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Top Fall Concerts In Connecticut

August 1, 2013 8:00 AM

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Fall arrives next month, as do lots of great concerts for music lovers. The artists stopping by Connecticut this season include both legends and hot current acts. Here are some of the best live shows you can catch in the state over the next three months.

Blake Shelton
Comcast Theatre
61 Savitt Way
Hartford, CT 06120
(860) 548-7370
www.livenation.com

Date: Sept. 6, 2013

For a while, it seemed like Blake Shelton was known as much for his role on the television show “The Voice” or as Miranda Lambert’s husband than as a singer in his own right. That’s changing now thanks to this year’s crossover hit “Boys ‘Round Here” and album “Based On a True Story.” Now one of today’s top country acts, Shelton brings his Ten Times Crazier Tour to Hartford in September. Opening the show are Easton Shelton and Jana Kramer. Ticket prices range from $29.75 (for lawn area) to $59.50.

Lionel Richie
MGM Grand at Foxwoods
350 Trolley Line Blvd.
Mashantucket, CT 06338
(860) 200-2882
www.foxwoods.com

Date: Sept. 22, 2013

Lionel Richie’s smooth vocal stylings have been heard on radio and recordings for the past four decades. He’s shifted effortlessly from leader of the funk group the Commodores in the 70s to multi-platinum, Grammy-winning pop star in the 80s to his current success as a country singer on the hit CD “Tuskegee.” You can expect all sides of his persona at Foxwoods in September where he’ll sing all his greatest hits. Tickets are priced from $75 to $125.

FUN.
Webster Bank Arena
600 Main St.
Bridgeport, CT 06604
(203) 345-2400
www.websterbankarena.com

Date: Sept. 28, 2013

New York’s FUN. has arguably been the most popular band in America over the past year and a half thanks to the no. 1 smash “We Are Young” and its followups “Some Nights” and “Carry On” (lead singer Nate Ruess also duets with Pink on her recent chart-topper “Just Give Me a Reason”). Connecticut fans should take the opportunity to see the band in Bridgeport since it is the tour’s only Northeast appearance this fall. Joining FUN. will be the longtime sister act Tegan & Sara. Ticket prices start at $40.

Related: Best Concert Halls and Theaters in Connecticut

Steely Dan
MGM Grand at Foxwoods
350 Trolley Line Blvd.
Mashantucket, CT 06338
(860) 200-2882
www.foxwoods.com

Date: Sept. 28, 2013

With his most recent solo album finished, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen has rejoined Walter Becker for the group’s Mood Swings: 8 Miles to Pancake Day Tour. On its nine studio albums, Steely Dan excelled at melodic, meticulously produced songs about all sorts of eccentric and shady characters. Assisting Fagen and Becker in recreating these sometimes complex tunes onstage will be eight instrumentalists known as the Bipolar Allstars and three backup singers, the Borderline Brats. Tickets are priced from $55 to $80.

John Fogerty
Oakdale Theatre
95 S. Turnpike Road
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 265-1501
www.oakdale.com

Date: Nov. 9, 2013

As lead singer and songwriter for Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty is responsible for some of the greatest American rock songs ever. His distinctive raspy voice has powered classics from “Proud Mary” to “Fortunate Son” to “Who’ll Stop the Rain.” And he’s had a lot of recent practice singing them since his latest disc “Wrote a Song For Everyone” features remakes of classic Creedence tracks (along with some from his solo albums) he recorded with musicians like Kid Rock and the Foo Fighters. But nothing tops the way Fogerty performs them himself. Ticket prices range from $49.50 to $75.

Related: Best Live Music Venues in Hartford

Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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