August 2, 2020

Premier Concerts / Manic Presents Announce Socially Distanced Outdoor Concert Series

Necessity is the mother of invention, at Premier Concerts / Manic Presents, live music is vital. The promoter, along with NHCPA South Farms, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of New Haven Center for Performing Arts Inc., are excited to expand into Litchfield County and have joined together with South Farms to create Twilight Concerts (and Comedy) On The Farm – two new series of socially distanced outdoor shows.

The venue’s initial set of shows are August 22nd, with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Grace Potter. Comedian Nikki Glaser (Netflix’s Bangin, Comedy Central’s Not Safe with Nikki Glaser) kicks off the Litchfield County venues’ comedy series on August 30th with her hilariously honest stand-up. The 2 shows go on sale this Friday, August 7th at 10AM. More shows to be announced.

Located at South Farms (Morris, CT), shows will take place on over 10 acres of manicured farmland. The venue boasts a beautifully structured grid layout, adhering to public health guidelines while still maintaining the intimacy of live concerts. The vast spacing and outdoor conditions (open air) help reduce potential transmission and encourage social distancing.

Concertgoers purchase an 8’x8’ Grid which is surrounded by an additional Social Distance Grid along with aisle spacing. Each Grid is designed for two guests and is offset to maximize stage view. Grids cannot be merged and it is required to watch the performance from your designated area. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets for comfortable seating and enjoying the farm field. Outside food and beverages are prohibited. Food trucks and a full bar will be available on site.

Safety is the top priority. Each show will comply with the most current health and safety standards per state regulations and local jurisdictions in order to protect guests, artists, crew and staff. Face masks are mandatory when entering, exiting, and traveling throughout the venue to restrooms or concession areas. Masks are not required within the guest grid. Hand sanitizing stations will be dispersed throughout the venue. High-touch areas such as door handles, counter surfaces will be regularly and consistently disinfected throughout the show. Restrooms will be cleaned and restocked regularly throughout the show. Everyone entering the venue, including guests, artists, crew and staff will be health checked including a temperature check and short questionnaire. Masks and gloves will be available upon request. Per State order the venue has a reduced capacity of 25% – making tickets extremely limited.

Shows are all ages unless noted otherwise.
Shows are rain or shine.

June 8, 2020

Westville Music Bowl To Postpone Opening Until Spring 2021

In accordance with state guidance on large gatherings, we are deeply saddened to announce that the opening of Westville Music Bowl in New Haven will be postponed until Spring 2021.

The four shows that were announced/on sale have all been rescheduled to the same date/same time frame one year later.

June 13, 2020
– Andrew Bird, Calexico and Iron & Wine with Joseph
(NEW DATE: JUNE 2021 TBA)

June 20, 2020 – King Crimson with The Zappa Band
(NEW DATE: JUNE 2021 TBA)

July 18, 2020 – Tedeschi Trucks Band with St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Gabe Dixon
(NEW DATE: Saturday, July 17 2021)

July 30, 2020 – The National with Sharon Van Etten
(NEW DATE: JULY 2021 TBA)

All tickets will be honored – refunds will be available from point of purchase for a 30 day period once the new date has been announced. Stay tuned for updates.

Thank you for your continued patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you at Westville Music Bowl in 2021!

April 2, 2017

Manic Productions to Rebrand as ‘Manic Presents,’ Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary This Month!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Independent concert promoter Manic Productions has announced that the company will be rebranding as ‘Manic Presents.’ This announcement comes at the beginning of their 15th year of promoting live events in Connecticut, culminating in a special concert with post-rock giants Explosions in the Sky at College Street Music Hall in New Haven on Thursday, April 20th.

Manic was formed in 2002 by Mark Nussbaum, who has since worked to bring the finest underground music talent to Connecticut, and bring the best local and regional acts into a brighter spotlight. Manic has shown national touring artists that Connecticut is a legitimate and important tour stop by promoting well-organized, and well-attended shows. In 2015, Manic joined forces with fellow CT indie promoter Premier Concerts. Mark Nussbaum now acts as Premier Concerts’ Senior Talent Buyer, while continuing to promote events throughout Connecticut under the Manic moniker. Manic books events throughout the state with a focus on College Street Music Hall (New Haven), The Ballroom at The Outer Space (Hamden), Cafe Nine (New Haven), and a free weekly music series at New Haven pizzeria and microbrewery BAR.

Tickets for our 15 Year Anniversary Show are On Sale Now!

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January 15, 2015

New Haven’s Palace Theatre to re-open as College Street Music Hall in Spring 2015!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The City of New Haven and the local not-for-profit organization New Haven Center For Performing Arts (“NHCPA”) today announced the reopening of the former Palace and Roger Sherman Theatre as the College Street Music Hall (“CSMH”), slated for Spring, 2015. The City of New Haven Building Official issued a building permit in January 2015 and renovations are under way.

Located in the heart of College Street in downtown New Haven’s arts and entertainment district, CSMH joins the scene as the hub for live music performance in New Haven and all of Southern New England. The theater will feature multi-capacity configurations for up to 2000 patrons: general admission concerts with open orchestra level and VIP balcony seating; seated theater shows; cabaret table-style seating; or, a blend thereof. The seating arrangement will be dictated by the type of artist or performance. Programming at CSMH will focus on a wide range of music including Americana, Indie Rock, Classic Rock, Adult Contemporary, Alternative Modern Rock, Country and Neo Soul, as well as Comedy.

The theater is known for its rich lineage. It was built as the Roger Sherman in 1926, on the site of the Rialto movie theater, which burned down in 1921. The Roger Sherman famously held New Haven’s first movie premiere, for “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid,” which was attended by Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Joanne Woodward and Barbra Streisand. The venue was reborn as the Palace Theatre in 1984, operating as such until 2002.

During its heyday, the Palace showcased artists including B.B. King, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blues Traveler, Primus, Phish, The Spin Doctors, Lyle Lovett, Sonic Youth, Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary, Lou Reed, The Black Crowes, Meat Loaf, George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars, Tori Amos, Peter Frampton, Fleetwood Mac, They Might Be Giants, Dave Matthews Band, Sheryl Crow, Counting Crows, Run-DMC, Ani DiFranco, Widespread Panic, Fiona Apple, Bob Weir & Ratdog, The Monkees, Robin Williams, Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync, Melissa Etheridge, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones and others.

Since the late 1990s the theater has been owned by NHCPA, a 501(c)(3) organization. When an opportunity arose for Premier Concerts to lend financial and managerial support to the NHCPA Board of Directors, Premier Concerts’ President Keith Mahler was happy to join the mix.

“We are extremely pleased that Premier Concerts can be part of the team that is revitalizing the former Palace Theatre and are looking forward to not only the venue’s rebirth but the return of New Haven to its place on the national touring scene,” says Mahler. “We’ve already begun receiving booking queries for College Street Music Hall. And we’re looking forward to working collaboratively with NHCPA’s Board to be able to provide internships and other educational opportunities to local students once we open our doors as College Street Music Hall.”

With the revival of College Street Music Hall also comes the news that local indie concert promoter Manic Productions will be joining forces with Premier Concerts and CSMH. Head of Manic Productions, Mark Nussbaum, will become Premier Concerts’ Senior Talent Buyer, while continuing to promote events throughout Connecticut as Manic Productions.

July 14, 2013

10 Show Pass Giveaway at Flaming Lips Show!

We will be giving away a 10 Show Pass at the upcoming Flaming Lips show on Monday, July 15th. This pass will be good for you (and a friend) to attend ANY 10 Manic Productions shows for the remainder of 2013. All you have to do is stop by the Manic Productions table at the show and sign up for our mailing list to be entered into the drawing. We will be announcing the winner on Monday, July 22nd. Good luck!


Tickets for the Flaming Lips show are still available! Buy Tickets Now!

June 29, 2012

VENUE CHANGES: The Tallest Man on Earth / The Hold Steady / Murder By Death

Hey everyone,

Wanted to inform you all that the Heirloom Arts Theatre in Danbury has had their capacity reduced dramatically and due to this we have been forced to move three events in July: Murder By Death (7/15), The Hold Steady (7/19), and The Tallest Man on Earth (7/28). All tickets will be honored at the new venues. (more…)

April 20, 2012

Happy 10th Anniversary!

We booked our first show 10 years ago! I can’t believe how far we’ve come since then. We’re any of you there? It was the River City Rebels/Grover Dill show at the Madison Arts Barn.

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December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2011, hello 2012!

Hey everyone,

Thank you all for the support this past year. It’s definitely been a huge year for us and we are excited for what 2012 will bring. We are already off to a good start with a solid schedule of shows coming up in the next couple months. See ya in 2012! (more…)

December 12, 2011

Hanukkah Holiday Sale

To celebrate the holiday season we are offering $2 OFF ALL CONCERT TICKETS starting at sundown on Tuesday, December 20 (1st night of Hanukkah) and ending Tuesday, December 27 (last night of Hanukkah) in person ONLY at Redscroll Records in Wallingford (our official ticket outlet) (more…)

July 21, 2011

New Venue In Hartford And Pixies Coming To Waterbury Palace Theater!

We are proud to announce that we have begun working with a wonderful new performance space in Hartford! The AETNA THEATER is a beautiful 280 capacity seated theater located at the WADSWORTH ATHENEUM MUSEUM OF ART. The venue is ALL AGES with a bar in the lobby for those who are 21+ and would like to drink. For those not in the know, it is the oldest public art museum in the United States, was founded in 1842 by Daniel Wadsworth, one of the first important American patrons of the arts! (more…)

April 5, 2011

RIP Mitch Dubey

Thanks to everyone who came and helped out at the Dubey Family Benefit show at Toad’s Place last Sunday. We were able to raise $23,340 for Mitch’s family.

He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace my friend.

November 10, 2010

FREE SHOWS

Hey guys!

We just announced a free show series that starts in January 2011. We’ll be doing Free shows EVERY Wednesday at BAR in New Haven. For more info visit the events page!

October 27, 2010

Special Halloween Promotion

A super limited amount of 6 Month passes (good for all Manic Productions shows) just went on sale for $80. There are no service fees and you can even get into Sold Out shows.

The promotion ends when passes run out, or at midnight on Halloween. Buy your pass here!

September 2, 2010

Website Launch!

Hey everyone!
Today is the launch of our new website! Check it out and let us know what you think!
We have a ton of great shows coming this Fall and more on the way so stay tuned!

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