On Sale: Judy Collins..Toots and The Maytals..Marcia Ball..The Blue Hill Troupe..Big Al Anderson


Judy Collins

Friday, September 20th• 8:00 pm

Judy’s unique blend of interpretative folk songs and contemporary themes has brought joy to millions of fans worldwide. Come see her up close and personal at the beautiful Infinity Hall.

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Toots and The Maytals

Saturday, June1st • 8:00 pm

From ska through rock-steady to reggae, Toots and the Maytals have helped to chart the course of Jamaican music with unrivaled delivery and dynamism.

Marcia Ball

Sunday, June 9th• 7:30 pm

 A little rock, a lot of roll, a pinch of rhythm and a handful of blues. Marcia Ball’s music is infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional. Don’t miss this show!

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The Blue Hill Troupe performing Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Mikado’

Sunday, June 30th• 2:00 pm

Benefit for the Norfolk Historical Society. To mark the 130th anniversary of Norfolk’s Village Hall, now known as Infinity Music Hall, Gilbert & Sullivan returns to the stage with a special concert performance of ‘The Mikado’ by New York’s renowned Blue Hill Troupe.

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Big Al Anderson and the Floor Models
featuring Jim Chapdelaine, Lorne Entress and Paul Kochanski

Saturday, June 29th• 8:00 pm

Mention the Wild Weeds and/or NRBQ and thoughts of Big Al Anderson will be what immediately pops into the minds of most music fans. Big Al returns to Connecticut with a band of renegades for this first time ever performance on the Infinity stage! Don’t miss out.

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Portrait of the Artist: Rickie Lee Jones Performs April 11

rickie lee jonesRickie Lee Jones is one of those artists whose career has been varied enough that listening to one album won’t really give you a sense of the complete artist.

She’s still best known, probably, for the single “Chuck E.’s in Love,” from her self-titled 1979 debut. The song is by far her biggest hit, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, and “Rickie Lee Jones” is by far her biggest album, reaching platinum status with sales of more than a million copies.

Neither is necessarily representative of Jones’ music, though. She’s released 13 studio LPs and an EP over the years, exploring rock, blues, R&B and beatnik jazz on songs that mold her pliable singing voice around themes including autobiography (her 1981 album “Pirates” deals in part with her split from Tom Waits), politics (on 2003’s “The Evening of My Best Day”) and religion (on 2007’s “The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard,” an album as good as anything Jones has released).

The best way to get a complete picture of her as a singer and songwriter is to see her perform April 11 at Infinity Hall. Tickets are $80 and $60.

Celebrating 40 Years of Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’

More anniversaries: Pink Floyd’s 1973 album “Dark Side of the Moon” turned 40 this week, and to celebrate, the Library of Congress added the LP to the National Recording Register, along with 24 other recordings by the likes of Simon & Garfunkel (“The Sound of Silence”), Chubby Checker (“The Twist”) and the Bee Gees, via the soundtrack to “Saturday Night Fever.”

“Dark Side” is certainly deserving: the album spent 741 weeks on the Billboard charts — that’s more than 14 years — and has sold somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 million copies in the U.S. alone. The others are certainly worthy, too, though “Dark Side” spent a long time at the top of my list of favorite albums.

The Library of Congress chooses recordings based on their cultural, artistic and historic importance. If you could add any one album or single to the register, what would it be? Maybe something by Michael Jackson? “Thriller” is already on the list, but that wasn’t his only important album. Relive the MJ experience when the tribute act Who’s Bad performs April 13 at Infinity Hall.

On Sale: Rusted Root..Dave Davies of The Kinks..The Burrito Brothers..Kal David and The Real Deal..Indigenous..Tift Merrit

Rusted Root

Thursday, June 27th • 8:00 pm
Friday, June 28th
• 8:00 pm

This jam heavy group with world percussion influences will have you dancing all night long. They sell out every time they play the Hall, so be sure to reserve your ticket!

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Dave Davies of The Kinks

Friday, May 31st • 8:00 pm

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and guitar legend Dave Davies stops by Infinity Hall for an electrifying night of rock ‘n’ roll. He’ll be supporting his latest album, “I Will Be Me”.

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The Burrito Brothers

Saturday, May 18th• 8:00 pm

Alumni members Walter Egan, Chris James and Rick Lonow are back on the road playing all the hits, a few new tunes and a show that will keep your toes tappin’ and a smile on your face!
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Kal David and The Real Deal

Saturday, May 4th• 8:00 pm

To fully experience Kal David’s tremendous talent, you must see him live. His soul-bearing voice and blazing guitar playing will provide you with an unparalleled mesmerizing performance!

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Indigenous

Wednesday, May 15th• 8:00 pm

Mato Nanji’s always provided the heartbeat of the band Indigenous – along with the warm dusty voice and the soaring, spirited guitar fireworks that have earned the group a place among roots rock’s elite.

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Tift Merritt

Sunday, May 19th• 2:00 pm

Tift Merritt is a gifted singer, superb songwriter, and skillful guitarist. She brings her soulful Americana to the Infinity Stage for what is promised to be a great night of music!

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R.I.P. Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co.

It was heartbreaking to hear this morning that Jason Molina had died over the weekend. Molina was a gifted singer and songwriter who fronted the bands Songs: Ohio and Magnolia Electric Co., neither of which was as well known as they should have been.

His talents masked what his record label called “severe alcoholism,” which he battled for most of a decade before dying of organ failure as a result of alcohol consumption. He was just 39. I only saw him perform once, when Magnolia Electric Co. played in New Haven in 2005, not long after releasing their first studio album, “What Comes After the Blues?” In a CD review back then, I wrote that Molina sang “with the quiet fervor of someone who is pretty sure there are no rewards waiting in this life.” Sadly, that turned out to be truer than anyone would ever have wanted.

This has come up before, but Molina’s death is a reminder that the artists we love won’t live forever, even if it seems they’re young enough that they should have years ahead of them. Don’t wait to see them perform, just in case it’s the only chance you have.

New England heads to Austin for South by Southwest

This week marks the 27th-annual incarnation of the South by Southwest music festival in Texas, which is often referred to as “spring break for the music industry.” That’s a good description: in that more than 1,300 bands perform on 100 stages around downtown Austin for five nights, it’s not really a festival geared toward the casual music fan. It is, however, a lot of fun.

I’ll be going for the 11th time this year to cover some specific shows for my day job and discover what I can, just for myself: it’s always a preview of what’s going to be happening in the music industry for at least the next six months. If past experience is any guide, that suggests that this year is a promising one for Connecticut acts, which are unusually well represented at the festival. Hartford rockers Bronze Radio Return have an official showcase, and so does motormouthed shoreline rapper Chris Webby. New London singer Daphne Lee Martin is headed to Austin, too, marking her first time performing there during SXSW.

And a bunch of acts from western Massachusetts are going, too, including Erin McKeown, Sun Parade and Jamie Kent & the Options, who put together a river cruise to showcase Northampton-area bands on Saturday afternoon.

Though it’s great heading to a warm city as winter clings to the northeast, there’s no need to go so far to see great local bands: Infinity Hall features plenty of area acts, and with an open-mic night coming up on March 20, there’s a chance to discover someone new and interesting. And if open mics aren’t your style, Texas stalwarts the Flatlanders and Ray Wylie Hubbard are coming to Infinity for performances April 16 and May 2, respectively.

On Sale: Peter Tork..Ray Wylie Hubbard..The Gibson Brothers..Jasper String Quartet

Peter Tork
In This Generation: My Life in the Monkees and so much more
Saturday, May 11th • 8:00 pm

Peter Tork will bring to life the roller coaster ride of blistering TV ratings, concert tours, recording sessions, and the 45 off-again on-again years with the group that the late Davy Jones called “The brothers I never had.”  He will present unheard of songs as well as the hits we all know and love.

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Ray Wylie Hubbard

Friday, May 24th • 8:00 pm

Ray Wylie Hubbard has been the leading figure of the progressive country movement since the 1970s. Among his many hits are “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother,”  and “Drunken Poet’s Dream.” He makes his way to the Infinity Stage in support of his latest album, The Grifter’s Hymnal.

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The Gibson Brothers

Sunday, April 27th• 8:00 pm

The Gibson Brothers received the much deserved 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award — the most prestigious honor in bluegrass.  Their pitch perfect harmonies and instrumental virtuosity are a perfect match for the acoustically pristine Infinity Hall!

Jasper String Quartet

Sunday, March 24th• 1:30 pm

Infinity Hall and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival are proud to present the Jasper String Quartet. The Jaspers perform classical pieces emotionally significant to its members ranging from Haydn and Beethoven through Berg, Ligeti, and living composers.