It happens every spring, without fail: I go on a huge Grateful Dead tear. Continue reading
Few artists have earned their “living legend” status like singer Tony Bennett, who turned 87 last summer. (How many other musicians can you name who’ve sold more than more than 10 million records, after turning 75?) Continue reading
It’s not really summer in Hartford without a visit from the Dave Matthews Band, who’ll play at the newly branded XFINITY (formerly Comcast) Theatre in on Friday, July 11 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 12 at 7 p.m. Continue reading
It’s true: Dave loves Hartford. Continue reading
Fall Out Boy and Paramore, two of the biggest power pop groups of the aughts, will kick off a summer Monumentour in Hartford on June 19, with a show at the newly branded Xfinity Theatre (formerly the Comcast Theatre). Continue reading
Effective today, Hartford’s Comcast Theatre will be rebranded as the XFINITY Theatre, according to a Live Nation press release received this morning. The name change coincides with a four-year extension of a current seven-year agreement, which gives Comcast the right to name the theater through 2019.
The venue, which was previously known as the Meadows Music Theatre, can accommodate up to 25,000 people and hosts roughly 20 concerts per year.
The press release also notes that “Comcast’s sponsorship at the Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Connecticut is also changing to Xfinity branding.”
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.
Note to JT: how can we miss you if you don’t go away?