Upcoming Concerts: Drake, Lionel Richie, Royal Bangs

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Drake will be playing the XL Center on Oct. 26. (Nick Caito)

Drake will be playing the XL Center on Oct. 26. (Nick Caito)

The man behind The Motto is making a return to Hartford this fall.

Drake announced a nationwide, 41 date arena tour on Monday morning in support of his upcoming album, “Nothing Was The Same,” expected to hit the street this fall. It includes a stop at Hartford’s XL Center on October 26. Grammy winner and dance move extraordinaire Miguel opens. Tickets go from $46.75 to $96.75 and are on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

Lionel Richie is bringing smooth jam sensations to the MGM Grand at Foxwoods for his only New England show. The concert is on Sept. 22, and tickets cost $75 to $125. It’s on sale now at foxwoods.com.

Secondhand Serenade are playing the Hug More Love More festival to benefit the family of Grayson Minney. (Handout)

Secondhand Serenade are playing the Hug More Love More festival to benefit the family of Grayson Minney. (Handout)

Grayson Minney, lead singer of the Hartford area group Columbia Fields, was killed in a car crash last month. It turns out his family could use some financial help to keep their home from a foreclosure auction. The Hug More Love More festival was organized for July 20 at the Four Town Fairgrounds in Somers to benefit the family.

Secondhand Serenade, Veronica Ballestrini, and Kenny Mehler are a few of the 14 bands playing across two stages at the festival. Tickets are $20 ad on sale now at hugmorelovemore.com.

Stephen Kellogg will be playing the Iron Horse in Northampton on Nov. 23. Tickets to the show go for $22.50. Tracy Grammer is at the venue next year, on Jan. 11, along with Abe Loomis for $14. A little closer is the killer indie rock act Royal Bangs, on Aug. 3, for $8. The Wailin’ Jennys are at the Calvin Theatre on May 9, 2014, for $25 and $35. Those shows are all on sale now at iheg.com.

Califone has booked two area shows, the first at Cafe Nine on Sept. 17 for $12, then Sept. 19 at the Iron Horse for $12.50. Those shows are on sale now at manicproductions.org and iheg.com respectively. Band of Heathens also has two shows booked, at StageOne in Fairfield for $22 (via fairfieldtheatre.org) and the Iron Horse on Oct. 3 for $14 (via iheg.com).

Infinity Hall has Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution playing on Aug. 8, for $20 and $35. Take 6 performs on Oct. 10 for $50 and $70, and Roots musician David Bromberg plays on Oct. 26 for $54 and $69. Those shows are on sale now at infinityhall.com.

Coming up at the Ives Concert Park is a show from the classic rudeboys The Specials on July 16, for $20 on the lawn or $35 reserved seats. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

Coming Up This Week:

Thursday is a big night, with something for everyone. David Byrne & St. Vincent are at the Shubert in New Haven, while Low perform at Spaceland in Hamden. The Go Go’s are at Ridgefield Playhouse, Atlas Genius plays The Wolf Den, and Billy Cox and The Band of Gypsys Experience are at Infinity Hall.

Assembly of Dust is at Infinity on Friday, while Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson play a drastically different concert down at Mohegan.

Sting plays the Mohegan Arena Saturday night on his “Back To Bass” tour, and Handsome Family play some solid alt-country at Cafe Nine.

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