The Rundown: Live Music in December

Caravan of Thieves (Photo: Shervin Lainez)

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Caravan of Thieves

December 2 @ StageOne
70 Sanford Street, Fairfield
8 p.m. All Ages $41

You might have already heard about this if you read the interview I had with co-guitarist & co-vocalist Fuzz Sangiovanni back in October, but Caravan of Thieves are bringing their guitar-driven gypsy jazz music into the holiday season. With Carrie Sangiovanni also contributing on guitar and vocals, the band has been described as theatrical, humorous, intense and entertaining all the same time. The only way to realize this is to experience it in person, so make sure to do so as part of your first Saturday night of the month. 

Doom Flamingo (Photo: Paul Chemis)

Doom Flamingo

December 8 @ Park City Music Hall
2926 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport
9 p.m. 21+ $21

Based out of Charleston, South Carolina, Doom Flamingo have been creating quite a buzz within the live music circuit over the past few years. The sextet featuring lead vocalist Kanika Moore, bassist Ryan Stasik, guitarist Thomas Kenney, multi-instrumentalist Mike Quinn, drummer Sean Bing and Ross Bogan on the keys have a synth based sound that brings forth a diverse array of riffs, beats and grooves. Hartford prog-rock act One Time Weekend are going to be opening up the show so make sure to arrive in prompt fashion. 

Born Without Bones (Photo: Daniel DeRusso)

Born Without Bones

December 9 @ The Beeracks
250 Bradley Street, East Haven
6 p.m .21+ $15 adv / $18 day of

Born Without Bones’ latest album Dancer that came out in November of last year was one of my favorite albums that came out of the New England region in 2022. The Milford, Massachusetts indie rock act has a knack for writing songs that stick with the listener along with telling a story. Whoever comes to see them when they play in “Staven” is definitely going to see and hear why. Local punks Chousand, New Jersey rockers The Vaughns and New Haven pop punks Say What You Will will be kicking the night off. 

Michael Bolton (Courtesy of Michael Bolton)

Michael Bolton

December 17 @ Mohegan Sun Arena
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville
8 p.m. All Ages $42.95 – $305.60

I’ll be the first to admit that soft rock isn’t my thing, I actually find it to be an artistic contradiction, and I think it would be awesome if Michael Bolton did a Blackjack reunion tour, but I do have to show the New Haven native some recognition. Bolton just put out a holiday themed album titled “Christmas Time”, so you can safely bet that he’s going to perform a few songs off of the release. You might also bet that he’s going to head back to his hometown after the show for some Sally’s Apizza, but the jury is going to be out on that. 

The Nth Power (Courtesy of the band)

The Nth Power

December 29 @ Park City Music Hall
2926 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport
9 p.m. 21+ $21

I’ve covered this amazingly talented soul-funk trio many times for a variety of publications, including this one, and there are a few good reasons for that. Nikki Glaspie is a powerhouse on drums, just ask Beyoncé, while Nick Cassarino shreds on guitar and sings with a ton of feeling as bassist Nate Edgar serves as the rhythmic glue holding it all together. Asheville, North Carolina bluegrass & Afrobeat fusion phenoms Toubab Krewe are also on the bill for the show so you definitely have to show up early.