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Live Music Venues

A hot spot attracting everything from top-billing acts to up-and-coming performers, Connecticut’s live music scene is alive and thriving. The venues are not only known for the world-class acts they attract, but also for the food, atmosphere, and unique history that they hold within their walls. Have your own eye-catching snap to share? Tag your photo with #CTforMe to take part in the Instagrammable Connecticut series.


Firehouse 12, New Haven


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As a fire station-turned-studio, bar, and concert venue, Firehouse 12 offers classic entertainment in a unique and intimate concert setting.

“Physically and acoustically distinct from street activity outside, Firehouse 12 can at times feel more like one is listening to music in a living room rather than a venue. In addition to creating an effective recording environment for artists, the room’s acoustics also create a very special listening experience for concertgoers.” – @grayorganschi

Garde Arts Center, New London


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The Garde Arts Center consists of a theater, an art gallery, and various storefronts. The building hosts Broadway tours, opera, dance, authors, and movie premiers.

“The Garde is one of the last remaining movie palaces in Connecticut. Concerts there are like taking a step back into time – you get lush colors and retro Moroccan decor.” – @gardeartscenter

Mohegan Sun Arena, Mashantucket

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Major artists like Fleetwood Mac, Taylor Swift, and Bon Jovi have graced the stage at Mohegan Sun Arena, which has been recognized as one of the top venues in the world. Before your concert begins, try visiting the casino or dine in at one of their countless restaurants.

“Mohegan Sun Arena is large, and every concert feels like a front row experience. There is always a collective community of people that all appreciate good music. People dance, sing along, and have fun.” – @musicsciencelove

The Bijou Theatre, Bridgeport


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The Bijou has a rich history that dates back to the early 1900s, when the venue would showcase silent films and Vaudeville acts. Today, this cabaret-style space hosts a variety of live performances.

“An experience at the Bijou is like a trip back in time but with modern, state of the art technology. The venue is intimate and vibrant, and every seat offers an amazing view and perspective.” – @colorfulbridgeport

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