Its a big time of year for country music fans: time to get out the calendar and start planning the summer concert schedule at Hartford’s Comcast Theatre.
That’s because the Country Megaticket is on sale this week. Those who had it last year have already been invited to the presale (which ends Thursday Jan. 24 at 10 p.m.), and the general public can buy them Friday at 10 a.m. through Live Nation.
This year’s Megaticket gives admission to Brad Paisley on May 18, Luke Bryan on May 31, Rascal Flatts on June 15, Tim McGraw on June 28, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley on Aug. 3, Toby Keith on Aug. 25, and The Voice’s Blake Shelton on Sept. 6.
Megaticket seats in the pavilion are $725, and lawn tickets are $240. Each concert will go on sale individually as well, though no additional dates or prices have been released.
Mohegan has a few big concerts coming. Sting will be performing June 22, with tickets at $46.50 and $66.50, on sale Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Rush will be extending their U.S. tour and playing the casino on May 9. Those tickets are $76 and $96, and on sale Jan. 28 at 10 a.m.
If throwback boy bands are your thing, “The Package Tour” brings together New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men are playing together at Mohegan Sun on May 31. Tickets are $59 and $79, and go on sale Saturday, Feb. 2 through Ticketmaster.
Chelsea Light Moving, the latest project Thurston Moore is involved with, will be shredding up an all ages show at Arch Street Tavern in Hartford on April 6. Tickets are $20, and available at manicproductions.org.
Valgeir Sigurdsson, who has collaborated with fellow Icelanders Bjork and Sigur Ros, brings his ethereal compositions to The Outer Space on Friday, March 29. Tickets are on sale Friday at noon through manicproductions.org for $13.
*Note: the Valgeir Sigurdsson show has been moved to the Spaceland Ballroom, adjacent to The Outer Space
Toad’s Place has Cannibal Corpse and Napalm Death playing June 4. Tickets are on sale Friday at noon at toadsplace.com for $20.
Shai Hulud are at the Heirloom Arts Theatre on Feb. 17. Tickets are on sale now for $13 at heirloomarts.org.
It’s a night for TV fans at The Space on Feb. 15. X-Factor contestant Jillian Jensen is performing along with Kingsfoil, which features Frankie Muniz on drums. Tickets are available at thespacect.com for $13 in advance, as well as a $40 meet and greet package with Jensen.
Los Lobos play Infinity Hall on April 14. Tickets are $85 and $110 at infinityhall.com.
Caveman and Modern Merchant will be at Cafe Nine on February 26. Tickets are $10 at manicproductions.org.
The Iron Horse has Wishbone Ash on March 4, The Old 97′s March 12, and Todd Snider March 27. Those tickets are $20, $25, and $22.50 respectively, and available at iheg.com.
Coming up this week:
Saturday is the Hygienic Art Salon in New London, an all day arts showcase featuring more than a dozen bands from the Whaling City and beyond. Admission is free.
The place to be Sunday is in downtown Hartford, as more than 50 bands play to raise money for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. All inclusive tickets are available for $30 in advance through ticketfly.com, or at The Great Hall on Sunday starting at noon.
Aaron Lewis is at Mohegan Sun on Saturday night, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited is at MGM Grand.
The Space has Freelance Whales with Hundred Waters and Il Abanico next Wednesday, Jan. 30, while Mountains, Landing, and THEMOON play the free Wednesday show at BAR.