In the early ’80s, it was Sheila E. and Sheena Easton. Now, composer/bassist Esperanza Spalding and singer Janelle Monae can add their names to Prince’s ever-expanding list of protegees when they join him at Mohegan Sun Arena for his post-Christmas trio of shows.
The casino announced last week that Spalding will be Prince’s guest on Friday, Dec. 27 and Saturday, Dec. 28. Monae, who went on tour with Prince in 2011 and whose recent album “The Electric Lady” album was a critical success, was added to the final show on Sunday, Dec. 29. (Monae jumped the gun a little, it seems, when she tweeted the news to fans before the official announcement.)
Tickets ($125, $195) for all three shows went on sale earlier this month. They’re currently available at ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000 or by paying a visit to your local Ticketmaster outlet.
Dark Side: A number of Pink Floyd tribute acts claim to be the best, and Brit Floyd deserves a place at the top of the list. They’ll be at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford on Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets ($25, $35) go on sale Friday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. through ticketmaster.com, by visiting oakdale.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
Maniacal Indie Rock: Saintseneca ($10-$12), led by singer-songwriter Zac Little, plays the Space in Hamden on January 14 at 7:30 p.m. with three bands opening. Brick + Mortar and Dance, Charlatan! team up for a free show at BAR in New Haven on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 10 p.m. Eight-piece chamber pop ensemble San Fermin ($10-$12) performs at Cafe Nine in New Haven on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 9 p.m. NYC’s Cibo Matto ($15) arrives at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden on Friday, Feb. 7 at 9 p.m. Moonface (Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown) plays Spaceland on Thursday, March 13 at 9 p.m. (tickets are $12-$15), followed by Oregon indie rockers Typhoon ($13-$15) on Tuesday, March 25. Tickets for all shows are on sale at manicproductions.org.
The Gin Blossoms ($45) play the Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. with special guests Tommy and the High Pilots. Cowboy Junkies ($60) bring their “Trinity Sessions” project to Ridgefield on Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m. Southern rock legends Dickey Betts and Great Southern ($75) perform at the Playhouse on Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m. with Chris Berardo & the Desberardos opening. Eighties superstar Rick Springfield ($85-$90) gets unplugged for a solo acoustic show at Ridgefield on Thursday, March 27 at 8 p.m., ending with a Q&A session. For tickets head to ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
New England’s own Caravan of Thieves ($8-$20) opens their upcoming tour with a gig at the Sounding Board Coffeehouse at the Universalist Church in West Hartford (433 Fern St.) on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. Head to folknotes.org for information. Americana rockers Roosevelt Dime play the Stomping Grounds in Putnam on Friday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. (free) and the following night with Poor Old Shine at Voices Cafe in Westport at 8 p.m. ($20-$25). Neil Diamond tribute Simply Diamond ($20-$25) heads to the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown on Sunday, March 23 at 3 p.m. Reserve a spot at buttonwood.org.