Ives Concert Park to offer a musical ‘buffet’ in July
DANBURY, CONN. — Music to appeal to all tastes will be served up in July at Ives Concert Park on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Tickets for all shows are available at ticketmaster.com and ticketmaster kiosks in area Walmart stores.
Starting things off will be Tony Bennett at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. Bennett is known for his renditions of popular music, standards, show tunes, jazz and more recently, duets with contemporary artists. The recipient of 17 Grammy Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001) and two Emmy Awards, Bennett has been named an NEA Jazz Master and a Kennedy Center Honoree. He has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. Gates open at
Next up is English ska revival band The Specials at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16. An Internet review describes their music as a combination of “danceable ska and rock-steady beat with punk’s energy and attitude.” Opening will be San Diego blues duo Little Hurricane. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
The Summerland Tour, featuring Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 19. After a wildly successful trek last year, Art Alexakis, frontman for alternative rock outfit Everclear, announced that he’s bringing Summerland back for 2013, hitting more than 35 U.S. cities with an edgier sound. Gates open at 6 p.m.
Alternative country and folk rock singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. Opening will be Jamestown Revival, which merges the sounds of the South with classic American and Western rock. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” Radio Romance Tour will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25. The show will include duet singing, absurd improvisation with sound effects, poetry, outright foolishness and the news from Lake Wobegon. Featured will be host and writer Garrrison Keillor, singer and fiddler Sara Watkins, comedian Fred Newman, Rich Dworkshy and the Guy’s All Star Shoe Band with guitarist Pat Donohue and violinist/mandolinist Richard Kriehn. Gates open at 6 p.m.
Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.