Sufjan Stevens + Cold Specks: 12 April 2015 – Hartford, CT (Photos)

Sufjan Stevens' Carrie and Lowell tour presents some of his most personal stories in a special, intimate performance.

PopMatters writer Jordan Blum caught one of the first stops (in Philadelphia) of Sufjan Stevens tour in support of his 2015 release Carrie and Lowell and covered it for this site. The review from Philadelphia is up here, but we also caught Stevens and opener Cold Specks (supporting her new album Neuroplasticity in Hartford, his first performance in Connecticut, for the fourth night of his tour. Blum wrote, “Not only does his catalog contain some of the most personal, unique, varied, and overall magnificent music of the last 20 years, but the visual accompaniments within the live setting elevate the performance into grippingly tender yet colorful art.”, which should encourage you to go out and catch Stevens while you can. His upcoming tour dates, photos and a couple illicit videos from Hartford are below.

Cold Specks:

Sufjan Stevens:

Sufjan Stevens setlist:


Death with Dignity

Should Have Known Better

Drawn to the Blood

All of Me Wants All of You


John My Beloved

The Only Thing

Fourth of July

No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross

Carrie & Lowell

The Owl and the Tanager

For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti

The Dress Looks Nice on You

To Be Alone with You

Blue Bucket of Gold

[encore break]

Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois

John Wayne Gacy, Jr.


Sufjan Stevens tour dates:

April 21 Kansas City, MO Midland Theater

April 22 Minneapolis, MN Northrop Auditorium

April 23 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater

April 24 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre

April 25 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre

April 27 Detroit, MI Masonic Temple

April 28 Grand Rapids, MI Covenant Fine Arts Center

April 29 Toronto, ON Massey Hall

April 30 Montreal, QC Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier / Place Des Artes

May 1 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre

May 2 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre

May 4 Boston, MACiti Performing Arts Center – Wang Theatre

May 5 Washington, D.C. DAR Constitution Hall

May 6 Richmond, VA Altria Theater

May 7 Durham, NCDurham Performing Arts Center

May 9 New Orleans, LASaenger Theatre

May 10 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre

May 11 Houston, TX Jones Hall for the Performing Arts

May 12 Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall

May 13 Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall

June 2 San Diego, CA Copley Symphony Hall

June 3 Los Angeles, CADorothy Chandler Pavilion

June 4 Los Angeles, CADorothy Chandler Pavilion

June 5 Oakland, CA Fox Theater

June 6 Oakland, CA Fox Theater

June 8 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

June 9 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre

June 10 Seattle, WA The Paramount Theatre

June 11 Seattle, WA The Paramount Theatre

July 17-18 Eaux Claires Festival Eau Claire, WI


CT-based booking and promotions company Manic Productions brought their home state the gift of Stevens performance. They are also involved in the booking of the newly restored New Haven Palace Theatre (now dubbed College Street Music Hall, where Polaris, The Decemberists, Reel Big Fish, Neon Trees and more will perform before the end of summer.