The summer concert season at Western Connecticut State University will be just a good as some more high-profile venues. Guster, ZZ Top and the J Geils band are among the acts that will be bringing the crowds to Danbury this summer.
Michael Franti & Spearhead, of “Say Hey” fame, will perform with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals of June 27 at 6 p.m. at the Ives Concert Park on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Tickets are $37 and $32 for reserved seats and $26 for general admission lawn seats.
Peter Frampton brings his decades of hits to Ives Concert Park on July 1 at 8 p.m.
In keeping with music that spans decades, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Earth, Wind & Fire Concert will be at WCSU on July 12 at 8 p.m. As Ives Concert Park points out, Earth, Wind & Fire has performed on every continent in the world. You can see them right here in Connecticut for $97, $77 or $51 for reserved seats or $32 for general admission lawn.
Unfortunately for Glee fans, the Matthew Morrison convert at Ives is cancelled because he’s touring with New Kids on the Block and Back Street Boys. That tour’s a pretty big deal, so we can’t be too upset about it.
“This was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” said Morrison. “I am so appreciative of my fans and I’m planning to give them a great show.”
Steely Dan comes to WCSU on July 25. The set lists will be determined in part by online voting. Tickets will be $152, $77 and $67 for reserved seats, and $37 for general admission lawn seats. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Alison Krauss’ bluegrass and country hits have made this talented artist a Grammy winner and her collaboration album with Robert Plant in 2007 was a hit. She and Union Station will perform at Ives on July 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets will be $75, $55 and $45 for reserved seats, and $30 for general admission lawn seats.
In August, Guster will be in Danbury. If you’ve never heard of Guster, you can take it from us that they’re good. They happen to be one of Bob Maxon’s favorites, as you’ve probably heard him say. The band formed at Tufts University and drummer, Brian Rosenworcel, is a West Hartford native.
They perform on Aug. 3 with Ra Ra Riot. Tickets are $25 and $35.
Love Stinks and Centerfold are two athems of the 80s and, on Aug. 13, you just might hear them live when the J Geils performs at 8 p.m. at the Ives Concert Park. The ticket page says the band is currently featuring original members, including Peter Wolf. Ticket prices: $77, $67, $57 Reserved - $37 GA Lawn. http://premierboxoffice.com/events/150780/The%20J.%20Geils%20Band
On Aug. 14, the Beach Boys will perform at 7 p.m. at the Ives Concert Park. Tickets range from $27 for general admission lawn to $57. http://www.premierboxoffice.com/events/146489/The-Beach-Boys
The summer concert season ends with the trio of famous bearded men who brought us “Cheap Sunglasses”, “Legs”, “Sharp Dressed Man” and so many others.
ZZ Top performs on Aug. 25 at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit the Ives Web site.