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Ridgefield Playhouse

80 E. Ridge Rd., Ridgefield, CT

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1-(203)-438-5795

Website:
www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org/

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Upcoming Events

Elvis Presley: The Searcher – Analysis and Q&A With the Director

Film,Art Talk

Live at the Playhouse, the Grammy- and Emmy-winning film editor and director Thom Zimny will screen four 20-minute segments of his four-hour, two-part biography of Elvis Presley, adding commentary and analysis. He will also take questions from the audience. As an editor Zimny worked on "The Wire" (HBO) and won an Emmy for "Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band" (HBO). He won Grammys as director and producer of "Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born to Run," which can be viewed on YouTube.

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• Thu 5/24/18 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Apocalyptica

Rock,Classical,Metal

Since 1996 and the release of their debut album, "Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos," Apocalyptica -- graduates of the prestigious Sibelius Academy in Finland -- have been developing a style that is tough to put a name to... 'Heavy Cello Mayhem'? 'Rock'n' Resin'?! ... The possibilities are vast, but whatever the latest tag, the fact remains that never before had a group of classically-trained cellists, metal fans to a man, attempted to fuse together the seemingly disparate worlds of classical music & hard rock ...of Prokofiev & Pantera ... Shostakovich & Slayer ... to seek out the middle ground between the mosh pit & the orchestra pit, the dinner jacket & the denim jacket, whilst being 100 percent respectful to both camps.

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• Tue 5/29/18 at - 7:30 PM

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Swing

Be prepared to hit the dance floor when the hot swing ensemble Big Bad Voodoo Daddy comes to town. This band was featured in the hit movie 'Swingers.' Although their songs sound like they were lifted right out of the Zoot-suited '40s, the band writes all its own material, taking swing into a raw and modern direction.

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• Fri 6/1/18 at - 8:00 PM

The B-52s

Rock,Pop

The B-52s (Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland and Cindy Wilson), perhaps best known for their hit song 'Love Shack,' formed in Athens, GA back in the late '70s and named themselves after Southern slang for a particular beehive hairdo that resembled the nose of an aircraft. Their first single 'Rock Lobster,' recorded in 1978, was an underground success, and on the strength of their energetic, post-punk live shows at such legendary venues as CBGB in New York City and Max's Kansas City, their self-titled debut sold more than 500,000 copies. Now, more than 30 years and 20 million albums sold later, the group is still one of the most beloved party bands in existence. The touring band includes members Sterling Campbell, Paul Gordon and Tracy Wormworth.

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• Tue 6/5/18 at - 8:00 PM

Ry Cooder

Folk,Blues

Ry Cooder is a virtuoso roots guitarist who is steeped in the blues but has spent much of his career exploring new musical worlds from Tex-Mex to Cuban bolero. He has won six Grammy Awards, most recently for Best Traditional Latin Album (2003) and Best Pop Instrumental Album (2003).

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• Wed 6/6/18 at - 8:00 PM

Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show

Cover/Tribute Band/Performer,Rock

Internationally acclaimed as the most authentic cast and production show there is honoring one of the world's greatest rock & roll bands. Members are Chris LeGrand as Mick Jagger, Jim Riddick as Keith Richards, Dominick Lanzo as Ron Woo, John Wade as Bill Wyman, and Ron Nelson as Charlie Watts.

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• Thu 6/7/18 at - 8:00 PM

The Clairvoyants

Magic

Amélie van Tass and Thommy Ten are The Clairvoyants. In 2016, they took part in “America’s Got Talent,” and after four months, six performances and more than 100.000 contestants, America voted them second place. International awards for Van Tass and Ten include the German Champions of Mentalism, Magicians of the Year 2015 and 2015 World Champions of Mentalism.

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• Fri 6/8/18 at - 7:30 PM

David Crosby

Folk,Rock,Country

Legendary singer-songwriter and social justice activist David Crosby is a two time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, inducted as a member of both the iconic folk-rock band The Byrds — with whom he first rose to stardom — and the iconic Woodstock era-defining group Crosby, Stills & Nash.

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• Tue 6/12/18 at - 7:30 PM

Al Di Meola

Jazz,World

Combining lightning fast rock and jazz technique, guitarist Al Di Meola has crafted blazing neo-flamenco, recently adding South American, Middle Eastern and Spanish flavors to his blistering guitar work.

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• Sat 6/16/18 at - 8:00 PM

Stephen Stills

Folk,Rock

Stephen Stills’ consummate, innovative musicianship has established him as an eminent solo performer & as the cornerstone of the supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash. For four decades, Stephen Stills’ music has spanned generations & cultural borders, entertaining millions of listeners throughout the world. His unique guitar style & phrasing has garnered Stills a well deserved spot among the best players in the world.

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• Mon 6/18/18 at - 7:30 PM

Rhiannon Giddens

Folk,Acoustic,Americana/Roots,Bluegrass

Rhiannon Giddens has a remarkable voice and remarkable musical taste. In 2013, stole the show at T Bone Burnett's "Another Day, Another Time" concert in NYC. According to the New York Times, her performance of Odetta's "Water Boy, had "the fervor of a spiritual, the yips of a folk holler, and the sultry insinuation of the blues." She brought the audience to its feet. Many concert goers were unfamiliar with her Grammy Award-winning work as a member of African-American folk interpreters Carolina Chocolate Drops, her elegant bearing, prodigious voice, and fierce spirit. She performed for President Obama and the First Lady on "A White House Tribute to Gospel," along with Aretha Franklin and Emmylou Harris; the program was televised on PBS. She dueted with country superstar Eric Church on his powerful anti-racism song "Kill a Word;" the two have performed the song on "The Tonight Show" and the CMA Awards, among other programs. 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 in 2016.

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• Wed 6/20/18 at - 8:00 PM

Trace Adkins

Country

Trace Adkins possesses a strong voice that is equally adept with heartfelt ballads or up-tempo honky tonk.

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• Thu 6/21/18 at - 8:00 PM

Gary Gulman

Stand Up Comedy

Gulman has been a part of both 'Last Comic Standing 2' and 'Last Comic Standing 3,' and has also been featured on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' and 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.'

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• Fri 6/22/18 at - 8:00 PM

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

Rock

Singer Pat Benatar and guitarist Neil Giraldo -- partners in music and marriage for nearly four decades -- made their name with a string of hits from the late '70s through the mid-'80s: "Heartbreaker," "Promises in the Dark,” “Hell Is for Children,” "We Live for Love,” “Love Is a Battlefield,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and "We Belong." In early 2017, they recorded a new song, "Shine," written with Linda Perry, celebrating women's rights around the world.

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• Sat 6/23/18 at - 8:00 PM

One Day University: Hamilton vs. Jefferson

History/Science,Talks/Lectures,Education

Hamilton is experiencing a well-deserved revival. Often forced to take a back seat to other Founding Fathers, his vision of America as an economic powerhouse with a dynamic and aggressive government as its engine has found many followers. Hamilton helped get the Constitution ratified, helped found the Federalist Party, and served as the first Secretary of the Treasury. An orphan born in the West Indies, he was like a son to George Washington and perhaps should have been like a brother to Thomas Jefferson. But Jefferson fought bitterly against the Federalists and his election as president ushered in the “revolution of 1800.” Ironically, it would be Hamilton who helped assure Jefferson’s triumph over Aaron Burr. Jefferson articulated a different vision from Hamilton’s, promoting an agrarian democracy built upon geographic expansion—an “empire of liberty,” he called it. In 1793, he would resign as Secretary of State to protest Hamilton’s policies. In retirement, Jefferson would reflect on the differences between Federalists and Democratic-Republicans and express fear for the future of the new nation. Louis Masur is a Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University.

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• Sun 6/24/18 at - 10:00 AM

Drew Cole

Pop,R&B/Soul

Fresh off NBC’s hit star-making show “The Voice” (he was part of Team Adam), Drew Cole performs a hadline set. With influences that range from Gregg Allman to Shannon Hoon to John Mayer and James Bay, this soulful vocalist has been honing his craft in his adopted home of Los Angeles.

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• Fri 6/29/18 at - 7:30 PM

Unspoken

Rock,Christian Contemporary

For a band named Unspoken, Chad Mattson, Mike Gomez, Jon Lowry, and Ariel Munoz have been making a lot of noise. The Christian pop/rock band had several chart hits and has played successful tours with bands like Sanctus Real and Bid Daddy Weave. After two EPs, they released their self-titled debut album in 2014; their next album will be out in August 2016.

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• Sat 6/30/18 at - 8:00 PM

Dennis Quaid & the Sharks

Rock,R&B/Soul

Actor Dennis Quaid brings his R&B rock band to town.

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• Sat 7/14/18 at - 8:00 PM

Phillip Phillips

Folk,Pop

Phillip Phillips is an American singer-songwriter from Georgia who leapt to fame as the winner of the eleventh season of "American Idol."

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• Mon 7/16/18 at - 8:00 PM

Little Feat

Rock,Blues,Country,R&B/Soul

Little Feat was formed by singer-songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Lowell George and keyboard player Bill Payne in 1969 in Los Angeles. The band gained popularity in the 1970s with an eclectic style, bringing together elements of blues, R&B, country and rock 'n' roll. Members have come and gone, but the music keeps to the same genre. Phish covered Little Feat's album 'Waiting for Columbus' at a Halloween concert in 2010, which resulted in a wider and younger audience of listeners for the '70s band.

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• Wed 7/18/18 at - 8:00 PM

Ronnie Milsap

Country

Grammy-winner and Country Music Hall of Famer Ronnie Milsap has had over 45 Top 10 hits on Billboard's country chart, including chart-toppers "It Was Almost Like a Song," "No Gettin' Over Me" and "A Woman in Love." The veteran performer, known for bringing a pop, R&B sensibility to his country music, is simply one of the preeminent country soul singers of his generation.

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• Thu 7/19/18 at - 7:30 PM

Ridgefield Playhouse’s BBQ, Bourbon & Beer Summer Gala with Dickey Betts

Blues,Rock,Food/Tasting

After retiring from the music industry four years ago, Dickey Betts is back for a limited number of special shows! See the Dickey Betts Band at The Ridgefield Playhouse’s BBQ, Bourbon & Beer Summer Gala. See this founding member of The Allman Brothers Band perform a full set of Allman Brothers classics: “Midnight Rider,” “Blue Sky,” “Melissa,” “Whipping Post” and so many more! Betts is one of the most influential guitar players of all time and is credited with both writing and singing the Allman Brothers' biggest hit, "Ramblin' Man." Gala and Show-only tickets are available. The Gala includes open bar; beer from local breweries; bourbon tastings; the best BBQ in the area and auction items!

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• Fri 7/20/18 at - 6:00 PM

Don McLean

Folk, Rock

Singer/songwriter Don McLean has written enduring classics like 'American Pie' and 'Vincent.'

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• Sat 7/21/18 at - 8:00 PM

Adam Ant

Pop,Punk

Adam Ant is an English musician who gained popularity as the lead singer of new wave/post-punk group Adam and the Ants and later as a solo artist.

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• Sun 7/22/18 at - 8:00 PM

The Bacon Brothers

Rock,Pop

Kevin and Michael Bacon have been writing songs and playing music together since about the same time they may have been fighting over Lincoln Logs or little green Army guys. In fact, the cover of their first album, 'Forosoco,' shows as much; the picture, taken in 1972, shows Kevin and Michael onstage playing congas and guitar, respectively. The look of communication between the two is telling: although the Bacon Brothers have only been a working band since 1995, they too, run decades deep. Between Kevin's award-winning acting career and Michael's noted work as a film and television composer, the duo has released four studio releases and one live album, 'The No Food Jokes Tour.'

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• Tue 7/24/18 at - 8:00 PM

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Folk,Rock,Pop

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter plays an intelligent blend of country, folk and pop music. Says Carpenter, “They say that the worst, the most traumatic things that people can go through in their lives are a divorce, the loss of a parent and catastrophic illness. All of those things have happened to me in the last few years." Her highly anticipated new album, "Sometimes Just The Sky," was released March 30.

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• Wed 7/25/18 at - 7:30 PM

Femi Kuti

World,Funk,Jazz

Afrobeat pioneer Femi Kuti, backed by his band the Positive Force, will perform. The son of influential Nigerian bandleader Fela, Femi Anijulapo Kuti continues his father's legacy of performing heavily percussive, horn-driven, politically-infused, Afro-beat music for enthusiastic fans across the world. Femi reveals an ever-expanding musical palette on his newest CD, 'Day By Day.' The new material is, like his previous work, a unique hybrid of Afro-pop, jazz and urban influences.

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• Thu 7/26/18 at - 7:30 PM

Montgomery Gentry

Country

Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry were performing in bands together for years. Their collaboration created hits like "Lonely and Gone" and 'She Couldn't Change Me." Despite Troy Gentry's death in 2017, Montgomery continues to tour under the Montgomery Gentry name.

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• Fri 7/27/18 at - 8:00 PM

Blackmore's Night

Rock,Classical,Folk,New Age

Former Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore formed Blackmore's Night in 1997. He formed the group with his fiancee, vocalist/lyricist Candice Night and recruited other musicians from around the world to combine elements of world music, renaissance, new age, folk, and rock 'n' roll.

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• Sat 7/28/18 at - 7:00 PM

Dark Star Orchestra

Rock,Cover/Tribute Band/Performer,Jam Band

The Dark Star Orchestra is a Grateful Dead cover band with a unique approach. The group covers actual Dead set lists with the same arrangements from classic Dead performances.

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• Wed 8/8/18 at - 7:30 PM

Blackberry Smoke

Country,Rock,Bluegrass

The southern rock and country band Blackberry Smoke, out of Atlanta, consists of Charlie Starr, Richard Turner, Brit Turner, Paul Jackson and Brandon Still mixing elements of gospel, bluegrass, arena rock, soul and a touch of outlaw country. They opened for the Zac Brown Band, playing 20 dates nationwide in the summer of 2011 and the band's songs have been featured in video games such as EA Sports' 'NASCAR 08 'and films ('Swing Vote'). Their most recent album, 'The Whippoorwill,' was released in 2012 and was their first on Zac Brown's Southern Ground label.

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• Tue 9/11/18 at - 8:00 PM

The Music of Cream – 50th Anniversary

Rock,Blues,Cover/Tribute Band/Performer

The pedigree of hallowed ‘60s trio Cream -- Ginger Baker’s son Kofi Baker, Jack Bruce’s son Malcolm Bruce and Eric Clapton’s nephew, Will Johns -- come together for the first time to pay homage to the band’s extraordinary legacy. Hear personal stories and songs such as “Sunshine of Your Love,” “Crossroads,” “Spoonful” and “White Room” and see the Cream offspring interplay with footage of their fathers and mentors on the big screen.

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• Thu 10/4/18 at - 8:00 PM

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy

Cover/Tribute Band/Performer,Rock

The rhythmic backbone of progressive rock's Emerson Lake & Palmer, Carl Palmer is hailed as one of the world's greatest drummers. Be ready to be astounded by his dazzling speed and technical virtuosity combined with an infectious stage personality. Still active with Asia, he was also in Atomic Rooster, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds (featuring Albert Lee). The Carl Palmer Band performs re-imagined instrumental versions of ELP’s original compositions and classical arrangements.

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• Fri 10/12/18 at - 8:00 PM

Pink Martini

Jazz,Swing,Pop,Latin/Salsa,World

Pink Martini was formed in 1994 by aspiring Portland politician Thomas Lauderdale, who got the idea to provide more entertaining, uplifting music at political functions for causes such as civil rights, education, public broadcasting and more. A year later, Lauderdale called on former Harvard classmate China Forbes to join the band, and together they began writing songs together for the "little orchestra." Since then, the group has been known for drawing its inspiration from a myriad of sources, including romantic Hollywood musicals of the '40s and '50s, and a multilingual repertoire of diverse genres like jazz, Latin, lounge and classical, all shaken and stirred with cinematic influences, driving rhythms and exotic vocals. A typical Pink Martini concert spans the globe, from Cuban rumba and Parisian cafe tunes to Carnival disco.

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• Mon 10/15/18 at - 8:00 PM

The Lone Bellow

Blues,Gospel,Acoustic,Americana/Roots

The Lone Bellow is a three-member Brooklyn band with bluesy gospel influences. The group performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," as well as the other late night shows featuring Conan O'Brian, Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Ferguson.

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• Tue 10/30/18 at - 8:00 PM

WellRED Comedy Tour

Stand Up Comedy

Comedy and writing partners Trae Crowder (of "Liberal Redneck" fame), Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester are ready to meet the people.

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• Wed 11/14/18 at - 8:00 PM

American Girl Live

Musical

Experience American Girl® in an all-new musical! "American Girl Live" is a premiere stage production, featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. Come along to sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home. As bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life, iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. Join your favorite American Girl characters and the campers as they follow their hearts, share their dreams, and learn the power of friendship.

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• Sun 2/3/19 at - 4:00 PM