Richard "Cookie" Thomas

Jazz Vocalist Cookie Thomas Performs at 5 PM Sunday, Aug 18 at Bartlett Arboretum

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Richard “Cookie” Thomas performs outdoors Sunday, Aug.18 at the Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford. — an announcement from Bartlett Arboretum

A versatile jazz vocalist in Stamford and an undiscovered treasure, Richard “Cookie” Thomas’ career began in Philadelphia in 1960 when he had the opportunity, at fourteen, to open for B.B. King. Richard’s voice is especially suited to well-known classic standards. Richard draws his inspiration from the likes of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Johnny Hartman. What to Know Before You Go
The concert will take place on the Great Lawn or in the Silver Educational Center if there’s rain.

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Cha Wa Performs Free Outdoor Concert at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion on Saturday, Aug 17

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Cha Wa will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 in a free outdoor concert at the Levitt Pavilion for Performing Arts in downtown Westport. — an announcement from the Levitt Pavilion

New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit Cha Wa radiates the energy of the city’s street culture. Their Grammy-nominated album “Spyboy” (a nod to frontman J’Wan Boudreaux’s role in the Golden Eagles) is a modern mix of fiery, toe-tapping sounds. Popmatters describes the band as “a grand gumbo of singing, intoxicating rhythms, and deep funk grooves that are impossible to resist.”

About Levitt Pavilion’s Concerts
The Levitt Pavilion offers about 50 outdoor concerts each summer at its outdoor venue along the Saugatuck River in downtown Westport.

Dennis DeYoung

Dennis DeYoung Performs the Music of Styx Thursday Night at the Levitt Pavilion

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Dennis DeYoung will perform at 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15 in an outdoor concert at the Levitt Pavilion for Performing Arts in downtown Westport. The Levitt is charging $50 and $55 for tickets to this concert, and more for the “premium” section (where a chair is provided). The concert is a benefit for the organization: Money raised will help pay for the Levitt’s free concerts. — an announcement from the Levitt Pavilion

In addition to being one of the original members of Styx, and having a very long run with the band, DeYoung is a singer, songwriter, keyboardist, composer and record producer with a career spanning over 40 years.

Sugar Bear Returns to Darien Summer Nights Concert Series This Friday, Aug 16

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This Friday, Darien Summer Nights welcomes back, for its third year, Henry Jones and his band, Sugar Bear on Friday, Aug. 16

The free, outdoor concert at Grove Street Plaza runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

— an announcement from Darien Summer Nights

Henry, who was formerly lead singer of “The David Henry Project”, started his own band in 2015. Sugar Bear is a seven-piece band that performs unique renditions of classic Rhythm & Blues, Classic Rock, Soul, Reggae, Country and contemporary songs. They have wowed the audiences each year with incredible performances and have quickly become a fan favorite. Darien Summer Nights is thrilled to have Sugar Bear back to Grove Street Plaza for what is sure to be a great concert.

The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band

The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band Performs Tuesday at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport

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The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band will perform at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6 in a free outdoor concert at the Levitt Pavilion for Performing Arts in downtown Westport. — an announcement from the Levitt Pavilion

Phil Rosenthal is a nationally renowned singer, songwriter, recording artist and record producer. For many years the lead singer and guitarist in the popular bluegrass group The Seldom Scene, he is also highly respected for his instrumental skills on banjo and mandolin. A native of Guilford, Phil began his professional career in the 1970s as mandolin player and singer in the New England-based bluegrass bands Apple Country and Old Dog.

Harry Bergin With the Mods and Rockers Perform Darien Summer Nights Concert Friday

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This Friday August 2, Darien Summer Nights welcomes back Harry Bergen’s Mods & Rockers on Friday, Aug. 2. — an announcement from Darien Summer Nights

Harry and his band have been playing the best of the 60s music to adoring fans at Grove Street Plaza for years. This summer, Harry will be joined with band members from The Sun Kings, a local Beatles tribute band. Together they are sure to rock the plaza with your favorites from the 60’s including the Beatle’s greatest hits.

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Billy and the Showmen in Concert Saturday at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport

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Billy & the Showmen will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 in an outdoor concert at the Levitt Pavilion for Performing Arts in downtown Westport. — an announcement from the Levitt Pavilion

Established more than 50 years ago by band leader Billy Frenz, Billy & the Showmen has earned their reputation as one of Connecticut’s most enduring Rhythm & Blues bands. Billy & the Showmen deliver hard-driving R&B, Soul, and Funk from the ’60s and ’70s! The band’s repertoire includes the best of James Brown, Rick James, Percy Sledge, the Ohio Players, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett, Junior Welles, King Floyd, Average White Band, Tower of Power, Buddy Miles, Kool & the Gang, and Otis Redding.

Pedro Giraudo

Pedro Giraudo Septet Performs Tango Friday Night at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport

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The Pedro Giraudo Septet will perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2 in an outdoor concert at the Levitt Pavilion for Performing Arts in downtown Westport. Friday night’s performance will also feature a vocalist, live Tango performance — and a dance lesson before the show! — an announcement from the Levitt Pavilion

Grammy Award winner Pedro Giraudo has been a prominent figure on the tango scene for well over a decade, performing with the most important interpreters of tango in the United States, and attracting his own following among both tango dancers and music lovers. In 2015, Pedro officially launched a number of his own tango projects, the first of which was his full Pedro Giraudo Tango Orchestra, which debuted at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing.

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Pete Francis and Friends Perform Outdoors Saturday Night at Levitt Pavilion

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Pete Francis & Friends will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 27 in a free outdoor concert at the Levitt Pavilion for Performing Arts in downtown Westport. — an announcement from the Levitt Pavilion

Pete Francis is a songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. In 1995, he founded the band DISPATCH, who became the first ever independent band to sell out Madison Square Garden. They went on to tour through other major venues across the country, including Red Rocks, TD Garden, and The Greek Theaters in both San Francisco and LA. Over the course of their career, they have also brought their live show to audiences in Europe and Australia.

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The Cutouts Play at Bartlett Arboretum, 5 to 7 PM, Sunday, July 21

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The Cutouts rock band will perform outdoors from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, July 21 at the Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford. — an announcement from Bartlett Arboretum
The Cutouts is a classic rock quartet based in Connecticut with four decades of entertaining throughout the greater New England/NY-metro area. They performed live with legendary singer/guitarist Jose Feliciano in 2001, and with the NVCC Jazzcat Combo and opened for renowned vocalist, Tony Bennett, at the 2004 Waterbury Palace gala concert. The concerts take place on the Great Lawn or in the Silver Educational Center if there’s rain. Bring chairs, a blanket and a picnic dinner.

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Tribute Band ‘Best of the Eagles’ Performs Thursday, July 25 at Wall St Theater in Norwalk

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Eagles tribute ban Best of the Eagles will perform Thursday, July 25 at the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk. — an announcement from the Wall Street Theater

Tickets ($15 to $45) are on sale. Doors open at 7 p.m. The concert starts at 8 at the Wall Street Theater, 71 Wall St. in Norwalk. Best of the Eagles (BOTE) was established in 2012 by guitarist/vocalist Joe Vadala and a group of professional New Jersey musicians who individually have an auspicious pedigree, are passionate about their love of the Eagles music and who have all worked with numerous national touring artists.

Gunsmoke 2019

Darien’s Homegrown Gunsmoke Band Playing Friday Night, July 19 in Darien Summer Nights Concert

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This Friday July 19, the town of Darien is in for a very special treat. A homegrown band, Gunsmoke, is set to hit Grove Street Plaza at 6 p.m. for the latest concert in the Darien Summer Nights concert series. — an announcement from the Darien Summer Nights organizers

Gunsmoke has been playing for many different audiences for over 25 years, including two sitting Ppresidents of the United States and the world famous Ernest Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree in Nashville, following the Grand Ole Opry. With six recorded albums under their belt, Gunsmoke was inducted into the Connecticut Country Music Hall of Fame, and was elected band of the year six years in a row by the New York Metro Country Music Association. The band was founded on family values as it was created by Nick DeMaio Jr. and his younger brother Jeff.

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes Wednesday Nite Live 2019

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes STILL SCHEDULED to Perform Outdoors Wednesday Night in Stamford

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Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will perform outdoors in the latest concert of the Wednesday Nite Live series at Columbus Park in Downtown Stamford. Jake Kulak & the LowDown also will be on stage. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m., gates open at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 17 in Columbus Park. UPDATE 5:08 p.m., Wednesday: Despite the possibility of rain, the organizers said on Wednesday that the show is still planned for Columbus park: “Tonight’s show featuring Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes will be held outside in Columbus Park.” UPDATE 5:25 p.m., Wednesday: The Stamford Downtown Special Services District again said the venue hasn’t changed.

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STILL SCHEDULED, STILL OUTDOORS: Josh Lovelace and Band Play Children’s Concert at Levitt Pavilion

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Josh Lovelace and his band will play an outdoor children’s concert starting at 7 p.m., Wednesday at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport. Update, Wednesday, 5:32 p.m. — The Levitt Pavilion still plans to host the concert outdoors, despite forecasted rain. — an announcement from the Levitt Pavilion

Josh Lovelace, a Knoxville, Tennessee native and member of the Grammy-nominated rock band NEEDTOBREATHE, has been making music his entire life. His grandparents loved folk songs, especially Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, both of whom wrote songs for children. Lovelace shared that love of folk music and as a young kid, would sing songs and put on shows for his family and friends.

98 Degrees Alive@Five

98 Degrees Performs Thursday, July 18 in Alive@Five Concert

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98 Degrees will perform in the first Alive@Five outdoor concert in Downtown Stamford, with Ryan Clark also on stage. The concert begins at 5 p.m., gates open at 4:30, Thursday, July 18. The  pop and contemporary R&B vocal group consists of four vocalists: brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, along with Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons. Here’s a medley of the band’s music, from the 98 Degrees website:

Alive@Five is a five week outdoor summer concert series featuring  live music from national and regional headliners.  21+ only. 
Also on Stage: Ryan Clark
Ryan Clark is an original Nashville recording artist who is quickly making a name for himself in the music industry.