With the summer theater season just wrapping up, and the 2013-14 season kicking off in September/October, the concert halls are picking up with verbal pyrotechnics.
Take the stadium-sized Oddball Comedy and Curiosity festival. It's headlined by sketch artists and ace improvisers such as Dave Chappelle and the genius New Zealand pop satirists Flight of the Conchords. Jeff Ross, the modern-age toastmaster whose world-famous one-liners include "I wouldn't fuck Bea Arthur's dick with Andy Dick's pussy " and "How is it possible that Courtney Love looks worse than Kurt Cobain?" (both said when the respective objects of derision were in the room).
Comcast is where all the big, over-the-top action is this week. On August 29, for those who get their musical tastes from top-rated TV competitions, there's a Honda Civic-sponsored tour featuring Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson and Rozzi Crane, a protege of Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine. On Sunday, Sept. 1, Comcast brings in the Zac Brown Band.
Some "theatrical" concerts go the extra mile. The '60s hit-makers the Rascals, with the help of garage-rocker extraordinaire Steve Van Zandt and designer Marc Brickman (who's worked with Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Roger Waters), the band added a storyline and other dramatic elements to augment all their blue-eyed soul classics. The production comes to Mohegan Sun Arena Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. Its title, Once Upon a Dream, is the same title the band gave to their forth studio album back in 1968. That's the first album on which they appeared as the Rascals rather than The Young Rascals.
The Rascals show marks the last nostalgic-music binge of summer vacation. Now the college-friendly indie bands start arriving en masse.