Nobody rocks flamenco like France’s Gipsy Kings.
Originally formed in the south of France in the late ’70s, the ensemble merged two virtuosic bands of brothers, hermanos Reyes and Baliardos, into one Andalusian supergroup. Over the years, they’ve earned bragging rights as France’s most commercially successful export, selling millions of records and touring non-stop. Savor Flamenco, their lucky 13th studio album and their first release in seven years, came out this past October.
The Gipsy Kings head to Northampton’s Calvin Theatre for a show on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets ($39.50-$79.50) go on sale this Friday, Nov. 15. Call the Calvin box office at 413-586-8686 or visit iheg.com. (Here’s hoping they play their cover of “Hotel California.”)
As the Gipsy Kings ramp up, the Irish Rovers wind down: their final U.S. tour, after 50 or so years of being on the road, stops at the Calvin Theatre on Saturday, March 22 at 8 p.m. So if you’ve been waiting 50 years to hear them play “The Unicorn,” now’s your last/best chance. Tickets ($25, $35) go on sale this Friday, Nov. 15 at the Calvin box office, by calling 413-586-8686 or visiting iheg.com.
Justin Timberlake’s management, one might argue, is just as virtuosic as the Kings or Rovers. Five short days after his 20/20 Experience World Tour blew the roof off Hartford’s XL Center, JT announced a new set of spring dates, which include another Connecticut stop at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on Friday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. Knock ’em dead and leave ’em wanting more: marketing genius. Tickets ($75-$195) go on sale on Monday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.com.
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles ($25.50-$75.50) performs twice at the Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Demi Lovato ($38-$69.50) adds a second show to her Connecticut visit on her Neon Lights Tour; she’ll now perform on both Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 9 at 7 p.m. Special guests include Little Mix and Fifth Harmony. Tickets for Rain and Lovato go on sale on Friday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Oakdale Box Office in Wallingford.
Ex-Crowded House/Split Enz singer-songwriter Neil Finn announced a show at New Haven’s Shubert Theater on Thursday, April 10 at 8 p.m. as part of his Dizzy Heights Tour. Tickets ($38-$58) went on sale last week, but they’re still up for grabs by calling 800-745-3000 or visiting premierconcerts.com.
Down in New Haven: Evan Weiss’ Into It. Over It. ($12.50, $15) plays Toad’s Place on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. doors). Tickets go on sale this Thursday, Nov. 14 at noon at manicproductions.org or toadsplace.com. Eternal Summers and Starlight Girls play a free show at BAR on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 9 p.m., with local fave Daphne Lee Martin opening. Ethiopian singer/composer/activist Meklit Hadero heads to Cafe Nine for a show on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets ($12-$15) go on sale this Friday, Nov. 15 at 12 p.m. Visit manicproductions.org.
Country-rock mainstays Asleep At The Wheel ($44, $59) hit Norfolk’s Infinity Hall on Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m. Roomful of Blues ($35, $50) plays Infinity Hall on Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m. Fleet-fingered guitarist Leo Kottke ($45, $60) rounds out the month with a show on Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets to all three events are available at infinityhall.com.
Collinsville’s Bridge Street Live hosts a benefit concert ($15, $25) on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m., featuring a trio led by bassist Fr. Stan Fortuna, who studied with jazz legend Lennie Tristano. Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks ($45, $60) head to Bridge Street on Thursday, April 10 at 8 p.m. Visit 41bridgestreet.com or call 860-693-9762 for tickets.