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It'll Be Rockin' In Hartford
A quick glance at the concert schedule for this fall could well leave you wondering what decade it is.
The biggest shows of the season, all coming to the Hartford Civic Center, are a direct link to the old days of rock. The fun starts Sept. 27 when Paul McCartney makes his first Connecticut appearance ever. Somehow Sir Paul never made it to the Nutmeg State as a Beatle or with Wings, so it's about time.
They're a long way removed from "Exile on Main Street," but the Rolling Stones swing through Hartford Oct. 5. Bob Dylan plays Nov. 17 in his first civic center show since 1986, and the surviving members of the Grateful Dead appear Nov. 22 as the Other Ones.
The music scene better reflects modern trends at smaller venues. The Webster Theatre in Hartford hosts Black Label Society tonight, Dashboard Confessional Oct. 14, Reel Big Fish Oct. 15, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones Oct. 30 and Jerry Cantrell Nov. 4. Gregg Allman plays a solo show at the Webster Oct. 27, while former band mate Dickey Betts is there Nov. 14.
The Bosstones also play Oct. 24 at Toad's Place in New Haven. Little Feat plays Toad's Oct. 4, Beenie Man is there Oct. 8 and Tower of Power rolls in Nov. 8.
The casinos offer a mostly promising fall lineup as well, with Musiq playing Foxwoods Sept. 28. Michael Bolton is there Oct. 5, Smokey Robinson plays Oct. 11 and SheDaisy performs Oct. 26. Mohegan Sun turns retro with Isaac Hayes Friday; Gladys Knight Saturday and Sunday; Peter, Paul and Mary Sept. 28; and the Moody Blues Oct. 7.
The ctnow.com Meadows Music Centre closes out its season with Nelly Oct. 5, while Clear Channel's careerbuilder.com Oakdale Theatre hosts Trisha Yearwood Sunday, Joe Cocker Nov. 10 and Tori Amos Nov. 16.
Cheney Hall in Manchester hosts Luther Guitar Junior Johnson Oct. 4. The Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at UConn scores big with Lauryn Hill Oct. Saturday and Ben Folds Oct. 19.
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