AOIFE O’DONOVAN & HAWKTAIL – ALL MY FRIENDS TOUR at United Theater

United Theater 5 Canal St, Westerly, RI

Aoife O’Donovan and Hawktail join together for a night of joyous music. Hawktail opens the evening with their signature songs and cosmopolitan sound. Aoife O’Donovan will then take the stage with Hawktail as her band, performing songs from the Grammy-award winning musician’s 4th studio album All My Friends (out March 22, 2024). O’Donovan continues to enchant audiences worldwide with her soul-stirring music and unwavering passion for storytelling through song. Deemed “a vocalist of unerring instinct” by the New York Times, she has released three critically-acclaimed and boundary-blurring solo albums including literally crafted Age Of Apathy, which received three Grammy nominations. Her newest album, All My Friends is based around a collection of songs Aoife O’Donovan wrote, inspired by women’s suffrage and the passage of the 19th amendment. The album is a deep dive into the reimagining of the life of Carrie Chapman Catt – one of the movement’s leaders and founder of the League of Women Voters – juxtaposed with Aoife’s own experiences as a woman and mother. For more information

$30 – $50

Concert on the Green: Ed Fast and Congabop Quintet at La Grua Center: Stonington

La Grua Center 32 Water St, Stonington

Event Details Ed Fast and Congabop Quintet features Afro-Cuban influenced rhythms and hard-bop harmony fused to create unique, soulful originals and creatively arranged jazz standards. The repertoire reflects a tribute to the genre’s most celebrated practitioners including Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, and Hilton Ruiz. This concert is FREE. For more information

Free – $5

Annual Greater Hartford Jazz Festival at Bushnell Park

Bushnell Park Hartford

July 19-21, 2024 The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz is a non-profit organization originally conceived by Paul Brown, noted Hartford jazz bassist and music educator. For 25 years, Paul had produced the Monday Night Jazz Concerts in Bushnell Park, drawing thousands of music lovers to Hartford’s Bushnell Park for picnics and world-class entertainment. That first Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, in July of 1991, was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of those wonderful summers. Paul gathered some friends to help plan that first festival, but ultimately turned the Festival over to a Board of Directors comprised of volunteers from the Central Connecticut area, who continued to fulfill his dream of a world-class jazz event in Hartford, while he concentrated on his professional career and the Monday Night Jazz Concerts. Now in its 33rd year, this free-of-charge Festival is supported by small and medium-sized charitable gifts and donations from foundations, businesses and corporations as well as City of Hartford and State of Connecticut grants. The Festival is also generously supported by contributions from individual jazz lovers throughout the region. For more information

Crabby Cabaret: Summertime Sassiness! at The MAC in Milford

Milford Arts Council, the MAC 40 Railroad Ave South, Milford

Crabby Cabaret Local artists doing what they love, entertaining the community for little to no pay. A series of shows that will be sure to leave a lasting impression Crabby Cabaret has been featured in City Lights 19th anniversary celebration, and Bridgeport Pride in 2023 This show is not appropriate for children under 16 years of age. For more information https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-2H4ozgyJI

$24.50

Nick Di Maria Quintet at The Side Door

The Side Door 85 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

Nick Di Maria is a Trumpeter, Band Leader, Composer, and Advocate Nick Di Maria has solidified his presence in the music world, excelling as a performer, band leader, and composer. Since arriving on the scene in 2006, he has become highly sought after, both as a musician and a concert organizer. Di Maria frequently performs with various projects he leads, showcasing a broad array of jazz and improvisational styles. He has been featured at notable events like the Yale Jazz Festival and Bridgeport Jazz Festival, The Jazz Series at Firehouse 12, and numerous clubs across the greater Northeast. For more information

$25 – $45

Val McKee: Children’s Music: Best Video: Hamden

Best Video Film & Cultural Center 1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

Val McKee plays music for kids in the Best Video Film & Cultural Center parking lot on Saturday morning, July 20, at 10:30 AM. (If the weather is bad, the show will be moved inside at that time.) A Tennessee native and mom of three boys, Val’s performances are full of folk and children’s music classics, with plenty of play, education, and humor —heavy on the silly. Suggested donation is $5-10 per family but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.  For more information

$5 – $10

42nd annual Life. Be in it. Extravaganza in Newington

Mill Pond Park 123 Garfield St, Newington

Join us at Mill Pond Park on Saturday, July 20 to celebrate the 42nd annual Life. Be in It. Extravaganza! Enjoy food, games, rides, adult beer garden, arts & craft exhibits and much more! The carnival will be open from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Our Entertainment Stage will feature an exciting line-up of performers including 'Nightshift', 'Vinyl Countdown', and 'Mass-Conn-Fusion'!!! Admission to the park and parking is FREE. The event will conclude with Newington's largest fireworks display EVER! The fireworks show will start at 9:30 pm. For more information  

CARIBBEAN RUM & FOOD FESTIVAL in New Britain

Beehive Stadium 230 John Karbonic Way, New Britain

Annual CARIBBEAN RUM & FOOD FESTIVAL The theme for the 2024 festival is “The Art is in the Mix”. The showcase of Caribbean Rum, Cocktails, Food, Arts & Craft and live entertainment International artist and more. 21 + event and ID is required to enter. Proceeds from this event benefits our disability kids program. Ticket non-refundable. For Tickets  

$20 – $40

S.A.L.T. @ Saltwater Farm Vineyard/ Spencer & Lynn Collaboration

Saltwater Farm Vineyard 113 Pendleton Hill Road, North Stonington

Join us on July 20th at Saltwater Farms for a singular summer celebration. S.A.L.T stands for Sea, Air, Land, Tasting. This tasting event will feature 50 wines (including special selections from Saltwater Vineyards) that are all made from coastal vineyard's. A soirée of summer with wines that were made by the water to be drank by the water. There will be live music, food for sale, and open picnicking space out in the vineyard. We love collaborations with local partners and have been keeping this one close to the vest for a while. See you this Summer! For more information

$75

Punk Rock Picnic at The Hygienic: New London

Hygienic Art 79 Bank Street, New London

You don't want to miss Superbald's 1st Annual Punk Rock Picnic! Featuring Music from The Dogmatics, Superbald, The Pneumatics, and Mitch Kramer, Beach Swag, Hotdogs and Cold Beverages-what else do you need?! Saturday, July 20th 6pm Tickets $10 For more information

$10

Potluck and Dance Party at Hadlyme Public Hall

Hadlyme Public Hall 1 Day Hill Road, Lyme

Have dinner with your friends at an old-fashioned potluck from 6-7 pm (BYOB) followed by a rollicking dance party with John Brown and the BackPorch Pickers from 7-9 pm. Good times and great dance music. Bring your friends and neighbors. Donations welcome at the door.   For more information

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque at The Side Door

The Side Door 85 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

“This band sounds like no other today in Jazz.” – DownBeat Magazine Five-time Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the US, and Cuba. She has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, received The Order of Canada, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and, most recently, The Premier’s Award for Excellence. With Maqueque, Bunnett has created something new and phenomenal in the world of jazz. What started out five years ago as a project to record and mentor young brilliant Cuban female musicians, has become one of the top groups on the North American jazz scene. In the last year, they have played in major jazz festivals like Newport and Monterey, been featured on NPR’s program Jazz Night in America, were nominated for a Grammy Award for their newest release, Oddara, and, most recently, were voted as one the top ten jazz groups by the prestigious DownBeat magazine’s critics poll. For more information

$25 – $45