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Friday, June 17, 2005

Levitt Pavilion Announces Summer Schedule

Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts will celebrate its 32nd summer of free entertainment under the stars beginning Sunday, June 26. beachboys06170501260.jpg
The Beach Boys will perform in a benefit concert Friday, Aug. 5 at the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The Beach Boys and Dave Mason will perform at separate ticketed events in August to raise funds for the Levitt, an announcement said.

The season will run through Sunday, Aug. 28, and offer more than 50 nights of free entertainment with a different format each evening to suit all ages and tastes.

The theme of each night: Sunday, Jazz and Big Band; Monday, mostly dark; Tuesday, Potpourri; Wednesday, Children’s Series; Thursday, Classical and Cabaret; Friday, Party Bands; Saturday, Blues/Folk/Rock.

The Beach Boys will perform a special concert on Friday, Aug. 5, and Dave Mason, a founding member of the rock Supergroup, Traffic, and 2004 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will perform on Friday, Aug. 12.

Sponsored by SAAB of Westport, the Beach Boys concert proceeds will help to underwrite the 52 free nights of entertainment. Tickets range from $50 to $250.

Mason will return with his new band for a performance to benefit the Pavilion’s Education and Outreach Programs. Admission is $25 and tickets.

The RiverSwing Dance Series, sponsored by Weston Capital Management LLC, will also return for dance aficionados this season.

While live music and dancing under the stars is a Pavilion tradition, now dance lessons and a dance floor will be in place for the four programs in this series ranging from American swing to Cuban salsa.  Instruction begins 45 minutes prior to show time, organizers said.

The announcement said guests should bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets, or may enjoy refreshments at the Pavilion’s concession stand.

The Pavilion is located on Jesup Road in Westport’s center behind the Westport Public Library. There is ample free parking, with rain locations for the children’s series and selected performances.

For general information or for concert updates, call the concert hot line (203) 221-4422, or visit the Pavilion’s Web site,”>

The full calendar of events:

Sunday, June 26, 7 p.m.
  Dynasty’s Caribbean Fiesta
  Featuring island music, calypso, limbo dancers, stilt-walkers and
  more.  S
  Sponsor: Parks & Recreation
  Monday, June 27, 7 p.m.

  Dancing Thru the Decades
  YMCA Award Winners perform tap, ballet, jazz and hip-hop.  S
  Tuesday, June 28, 8 p.m.
  U. S. Navy Band
  Salute the big-band era and beyond with this show-stopping 16-piece
  military band.  S
  Host: VFW Post 399
  Wednesday, June 29, 7 p.m.
  The Hall Family
  Everyone’s favorite musical group returns for the 14th year.  Pre-show
  festivities begin at 6:30.  S
  Sponsor: Stew Leonard III Water Safety Foundation
  Thursday, June 30, 8 p.m.
  The Two Tenors
  Two celebrated voices and a program of Italian and Irish classical and
  romantic favorites.  S
  Sponsor: Parks & Recreation
  Friday, July 1 - No Performance
  Enjoy the P.A.L. Fireworks at Compo Beach
  Saturday, July 2, 8 p.m.
  The Crawdaddies
  Cajun, zydeco, funk, swing, soul, reggae, roots, rock, and an
  incomparable style of their own.  S
  Sponsor: Allied Domecq
  Sunday, July 3, 7 p.m.
  Rondi Charleston
  Backed by an all-star quintet, her abundant talent and sumptuous voice
  put an elegant new twist to jazz standards.  S
  Sponsor: Allied Domecq
  Monday, July 4 - No Performance
  Tuesday, July 5, 8 p.m.
  Westport Community Band
  Our town’s own talented musicians continue a proud Pavilion tradition. 
  Sponsor: Parks & Recreation
  Wednesday, July 6, 7 p.m.
  Magic of Lynn
  Lyn reappears to dazzle us with incredible eye-popping, jaw-dropping
  magical tricks.  S
  Sponsor: Westport Young Woman’s League
  Thursday, July 7, 8 p.m.
  Mark Verselli, Comedian & Impressionist His comedy and singing voice
  bring audiences to their feet coast to coast.
  Sponsor: Parks and Recreation
  Friday, July 8, 8 p.m.
  Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
  These Cajun musicians create a unique genre of rock’n'roll known as
  swamp pop.  S
  Sponsor: Evi Allen Special Program Fund
  Saturday, July 9, 8 p.m.
  Early Clover
  A charismatic singer and stirring renditions of classics made famous
  by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke.  S
  Sponsor: Evi Allen Special Program Fund
  Sunday, July 10, 7 p.m.
  The Giacomo Gates Quartet
  The smooth and smoky jazz of Gershwin, Porter and Ellington.  S
  Sponsor: Connecticut Light & Power Company  
  Monday, July 11 - No Performance
  Tuesday, July 12, 8 p.m.
  Golden Angels Jazz Band
  Dixieland plus!  Everyone’s favorites, from Jelly Roll Morton to Hoagy
  Carmichael.  X
  Sponsor: Parks & Recreation
  Wednesday, July 13, 7 p.m.
  Jeffrey Friedberg & Bossy Frog Band
  Fun, funky and hip, come dance and sing along!  S
  Sponsor: Westport Young Woman’s League’s.  Bring goods for their Food
  Drive to benefit local agencies.
  Thursday, July 14, 8 p.m.
  New arrangements of great swing tunes showcase three-part vocal
  harmony and jazz rhythm section.  S
  Sponsor: Parks & Recreation
  Friday, July 15, 8 p.m.
  Mo’ Guajiro
  Cuban salsa, deliciously brash and fun!  Dance lesson 7:15.  S
  Sponsor: Weston Capital Management LLC
  Saturday, July 16, 8 p.m.
  Irish House Party
  A grand tradition: The Gaelic-American Glee Club, house band,
  step-dancers and guests.  S
  Sponsor: Allied Domecq
  Sunday, July 17, 7 p.m.
  Eight to the Bar
  Swing, boogie-woogie and jump blues!  S
  Sponsor: Country Living Associates
  Monday, July 18 - No Performance

  Tuesday, July 19, 8 p.m.
  Phil Rosenthal & Bluegrass Union
  Five master musicians and some of the finest fiddling and harmony this
  side of Grand Ole Opry!  S
  Sponsor: Allied Domecq
  Wednesday, July 20, 7 p.m.
  Circus Minimus
  The one man circus-in-a-suitcase is a joyous celebration of the
  Thursday, July 21, 8 p.m.
  Michael Coppola Trio
  Memorable jazz sprinkled with classical favorites.  X  
  Sponsor: Parks & Recreation
  Friday, July 22, 8 p.m.
  Fairfield County’s all-physician rock-n-roll band plays a most
  excellent mix of danceable music.  X
  Sponsor: Parks & Recreation
  Saturday, July 23, 8 p.m.

  HooDoo Blues Band
  The winners of the CT Blues Society Challenge are sure to bring the
  house down.  S
  Sponsor: Allied Domecq
  Sunday, July 24, 7 p.m.
  Richard Thomas & Friends
  A tribute to the greatest singers of our time: Nat King Cole, Lou
  Rawls and Sinatra.  X
  Sponsor: Parks & Recreation
  Monday, July 25 - No Performance
  Tuesday, July 26, 8 p.m.

  Comedy Club I
  Sit down for stand-up as three comic cut-ups deliver a night of laughs.
  Rated PG13.  S
  Wednesday, July 27, 7 p.m.
  Mother Goose Jazz Band
  A strikingly original, toe-tappin’, brassy introduction to jazz for kids.
  Sponsor: Westport Young Woman’s League
  Thursday, July 28, 8 p.m.
  Armstrong Chamber Ensemble
  A program of classical summer joys, sensitive artistry and astute
  musicianship.  S
  Friday, July 29, 8 p.m.
  Authentic western swing and honky-tonk from the tri-state area’s most
  popular and awarded country band. Dance lesson 7:15.  S  
  Sponsor: Weston Capital Management LLC
  Saturday, July 30, 8 p.m.
  3rd Degree
  Rardi and friends return from paying their dues in NYC.  Their
  danceable rock and R&B covers have made this band a Pavilion legend. 
  Sponsor: Allied Domecq
  Sunday, July 31, 7 p.m.
  Vince Giordano & his Nighthawks
  From Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, the big band plays the swinging
  jazz of the 20s and 30’s.  S
  Sponsor: Allied Domecq
  Monday, Aug. 1 - No Performance
  Tuesday, Aug. 2, 8 p.m.
  102nd Army Concert Band
  Thirty-five of our nation’s finest musicians and a program of
  patriotic favorites.  S
  Host: VFW Post 399
  Wednesday, Aug. 3, 7 p.m.
  Trent Arterberry: Mime Out Loud
  His blend of classic mime and music has been mesmerizing audiences
  worldwide.  S
  Sponsor: Westport Young Woman’s League
  Thursday, Aug. 4, 8 p.m.
  Jodi Keogan & Friends
  A light-hearted combination of opera, Broadway and cabaret.  S
  Sponsor: Parks & Recreation
  Friday, Aug. 5, 9 p.m.
  The legendary superstars in a special performance to benefit the Pavilion.
  Charge tickets by phone: 226-7600.
  Sponsor: SAAB of Westport
  Saturday, Aug. 6, 8 p.m.
  The Shrdlu Band
  Danceable swing, Irish fiddle and steamy swamp music mixed in with
  jazz, blues and rock standards spanning the decades.  S
  Sponsor: Parks & Recreation
  Sunday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m.  Faker Five
  For dancing, or simply listening!  Tunes by Taj Mahal, Eric Clapton,
  Maceo Parker, Santana and more.  X
  Sponsor: Downtown Merchant’s Association
  Monday, Aug. 8 - No Performance
  Tuesday, Aug. 9, 8 p.m.
  The Denns
  Serving up a tasty mixture of country, folk, blues and all that jazz! 
  Sponsor: Parks & Recreation
  Wednesday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m.
  Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
  The folk duo performs an entertaining mix of their own songs and those
  of others.  S
  Thursday, Aug. 11, 8 p.m.
  Chris Norman Ensemble
  The music of Maritime Canada, Scotland and Ireland: “Chris is a flute
  player of spectacular and imaginative virtuosity” - New Yorker Magazine.
  Friday, Aug. 12, 8 p.m.
  The rock’n'roll Hall of Famer in a special performance to benefit the
  Pavilion.  Charge tickets by phone: 226-7600.
  Sponsor: Ryan Beck & Co.
  Saturday, Aug. 13, 8 p.m.
  Ceili Rain
  The music of this infectious Celtic flavored pop-rock band deserves to
  be heard by the entire world.  S
  Sponsor: Parks & Recreation
  Sunday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m.
  Richie Hart Quartet
  Traditional jazz stylings by stellar guitarist Richie, Rick Petrone on
  bass and Joe Corsello, drums.  S
  Sponsor: Allied Domecq
  Monday, Aug. 15 - No Performance
  Tuesday, Aug. 16, 8 p.m.
Comedy Club II
  Three more comedians and an encore laugh night.  Rated PG 13.  S
  Wednesday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m.
  Grumbling Gryphons Children’s Theater “A magical weave of
  storytelling, music, mythology and masks” - NY Times.  Children’s
  Workshop 6:00.  S
  Sponsor: Westport Young Woman’s League
  Thursday, Aug. 18, 8 p.m.
  West Point Jazz Knights
  A bravura performance by the members of the U.S. Military Academy.  S
  Host: VFW Post 399
  Friday, Aug. 19, 8 p.m.
  Get on your feet and dance to your favorite music from the past to the
  present.  Dance lesson 7:15 p.m.  S
  Sponsor: Weston Capital Management LLC
  Saturday, Aug. 20, 8 p.m.

  Banjo Dan & the Midnight Plowboys
  The first American bluegrass band to tour the U.S.S.R. plays a
  dazzling mix of Cajun, country, rock’n roll, jazz and blues.  S
  Sponsor: Parks & Recreation
  Sunday, Aug. 21, 7 p.m.
  Roomful of Blues
  Four Grammy Award nominations: “The hottest blues band around!” -
  Count Basie.  Dance lesson 6:15.  S
  Sponsor: Weston Capital Management LLC
  Monday, Aug. 22, 7 p.m.
  Broadway Under the Stars
  A cabaret featuring Music Theatre of Connecticut’s young stars of
  tomorrow.  S
  Tuesday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m.
  Connecticut Ballet
  Beautifully trained dancers in a program of classical and contemporary
  ballet.  S
  Wednesday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m.
  Dazzling Mills Family
  National juggling and unicycle champions: “Hilarious and wonderful” -
  NY Times.  S
  Sponsor: Westport Young Woman’s League
  Thursday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m.
  Mill River Band
  Experience a special blend of acoustic rock, country blues and western
  swing.  X
  Sponsor: Parks & Recreation
  Friday, Aug. 26, 8 p.m.

    The British Beat
      Everything from the Beatles’ early days through Sargent Pepper,
      Road and beyond.  S
  Sponsor: Allied Domecq
  Saturday, Aug. 27, 8 p.m.

  Doc Wallace Trio
  They take the rollicking music out of the tin-roofed pavilions and
  rodeo grandstands of Texas and give it new life on NYC stages, and now
  CT.  S
  Sponsor: Allied Domecq
  Sunday, Aug. 28, 7 p.m.
  The Fairfield Counts
  Enjoy the big band sound and swing with these popular area favorites. 
  S Please bring canned goods for the Woman’s Club Food Closet.
  Sponsor: Westport Rotary
  Rain location codes:
  S = Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Avenue; X = No rain


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