January 11 @ Park City Music Hall
2926 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport
8 p.m. 21+ $15
A guitar savant in the realest way and an educator at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, Marcus Rezak knows how to shred both on stage and in his recordings. His latest album Guitar Head that came out on November 10 exemplifies the latter with progressive guitar riffs and tight hooks. This upcoming show has him being joined by Ray Paczkowski from the Trey Anastasio Band, Adrian Tramontano from Twiddle and Kung Fu and Frank Zappa collaborator Ike Willis among others for what should be a fantastic way to spend a Thursday night.
Scooped Up’s Album Release Show For “The Runs”
January 13 @ Cafe Nine
250 State Street, New Haven
8 p.m. All Ages $10
You always gotta show some love for the local scene and this upcoming show at one of the coolest venues in The Elm City is a stellar opportunity to do so. Milford punks Scooped Up are going to be ringing in the release of their sophomore full-length The Runs and they have a stacked bill going along with it that includes Sunday Morning, Shortwave and Point Radar. It’s also all ages so if you’re a teenager looking for something to do then this show is ideal for you.
January 19 @ The Stomping Ground
132 Main Street, Putnam
8 p.m. 21+ Free
Armed with a saxophone, synths and looping technology, Lee Ross is one-of-a-kind musician who has become an entertaining fixture in the New England jam scene. If you like to dance and groove the night away, then you have to come see this guy perform on stage. From my research online, it looks like it’s free admission but if they’re going to charge a cover then just pay it to support a talented artist.
January 21 @ Toad’s Place
300 York Street, New Haven
8 p.m. 13+ $25
The first time I saw this group of garage punks from Los Angeles it was at the House Of Blues in Boston. I forgot who they were opening for, but I definitely remember the raucous energy they brought and how much fun it seemed they were having on stage. There isn’t an opening act listed on the bill as of press time, but keep tabs on Toad’s Place’s website at toadsplace.com to see if a local band is going to fill that role.
January 25 @ Infinity Music Hall
32 Front Street, Hartford
8 p.m. 21+ $29
A frequent collaborator of the acclaimed singer-songwriter Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds is an exemplary musician in his own right. With a rhythm section consisting of Dan Martier on drums and Mick Vaughn on drums, the Tim Reynolds Three (aka TR3) are going to be bringing forth a wide array of musical fusion. If you’re a fan of funk, jazz and rock, then be prepared to see these styles combined for a pristine experience.