As September rolls around, so does the annual I AM music festival in downtown New London. It’s one of the state’s biggest indie festivals, one that brings dozens of local and regional acts to the Whaling City for free performances.
Death, who are considered one of the first punk bands ever, are topping this year’s bill for Sept. 7. Other acts include Cymbals Eat Guitars, The London Souls, Slim Wray, Violent Mae, Slander, Horns of Ormus, Daphne Lee Martin, Straight to VHS, and Echo & Drake. A street fair of local vendors will also round out the Parkade Plaza. Visit iamfest.org for the venue list and schedule.
Lady Antebellum fans should mark their calendars for Feb. 22, when the band performs at the Mohegan Sun Arena, and Nov. 22, when those tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster. Ticket prices haven’t been released yet, so check back as the on sale date approaches.
Mohegan is also hosting a Freestyle and Old School hip hop Extravaganza on Oct. 26. Tickets are $78 and $58, and the show includes Stevie B, Robin S, Information Society, Strafe, TKA, and many more. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo are playing a show at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Nov. 12. Tickets range from $98 to $125, and are on sale now at ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Les Paul’s Trio are playing the Palace Theater in Waterbury on Nov. 15. Tickets are on sale now at palacetheaterct.org for $29.50.
Infinity Hall has Murali Coryell and Mojo Myles Mancuso on Sept 29. Tickets are $19 and $29. UFO performs there on Oct. 8, for $40 or $60. Those shows are on sale Thursday morning at infinityhall.com.
Americana favorites River City Extension return to The Space on Nov. 22, along with Elison Jackson and Sun Club. Tickets are $10. Tera Melos and Fang Island play the venue on Oct. 28 for $12. Across the parking lot, Spring Heeled Jack play two nights of ska at Spaceland Ballroom on Oct. 24 and 25. Either date costs $20. Those shows are on sale now at manicproductions.org.
Vancouver indie rockers Said The Whale are at Hartford’s Arch Street Tavern on Sept. 29 for $10. Tickets are on sale now at ticketfly.com.
BAR has some solid Wednesday night shows coming up, all for free. Détective, featuring James Greer of Guided by Voices, play on Sept. 18. Potty Mouth and California X play Oct. 2, and Gringo Star play with Ski Lodge on Nov. 20.
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds play StageOne on Dec. 13. Tickets are $22 and on sale now at fairfieldtheatre.org.
Alan Evans Trio are at the Iron Horse on Oct. 11. The Parkington Sisters perform Oct. 16., and Kung Fu play with Jimkata there on Nov. 2. Those shows are each $12.5o, and on sale now at iheg.com.
Coming Up This Week:
The casinos go old skool this weekend: Salt-N-Pepa are at the Wolf Den on Friday, MC Hammer performs there Saturday. The Arena features The Rascals: Once Upon A Dream on Friday night, and Huey Lewis and The News show off the power of love on Thursday night at MGM Grand.
Kevin St. James Band are at Cafe Nine on Saturday, and Suuns play there Tuesday with Rose Windows and Snake Oil.
The Proud Flesh, Ports of Spain, and Paper Hill Casket Company play at BAR next Wednesday.