With March Madness basketball quickly approaching, the UConn Huskies men’s and women’s teams are gearing up to make strong tournament runs. First up, however, is the American Athletic Conference Tournament.
On the men’s side, Kevin Ollie’s squad will have home court advantage playing at the XL Center, which will surely be a huge factor in their performance. The Huskies currently sit at 14-13 overall and 9-6 in the AAC thanks to leadership on the court from senior stars Amida Brimah, Kentan Facey, and Rodney Purvis. While the tournament pairings are yet to be determined, the action kicks off on Thursday, March 9, at 3:30 p.m. with the three competitive first-round battles. The following day is jam-packed with four quarterfinal games to decide the two semifinals which will be played on Saturday evening. The tournament wraps up with the championship game tipping off at 3:15 that Sunday.
The unstoppable UConn women’s team, fresh off their 102st consecutive win, is the clear favorite to take home the AAC Tournament Championship for the fourth straight year. While Geno Auriemma and company are expected to steamroll through the AAC tournament with ease, there is always a possibility of an upset, as the Huskies have periodically squeaked past opponents by a handful of points this season, most recently against conference rival Tulane by a score of 63-60. Don’t miss a second of the excitement, which begins March 3 at 4 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena. The championship game will be played Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m.
Florida Georgia Line to Take
Center Stage at Mohegan Sun Arena
Country music’s top duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, better known as Florida Georgia Line, will roll through Mohegan Sun Arena on their Dig Their Roots tour in support of their latest no. 1 album of the same name. The Southern pair scored two chart-topping singles this past year — the sweet and sentimental ballad “H.O.L.Y.” and “May We All,” featuring country megastar Tim McGraw. Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane will open for the “Cruise” singers, who will perform March 10 and 11.
Riverdance Whirls Through New Haven for Weekend Only
Riverdance will visit New Haven’s Shubert Theater as part of the company’s 20th Anniversary World Tour. The acclaimed Irish dance production is revamped for its milestone tour, complete with new costumes, projections, and dance numbers. It is a spectacle that anyone can enjoy, no matter their background or heritage. Riverdance is at the Shubert for one weekend only, giving the first of five performances on Friday, March 3 at 8 p.m.
Amy Schumer to Bring the Laughs to Foxwoods
Amy Schumer has quickly become one of today’s most popular entertainers with a fresh eye for comedy and a commanding stage presence. The comedian, actress and writer will perform two standup shows at Foxwoods’ Grand Theater on March 3, which is sure to have audiences rolling over with laughter. Schumer first made a name for herself ten years ago when she competed on Last Comic Standing, and has appeared in shows like 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Louie before scoring her own series, Inside Amy Schumer, which is currently in its fourth season. She took over the big screen in 2015, starring in “Trainwreck” opposite Bill Hader and currently is a New York Times bestselling author for her memoir, “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo.”
Alicia Keys Performs One Night Only at Foxwoods
15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys will bring her soulful powerhouse vocals to the Grand Theater at Foxwoods on March 12. Keys is currently enjoying the success of her sixth no. 1 album, Here, and is in the midst of her second season as a vocal coach on NBC’s The Voice alongside fellow music superstars Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Gwen Stefani. The Queen of R&B is expected to wow the crowd with her massive hits “If I Ain’t Got You,” “No One,” and “Girl on Fire.” The show begins at 7 p.m.
The Palace Theater is alive
…With The Sound of Music
One of Broadway’s most beloved productions, The Sound of Music, takes the stage at Waterbury’s Palace Theater from March 7 through March 12. The timeless tale of lovable nun Maria and her influence on the von Trapp family is retold on stage by Tony Award-winning director Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, The Full Monty). Audiences of all ages will fall in love all over again with the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, which features acclaimed songs “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and the signature title song. The Sound of Music is in Waterbury for seven performances, including two matinees.
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