10th annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival, Sat., Sept. 2, 11-8:30 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 2, 11-9 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.
Summer Concerts at the Gazebo, Tues., 7 p.m., Trumbull Town Hall Gazebo: Sept. 5 – The Barons (oldies); rained out concerts to be held Thurs. of week. Info: trumbull-ct.gov
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.
Fall Ridgefield Folk series, free, Sun., Sept. 10, 2 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St.; featuring Rick and Michele Gedney, known as the duo Open Book. Their original music features melody invention and vocal harmonies backed by a tapestry of interweaving guitars. Dan Bonis to accompany them on lap steel guitar. Tickets given out starting at 1 on day of show. Doors open 1:30. Info: ridgefieldlibrary.org or 203-438-2282.
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
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.
September Sing with Fairfield County Chorale, Sun., Sept. 10, 4 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport. Relaxed read-through of selections from G.F. Handel’s Messiah and J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, with wine and cheese reception, meeting chorale members and music director, David Rosenmeyer; consider joining, all invited for informal audition after sing. $10 music rental fee or bring own. Info: fairfieldcountychorale.org, [email protected] or 203-858-3713.
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
David Ryan Harris, Songs For Other People Tour, Thurs., Sept. 14, Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield; doors open 7 p.m., show 7:45. Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, John Mayer’s guitarist, “prides himself on his soulfulness.” Tickets, $25, $75 at fairfieldtheatre.org or 203-259-1036.
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.
Men En Masse in free concert, Sat., Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., St. Thomas More Church, 374 Middlesex Rd., Darien. Summer men’s chorus from Connecticut Chamber Choir, conducted by Galen Tate, featuring a cappella and accompanied works, including Mass in F by Joseph Rheinberger, contemporary and traditional spiritual selections; along with guest soloist Terry Eldh. Info: [email protected]. Church office: 203-655-3303.
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.
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.
P.V. O’Donnell Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, traditional Irish music session with Dan Foster, Thurs., Sept. 21, 7:45 p.m., St. Gabriel’s Parish Hall, 26 Broadway, Milford. Foster, master violin and fiddle player who studied music in England and Ireland. Free adm, BYOB. Musicians, dancers, singers and guests welcomed. Info: Tim Quinn, 203-257-8737.
Grammy Award winner Jon Cleary, Thurs., Sept. 21, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. His New Orleans’ funk is “real music played real good.” For ticket holders, complimentary wine tasting in lobby before show along with art exhibit by a local artist. Kicking off night: CT’s own Jimmy Greene, Grammy Award winning jazz saxophonist, gospel musician, producer and WCSU music professor. Tickets, $37.50, at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.
YES, featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman, Thurs., Sept. 21, 8 p.m., The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, N.Y. Formed in London in 1968 by singer Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire, one of the most successful, influential and longest-lasting progressive rock bands. Tickets, $55-$135 at thecapitoltheatre.com or 914-937-4126.
Twisted Sister lead singer Dee Snider, Fri., Sept. 22, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Veteran rocker to perform Twisted Sister classics along with songs from his new album We Are The Ones. Tickets, $95, 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.
Singer-songwriter and musician Sheri Miller, Fri., Sept. 22, 8 p.m., Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. Milford Arts Council’s Live @ the MAC music series opening 2017-18 season with performer who has been called “Exquisite…talented…steadfastly original.” -Anne O’Neary, Music Connection Magazine. Doors open 7:30. Tickets $20 ($15 for MAC members) at milfordarts.org or 203-878-6647.
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.
Samuel Suggs, double bass, free Music for Young Persons’ Concerts Series begins new season, Sat., Sept. 23, 2 p.m., Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. Musical journey with Suggs who will “reveal the musical genius of Purcell, Bach, Walter and his own solo compositions.” Master class for advanced double bass students follows. Reg required; email [email protected] for details, suggested donation of $35. Concert free for adults attending with children, otherwise donation asked. Doors open 1:45. Info: musicforyouth.net.
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.