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Toad’s Place is the place to be this semester

Shaunna Cullen – General Assignment Reporter

New Haven has a lot to offer when it comes to the music scene. Downtown on York St. is the famous Toad’s Place. Toad’s Place offers a wide variety of musicians ranging from local artists to bigger names such as Snoop Dogg and Hatebreed.

According to Toads Place’s website, Joe Budden will be at Toads Place Thursday Nov. 15. Tickets can be bought ahead of time for $25 or at the door for $30. Doors open at 8 p.m., show begins at 9 p.m.

Joe Budden is from the rap group Slaughterhouse which includes Royce da 5’9”, Crooked I and Joell Ortiz. According to, Budden’s producer is Eminem and Slaughterhouse is signed to Shady Records.

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The group was formed in 2008 after all the men appeared in Budden’s song, “Slaughterhouse” from his Halfway House album according to The group then decided to name their group after this song.

In Slaughterhouse’s most recent album, artists Swizz Beatz and Cee-lo Green have been contributors. While the group does put out albums together, each member also has his own solo career.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are also stopping by Toad’s Place on Sunday Nov. 18, during  “The Heist” world tour. Ticket prices have not yet been posted.

According to, Macklemore is a rapper from Seattle. He met Lewis through Myspace and the pair came up with “The VS” EP in 2009. Macklemore – Ben Haggerty – has his own company, Macklemore LLC.

Macklemore and Lewis do not have a record deal but have spent the last several years recording “The Heist” by themselves according to

Macklemore and Lewis just finished their European tour and are now headed to the United States.

Chris Webby, a Connecticut native, will be performing at Toads Place Friday Nov. 3. Tickets are $22.50 in advance and $25 the day of the show.

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Webby is from Fairfield County and has released five full-length mix tapes during his career, according to His newest album was released at the end of Sept. called, “Bars on Me.”

Webby attended Hofstra University and liked to rap with people around his college. According to, eventually Webby was kicked out of school and began to record his mix tapes.

According to Webby’s official website,, “Chris Webby already has an impressive rap resume: He’s worked with heavyweights like Bun B, Mac Miller, Freeway and Joell Ortiz, and his 2011 EP “There Goes the Neighborhood” debuted atop the iTunes hip hop charts.”

On Friday Nov. 30, The Machine will be at Toad’s Place performing Pink Floyd. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show; which doors open at 8 p.m.

Coming out of New York, The Machine strives perform an “authentic Floydian experience for their fans,” according to their website

Toad’s Place has a little bit for everyone searching for some new music or to listen to a favorite artist. With most shows being under $50 this makes the venue much more affordable for college students to see artists they enjoy.

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