Anna Liffeys, 17 Whitney Ave., 203-773-1776, annaliffeys.com. An Irish pub that serves great food, and has recently expanded its live music offerings.
Bank Street Café, 637 Bank St., New London, 860-444-1444. New London-area rock ‘n’ roll, blues, punk, indie, metal and country bands can count on booking a gig at this bar, one of a handful of music venues on the same bustling downtown street.
BAR, 254 Crown St., 203-495-8924, barnightclub.com. Dance to a DJ in the back room, or check out up-and-coming indie bands and hip locals on Wednesday nights.
Battell Chapel, 400 College St., 203-432-4158, music.yale.edu. Hundred-plus-year-old chapel on Yale’s campus that hosts choral and classical concerts.
Branford Folk Music Society, 203-488-7715, folknotes.org/branfordfolk. Nonprofit folk music organization presents workshops and concerts in the First Congregational Church in Branford, on the Branford Green and in private homes.
Café Nine, 250 State St., 203-789-8281, cafenine.com. The “musicians’ living room” features music every night of the week (and some afternoons) — roots, trad rock, rockabilly, country, indie rock, punk, jazz, blues, R&B, hip-hop, folk, hardcore, metal, reggae and more. Long a great boon to area acts, it’s also a stop for many touring acts, some on the rise, some on the way down, some looking for a more intimate space.
Cherry Street Station, 491 N. Cherry St. Ext., Wallingford, 203-265-2902, myspace.com/cherrystreetstation. Suburban bar that hosts a lot of metal, particularly the artier kind.
Comcast Theatre, 61 Savitt Way, Hartford, 860-548-7370, livenation.com. Outdoor concert venue with a covered pavilion and lawn seating. It has played host to day-long music festivals and bigger name acts that roll through the state.
Daniel Street Club, 21 Daniel St., Milford, 203-877-4446, danielstreetclub.com. Stylish and comfortable room where the stage, not the bar, is the focal point. Rock, funk, blues, folk, R&B and metal, locals and touring acts, covers and originals. Normally, party bands play on weekends and more underground/indie-leaning acts play on weeknights.
Elm Bar, 372 Elm St., 475-238-8529, elmbar.com. Situated in the space that housed Rudy’s for more than 70 years, Elm Bar maintains a similar atmosphere to that of its predecessor..
Firehouse 12, 45 Crown St., 203-785-0468, firehouse12.com. Exquisitely designed (both visually and acoustically) and intimate listening room. Hosts curated series featuring jazz, avant-garde, world, experimental, new music and electronic acts.
Foxwoods Casino, 39 Norwich-Westerly Rd., Ledyard, 800-200-2882, foxwoods.com. Big-name lounge, country, nostalgia and contemporary pop acts. Schmancy MGM Grand theater hosts the biggest names.
Garde Arts Center¿¿, 325 State St., New London, 860-444-7373, gardearts.org. Major area concert hall; bookings include pop, jazz and blues.
Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent St., 203-392-6154, tickets.southernct.edu. SCSU’s largest theater hosts smooth jazz, soul and pop concerts and is the main venue for the Connecticut Folk Festival in early September.
Manic Productions, 203-747-2499, manicproductions.org. The archetypically DIY booking agency responsible for bringing nationally known punk, hardcore, indie, underground hip-hop, art-rock and metal bands to rented halls in the state, mainly to The Space in Hamden, Daniel Street in Milford, and Café Nine and Lilly’s Pad (upstairs at Toad’s Place) in New Haven.
Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Montville, 888-226-7711, mohegansun.com. Big-name rock ‘n’ roll, country, pop and lounge acts play in the Arena. Shows are free at the Wolf Den, but get there early because capacity is only 350.
Neighborhood Music School, 100 Audubon St., 203-624-5189, nmsmusicschool.org. Hosts jazz, classical and pops concerts by the school’s faculty and students.
New Haven Folk, ctfolk.com. The parent organization of September’s Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo in New Haven also presents a monthly series, typically at the First Presbyterian Church in New Haven, featuring national and regional acts.
New Haven Symphony Orchestra¿¿¿¿, 203-865-0831, newhavensymphony.org. New Haven’s pops and classical ensemble performs around the state, but mainly at New Haven’s Woolsey Hall.
Oakdale Theatre, 95 S. Turnpike Rd., Wallingford, 203-265-1501, livenation.com. Indoor theater for big name acts. When Alanis Morissette or Cheech & Chong come to the area, this is where they perform. Recently started staging smaller shows under the dome in the lobby.
The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Bldg. G, Hamden, 203-288-6400, theouterspace.net. New sister-venue to The Space, The Outer Space is a 21-plus, 79-capacity bar and café, hosting local and up-and-coming acts of all genres. The Space’s long-running open mic now lives on here on Wednesday nights.
Palace Theater¿, 100 E. Main St., Waterbury, 203-346-2000, palacetheaterct.org. Ne-Yo, k.d. Lang, Diana Krall and Leonard Cohen have been through here in recent years, as well as touring Broadway musicals, operas and nationally known comedians.
Rudy’s, 1227 Chapel St., 203-865-1242. The legendary couple-steps-above-dive bar and popular Saturday-night hangout for local young hipsters and scenesters has moved to its new digs. Look for shows featuring local and touring acts (indie rock, contemporary psych rock, art-folk).
Side Street Grille, 15 Dickerman St., Hamden, 203-407-1539, sidestreetgrille.com. Rock and blues, originals and covers, electric and acoustic, at this bar frequented by Quinnipiac students.
The Space, 295 Treadwell St., Bldg. H, Hamden, 203-288-6400, thespace.tk. Entirely all-ages, volunteer-driven venue with live music nearly every night of the week. It’s a cozy room full of tchotchkes, but that doesn’t mean all shows are quiet and living-room-style. Features pop-rock, indie rock, punk, ska, metal, folk, jazz, fusion and avant-garde music, a lot of touring acts and many young local acts. They also have a vintage shop on the 2nd floor along with a new arcade, and a café serving sandwiches, teas and snacks downstairs.
Sprague¿ Memorial Hall, 470 College St., 203-432-4158, music.yale.edu. Concert hall on Yale’s campus that houses the Morse Recital Hall. Features many Yale School of Music concerts during the academic year.
Toad’s Place, 300 York St., 203-624-TOAD, toadsplace.com. Most rock clubs don’t stay open for more than 30 years, but Toad’s has. It’s hosted countless touring bands (including the Stones, Dylan, U2, REM), as well as area bands (at local showcases or opening for big-time headliners). If a band that’s playing rooms this size (700-plus capacity) stops in Connecticut, there’s a pretty good chance that stop will be Toad’s. There’s a clear view of the stage from every corner of the room and a cozy upstairs lounge, Lilly’s Pad, for smaller shows.
Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., 203-432-9630, music.yale.edu. Yale’s largest concert hall and a fine place to hear classical music.
Yale Symphony Orchestra¿, 203-432-4140, yso.research.yale.edu. Undergraduate classical ensemble that performs during the school year, including an annual show on Halloween night.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times