KISS — sorry: Rock and Roll Hall of Famers KISS — will team up with Def Leppard for a big summer tour, which arrives at the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford on Sunday, Aug. 10.
If you’re keeping score at home: KISS now consists of longtime members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer. (No Ace or Peter, sadly.) Def Leppard’s lineup — singer Joe Elliott, guitarist Vivian Campbell, guitarist Phil Collen, bassist Rick “Sav” Savage and drummer Rick Allen — has been around for some time.
Tickets ($26.50-$163.50) go on sale starting on Friday, March 21 through livenation.com (or by using the Live Nation mobile app).
Crosby, Stills & Nash ($46-$86) heads to the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford on Wednesday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 28 at 10 a.m. Matt Nathanson and Gavin Degraw ($37.50-$55) double-team the Oakdale on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m., with special guest Andrew McMahon (formerly of Jack’s Mannequin). Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 21 at 10 a.m. For either show, head to ticketmaster.com, oakdale.com or call 800-745-3000.
Foxwoods in Mashantucket welcomes Julio Iglesias ($55) on Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m., followed by Alice in Chains ($40-$60) on Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m. (They won’t be jamming together, sadly.) Tickets for either show are available now through foxwoods.com or by calling 800-200-2882 (or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000).
The Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport’s annual summer hippie-fest, announced its 2014 lineup, which includes Widespread Panic, John Fogerty, the Disco Biscuits with Grateful Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Slightly Stoopid, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Ziggy Marley, and Maceo Parker, Keller Williams, Dark Star Orchestra, Rusted Root, White Denim, Ryan Montbleau and many other artists. The Vibes takes place between July 31-Aug. 3; day and weekend camping passes are on sale now at gatheringofthevibes.com.
Southern soul rockers Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks haul the 11-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band up to Simsbury Meadows for a show on Thursday, Aug. 14 starting at 7 p.m. (5 p.m. doors). Tickets ($19-$78) go on sale this Friday, March 21 at 10 a.m. through ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
One of Connecticut’s great local-music festivals, Fauxchella, will happen on Saturday, May 3 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Space in Hamden. Confirmed acts include Kung Fu, Pissed Jeans, the McLovins, Ceschi Ramos, Fake Babies, the Guru, Political Animals, Violent Mae, the Backyard Committee and many others. Tickets ($18) go on sale this Friday, March 21 at noon through manicproductions.org.
Blues Power: Black-Eyed Sally’s in Hartford hosts a rare harmonica summit on Saturday, April 5 at 9 p.m., featuring Ryan Hartt, Kosher Kid, Johnny Marino and Junior Krauss; head to blackeyedsallys.com for more info. The James Montgomery Band ($15-$25) plays Bridge Street Live in Collinsville this Saturday, March 22 at 8 p.m. Visit 41bridgestreet.com or call 860-693-9762 for tickets and information.
The Rev Tor Band and Music in Common re-create the Band’s classic concert film, “The Last Waltz,” at Bridge Street Live on Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m. Confirmed artists include Mark Mercier (Max Creek), Brett Connors and Mike Sherman (Flipper Dave), Tracy Walton, Jeff Martinson (Shakedown) and many others. Tickets ($30-$40) are on sale now.
Seether ($30-$35) rocks the Webster Main Stage in Hartford on Sunday, May 11 (7 p.m. doors), with Black Stone Cherry and Skindred opening; tickets are on sale now. Overkill ($25-$28) is booked at the Webster on Friday, Sept. 26 (6:30 p.m. doors), with Dark Tranquility opening. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, April 15. Head to webstertheater.com for more information.