The Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus will present an afternoon of music sure to entertain and inspire just in time for the holidays. Featuring full chorus selections as well as soloists from the HGMC, there will be something for everyone as we share some of our favorite holiday tunes with you. It wouldn’t be a SING if you didn’t get a chance to have some fun as well, so be ready to join the chorus in singing some carols too.
We’ll also be collecting non-perishable food items as well as laundry supplies (detergent, bleach, dryer sheets) and dishwashing soap on behalf of Alliance for Living. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of these items to the concert.
Tickets are $20 and are available online at www.hgmc.org.
Celebrate the holidays with the Grammy Award nominated Irish-American all-female super group.
Returning to the Garde for a third holiday season, Cherish the Ladies, blends virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. For more than three decades they have shared timeless Irish traditions and good cheer with audiences worldwide demonstrating that when it comes to Irish music – women are on top!
Founded in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene, Cherish the Ladies has recorded 15 outstanding albums, produced an Emmy winning Public Television Special, and collaborated with such notable musicians as The Boston Pops, The Chieftains, Vince Gill, Nanci Griffith, Pete Seeger, Don Henley, and Arlo Guthrie.
“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do.” The Boston Globe
Are you ready to Rock in 2020? What better place to do it than at Hard Rock Cafe Foxwoods at Foxwoods Resort Casino. This year Red Light is back to tear the house down. The doors will open at 10pm. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. VIP Booths are on the main floor directly in all the action. VIP Tables are located in a private room just off the dance floor. All VIP tickets include admission for either 4 or 6 people, a table/booth, party favors and a bottle of champagne.
Shannon Heaton–vocals, wood flute, whistles
Matt Heaton–vocals, guitar, bouzouki, bodhrán
Just ten months after their fondly remembered 2019 Music Matters début, Shannon & Matt Heaton return to explore the wonderful “cross-pond” culture of Irish music in our New World. Their touching duo performances, Shannon’s wickedly agile wood flute solos, and Matt’s easy lilt bring the very stars down among us. Wine reception to follow.
Tickets $15. Age 18 and under admitted for free. Advance sales available through our website. Cash, check or charge accepted at the door.
An Acoustic Evening with Guitarist and Songwriter James Harris
Join us for a performance by local guitarist and vocalist James Harris. James is known for his unique and interesting interpretations of well know acoustic classics: Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Neil Young; 80’s and 90’s rock with a jazz influence, and a variety of his own compelling original works.
Advance ticket sales available through our website. Cash, check or credit card accepted at the door. Age 18 and under admitted for free.
All seating is unreserved; please plan to arrive early. Doors open 1/2 hour before start of event.
From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage.
The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album…GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents.
Dubbed by the media as “The American Led Zeppelin,” Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. GTLO also include a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites such as “Tangerine” and the “Battle of Evermore” being performed in its’ original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band.
GTLO has amassed a strong national touring history, having performed at major club and PAC venues across the country. GTLO’s approach to their performance of this hallowed catalog is not unlike a classical performance. “Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock era,” says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. “I believe 100 years from now they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliché as it sounds, their music is timeless.”
A GTLO concert mimics the “light and shade” that are the embodiment of “The Mighty Zep.” Whether it’s the passion and fury with which they deliver the blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, it’s their attention to detail and nuance that makes a Get The Led Out performance a truly awe-inspiring event!
The 2020 portion of our 19-20 season kicks off with a non-traditional pairing: the New London Big Band on the stage for the first time with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. Continuing the celebration of Music Director & Conductor Toshiyuki Shimada’s 10th anniversary, this concert presents a slate of national and local treasures.
In recognition of Black History Month, the ECSO performs Concert Overture No. 2 by composer Florence Price. Price was the first African-American woman to have a composition performed by a major symphony orchestra.
Principal Clarinetist, Kelli O’Connor, returns to the front of the stage to perform Artie Shaw’s spirited Clarinet Concerto. A medley of big band hits closes out the first half with classics such as In the Mood, Begin the Beguine, Moonlight Serenade, and more, all arranged by Lee Norris.
The New London Big Band, led by Sean Nelson, is featured prominently on the 2nd half as they join forces with the ECSO for originals and works by big band composers. Music of the legendary jazz composer and orchestra leader, Duke Ellington, will thrill the audience along with works by Charlie Parker, George Gershwin, and Tommy Dorsey.
Sponsor: Dominion Energy
The Allman Betts Band kicked off their World Tour on March 27, 2019 and sold out twelve of their first eighteen shows. The show features new music, songs from their solo projects and classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band. The Allman Betts Band includes Devon Allman, Duane Betts, Berry Oakley Jr. on bass (son of original Allman Brothers Band bassist Berry Oakley), Johnny Stachela on slide guitar, John Ginty on Hammond B3 (Robert Randolph/Dixie Chicks) and Devon Allman Project percussionists R. Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow) and John Lum.
The new album, released on June 28, 2019, was recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine and Elvis Presley). Former Allman Brothers Band keyboardist and current Rolling Stones keyboardist, Chuck Leveall, and former Greg Allman Band Hammond B3 player, Peter Levin, both guested on the record.
Additionally, Brotherhood of Light, the “original San Francisco psychedelic show” is providing visuals and lighting for the evening. Brotherhood of Light has worked with The Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Led Zeppelin and The Who among others.