It’s not exactly time to start holiday shopping yet. But if there’s a fan of ’90s boy bands in your household, don’t sleep in on Friday.
Backstreet Boys, the Orlando, Fla.-based quintet who’ve shipped tens of millions of units worldwide since their self-titled debut album was released in 1996, join singer-songwriters Gavin DeGraw, Sara Bareilles (of “Love Song” fame) and Avril Lavigne and Chicago pop-punk outfit Plain White T’s at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
The Boys aren’t quite ready to be a nostalgia act either; a new album, In a World Like This, came out this summer. And DeGraw’s new album, Make a Move, was released just last week, so expect some new-ish material from him. Set an alarm for 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, when ticketmaster.com will gladly take your money ($38-$89.75). (Or call 800-745-3000.)
Swing revivalists Cherry Poppin’ Daddies ($35, $50) make their way to Infinity Hall in Norfolk on Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m., in support of their new album White Teeth, Black Thoughts. Ex-Traffic member Dave Mason ($60, $80) brings his Traffic Jam to Infinity Hall on Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. Singer-songwriter Beth Orton ($39, $49) finds her way to Norfolk on Feb. 8. Tickets for all three shows are on sale by phone at 866-666-6306 or online at infinityhall.com.
He will rock you, gently: violinist David Garrett, known for quasi-rock versions of Queen and Coldplay songs, plays the Oakdale on March 22 at 8 p.m., as part of his aptly-titled Music tour. Tickets ($38, $48) go on sale this Friday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. through ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.
Bowzer (of Sha Na Na fame) brings his Ultimate Doo-Wop Party Volume XIII ($25, $35) to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. Tickets go on sale next Monday, Oct. 28 through ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. (If doo-wop’s not your thing, check out rockers Sick Puppies at the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den on Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. It’s a free show.)
Kansas City indie-rockers Reggie and The Full Effect play the Space in Hamden on Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m., with Dads, a duo from New Jersey, supporting. Tickets ($13-$16) go on sale this Thursday, Oct. 24 at 12 p.m. at manicproductions.org.
Steve Broderick and the 100 Watt Suns ($6) are at Cafe Nine in New Haven on Nov. 29 at 9 p.m., along with James Mauri Four and Chaser Eight. All I’ve Got Is A Photograph ($6), a high-concept show hosted by a slew of great CT musicians, follows at Cafe Nine on Dec. 14 at 9 p.m. Head to cafenine.com for tickets to either show.
Blame Canada: Canadian dubstep troupe Adventure Club ($25, $55) hits the Webster Theatre in Hartford on Tuesday, Nov. 5; visit superheroesanonymoustour.com for tickets. Quebec’s finest tech-death metal-pedalers Gorguts ($18-$20) play the Webster Underground on Thursday, Dec. 12. (6 p.m. doors). Go to webstertheater.com for tickets.
To the north: the Joan Osborne Acoustic Duo (featuring Keith Cotton, $35-$40) plays the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Dec. 7, followed by singer-songwriters Judith Hill ($25-$30) on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. and Catie Curtis ($20-$25) on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. Big Head Todd and the Monsters ($35, $25) return to Northampton’s Calvin Theater on Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets for all four shows are available at iheg.com.