FRONT ROW CT | Country Concerts in Full Swing
As the summer months slowly approach, country music stars coincidentally begin to take over concert venues across the state to the widespread delight of the genre’s many fans.
First up is Eric Church, the rugged country rocker who certainly has what it takes to entertain on his appropriately named Holdin’ My Own Tour. Church has ditched convention for his current tour and will headline shows without an opening act, opting to perform two sets each night. The “Record Year” singer takes over Mohegan Sun Arena on April 27-28, with both concerts beginning promptly at 8 p.m.
Country’s longtime power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill play Mohegan Sun Arena May 5 and 6 as part of their Soul2Soul World Tour, the duo’s third co-headlining tour.
The couple, who wed in 1996, have plans to release their first joint album later this year and dropped the lead single “Speak to a Girl” just in time for the 79-date tour. Fans can expect to hear their biggest hits like McGraw’s “Humble and Kind” and Hill’s “Breathe,” along with their equally successful duets like “It’s Your Love.” Don’t miss out!
The summer concert season officially kicks off at Hartford’s Xfinity Theatre on Saturday May 13 with one of country’s biggest artists. Two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year winner Luke Bryan heads to Hartford as the third stop on his Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour. Bryan has been among country’s elite artists since his debut a decade ago, garnering 16 no. 1 singles (including current hit “Fast”) and achieving Platinum certification on four of his five albums. He will be joined by fellow country heartthrob Brett Eldredge in what is sure to a high-energy start to Hartford’s summer concert season.
Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus Rolls Through CT One Final Time
Both the young and young at heart will be captivated by the magic of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which heads to Hartford’s XL Center on its farewell tour. It was announced in January that the tent will be closing on the “Greatest Show on Earth” after 146 years of entertainment with the conclusion of its current world tour, which wraps up on May 21 in Uniondale, NY. Don’t miss out on your last chance to see the world-famous circus and all its dazzling components, from the animal tricks and clown antics to stunning acrobatic displays. The show is at the XL Center April 27-30 for seven performances only.
Triple-threat Lea Michele Headlines The Fox Theatre At Foxwoods
Lea Michele will bring her talent to Foxwoods’ Fox Theatre on May 4 for one night only. The Broadway veteran enchants audiences with her effortless powerhouse vocals as she performs a blend of beloved showtunes, popular covers from her days on Glee, and original music (including songs from her latest album Places). The Scream Queens actress has a mere six dates scheduled on the intimate tour, including her Foxwoods gig, so don’t miss a chance to see this triple-threat talent perform! Show begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.
Legendary crooner Tony Bennett continues to leave a mark on the music world, even at 90-years-young. Bennett will headline the Bushnell’s Mortensen Hall for one night only on May 10. While Bennett resonates best with older generations, he has remained relevant in recent years through successful collaborations with today’s top artists like Carrie Underwood, John Legend, Michael Buble, and most notably, Lady Gaga, as the unlikely pair earned a Grammy for their chart-topping joint album Cheek to Cheek in 2015. Join the world-renowned crooner for an evening filled with the timeless standards of the Great American Songbook.
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