CHIRP 2017 Concerts, Thurs., Aug 10: Ruthie Foster, 7 p.m., Ballard Park, Main St., Ridgefield: Blending of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel, Foster (RuthieFoster.com) has been nominated for Best Blues Album Grammy three times in row. Series of free summer concerts Tues. through Labor Day and Thurs. through Sept. 1; contributions welcome at chirpct.org. Next: Tues., Aug. 15, Dustbowl Revival (DustbowlRevival.com), awarded best live band in L.A., with tuba, washboard, accordion, fiddle, mandolin, trumpet and guitar playing early 20th century standards and original tunes. Thurs., Aug. 17, Canadian David Myles (davidmyles.com) “sounds like a cross between James Taylor and Michael Buble.” (Elmore Magazine); rock to jazz, Latin music and hip-hop to country croons; Juno Award winner.
Folk Music in the Era of Ives, Harmony, Aug. 10, 7-9 p.m., CityCenter Green, Ives St., Danbury. free. The Ives Legacy – Today’s American Music, Aug. 12, 7-9 p.m., Marian Anderson Recital Hall. Info: danburymusiccentre.org
Summer Series Concerts on the Green, Back to the Garden 1969, Aug. 11; Bonjourney, Bon Jovi and Journey music celebration, Aug. 18; British Invasion Tribute, Aug. 25; CityCenter Green, Danbury. Most concerts begin with opening act, main performance at 8. Info: citycenterdanbury.com.
Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, 50 Free Nights Under the Stars summer series, 40 Jesup Rd., Westport. Matuto, Aug. 10, 8 p.m. Jesse Terry, Aug. 11, 8 p.m. Aug.12, 8 p.m., pending. P.J. Pacifico, Eric Donnelly & Ian Tait of Alternate Roots, Aug. 13, 7 p.m. Fairfield Counts, Aug. 15, 7 p.m. Steve Love/Melissa & Doug Children’s Series, Aug. 16, 7 p.m. Anthem Reggae, Aug. 17, 8 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. 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.
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.
Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz Series, Aug. 14, free concerts at Performance Pavilion, Bushnell Park, 15 Trinity St., Hartford. Opening act Allen Lowe, 6 p.m., headliner Darius Jones, 8 p.m. Saxophonist-composer Mike Casey, guitarist Tony Davis, WCSU music education major and vocalist Samantha Feliciano of Stratford, and saxophonist GB Snead: finalists in Hartford Jazz Society’s first Emerging Jazz Artist Showcase. Winner to be announced at concert. Videos, bios and voting at hartfordjazzsociety.org.
Summer Concerts at the Gazebo, Tues., 7 p.m., Trumbull Town Hall Gazebo: Aug. 15 – Nina Et Cetera (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, Tues. sessions, 7-9 p.m., Wilton Presbyterian Church, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton. Sing a different choral classic each week with a different conductor: 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.
Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series, free evenings of music on Huntington Green, Shelton; 7-9 p.m. Aug. 16 – Terrapin Grateful Dead; Aug. 23 – Midnight Rodeo New Country; Aug. 30 – The Barron’s Oldies. If rain, info: 203-331-4120.
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, Tues., 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 ticket holder, 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.
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 ( younger one, Kevin, with many stage and screen credits) and Michael (composer for film and TV). Born nine years apart, they 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.
Hot & Cool Jazz: Tamir Hendelman Trio, Sun., Sept. 10, 4-5:30 p.m., Wilton Library’s Brubeck Room, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Award-winning jazz pianist reached #1 on jazz charts with his Destinations album. Suggested $10 donation. Adv reg recommended at wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950.
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.
Wednesday Morning Concert, 11 a.m., Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah, N.Y. Andrew Tyson, piano, Sept. 13. Alice Yoo, cello; Andrew Hsu, piano, Sept. 20. Concert only $25; concert, tour & lunch $56 at caramoor.org. Info: 914-232-5035.
Eddie Barbash Band, Wed., Sept. 13, 6 p.m., [email protected] concert, Katonah Museum of Art, Rte. 22/134 Jay St., Katonah, N.Y. American roots music. Tickets start at $15, at caramoor.org or 914-232-5035. KMA info: 914-232-9555, katonahmuseum.org
Father John Misty, Thurs., Sept. 14, 8 p.m., The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, N.Y. Father John aka Josh Tillman’s live performances have been described as “intimately berzerk”; on tour with Pure Comedy album, follow up to acclaimed I Love You, Honeybear. Tickets, $45-70, at thecapitoltheatre.com or 914-937-4126.
Greater Bridgeport Symphony, 72nd season of five concerts with Revolutions and Revelations theme, opening concert, Sat., Sept. 16, 8 p.m., The Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. Conductor Eric Jacobsen returns for fourth season with Music Lovers of the World Unite; Mikhail Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture, Arvo Part’s Fratres, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini to be performed by pianist Alexander Beyer. Pre-concert talk series at 7. Tickets $15-$59, subscription/family discounts, at 203-576-0263, and theklein.org or 800-424-0160.
Paquito D’Rivera Quintet, in JazzFest, Sat., Sept. 16, 8 p.m., White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, White Plains, N.Y. Cuban-American clarinetist and saxophonist, composer, 14-time Grammy winner in both jazz and classical categories. Tickets at wppac.com, 914-328-1600.
Bernstein and Friends concert, presented by New Rochelle Opera, Sun., Sept. 17, 3 p.m., Christopher Murphy Auditorium, Iona College, 715 North Ave., New Rochelle, N.Y. Selections by Bernstein and contemporaries in celebration of 60th anniversary of West Side Story, sung by NRO artists Kelli Butler, soprano, Edith Dowd, mezzo-soprano, Tom Mulder, tenor, and Wayne Hu, baritone, with guest appearance by Miguel Acevedo, baritone; accompanied by Georgianna Pappas and narrated by company co-founder and artistic director Camille Coppola. Tickets $25 gen adm, $20 seniors, $15 students, at nropera.org or 1-800-838-3006, x1. Info: 914-576-1617.
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.