Harpeth Rising, a “chamberfolk” trio from left, Rebecca Reed-Lunn from California, Jordana Greenberg from Ontario and Maria Di Meglio from Brooklyn.

CHIRP 2017 Concerts, Thurs., Aug. 24: Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers, 7 p.m., Ballard Park, Main St., Ridgefield. Accomplished instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing; sounds of Americana and Texas tinged swing. phoebehuntmusic.com/the-gatherers) Series of free summer concerts; contributions welcome at chirpct.org. Tues., Aug. 29: The Bumper Jacksons (Bumperjacksons.com). Thurs., Aug. 31: Harpeth Rising (HarpethRising.com).

 

 

 

 

 

John Fogerty

Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, 50 Free Nights Under the Stars summer series, 40 Jesup Rd., Westport. Evening with John Fogerty benefit concert, Aug. 24, 8 p.m. (ticketed event; web.ovationtix.com). Gunsmoke, Aug. 25, 8 p.m. Otis & the Hurricanes, Aug. 26, 8 p.m. Beau Bolero, Aug. 27, 7 p.m.; closing night for summer series.  Lawn & concession open one hour before show-time. Info: levittpavilion.com/summer-2017.html; concert hotline: 203-221-2153.

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.

Summer Series Concerts on the Green, British Invasion Tribute, Fri., Aug. 25, 7-10 p.m., CityCenter Green, Danbury. Most concerts begin with opening act, main performance at 8. Info: citycenterdanbury.com.

Neal Morse Band — Photo by Robert Smith

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 Caillat 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, Sat., 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.

Kevin and Michael Bacon

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.

Pequot Library’s Summer Music Series, Hungrytown folk concert, library’s Great Lawn, Tues., Aug. 29, 6 p.m., 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. Info: pequotlibrary.org or 203-259-0346.

Summer Concerts at the Gazebo, Tues., 7 p.m., Trumbull Town Hall Gazebo: 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: “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. 30 – The Barron’s Oldies. If rain, info: 203-331-4120.

10th annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival, Sat., Sept. 2, 11 a.m. start; Sun., Sept. 2, 9 p.m., Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, 40 Jesup Rd., Westport, rain or shine. BBQ competitions for amateurs and pros. International and national musicians on main stage and CT musicians on second stage. Music has ranged from soul, funk and R&B to rock and the blues. Proceeds to be donated to Westport Woman’s Club food closet for families in need. Tickets $5-$90 and info at eventbrite.com; also details at festival’s Facebook page.

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

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.

Joni Mitchell’s Jazz, A Tribute to the Jazz Side of a Legend, Fri, Sept. 8, 8 p.m., Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St., Newtown; doors open 7. Seven-member group to play music from Mitchell’s critically acclaimed jazz influenced albums. Tickets $12, adv suggested at box office weekdays, 9-2:30, or at Jonijazz.brownpapertickets.com.

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.

Across the Pond, program of British and American songs by Walter Cramer, concert soloist and recitalist, Sun., Sept. 10, 3 p.m., Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Rd., Danbury. He will be accompanied by Alexis Zingale, recent WCSU graduate, on piano and Andrea Conrad, WCSU student on oboe. Adm by free will donation. Refreshments to follow. Info: 203- 744-1949.

An Afternoon at the Opera, Danbury Concert Association opening of four-concert 2017-18 season, Sun., Sept. 10, 3 p.m., Veronica Hagman Concert Hall, Visual and Performing Arts Center, WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave., Ext., Danbury. Featuring soprano Danielle Talamantes, tenor Brian Cheney and mezzo-soprano Christine Antenbring with pianist Mikhail Hallak; selections from Puccini, Bizet, Bernstein, others. Tickets $25 adults, free for ages 18/under, at danburyconcert,eventbrite.com or 203-837-8732. Info: danburyconcert.org

Tamir Hendelman

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

Guitar Army, comprised of world-class musicians John Jorgenson, Lee Roy Parnell and Joe Robinson, Thurs., Sept. 14, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. These guitarist, also singers and songwriters, and their band, join forces in show with “compelling songs, soulful singing and … blistering guitar playing.” Tickets $40 at 203-438-5795 or ridgefieldplayhouse.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.

Lizz Wright —
Photo by Jesse Kitt

Vocalist Lizz Wright, with special guest saxophonist, singer and composer Grace Kelly, Sat., Sept. 16, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Described as “steward of American music,” Wright has released five critically acclaimed albums. Complimentary Italian wine tasting by Gallo Ristorante along with art exhibit by photographer Delilah Pappas. Tickets $45 at 203-438-5795 or ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

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.  

Todd Rundgren, songwriter, recording artist, producer and innovator, Mon., Sept. 18, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Rock & roll maverick known for classic I Saw the Light, ballads Hello, It’s Me, and Can We Still Be Friends and novelty song Bang on the Drum All Day. Tickets ($70 all seats, $150 meet & greet upgrade package, at 203-438-5795 or ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Simon and Garfunkel Story, concert-style theater show direct from London’s West End, sold out U.K. tour, Tues., Sept. 19, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Using state-of-art video projection, lighting and full band, the production features the Queens, N.Y. duo’s many hits. Tickets $50 at 203-438-5795 or ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

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.

3rd annual Monroe MusicFest, Sun., Sept. 24, 1-7 p.m., Monroe Congregational Church, 34 Church Street, Monroe. Three locations (overlapping schedule) on site featuring jazz, classical, folk, Caribbean, pop/rock, a cappella; also visual arts; food available for purchase. Adm $15/individual; $30/family. Info and tickets at monroemusicfest.blogspot.com or at door.

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.