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Ridgefield Playhouse June 20th 2018

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Recipient of a 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant, Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she also plays banjo and fiddle. Her two solo albums, the Grammy Award-nominated Tomorrow Is My Turn (2015) and Freedom Highway (2017), masterfully blend American musical genres like gospel, jazz, blues, and country, showcasing her extraordinary emotional range and dazzling vocal prowess. Giddens received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year and has won the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo.

Giddens, who studied opera at Oberlin, made her acting debut with a recurring role on the television drama “Nashville,” playing the role of Hanna Lee “Hallie” Jordan, a young social worker with “the voice of an angel.”

Kicking off the night is Alt-Country Blues Singer/Songwriter Amythyst Kiah! Her commanding stage presence is only matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past.

Tickets: $55 Orchestra | $47.50 Mezzanine & Balcony VIP Party Pass available! Includes priority parking and free house wine and beer from 6:30 – 7:00pm! Available for $25 by calling box office (203) 438-5795!

Visit Southwest Cafe (109 Danbury Road, Ridgefield) for dinner before the show and enjoy a complimentary margarita with your entree when you show your ticket! 

Lost Acres String Band

     Fri June 22   Cheshire Public Library, 104 Main St., Cheshire, CT
     6-7:30 pm  (203) 272-2245 
No cover

ShoreGrass 3 out of 5

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 6:30-8:00 pm
ShoreGrass at Deep River Concert Series
Town Landing (at the end of Kirtland Street)
Deep River, CT
Info:  (860) 526-6036

Bring a lawn chair and join ShoreGrass near the gazebo at the Town Landing by the beautiful Connecticut River in Deep River (at the end of Kirtland Street).  Food available for sale or bring a picnic. This concert is part of a free summer series presented by the Town of Deep River and is open to the public.  In case of rain, the concert moves to the Deep River Town Hall Auditorium.

ShoreGrass is a Branford-based acoustic band playing bluegrass, Americana, old-time and original music with a large dose of humor and energy.  For more information about Shoregrass:
GuitartownCT presents guitarist/singer Jacob Johnson at Best Video Film and Cultural Center, 1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, on Thursday, June 28 at 7:30 PM.
Tickets $20 here:
Ridgefield Playhouse August 2nd 2018

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Grammy Award-winning Bluegrass group led by Jerry Douglas, presenting the music of Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and their band the Foggy Mountain Boys to a contemporary audience.

With their second album Rattle & Roar (Rounder Records), the Earls have conjured up a fresh batch of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs songs, delivered with the Earls’ now-signature blend of homage, virtuosity, and perspective. The inimitable Jerry Douglas remains the band’s producer and hypnotic Dobroist; blue-ribbon songwriter, singer, and producer Shawn Camp still soars on lead vocals and guitar; revered multi-instrumentalist and sideman Jeff White now deftly handles high harmony and mandolin; ace Nashville banjoist Charlie Cushman tackles banjo and guitars; topflight musician Johnny Warren cuts in radiantly on fiddle; and the esteemed Barry Bales, a longtime bandmate of Douglas in Alison Krauss and Union Station, holds magnificently steady on vocals and bass. “It’s like the band was predestined to come together,” says Camp. “We all love it. From the very first note of our show, I look around and everybody’s got a smile on their face. There’s just something about the music that makes you feel good.”

Tickets: $44 VIP Party Pass available! Includes priority parking and free house wine and beer from 6:30 – 7pm! Available for $25 by calling box office (203) 438-5795!

Americana Music Association Award winners Shovels & Rope are married singer-songwriters Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. The Charleston, South Carolina-based indie-folk duo is best known for the songs “Birmingham,” “The Devil Is All Around” and “I Know.” The duo has been touring and performing to sold-out crowds coast to coast almost non-stop since the release of their critically acclaimed album, Little Seeds, in 2016.

The band’s new covers album, Busted Jukebox, Vol. 2, was produced by Michael Trent and features a diverse selection of songs originally written and recorded by an eclectic list of artists, including The Clash, Concrete Blonde, Leonard Cohen, Faith No More, Sigur Ros, The Breeders, Willie Nelson and more. Guest artists such as Brandi Carlile, Hayes Carll, Nicole Atkins, John Fullbright and Rhett Miller help inject a new energy into these revised renditions of these tried and true classics.

Tickets: $49 VIP Party Pass available! Includes priority parking and free house wine and beer from 6:30 – 7pm! Available for $25 by calling box office (203) 438-5795!

Ridgefield Playhouse August 20th 2018

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Ridgefield Playhouse November 15th 2018

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Best known for their tours backing Steve Martin, this Grammy Award-winning, North Carolina-based sextet is striking out on their own. The band has spent nearly two decades bending and shaping the bluegrass aesthetic, wedding it to elements of pop, country, folk rock, and more to create something original and all their own. Their new album, Out in the Open, is perhaps Steep Canyon Rangers’ bravest excursion thus far, transcending bluegrass while in many ways getting closest to the genre’s true form thanks to producer Joe Henry’s very traditional approach toward recording.

Steep Canyon Rangers have been expanding the parameters of bluegrass since coming together in 2000. Since then, the band has developed a remarkable catalogue of original music that links them to the past while at the same time, demonstrates their ambitious intent to bring string-based music into contemporary relevance.

Tickets: $57.50 VIP Party Pass available! Includes priority parking and free house wine and beer from 6:30 – 7:00pm! Available for $25 by calling box office (203) 438-5795!





































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