Advocate Best of Hartford voting

Voting in the annual
Hartford Advocate’s Best of Hartford Readers’ Poll 2011
is going on right now.

This is one of the few area “Best of” roundups that is decided
by the public, not editors. The winners will be chosen entirely by you!
It’s fun and we highly encourage everyone to participate.

While you’re voting, we hope you’ll consider choosing
Infinity Music Hall and Bistro in the following categories:

– Infinity Music Hall –

Live Music:
Best Live Music Club

The Arts:
Best Concert Venue

Bars & Clubs:
Best Bathroom

– Infinity Bistro –

Restaurants:
Best American/Continental Restaurant
Best Local Chef (Chef Dan Fortin)
Best Place To Dine Before A Show
Best Restaurant
Best Service In A Restaurant

Get Your Irish On: The Irish Comedy Tour

If you’ve ever wanted to plop down in an Irish pub but haven’t been able to make it across the pond yet, the Irish Comedy Tour has a solution: Check out their show at Infinity Hall at a fraction of the cost of a trans-Atlantic flight.

“The whole idea is we take an Irish pub and a comedy show and put it in a food processor,” says Derek Richardson, one of the quartet that comprises the Tour. (The others include Keith Aherne, Mike McCarthy and Jim Paquette).

The Irish Comedy Tour got its beginnings in the summer of 2006. The comedians had been working in Florida on their gigs and were asked to create a show for St. Patty’s Day. “It ended up being a fantastic success,” Richardson says, adding that the show has only grown stronger since then. “There was no musician before. Now we have an Irish pub musician (Aherne) right off the boat from Dublin.”

The men, who all have Irish roots, liked using the Irish pub idea as a way to set up their show. “When you go to a pub, you know what you’re getting,” Richardson says. “There’s usually a musician in the corner at the bar. You belly up to the bar. Usually there are a few characters at the bar. Usually a few inappropriate jokes are going on. What we did was take the best the elements of an Irish pub minus the bar fights and put it together.”

The basic plan is this: Aherne is up first with his guitar and some music, including drinking sons and, as Richardson puts it, “his own comedic twist to a few of the (traditional) tunes.” Then Richardson does 30 minutes of standup, followed by more music from Aherne, including some that require audience participation. McCarthy follows with his stand-up and then the three comedians do a finale together.
If your last name isn’t O’Hara, not to worry. “You don’t need to be Irish to come out to this show,” says Richardson. “Everyone can relate to what we’re talking about and joking about on stage.”

Join us for a round at:


• The Irish Comedy Tour •

Saturday, February 5th, 8 PM

Recommended for audiences 16+

Ticket Price: $25, $35

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Just Announced- On Sale This Week!

Bo Bice
Monday, March 21st • 8:00 PM

Known for his diverse vocal abilities, the songs Bo Bice is writing these days have put him in a new spot musically. “My next record will continue to reflect my love of my country, my family, my faith and the emotional journey I’m on,” he said during a recent interview from a recording studio behind his home that he shares with his wife and three young children. “I moved my family to Nashville six years ago and that change is now reflected in my music.”

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $30, $35, $45

Henry Rollins: 50


Wednesday, March 23rd • 7:30 PM

Spoken Word. Recommended for audiences 16+
As Henry Rollins approaches the half-century mark, the everyman-of-all-trades is gearing up for a new talking tour simply titled 50.

“On February 13th of 2011, I will turn fifty years of age. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime occasion than by doing some shows,” Henry explains. “Hopefully, I will be able to evince some imperfect pearls of ancient wisdom to the audience, having made it this far.”

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $35, $50

Classic Albums Live performs
Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy

Thursday, April 21st • 8:00 PM

Remember when you used to listen to an entire album? Classic Albums Live does.
For the first time in popular music, the greatest albums from the 60s and 70s are recreated live on stage, note for note – cut for cut. “This has never been done before,” says series producer, Craig Martin. ”There’s a real thirst to hear these albums performed start to finish. For many of us this is the music we grew up with – the soundtrack of our lives.”

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $39, $59

Big Shot – The Ultimate
Billy Joel Experience


Saturday, May 14th • 8:00 PM

Big Shot is fronted by the amazing vocals of singer/songwriter and Piano Man, Michael DelGuidice. Michael is a well-known and respected Long Island multi-instrumentalist. He is able to change his voice to suit almost any musical genre. In addition to Billy Joel’s music, Big Shot will astonish you with songs by artists like Journey, Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Elton John, Marc Cohn, The Outfield and others. You will find yourself taking a second look to make sure you’re actually hearing a live performance and not the jukebox.

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $30, $45

John Gorka

Friday, May 20th • 8:00 PM

John Gorka is an honored icon of folk tradition. His trademark is energetic acoustic music that is not a trend, not a fad, but an expression of everyday life. John’s rich baritone voice and unique song-craft weave a magical spell that can only be described as ‘Gorka.’
“Gorka is widely heralded for the sophisticated intelligence and provocative originality of his songs.” – Boston Globe

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $25, $35

Just Announced- On Sale Now!

Catie Curtis

Friday, April 1st • 8:00 PM

Over the years, Curtis’ many fans have requested stripped down versions of her classic songs, capturing the spirit and intimacy of her live shows. With Hello Stranger, Curtis achieves that career goal. The album, recorded in Nashville, features Curtis in the company of a select group of Nashville all-star pickers including Stuart Duncan (fiddle, mandolin), Alison Brown (banjo), Todd Phillips (bass), George Marinelli (guitar/mandolin/dobro), and Kenny Malone (percussion) on re-workings of some fan favorites as well as a few choice covers. Guests Darrell Scott and Mary Gauthier dropped by for vocal appearances on several cuts, and the resulting album is reminiscent of Steve Earle’s Train A Comin’ project in its intimacy. Highlight tracks include the Curtis chestnut “My Dad’s Yard”, the title track “Hello, Stranger” (featuring a duet with Gauthier) and a cover of the Cat Steven’s classic “Tuesday’s Dead.”

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $20, $30

Jonathan Edwards

Saturday, April 2nd • 8:00 PM

Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age. His highly respected repertoire includes such classics as “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,” “Sometimes,” “One Day Closer,” “Don’t Cry Blue,” “Emma,” “Everybody Knows Her,” “Athens County,” and everyone’s favorite ode to putting a good buzz on, “Shanty.” And then, of course, there’s the anthemic “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” that fierce proclamation of protest and independence that resonated with thousands when it was first released in 1971.

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $35, $40, $50

Marti Jones & Don Dixon

Wednesday, April 6th • 8:00 PM

MARTI JONES & DON DIXON have been performing together, off and on, for over twenty years. This longtime partnership has resulted in an intimate stage rapport as well as the seamless blending of two of the most distinct voices around today. With over two hundred songs in their collective recorded catalogue, you never know quite what to expect when they hit the stage, but rest assured their performance will feature thoughtful lyrics and heart-felt singing.

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $20, $30

Jesse Winchester

Thursday, May 26th • 8:00 PM

You could stock a crowd-pleasing jukebox with the songs Jesse Winchester has written and recorded in the last four decades – and with the better-known versions of his songs that have become hits and album staples for artists ranging from Joan Baez to Elvis Costello to Jimmy Buffett. Winchester’s skill in capturing vivid small town vignettes, heartfelt love and love-lost situations, and goodtime celebrations has yielded a litany of I-know-that-songs: “Yankee Lady,” “Biloxi,” “Brand New Tennessee Waltz,” “Talk Memphis,” “Rhumba Girl,” “Payday,” “I’m Gonna Miss You, Girl,” “Let’s Make a Baby King” and many more. His 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Composers, Artists and Publishers (ASCAP) is one gauge of the music world’s esteem.

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $30, $40

Just Confirmed- On Sale Soon!

Henry Rollins

March 22nd • 8:00 PM

Tickets on sale January 27th

As Henry Rollins approaches the half-century mark, the everyman-of-all-trades is gearing up for a new talking tour simply titled 50.

“On February 13th of 2011, I will turn fifty years of age. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime occasion than by doing some shows,” Henry explains. “Hopefully, I will be able to evince some imperfect pearls of ancient wisdom to the audience, having made it this far.”

It’s not so much the mere wisdom of age, but the wisdom of experience that audiences are likely to encounter when Henry takes the stage – whether he’s relaying rock n’ roll anecdotes, or tackling more serious topics with his distinctive synthesis of anger, amusement, and global perspective.

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $35, $50

Catie Curtis

April 4th • 8:00 PM

Tickets on sale this Thursday, January 20th

Over the years, Curtis’ many fans have requested stripped down versions of her classic songs, capturing the spirit and intimacy of her live shows. With Hello Stranger, Curtis achieves that career goal. The album, recorded in Nashville, features Curtis in the company of a select group of Nashville all-star pickers including Stuart Duncan (fiddle, mandolin), Alison Brown (banjo), Todd Phillips (bass), George Marinelli (guitar/mandolin/dobro), and Kenny Malone (percussion) on re-workings of some fan favorites as well as a few choice covers. Guests Darrell Scott and Mary Gauthier dropped by for vocal appearances on several cuts, and the resulting album is reminiscent of Steve Earle’s Train A Comin’ project in its intimacy. Highlight tracks include the Curtis chestnut “My Dad’s Yard”, the title track “Hello, Stranger” (featuring a duet with Gauthier) and a cover of the Cat Steven’s classic “Tuesday’s Dead.”

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $20, $30

Jonathan Edwards

April 2nd • 8:00 PM

Tickets on sale this Thursday, January 20th

Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age. His highly respected repertoire includes such classics as “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,” “Sometimes,” “One Day Closer,” “Don’t Cry Blue,” “Emma,” “Everybody Knows Her,” “Athens County,” and everyone’s favorite ode to putting a good buzz on, “Shanty.” And then, of course, there’s the anthemic “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” that fierce proclamation of protest and independence that resonated with thousands when it was first released in 1971.

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $35, $40, $50

Marti Jones & Don Dixon

April 6th • 8:00PM

Tickets on sale this Thursday, January 20th

MARTI JONES & DON DIXON have been performing together, off and on, for over twenty years. This longtime partnership has resulted in an intimate stage rapport as well as the seamless blending of two of the most distinct voices around today. With over two hundred songs in their collective recorded catalogue, you never know quite what to expect when they hit the stage, but rest assured their performance will feature thoughtful lyrics and heart-felt singing.

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $20, $30

Just Announced- On Sale Now!

Anders Osborne

feat. Brady Blade on Drums

Wednesday, March 16th • 8:00 PM

NEW DATE! Tickets from the originally scheduled 12/30 show will be honored.
“I’m in the promised land,” says proud American immigrant and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist Anders Osborne. The Swedish-born, longtime New Orleans resident is among the most original and visionary musicians performing today. In a city overflowing with stellar artists, bands and performers, Osborne is one of the Big Easy’s favorite musical heroes. His Alligator Records debut, American Patchwork, is a moving collection of soul-baring rock, blues and ballads.

Playing with the band is superstar drummer Brady Blade, who’s hit the skins for everyone from Emmylou Harris to Dave Matthews.

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $30, $35, $45

The Smithereens


Sunday, April 17th • 7:30 PM

Dressed in leather, brandishing heavy guitars and an unabashed fetish for British Invasion pop, the Smithereens were an anomaly in the American college rock scene of the late ’80s. Lead singer/songwriter Pat DiNizio stood out not only with his strange beatnik goatee, but also because his catchy hooks were haunting, not punchy, and because his lyrics were morose. As time wore on, the group became more straightforward, turning into an excellent concert band, one that attacked pop songs with the weight of AC/DC. The group retains a sizable cult following which helps them tour successfully through today, with all original members.

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $40, $45, $60

Antigone Rising w/Seth Glier

Friday, May 6th • 8:00 PM

The women of Antigone Rising, known for relentless grass roots touring, return with new lead singer, Nini Camps. Founded by sisters Cathy & Kristen Henderson, Antigone Rising was catapulted into the spotlight in 2005 with their Starbucks/Hear Music/Lava Records debut release – “From the Ground Up.” A major line-up shift in 2008 led to a brief hiatus, but drummer Dena Tauriello & The Henderson sisters made the decision to keep moving forward with new member Nini Camps on lead vocals. Known for their driving and vivacious live show, Antigone Rising has toured with The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dave Matthews Band, Rob Thomas, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Lucinda Williams and The Bangles.

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $20, $30

The Kingston Trio – 2 SHOWS!


Sunday, May 22nd • 3:00 & 7:00 PM


Recent recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Grammy

In 1957 The Kingston Trio emerged from San Francisco’s North Beach club scene to take the country by storm, bringing the rich tradition of American folk music into the mainstream for the first time. During the late 50s & early 60s, the Trio enjoyed unprecedented record sales and worldwide fame, while influencing the musical tastes of a generation. And fifty-three years after “Tom Dooley” shot to the top of the charts, the Trio is still on the road thirty weeks a year, bringing back all the great memories and making new ones.

1ST SHOW – [ More Details ] Ticket Price: $40, $45, $60
2ND SHOW – [ More Details ] Ticket Price: $40, $45, $60

Just Confirmed- On Sale Soon!

Anders Osborne feat. Brady Blade on Drums

Wednesday, March 16th • 8:00 PM

*Tickets on sale this Thursday January 13th

NEW DATE! Tickets from the originally scheduled 12/30 show will be honored.

“I’m in the promised land,” says proud American immigrant and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist Anders Osborne. The Swedish-born, longtime New Orleans resident is among the most original and visionary musicians performing today. In a city overflowing with stellar artists, bands and performers, Osborne is one of the Big Easy’s favorite musical heroes. His Alligator Records debut, American Patchwork, is a moving collection of soul-baring rock, blues and ballads.

Playing with the band is superstar drummer Brady Blade, who’s hit the skins for everyone from Emmylou Harris to Dave Matthews.

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $30, $35, $45

Jesse Winchester

May 26th • 8:00 PM

*On Sale Thursday, January 20th

You could stock a crowd-pleasing jukebox with the songs Jesse Winchester has written and recorded in the last four decades – and with the better-known versions of his songs that have become hits and album staples for artists ranging from Joan Baez to Elvis Costello to Jimmy Buffett. Winchester’s skill in capturing vivid small town vignettes, heartfelt love and love-lost situations, and goodtime celebrations has yielded a litany of I-know-that-songs: “Yankee Lady,” “Biloxi,” “Brand New Tennessee Waltz,” “Talk Memphis,” “Rhumba Girl,” “Payday,” “I’m Gonna Miss You, Girl,” “Let’s Make a Baby King” and many more. His 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Composters, Artists and Publishers (ASCAP) is one gauge of the music world’s esteem.

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $30, $40

Spyro Gyra


July 28th • 8:00 PM


*On Sale Thursday, March 17th

For more than three decades, Spyro Gyra have maintained a position at the forefront of modern jazz by successfully managing not just one, but several feats of creative dexterity. “That’s what has kept this band going,” says band leader and saxophonist Jay Beckenstein. “There are always balances to be found – between the individual player and the group, between the songwriter and the player. It’s about both satisfying yourself and satisfying your audience. And when you’re improvising in front of a crowd, you’re really walking down that wire. There are always surprises that way, but our openness to those surprises is what makes this band what it is. We just happen to be walking on a slightly more forgiving tightrope.”

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $42, $47, $57