The Rundown: Live Music in July

They Might Be Giants (Courtesy of the artist)


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They Might Be Giants

June 7 @ Garde Arts Center
325 State Street, New London
7 p.m.

Even though they started out in Brooklyn, They Might Be Giants have a lot of connections to the New England region due to founders John Linnell and John Flansburgh both growing up in Lincoln, Massachusetts along with Linnell being part of the Rhode Island based new wave band The Mundanes during the early ‘80s. This upcoming show at the Garde promises to be special with them performing material from their seminal 1990 full-length release Flood, their most recent album Book and other records while being backed by an eight piece band. This band includes a horn section, so be prepared to see and hear this legendary alt-rock act’s songs being taken to a different level.

The Reverend Horton Heat (Credit: Nicole Tammaro)

The Reverend Horton Heat

July 18 @ Café Nine
250 State Street, New Haven
8 p.m.

It’s not every day that you get to see a major rock & roll act play a small venue like Café Nine, but that’s what’s going to be happening when The Reverend Horton Heat rolls through “The Elm City”. The moniker of the Dallas based vocalist & guitarist James C. Heath, he’s one of the pioneers of the electrifying style known as “psychobilly” which fuses rockabilly with punk rock. Unfortunately for those folks who are still looking for tickets, this banger of a time is sold out so if you have a stub to get you in the door then consider yourself lucky.

Billy Strings (Credit: Christopher Morley)

Billy Strings

July 21 @ Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater
500 Broad Street, Bridgeport
7:30 p.m.

One of the premier bluegrass artists on the scene today is Billy Strings, who just turned 30 last fall and has already collaborated with the likes of Del McCoury, Willie Nelson, Sierra Farrell, Molly Tuttle, Chris Thile and Béla Fleck. The Lansing, Michigan native is an incredible songwriter & guitarist and he and his band always put on a fantastic live show. There isn’t an opener as part of this upcoming gig, so get ready for a lot of music to be played for a couple hours or even longer.

Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers (Credit: Andrew Slater)

The Wallflowers

July 28 @ Foxwoods Great Cedar Showroom
350 Trolley Line Boulevard Mashantucket
8 p.m.

Every man, woman and child who was around during the ‘90s has heard “One Headlight” at least once in their life and that hit is still being played on the radio today. Jakob Dylan’s band is more than just a one-hit wonder though, they’re a great rock & roll act whose music has stood the test of time. Dylan has a knack for letting his fellow band members shine while performing, so make sure to catch guitarists Stanton Adcock and Ben Peeler, keyboardist Aaron Embry, bassist and co-backing vocalist Whynot Jansveld and drummer and co-backing vocalist Mark Stepro doing what they each do best.

The Roots (Credit: Masanori Naruse)

The Roots

July 30 @ College Street Music Hall
238 College Street, New Haven
8:30 p.m.

Regardless of genre, there are few bands who have been as innovative within the music realm as The Roots from Philadelphia. While the art of hip hop included a rapper with a mic in their hand while a DJ was making beats and samples on the turntables, The Roots decided to put their own spin on it by being a complete band when they started out in the late ‘80s. Folks in New Haven are still feeling the effects from when Black Thought, Questlove and the crew performed at the same venue last year, so there’s a good chance that this will be another unforgettable experience.