CHIRP 2017 Concerts, Thurs., Aug. 17, Canadian David Myles (davidmyles.com), 7 p.m., Ballard Park, Main St., Ridgefield. He “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. Series of free summer concerts Tues. through Labor Day and Thurs. through Sept. 1; contributions welcome at chirpct.org. Tues., Aug. 22: Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys. Thurs., Aug. 24: Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers.
Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, 50 Free Nights Under the Stars summer series, 40 Jesup Rd., Westport. Anthem Reggae, Aug. 17, 8 p.m. Paula Boggs Band, Aug. 18, 8 p.m. Peterson Brothers Band, Aug. 19, 8 p.m. Arthur Lipner & Brasilian Vibes, Aug. 20, 7 p.m. Treehouse Comedy Club III, Aug. 22, 7 p.m. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo/Melissa & Doug Children’s Series, Aug. 23, 7 p.m. Evening with John Fogerty benefit concert, Aug. 24, 8 p.m. (tickets at web.ovationtix.com). Lawn & concession open one hour before show-time. Info: levittpavilion.com/summer-2017.html; concert hotline: 203-221-2153.
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.
Summer Series Concerts on the Green, 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.
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
Summer Concerts at the Gazebo, Tues., 7 p.m., Trumbull Town Hall Gazebo: 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: 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.
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.
Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series, free evenings of music on Huntington Green, Shelton; 7-9 p.m. Aug. 23 – Midnight Rodeo New Country; Aug. 30 – The Barron’s Oldies. If rain, info: 203-331-4120.
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.
Ben Harper & The Criminals, Wed., Aug. 23, 8 p.m., The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, N.Y. Tracing roots back to 1993, Innocent Criminals (percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates and guitarist Michael Ward) have had “explosive live performances and a succession of acclaimed studio albums.” Tickets, $55-$80 at thecapitoltheatre.com or 914-937-4126.
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.
John Butler Trio, Thurs., Aug. 24, 8 p.m., The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, N.Y. Australian recording artist on new album Flesh & Blood: “I wanted the songs to be a lot more guttural and fleshier.” Tickets, $36.50-$60 at thecapitoltheatre.com or 914-937-4126.
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, song he co-wrote with Colbie Calliat for 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.
Danbury Brass Band’s outdoor concert, Sun., Sept. 3, 3 p.m., Richter House grounds, 100 Aunt Hack Rd., Danbury. Under direction of Alan Raph, band has been part of Labor Day celebration for many years; bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic; free will donation accepted. If rain, concert inside Richter House. Info: 203-798-6319.
Charlie Daniels Band, Fri., Sept. 8, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Latest release, Off the Grid, features 10 Bob Dylan songs by CDB. Kicking off night: Scooter Brown Band. Tickets $95 at 203-438-5795 or ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Stephen Kellogg, with special guest James Maddock, Sat., Sept. 9, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Connecticut native Kellogg’s “Americana-tinged, sometimes folk, often rock, occasionally pop stylings are performed with the unassuming manner and self-deprecating humor.” Maddock considers newest album The Green to be the most eclectic, exhilaratingly soulful, and imaginatively produced album in his career. Kicking off night: Emily Hearn. Tickets $40 at 203-438-5795 or ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Nite Spot Nights, Scott Coulter, music of Carole King, Neil Sedaka and more, Sat., Sept. 9, 8 p.m., Milford Center for the Arts in downtown Milford. Third season of series of cabaret entertainment presented by Milford Arts Council with Pantochino Productions Inc. Doors open 7:15. Tickets $30 at milfordarts.org or 203-878-6647.
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
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.
UB40, featuring original founding members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue with eight-piece band, Sun., Sept. 10, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Blend of reggae and pop hits, UB40 has released hit after hit since they formed in 1979. Tickets (orchestra $110, balcony & mezzanine $95, at 203-438-5795 or ridgefieldplayhouse.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.
An Acoustic Evening with Al Stewart, Fri., Sept. 22, 8 p.m., The Palace Danbury, 165 Main St., Danbury. Stewart combines folk-rock music with tales of “the great characters and events of history.” Tickets, $35, $40 adv, $39, $49 at door, at thepalacedambury.com or 203-794-9944.
2nd annual Ben Fest, presented by Westchester Bluegrass Club to honor late banjo player Ben Freed, Sat., Sept. 23, 1-7 p.m., Lake Clubhouse, 33 Lake Way, Purdys, N.Y. Award-winning bluegrass musicians Tony Trischka and Michael Daves headlining event with seven bands spanning variety of bluegrass genre. Suggested donation: $25 adult, $10 ages 12-18; free for children under 12. Shuttle from Purdys Metro-North station to festival site. Info: Michael Burns, [email protected] or 914-213-9212.
Westport Arts Center Concert Series, starting with international pianist Anthony de Mare, Sat., Sept. 23, 7 p.m., 51 Riverside Ave., Westport. Tickets $59 ($40 members) adv at westportartscenter.org or 203-222-7070; $60 at door. Season tickets available. Next: Young virtuoso violinist Igor Pikayzen, Fri., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.
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.
Alt rock band Pixies, Sun., Sept. 24, 8 p.m., The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, N.Y. Sunflower Bean, Brooklyn indie rock trio, opens show. Tickets, $59.50-$84.50 at thecapitoltheatre.com or 914-937-4126.
Chicago in concert, Thurs., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. This “legendary rock band with horns” is highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s list of Top 100 artists. Tickets $77-$167 at palacestamford.org or 203-325-4466.
The Midtown Men, Sat., Sept. 30, 8 p.m., Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Four stars from original cast of Jersey Boys singing 60s hits from Beatles, Rascals, Turtles, Motown, Four Seasons and more. Tickets $30-$80 at palacestamford.org or 203-325-4466.