The Rundown: Live Music In March

Jonathan Richman (Courtesy of the artist)


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Jonathan Richman

March 6 @ The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
300 Main Street Old Saybrook
7:30 p.m.

Ever since he started the legendary Massachusetts garage rock act The Modern Lovers back in 1970, Jonathan Richman has become one of the most accomplished songwriters in New England and beyond. He wrote the band’s 1976 hit single “Roadrunner” that has since become an anthem for rock & roll fans in his home state while also making appearances in the Farrelly Brothers films There’s Something About Mary and Kingpin. For this upcoming show at The Kate, he’s going to be joined by his frequent collaborator Tommy Larkins on drums while providing a one-of-a-kind experience.

Billy Keane (Credit: Bill Wright)

Billy Keane & The Waking Dream

March 14 @ Café Nine
250 State Street New Haven
8 p.m.

Billy Keane is known throughout the region as part of the talented singer-songwriter collective The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, but he has a stellar solo career under his belt as well. His latest installment of this is the single “Returning To The Garden” he did with the New York folk-rock band The Mammals that came out on February 2. There’s a chance that he’s going to be performing this song with his backing band The Waking Dream at one of the coolest venues in New Haven, so make sure to stop by.

Julian Lage (Credit: Alysse Gafkjen)

Julian Lage

March 20 @ Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield
7:30 p.m.

Jazz guitar phenom Julian Lage had quite a life as a teenager while performing at the 2000 Grammys at the age of 12 and becoming a faculty member at Stanford University’s Jazz Workshop by the age of 15. Since that time, he’s amassed a prolific and stellar discography with his most recent release being the full-length album Speak To Me that came out on March 1. The album is another outstanding chapter of Lage’s career and he plans to perform a few songs off of it at this upcoming show.

Strange Machines (Credit: Luke Awtry)

Strange Machines

March 23 @ Park City Music Hall
2926 Fairfield Avenue Bridgeport
9 p.m.

Over the past decade or so, Strange Machines from Boston have had a major presence in the jam music scene around the New England region. This is due to their extensive approach to musical fusion that brings together elements of funk, electronica, rock and reggae to form a cohesive sound. New Haven atomic funk rock act The Mushroom Cloud are going to be kicking the night off so make sure to show up in prompt fashion.

Cosmic Dust Bunnies (Credit: Isaac Nines)

Cosmic Dust Bunnies

March 30 @ Arch Street Tavern
85 Arch Street Hartford
9 p.m.

Another band from New Haven who have a show coming up this month are Cosmic Dust Bunnies. This act has an intergalactic musical approach that’s influenced by the styles of rock, reggae, pop, dub and funk and they have a knack for providing a stellar live experience. They’re going to be playing all night long at Arch Street as part of a celebration ringing in the 10th anniversary of their album Skyward, so be prepared to hear a bunch of songs off of that particular release.