The Rundown: Live Music In May

Vanilla Ice (Courtesy of the Artist)


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There’s a case to be made that New Haven singer-songwriter Frank Viele is the hardest working musician in Connecticut. He’s always on the road and he’s consistently releasing stellar music that echoes his soulful music approach, which includes his latest single “Hearts We Left Behind” that came out back in January. This local gig will be somewhat of a family affair for Viele with his cousin Max Cappello joining him on stage.

Frank Viele (Courtesy of the author)

Frank Viele

May 10 @ Park City Music Hall
2926 Fairfield Avenue Bridgeport
8 p.m.

Hailing from Amherst, Massachusetts, Bella’s Bartok exhibit a fantastic blend of klezmer, punk and folk with a theatrical flair that makes them one of the best live bands in all of New England. Bridgeport high-energy rock powerhouse Julai and The Serotones and local rockers Peäsänt will be rounding out the bill and anyone under the age of 21 is allowed to attend as long and they’re accompanied by a parent or guardian. Sadly, the State House will be closing for good at the end of May so take advantage of one of the last opportunities to experience a really cool venue.

Bella’s Bartok (Courtesy of the artist)

Bella’s Bartok

May 11 @ State House
310 State Street New Haven
8 p.m.

Vanilla Ice (Courtesy of the artist)

If you have dreams of wearing Reebok Pumps, you remember having to put a CD into your computer to use the internet and you probably still have a pair of acid wash jeans hiding in your closet, then this stacked event is for you. The Mohegan Sun Arena will be going through a time warp as Vanilla Ice, Rob Base, Tone Loc, Young MC and C+C Music Factory will be performing all their hits. Perhaps consider wearing a pair of parachute pants and getting a fade haircut before attending so you can fit right in when you arrive.

I Love The ‘90s

May 13 @ Mohegan Sun Arena
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard Uncasville
7 p.m.

Acid Mothers Temple (Courtesy of the artist)

Ever since the mid-90s, Japanese psychedelic rock act Acid Mothers Temple have been one of the premier bands to come out of Asia. Their full name is Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. and they function more as a musical ensemble than a concrete band while being led by guitarist Kawabata Makoto. Austin, Texas experimental rockers My Education and local psych-rock quartet Mountain Movers will be opening up the show.

Acid Mothers Temple

May 15 @ Café Nine
250 State Street New Haven
8 p.m.

Clutch (Credit The Tin Foil Biter)

There are bands who have dedicated fans and then there’s the Germantown, Maryland groove rock phenoms Clutch and their fans. Neil Fallon is one of the best frontmen in rock music today and lead guitarist Tim Sult, bassist Dan Maines and drummer Jean-Paul Gaster exhibit stellar instrumentation. This upcoming gig is part of their “No Stars Above Tour” with Amigo The Devil and Nate Bergman kicking the night off right.


May 16 @ Webster Theater
31 Webster Street Hartford
7 p.m.