9/8: Crossing the Musical Divides

ILY BUSINESS:  The Funk's your brother tonight at the Ridgefield Playhouse.  Funk and soul band Robert Randolph and the Family Band will hit the stage for your viewing and listening pleasure.  Randolph is a virtuoso on the pedal steel guitar, and his band is all about celebrating African-American music from the past 100 years.  With their new album We Walk This Road, the family delivers a message of hope through uplifting sound and lyrics.  Tickets are $62.50.  the show starts at 8 p.m.

UN-BIRTHDAY:  Combine synth-pop with goth with alternative with rock and what do you get?  Toronto-based The Birthday Massacre.  The band brings their brooding lyrics, industrial style and synth-rock sound to the Webster Underground tonight in Hartford.  Also on the evening's musical menu are Scars are Soulless and Twitch the Ripper.  Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. show are $13.  We recommend DVRing some slapstick comedy for when you get home.

THEATRICAL TRIBUTE:  Stephen Sondheim is one of the biggest names in the history of Musical Theatre.  And starting tonight the folks at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford are giving him his proper due on stage.  Side by Side by Sondheim features the lyricist/playwright's best known works and collaborations, including his apprenticeship with the one and only Oscar Hammerstein.  The show debuts tonight and runs through September 19.  Tickets are $22.50-$32.50.

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