sale Friday, April 27, at 10 a.m. for $32.50. Five Finger Death Punch is there Aug. 15 with western Massachuetts band Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Pop Evil, Emmure and God Forbid; tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for $33.50. Tickets are available via www.livenation.com.
Jackson Browne brings his acoustic tour with Sara Watkins Aug. 1 to Mountain Park in Holyoke; tickets go on sale May 4 for $76, $56 and $46, via www.nbotickets.com.
Performances this weekend by area bands that are well worth checking out:
FRIDAY, Feb. 24
M.T. Bearington, Elison Jackson and Space Orphans at Arch Sreet Tavern, 85 Arch St., Hartford. Doors at 8:30 p.m. It’s a classic local-band-makes-good story: New Haven’s M.T. Bearington is one of several Connecticut acts accepted to perform at this year’s South by Southwest festival next month in Austin, Texas. There’s just one catch: going to Austin is expensive. To help the group out, Chip’s Unnamed Local Band Show (which, like the Courant, is part of CT1 Media) put together this benefit show to raise money for the trip. It’s a worthy cause: M.T. Bearington’s 2011 album, “Love Buttons” (reviewed here), a well-crafted blend of folk, rock and psychedelia, was one of the best albums a Connecticut band released in 2011. If that weren’t enough, Elison Jackson and Space Orphans are on the bill, too. $5 cover, with all money going to the bands.
Stop Exploding You Cowards! with the Defcon Five, the Hulls, the Royal Swindle and Pickpocket at The Space, 295 Treadwell St., New Haven. Doors at 7 p.m. First, Stop Exploding You Cowards! has a great acronym, SEXYC. Also, the South Windsor band seeks to push its 3rd-wave ska style beyond what it calls “the typical cliche ‘ska/punk’ sound,” and that’s a noble goal for sure. New Haven garage-punks Defcon Five, veteran New Haven punk band the Hulls, ska/reggae band the Royal Swindle and Meriden punk band Pickpocket. Tickets are $10.
The Groomers, One Hundred Year Ocean and Osier Bed at Storrs Congregational Church, 2 North Eagleville Road, Storrs. 5:30 p.m. WHUS-FM (91.7), the University of Connecticut radio station, hosts its first concert of the semester with New Haven punks the Groomers and a pair of Willimantic bands: One Hundred Year Ocean, a dirgey indie-pop band; and Osier Bed, which has a punkier sound. The show is free, though organizers will collect donations for the Covenant Soup Kitchen.
SATURDAY, Feb. 25
Winterpills and Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion at the Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton. 7 p.m. OK, so it’s not a Connecticut show, but Northampton is just as close to Hartford as New Haven. Plus, it’s Winterpills, another local-ish band headed to Austin, with a passel of songs from the the group’s gorgeous new album, “All My Lovely Goners.” Though the album came out Feb. 14 (reviewed here), the band plays its local CD release show this weekend, with support from friends and recent tourmates (and Berkshires residents) Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the door.