2016 Concerts

Tues. 5/31      Durham County Poets  – A stew of influences from the Band to Jimmy Reed, a mix of styles from blues to ragtime, Durham county poets uniquely blend them all.  The band hails from Quebec and have been labeled as soulful folk. www.durhamcountypoets.com

Underwritten by Wadsworth Russell Lewis Trust Fund

Tues. 6/7        The Revelers – “Louisiana bred party music…perked up by an injection of contemporary pop, rock, and r&b “ (Songlines Magazine U.K. 2013) Back by popular demand for third year in a row they play all styles of Cajun, zydeco and Swamp Pop.  Members include some of original Red Stick Ramblers and Pine Leaf Boys.  www.revelersband.com

Underwritten by Sam Hur of Ridgefield Cleaners

Tues. 6/14      Spuyten Duyvil –Joyful, uplifting and spirited music. Contemporary “old time” music –original traditionals, played with heart, soul and sass. “crackle with energy that’s both contemporary and downright irresistible.” www.spuytenduyvilmusic.com

Underwritten in part by the law firm of Cohen & Wolf, P.C.

Tues. 6/21      Birds of Chicago Allison Russell’s clarion voice wraps around the broken, country-soul croon of J.T. Nero, delivering echoes of mountain gospel, doo wop and classic soul, with back porch instrumentation. Their newest CD Real Midnight, produced by Joe Henry has received rave reviews.

Underwritten by Naomi Manners Stern

Tues 6/28       Jimmy La Fave – Hailing from Wills Point,Texas & Stillwater, Oklahoma, a multiple music award winner, he has been called a “red-dirt romantic” with his own style of “dirty-boots folk-rock.”  www.jimmylafave.com

Thurs. 6/30    The Fairfield Counts– Take a trip down Nostalgia Lane while you listen to the big band hits of the thirties and forties: Glen Miller, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey and more.

Underwritten in part by The Ridgefield Thrift Shop

Tues 7/5   Dust Bowl Revival – Awarded Best Live Band in LA.    “Dustbowl Revival’s upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear. ” LA Weekly.  With tuba, washboard, accordion, trumpet and plenty of strings.  www.dustbowlrevival.com

Underwritten by 3 B’s Foundation and David and Andrea Beebe

Thurs. 7/7       C.J. Chenier and his Red Hot Louisiana Band – “heir to the zydeco throne.” (Billboard Magazine) After 7 yrs. of being one of our “most wanted” C.J.’s annual concert is now a Ridgefield tradition. Some of the most fun music you’ll ever hear.

Underwritten by the Alex Heckert Family

Tues. 7/12      Front Country –A  progressive blue grass and Americana quintet hailing from San Francisco.. With its unique arrangements and award-winning songwriting, it took First Prize at the Rocky Grass 2012 and Telluride 2013 band competitions. www.frontcountryband.com

Underwritten by Chris Pike of Ridgefield Music

Thurs. 7/14     Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line – “Fans of Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton, take notice: Nora Jane Struthers embodies everything you could want in an Americana singer-songwriter.” NPR Music. Her newest CD features a “more electric, diverse, aggressive brand of music.  The change suits her well”  James Reed, Boston Globe.  www.norajanestruthers.com

Underwritten in part by The Leir Foundation

Tues. 7/19      Bumper Jacksons – Musically, early jazz, spiced with old country and contemporary approaches to lyrics.  They embody the essence and import of roots gathered, fostered and allowed to thrive anew. “Their hellacious devil music will make you get up and dance!” – Stephen D. Winick, the Huffington Post.  “Bumper Jacksons bring sexy back for back alley jazz.” (The Alternate Root) www.bumperjacksons.com

 Thurs. 7/21     Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem – “Sweeping timeless melodies with cosmopolitan splashes of modern pop & jazz.” (Boston Globe) “One of America’s most inventive string bands.” (Boston Herald) “…joy in the moment, peace in the harmonies, and rapture in the rhythmic drive.” (Hartford Courant) www.raniarbo.com

Tues. 7/26      Caleb Klauder Country Band –   Music that sounds like it should be rolling out of a Great Depression honky-tonk.  “Klauder channels the spirit of some of the early country acts, while still making his songs relevant to our times.” – Calvin Powers, Taproot Radio . “Like entering some eternal country-swing tavern in the sky.” Seattle Times. www.calebklauder.com

Underwritten by Bob & Loire Leavitt

Thurs. 7/28     John Jorgenson Quintet – Grammy Winner Jorgenson has played with Dylan, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt and even Luciano Pavarotti..  Founder of the Desert Rose Band, he has played in every genre and recently released a 3CD collection featuring Gypsy Jazz, electric, and Bluegrass.  In addition to acoustic and electic guitars Jorgenson is also known for his performance on sax and clarinet.  but is most recognized for his Gypsy Jazz. http://www.johnjorgenson.com

Underwritten by The Anna Maria & Stephen Kellen Foundation

Tues 8/2   Sarah Potenza Band – Rockin’ blues.   A top 20 selection of NBC’s 2015 The Voice, Sarah was already a celebrated performer in the indie/folk world performing frequently at Nashville’s  Bluebird Café.  She has also played The Grand Ole Opry.  On The Voice, Sarah turned all the judges heads and chairs at her blind audition. www.sarahpotenza.net

Underwritten by William Leventon

Thurs. 8/4       Slaid Cleaves –Twangy Country, Dust Bowl Folk, “one of the finest singer/songwriters from Texas”. (NY Times).  “He’s a master craftsman on the order of Guy Clark and John Prine.” (Austin Chronicle.)www.slaidcleaves.com

Underwritten by John Katz

 Tues. 8/9       Eileen Ivers – She’s been called a “sensation” by Billboard magazine and “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times. Grammy awarded, Emmy nominated, Nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Eileen Ivers will change the way you think about the violin. www.eileenivers.com.

Underwritten by Purkiss Capital Advisors LLC

Thurs.8/11      Pine Leaf Boys– According to the NY Times “the best new,energetic, and fun Cajun band in a very long time.”  “The next best thing to a dance on Saturday Night “ Rolling Stone. 4 time Grammy nominee.  http://www.pineleafboys.com.

Tues. 8/16      Hot Club of Cowtown – It wouldn’t be a CHIRP summer in Ridgefield without the “world’s most amazing Western Swing Band” (London, Sunday Times). Bring your wallets, Hot Club has a new CD, Midnight on the Trail.  The three incomparables: Elana James, Whit Smith & Jake Erwin.  http://www.hotclubofcowtown.com

Underwritten by the Alex Heckert Family

Thurs. 8/18     Darlingside – Originally part of a Williams a-cappella group, this quartet now makes music on its own and won the 2015 Artist of the Year award from Folk Alliance International. “The instrumentals are just as meticulous as the harmonies, the harmonies just as haunting as the lyrics, and the lyrics a testament to the Boston quartet’s success to come.” – Larry Groce, NPR’s Mountain Stage. http://www.darlingside.com

Underwritten in part by Fairfield County Bank

Fri. 8/19  U.S. Airforce Band “Jazz in Blue” – An 18-member military big band which performs everything from dance hits of the swing era to up-to-the-minute hard-driving numbers. Latin, swing, salsa, or sizzling scat singing – you name it, this band can play it.

Sponsored by The Ridgefield Chapter of the American Legion and by CHIRP

Tues 8/23  Humming House – “You can’t help but admire the infectious hootenanny thrown by the folk band Humming House,” (NPR).  This group embodies modern day Nashville’s blend of edgy, independent artistry. Appearances on NPR, Mountain Stage, The Today Show, etc. www.humminghousewithaview.com

Underwritten by Naomi Manners Stern

 Thurs. 8/25     David Myles Band – “In some ways, he sounds like a cross between James Taylor and Michael Bublé, “ Elmore Mag.  Canadian, Myles leaps easily from rock to jazz, Latin music and hip-hop to purely country croons, a master of many genres and a Juno Award winner. www.DavidMyles.com

Underwritten in part by Ron Rucolas of Ridgefield Pet

Tues. 8/30  Los Texmaniacs –2010 Grammy Award winners, this famed conjunto band incorporates elements from rock & roll and jazz with Tejano Music. Lead by Max Baca who is a legend on the bajo sexton, a twelve string guitar-like instrument, their concerts burst with energy attracting young, new audiences. Max has led 4 tours to Iraq,Afghanistan and other war torn areas, appeared on Jay Leno, Letterman, Conan O’Brien and been featured in multiple PBS documentaries.  www.texmaniacs.com

Underwritten by Naomi Manners Stern

Thurs. 9/1    Matt Andersen & The Bona Fide  –Nominated in 2015 for a Juno for Best Traditional/Roots album this extraordinary Canadian talent has received a standing ovation at almost every performance.  Over FIVE  million “you tube” hits.  www.stubbyfingers.ca

Underwritten by Jon & Allison Stockel