Summer in CT is hot with comedians, country stars and concerts

In the summer, the big pop acts go on tour, regardless of whether they have released new albums or not.

Janet Jackson, whose last album came out in 2015, is at the Xfinity Theater. Roger Daltrey plays classics by the band Who and material from decades of his underrated solo albums at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Sarah McLachlan hasn't released any new material since 2016, although her opening act at the Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater, fellow '90s/2000s Canadian pop icon Feist, released an album just last year.

On the other hand, country stars Brad Paisley (at the Mohegan Sun Arena) and Lainey Wilson (at the Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater) are coming to Connecticut weeks before the release of their new albums.

Here are some of the top attractions this week.

Roger Daltrey
Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville

While his bandmate Pete Townshend's theatrical version of “Tommy” has returned to Broadway, Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, will appear as a solo artist at Mohegan Sun Arena on June 23 at 7 p.m. Current set lists include Daltrey playing not only Who classics like “Baba O'Riley” and “Magic Bus,” but also relatively rare numbers like “So Sad About Us,” “Squeeze Box” and “Going Mobile,” as well as Leo Sayer-written pieces from Daltrey's first solo album, recent collaborations with Wilko Johnson and even a song from one of Townshend's solo albums, “Let My Love Open the Door.” $70.95 – $206.50.

Pete Davidson
College Street Music Hall, 238 College St., New Haven

The comedian and gossip columnist, who left “Saturday Night Live” in 2022 and is working on a few films, returns to College Street Music Hall in New Haven on his “Prehab Tour.” June 23, 7 p.m., $90.52.

Sarah McLachlan and Feist
Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater, 500 Broad St., Bridgeport

In the 1990s, summers were defined by Sarah McLachlan's grandiose Lilith Fair tours, featuring top rock and pop acts on multiple stages. McLachlan is back on tour, but without all the festival hoopla. She's headlining and Canadian singer-songwriter Feist is the opening act. June 23, 7:30 p.m. at the Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater in Bridgeport. $82.75-$269.05.

Samara Joy
College Street Music Hall, 238 College St., New Haven

The summer's main program, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, is coming to a close. One of the highlights of the last few days is young Grammy-winning jazz singer Samara Joy, who comes to the festival for an indoor concert ($42.13-$98.73) on June 26 at 8 p.m. For a full program of concerts, lectures, walking tours, dance, circus performances and more, visit

Fabrice Demessence

Roger Daltrey will appear at Mohegan Sun Arena on June 23, playing a range of Who songs as well as material from his numerous solo albums. (Fabrice Demessence)

“Mystic Pizza, the Musical”
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., Ivoryton

One of the most famous movies filmed in Connecticut has been turned into a jukebox musical whose cheesy romantic comedy is literally backed by '80s pop hits. This Ivoryton Playhouse production, running June 27-July 28, is the show's Connecticut premiere. A national tour of the same musical, but in a very different production, is coming to Waterbury next year. Performances are Wednesdays at 2 and 7 p.m., Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Summer music series
Old State House, 800 Main St., Hartford

The series of Friday outdoor summer concerts on the lawn in front of the Old State House began last week and continues through the fall. This week's attraction is the funk band Mass-Conn Fusion. June 28, noon. Admission free.

Nurse Blake
Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket

The viral comedy star and real-life nurse whose social media clips featuring wry observations of hospital work made him a national star is bringing his live act back to Connecticut. The stage show at Foxwoods' Great Cedar Showroom includes stand-up, longer storytelling and some original videos. June 28, 6 p.m., $68.85-$79.10.

Lainey Wilson
Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater, 500 Broad St., Bridgeport

Lainey Wilson was named Entertainer of the Year at last year's Country Music Awards. Her new album, “Whirlwind,” isn't out until August, but her first single from it, “Hang Tight, Honey,” was released in May. Her new tour underscores that “country is cool again” and brings the Nashville native to the Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater in Bridgeport at 7:30 p.m. on June 28. $125-$725.

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Player
Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport

The New York Gilbert & Sullivans have been around for decades and used to tour Connecticut often, but those days are over and it's a rare treat to see them in this state, especially at a venue as beautiful as the Westport Country Playhouse. The troupe will perform their one-act abridged version of “Pirates of Penzance,” which gives them time for excerpts from other Gilbert & Sullivan classics. June 28 at 7:30 p.m. and June 29 at 2 p.m., $50-$70.

A day to remember
Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater, 500 Broad St., Bridgeport

Florida pop-punk band A Day to Remember is bringing three other bands with them for its big June 29 show at the Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater in Bridgeport: The Story So Far (from California), Four Year Strong (from Worcester, Massachusetts) and Long Island hardcore band Pain of Truth. June 29, 6:30 p.m., $46.15-$247.40.

Tom's Elton tribute
The Webster, 31 Webster St., Hartford
Klein Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport

With Elton John no longer touring, Elton John tribute acts are having a blast. The highly regarded Tom's Elton Tribute has two Connecticut shows this month, June 29 at 7 p.m. at the Webster in Hartford ($30, $400 VIP booths; and June 30 at 7 p.m. at Klein in Bridgeport ($25-$40; “Tom” is British fashion designer and podcaster Tom Cridland, who is friends with Elton John's longtime drummer Nigel Olsson. He knows Elton's style inside and out. If you can't get to those shows, wait a month, and Tom's Elton will be at Simsbury Meadows on August 21.

Brad Paisley
Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville

While you wait for Brad Paisley's new album — “Son of the Mountains,” his first for the EMI Nashville label after decades of producing hit records for Arista Nashville — you can catch the country star live at Mohegan Sun Arena, with Tyler Farr opening. June 29, 7 p.m., $81.20-$188.80.

The Clairvoyants
Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket

Austrian mentalist duo Amélie van Tass and Thommy Ten are taking a break from their second home of Las Vegas to go on tour. The psychics are known for their mind-expanding “Second Sight” routine. June 29 at 8 p.m. at Foxwoods' Great Cedar Showroom. $71.95 – $106.20.

Janet Jackson
Xfinity Theatre, 77 Savitt Way, Hartford

Janet Jackson's “Together Again” tour is her first since her pre-COVID tour for Rhythm Nation's 30th anniversary. She hasn't released an album since “Unbreakable” in 2015, but there was a cool documentary series on TV a few years ago. Expect hits, and there are plenty. June 29 at 8 p.m., $55.80-$563.70.

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