The Rundown: Live Music In February

Residual Groove (Photo: Josh Smith)


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Residual Groove

February 3 @ Park City Music Hall
2926 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport
8 p.m. 21+ $14/adv $18/day of

Residual Groove from Norwalk are one of the top bands in Connecticut’s music scene due to their groovy fusion of funk, jazz, rock, soul and R&B. On February 2, the quintet of co-vocalist and guitarist Previn Edwards, co-vocalist and keyboardist Kiran Edwards, bassist Miles Livolsi, drummer Henry Thomas and percussionist Garrett Halstead are going to be releasing a new album titled In Dream Time. This show happening the following evening is going to be celebrating its unveiling with Ian D’Arcangelo from the Hartford prog-rock act One Time Weekend kicking things off. 

The Problem With Kids Today (Photo: Sam Carlson)

The Problem With Kids Today

February 9 @ Cafe Nine
250 State St., New Haven
9 p.m. 21+ $10

Another album release show that’s going to be taking place this month is courtesy of the New Haven punk delinquents The Problem With Kids Today. They’re going to be releasing Born To Rock on the same day as this sonic extravaganza and chances are that one of the coolest music venues in The Elm City is going to have a mosh pit. Hugh Betta is going to be spinnin’ tunes as well along with Hanfran Studios selling some art through a pop-up vendor booth.

Flogging Molly (Photo: Katie Hovland)

Flogging Molly

February 16 @ Foxwoods Great Cedar Showroom
350 Trolley Lane Blvd., Ledyard
7 p.m. All Ages $71.95 – $303.25

I’ve had a lot of fun times seeing Flogging Molly perform at various venues ranging from large to small and indoors to outdoors. This Los Angeles based group of Celtic punks led by the one and only Dave King always bring a ton of energy with their performances. Miami singer-songwriter Amigo the Devil and the Liverpool punks Gen and The Degenerates are also going to be exhibiting their crafts on stage.

Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man

February 20 @ College Street Music Hall
238 College St., New Haven
8 p.m. All Ages $49.32

I’ve been a fan of Portugal. The Man ever since my days as a college student during the mid and late 2000s, and it’s been enjoyable watching the indie rock band’s progression from underground staples to Top 40 hitmakers. They’re amazing live and I highly suggest going to see them when they come to New Haven. Philadelphia soul-funk act Snacktime will be starting the night off so show up early. 

Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell

February 21 @ Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield
7:30 p.m. All Ages $35-$45

When it comes to jazz guitar, Bill Frisell is both a legend and an innovator who has a career that spans over 40 years. Along with a stellar run as a solo artist, he’s also collaborated with the likes of John Zorn, Brian Blade, Curtis Fowlkes and cartoonist Gary Larson, who is the creator of the single-panel comic The Far Side. For this show, he’s going to be performing with Gregory Tardy on saxophone & clarinet and Rudy Royston on drums for a versatile blend of captivating tunes.