Arts and Leisure
Sunday, August 31, 2014
In Election Mode, Malloy Presses Flesh at BBQ Festival
By James Lomuscio
Today was the first time in its seven-year history that Westport’s Blues, Views & BBQ Festival run by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA) hosted a governor.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy chats with Bob LeRose, owner of Westport’s Bobby Q’s, in front of the Bobby Q booth at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com photo
“There’s barbecue, beer and blues; that’s not a bad combination,” said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as he arrived at the entry way alongside the Westport Library.
Malloy is also running for reelection, and the festival offered him a chance to press the flesh at what was essentially a campaign stop in a town with a strong Democratic base.
“Every vote counts,” said John Hartwell, chairman of the Democratic Town Committee (DTC), who had invited Malloy.
Still Has the Moves
Susan Leczinski of Wappingers Falls, N.Y. demonstrates she still has the moves today at the second and closing day of the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com
Getting the Second Day of the Festival Under Way
The New Canaan School of Rock early performers today at the Westport Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival included Rodrigo Galavis, 11, drums; Ben Teolis, 14, vocals/guitar, and Melissa Calabro, 17, bass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Spin Doctors Close Out BBQ Fest First Day
The Spin Doctors tonight closed out the first day of the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. A sell-out crowd heard them perform a track from their critically acclaimed blues/rock album ‘If The River Was Whiskey’ (Ruf Records) as well as other numbers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
New Levitt Smokin’ with Barbecue, Blues and Views
By James Lomuscio
The crowd was warming up, swaying on the grass to the bluesy tunes of Raw Oyster Cult at the Levitt Pavilion today. But the real heat was down below in the Imperial Avenue parking lot.
Wesporter Mike Miller’s team How You Q’ing won d best overall barbecue in today’s Blues, Views and BBQ Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
There, 19 pit masters worked smokers and cookers to square off in today’s cooking competition, one of the highlights of the seventh annual Blues,Views & BBQ Festival sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA).
“So far so good,” said Wesporter Mike Miller of the team dubbed How You Q’ing. “We turned in all our meals, ribs, chicken, chef’s choice and dessert.”
Lifting the lid of one of his team’s Big Green Egg cookers, a ceramic insulated smoker-cooker, Miller noted that this was the seventh year he and his team had participated, “ever since Bob LeRose and the Downtown Merchants started this.”
Crowds at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts today listen to the New Orleans-based band Raw Oyster Cult, one of many entertaining at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
Raw Oyster Cult Entertains at BBQ Fest
Raw Oyster Cult, a New Orleans band, entertains today at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport. The band features members of the Radiators, Papa Grows Funk, and Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
Friday, August 29, 2014
Petey Hop at Levitt
Tonight’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts concert starred Petey Hop & The Jackrabbits featuring the CT Blues Society Revue. Pete Hopkinson, his real name, is a Putnam, N.Y., resident who has amassed a regional following thanks to his blistering blues sound that combines rock ‘n’ roll, roots and old-school country music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
Getting Ready for Blues, Views & BBQ Fest
Workers today erected fencing around the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in preparation for this weekend’s Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival. The seventh annual event will take place on the grounds of the Levitt, the adjacent Westport Library upper parking lot, and the Imperial Avenue parking lot. Hours are Saturday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p..m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Blues, Views & BBQ Set for Weekend
(Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on Aug. 17.)
The Westport Downtown Merchants Association’s (WDMA) seventh annual Blues, Views and BBQ Festival is scheduled for the fourth year in a row for Labor Day weekend on the grounds of the Westport Library, the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and the Imperial Avenue parking lot, WDMA officials said.
Last year, about 10,000 attended the WDMA event that raises funds to support local charities, and event coordinators are hoping for an even bigger turnout.
“It will be the strongest musical lineup, fiercest barbecue competition, and spiciest selection of food and drink vendors yet,” said Lee DeMonico, WDMA spokesperson. “This festival isn’t just blues or barbecue. It’s a huge downtown Westport party for all ages and tastes.”
According to DeMonico, the festival will boast an array of array of blues, rock ‘n’ roll, “funk, soul, and jam talent,” including: Spin Doctors; Rick Derringer; Bill Kirchen, Popa Chubby; Anders Osborne; Mia Borders; Big Sam’s Funky Nation; Raw Oyster Cult; Revered Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys; Rory Block; Coco Montoya Band; and Connecticut’s own Bobby Paltauf Band.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Cajun Sound at Levitt
The Pine Leaf Boys, a Cajun and Creole band from South Louisiana, headlined at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. The four-time Grammy nominees and their brand of Zydeco music brought them four U.S. State Department invitations to perform overseas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Bringing Southern Louisiana to Westport
The four-time Grammy nominated Pine Leaf Boys from southern Louisiana brought their Cajun brand of music to the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. Members include Grammy Award winner Wilson Savoy (2nd r.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The Rains Came But the Show Went On
The rains came but “The Magic of Lyn” show went on tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. It was the first rain-marred performance at the new Levitt since it opened July 20. On Aug. 12, the Treehouse Comedy Club performed indoors at Saugatuck Elementary School because of the threat of rain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Rain Drives Levitt Crowd to Shelter But Show Goes On
A rain shower drove many at the “Magic of Lyn” performance tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts to seek shelter at the rear of the pavilion, but the show went on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com