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Summer Sounds Under the Stars

Outdoor concerts provide family fun or time with friends



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Finding some night time fun in the local area this summer won’t be hard to do with all the summer concert series. Family fun can be found in any town during the warm evenings, whether you like reggae, rock, classic, covers or anything else, the summer concert series won’t disappoint and you won’t have to spend too much. Take advantage of the concerts in Fairfield County this summer and it might just become a tradition!

Greenwich's Roger Sherman Baldwin Park

From jazz to doo wop, a tour of the decades can be found in Greenwich during their Wednesday summer 2012 concert series. If you want a trip through memory lane or want to bring your kids to a different kind of concert, make your way over to Greenwich. Shows start at 7:15 p.m.

  • July 11 - Billy and the Showmen (R&B)
  • July 18 - Souled Out (Motown)
  • August 1 - The Short Bus (Covers, Rock)
  • August 15 - Cynthia Sayer (Jazz)
  • August 22 - In Harmony (50’s Doo Wop)

Download the full lineup of summer outdoor music in Greenwich, CT »

New Canaan’s Summer Concerts at Waveny Park

A night under the stars in New Canaan can be for family time or a night with old friends. With acoustic pop or rock and roll with folk roots, the sounds of summer will be starting soon. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. free of charge!

  • June 13 - Airborne (Cool Jazz, Bebop, Latin Jazz, Jazz Vocals)
  • June 27 - Doug Allen (Acoustic Pop)
  • July 18 - The Bookends (Babyboomer 60’s and 70’s)
  • July 25 - The Grandsons (Rock and Roll with Folk Roots)
  • August 8 - Billy & the Showmen (Motown, Rhythm and Blues)
  • August 22 - The Cartells Band (Popular Music of all Styles)
  • August 29 - Fairfield Counts Big Band (Miller, Dorsey, Goodman)

See Waveny's summer concert lineup »

Rowayton’s Bayley Beach Summer Music Festival

The town of Rowayton offers relaxing nights listening to music on the beach. The summer begins with some jam rock and includes a range of different artists. From classic to New Orleans Blues, you will be sure to find something you like. Shows start at 5:30 p.m.

  • June 17 - Barefoot Truth (Jam Rock)
  • July 4 - MOJO (Classic Rock)
  • July 8 - NRBQ (Rhythm and Blues)
  • July 29 - Eric Lindell (New Orleans Blues)
  • September 2 - Max Creek (Jam Rock)

See full lineup for The RCA Summer Music Festival »

Stamford's Alive @ Five

First: the basics. Alive @ Five spans for seven music-packed weeks and takes place in Columbus Park in downtown Stamford. Tickets are only $10—a steal once you realize the lineup. The concerts begin at 5, rain or shine. Music-seekers must be twenty-one to enter the concert area after 7 p.m. A younger crowd is welcome, so long as they arrive before 7. You can bring the whole family, too. Children under twelve get in free, so long as they arrive before 7 p.m. The single entrance to the concert area is located on Main Street, east of Clarke and Lower Summer streets. And please—watch what you bring into the concert area. No coolers, alcohol, pets, recording devices, bicycles, or—it should go without saying—weapons. If you can’t bring it to an airport, leave it at home. Nothing like a police search to ruin a good night.

  • June 21 - Los Lonely Boys
  • June 28 - G. Love & Special Sauce
  • July 5 - Creedence Clearwater Revisited  
  • July 12 - Matisyahu
  • July 19 - Hot Chelle Rae
  • July 26 - Javier Colon
  • August 2 - Foreigner

Visit Stamford Downtown for more information »

Westport's Levitt Pavilion

First—let’s get this out in the open. Some people might have the idea that a free concert automatically means unpracticed acts that fumble through songs. Not the case. The Pavilion’s lineup includes both established and emerging artists—all polished and professional. No cringe-worth open mic night horrorshows here.

What makes the Pavilion stand out from the rest is the diversity of their summer series. For nearly sixty evenings, you can enjoy a wide variety of performances. Plus, there’s something for the whole family. Nights are generally grouped into themes. As an added bonus, many of the evenings start with a pre-concert dance lesson, dubbed the “RiverSwing Series.” Professional instructors will show you just how to shake it along with the music about to be performed.

Check out the Pavilion’s themes and start times below.

  • Sundays - Jazz & Big Band: 7 p.m
  • Mondays (August only) - Movie Nights: Sundown
  • Tuesdays - Wild Cards: anything goes, including Dance, Comedy and More: 8 p.m.
  • Wednesdays - Children’s Series: 7 p.m.
  • Thursdays - Classical, Cabaret, Broadway and Beyond: 8 p.m.
  • Fridays - Party Bands and Pop: 8 p.m.; Carbonleaf (July 20) will help you start your weekend right with an evening of Indie, Celtic-infused pop-rock.
  • Saturdays - Blues/Folk/Rock/ World/DJs: 8 p.m.

See The Levitt Pavilion's full lineup of summer shows »

 

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