Levitt launches free shows with reggae concert Tuesday
The sounds of the Caribbean -- with a zydeco twist -- will waft over Jesup Green Tuesday evening, June 25, with the first of 50 free shows offered this summer by the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts.
Mystic Bowie will perform on the green at 7 p.m., providing what the Levitt said would be a "reggae party under the stars."
The Levitt kicks off its season Saturday night, June 22, with a fundraising concert by the iconic rock band Foreigner in the Staples High School Field House. That show is a fundraiser for the Levitt, and tickets start at $70. Proceeds will help fund the free programs. More information on the Foreigner concert is available at www.levittpavilion.com .
Norwalk resident Bowie hails from Jamaica, but his sound is a meld of reggae, zydeco and blues-influenced ska.
He has released four studio albums on his own label, Funky Ska Music: "Funky Reggae" (1992), "Rebirth" (2002), "Nevah Kiss & Tell" (2009) and "Sweet Jamaica" (2012) distributed by VP Records.
Bowie's work has been featured in film and advertising, and he has performed regularly in Fairfield County, including a benefit concert in the wake of the Newtown shootings.
He has performed with a variety of funk and rock bands, according to his website, including the B-52s, Trey Anastasio (Phish) and Widespread Panic. He was featured on the Tom Tom Club's remake of the Jimmy Cliff classic, "Many Rivers to Cross," for the movie "The Long Kiss Good Night."
Bowie this summer will be followed by 49 more free Levitt shows. Jesup Green and other venues are being used this summer as the Levitt's riverfront complex undergoes a $6 million-plus renovation and expansion.
A regular free feature will be Celebration Sundays -- a series of 7 p.m. shows to wind down weekends.
The first will feature the boogie woogie mavens Eight to the Bar on Sunday, June 30.
Other upcoming free shows include the Canadian band Sultans of String (Friday, June 28, at 8 p.m.) and Otis & The Hurricanes (Saturday, June 29, at 8 p.m.).
For the Levitt Pavilion's full summer calendar, visit www.levittpavilion.com.