The Advocate’s Grand Band Slam is coming Sept. 19, 20, and 21, celebrating some of the best in Connecticut’s local music. The free shows take place in a different city each day across multiple venues, and feature top Connecticut Music Award nominees.
Sept. 19 has bands performing in New London, including Farewood and Milksop: Unsung. Sept. 20 has Daphne Lee Martin, Little Ugly, Violent Mae, Kate Callahan, and many others at venues around New Haven. Sept. 21 is the biggest day, with acts like 1974, String Theorie, Joey Batts, and Jose Oyola & The Astronauts performing across 7 venues. Visit www.ct.com/grandbandslam for more information.
The free music party in Hartford keeps rolling on Sept. 21, as They Might Be Giants headline a free show at Bushnell Park as part of the city’s Envisionfest. Check www.envisionfesthartford.com for more details.
Odd Future crew member The Internet is playing an intimate show at The Space on Oct. 1 for $10. The show goes on sale Friday at noon through manicproductions.org.
William Tyler, a regular collaborator with Drag City stalwarts Silver Jews, is playing his own solo show for free at BAR on Oct. 23. Nik Turner’s Space Ritual is their free show the following week, Oct. 30.
Cyndi Lauper is playing the Ridgefield Playhouse on her “She’s So Unusual” 30th anniversary tour. Tickets to the Nov. 16 show are $92.50. Peter Wolf is at the Playhouse on Oct. 10 for $47.50. Tickets to both those shows are on sale now at ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Soja bring their island style jams for two area shows. The first is at the Pearl Street Ballroom on Oct. 11. Tickets are $17.50. They play Toad’s Place on Oct. 16 for $20. Both shows go on sale Friday through iheg.com and toadsplace.com respectively.
Plants & Animals play the Iron Horse on Nov. 8 for $10. The Parkington Sisters perform Oct. 16 for $12.50. Both are on sale at iheg.com.
Steve Earle and the Dukes get spooky with a Halloween night show at the Calvin Theater. Tickets are $28.50 or $38.50. Rubblebucket play Pearl Street on Nov. 23 for $15. Those shows are on sale Friday at iheg.com.
Badfish play Toad’s Place on Oct. 18. Tickets are on sale now for $15 at toadsplace.com.
Infinity Hall has Robben Ford on Oct. 20 for $45 and $65, and Robert Earl Keen on Jan. 19 for $59 and $79. Those shows are on sale Thursday at infinityhall.com.
Coming Up This Week:
Dropkick Murphys are at the Ives Concert Park in Danbury on Thursday night.
Ke$ha is at Mohegan Sun Friday night with Mike Posner and Semi Precious Weapons. Styx and REO Speedwagon perform the following night.
Saturday has the ever urgent, ever intense meWithoutYou at The Space. Meanwhile The McLovins have a show at The Iron Horse, and Albert Lee plays Infinity Hall with Hartford boys Forward Motion.