Can you smell that? It's the wonderful aroma of the weekend. So let's kick off the three days in style.
Friday, Downtown Hartford is ringing in summer with The Allyn Street Block Party, an outdoor party featuring 10 of the city's hottest bars. Agave, Pour House, Black Bear, The Palace, The Tavern Downtown, NV, Coach's, Pig's Eye Pub, One Eleven Lounge and Up or on The Rocks are all opening their doors Friday night for an all-out bash.
The night features local bands including Fear Nuttin Band, the Degenerates, the Nerds and More.
The party starts at 5 p.m. and the fun doesn't stop until 2 a.m.
Also Friday, one of the biggest names in jazz music is bringing her sweet sound to the MGM Grand. Diana Krall's unmistakable vocals and piano-playing has helped her transcend the barriers of the jazz genre to be come a fixture on the pop-charts.
The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $40-$65.
Moving to Saturday, we're sticking with the concert theme.
Brad won a Grammy last year for Best Country Instrumental Performance, and it's his mastery of the guitar that helps set him apart from his fellow country crooners.
Saturday's show, which also features Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne is $58.25 for seats under the roof, and just $29.75 for the lawn (you can get a 4-pack of lawn seats for $75).
The concert starts at 7:30.
David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash have been a cornerstone of rock 'n' roll since 1969.
Saturday's concert gets underway at 8 p.m. and tickets cost between $40 and $75.
How's this for an intriguing way to spend your Saturday? The "Woofs, Wines & Felines” tasting is taking place at the Cellar XV Wine Market in Ridgefield.
People get to drink a host of special wines from more than 60 different countries, eat delicious foods from the area's top restaurants and listen to some great live music.
That explains the Wine, but what about the Woofs and Felines?
All the proceeds from the tasting go to the Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue, or ROAR (clever). ROAR places healthy "rescued" dogs and cats into homes in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Ridgefield, Weston and Wilton. Since 2005, the shelter has placed more than 2,000 animals.
For information or to buy advance tickets call Cellar XV Wine Market at 203-894-8690. Admission costs $45 in advance, or $55 day of the event. The Collector’s Ticket (whatever that is) is $75.
On to Sunday, and yes the work-week is just 24 hours away, but you can spend that time cleaning or you can spend it at some great shows.
Speech & Debate is playing at TheaterWorks in Hartford.
OK, go with me on this one. Speech & Debate includes all of the following, a scandalous story in Salem, Oregon, a modern day witch hunt and teens struggling with sex, lies and Youtube. (that last bit got your attention right?)
Tickets for the show are $37-$47. You can get more information on the show, and show times, by clicking right.... here.
Finally, one of the quintessential bands of the '90s are back together, and they're coming to Connecticut this weekend.
Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro and the rest of the band broke up back in 1991, and each went on to make a name for themselves. But now the band is back together, and you can expect to hear some of your old favorites.
Also taking the stage is guitar-god Tom Morello, of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave fame. He's performing with his new project, Street Sweeper Social Club.
Tickets are $38-$58, and the show starts at 7:30.
That's it, that's all. Have a great weekend!