Connecticut Choral Festival Coming to Greenwich on Saturday, Oct 19

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The First Congregational Church in Greenwich will be hosting the Connecticut Choral Festival concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 19 with a day-long rehearsal, meal, and evening concert. — This article was originally published by GreenwichFreePress.com

The guest conductor will be Tom Trenney, minister of music at First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. This festival is also sponsored by the United Church of Church Musicians Association and the Fairfield-West Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Tom Trenney shares his passion as pastoral musician, composer, and teacher in worship with his home congregation, First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, in the college classroom, and in performances, hymn festivals, choral, and organ workshops and master classes all around the country. Dr. Craig Scott Symons, Minister of Music at First Congregational Church of Greenwich says that, so far, there are singers attending the festival from West Hartford, Guilford, Stamford, and Greenwich.

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Classical and Contemporary Guitar Concert at Darien Library, 5 PM, Sunday

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John Lehmann-Haupt. will perform a mix of classical works and his own arrangements of popular and traditional songs, including works by Bach, Jobim, Albeniz, Stevie Wonder, and James Taylor, as Darien Library’s Music in the Stacks series returns for a fall performance, Sunday, Sept. 29. You’re invited to the performance from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Community Room. John Lehmann-Haupt, a New York-based guitarist, draws on the wide range of music he has explored over the years, from folk songs and blues, through popular standards new and old, and on to the varied expanses of the classical realm.

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Darien-Made, Paris-Themed: You Can Savor Art, Music and Food in ‘Artists at Grove Street Plaza’ Art Show, Sept 21

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The fifth annual Artists at Grove Street Plaza open-air art show will feature top local painters, photographers and ceramicists, with live chamber music and five food vendors as part of a Paris-style exhibit produced with Darien talent. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday Sept. 21 (the rain date is the following Saturday, Sept. 28.)

— This article is adapted from an announcement from Artists at Grove Street Plaza, with further information from the group’s website. Artists at Grove Street Plaza will feature framed canvases, prints, photographs and ceramics.

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Exit Ramp Band Performs Friday Night at Grove Street Plaza

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Exit Ramp Band performs contemporary rock and “neo-soul” outdoors Friday night, Sept. 6 at Grove Street Plaza as part of the Darien Summer Nights concert series. — an announcement from Darien Summer Nights

Formed in 2017 for special event performances, Exit Ramp Band features some of the best musicians in the area who’ve played individually and together for decades and in multiple bands: Frank Barrese (guitar), Luis Cotto (vocals), Paula Gallo (vocals), John Lamb (keyboard), Richard Colligan, who grew up in Darien playing “Battle of the Bands at the Barn” (percussion). They have a playlist of contemporary rock and neo-soul, clean and powerfully delivered, including: Maroon5, Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse, Ed Sheeran, Billy Joel, Kings of Leon among others you know well and dance to. (The forecast says it will be cool, in the low 60s, and there’s a chance — 30 to 40% — of rain.

Blues and Views Festival in Westport on Saturday and Sunday, Aug 31 and Sept 1

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The Blues & Views Festival returns to Westport with two days of sensational music, soulful sounds, tantalizing tastes and a swingin’ street party vibe along the banks of the Saugatuck River. — information from the Blues & Views Festival announcement and website, where you’ll find directions, links to ticket sales and other information about the annual festival. Once again, the Blues & Views Festival will feature an awesome variety of powerhouse artists, from established acts to breakout bands. A Fairfield County tradition since  2008, the festival will feature an awesome variety of established bands and soon-to-be-famous acts on the way up. FOOD
Food trucks and vendors include Bobby Q’s Cue & Co, Melt Mobile, Rory’s, The Mac Factor, Trolley Dogs, Greek Style Grill and the Westport Library Cafe.

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Wingmen Play This Friday at Darien Summer Nights Concert

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This Friday Aug. 30, start the holiday weekend at Darien Summer Nights: We welcome back to Grove Street Plaza a local favorite, Wingmen. — an announcement from Darien Summer Nights

The Wingmen are one of Darien’s hometown bands — Robert McMullan, Tom Travaglini, Charlie Howe, John Markham, Ray Bartone and Larry LeHan. They are six Darien dads holding on tightly to their day jobs but who occasionally rock the place at local bars and private parties in town. Their 60s-80s rock and pop tunes mixed with an improvisational style are sure to entertain and get you moving.

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Busker Performs Downtown Friday Night in Latest Darien Summer Nights Concert

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Busker performs Friday, Aug. 23 at Grove Street Plaza as part of the Darien Summer Nights concert series. — an announcement from Darien Summer Nights

Busker’s origin dates back to the mid ’90s when Paul Dubanowitz, Kevin Bannerton and Paul Kezmarsky were part of The Blue Route. During those years, they shared the stage with such artists as Mike Peters (The Alarm), Simon Townshend, Cold Water Flat and G.E Smith (Saturday Night Live). They returned to stage after a short hiatus and renamed, Busker and adding new members Kevin McGuire and Chris Telep to the band.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.