Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Summer Tours Preview

Well with Memorial Day being the unofficial beginning of summer, it's time to get ready for the Summer Concert Season. While the economy continues to be poor, some bands are trying to give you the most for your concert dollar, so choose wisely. Here are some of the acts making their way to Connecticut this summer.

While Coldplay opened the Comcast Theatre this past weekend, the party doesn't start until June 5 & 6 when the Dave Matthews Band visits the state for their annual summer tour stop. The Comcast Theatre will go country on June 13 when Brad Paisley comes to perform. His performance kicks off the 2009 IGA Country Megaticket, which gives fans the opportunity to buy tickets to all four country artists appearing at the Comcast Theatre for a valued price. The other artists appearing on this Megaticket are Rascal Flatts with Darius Rucker (June 26) Toby Keith with Trace Adkins (July 17) and Kenny Chesney (Aug 13). The Comcast Theatre will also play host to the 2009 Vans Warped Tour on July 12. Alternative rockers Nickelback make a return visit to Connecticut on July 25 and on August 20, a reunited Creed stops by on their reunion tour. The summer concert season for the Comcast Theatre will end with a couple of veteran southern rock acts. August 22 with feature Lynyrd Skynyrd with The Doobie Brothers and on August 30, The Allman Brothers Band will perform along with jam-band Widespread Panic.

The Mohegan Sun Arena will heat up this summer with a wide arrange of musical acts for everyone's taste of music style. Country artist Hank Williams Jr. gets things going with a performance on Friday (May 29). Return visits from Fleetwood Mac (June 17) and New Kids On Block (June 18) will bring back fans for a second memorable experience. Living legend Andrea Bocelli will make a rare appearance on June 20 at the casino. No Doubt's reunion tour stops at the Mohegan Sun Arena on June 24. Finishing up the month of June will be a classic rock assault by ZZ Top and Aerosmith (June 28). Appearing in July are classic rockers REO Speedwagon, Styx and 38 Special (July 1), country legends The Judds (July 2) and Montgomery Gentry (July 12), rapper Jay-Z (July 10), alternative artists Stone Temple Pilots (July 17) and Jason Mraz (July 31).

The MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods will feature a more veteran summer line-up which got kicked-off this past weekend with Carol King and Gloria Estefan. The month of June begins with R&B singer Keyshia Cole (June 5) followed by legend Gladys Knight (June 6), Huey Lewis & The News (June 10), jazz great Diana Krall (June 12), harmonizing trio Crosby, Stills, & Nash (June 13) and jazz-funk greats Earth, Wind & Fire (June 19) and Tower of Power (June 21). Comedy makes is way to the MGM Grand Theatre in late June and July with Kathy Griffen (June 26), legend Don Rickles (July 3) and Jim Gaffigan (July 11). July will also feature some of the all-time music greats like Smokey Robinson (July 10), Jackson Browne (July 17), Sting (July 19) and Tom Jones (July 24).

The Chevrolet Theatre in Wallingford, CT starts the season off with a bong, I mean bang featuring the return of Cheech & Chong on June 5. A reunited Jane's Addiction comes to the theatre June 14. Heavy Metal giants will make their presence known this summer when Judas Priest with Whitesnake take the stage (July 5), Dream Theater (August 5) and classic metal artist Heaven & Hell (August 27). August will also feature musical legends Bonnie Raitt with Taj Mahal (August 9) and The Moody Blues (August 15).

With so many great artists coming to Connecticut, hopefully this will help you out with your summer plans. Don't forget to check JP's Music Blog and Record-Journal newspaper for concert reviews of some of these upcoming shows.

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