From 1988 to 1992, Bristol/Southington was a legitimate concert destination, numerous national acts made their way to rock the stage at Lake Compounce. I saw some of my all-time favorite performers there, including Metallica and The Cult, UB40 and the Smithereens, Sinead O'Connor, and the B-52's.

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Just before the holiday season last year, Lake Compounce announced that they were building a new floating stage for their beach, and concerts would be coming back this Summer. The schedule for Lake Compounce's Summer 2023 Concert Series is out, and it's inaugural line-up looks pretty good. They've landed a few familiar names.

The band that stood out for me at first glance is Everclear. God bless Art Alexakis, his anthems from the 90's still resonate. Everclear will play Compounce on June 10. CeeLo Green of Gnarls Barkley and The Voice floats onto the state on June 24.

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Jerrod Niemann is one of the first performers scheduled for the season on May 28. There are quite a few tribute bands throughout the Summer:

  • Stiletto - A Billy Joel Tribute - June 17
  • Raise Your Hands - A Bon Jovi Tribute - July 3
  • K,S,F - A Kansas, Styx, and Foreigner Tribute - August 26
  • Yesterday - A Beatles Tribute - September 2

If you're as big a fan of the Ryan Reynolds movie Just Friends as I am, you might be way into seeing All-4-One floating before you in person on July 22. You remember their big hit, right? Let me refresh your memory -

Every show during Lake Compounce's 2023 Summer Concert Series is scheduled for Saturday night, and if you go during July, those shows will be followed by a fireworks display. Thanks for bringing back the concerts Lake Compounce.

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Lake Compounce recently announced that they're building a floating stage, and bringing live music back in the Summer of 2023. I loved going to concerts at Compounce back in the day, and I saved some of my ticket stubs, were you at these shows?

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