The Rundown: Live Music in June

JOATA (Credit: Sandolo Fabio)


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June 2 @ Café Nine
250 State Street, New Haven
9 p.m.

It’s always good to come back home every once in a while, and that’s what will be happening when Hartford native Jose Oyola returns to Cafe Nine with his indie pop project JOATA while being based out in Los Angeles for the past few years. It’s also going to be one of a few shows ringing in the release of the upcoming album Biny and you can probably grab a copy of it while at the show. Piano-driven indie rock trio Zanders and Brooklyn via Bogota, Colombia dance-pop act Salt Cathedral will be rounding out the rest of the evening.

Franz Ferdinand (Credit: David Edwards)

Franz Ferdinand

June 6 @ College Street Music Hall
238 College Street, New Haven
8 p.m.

The Scottish indie rock icons are about to embark on a stacked tour with Boston alt-rock legends the Pixies and Nashville garage punk phenoms Bully, but before doing so Franz Ferdinand are going to be doing a headlining gig in The Elm City. If you’re a fan of their hits such as “Take Me Out”, “This Fire”, “No You Girls”, “Do You Want To” and “Right Action”, then you should definitely go see them live. Local post-punks The Fiction Kids are going to be starting the night off so show up promptly.

Buddy Guy (Credit: Casey Mitchell)

Buddy Guy

June 9 @ Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield
8 p.m.

You can’t talk about the blues without mentioning Buddy Guy and he’s one of the last true legends alive today in the music industry. This year marks an astounding 70 years of him being a musician and sadly this might be his last run with his current expedition being titled the “Damn Right Farewell Tour”. I’ve been fortunate enough to see the Lettsworth, Louisiana native live on stage a few times in my life and if you have the opportunity to check Guy out, I highly suggest you do.

Nancy Wilson (Courtesy of the artist)

Nancy Wilson

June 17 @ Foxwoods Great Cedar Showroom
350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket
8 p.m.

Heart from Seattle will always be one of the most important rock bands of the ‘70s and ‘80s and guitarist Nancy Wilson is a big reason for that. You gotta love her riffs on the songs “Magic Man”, “Crazy on You” and “Barracuda”, which she’ll probably be playing at the upcoming show along with some material off of her debut solo album You and Me that came out in 2021. Dynamic soul-rock artist Kimberly Nichole is also going to be opening up the evening.

Weezer (Courtesy of the artist)


June 28 @ Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater
500 Broad Street, Bridgeport
7 p.m.

Another important band that started out in the ‘90s is Weezer. Their 1994 self-titled debut, which is commonly referred to as the Blue Album, is one of the most acclaimed releases from that decade and the current quartet of guitarist and vocalist Rivers Cuomo, who actually grew up in Mansfield, drummer Patrick Wilson, guitarist Brian Bell and bassist Scott Shriner have put out a bunch of sonic gems since that time period. Baltimore synth-pop phenoms Future Islands are going to be putting on a dance party as the opening act so make sure to arrive early.