by Mike Chaiken, The Bristol Observer

On any given weekend across America, music fans will likely find a tribute band taking over the local nightclub. And on many theater stages across the country, groups playing note for note renditions of Pink Floyd, Queen, Led Zeppelin, and ABBA also will step through the curtain.

There is a definite financial dimension to the proliferation of tribute bands. For theaters and clubs, tribute bands put fannies in the seats. And for musicians, tribute bands mean a steady paycheck.

Foxwoods Resort Casino is paying tribute to tribute bands all of this summer on Thursday nights at the Atrium.

The Palace Theater in Waterbury is taking the tribute route in the fall with Almost Queen on Oct. 11 and The Machine Performs Pink Floyd on Nov. 9.

Southington’s Crystal Bees continues to serve a prime location area fans looking to catch tribute bands from throughout the Northeast.