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In addition to all that,  Route 7 Music (Federal Road in Brookfield) will be sponsoring a raffle for a free guitar during the show.



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In addition to all that,  Route 7 Music (Federal Road in Brookfield) will be sponsoring a raffle for a free guitar during the show.

For additional information, visit BeyondTheWall.net.

*Details for the Hartford date of this summer’s Lilith Tour have been announced, and tickets for go on sale this Saturday, May 8.


Ticket prices have been set at $33 for lawn seating, and $47.50 to $107 for reserved seats. They’ll be on sale starting at 10 am Saturday through LiveNation.com.

In addition to the already announced artists, OurStage.com is running Lilith Local Talent Searches (similar to competitions for local performers who won the honor to perform on the Village Stage during the original runs of Lilith Fair a decade ago) in each market the tour will be visiting. Voting has already begun for the Hartford date, and you know I have to put in my two cents (and the occasional vote) for Newtown musician DARIA MUSK, who is already within the top 25 contenders this week.

The winner of this contest will perform an opening set for the tour when it rolls into Hartford. Voting runs only until May 30, so visit www.ourstage.com/go/lilith soon, and many times, to vote for your favorite Connecticut or Rhode Island female musician or female-fronted band. The winners will be announced in early June.

*Also on sale, beginning Monday, will be tickets for ROGER WATERS, who will bring The Wall Live Tour to Hartford’s XL Center on Friday, October 15. Those tickets are $78 to $202 and also available through LiveNation.

*Locally, The Ridgefield Playhouse will welcome Keith Emerson and Greg Lake this weekend. The two will perform music from different chapters of their careers including ELP (tickets from the original April 3 date will be honored on Sunday; otherwise the event is sold out). Next weekend the venue will offer something a little different: The ELP TRIBUTE PROJECT.

At the age of 18, Fabio Mancini began his career as a classical musician, winning music competitions and performing concerts. From the age of 20, after listening to Keith Emerson and Genesis, he developed a strong interest in progressive rock and electronic keyboards, in particular moog and Hammond. Mancini alternates classical music with progressive rock music, playing piano and organ as soloist and with classical orchestras, and performing gigs playing keyboards in the progressive band The Watch as well as with his ELP tribute band.

So for those who miss out on Sunday’s Emerson-Lake concert, or for those who don’t get enough ELP material this weekend, The ELP Tribute Band (which also includes Mauro Aimetti on bass, guitars and vocals, and Marco Fabbri on drums, gongs, bell and assorted percussions) will be in Ridgefield on Sunday, May 16. Tickets are $40.

*A reminder this week that WestConn is celebrating WestFest this weekend. Events include mtvU’s “Music Festival featuring COBRA STARSHIP and 3OHI3 with special guest TRAVIS MCCOY” at 7 pm on Saturday, May 8. The concert will be at the Ives Concert Park, on the university’s westside campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension.

Doors will open at 6, and general admission tickets are $27. Tickets were still available as of earlier this week. Call 203-837-8499 or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

*If you haven’t already heard (the announcement actually came out last week, after my deadline… apologies), vocal strain recently suffered by ART GARFUNKEL has forced the rescheduling of a number of SIMON & GARFUNKEL dates. The Connecticut show, originally planned for May 20 at Mohegan Sun, will now take place on Thursday, July 20.

If you already have tickets with the original date printed on them, you’re all set (provided your personal schedule still works with the new date). Tickets are still available as well, priced at $130 and $180 and available through TicketMaster vendors.

If the new date doesn’t work for you, contact the vendor you purchased your tickets from to find out about refund details.

Until next week, I’ll be seeing you… on the road.

Questions and comments should be sent to Shannon Hicks c/o The Newtown Bee, 5 Church Hill Road, Newtown CT 06470, or shannon@thebee.com, or call the office at 426-3141. Shows listed at clubs are for ages 21 and over unless specified.


MAY 7 — Beyond The Wall at Edmond Town Hall theater, Newtown; Dar Williams at Fairfield Theatre Company; Colin Hay at The Ridgefield Playhouse, Billy Simons opening;

May 8 — Rhythm Authority at Rivalry, Monroe; Cobra Starship and 3OHI3 at Ives Concert Park, Danbury; The English Beat at Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk; Keith Emerson & Greg Lake at The Ridgefield Playhouse (rescheduled from April 3, original tickets will be honored);

May 9 — The English Beat at Fairfield Theatre Company (also May 10); Daryl Hall & John Oates at The Mgm Grand Theater at Foxwoods;

May 10 — The English Beat at Fairfield Theatre Company;

May 14 — Cowboy Junkies at The Ridgefield Playhouse, with special guest Lee Harvey Osmond; Alan Jackson at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Josh Turner and Chris Young opening; Puddle of Mudd at The Webster, Hartford, Adelitas Way, Downplay, Positive Chaos, Magnanimous and              Hatchet Harry opening;

May 15 — Pearl Jam at the XL Center, Hartford, Band of Horses opening; Jefferson Starship at The Ridgefield Playhouse; Rhythm Authority at Hot Tamale, Seymour;

May 16 — The ELP Tribute Project at The Ridgefield Playhouse;

May 18 — Buddy Guy at Fairfield Theatre Company’s Stage One, Fairfield;

May 19 — Buddy Guy at Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport;

May 20 — The Adults at Redding Roadhouse, Redding;

May 21 — New Kids On The Block at MGM Grand at Foxwoods (sold out; second show May 22);

May 22 — New Kids On The Block at The MGM Grand at Foxwoods (sold out); The Reverend Horton Heat and Cracker at Mohegan Sun Arena;

May 23 — Sugarland at the Comcast Theatre, Hartford, Jake Owen and Danny Gokey opening; Neil Young (solo acoustic) at the Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford;

May 25 — Fuel at The Webster;

May 28 — Kenny Wayne Shepherd at The Ridgefield Playhouse.

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