For those nights out when you want to unwind to something familiar, cover bands are just what you need. Providing a sort of aural comfort food, they can get a crowd dancing and singing along by pitting an original spin on beloved tunes. Drop by any of these Connecticut locations and there’s a chance you’ll see a first-rate cover band playing some of your favorite songs.
The Crab Shell
46 Southfield Ave.
Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 967-7229

This seafood joint at Stamford’s Harbor Point is open all year, but from March through October it opens up its outdoor bar and patio known as the “Crab Shack.” The festive spring and summer atmosphere is enhanced by the bands that play every Wednesday through Thursday night. Recent acts who have played here include New York’s Superhero, who perform pop hits from the 1980s to the present, and Connecticut’s versatile Last Call, specializing in songs from numerous genres. The music goes even better with the Shack’s oysters, steamers, and lobster rolls.

FTC Fairfield Theater Company
70 Sanford St.
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 259-1036

This Fairfield venue presents a diverse array of performances throughout the year, including theater productions, comedy, one-man shows, animal acts, demonstrations, and plenty of musicians. The FTC attracts many nationally known singers and groups, but also some of the best tribute bands. A particular favorite is Lez Zeppelin, a female quartet who play all the classic rock touchstones from Robert Plant and Jimmy Page’s immortal band. Appearing later this year will be the Rolling Stones tribute Satisfaction and Fairfield’s Band Together playing Michael Jackson and Motown favorites to benefit the autism charity CLASP.

Captain’s Cove Seaport
1 Bostwick Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06605
(203) 335-1433

From May through September the restaurant and bar at Bridgeport’s Black Rock Harbor marina is open for business. With a menu filled with seafood, burgers and hot dogs and several craft beers on tap, Captain’s Cove Seaport is a perfect summer hangout. It also attracts many of the liveliest cover bands in the state. Among those who have stopped by are the Bernadettes of New Haven (blues, R & B and funk), Silent Majority of Shelton (classic rock),and Farmington’s Poor Gordon (rock and pop hits from the past four decades).

Related:  Top Up-And-Coming Connecticut Bands To Check Out in 2016

T.H.C. The Hops Company
77 Sodom Lane
Derby, CT 06418
(203) 734-1616

Lovers of great beer and great music won’t be disappointed by The Hops Company. There is a four-acre beer garden on the premises and an outdoor bar that offers three dozen domestic, imported and craft brews on tap. As for music, T.H.C. welcomes a variety of groups, from the Wagon Riders and their covers of 1970s folk and roots rock to the Funky Dawgs Brass Band playing New Orleans R & B standards and jazzed-up contemporary hits. Bands play Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Joey C’s Boathouse
955 Ferry Blvd.
Stratford, CT 06614
(203) 870-4838

This cantina and grill by the Connecticut shore keeps customers entertained every weekend with popular state and regional cover bands. Joey C.’s has welcomed acts like The Signature Band, with their spirited takes on rock and R & B hits of the 1970s-90s, and Siren, who specialize in alternative and modern rock classics. You may also find acts that pay tribute to bands like the Grateful Dead (Terrapin) and Bon Jovi (One Wild Night) or even the decade of the 1980s (Pop Rocks) playing here. Rounding out the Joey C.’s experience are outstanding burgers, seafood and Mexican dishes and amazing house cocktails.

Related: Top Spots To See Local Musicians In Connecticut

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