Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts’
INAUGRAL SUMMER SEASON
JULY 20 – SEPTEMBER 6
Lead Sponsor: Poland Spring
ALL SHOWS ARE PRESENTED FREE-OF-CHARGE, EXCEPT WHERE OTHERWISE NOTED.
SUN, JUL 20: Grand Opening Ceremony & a Performance by Jose Feliciano (July 20). THIS FREE EVENT IS “SOLD” OUT. There are no tickets remaining.
TUE, JUL 22 @ 7PM: Connecticut Ballet's DANZA! A Celebration of Latin Choreographers! Plus Latin Ballroom Lesson!
DANZA! IS TONIGHT! An all-new program in our all-new home! Featuring exciting classical and contemporary works by Rodney Rivera of Puerto Rico, Alberto Alonso of Cuba, Daniel Fetecua Soto of Colombia, and Marcos Vedoveto from Brazil. The evening starts with a Latin Ballroom lesson on the Terrace.
WED, JUL 23 @ 7PM: Melissa & Doug Children's Series Launch! Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could!
Brady delivers genuine roots rock for kids with jaunty tunes that use mandolin, accordion,guitar, piano and more…“When it comes to entertaining kids, Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could definitely can” - The Washington Post. Come early for face-painting!
THU, JUL 24 @ 8PM: Casuarina - Sizzling Samba
Samba the night away with Brazil's celebrated quintet fresh from their performance at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing! This fresh-faced group sways its way through the sexy, upbeat best of classic sambas. Casuarina’s sophisticated and virtuosic original arrangements have taken Rio by storm, reinvigorating a beloved repertory for the younger generation. Samba tips provided before the concert starts! Dancing on the Hospitality Terrace!
FRI, Jul 25 @ 8PM: Black 47 – Farewell Tour!
They played more gigs at Shea Stadium than The Beatles, shut down the city of Hoboken, appeared multiple times on Leno, Letterman & O’Brien, starred in a movie with their fans Matt Dillon and Danny Glover, and saved an Irish immigrant church from the wrecking ball. They plan to disband on Nov. 8, exactly 25 years after their first gig in The Bronx. Don't miss Black 47's last call!
SAT, JUL 26 @ 8PM: DJ Rekha - Bhangra Dance Party!
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! The internationally acclaimed DJ imports live drums and dancers and video projections! Audience members of all ages get a lesson in bhangra dance moves and channel their inner Bollywood movie! Since establishing herself on the club scene with her inaugural event, Basement Bhangra at SOBs nightclub in 1997, DJ Rekha has produced some of the longest running and most successful parties in New York including Bollywood Disco, and Mutiny.
SUN, JUL 27 @ 7PM: The Hot Sardines - Hot Jazz!
The Hot Sardines launches the Celebration Sundays Music Series! Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, and tie the whole thing together with a one-of-the-boys frontwoman with a voice from another era, and you have The Hot Sardines. (We haven’t even told you about the tap dancer yet.) Celebration Sundays are sponsored by Jewish Senior Services.
MON, JUL 28 @ 7PM: The Hall Family Children’s Show!
A Levitt Pavilion tradition –not-to-be-missed! The Hall Family Special: Mary Ann, Bill, Emily, Daniel and their friends celebrate their 23rd appearance at the Levitt Pavilion with joyful songs, and special guests. Arrive early for pre-show festivities including face-painting. Sponsor: Stew Leonard III Children's Charities.
TUES, JUL 29 @ 7PM: Emil Zrihan – The Moroccan Nightingale!
The "Moroccan nightingale" mesmerizes with a concert under the stars. Accompanied by his band, the spectacular Morocco-born, Israel-based countertenor marries Arabic mawal and Jewish cantorial music as he soars through Sephardic and Judeo-Andalusian songs with riveting passion and breathtaking improvisional flights.
WED, JUL 30 @ 7PM: Melissa & Doug Children's Series
Kids rock and rule every Wednesday at the Levitt Pavilion! Band to be announced!
THU, JUL 31 @ 8PM: Incendio – Latin Guitar World Fusion!
The fiery-name fits this L.A.-based group whose sound is all about energy, exploration, and passion! Incendio’s live shows are explosive improvisatory journeys that create tremendous audience response across the U.S.
AUGUST-AND-SEPTEMBER-AT-A-GLANCE: ALL SHOWS FREE, EXCEPT WHERE OTHERWISE NOTED
(Current as of 7/22/14: Please check our Google Calendar for newly announced shows and special events )
FRI, AUG 1 @ 8PM: Desert Highway: A Tribute to The Eagles
This passionate group of six talented studio and concert tour veterans with major recording artists perform the inspired rich vocal harmonies and intricate guitar styles made famous by the legendary group. From “Take it Easy” to “Hotel California” – it’s all here!
SAT, AUG 2 @ 8PM Otis & the Hurricanes & The Mill River Band
A double-treat for discriminating music fans! Experience Mill River’s unique blend of acoustic rock, country blues and western swing as well as the Hurricanes party mix of Delta blues, New Orleans funk, and some good-time rock & roll.
SUN, AUG 3 @ 7PM: DIVALICIOUS
A soaring evening of cabaret & jazz, Broadway, and classical favorites starring three of the most acclaimed and distinctive vocalists: Terry Eldh, Jodi Keogan,and Leslie Orofino, teamed with with the multi-talented Musical Director David Wolfson.*
TUES, AUG 5 @ 7PM: Doc Wallace Trio
Irresistible and thrilling blend of jazzy Texas-style fiddling and swing. The trio’s presenters include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the New York Philharmonic. “[Wallace solos] as if he were Jimmy Page fronting Led Zeppelin” – NY TIMES
WED, AUG 6 @ 7PM: The Melissa & Doug ® Children’s Series
Kids rock and rule every Wednesday at the Levitt Pavilion! Program to be announced!
THU, AUG 7 @ 8PM: Christopher Robin Band
Robin maneuvers the nooks and crannies of blues, folk, rock and soul with a powerful songwriting toolbox that helps express his tales. Sponsor: Old Post Tavern
FRI, AUG 8 @ 8PM: Professor Louie & The Crowmatix
The Grammy Nominees serve up "A tasty mix of rhythm and blues and rock & roll. Americana at its best" - Village Voice
SAT, AUG 9: Early Clover
The Coasters’ lead singer pays tribute to Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole and Otis Redding.
SUN, AUG 10 @ 7PM: Heartbeat Dance Band
Named by NBC News as one of “America’s Top Wedding Bands,” Heartbeat is just as wonderful on the concert stage. Their song list is huge and encompasses everyone from Sinatra to Journey to Black Eyed Peas and Katy Perry.*
TUE, AUG 12 @ 7PM: Treehouse Comedy Night
RATED PG-13 FOR LANGUAGE AND CONTENT
WED, AUG 13 @ 7PM: Josh & The Jamtones! Presented as part of The Melissa & Doug ® Children’s Series!
Kids rock and rule every Wednesday!
THU, AUG 14 @ 7PM: Leonardo Suarez Paz & Cuartetango
"A virtuoso extraordinaire" - Wynton Marsalis. The world renowned 4th generation Tango artist from Buenos Aires together with his Grammy Award nominated Cuartetango, brings forth a new vision of the Golden Age of Tango with an "ingenious musical concept. TANGO LESSON at 7PM | CONCERT AT 8PM
FRI, AUG 15 @ 8PM: Brightside
Influenced by legends such as Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, L.A.-based Brightside (formerly the Clayton Joseph Scott band) delivers modern roots/rock with a positive message. Sponsors: Black Helicopter and Encon Solar.
SAT, AUG 16 @ 8PM : My Pet Dragon | With special guest opener DJ Zakhm
Indie Stadium Rock delivered by NY-based husband and wife duo known for anthemic songs – like “Moonshine” – and electric live shows!
SUN, AUG 17 @ 7PM: Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
With a fresh Grammy and soundtracks for Boardwalk Empire and Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown to his credit, Grammy Winner Vince Giordano’s music evokes the height of ballroom perfection, combining jazz elegance and swingin’ (or rumba-in’ or cha-cha-cha-in’) style, and gorgeous renditions of ’20s and ’30s chestnuts.*
TUE, AUG 19: “Shine A Light"
Free Screening of Martin Scorcese’s acclaimed documentary about the Rolling Stones. Sponsor: Westport Cinema Initiative.
WED, AUG 20 @ 7PM: Fiddlefire! Presented as part of The Melissa & Doug Children’s Series
Chris McKhool's FiddleFire! gets children and families dancing, clapping, laughing and singing songs in an energetic and eclectic mixture of world music. The show is presented in a dynamic, interactive way geared to engage youth.
THU, AUG 21 @ 8PM: Sultans of String
The 2014 SiriusXM Indie Award Winner for “WORLD ARTIST GROUP of the YEAR” and JUNO Award nominees perform a thrilling tapestry of Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, and Gypsy jazz. An exuberant and infectious sound, powerful and moving, the Sultans are simply an awesome musical group!
FRI, AUG 22 @ 8PM: The Sweet Remains
A distinctive and unusual band on today's music scene, headed by 3-gifted and charismatic singer-songwriters, each of whom contribute to the writing and 3-part harmonies that define the band's sound. Sponsor: Post 154
SAT, AUG 23: Vent Du Nord
Back by popular demand, this band is now one of the most-loved Quebec folk outfits throughout the world, featuring progressive folk, with a hard-driving soulful and Celtic edge. Sponsor: Matsu Sushi
SUN, AUG 24: Cynthia Sayer & Her Joyride Band
Celebrated as the top 4-string banjoist in the world today, instrumentalist and vocalist Cynthis Sayer is praised for her “drive and virtuosity” by the NY Times, and is a founding member of Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band.*
TUE, AUG 26: To Be Announced
WED, AUG 27: The Magic of Lyn. Ticketed Benefit Event
TICKETS GO ON SALE 8/14 at 3PM and will be available ONLINE at www.levittpavilion.com and by phone 866.811.4111. Presented as part of The Melissa & Doug ® Children’s Series!
Proceeds help underwrite our free programming. America’s premier, award-winning female illusionist, Lyn Dillies has taken the magic world by storm, astonishing, and amazing audiences of all ages for over two decades. She is an undeniable pioneer in her field and an inspiration to all who witness her magic. In 2013 she was the first female illusionist in history to receive the prestigious Milbourne Christopher Award – the Academy Award of magic – from the Society of American Magicians (past recipients have included David Copperfield, Penn and Teller and Siegfried and Roy)! The Lawn will open at 6PM and the show will start at 7.30PM. From 6PM until showtime, there will be extra fun activities at the Melissa & Doug activity center on the Terrace. The Lawn will feature additional ticketed activities such as face-painting and balloon animals, as well as roving jugglers and more.
THU, Aug 28 @ 8PM: Wilson Savoy & The Pine Leaf Boys
A Cajun and Creole band from South Louisiana. Members include Grammy Award Winner Wilson Savoy together with Courtney Granger, Drew Simon, Jon Bertrand, and Thomas David
FRI, AUG 29: Petey Hop & The Jackrabbits featuring The CT Blues Society Revue
Blistering blues sound that combines rock 'n' roll, roots and old-school country music.
SAT, Aug 30 – Sun, AUG 31: The Blues, Views & BBQ Festival
Note: The Blues, Views, & BBQ Festival is a ticketed event. Tickets are through: www.bluesviewsbbq.com
WED, SEP 3 @ 7PM: Monkey Monkey Music! Presented as the closing of the 2014 Melissa & Doug ® Children’s Series
As seen on Kids Thirteen, NJTV, WETA Kids and over 100 PBS member stations, Meredith LeVande and Monkey Monkey Music deliver engaging and interactive children’s entertainment.
FRI, SEP 5 @ 8PM: Gunsmoke
Country & Western at its finest! Gunsmoke performs music made famous by legendary country, western-swing, and rockabilly artists that have inspired them to keep the tradition and legacy alive.
SUN, SEP 7 @7PM: Strawberry Fields
The Ultimate Beatles Tribute Band in Full Costume featuring former members of the Hit Broadway Musical Beatlemania!
WED, SEP 10 @ 7PM: D.N.R., A Special Concert Tribute to First Responders & EMS
Fairfield County's (Almost) All Physician Rock Band plays an infectious mix of rock, Motown, oldies, and contemporary hits. Free. Donations welcome: All proceeds will be directed to the Westport Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Sponsor: Matsu Sushi
Stay tuned for more special events in September! Our Gala and Stars-on-Tour Benefit events will be announced in the coming weeks.
*The Celebration Sundays Music Series is sponsored by Jewish Senior Services® and includes the following presentations: The Hot Sardines, Divalicious, Heartbeat Dance Band, Vinco Giordano & The Nighthawks, and Cynthia Sayer and Her Joyride Band.
The Melissa & Doug ® Children’s Series: From July 23rd – September 3rd , every Wednesday evening is all about children! Program announcements including free shows and a special ticketed fundraiser coming soon! Sponsored by Melissa & Doug®
- All shows are free except where otherwise indicated. No tickets are required for remaining free shows.
- The Levitt Pavilion Lawn closes for sound check and re-opens one hour before show-time for picnicking. Lawn closes after show.
- Our new FESTIVITIES CONCESSION opens one hour before showtime and is open for all shows.
- Our new TERRACE BAR is open THU – SUN one hour before show-time. (Photo I.D. required)
- Picnics and coolers welcome at free events. Picnics and coolers may not be permitted at some ticketed events – check show description when buying tickets.
- LOVE OUR LAWN! Use trash receptacles. Do not dispose of ice on lawn. Do not dispose of wax on lawn. Plastic always preferred – the Lawn is a barefoot zone!
- Free shows are BYO lawn chairs / blankets.
- High tables, tents and umbrellas are not permitted.
- The Levitt Pavilion and its perimeter is a non-smoking area.
- Please do not stand on or walk through planted areas.
- Children must be monitored by guardians at all times.
- No backstage or behind the stage area access permitted.
- To access the RiverWalk, use the Shoup Path or enter by the Library or Imperial footbridge.
- No pets are allowed (with the exception of service animals with proof of registration).
- Free shows are "shower or shine".
- Rain Location: Saugatuck Auditorium, 170 Riverside Avenue. Call the concert hotline at (203)-221-2153 at or after 4PM day of show for locations status.
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The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts produces what is now one of the longest running free outdoor festivals in the nation. Established by the Westport community in 1973, the Levitt Pavilion remains an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The only way to support us is directly!
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