Listen up and dust off your dancing shoes.

Jesup Green this weekend will be alive with ethnic music, and dance instructors will be on hand to demonstrate how to move your feet to the beat.

On Friday night, Steve Reilly and the Mamou Playboys bring their Cajun French sound to the green (Jesup Road, off Post Road in downtown Westport) for a free concert at 8 p.m.

A free lesson in Cajun dance styles will be offered at 7:30 by an instructor from Ballroom Dance Sport Connecticut. (Friday night's weather, however, threatens to move the event indoors

The show is part of the "River Swing" series presented by the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and kicks off a week of free outdoor entertainment under the stars.

Cajun spice

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys bring a sound from the backwaters of southwest Louisiana.

Led by the Cajun accordionist Riley, from Mamou, La., the band has been together for a quarter century, releasing 10 albums and garnering three Grammy nominations.

In addition to the accordion, Cajun music is driven by the fiddle, and the Playboys' fiddler Kevin Wimmer brings a Creole influence to the band, according to its website.

A dance lesson starts at 7:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 8.


Saturday will feature a performance by British-American musician, disk jockey and producer DJ Rekha, who has been the moving force behind the growing popularity of Bhangra, the genre of South Asian dance music.

A dance lesson starts at 7:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 8.

Party on!

Celebration, a nine-piece party band that specializes in wedding receptions, will focus on hits from the 1980s when it takes the stage at 8 p.m. Sunday, but the band also plays classics from other decades.

Big band

The Bob Button Big Band features 13 musicians who will perform classics from the Big Band Era at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The group has been performing in the New York Metro area for 35 years, the Levitt said.

Kids' show

The children's performer Barry G., a member of the Dream Jam Band, will perform in an interactive concert on Wednesday. Face painting and games start at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 7.

Folk, rock

Two bands of different genres will be featured in one concert next Thursday when the folk ensemble Emily Mure and Friends takes the stage, followed by the rock band Miko and the Musket.

Miko and the Musket features a diverse catalog of songs, drawing on elements of rock, folk, R&B and pop. Mure's music has been influenced by many elements, including her Irish heritage.

Mure performs at 7 p.m., followed by Miko and the Musket at 8.

Each show has an alternate location in case of rain. For details, visit or call 203-221-2153 after 4 p.m. on the day of the show.