Guide To The Best Local Summer Concerts in Connecticut

July 14, 2011 8:00 AM

By Taylor Trudon

Looking for good music that you don’t have to travel far to listen to? Well, look no further. We all know that those sold-out arena concerts are pricey and that gas prices are skyrocketing, but the good news is that you don’t have to travel far to hear your favorite singers and musical groups, as some of them are practically playing in your own backyard. Read on for a list of top acts that are playing in Connecticut this summer that aren’t as far away as you think.

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LeAnn Rimes – Solo acoustic performance

Infinity Hall

20 Greenwoods Road West

Norfolk, CT 06058

(860) 542-5531

07/24/11 8 p.m.

Tickets starting at $130

The youngest country music sensation since Tanya Tucker in 1972, LeAnn Rimes has come a long way since her days on Star Search. In a solo acoustic performance, come down to Norfolk’s Infinity Hall to hear this Grammy-award winning singer belt out “How Do I Live,” “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” and her other greatest hits off the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Don’t forget to buy your ticket—and a pair of cowboy boots!

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Lisa Loeb

Infinity Hall

20 Greenwoods Road West

Norfolk, CT 06058

07/26/11 8 p.m.

Tickets staring at $38

(860) 542-5531

Can’t get enough of Infinity Hall? After seeing LeAnn Rimes, head on back to see another ‘90s songstress take the stage. Platinum-selling artist turned eyewear designer, Lisa Loeb is equally known for her signature eyeglasses just as she is known for her No. 1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You).” For a show that has the comfort and coziness of your favorite coffeehouse, Loeb won’t disappoint.

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Brian McKnight “Just Me” Tour

Palace Theater

100 East Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06702-2334

7/21/11 7:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $35

(203) 346-2000

Itching for another trip down Memory Lane? Grab your best girlfriends for a night of middle school nostalgia at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. You’ll love reliving the lyrics to “Back at One” and other soulful tunes by the multiplatinum selling R&B artist. After experiencing his unplugged show in the theater, you’re invited to the post-show dance party in the Orchestra Bar Lobby, where you’ll spend the rest of the night dancing to old (and new) school R&B hits, spun by DJ ACT.


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White Panda

Toad’s Place

300 York Street

New Haven, CT 06511

07/30/11 8 p.m.

Advance: $17, Day of show: $20

(203) 624-TOAD

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Ready to shake things up on a Saturday night? As White Panda, Chicago natives DJ Griffi and Procrast bring the party to Toad’s Place with their catchy, electronic mash-ups. Having played with rap frontrunners like Flo-Rida and Chiddy Bang, this duo will have your feet moving all night. Whether you’re an Avril Lavigne or Far East Movement fan, White Panda will appeal to every music taste and will be unlike any other concert you’ll be going to this summer.

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Steve Miller Band

SS&C Summerwind Performing Arts Center

40 Griffin Road

North Windsor, CT 06095

08/12/11 8 p.m.

Tickets starting at $45

(800) 317-7140

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Looking for something more classic? Because nothing is more classic than rock ‘n roll veteran Steve Miller. Kick back and enjoy the Space Cowboy, as he sings you back into the ‘70s where “The Joker” and “Fly Like An Eagle” were songs that helped define a musical decade. This outside venue is the ideal location to wrap up the last month of summer with a cold beer and the timeless tunes you grew up listening to.

Taylor Trudon is a recent University of Connecticut journalism graduate. She has contributed to, The Huffington Post and the USA Today College Blog. 

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