9/15: Laughs and Tunes

FINDING THE FUNNY:  Connecticut is full of funny folks, but tonight, you can help decide the funniest.  Head to the Hartford Funny Bone in Manchester, which even has a funny name (though not funny ha ha), for the Connecticut Comedy Idol contest.  Radio personality Damon Scott is your master of ceremonies as eight amateur comedians and a runner up (though that seems to just be nine) perform for your entertainment enjoyment.  The laugh track is turned on from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

SOUL PATROL:  He's the unlikeliest winner on American Idol ever.  And while he's no Carrie Underwood, he's certainly made a name for himself in the music biz.  Thanks to his records, his turn on Broadway and of course his raspy voice and salt-and-pepper hair Taylor Hicks has earned himself a devoted legion of fans.  Tonight, those fans will be out in force when Hicks takes the stage at Infinity Hall in Norfolk.  Tickets are $55-$75.  The show starts at 8 p.m.

TAKE ME TO THE RIVER:  It's always nice when you can be surprised by music.  It seems every new band has the same sound as countless bands before.  But when I stopped to listen to Jersey's River City Extension, I was a bit taken aback (in a very good way).  Sure, you can hear hints of their Jersey Shore ancestors like Springsteen.  But there's also hints of blues, calypso even mariachi sprinkled in.  It's a sound you aren't likely to hear very often.  But tonight, you can see and hear River City Extension at The Space in Hamden when they take the stage along with A Paper Tugboat, Mon Monarch and City Streets Country Roads.  Tickets for the 7 p.m.  show are just $10. 

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