Fleetwood Mac heads to the XL Center in Hartford on Nov. 1. (Danny Clinch Photo.)
The classic Fleetwood Mac lineup — Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie — will head to the XL Center in Hartford on Saturday, Nov. 1, according to a LiveNation press release.
Tickets ($49.50-$179.50) go on sale starting Monday, April 7 at 10 a.m. through xlcenter.com or LiveNation.com or by calling 877-522-8499.
Sometimes blog posts just write themselves.
The Grateful Dead, taken at the Hartford Civic Center, May 1977. From left to right: Phil Lesh, Donna Jean Godchaux, Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia. (Peter Simon Photo.)
It happens every spring, without fail: I go on a huge Grateful Dead tear. Continue reading
Tony Bennett returns to Hartford on May 30. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images.)
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
The Dave Matthews Band returns to Hartford in July. (Johnathon Henninger Photo.)
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
The Dave Matthews Band plays the Xfinity Center in Hartford on June 7. (Johnathon Henninger Photo.)
It’s true: Dave loves Hartford. Continue reading
Fall Out Boy and Paramore kick off their summer tour in Hartford on June 19. (Promotional Photo.)
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
What’s in a name? A lot, apparently.
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.”
Couchtouring became more of a thing in 2013.
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.
The Gipsy Kings play Northampton’s Calvin Theatre on January 22. (Promotional Photo.)
Nobody rocks flamenco like France’s Gipsy Kings.