Singer-songwriter and ’70s soft-rock icon Jackson Browne makes the amphitheater rounds this summer, bringing only a piano, a six-string and his impressive back-catalog of songs.
Billed as a “solo acoustic” tour, Browne promises to mix up the setlist from night to night (so, no, you probably won’t hear “Lawyers in Love” in subsequent shows, sadly). The tour announcement coincides with news that Rhino Records will re-release “Late For the Sky,” Browne’s classic 1974 album, later this year, and that he’ll also be putting out a new album in the fall. A tribute album, “Looking Into You,” featuring Browne covers by Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams and others, was released earlier this month.
Browne plays the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford on Friday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets ($39-$59) go on sale starting Friday, May 16 at 10 a.m. through ticketmaster.com or oakdale.com.
On the heels of their new self-produced album, “Stereolithic,” Nebraska-based funk/rock/rap/reggae band 311 heads to the Dome at Oakdale on Tuesday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($35) go on sale this Friday, April 11 at 10 a.m. through oakdale.com or ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
Red Rocker and former Van Halen crooner Sammy Hagar ($50-$70) heads to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 11 at 10 a.m. through foxwoods.com or by calling 800-200-2882.
Ives Concert Park, located on the campus of Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, has partnered with Live Nation to bring some pretty big acts to town. So far two shows — Peter Frampton on Saturday July 5 and the Moody Blues on Sunday, Aug. 17 — have been announced, with more to follow. Check back at ivesconcertpark.com.
Kurt Vile and the Violators ($18) head to Toad’s Place in New Haven on Monday, June 2 at 8 p.m. Mother Falcon ($12-$14) plays the Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden on Saturday, June 28 at 8 p.m., with the Family Crest opening. Primal Scream’s Little Barrie ($10) performs at the Outer Space in Hamden on Sunday, May 4 at 8:30 p.m., with the Manchurians opening. Tickets to all three shows go on sale through manicproductions.org on Friday, April 11 at noon.
Colin Blunstone ($45-$65) of Zombies fame, touring solo (with a band) for the first time in decades, performs at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville on Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m., with Edward Rogers opening. Head to 41bridgestreet.com for tickets and information.
Folk duo Aztec Two-Step ($35-$50) play Infinity Hall in Norfolk on Friday, May 23 at 8 p.m., followed by Savoy Brown’s Kim Simmonds ($34-$49) on Friday, May 30 at 8 p.m. Power-popster Matthew Sweet ($39-$59) returns to Infinity on Friday, July 11 at 8 p.m. Delbert McClinton ($80-$100) and his band head to Infinity Hall on Friday, July 18 at 8 p.m. Visit infinityhall.com for tickets and more info.
Electronic duo Odesza ($10-$13) plays the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. Bluegrassers the Howlin’ Brothers ($12.50-$15) hits the Iron Horse on Saturday, May 24 at 7 p.m. Head to iheg.com for tickets and information.
Drummerless trio the Devil Makes Three ($20) heads to the Stafford Palace Theater in Stafford on Thursday, April 17, with Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons opening. Drummer extraordinaire Terry Bozzio ($25-$30) arrives at the Palace for a night of solo drum music on Tuesday, Sept. 16 (on a kit that will blow minds, most likely). Head to thestaffordpalacetheater.com for tickets and information.
Hartford area rockers Post-Modern Panic premiere a new video for “Bless These City Streets,” filmed at the Charter Oak Cultural Center, at Arch Street Tavern in Hartford on Friday, April 18 at 9 p.m. Admission is $10. They’ll be joined by New Haven’s If Not For Dreaming and DJ Cajar of Shag Frenzy. Tickets are $7-$10.