CHIRP 2017 Concerts, Thurs., Aug 3, 7 p.m., Ballard Park, Main St., Ridgefield: Molsky’s Mountain Drifters (Mountaindrifters.com); old-time and American Roots music. Series of free summer concerts Tues. through Labor Day and Thurs. through Sept. 1; contributions welcome at chirpct.org. Tues. Aug. 8: Big Sam’s Funky Nation. Thurs. Aug 10: Ruthie Foster.
The Great American Songbook with a Little Broadway, Thurs., Aug. 3, 7-8 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Performance by three talented high school grads – Will Comer, Ben Senneff and Caitlin Witty. Free adm. Reg. recommended at wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-6342.
Hello Summer 2017 Concert Series, presented by Norwalk Public Library with MusicToChina, library’s front lawn (indoors if rain), 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk, Thurs., 7-8:30 p.m.; concerts free and open to public. Aug. 3: Cookie Thomas. Info: Cynde Bloom Lahey, 203-899-2780, x15133, or [email protected].
Country music star Sara Evans, Thurs., Aug. 3, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Multi-platinum selling country singer and songwriter won Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Vocalist Award and claimed Country Music Association trophy for her signature song, Born To Fly. Tickets $85 at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.
Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, 50 Free Nights Under the Stars summer series, 40 Jesup Rd., Westport. Mill River Band, Aug. 3, 8 p.m. Terrapin, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. Wendy May Band & Doug Wahlberg Band, Aug. 5, 8 p.m. Sultans of String, Aug. 6, 7 p.m. Emma Charleston, Aug. 8, 7 p.m. Brady Rymer/Melissa & Doug Children’s Series, Aug. 9, 7 p.m. Lawn & concession open one hour before show-time. Info: levittpavilion.com/summer-2017.html; concert hotline: 203-221-2153.
Cabaret shows, 2017 Cabaret & Performance Conference, through Aug. 12, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Rd., Waterford. Shows start 8 p.m.; Aug. 3, Brad Simmons & Christina Bianco; Aug. 4, Tracy Stark: Shades of Beautiful; Aug. 5, Spencer Day: Angel City; Aug. 6, Peaceful Easy Feeling with Barb Jungr & John McDaniel; Aug. 8, Tom Wopat; Aug. 9, Junior Fellows; Aug. 10, Cabaret Fellows; Aug. 11, Judy Kuhn; Aug. 12, Cabaret Finale. Gen adm $40 ($60 finale), premium tickets up to $215, at theoneill.org or 860-443-5378.
Tim Currie’s Motown Band, Aug. 4, Fri., July 28, 7-10 p.m., and Sat., Aug. 5, Country Music ‘n’ Food Truck Rally, 3-10 p.m., summer series through Aug. 26, CityCenter Green, Danbury. Most concerts begin with opening act, main performance at 8. Info: citycenterdanbury.com. Next: Charles Ives Concert Series, Aug. 10. Back to the Garden 1969, Aug. 11.
Echoes of Sinatra, with brand-new show, Fri., Aug. 4, at 7:30 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Steve Kazlauskas joins forces with Jack Lynn to pay homage to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Ticket holders can enjoy complimentary Jack Daniels tasting (Sinatra’s drink of choice) in lobby before show. Tickets $35 at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.
Happy Together Tour, Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, aka The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Fri., Aug. 4, 8 p.m., Ives Concert Park on WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext. in Danbury. The Happy Together Tour with Top 40 hits, featuring performers and music of The Turtles, The Association, The Cowsills, Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, The Box Tops and The Archies. Tickets, $25-$75, at ticketfly.com. Info: ivesconcertpark.com
Summer Festival Chorus and Orchestra with Buglisi Dance Theatre, Fri., Aug. 4, 7:30-9 p.m., Faith Church, 600 Danbury Rd., New Milford. “Music of Remembrance and Peace concert honoring victims of Sandy Hook and other recent tragedies.” Special guest artists Buglisi Dance Theatre in Faure’s Requiem. Free Danbury Music Centre program. Info: danburymusiccentre.org
The High and the Mighty Brass Band, Fri., Aug. 4, 8 p.m., Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Mix of band members from New Orleans, New York City and other cities combine classic New Orleans funk and R&B with more modern Afro-Beat and Hip Hop influences. Tickets $19 at palacestamford.org or 203-325-4466.
Award-winning acoustic guitarist, Tommy Emmanuel, Sat., Aug. 5, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Emmanuel, called “the world’s best acoustic guitarist, according to Guitar Player magazine, Eric Clapton, Les Paul, Steve Vai and fans. Two-time Grammy nominee, the musician from Australia has had a career that spans five decades. His latest album, It’s Never Too Late, is 14 tracks of all original music. Tickets, $47.50, at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or box office, 203-438-5795.
Emmet Cahill, Irish tenor and principal singer with Irish music show Celtic Thunder, Sat., Aug. 5, 8 p.m., Whitneyville Cultural Commons, 1253 Whitney Ave., Hamden. On tour with debut orchestral album Emmet Cahill’s Ireland, also Broadway favorites, movie hits and folk classics. Gen adm $30; tickets at emmelcahill.com/tour-dates or at door.
Amos Lee, Sat., Aug. 5, 8 p.m., The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, N.Y. Philadelphia-born former schoolteacher has toured with Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, collaborated with Norah Jones and Lucinda Williams, and been regularly touted as “a favorite songwriter and performer” by The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum, for instance. For fifth album, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, he took different path for recording. Tickets, $40-80, at thecapitoltheatre.com or 914-937-4126.
Raissa Katona Bennett: The Way of Heart, Aug. 5, 8 p.m., MTC’s Hot Summer Nights series, MTC MainStage, 509 Westport Ave., Norwalk. “Foxy, frisky, fun with shades of Edith Piaf and Josephine Baker.” – Cabaret Scenes magazine. Celebrated cabaret performers continue Aug. 19 with James Mapes: Master Imaginator in 110-seat theater. Tickets $25-$35 at musictheatreofct.org or 203-454-3883.
Charles Ives Concert Series, free; by Danbury Music Centre: Folk Music in the Era of Ives, Sun., Aug. 6, 3-5:30 p.m., with ice cream and soft drinks or wine before concert at 4 in private home in Ridgefield; RSVP to danburymusiccentre.org for details. Enduring Traditions, Aug. 8, 7-9 p.m., Marian Anderson Recital Hall, 256 Main St., Danbury. Harmony, Aug. 10, 7-9 p.m., CityCenter Green, Ives St., Danbury. The Ives Legacy – Today’s American Music, Aug. 12, 7-9 p.m., Marian Anderson Recital Hall. Info: danburymusiccentre.org
Dixie Chicks DCX MMXVI World Tour, Mon., Aug. 7, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield. “Innovators, renegades and music superstars,” Dixie Chicks have returned to the road with their “highly anticipated, sold-out tour.” Tickets $15 at 203-438-5795 or ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Survivors Swing Band, Mon., Aug. 7, 7-8 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. Connecticut-based jazz group comprised of retirees with 13 instruments and a vocalist, re-creating music of nostalgic (1919-1954) dance band, swing era. Free and open to public. Info: stratfordlibrary.org
Summer Concerts at the Gazebo, Tues., 7 p.m., Trumbull Town Hall Gazebo: Aug. 8 – Bob Button Big Band; Aug. 15 – Nina Etc. (classic rock & roll, jazz, blues); Aug. 22 – Mia & the Riff (soul, funk, R & B, rock); Aug. 29 – Kathy Thompson Band (old and contemporary soul and R&B); Sept. 5 – The Barons (oldies); rained out concerts to be held Thurs. of week. Info: trumbull-ct.gov
August Summer Sings! with Music on the Hill, Tuesdays starting Aug. 8, 7-9 p.m., Wilton Presbyterian Church, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton. Sing a different choral classic each week with a different conductor: Bach Reformation Cantata and more with David H. Connell, Aug. 8; TBA, Aug. 15; Fauré Requiem with Fiona Smith Sutherland, Aug. 22; “Best Anthems in the World,” including Handel and Mendelssohn, with Craig Scott Symons, Aug. 29. Music provided; donations welcome. Info at musiconthehillCT.org or 203-529-3133.
Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles, flies solo at Ridgefield Playhouse, Tues., Aug. 8, 8 p.m., 80 East Ridge Rd. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member since 1998, Felder performed with Eagles for 27 years, putting mark on numerous Eagles milestone hits. Tickets ($75, meet & greet upgrade package available for $125 additional) at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.
Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series, free evenings of music on Huntington Green, Shelton; 7-9 p.m. Aug. 9 – Parrotbeach, Jimmy Buffett tribute band; Aug. 16 – Terrapin Grateful Dead; Aug. 23 – Midnight Rodeo New Country; Aug. 30 – The Barron’s Oldies. If rain, info: 203-331-4120.
Californian singer-songwriter Brett Dennen, Sat., Aug. 12, 8 p.m. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Northeast Vacationer Series tour focuses on vacation spots with natural water features like beaches, lakes, rivers, bays and oceans. Along with performance in evening, guests can join guitarist, vocalist and lyricist in daytime for some activities that combine having fun outdoors with environmental stewardship. Tickets, $35, at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or box office, 203-438-5795.
Colin Hay’s night of stories and song, Sun., Aug. 13, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Celebrated frontman of Grammy Award-winning band Men At Work and voice behind their hits Down Under, Overkill, Who Can It Be Now and many more. Tickets, $55 orchestra, $50 mezzanine, at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or box office, 203-438-5795.
Westchester Philharmonic Brass Quintet, Fri., Aug. 18, Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial, Westchester County park, Route 35 in Somers, N.Y. Classical favorites, jazz standards, popular hits and more as part of series supported by Friends group. For lawn seating, bring blankets or chairs. Food and beverages, including beer, wine, pretzels and hot dogs available for purchase. Gates open at 5 p.m., music at 7. Adm. $10 per person for all ages; $25 VIP tables available in adv. Info: LasdonPark.org If rain, visit website or call 914-864-7268 for updates.
Forever Grateful Music Festival, Fri., Aug. 18, 6 p.m., and Sat., Aug. 19, 1-10:30 p.m., Ives Concert Park on WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury. Third annual festival features tribute sets to The Allman Brothers, Bob Marley, Jerry Garcia Band, Grateful Dead and original home-grown acts. Tickets $15 Fri. only, $25 Sat. only; $55 VIP package; adv at ticketfly.com. Info: ivesconcertpark.com.
Milford Oyster Festival bands, Fri., Aug. 18, 6-10 p.m., downtown Milford. Headlining Lisman Landing Harbor Stage on Oyster Eve: DizzyFish, band lead by Eric Herbst of Milford, combining classic rock and blues, 6 p.m. Classic Stones Live, recreating the Stones in their prime, 7 p.m. Then, Sat., Aug. 19, main stage entertainment, noon-5:30 p.m.: DizzyFish, Artimus Pyle Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band; southern rock band Blackberry Smoke from Atlanta. Free adm. Info: milfordoysterfestival.com.
Music Mini-Series with Jim Clark, Norwalk saxophonist, composer and music educator, three programs on Sundays beginning 2:30 p.m. in Norwalk Public Library’s main auditorium, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Aug. 20, Songs from Classic American Films with Jim Clark Quartet, featuring actress, singer and vocal instructor Tracey Marble. Series free and open to public. Info: Cynde Bloom Lahey at 203-899-2780, x15133 or [email protected].
Trumpeter Chris Botti, Sun., Aug. 20, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. He has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum and Grammy awards. Tickets, $110, at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or box office, 203-438-5795.
Charlie Karp’s Musical Memoir, Mon., Aug. 21, 7 p.m., doors open 6:30, Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place. Karp’s musical experiences include opening for The Doors at while a Westport junior high school student; in junior year, invited to join Buddy Miles Band; recorded his first 45 at age 16, opened for Jimi Hendrix at The Forum in Los Angeles and for Three Dog Night at Cotton Bowl, recorded with Arthur Lee; got his own record contract with RCA Records as co-founder of White Chocolate with David Hull, all before age 20. He will share some stories while performing music that inspired him, playing his guitar alongside a keyboardist, bringing alive the soundtrack that shaped the years 1964 through 1972. Also, inside look at the music business. $15 donation; reservations suggested, info/reservations: 203-222-1424; westporthistory.org
Ann Wilson of Heart, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Heart songs, songs from her solo projects and songs that have influenced and inspired her throughout her life. Tickets, $90, ridgefieldplayhouse.org or box office, 203-438-5795.
Award-winning blues guitarist, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Wed., Aug. 23, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. His Lay It On Down Tour; ninth album from five-time Grammy nominee. The Peterson Brothers from Austin, Texas, kick off night. Tickets, $69.50, includes digital download code of KWS’s new album to be emailed to ticketholder, at box office, 203-438-5795 or ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Pequot Library’s Summer Music Series, includes jazz, classical, folk and ragtime performances. Proceeds from ticketed concerts support library’s free music events. Alex Beyer, classical pianist, Thurs., Aug. 24, at 7 p.m., 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. Hungrytown folk concert, library’s Great Lawn, Tues., Aug. 29, 6 p.m. Info: pequotlibrary.org or 203-259-0346.
Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Thurs., Aug. 24., 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Celebrating release of their new album, Got Soul, takes stock of Randolph’s past as church musician in N.J., “even as it pushes the band forward into new places with its upbeat, positive church/gospel/rock/bluesy vibe to it.” He has been called the “Jimi Hendrix of the pedal steel guitar.” Tickets, Gold Circle Meet & Greet $65/orchestra $55/balcony & mezzanine $45, at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.
Neal Morse Band, Fri., Aug. 25, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. L.A.-born Prog-Rocker Morse (Spock’s Beard, Flying Colors, and Transatlantic) has forged many relationships over three decades of musical accomplishments, the latest with drummer Mike Portnoy (Ex-Dream Theater, Winery Dogs, Twisted Sister, Transatlantic, Flying Colors and more). They’ve launched four bands but the one that has endured longest and with most musical output: Neal Morse Band. Tickets, $45, at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or box office, 203-438-5795.
Gavin DeGraw, singer, performer and songwriter with brand-new tour, Sat., Aug. 26, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. For first time in his career, he will be performing stripped down set, diving deep into his catalogue. Nominated for his first Grammy for We Both Know, the song he co-wrote with Colbie Calliat for the 2013 film Safe Haven; since then he has been touring around world and released fifth studio album, Something Worth Saving, last September, featuring hit single She Sets The City On Fire. Tickets ($87, VIP tour package add-on $75 additional includes exclusive tour merchandise), at 203-438-5795, or ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Gogol Bordello, Aug. 26, 8 p.m., The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, N.Y. Eugene Hutz, Ukrainian-born singer-composer founded band in NYC in 1999, recruiting bassist Thomas Gobena from Ethiopia; violinist Sergey Ryabtsev from Moscow and percussionist Pedro Erazo-Segovia from Ecuador. Tickets, $55-$135, at thecapitoltheatre.com or 914-937-4126.
Music at the Barn, monthly outdoor concert series, Sun., Aug. 27: The Chris Coogan Quartet, 5:30-7 p.m., Weston Historical Society, Coley Homestead, 104 Weston Road; no reservations required; bring lawn chair, blanket, food and beverages; if rain, concert indoors; $10 member, $15 non-member, kids free.
The Bacon Brothers return, Sun., Aug. 27, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. They’ve kept their Americana, rock, country, singer-songwriter band going, despite busy careers (the younger one, Kevin, with many stage and screen credits) and Michael (composer for film and TV). The brothers, born nine years apart, hail from Center City, Philadelphia. Kicking off night: Farewell Angelina, all-female group of four singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. Tickets, $67, at 203-438-5795 or ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Little Feat, Sat., Sept. 9, 8 p.m., The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, N.Y. Fusion of California rock, Dixie funk-boogie, plus strains of folk, blues, rockabilly, country and jazz. Tickets, $40-80, at thecapitoltheatre.com or 914-937-4126.
Danbury Concert Association, opening concert for 2017-18 season, An Afternoon at the Opera, Sun., Sept. 10, 3 p.m. Details: 203-748-2177, or danburyconcert.org.
Penny Lane Beatles tribute band, Sat., Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1734 Huntington Tpke., Trumbull; benefit concert in support of food pantries/ministries featuring The Penny Lane Band. Tickets $15 adults, $10 seniors/teens, and $5 for children under 12; adv at 203-878-7508 or [email protected], or at door. Non-perishable food donations appreciated.