Tickets ($35-$40) go on sale starting Friday, May 16 at noon through manicproductions.org and premierconcerts.com.
Arcade Fire’s North American tour hits Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena on March 18. It’s also the last of nine shows to feature a pair of newly announced openers: electronic composer/musician Dan Deacon and Canadian DJ Kid Koala. Continue reading
What a year.
Some incredible, superstar acts came through Connecticut in 2013 — Justin Timberlake, Phish, Drake, Pearl Jam, Elton John, Rosanne Cash, Chris Cornell, Black Sabbath, tons and tons of awesome indie-rock bands, avant-garde jazzers and hip-hop artists (and later this week, we get to see Prince, Janelle Monae, Esperanza, Robert Randolph and a few others). It was so much fun covering them for the Advocates and CTNow.
But I also got to write about a few local acts — not as many as I would have hoped for, but a decent cross-section — who did some amazing things. When I talked to them, they were hilariously funny, nervous, smart and insightful. Best of all: they made killer music, all of them.
So, here’s a quick rundown of my year covering the Connecticut music scene. And here’s to an even better 2014. Cheers, and thanks for reading.
Sure, Coachella sounds cool: held this year on successive weekends April 13-15 and April 20-22, the festival in Indio, Calif., features Radiohead, the Black Keys, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg and tons more bands. The California desert is a long way to go, though, and getting — and staying — there isn’t cheap.
If attending Coachella is a bit out of reach, then, consider Fauxchella, happening April 21 in Bridgeport. It’s true, Bridgeport is rather less exotic than California and, well, pretty much anywhere else, but the bands are good and the price is right: $18 gets you seven hours of music and, instead of putting money in the pockets of concert promoters, helps to fund Gallery 305K, the Bridgeport arts space at 305 Knowlton St. that’s hosting Fauxchella.
Performers include Brooklyn’s Fang Island, Houston instrumental metal band Scale the Summit and a slew of local and regional bands: A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Aficionado, the Morning on Fire, Wess Meets West, Babytown Frolics, Suns, the Files and Fires, Fake Babies, Voodoo Fix, Ports of Spain, Vitamin Sun, Damopes and White Women.
Tickets are available here.
Primus and Phil Lesh & Friends headline this year’s Gathering of the Vibes festival in Bridgeport, along with Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby with Branford Marsalis, Mickey Hart Band, Sound Tribe Sector 9 and the Avett Brothers.
Yonder Mountain String Band, 7 Walkers, the Greyboy Allstars and Steel Pulse are also scheduled to perform at the 17th-annual jam-band festival, happening July 19-22 at Seaside Park in Bridgeport. Dark Star Orchestra, Zappa Plays Zappa and Bridgeport funk band Deep Banana Blackout will also perform.
The lineup also includes Stratford indie-pop duo Mates of State, veteran Connecticut jam band Max Creek and local up-and-comers Kung Fu, along with the Ryan Montbleau Band, Zach Deputy, Keller Williams and George Porter & Runnin’ Pardners. See the complete lineup here.
Tickets are on sale now for the festival, which features 40 bands, camping and activities for kids.
“Gathering of the Vibes celebrates the way music allows us to share that which goes beyond words,” festival founder Ken Hays said in a press release announcing this year’s lineup. “Right now there’s a convergence of jam bands, electronica and rock ‘n’ roll — bridging the generations and truly making this a festival with something for everyone.”