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Top Upcoming Summer Concerts In Connecticut

July 26, 2012 6:00 AM

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You don’t need to head to Vegas, New York, or anywhere else for great entertainment this summer. You can catch your favorite artists while staying close to home with plenty of must-see acts in this year’s Connecticut concert line-up. Here are this season’s must see musical performances.
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Allman Brothers
Comcast Theater
61 Savitt Way
Hartford, CT 06120
(203) 265-1501

Date: July 28, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Price: $116.65
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Formerly known as the Meadows, this venue offers covered seats as well as an open lawn for a total capacity of an astonishing 30,000. One of the largest amphitheaters in the nation, Comcast Theater is a definite hotspot for summer concerts in Connecticut. With multiple parking lots and nearby businesses open to cars as well, tailgating is always huge in the summer months. One of the biggest summer concerts to be had at the Comcast Theater this year will be the Allman Brothers Band. These Georgia natives will be bringing their bluesy rock tunes to Hartford this summer with Latin rock band, Santana, in tow to spice things up.

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Steve Miller Band
Foxwoods
39 Norwich Westerly Road
Mashantucket, CT 06338
800-200-2882
www.foxwoods.com

Date: August 3, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Price: Starting at $87
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If you want some good ol’ classic rock, how about heading to Foxwoods? MGM Grand brings the iconic Steve Miller Band to Mashantucket on Friday, August 3rd for some amazing tunes, guitar solos and vocals. Groove to the sounds of mid to late 70s rock after catching special guests George Thorogood and The Destroyers at this hit show. Because Foxwoods is an adult playground and casino full of great nightlife, plenty to eat, see and do before or after a concert at Foxwoods, this is one show you won’t want to miss.

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Train 
Mohegan Sun
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd.
Montville, CT 06382
(888) 777-7922
www.mohegansun.com

Date: August 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Price: $38.50
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On their first US tour, Train is sure to put on an amazing show at the Mohegan Sun Arena, just down the street from Foxwoods, at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino. The group has won numerous Grammy’s and their songs are familiar to anyone who regularly tunes in to top-40 radio. The arena is huge, yet there isn’t a bad seat in the house. What’s best is that you don’t even have to get in your car to drive for food or drink, as there is so much to do all under one roof. And if you’re lucky, you might just win big to pay for it all.

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Martina McBride
Oakdale Theater
95 South Turnpike Road
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 269-8721
oakdale.com

Date: August 24, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Price: $58 – $79.75
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The Oakdale has come a long way since its days of hosting performances inside a tent. A modest venue with a capacity of only 5,000, the theater offers intimate performances from your favorite stars. If country music is your genre of choice, you won’t want to miss Martina McBride on Friday, August 24. Martina’s larger than life soprano vocals are sure to get those cowboy boots grooving and moving.

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Downtown Thursdays 
McLevy Green
Bank Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
(203) 335-3800
www.downtownthursdays.com

Dates: Thursdays, July 26––August 30, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Price: Free

Of course, there are some bands with just as much talent as the big names, but without the big label. If you want to catch some amazing local groups, consider checking out Bridgeport’s Downtown Thursdays, a weekly event featuring some very gifted groups. This year’s line up features Yippee Coyote, a band out of Redding, Connecticut; 12-piece show band, Forever Motown; and Latin jazz group, Mikata, among other great local acts. This is a free, outdoor, all-ages event, so come one, come all!

This, of course, is just a small sampling of this summer’s musical offerings. No matter what your music taste, Connecticut has summer concerts to appeal to everyone. Whether it’s in a large arena, an outdoor venue, a small theater, or an open green, be sure to check out entertainment nearby and the various stages our state has to offer. What concerts are you hoping to catch this summer?

 Related: Summer Tour Guide – From The Allman Brothers To ZZ Top

Nicole DiCicco is multimedia specialist in Connecticut who enjoys dancing, movies and live music. She writes about all the nightlife Connecticut has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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