Construction continues apace at the Front Street location of Infinity Music Hall & Bistro in Hartford.
Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias co-headline July 26 at Mohegan Sun; tickets go on sale Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. for $135 and $95. The Wanted performs Aug. 24; tickets go on sale Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. for $30. Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson is there Oct. 4, performing Tull’s 1972 album “Thick as a Brick” in its entirety, then following it with “Thick as a Brick 2.” Tickets go on sale Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. for $35. This year’s American Idol Live! tour, featuring finalists from the TV singing competition, hits Mohegan Sept. 2; tickets are $71 and $61. Tickets are available via www.ticketmaster.com.
Duran Duran performs Aug. 24 at MGM Grand at Foxwoods; tickets go on sale Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. for $75, $65 and $55 via www.foxwoods.com.
Girl Talk headlines Aug. 18 at Mountain Park in Holyoke; tickets go on sale Friday, May 18, for $25 via www.nbotickets.com.
Heavy metal band Korn performs with Sluggo and J Devil June 17 in the Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford; tickets go on sale Friday, May 11, at 10 a.m. for $39.50. The Wiggles play the main room there Aug. 14; tickets go on sale Friday, May 11, at 10 a.m. for $45, $31 and $21. Tickets are available via www.livenation.com.
Iron & Wine performs July 27 at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton; tickets go on sale Friday, May 11, at 10 a.m. for $35 and $25 via www.nbotickets.com.
Halestorm plays June 26 at Pearl Street in Northampton; tickets are $16. G. Love & Special Sauce is there June 27; tickets are $20. Foxy Shazam plays the Club Room July 7; tickets are $9.93. Tickets are available via www.nbotickets.com.
Skeletonwitch performs with Barn Burner July 15 at the Webster Underground in Hartford; tickets are $12 in advance.
The summer schedule is filling up.
For starters, the Allman Brothers Band and Santana coheadline July 28 at Comcast Theatre in Hartford, one of just six dates nationwide the groups are playing. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. for $93.50, $63.50, $53.50, $43.50, $33.50 and $23.50 for reserved seats and $21.50 for the lawn. Tickets are available via www.livenation.com.
One Direction opens a U.S. tour May 22 at Mohegan Sun; tickets are $59.50, $49.50, $39.50 and $29.50. Demi Lovato performs with Hot Chelle Rae June 30 at Mohegan Sun; tickets go on sale Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. for $34.50. Linkin Park headlines this year’s Honda Civic Tour with Mute Math Aug. 12 at Mohegan Sun; tickets go on sale Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. for $69.50 and $49.50. The Zac Brown Band plays a pair of dates Aug. 31 and Sept. 1; tickets go on sale Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m. for $97 and $77. Tickets are available via www.ticketmaster.com.
They’re not summer shows, but Carrie Underwood plays a pair of Connecticut dates later this year: Sept. 15 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport and Nov. 10 at XL Center in Hartford. Tickets for both shows go on sale May 24 at 10 a.m. via www.ticketmaster.com. No word on Bridgeport prices, but Hartford tickets are $65, $55 and $45.
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.
Nickelodeon is doing a good (or insidious) job of launching bands. First there was Big Time Rush, now there’s the Fresh Beat Band, stars of the TV show aimed at preschoolers, which comes to Mohegan Sun Sept. 21. Tickets go on sale April 13 at 10 a.m. for $34.50 via www.ticketmaster.com.
Jason Mraz clambers on to the big stage Aug. 25 at Comcast Theatre in Hartford, with opener Christina Perri. Tickets go on sale April 13 at 10 a.m.; prices haven’t been announced. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 6, at 10 a.m. for a June 15 performance by Rascal Flatts with Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge; prices are $70.50, $65.50 and $45.50 for reserved seats, $30.25 for the lawn, via www.livenation.com.
It’s festival season! This year’s Gathering of the Vibes, happening July 19-22 at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, features headliners Primus, Phil Lesh & Friends, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby with Branford Marsalis, Mickey Hart Band, Sound Tribe Sector 9 and the Avett Brothers. Local bands Mates of State, Max Creek, Kung Fu and Deep Banana Blackout are also scheduled to perform. For the complete lineup and ticket information, visit gatheringofthevibes.com.
Arlo Guthrie and the Guthrie Family Reunion are the star attraction at this year’s Green River Festival, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s birth July 14-15 on the campus of Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, Mass. Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Richard Thompson, Rubblebucket, David Wax Museum, CJ Chenier, Winterpills, Rebirth Brass Band and JD McPherson are among the other performers. For complete lineup and ticket information, visit www.greenriverfestival.com.
In the midst of a whirlwind classical career, vocalist Matt Alber couldn’t shake the idea that he ought to try being a singer-songwriter. So he did it.
After recording seven albums in five years as part of the chorale group Chanticleer — two of which won Grammys — Alber, 37, struck out on his own.
“I kind of had a crossroads,” Alber says from home in Washington state, before starting a tour that comes Friday, April 6, to Infinity Music Hall. “I could either stay in this amazing group called Chanticleer for the rest of my career, if they’ll have me, or I can see about writing songs.”
After years of playing bass in jazz and pop bands and teaching, Northfield resident Tracy Walton decided it was time to follow his own muse and recorded a solo debut, last year’s aptly titled “Brand New Again.”
It’s a collection laced with elements of folk and country on songs that are pleasant enough despite some clunky lyrical moments. Walton assembled a group of skilled players, including Yale alumnus Rich Hinman, and the songs have a rich Americana feel. There’s mournful steel guitar on opener “Too Far Gone,” a thumping rockabilly bass line on the title track and bright shards of trebly electric guitar crackling on the lazy shuffle “92.”
The last song on the album, the piano ballad “Friend of Mine,” has been selected to accompany “Survive the Drive,” a year-long campaign by a group called S.A.V.E.S. (Support Automotive Violence Education Services), intended to emphasize safety for teen drivers (all of whom are probably listening to Nicki Minaj or One Direction instead). As part of his participation, Walton will donate some proceeds from various fund-raising concerts, including one Wednesday, April 4, at Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $55 and $35, via this link.
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.
Mohegan Sun has finally announced ticket details for a performance June 9 by Bonnie Raitt, with opener Mavis Staples. The tour is for Raitt’s new album, “Slipstream,” which features writing contributions from Connecticut native Big Al Anderson. Tickets are $30.50 via www.ticketmaster.com.
Kaskade becomes the first act to perform on Live Nation’s new Festival Stage at Comcast Theatre (that is, on the grounds outside the actual shed) with a show June 23. Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 17, at 10 a.m. for $125 (a VIP pack that includes a gift bag) $39, $34 and $29, via www.livenation.com.
Snoop Dogg performs March 28 at Toad’s Place in New Haven; tickets are $37.50. Big D and the Kids Table is there May 10; tickets are $13. The Darkness makes its Connecticut debut May 18; tickets go on sale Friday, March 16, at noon for $29. Yo Gotti is there May 21; tickets $16. Tickets are available via www.toadsplace.com.
Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals perform May 11 at Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk; tickets go on sale Thursday, March 15, for $75 and $50. Robert Randolph and the Family Band is there June 15; tickets are $83 and $63. Rare Earth headlines Sept. 14; tickets are $65 and $45. Tickets are available via www.infinityhall.com/calendar.