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Tours you need to know about this fall

Every fall, bands come down from their summer of festivals and partying, and enjoy touring the venues that they may never of gotten to over the summer.

This fall the Connecticut music scene is in store for a number of unique concerts ranging from yesterday’s greats to today’s best. Our preview will look at tours coming to 4 of the most influential venues in the area, Webster Theatre, Bridgeport Arena at Harbor Yard, Toads Place and Mohegan Sun.

First on our list of fall tours we will stop in Bridgeport at the Arena at Harbor Yard. This coliseum-sized venue is large enough to host basketball and hockey teams, but is small enough to provide a really unique personal atmosphere, absent in most venues this size. This arena will be hosting some of the larger concerts coming through the area.

On October 28th, Panic at the Disco and Dashboard Confessional, fresh off of stops in Ontario and Illinois, will make the next stop on the “Rock Band Live,” tour, hosted by everyone’s favorite video game. They are also bringing the Plain White T’s along for the ride, and given this venue paired with these groups this is worth checking out.

Next on their calendar is a unique night featuring Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire. They are sharing the stage for one of many nights touring cities such as State College, PA and Albany, New York. Again, given the quality of these arena I might give this show a shot, that is if you have any interest in the genre.

Unlike the Arena at Harbor Yard, Webster Theatre and Toads Place are host to some much smaller, yet equally impressive acts this fall. The first show worth noting is at Toads Place on September 28th, Motion City Soundtrack will make a stop on their tour with Chiodos. Toads place is a pretty good venue but making the trip over 45 minutes away makes this show not worth it.

A show that is much more worthy of your hard-earned college savings accounts is at Webster Theatre, the following week. On October 4th, the Fratellis roll into Hartford with their close friends Airborne Toxic Event. These two bands put on a really awesome show and even if you have never heard a single song by either act, you will enjoy yourself on a Saturday night.

Next on our list we travel back down to New Haven. For those of you who were born in the 90’s this band has to hold a special place in our hearts, even if you only know that song from Matilda. Rusted Root is brining their tour to Connecticut on October 6th. This show might be worth going, even if its just to be nostalgic.

If you do make the trip down to New Haven don’t stay too long because two days later on October 8th, “The Sassy Back Tour,” rolls through Hartford featuring Cobra Starship, Forever the Sickest Kid, Hit the Lights and Sing it Loud. If you are a fan of any of these groups this show will most likely be lots of fun and being so close to the University it will definitely be worth the it.

For those of you who really want the 90’s to come back, Toads Place is hosting a few other artists that might make you remember the days when Jurassic Park and Home Improvement dominated the airwaves. Method Man and Redman will be in New Haven on October 14th, and Blues Traveler will make a stop their on October 22nd.

Also in October at Webster Theatre is Relient K on October 18th, Hanson (yes another 90’s nostalgia band) on October 22nd. Just a warning, the boys that we all grew up with are now men. Also at Webster is Underoath on October 23rd, and Misfits on October 30th.

Now finally back to the larger stages in Connecticut. Mohegan Sun is home to some great concerts although the sound quality their has been questioned by a number of close colleagues. On September 24th, Mohegan Sun is brining in Willie Nelson with a host of other artists and special appearances. For fans, this is probably worth the trip. September 26th will feature country superstar Brad Paisley, and on September 30th the newly reformed New Kids on the Block will be there.

Now we make one more trip back to the 90’s on October 2nd. Enrique Iglesias will be in Connecticut to play in front of what is sure to be a sold out crowd. Also in October Janet Jackson will be in town on the 11th and on October 28th the largest act to be in Connecticut this Fall will be the Who. They are completely worth going to see if you can dig deep into your pockets. Their shows are amazing and really show you what shows were like “back in the day.”

Mohegan Sun, as well as Toads Place are known for hosting a slew of great cover acts such as Badfish (Sublime Tribute), The Fab Four (Beatles Tribute) and The Great Escape (Journey Tribute). These cover and tribute bands are a great way to have some fun listening to live music played by people that at least look like your favorite artists.

That does it for September and October; look for the November and December tour schedules in a future issue.

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  • Comment by Hitesh Patel posted September 25, 2008 at 14:25

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