If you liked last year's concert lineup in Connecticut, chances are you'll like this year's, too. There are a lot of similarities.
Unfortunately, some of the biggest and/or most interesting shows of the summer - Moby, David Bowie and Busta Rhymes, the Who, the Rolling Stones, Cake and even Jimmy Buffett - are skipping the state for shows in Massachusetts and New York.
But there are still great concerts at local venues, starting June 15, when Elvis Costello plays the careerbuilder.com Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford. Jewel and M2M play the Oakdale 10 days later on June 25, which marks Jewel's first show in Connecticut since 1999. Nostalgia re-treads REO Speedwagon and Kansas are there July 7 and Lynyrd Skynyrd will provide plenty of old-school Southern rock July 12. Rap prodigy Lil' Romeo visits Wallingford July 27.
The ctnow.com Meadows Music Centre has snared some big-name performers, too. Rush opens its world tour June 28 in Hartford, the first time the band has hit the road since 1996. R&B artists Usher, Nas, Faith Evans and Mr. Cheeks play the Meadows June 21. This summer's requisite country show happens June 22, with Toby Keith. Melissa Etheridge stops in June 23 show, and '80s hair faves Poison, Cinderella, Winger and Faster Pussycat play July 5. Television's newest star, Ozzy Osbourne, hits Hartford July 13, when the OzzFest returns with Rob Zombie, P.O.D. and System of a Down, among others. Phil Lesh & Friends take the Meadows in a jam-band direction July 18, Eminem headlines the Anger Management tour July 19, Weezer plays July 20 and the Dave Matthews Band will play two shows, July 25 and 26. Santana plays the Meadows Aug. 3 with Rusted Root.
The Meadows seemed like last summer's musical epicenter, but the casinos are stealing some of the limelight this year. Among other acts, the Goo Goo Dolls play Foxwoods Resort Casino this Saturday, country singer Jo Dee Messina is there June 21, Linda Ronstadt stops in July 3 and a reconstituted INXS plays July 6. Diana Ross is scheduled for July 19, new sensation India.Arie performs July 26 and Pat Benatar comes to town Aug. 9.
The Mohegan Sun Casino has snared big-name musical acts, too, starting with Cher's farewell tour June 21. Bluegrass and old-time country fans are sure to congregate July 2 for Alison Krauss & Union Station, Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley and others on the Down From the Mountain tour, inspired by music from the soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Other artists include Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers July 8, Alicia Keys July 13 and John Mellencamp July 17.
The Webster Theatre in Hartford has scheduled some lesser-known but great bands, starting with King's X Saturday and continuing with Concrete Blonde July 14. Dee Snider plays the Webster June 15, and KMFDM is scheduled for June 21.
Korn and Puddle of Mudd play the Hartford Civic Center June 21.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun