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A cool outdoor concert is a great way to take the edge off the summer heat. Grab your blanket and your beach chairs, and if you forget to pack a picnic don’t be surprised to see a food truck or two.

Most series have free admission. All information is subject to change. Check official listings for details on parking, food and pet policies, rain dates and other up-to-date information. 

If you have additions or corrections for this directory, please email gmoody@connecticutmag.com

Updated 8/20/18: Corrected the listing for Tusk at the Monroe Summer Concert Series at Wolfe Park, which takes place Aug. 31.

Updated 7/16/18: A series for Clinton, Mass., which was erroneously included has been removed. The Guilford Savings Bank Summer Concert Series takes place in Clinton, Conn.

Updated 7/14/18: Corrected the 2018 lineup for Summer Nights by Harbor Lights in Milford.

Updated 7/9/18: Schedule change for Music Mountain: The Jimmy Green Quartet will now perform Aug. 4.

Updated 7/8/18: Added lineups for Summer Concert Series at Masonicare Chester Village; Cromwell Concert Series at Frisbee Landing; Durham Summer Concert Series; Gazebo Concerts at the Joseph N. Goff House in East Hampton; Middletown Summer Sounds Concert Series and Torrington Summer Concert Series. Details added for Norwich Rock the Docks Summer Concert Series.

Updated 7/6/18: Added lineup for the 2018 Summer Concert Series at Priam Vineyards in Colchester

Updated 6/27/18: Added lineup for the 2018 Summer Concert Series in Prospect

Updated 6/22/18: Added lineup for Walnut Beach Summer Concert Series in Milford, Twilight Tunes Concert Series in Wallingford, and the Summer Concert Series in Orange

Updated 6/19/18: Added lineups for Bristol Summer Concert Series and Summer Concerts in Windsor.

Updated 6/18/18: Added lineup for Newtown Savings Bank Summer Concert series.

Updated 6/6/18: Lineup for Hamden Free Summer Concerts series added.


Ansonia

Rock the Summer: A Concert for Music Education

July 28, 4-10:30 p.m. • Nolan Field • This free community concert supports Banko’s Music Foundation, a nonprofit advocating for public school music education which awards scholarships to aspiring musicians and music teachers. Rain date: July 29.  $5 suggested donation

Bolton

Summer Concert Series • Bolton Town Green • Wednesdays 6:30-8 p.m.

June 27: Acoustic Anomaly

July 11: Rock Solid Alibi

July 18: Windham Concert Band

Aug. 1: Kelly English

Aug. 29: Night Shift Band

Branford

Branford Jazz on the Green • Branford Green • Thursdays, June 28-Aug. 30, 6:30 p.m. • 203-488-8304

This Thursday night jazz festival is celebrating its 10th year with jazz artists from around the country and beyond, and for the first time, the North Branford Intermediate School Jazz Band will perform on opening night. (Note: No alcohol or dogs allowed, per town ordinance.)

June 28: Run N’ Fly; NBIS Jazz Band

July 5: Rich Goldstein & The Gratitude Ensemble

July 12: Quarteto Moderno Brazilian Jazz

July 19: Paula Atherton

July 26: Anouman

Aug. 2: Soul Jazz Flutist Althea Rene

Aug. 9: The Caswell Sisters Quintet

Aug. 16: Javon Jackson Quartet

Aug. 23: Saxophonist Andy Snitzer

Aug. 30: Elan Trotman & Tropicality

Bristol

Summer Concert Series • Rockwell Park Ampitheater, Bristol • Tuesdays, 7 p.m. • 860-584-6160

June 26: Latanya Farrell (pop & today's hits) — Summer Kick-Off Concert & Art in the Park Festival

July 3: Tim Palimeri (solo acoustic)

July 10:  Soul Sound Revue (soul and R&B)

July 17: RapOet Self Suffice (hip hop)

July 24: Sick Since Sunday (modern and classic rock) — Location: Ultimate WireForms in Forestville Center

July 31: 102nd National Army Band (patriotic and modern)

Aug. 7: Midnight Rodeo (country)

Aug. 22: Crucial Massive (reggae)

Canton

Summer Concert Series • Mills Pond Park • Thursdays 6:30-8 pm

The Canton Lions Club will be on hand selling hot dogs, hamburgers, snacks and beverages.

June 21: Soul Sound Revue (Motown)

June 28: Locomotion (party and dance)

July 5: The Substitutes (classic rock)

July 12: Southern Voice (country)

July 19: Sister Funk (pop, rock & dance)

July 26: Cover2Cover (high-energy dance)

Aug. 2: 102nd Army Rock Band-Ripcord (rock, pop and patriotic tunes)

Aug. 9: Avenue Groove (R&B, funk and dance)

Chester

Concerts in the Garden • Leif Nilsson Studio • Thursdays 7 p.m.

$20 suggested donation

May 31: Last Fair Deal

June 14: Eric Fresia

June 28: Opius Bliss feat. Michelle Walker

July 26: The Ken Morr Band

Aug. 9: Honey Hill

Summer Concert Series • Masonicare Chester Village • Thursdays 6 p.m.

In case of inclement weather call 860-526-6800

July 12 John Banker (music with a Caribbean Islands theme)

July 19 Eight to the Bar

July 26 The Meadows Brothers (“Homegrown countrified folked-up soulful american rock ‘n roll roots music”)

Aug. 2 Tom Callinan (folk singer, sea shanties, and stories)

Aug. 9 Riddim Makers (Reggae band)

Aug. 16 Java Groove (Dan Bernier’s smooth jazz/swing band)

Aug. 23 Homemade Jam (Larry Batter’s fun ’50s, ’60s easy jazz band)

Aug. 30 Klezmer (folk band)

Clinton

Guilford Savings Bank Summer Concert Series • Vece Gazebo, Pierson School • 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Aug. 2: Hot Cat Jazz Band

Aug. 9: Shaded Soul (R&B and more)

Aug. 16: The Navels (classic rock & dance)

Colchester

2018 Summer Concert Series • Priam Vineyards • Fridays, 6-9 p.m.

Food will be sold onsite by Mystic Oyster Company, Pizza Pixie and the Whey Station, but picnics are welcome. Concert tickets are $14 advance purchase and $16 at the gate. Advance sale tickets are available online until noon the day of the concert at: www.priam-vineyards.com/connecticut-outdoor-concerts. Ticket orders of 10 or more receive a 10% discount with the promo code: SUMMER18

July 13: Michael Cleary Band (Blues, Rock, Groove to top 40) 

July 20: Ramblin' Dan Stevens (Folk & Blues)

July 27: Nightshift Band (Rock & Blues)

Aug. 3: Shaded Soul Band (Big Band to top 40)

Aug. 10: The 70s Project (Dance & Party, '70s Music)

Aug. 17: Frank Viele (Pop, Motown, Soul, Jazz & Classic Rock)

Aug. 24: Jim Carpenter & The Hoolios (Americana / Rock / Latin)

Aug. 31: Mixed Signals (Rock & Blues)

Cromwell

Cromwell Concert Series • Frisbee Landing at Riverport Park • Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. (rain dates the following days)

Bring a blanket or chair, pack a picnic supper or purchase dinner from the onsite food trucks. For information go to www.cromwellrec.com or call 860-632-3467.

June 27 Avenue Groove

July 11 Fabio & Crew

July 18 Coyote River Band

July 25 Big Deal Rock

Danbury

Concerts on the Green Summer Series • Danbury Green • Fridays and Saturday at 7 p.m.

July 6: Southern Voice

July 7: The Doug Wahlberg Band

July 13: Tim Currie’s Mootwn Review Band

July 20: Feast of Friends

Ives Concert Park 2018 Season

July 15: Connecticut Ballet Presents "Ballet Under the Stars"

July 20: Mock Stock Tribute Band Fest: Prince / Jimi Hendrix / Sly & the Family Stone tributes

July 21: Mock Stock Tribute Band Fest: AC/DC / Guns N Roses / Metalica tributes

July 27: Westside Reggae Festival

Aug 10-11: Forever Grateful Music Fest — Music of the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Bob Marley & more

Danielson

Free Summer Concert Series • Davis Park Historic District • 6-8 pm

July 12: Hit Play

July 19: Mindrift

July 26: Four Barrel Billy

Aug. 2: Billy Pilgrim

Darien

Darien Summer Nights • Grove Street Plaza • Fridays 6-8:30 p.m.

June 22: Big Bad Dog Buddy

June 29: Sugar Bear

July 6: Ratso and Friends (blues)

July 13: Barnstorm!

July 20: CC: Legend (Bob Marley tribute)

July 27: Gunsmoke (country/western)

Aug. 3: Cinnamon Girl

Aug. 10: Harry Bergen with Mods and Rockers (’60s)

Aug. 17: Kind Bud (’60s)

Aug. 24: The Bob Button Big Band

Aug. 31: The Spadtastics

Sept. 7: The Exit Ramp Band

Sept. 14: Doug Allen

Sept. 21: The Wingmen (Darien local band)

Durham

Summer Concert Series • Durham Fairgrounds Center Stage • Thursdays 6-8 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Town of Durham Recreation Department and Durham Fair Association. Free admission. Food and games. Bring a picnic, blankets or chairs. For information call 860-349-3452

July 19 Kings of Karma (classic rock)

July 26 Jackson Hill (country)

Aug. 2 Thursday Mixed Signals (rock, blues, funk)

Aug. 9 Thursday Engine Room (rock & roll ’60s & ’80s)

Aug. 16 Thursday Bored of Education (rock)

East Haddam

Music on the River • Goodspeed Opera House Green • Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Food & drink available to purchase or bring a picnic dinner. Free parking at Goodspeed Opera House parking lot; additional parking and shuttle bus from Eagle Landing in Haddam.

July 2: U.S. Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band

July 9: Alex Shillo Band (rock/country)

July 16: Neal & The Vipers (blues/rock)

July 23: Suitcase Junket (folk/Americana)

July 30: Auburn Mode (indy/acoustic)

Aug. 6: The Grays (jazz/fusion)

Aug. 13: Chris Smither (folk/blues singer)

East Hampton

Gazebo Concerts • Joseph N. Goff House • Thursdays 6:30 p.m.

Listeners are welcome to bring seating and a picnic. Dogs and children welcome. Local Cub Scouts will be on hand to sell snacks and refreshments.

July 19 The Modern Riffs

July 26 Dizzy River Band

Aug. 2 Seat of Our Pants

Aug. 9 Victor Cowles

East Hartford

Riverfront Summer Pops • Great River Park • 7-9 p.m.

June 9: Salute America

June 21: The Best of Broadway

Aug. 25: Symphonic Soundtrack

East Lyme

McCook’s Point Park Summer Music Concert Series • Band Shell at McCook Point Park • Fridays, July 13-Aug. 31, 7-9 p.m.

Schedule TBA.

McCook’s Beach Summer Concert Series • McCook’s Beach • Wednesdays, July 18-Aug. 15, 6-8 p.m.

Smaller, local bands take the stage on Wednesday nights. No beach pass required after 5 p.m. to enter the park. Schedule TBA.

Essex

Summer Concerts in the Essex and Ivoryton Parks • Tuesdays & Wednesdays 6:30-8 p.m.

June 26: Long Island Sound Band (Ivortyton Green)

July 4: Middletown Symphonic Band (Essex Main Street)

July 10: Leaf Jumpers (Ivortyton Green)

July 18: River of Dreams (Essex Main Street)

July 24: Southern Voice (Ivortyton Green)

Aug. 1: Meadows Brothers (Essex Main Street)

Aug. 7: Blues on the Rocks (Ivortyton Green)

Aug. 15: Shiny Lapel Trio (Essex Main Street)


Falls Village

Music Mountain’s Twilight Series 

Saturdays, June 16–Sept. 22 • 6:30 p.m; tickets $30

This perennial favorite opens with the Ted Nash Quartet, and the award-winning I’ve Got a Little Twist highlights the timelessness of Gilbert & Sullivan and its relevance in today’s world.

June 16: The Ted Nash Quartet: Music Mountain Opening Night

June 23: New York Gilbert & Sullivan: I've Got a Little Twist

June 30: Michael Berkely: No Tune Like a Show Tune — Celebrating America!

July 7: Jive By Five

July 14: The Helen Sung Quartet: Monk and More

July 21: Peter & Will Anderson Quartet: Music of Duke Ellington

July 28: Swingtime Big Band — Classics from the Great American Songbook

Aug. 4Jimmy Greene Quartet (schedule change, updated July 9)

Aug. 11: Galvanized Jazz Band

Aug 18: Josh Lawrence & Color Theory — blues/Afro-Cuban/hip-hop fusion

Aug. 25: The Amina Figarova Quintet

Sept. 1: Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet

Sept. 8: The Bridge Trio

Sept. 15: The Roxy Coss Quintet

Sept. 22: Bert Seager & The Why Not


Farmington

2018 Summer Concert Series • Alice Clover Pinney Park • Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. (opener 6:30 p.m.; headliner 7 p.m.)

June 21: Simply Swing (swing orchestra)

June 28: Alex Shillo, 31st Ice Cream Social (Bruce Springsteen tribute)

July 5: Red Hot Horns (funk band)

July 12: Tirebiter, Firemen’s Carnival (classic rock & roll)

July 19: Loveland Hill Band (rock, dance, pop)

July 26: Wednesday Bowling League (’50s & ’60s rock)

Aug. 2: White Eyed Lizard Band (steel drum calypso)

Aug. 9: Kenn Morr Band (alternative folk rock)

Aug. 16: Nashville Drive (country)

Glastonbury

Riverfront Music Series • Welles Street Riverfront Park  • Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.

Free parking and shuttle service available. BYOB and family and pet friendly, and food trucks will be on hand. Sponsored by the Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce.

July 11: Melaena

July 18: White Wedding (’80s tribute)

July 25: Maxxtone

Aug. 1: ETA Music

Music in the Park Summer Series • Riverfront Park • Sundays at 7 p.m.

All shows performed by the Glastonbury Town Band, a group of 40-50 local and 10 professional musicians.

July 15: Disney in Concert

July 22: Broadway

July 29: American Classics

Aug. 5: Best of 2018 - Season Highlights

Greenwich

Greenwich Summer Concert SeriesBinney Park • Sunday nights 7-8:30 p.m.

July 29: Sound Beach Community Band

Aug. 26: Sound Beach Community Band

Roger Sherman Baldwin Park • Wednesday nights 7:15-8:45

June 27: The Bob Button Orchestra (big band/swing)

July 11: The Tribunes (doo wop)

July 18: Gunsmoke (country)

July 25: Steve D’Agostino (Great American Song Book)

Aug. 1: 1 Stop Pony Band (Billy Joel/Doors tribute)

Aug. 8: The Band (’60s)

Aug. 15: Cynthia Sayer (jazz)

Aug. 20: Billy and The Showmen (R&B)

Dixieland Jazz Band Concerts on the Sound­ — On the Island Beach Ferry and Island Beach • Sundays 4-6 p.m.

July 1: Dixieland Jazz Band

Aug. 5: Dixieland Jazz Band

Groton

Summer Sound Waves at Esker Point Beach • Thursdays 6-8 p.m.

Call 860-441-6791 or check their Facebook page for updates

June 21 Phil Adams Group

June 28 Fusion

July 5 Will Evans and Rising Tide

July 12 Hope Road

July 19 Pirates for Peace

July 26 Sugar

Aug. 2  Never Enuff

Guilford

Concerts on the Guilford Green (rain location: Guilford Community Center) • 6:30-8 p.m.

July 22: Dr. Joe & Friends (jazz)

July 29: Night Shift (’60s, ’70s and ’80s)

Aug. 12: Elements (Earth, Wind & Fire tribute)

Aug. 19: Bloodlines (Blood, Sweat & Tears tribute)

Aug. 26: Beau Bolero (Steely Dan Tribute)

Hamden

Free Summer Concert Series • Hamden Town Center Park • 7:30 p.m.

July 6: Gloria Gaynor

July 13: Myke Ross & Tym N Motion

July 20: Third World

July 27: Little River Band

Hartford

Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz Series • Bushnell Park

This annual event is produced by the Hartford Jazz Society and billed as “the nation’s longest-running free jazz concert series.” The 2018 series is scheduled to take place from July 9 through Aug. 13. Performers TBA.

Sunset Sounds Concert Series • Butler-McCook House & Garden

Concerts will be held monthly, June-Sept., on the second Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m. Bring a picnic, and the events are dog-friendly. Tours of the Butler-McCook House & Garden will be available from 5:30-6.

Jun 14: Dezron Douglas Trio

July 12: The Professors of Sweet, Sweet Music

Aug. 9: TBA

Sept. 13: TBA

Hartford County

7th Annual Farmington Bank Community Concert Series • Enes Community Center (indoors)

Connecticut-based Simply Swing, a 10-piece swing orchestra, will be performing Big Band and swing music at various locations in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.

June 7: Landmark at Monastery Heights, West Springfield, Mass., 7 p.m.

June 16: Great River Park, East Hartford, 6:30 p.m.

June 21: Alice Clover Pinney Park, Unionville, 7 p.m.

June 26: Norton Park, Plainville, 6:30 p.m.

July 5: Mill Pond Park, Newington, 6 p.m.

July 12: Elm Ridge Park, Rocky Hill, 6:30 p.m.

July 14: Mortensen Plaza Main Stage, Hartford, 7 p.m.

July 18: Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, 6:30 PM

Aug. 17: Manchester Community College Band Shell, Manchester, 7 p.m.

Aug. 20: Walnut Hill Park, New Britain, 7 p.m.

Aug. 25: Springfield Armory Lawn, Springfield, Mass., 2 p.m.

Harwinton

Harwinton Lions Club Concert for Sight

July 21, 5:30 p.m.

Harwinton Fairgrounds • $25 in advance/$30 at the door  • Neil Diamond impersonator Tom Sadge headlines this year’s benefit event.

Higganum

Outdoor Family Concert Series • Higganum Green • Fridays 7-8:30 p.m. • 860-345-8334

July 13: Whiskey, Wine & Coke (country)

July 20: Rockslide (classic rock/country)

July 27: DizzyFish (best of the ’70s)

Aug. 3: Nightshift (’60s, ’70s & ’80s)

Killingly

Killingly Free Summer Concert Series • Davis Park • Thursdays 6-8 p.m.

July 12: Hit Play

July 19: Mindrift

July 26: Four Barrel Billy

Aug. 2: Billy Pilgrim

Manchester

Manchester Band Shell • 7-9 p.m. unless otherwise noted

July 7: Annual James “Dutch” Fogarty 4th of July Celebration featuring The North Cove Rogues and Mass-Conn-Fusion

July 9: Middletown Symphonic Band

July 13: Grass Routes Bluegrass Band

July 16: The Little Big Band (swing)

July 18: Vincent A Zito Italian Night - Angelo Sapia

July 20: In Deep (classic rock)

July 23: Kidsville Kuckoo Revue (6:30-8 p.m.)

July 27: Survivors (swing band)

July 30: 102nd Air National Guard Band

Aug. 3: Highway 70 (classic and modern country)

Aug. 6: Modern Riffs - swing, jazz, classical rock

Aug. 8: Irish Night: Bill Eagan Band, St. Patricks Pipe Band, Golden School of Dance

Aug. 10: Harbor Moon (Caribbean)

Aug. 13: Nightshift (danceable songs of the ’60s, ’70s & ’80s)

Aug. 15: Screamin Eagles

Aug. 17: Simply Swing

Aug. 20: Musical Cavaliers (Polish and German)

Aug. 22: New London Jazz Band

Mansfield

Summer Concerts on the Square • Betsy Paterson Square, Storrs • 6:30-8 p.m.

June 7  Zikina

June 14  Goodnight Blue Moon

June 21  The Professors of Sweet, Sweet Music

June 28  The Silks

July 5  Wise Old Moon

July 12  The Wolff Sisters & The Last Cavalry

July 19  Mo Lowda & The Humble

July 26  The Funky Dawgz Brass Band

Meriden

Twilight Music Series • Meriden Green • 7-9 p.m.

June 15: #9 (Beatles Tribute Band)

June 29: Dan Stevens and Clay Allen

July 6: Wastin’ Bullets

July 13: Inner Groove

July 27: The North Cove Rogues

Aug. 3: The Coconuts

Aug. 10: Marissa Cardona & Family

Aug. 17: Whiskey, Wine and Coke

Middletown

Music at the Mansion • Wadsworth Mansion • 6:30 p.m.; free admisison

Wednesdays in July. The Wadsworth Mansion will open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking, and shows on the Mansion’s back lawn will begin at 6:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Food trucks will be on site. Free admission.

July 11: Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem 

July 18: Funky Dawgz Brass Band

July 25: Mixed Signals

Aug. 1: Shaded Soul

Summer Sounds Concert Series • Harbor Park Gazebo • Tuesdays 6:30 p.m.

In case of rain, the concert will be held inside South Congregational Church.

July 10 The Castlefield Trio

July 24 Survivors Swing Band

Aug. 7 Bluegrass Characters

Aug. 21 Random Concept

Sep. 4 Middletown Symphonic Band

Milford

Milford Concert Band

June 22, 7-9 p.m. • Rotary Pavilion at Fowler Field • Milford’s official band, consisting of 35 musicians of all ages, opens its 26th summer season.

Walnut Beach Summer Concert Series • Devon Rotary Pavillion, Walnut Beach, Milford • Sundays at 4 p.m.

July 1 Parkway Diner (Billy Joel tunes and much more)

July 8 What Up Funk

July 15 Turbulence (Top 40s party favorites)

July 22 All Funk’d Up

July 29 The 5 O’clocks (Your favorite cover tunes)

Aug. 5 Hijacked (11 a.m.-2 p.m.; classic '90s rock and more); Elana Zabari (2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; acoustic covers and originals); Pocket Full of Soul (4-7 p.m.)

Aug. 12 The Void (Classic Rock & Roll)

Aug. 19 Mia & The Riff

Aug. 26 RumRunners

Sep. 2 The Barons (50’s & 60’s Oldies and DooWop)

Summer Nights by Harbor Lights • Milford Rotary Pavilion, Fowler Field • Fridays, 7-9 p.m.

July 13 Kathy Thompson Band

July 20 Penny Lane

July 27 FreePlay

Aug. 3 NightFlight

Aug. 11 The Rumrunners

Monroe

Summer Concert Series • Wolfe Park • Fridays @ 7:30 p.m.

June 29: Tramps Like Us (Bruce Springsteen tribute)

July 6: The Sounds of Frank (Sinatra tribute)

July 13: Goldrush (country)

July 20: The Reunion Band (’60s rock)

Aug. 31: Tusk (Fleetwood Mac tribute) (this listing has been updated to correct the date)

Mystic

Blue Mondays • Mystic River Park • Times TBA

July 2: Sugar Ray and the Bluetones

July 16: Otis and the Hurricanes

July 16: Say Darling

July 23: Love Dogs

July 30: Copley-James-Piccolo

Newington

Edythe and Harry Mandell Summer Concert Series • Data-Mail Inc. Pavilion at Mill Pond Park • Thursdays plus July 18, 20 and 21, 6-8 p.m. except where noted (rain dates Aug. 2 and 9)

June 7: Throwback Night: Nightshift

June 14: Children’s Night / Pizza in the Park: The Amazing Andy (6-7 p.m.), John Wallace Show Choir (7-8 p.m.)

June 21: Coyote River Band (country)

June 28: Rock Solid Alibi (rock ‘n’ roll)

July 5: Simply Swing

July 12: Ticket to Ride (Beatles tribute)

July 19: What It Is (funk)

July 26: The Daily Planet (ADA celebration)

Newtown

The Newtown Savings Bank Summer Concert Series • Hollow Park • Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.

July 11: The Eric Hallenbeck Quartet (jazz)

July 18: Root Six (classic rock)

July 25: The Rakes (alt-country)

Aug. 1: Blues Alley Ban (rock/blues)

Aug. 8: Cutout Creek Band (country harmonies)


 

Norfolk

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

Fridays & Saturdays, June 29-Aug. 18

Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate, Norfolk • Times and ticket prices vary (many concerts are free admission)

Festival director Melvin Chen promises a typically outstanding lineup this year, including Dawn Upshaw with the Brentano String Quartet. 

July 6: Turn of the Century Vienna

July 7: The Brentano String Quartet

July 13: Mozart and Debussy

July 14: Brentano & Upshaw

July 20: Beethoven & Shostakovich

July 21: The Splendour of Baroque

July 27: Debussy: Enemies and Friends

July 28: The Shanghai Quartet

Aug. 3: Emerson String Quartet

Aug 4: 1918 Soldier's Story

Aug. 10: Bernstein, Beach and the American Tradition

Aug. 11: Four Seasons — Old and New

Aug. 18: The Norfolk Choral Festival


North Branford

Summer Kickoff Concert

June 28, 6-8 p.m. • Bring your own picnic basket and lawn chair and enjoy a rockin’ return performance by local favorites The Sin Sisters. 

North Haven

Music Under the Stars • North Haven Green • Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

A series of free concerts presented for the enjoyment of town residents by the North Haven Department of Community Services and Recreation and the North Haven Business Community.

June 5: Vinnie Carr (6-7:15 p.m.; pop); Rich DiPalma (7:30-9; Italian/songs from yesteryear)

June 12: 7 Bridges Road (music of the Eagles)

June 19: Le’ Mixx (R&B/soul/funk/pop/Motown)

June 26: Nightshift (’60s/’70s/’80s cover band)

July 3: Steppin Out (party/dance band)

July 10: Timmy Maia Experience (Motown/today’s music)

July 17: RagDoll (Frankie Valli tribute ’50s/’60s)

July 24: Coyote River Band (pop country)

July 31: Classics (’50s/’60s)

Aug. 7: Avenue Groove (R&B/funk)

Aug. 14: River Mud (party rock)

Aug. 21: CT Transit Authority (Chicago tribute band)

Aug. 28: Primetime (party band)

Norwalk

TTD Summer Concert Series • Calf Pasture Beach • Tuesdays 7-9 p.m and Sundays 5-7 p.m. (no rain dates)

July 1: Memphis Soul Spectacular

July 10: River of Dreams (Billy Joel Tribute)

July 15: Pocket Full of Soul

July 24: Fairfield Counts

July 29: Tracy DeLucia

Aug. 14: Billy & The Showmen

Aug. 19: The Barons

Aug. 26: SummerTimeBand

Calf Pasture Beach Summer Concert Series • Wednesdays, most shows at 7:30 p.m. (rain date following day)

June 27 : Tim Curries Motown Revue Band (local Norwalk band)

July 11: Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Band “I see a bad moon rising”

July 18: Bennie & The Jets (Elton John tribute)

July 19: Kei Marron & Whistleville (Thursday show; no rain date)

July 25: Beginnings (Chicago tribute)

Aug. 1: Beagles & Mac (6:30)

Aug. 8: Penny Lane (Beatles tribute)

Aug. 15: RPM (’70s)

Aug. 22: One Hot Night featuring Tommy Lynn (Neil Diamond tribute; rain date Aug. 24)

Aug. 29: The ’60s Experience

Norwich

Rock the Docks Summer Concert Series  

Wednesdays: Howard Brown Park • 6-8 p.m. (rain dates Aug. 22 and 29)

Live local talent on the Norwich Waterfront

July 11 Greye

July 18 Shaded Soul Band

July 25 The Sidewinders

Aug. 1 Coyote River Band

Aug. 8 Anthem Reggae Band

Aug. 15 Melaena

Fridays: Norwich Town Green • 6-8 p.m.

Acoustic performances

July 13 Rob Brannon

July 20 Dan Watson

July 27 Sun Gun

Aug. 10 Carrie Ashton

Aug. 17 Braiden Sunshine

Orange

Orange Summer Concert Series • Orange Fairgrounds • Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.

June 28 Lunch Box (rain date 7/5)

July 12 Cruise Machine (rain date 7/19)

Aug. 9 Frantic City (rain date 8/16)

Aug. 23 Fools on the Hill (rain date 8/30)

Old Saybrook

Summer Concert Series • Town Green • Wednesdays 6:30-8 p.m.

June 13: The Kenn Morr Band (modern rock)

June 27: Deni Bonet (electric violin)

July 6: Caribbean Vibe Steel Drum Band (calypso)

July 11: Les Julian (children and family Show)

July 18: The Meadows Brothers (folk rock)

July 20: Four Barrel Billy (rockabilly)

July 25: Cold Chocolate (americana)

Aug. 1: Happy and The Moonshine (cover band)

Aug. 3: Acoustic Marsh Pit (cover band)

Aug. 8: Gracie Day (country folk)

Aug. 15: Long Island Sound (big band)

Aug. 17: No Mind (modern rock)

Aug. 22: Late for Dinner (classic rock)

June 20: Dan Stevens (blues)

June 22: Branded Country (modern country)

Oxford

Summer Nights at the Beach • Jackson Cove • Tuesdays 6:30-8 p.m. • 203-888-2543

July 10: Mary Beth Sippin & Goldrush (classic country, swing and bluegrass)

July 17: The Potentials

July 24: DoubleHung

July 31: The Larry Stevens Band (country, pop, rock and more)

Aug. 7: Leaf Jumpers

Aug. 14: Shaded Soul (Motown, funk soul, reggae, swing, rock, disco)

Aug. 21: Bobby Wheeler Band

Plainville

Norton Park Summer Concerts • Norton Park • Tuesdays 6:30 p.m.

June 5: Plainville Wind Ensemble

June 12: Plainville Choral Society

June 19: Kenn Morr/Original American Folk Rock

June 26: Simply Swing/10 Piece Orchestra

July 3: Last Fair Deal/American Roots Music

July 10: Riverboat Ramblers/Dixieland Jazz

July 17: Nzinga’s Daughters/Rhythm & Blues

July 24: Army Band

July 31: Old Tyme Fiddlers

Prospect

2018 Summer Concert Series • Prospect Town Green • Wednesday nights

June 27 Coyote River Band (modern country & pop rock)

July 11 Rockin Heartbeats (rock oldies)

July 18 Still Kickin with The Big City Horns (classic rock)

July 25 Nightshift Band ('60s, '70s & '80s cover band)

Aug. 1 Avenue Groove( R&B/funk/dance music )

Aug. 8 Steve Atwood Band (classic rock)

Aug. 15 Southern Voice (modern country)

Aug. 22 The Future Heavies (sounds of the '80s)

Redding

Concerts on the Green • Redding Town Green • Sundays 6-8 pm

June 17: Yippee Coyote (Rock ‘n Roots band)

June 24: Bone Dry (jam band with a groove)

July 1: Brian Q. Torff & New Duke (in memory of Sally White)

July 8: Tracy DeLucia (adult contemporary country)

July 15: River of Dreams (Billy Joel tribute)

July 22: Peter Calo (heroes gone but not forgotten)

July 29: Silver Steel Band (steel drum band)

Aug. 5: Fab Forward (solo Beatle tribute)

Aug. 12: The Currys (Americana trio)

Aug. 19: The Mighty Ploughboy (Celtic rock)

Aug. 26: Sony Carroll Orchestra (Big Band)

Rocky Hill

Richard D. Tulisano Summer Concert Series • Veterans Memorial Amphitheater, Elm Ridge Park • 6:30-8:30 p.m.; free admission

Thursday nights (rain date is the following Tuesday). Free admission and parking, and food will be available.

June 28: Bell in the House (A Capella)

July 12: Simply Swing (Swing Orchestra)

July 19: Alex Shillo (Bruce Sprinsteen (tribute)

July 26: Mass-Conn-Fusion (Motown, R&B, Funk)

Aug. 2: Steve Daggett (Country)

Aug. 7: Accidential Groove (local ’80s & Top 40s band)

Sharon

Sharon Summer Concert Series • Sharon Town Green • Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.

June 27: Jukebox Junkies

July 4: Joint Chiefs (folk music)

July 11: Memphis Boys (blues)

July 18: Lone Wolf Trio (rock/blues)

July 25: Peter McEachern and the Litchfield Camp Faculty All-Stars Jazz

Aug. 1: Sounds of Frank Duo (Sinatra tribute)


Simsbury

Talcott Mountain Music Festival • Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center • 7:30 p.m.; Tickets $25-45, 12 and under $5

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s annual concert series kicks off with an Independence Day celebration and fireworks, while the one and only Doc Severinsen pays homage to his favorite tunes on July 13.

June 29: Celebrate America!

July 6: Brass Transit- The Musical Legacy of Chicago

July 13: HERE’S DOC! Celebrating 60 Years in Show Business

July 20: Magical Movie Music

July 27: REWIND: Celebrating the Music of the 80s


Simsbury

Simsbury Summer Solstice

June 23 • Simsbury Meadows Amphitheater • Tickets: $30-$50 • Four tribute bands headline this all-day music festival: Terrapin (“The Ultimate Grateful Dead Experience”), Soul Shine (playing the music of the Allman Brothers), Sacred Fire (Santana) and Bathtub Gin (Phish). Rain date June 24.

Southington

Music on the Green • Southington Green • Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. • 860-276-6219, 

May 23: Karismics (classic rock)

May 30: Rock Solid Alibi (rock from the ’60s to today)

June 6: Night Flight: Final Approach (pop & classic rock)

June 13: Studio Two (early Beatles tribute band)

June 20: A-Ray of Elvis (Elvis Presley tribute band)

June 27: Changes in Latitudes (Jimmy Buffett tribute band)

July 11: BootLeg Band (classic & modern country)

July 18: The Diamond Collection (Neil Diamond tribute band)

July 25: The Sam Vinci Orchestra (Italian & American classics)

Aug. 1: Cover2Cover (rock & pop dance hits)

Aug. 8: Goldrush (bluegrass & country)

Aug. 15: Dennis Polisky & Maestro’s Men (polka music)

Aug. 22: The Kyle Niles Band (classic rock)

Aug. 29: Coyote River Band (modern country, rock & dance hits)

Sept. 5: Out the Boxx (high energy dance hits)


Stamford

Wednesday Night Live • Columbus Park • Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

National and regional acts headline at these family-friendly shows.

June 27: The O’Jays

July 11: Joe Jackson

July 18: Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish’s Rascals

July 25: Dennis Deyoung and the music of Styx

Aug. 1: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Alive@Five • Columbus Park • Thursdays 5 p.m.

Live music by top regional and national acts. 21 and over only.

June 28: Gavin DeGraw

July 12: Sean Kingston; Sammy Adams

July 19: Gin Blossoms; Tonic; Vertical Horizon

July 26: Lifehouse

Aug. 2: Neon Trees


Storrs

Summer Concerts on the Square • Betsy Paterson Square • Thursdays 6:30-8 p.m. (rain date: following Tuesday)

June 7: Zikina

June 14: Goodnight Blue Moon

June 21: The Professors Of Sweet, Sweet Music

June 28: The Silks

July 5: Wise Old Moon

July 12: The Wolff Sisters & The Last Cavalry

July 19: Mo Lowda & The Humble

July 26: The Funky Dawgz Brass Band

Stratford

Summer Sunset Concert Series • Paradise Green • Tuesdays, 7 p.m. (rain date following Thursday)

June 12: TBA

June 19: Robert Atwood Band (rock ‘n’ roll)

June 26: Connecticut Symphonic Winds

July 10: TBA

July 17: The Baron’s (doowop, Motown)

July 24: Nashville Drive Band (country)

July 31: Fools on a Hill Band (Beatles tribute)

Aug. 7: Vinny & Ray Band (Afro, Cuban, Latin)

Aug. 14: Kathy Thompson Band (TBA)

Aug. 21: Re-entry Band (classic lite rock)

Aug. 28: Signature Band

Sept. 4: Slammin Band (R&B, funk)

Sept. 11: The Bernandettes

Thomaston

Thomaston Summer Concert Series 2018 • Seth Thomas Park • Mondays 7-8:30 p.m.

June 25: The Harmonious Brass Choir

July 2: Windborne

July 9: 60s Satisfaction

July 16: Deni Bonet

July 23: Chris Coogan Quartet

July 30: The Page Turners

Aug. 6: Goldrush

Aug. 13: The Afro-Semitic Experience

Aug. 20: Clearview

Torrington

Torrington Summer Concert Series • Coe Memorial Park • Tuesdays & Fridays

July 10: RBO Orchestra

July 13: Steve Dunn Band

July 17: The Curl Daddy’s Surf

July 20: The Sidekick Band

July 24: Liddle Big Band

July 27: Goldrush

 

July 31: The Tradesmen

Aug. 3: The Torrington Symphony Orchestra

Aug. 7: Nekita Waller(2015 Northwest Idol winner)

Aug. 10: Coyote River Band

Aug. 17 Tim Urban (former American Idol contestant)

Aug. 24, 6-8 p.m.: Mayor’s Polka Night, with live entertainment by Eddie Forman Band, popcorn, drinks, and music for all polka lovers

Trumbull

Trumbull Summer Concert Series • Town Hall Gazebo • Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. (rain dates: following Thursday)

June 19: Coastal Chordsmen

June 26: I’liguri

July 2: Old School

July 10: Suns of Walrus (Beatles cover band)

July 17: Steve D’Agostino Band

July 24: What It Is

July 31: Bob Button Big Band

Aug. 7: Nina Etc.

Aug. 14: Motown Review

Aug. 21: Mia & The Riff

Aug. 28: Marc Berger & RIDE

Sept. 2: The Barons

Children’s Summer Concerts • Long Hill Green & Gazebo • Tuesdays at noon

June 26: Al Decant

July 10: Les Julien

July 17: Ryan SanAngelo

July 24: Tom Weber

July 31: T-Bone

July 7: Marcia Lewis

Aug. 14: Lynn Lewis & Friends

Wallingford

Masonicare Summer Concert Series • Masonicare Health Center • Thursdays, 6:15-7:45 p.m.

June 22: After All (Nick & Nancy)

June 29: The Nightshift

July 6: The Big Beat Oldies Band (’50s & ’60s)

July 13: The Undercover Band (’50s & ’60s)

July 20: Sister Funk

July 27: The Sin Sisters

Aug. 3: The Sedgwick Sisters    

Aug. 10: The Larry Ayce Band

Aug. 17: Kid’s Concert with T-Bone

Aug. 24: Johnny & The Prom Kings

Twilight Tunes Concert Series • Wallingford Parade Ground • Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

July 11 The Eran Troy Danner Band

July 18 Juicebox

Aug. 1 River of Dreams

Aug. 8 The Leaf Jumpers Band

Aug. 15 Eagles Experience

West Hartford

Elizabeth Park Summer Concerts • Rose Garden Lawn, Elizabeth Park • Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. (rain date Thursdays)

June 27: Goza Salsa

July 11: Latanya Farrell

July 18: Simply Swing

July 25: Professors of Sweet Sweet Music

Aug. 1: Mass-Conn-Fusion

Aug. 8: Maxxtone

Weston

Summer Concert Series • Windsor Locks Public Library (rain location: Senior Center) • Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

June 26: Stealhed (rock and blues)

July 3: The Monthei Brothers Band (country and bluegrass)

July 10: Four Barrel Billy (’50s and ’60s rock and swing)

July 17: Steel-N-Easy (country)

July 24: Full Krew (classic rock and dance)

July 31: Tirebiter (’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s)

Aug. 7: Wiskey, Wine & Coke (classic rock)

Aug. 14: Savage Brothers (hometown band)

Windsor

Summer Concerts in Windsor • Windsor Town Green • Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. (rain dates following Tuesday)

June 28: Blue Skies Big Band

July 5: Rock Solid Alibi 

July 12: Gene Donaldson & The Stingrays 

July 19: BUS13 

July 26: Still Kickin'" with the Big City Horns 

Aug. 2: Personal Touch (part of First Town Downtown's “Taste of Windsor”)

Aug. 9: Farmington Valley Band 

Aug. 16: Nekita Waller Band 

Aug. 23: Steve Lipman 

Woodbridge

Summer Concerts • Gazebo on the Town Green • Tuesdays 6-8 p.m.

Check website for rain dates/locations

July 3: George Gritzbach Band (blues/R&B)

July 10: Boondocks (country)

July 17: Urban Legands (classic rock)

July 24: Hypnosis Music Band (classic rock)

July 31: Alex Shillo (Bruce Springsteen tribute)

Woodbury

Summer Concert Series • Hollow Park • Wednesdays 6:30-8 p.m.

July 11: The Erick Hallenbeck Quartet (fresh takes on timeless jazz)

July 18: Root Six (classic rock)

July 25: The Rakes (alt-country)

Aug. 1: Blues Alley Band (rock/blues)

Aug. 8: Cutout Creek Band (country harmonies)


This article appeared in the June 2018 issue of Connecticut Magazine. Did you like what you read? You can subscribe here.