Tues. May 26: The Sweetback Sisters – Country music, from western swing to rockabilly to honky tonk. This band “layer gorgeous girl-on-girl harmonies over swell honky-tonk melodies…Trust us: These guys are brilliant.”(NBC New York). http://www.TheSweetBackSisters.com Rain venue:St. Stephen’s Church. 351 Main Street in Ridgefield
Underwritten in part by The Leir Foundation
Tues. June 2: Della Mae – With a 2013 Grammy nominated album behind them, Della Mae’s third album is just out and the public can’t seem to get enough of them. According to The Guardian “ The ladies succeed because they are all fine instrumentalists… featuring fiddle, mandolin, guitar and bass, and have the ability to match upbeat bluegrass with country balladry and a dash of pop.” http://www.dellamae.com Rain venue: St. Stephen’s Church.
Underwritten by William Leventon
Tues. June 9: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys – Four times Grammy nominated. This band, led by Riley, a master of the Cajun accordion, has achieved worldwide fame for its stunning performance of Cajun French music. http://www.mamouplayboys.com Rain venue: Ridgefield Playhouse
Underwritten in part by the Law Firm of Cohen & Wolf, P.C.
Tues. June 16: Professor Louie & the Crowmatix – For many years, the backing band for CDs by Rick Danko, Garth Hudson & Levon Helm, the band received 5 Grammy nominations for its own CD, “Whispering Pines.” Band plays timeless rock, country, blues as well as its own originals. http://www.professorlouie.com Rain Venue: ERMS.
Underwritten in part by Fairfield County Bank
Tues. June 23: Barefoot Movement – 2014 IBMA Momentum Award winners for “Band of the Year”, this young string quartet from Hendersonville, TN. plays mostly original music that isn’t quite country and certainly isn’t traditional bluegrass. But it works and their fan base keeps growing. http://www.barefoot-movement.com Rain venue: St. Stephen’s Church 351 Main St.
Underwritten in part by Loire & Bob Leavitt
Tues. June 30: C.J. Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Band – This incredibly lively zydeco band returns for the sixth year, placing first once again in our season surveys. 2011 Grammy nominee, C.J. remains “heir to the zydeco throne.” (Billboard Magazine). http://www.officialcjchenier.com Rain venue: The Ridgefield Playhouse
Underwritten by the Alex Heckert Family
Thurs. July 2: Matt Munisteri & his Syncopatin’ Detonators –, Munisteri and his band that includes Jon Kellso on trumpet and John Allred on trombone is the full monty of jazz for dancing and partying – Western swing, hot jazz, soulful 1950’s honky-tonk and funky New Orleans R&B. http://www.mattmunisteri.com & http://www.kellsojazz.com Rain venue: ERMS.
Underwritten by Chris Pike of Ridgefield Music
Tues. July 7: The Duhks – Hailing from Canada and renowned for Celtic fiddles, Irish reels, old-time banjo, gospel vocals and Latin percussion that have forged a common spirit within the uncommonly vibrant fusion of this popular band, its newest CD, Beyond the Blue takes a bit of a new direction and includes a combination of winsome waltzes, antebellum instrumentals, Cajun romps and songs that merge eastern and western tradition. http://www.duhks.com Rain venue: The Ridgefield Playhouse
Underwritten by Lexus of Greenwich
Thurs. July 9: The Fairfield Counts – Catch the big band hits of the thirties and forties: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, Artie Shaw and more played by this 18 piece band. http://www.fairfieldcounts.com Rain venue: ERMS
Underwritten in part by The Ridgefield Thrift Shop
Tues. July 14: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen – With their latest release Cold Spell landing a 2015 GRAMMY Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album this band, IBMA’s 2014 Instrumental Group of the Year, is one of the hottest tickets in bluegrass. http://www.dirtykitchenband.com Rain venue: The Ridgefield Playhouse.
Underwritten by The Wadsworth Russell Lewis Trust Fund
Thurs. July 16: Mark Erelli –This talented musician travels his own road. Erelli has tackled everything from western swing and protest songs to lullabies and murder ballads, all in a richly expressive voice that Twangville.com heralds as “the male counterpart to Neko Case.” http://www.markerelli.com Rain venue: The Ridgefield Playhouse.
Underwritten by the Anna Maria & Stephen Kellen Foundation
Tues. July 21: Front Country – This Progressive sextet has come out of California to shake up the world of Bluegrass and Americana music. With its unique arrangements and award-winning songwriting, it took First Prize at the Rocky Grass 2012 and Telluride 2013 band competitions. http://www.frontcountryband.com. Rain venue: ERMS
Underwritten by Lexus of Mt. Kisco
Thurs. July 23: Wild Ponies – This Americana band fronted by Doug & Telisha Williams has an energy that is sure to draw you in. It has a “terrific, raw, robust sound” (No Depression). The Williams’ also write songs that tell great stories, “Their songwriting is as dazzling as their singing.”(Roots Music Report). http://www.wildponies.net Rain venue: ERMS
Underwritten by John Katz
Tues. July 28: Cherish the Ladies – “An astonishing array of virtuosity” (Washington Post). One of the most engaging ensembles in the history of Celtic music returns to Ridgefield after being tied for “most wanted” in 2013. http://www.cherishtheladies.com. Rain Venue: The Ridgefield Playhouse
Underwritten by Greenwich Infiniti
Thurs. July 30: Susan Werner –. “ A clever songwriter and an engaging performer, brings literacy and wit back to popular song.” says the New Yorker. “When it comes to crafting a song, Ms. Werner’s only peers are Jimmy Webb and Paul Simon,” writes No Depression. “This woman is great. Period.” (Nashville’s Music Row). http://www.susanwerner.com Rain venue: The Ridgefield Playhouse.
Underwritten in part by Naomi Manners Stern
Tues. Aug. 4: Jimmy La Fave – “A red dirt romantic” with his own style of “dirty boots folk-rock”. This multiple music award winner hails from Oklahoma and Texas and will knock your socks off. As usual Jimmy brings a group of stellar performers with him including Radoslav Lorkovic on keys. http://www.jimmylafave.com & http://www.radoslavlorkovic.com Rain venue: Ridgefield Playhouse.
Underwritten by an anonymous friend of CHIRP from Norwalk, Ct.
Thurs. Aug. 6: Lunasa – Described by the Irish Voice as “The hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet” and by the Irish Echo as “The most innovative and intriguing instrumental group in Ireland today” this great Celtic band returns to dazzle us with their skill once again. http://www.lunasa.ie Rain venue: Ridgefield Playhouse.
Underwritten in part by Naomi Manners Stern
Tues. Aug. 11: Hot Club of Cowtown – Once again a “most wanted back”, the “world’s most amazing Western Swing Band,”(London, Sunday Times) returns for the sixth year in a row with the incomparable Elana James on fiddle (with Eva the wonder dog on stage), Whit Smith on guitar and Jake Erwin on bass. To hear them is to love them. http://www.hotclubofcowtown.com Rain venue: Ridgefield Playhouse.
Underwritten by The Alex Heckert Family
Thurs. Aug. 13: Matt Andersen – Nominated in 2015 for a Juno for Best Traditional/Roots Album, this extraordinary Canadian musician received a standing ovation when he opened for Johnny Lang at the Ridgefield Playhouse. CHIRP welcomes him for the first, but hopefully, not last time. http://www.stubbyfingers.ca. Rain venue: The Ridgefield Playhouse.
Underwritten in part by Naomi Manners Stern
Tues. Aug18: The Revelers –“Louisiana bred party music…perked up by an injection of contemporary pop, rock and R&B” (Songlines Mag. U.K. 2013) Back again this year to keep you dancing, this band has it all, including sax. Rain venue: The Ridgefield Playhouse
Underwritten by Sam Hur of Ridgefield Cleaners
Thurs. Aug. 20: Humming House – “Put Humming House on your list of Must-See Acts of 2015.” (Huffington Post)This quintet of young musicians making first CHIRP appearance, embodies modern day Nashville’s blend of edgy, independent artistry. Their sound balances passion and energy with thoughtful arrangements. http://www.humminghouse.com. Rain venue: The Ridgefield Playhouse
Underwritten in part by Ridgefield Rotary
Tues. Aug. 25: Sarah Potenza – A top 20 selection of this season’s NBC: The Voice, and already a celebrated performer in the Indie/folk world, she turned all chairs and heads at her blind audition. Her rocking blues will surely turn yours as well. http://www.sarahpotenza.com. Rain venue: The Ridgefield Playhouse
Underwritten in part by Ridgefield Pet
Thurs. Aug. 27: Harpeth Rising – expansive three-part harmonies, elements of classical music, Latin grooves, jazz, bluegrass, and even rock inform this young trio’s original music all graduates of Indiana University’s famed Jacobs School of Music. “Astonishing creativity” (John Platt WFUV). http://www.HarpethRising.com Rain venue: The Ridgefield Playhouse.
Underwritten by Purkiss Capital Advisors, LLC.
Tues. Sept. 1: Pedrito Martinez –2015 Grammy nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album, this amazing Afro-Cuban percussionist and his group “may not yet be known to the public, but among his peers, he is firmly established as a source of rhythmic delight and inspiration.”(New York Times, Oct. 2013). http://www.pedritomartinezmusic.com Rain venue: The Ridgefield Playhouse.
Underwritten by Jon and Allison Stockel
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CHIRP is co-sponsored by the Town of Ridgefield through its Parks & Recreation Department, The Ridgefield Press and Lexus of Greenwich, Lexus of Mt. Kisco & Greenwich Infiniti.