ON SALE: Psychedelic Furs; Eric Johnson and Mike Stern; Albert Lee; The Artimus Pyle Band; Assembly of Dust

Psychedelic Furs

Monday, June 17th • 8:00 pm

One of England’s most outrageous and flamboyant bands comes to our stage, live and on fire! “Pretty in Pink”, “Heartbreak Beat”, and “Love My Way” are but a few mega-hits that this pioneering group are loved for. This show will sell out!

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Eric Johnson and Mike Stern –
Eclectic Guitars

Sunday, August 11th • 7:30 pm

It really doesn’t get better than this: two of the most legendary guitarists on the Infinity Stage at the same time! Get ready for a memorable night full of electrifying guitar licks.

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Albert Lee

Saturday, August 24th • 8:00 pm

A true guitar wizard, Albert Lee has seen and done it all. He’s worked with everyone under the sun and is loved by many, including Eric Clapton and Earl Scruggs. Come experience Albert Lee live, you won’t be disappointed.

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The Artimus Pyle Band – Tribute to vintage Lynyrd Skynyrd with special guests Citizens Band Radio

Friday, August 9th • 8:00 pm

The Artimus Pyle Band, led by legendary former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle, is a true representation of the Skynyrd spirit, one that does justice to those incredible songs that Ronnie Van Zant wrote and sang with such conviction. Come see why!

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Assembly of Dust

Friday, June 21st • 8:00 pm

Hooky melodies, poetic lyrics, and a profound depth of musicianship that recalls the likes of The Band, Traffic and Neil Young, prompted USA Today to say Assembly of Dust has what it takes to “dazzle the Alt-Country universe.”

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On Sale: Robert Cray, Buckwheat Zydeco, The Wood Brothers, Fire & Ice Music Festival, Littlewolf

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Robert Cray

Wednesday, June 26th • 8:00 pm

Multiple Grammy-award winning and recent Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert Cray has reinvented Blues with his trademark sound and distinct playing style. We are very honored to welcome him back to the Infinity Stage!

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Buckwheat Zydeco

Sunday, August 4th • 7:30 pm

Buckwheat Zydeco returns to the Hall with his Grammy-Award winning, foot stomping, Zydeco music. He dazzled audiences on season one of Infinity Hall LIVE and will certainly up the ante with this show. Don’t miss out!!

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The Wood Brothers

Thursday, June 6th • 8:00 pm

The musical force of The Wood Brothers is one not to be reckoned with. Led by Chris, who is a founding member of Medeski Martin & Wood, and Olive, who played second guitar with Tinsley Ellis before forming King Johnson, The Wood Brothers know how to deliver top notch Americana, folk and rock.

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Fire & Ice Fest featuring Lay Low, Sóley, and Svavar Knútur

Sponsored by Krummi Travel

Saturday, July 20th • 8:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate three of Iceland’s fastest rising singer-songwriters. The music of Lay Low, Sóley, and Svavar Knútur is as beautiful as the Icelandic landscape. Each artist will perform their own set. Don’t miss out on this rare occasion!

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Littlewolf

Sunday, June 16th • 7:30 pm

Littlewolf fashions a unique, dynamic roots, blues, rock explosion: a fusion of Steve Lett’s 35 years of experience and Kristi Clanton’s youthful exuberance. This will be a very special evening!

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Get Ready to Dance With Rubblebucket on May 9

Although Rubblebucket seemed to have launched their 2011 breakthrough album “Omega La La” out of nowhere, the band had been kicking around for a few years by then — in fact, “Omega La La” was the band’s third LP.

Initially founded as Rubblebucket Orchestra by classmates at the University of Vermont, the group makes hyper-rhythmic indie pop with elements of world music, bursts of horns and a lot of catchy, sing-along melodies. What really helped them reach a wider audience, though, apart from relentless touring, was the video for their “Omega La La” song “Came Out of a Lady.”

The colorful clip (watch it below) involves face paint, costumes and trippy art-school collage effects. It also serves as an excellent visual introduction to the band, which is a riot onstage in concert, where there’s non-stop dancing and, last time I saw them, a pair of metallic puppets wandering through the audience.

See for yourself when Rubblebucket performs May 9 at Infinity Hall, a performance that will be taped for broadcast on CPTV. Tickets are $45 and $33.

On Sale: Los Lonely Boys..Donna The Buffalo.. Baby Boomer Comedy Show.. Iris DeMent..Della Mae

Los Lonely Boys

Wednesday, July 17th • 8:00 pm

We are ecstatic to welcome back the finest Texican Rock n’ Rollers touring today. The Los Lonely Boys will have you up and cheering all night long as they play through the hits as well as new songs off their latest album,Rockpango.

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Donna The Buffalo

Sunday, July 14 • 7:30 pm

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Baby Boomer Comedy Show

Sunday, May 26th • 7:30 pm

Were you born before seat belts, safety helmets and Facebook? Then this hilarious show is for you. Featuring comedians Kent Radar and Jan Mcinnis, this show will present good, clean humor for all to enjoy!

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Iris DeMent

Sunday, May 12th • 7:30 pm

 One of the most celebrated performers today, singer-songwriter Iris DeMent returns to the Hall with her heartfelt country and folk music. We are very excited for this one and recommend that you get your tickets early!

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Della Mae

Thursday, May 30th • 8:00 pm

Commanding a powerful collective chemistry with vocal, instrumental, and songwriting talent to spare, this Boston-based combo mines time-honored elements to create bluegrass and folk music that’s unmistakably fresh and contemporary.

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Poco Continues 45 Years of Country-Rock Tradition on April 26

Poco rose from the ashes of one noteworthy band and spawned several others in the course of a career that has endured, through various lineup changes, from 1968 to the present. The band performs April 26 at Infinity Hall.

Co-founded by former Buffalo Springfield singer Richie Furay after that group broke up, Poco helped set the standard for country-rock with albums that underperformed from a commercial standpoint, but were plenty influential.

Furay started the band with Jim Messina and Rusty Young, who’s the only remaining original member. (Furay went on to record with J.D. Souther and Chris Hillman and a solo career, while Messina was later half of Loggins and Messina.) Other former members went on to the Eagles.

Poco has released 19 albums over the years, including their well-received debut, “Pickin’ Up the Pieces,” and a pair of LPs that went gold: 1978’s “Gold” (also their highest-charting album, peaking at No. 14 on the Billboard 200 albums chart) and 1989’s “Legacy.”

The Young-fronted band this year released “All Fired Up,” Poco’s first album in more than a decade, which American Songwriter magazine described as a “refreshing, consistently well-crafted comeback that shows there is plenty of gas left in the band’s tank.”

On Sale: Dave Mason, Aaron Carter, Unforgettable Fire, Arum Rae, Brian Miller, Southern New England High School Jazz Festival

Dave Mason

Wednesday, July 10th• 8:00 pm

Rock Icon and Hall of Fame inductee Dave Mason returns to Infinity Hall with an all new band! Dave always sells out, so be sure to reserve a spot!

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Aaron Carter

Sunday, June 30th • 7:30 pm

Aaron has been in the spotlight since the age of seven and has firmly established  himself as an actor in film, TV and on Broadway.  His music, which blends hip-hop and pop, has garnered millions of fans and brought him to triple-platinum status.  Oh, and his brother just happens to be Nick Carter of the award winning Backstreet Boys!

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Unforgettable Fire
(The Worlds #1 U2 Tribute Act)

Saturday, May 25th• 8:00 pm

Actually sanctioned by Bono and U2, “Unforgettable Fire” not only looks the part but they replicate every hit, note-for-note. If you’re a U2 fan, or just a fan of great contemporary Rock N’ Roll, you’ll love this show!

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Arum Rae

Sunday, May 5th• 1:30 pm

Early comparisons to Rickie Lee Jones, Nora Jones and Patty Smith offer suggestions to Arum’s  wide scope of talent and superstar potential. Come see her before she graduates to civic center stages!

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Brian Miller
Magician, Comedian, Musician, Mind
Sunday, May 12th• 2:00 pm

Magic, comedy, mind reading, philosophy, and live music are interwoven in this vaudeville inspired one-man variety (and family friendly) show. Take a journey into the life and mind of Brian Miller!

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Southern New England High School Jazz Festival
Featuring:
Gilbert High School, Litchfield High School, Simsbury High School,
Northwestern Regional, Housatonic Valley Regional, Torrington High School

Sunday, June 2nd • 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm

Infinity Hall is proud to present the Southern New England High School Jazz Fest!  Featuring six phenomenal groups, this festival is a benefit for music education whose proceeds go directly to the student groups featured. The day will be comprised of three separate shows:

Show One: Gilbert High School and Litchfield High School
Show Two: Northwest Regional and Simsbury High School
Show Three: Housatonic Valley Regional and Torrington High School

RIP Paul Williams, Crawdaddy! Founder

Writing about popular music in any serious way is a relatively recent discipline in the U.S. Although classical music and jazz have been the subjects of considered criticism for scores of years, it wasn’t until Paul Williams founded Crawdaddy! in 1966 that that pop and rock music began getting their due.

Williams died last week of complications from Alzheimer’s disease brought on by a traumatic brain injury he suffered in 1995. He was 64.

Williams founded Crawdaddy! when he was just 17 and a student at Swarthmore College. His success helped spawn a subsequent wave of rock ‘n’ roll journalism, including Rolling Stone in 1967, Creem in 1969, Trouser Press in 1974 and even Spin in 1985.

Now there are countless music writers, publishing in a myriad of ways in print and online, in established publications, blogs, tumblrs and zines. The discourse about popular music has never been more varied, and in a very real sense, it all traces back to Paul Williams and Crawdaddy! magazine.