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This theater was built in 1930 in homage to local theologian Horace Bushnell and today it still remains as one of the Connecticut's best event venues. A must-visit for all culture lovers, the Bushnell has inspired audiences with its fantastic shows and plays a leading role in the Hartford's cultural vibrancy. It is a non-profit organization renowned for community programs and a leading educator and advocate of the arts. From Broadway shows to comedians, it's a great place to spend an evening.
Built in 1937, this former picture-house has been lovingly restored to its original glory and it is the perfect spot to watch a concert. The silver screen and main stage are complemented by five new bars, where patrons enjoy music and drinks. Most nights of the week, the sound generally tends to skew more to the hardcore/metal variety, but every now and then, visitors may hear a hip-hop scratch or a pop-chord.
The Sounding Board Coffeehouse has been, and still is, one of the prime concert venues in the city. Dedicated to folk music and art, this is where you will find a number of upcoming and prominent bands stirring up the crowd with great music. Originally the venue solely for local folk music, it has since broadened its boundaries to include performances by fold artists from all sub-genres. Among the list of legendary artists who graced this stage are the likes of Arlo Guthrie, Doc Watson and Pete Seeger.
Bridge Street Live in Collinsville (just 15 minutes from Downtown Hartford) is not your typical performance venue. Located in the 19th-century industrial town of Collinsville, this one-of-a-kind music venue has an incredible art deco decor. Drinks and snacks are served upstairs at the bar, or outdoors during summer months when you can take the beverages out to the patio. Private events can also be arranged at the venue.