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B.B. King Blues Fest coming to Ives Concert Park this weekend

Great shows are coming to Connecticut including the B B King Blues Fest at the Ives Concert Park on 8/23. The following information is presented courtesy of The Ridgefield Playhouse.

Great shows are coming to Connecticut including the B B King Blues Fest at the Ives Concert Park on 8/23. The following information is presented courtesy of The Ridgefield Playhouse.

Hot Tuna & Little Feat presented by The Ridgefield Playhouse and Premier concerts at the Warner Theatre

August 21 at 7:30 pm

They’ve performed here individually to sold out crowds now see these two great bands together on stage at The Warner Theater in nearby Torrington, CT. Tickets are still available for Playhouse members to get priority seating for this event.


The Warner Theatre is located at 68 Main Street, Torrington, CT 06790 Box Office phone number: 860-489-7180

Orchestra: $76.00 / Mezzanine $51.00

Jim Brickman

Sponsored by Fry’s Westport Fairfield Piano & Organ

Saturday, August 22 at 8pm

Jim Brickman has revolutionized the sound of solo piano with his pop- style instrumentals and star studded vocal collaborations. His signature style of playing and songwriting has also brought him six Gold and Platinum selling albums, 26 charted adult radio hits, a Grammy nod in 2003, Two SESAC “Songwriter of the Year” awards, a Canadian Country Music Award and a Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association. Jim’s best-known compositions include the chart- toppers “Valentine,” “The Gift,” “Love of My Life,” “Simple Things” and “Peace.” In November 2005, he held the top three spots on Billboard’s New Age chart for his albums The Disney Songbook, Grace and Greatest Hits. VIP Party Pass -which includes a pre- show cocktail party, open bar, priority parking, VIP seating and meet and greet with the artist

Ticket Price:

All seats: $65.00

A great day of blues with BB King and special guests Marcia Ball, John Lee Hooker Jr., The Christopher Robin Band & Eran Troy Danner at the Ives Concert Park

Sunday, August 23rd

Presented by The Ridgefield Playhouse, Premier

Concerts & Kirschner Concerts

Blues great B.B.King returns to the beautiful Ives Concert Park. This year’s Blues Fest also includes

  • Marcia Ball
  • John Lee Hooker Jr.
  • The Christopher Robin Band
  • & Eran Troy Danner

The Ives Concert Park is located on the campus of Western Connecticut State University.

The gates will open at 3:00pm and the music begins at 4:00pm.

Tickets are available through the Ridgefield Playhouse Box Office at (203) 438-5795. Ridgefield Playhouse members are able to purchase priority seating for this event!

There are four levels of ticket prices:

$85.00, $55.00 ,$35.00, and general admission (lawn seating)$25.00

2 for 1 lawn seats are available when purchased in advance from the Playhouse box office.

Boz Scaggs

The Playhouse Gala!

With Special Guest Alexis Babini

September 13: dinner by the bite begins under the tent at 5:30pm- includes a silent auction and meet and greet for VIP ticket holders. Followed by a performance.

Boz Scaggs, owner of one of the most distinctive voices in popular music is probably best known for his 1976 album ‘Silk Degrees’, which was one of the landmark pop titles of the decade. The multi- dimensional singer recorded that album which spawned several hit singles (“Lowdown,” “Lido Shuffle,” “ Georgia ,” “We’re All Alone” and “It’s Over”), reached number 2 on the Billboard album chart, and eventually sold over 4 million copies. That album also brought Scaggs a Grammy award: “Lowdown,” and was voted Best R&B song. Scaggs wenton to release ‘Middle Man’ in 1980; it became his third consecutive platinum-selling title. Scaggs resurfaced in 1988 with ‘Other Roads,’ which contains the top 40 hit “Heart of Mine.” His current album ‘Speak Low’ recorded in four days with the musicians playing live together in the same room. ‘Speak Low’ oozes the spontaneous essence of torch song. It’s romantic singing done casual and breezy.

IN ADDITION TO INDIVIDUAL TICKETS ($250 for VIP, $175 for Gala and $125 show only), TABLES OF 10 ARE AVAILABLE- Which includes a table inside the tent with you or your company’s name, 10 VIP tickets which include a meet and greet and priority seating, a priority parking pass and ad in the events program book for the evening. Email Allison Stockel at if you are interested.

Gaelic Storm

Special Guest: Gray’s School of Irish Dance

Sunday, September 20 at 8pm

It has now been more than a decade since Gaelic Storm was catapulted out of their formative pub haunts by an appearance in the blockbuster film Titanic, where they were cast as the “party band” in the steerage scene. Gaelic Storm’s compelling originals and fresh arrangements steeped in Celtic traditional melody combined with their unique blend of world rhythms continue to broaden the musical horizons of the Celtic music genre creating new standards for generations to come. Gaelic Storm released their 7th album What’s the Rumpus? (Lost Again Records) in July 2008 with a stellar debut at #1 on the Billboard World Album Chart, #1 on the iTunes World Album Chart and #5 on the Billboard Internet Album Chart. Inspired by the music that drives their loyal fan base, What’s the Rumpus? is a wild party of an album, full of colorful characters and outrageous stories, flavored with Gaelic Storm’s signature acoustic sound that gets you dancing and never lets you go.

$65.00 Gold Circle ; $50.00 all seats; $45.00 Student tickets

Dave Mason

Thursday, September 24 at 8pm

Part of the Doyle Coffin Architecture Singer/Songwriter Series

An VIP Party Pass is available for this show- which includes a pre- show cocktail party, open bar, priority parking, VIP seating and meet and greet with the artist when available! Call the Box Office for more information.

One of the most critically acclaimed musicians to date and a co-founder of rock super-group Traffic, singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Mason has finalized his most personal effort in years with the release of his solo album, 26 Letters ~ 12 Notes. The album has been six years in the making and was self- produced by Mason and recorded in his California home studio. A soulful blend of Mason’s rock and blues influences, the album contains 12 tracks all of which feature Mason’s singing and guitar handiwork.

In his long career, Mason has played and recorded with many of the era’s most notable musicians, including Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Fleetwood Mac and Mama Cass Elliot. Mason’s best known song is “Feelin’ Alright?”, recorded by Traffic in 1968. In 1977, Mason had his biggest hit with “We Just Disagree”, reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Mason is a proponent of music education for children. In 2005, he signed on as an official supporter of Little Kids Rock, a non- profit organization that provides free musical instruments and lessons to children in public schools throughout the U.S. He sits on the organization’s board of directors as an honorary member. He is also involved in the program Work Vessels for Veterans, which provides veterans transitioning to civilian work with tools that have ranged from computers to boats to tractors.

$50.00 all seats

Branford Marsalis

“An Evening of Wine & Jazz” with wines from Melange Fine Wines and Spirits and food from Ancona’s Market

Friday, September 25th at 8pm

Part of the Danbury Audi Jazz Series

Join us in the lobby before the show for a Wine Tasting with Melange Fine Wines & Spirits and hors d’oeuvres from Ancona’s from 7:00pm- 8:00pm.

World-renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis, a New Orleans native, has always been a man of numerous musical interests. The three-time Grammy winner has continued to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist, a composer, and the head of Marsalis Music, the label he founded in 2002 that has allowed him to produce both his own projects and those of the jazz world’s most promising new and established artists. Known for his innovative spirit and broad musical scope, Branford is equally at home on the stages of the world’s greatest clubs and concert halls, where he has performed jazz with his Quartet, one of the leading small ensembles of the past two decades. Branford’s diverse interests are also reflected in his other activities. He spent two years touring and recording with Sting, and was the musical director of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for two years in the 1990s. He has collaborated with the Grateful Dead and Bruce Hornsby, acted in films including Throw Mama from the Train and School Daze, provided music for Mo’ Better Blues and other films and hosted National Public Radio’s syndicated program Jazz Set. Whether on the stage, in the recording studio, in the classroom or in the community, Branford Marsalis represents a commitment to musical excellence and a determination to keep music at the forefront.

Media Sponsor: Y105 – The Best Music Mix!

$80.00 all seats

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Sean Henri

Sean is the founder and editor of The Connecticut Weekender, and CEO and Founder of Pepperland Marketing. He's a lifelong CT resident and frequently blogs about the outdoors, beer, food, family life and small business in CT. Follow him on Twitter at @SeanHenri.

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