Canadian R&B stylist The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) will open a string of shows on Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour, including a stop at Hartford’s XL Center this Thursday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.
The talented 23-year-old released a moody debut album, Kiss Land, this past September and recently wrapped his own 35-show tour. In addition to his Hartford appearance, The Weeknd opens for Timberlake in New York and Los Angeles. Tickets ($48-$178) are still available at xlcenter.com or by visiting livenation.com.
Demand for Luke Bryan tickets was so overwhelming that the country star decided to add a second date to his Mohegan Sun Arena appearance in January. (Either that or he’s an avid gambler.) Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night Tour,’’ featuring openers Lee Brice and Cole Swindell, now takes place on Thursday, Jan. 23 and Friday, Jan. 24. Purchase tickets ($79.75-$99.75) anytime at the Mohegan Sun Box Office, through ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
Electronica collective Infinity Shred heads to BAR in New Haven for a free show on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Around 2011, with added member Nathan Ritholz on guitar, the duo of Damon Hardjowirogo and George Stroud expanded their sound-world beyond 8-bit bleeps and beeps, stretching songs into suite-like movements and adding mind-bending visuals. CT’s 2 Ton Bug opens. A week later, Indie pop outfits Field Mouse and Tancred (featuring Jess Abbott of Now, Now) team up at the Space in Hamden on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m., with Toronto band The Box Tiger opening. Tickets ($10) are on sale now at manicproductions.org.
Connecticut prog-metal legends Fates Warning return to Hartford for a homecoming show at the Webster Theater on Nov. 22 (7 p.m. doors open). The quintet is touring through the end of the year in support of Darkness In A Different Light, their first studio album in nine years and the recorded debut of their current lineup. Halcyon Way opens. Tickets ($22) are on sale now at webstertheater.com.
Sunny Comes Home: singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin ($60, $80) performs at Norfolk’s Infinity Music Hall & Bistro on Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. NOLA swamp-blues peddler Tab Benoit ($35, $50) heads to Infinity on Sunday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m., with Subdude Tommy Malone supporting. Buy tickets for either show at infinityhall.com or by calling 866-666-6306.
Men With Guitars: Bridge Street Live in Collinsville hosts a trio of folks icons this month, with Geoff Muldaur ($24, $34) performing on Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m., followed by Tom Chapin ($22, $32) on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. John Gorka ($18, $28) heads to Bridge Street for a Friday, Nov. 15 show at 8 p.m. Bluesman Duke Robillard ($20, $30), sometime guitarist for Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, brings a smoking-hot band to the riverside venue on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Get tickets for all Bridge Street Live shows at 41bridgestreet.com.
CT’s Finest: Independent hip-hop star and Norwalk native Chris Webby recently inked a major-label deal for the release of his latest EP, Homegrown, which drops next Tuesday, Nov. 12. Webby heads to Toad’s Place in New Haven for a show on Friday, Nov. 29 at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. doors). Tickets ($22-$25) are available at toadsplace.com.