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Howie Day in Concert at Levitt Pavilion
August 16 @ 7:30 pm
Howie Day will perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16 in a free outdoor concert at the Levitt Pavilion for Performing Arts in downtown Westport. Brian Jarvis will also perform before Day takes the stage.
— an announcement from the Levitt Pavilion
Howie Day’s emotionally resonant lyrics and inventive melodies have earned him both critical praise and a legion of devoted fans.
He is known for his energetic, heartfelt shows, where he connects with audiences through the strength of his songwriting and his quirky sense of humor. Day’s warm tenor voice “soars into fluttering, high registers, but also grates with real, pleading grit,” as one critic put it.
After sales of over a million records and two Top 10 hits, Day is back on the road in support of his new studio album, Lanterns.
A native of Bangor, Maine, Day began playing piano at age five and guitar at age 12. By 15, he was writing his own songs and performing across New England.
Shortly after graduating high school, Day became a fixture at college coffeehouses across the U.S. He wrote, financed and released his first effort, Australia, which was named Best Debut Album at the 2001 Boston Music Awards.
The Boston Globe called Day “gorgeously seasoned, far beyond his years” with “a brave, beautiful singing voice.”
During his relentless touring schedule, Day began experimenting with effects pedals and loop-sampling techniques as he performed, layering live percussion with vocal harmonies and guitar parts to become a veritable one-man band. He went on to sell over 30,000 copies of Australia as he navigated the independent music scene and continued to hone his craft.
After signing with Epic Records, Day released his major-label debut, Stop All The World Now, and hit the road to support it.
The constant promotion paid off: Stop was certified gold in the U.S. and spawned two Top 10 radio hits: “She Says” and the platinum single “Collide.” After three subsequent years of intense worldwide touring, Day moved to Los Angeles and returned to the studio.
His next release, Sound the Alarm, built on the emotionally complex spirit of its predecessor and delved into Day’s journey from indie wunderkind to platinum-selling artist. Its lead single, “Be There,” became a staple at modern AC radio.
After parting ways with Epic and relocating to New York City in 2010, Day released the Ceasefire EP on his own label, Daze. Over the next two years, as a re-energized Day toured North America, Australia and Asia, new songs began to emerge and evolve. His fourth full-length album, Lanterns, was recorded in Boston with producer and longtime friend Mike Denneen.
Awash with a warm musicality and unique instrumentation, the album also features guest vocals from Aimee Mann. Lanterns was released in April 2015.
Opening Act: Brian Jarvis
New England singer/songwriter Brian Jarvis entices listeners with a captivating honesty and a voice drawing comparisons to David Gray and Matt Nathanson. For the past 6 years Jarvis has been on the road touring the country supporting several well-known acts within the Singer-Songwriter genre.
2019 marks the triumphant return with his first new EP “Anyone at All”. The 5 song EP features collaborations with some of Connecticut’s finest including the song “I’m Your Man” which was co-written with Stephen Kellogg.
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.
Here’s a note from the Levitt describing some of their rules:
—The lawn and the ice cream concession are open to the public one hour before show-time.
—Facility is closed to public during load-in and sound-check.
—Picnics are welcome.
—The Levitt Pavilion and its perimeter is a non-smoking area.
—Pets are not allowed.
In case of inclement weather, check the Levitt website or call our concert hotline (203-221-2153) at or after 4:30 p.m. on the day of the show for a location status update. While we have a nearby rain location for free shows, we always do our best to stay outside shower or shine!