Westport sounds of summer: Orleans opens Levitt season Sunday
No matter the musical taste, this summer season at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts promises something for everyone.
The new season of Westport’s riverside rhythms kicks off Sunday with a performance by the veteran band, Orleans, one of the few ticketed evenings of the summer.
Most of the shows are free, with a lineup that includes River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs, bringing the sizzle of New Orleans to the pavilion Saturday, July 4.
The next night Grammy-nominated Kahulanui, a group from Hawaii, will perform under the stars. “Their music is best described as tropical paradise meets Big Band sounds,” said Carleigh Welsh, the marketing and development director for the Levitt. “Get out your vintage tropical attire” for that show Sunday, July 5, she added.
The Barons, a doo-wop group, takes the stage Sunday, July 12. “They are the real deal,” Welsh said, noting the oldies group had hits in the ’60s, including “Pledge of a Fool.”
Incendio, a Latin guitar-jazz-world fusion group, will perform Sunday, July 26, said Welsh, noting they always draw a large Westport audience. Incendio, which means fire in Italian and Spanish, is a fitting name for the band, she added.
And for those who enjoy serious, classic, rock and roll, the Doug Wahlberg Band will be on stage Saturday, Aug. 8. “We’ll have to make sure the roof is tied on extra tight that night,” Welsh said.
“Swinging the pendulum back” will be a performance by James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band on Sunday, Aug. 23, she said. “They are a great band, very sought after ... It will be a Benny Goodman-rich program with all the favorite swing hits.”
There will be two fundraisers during the season, including a summer gala, “Don Felder & An Evening at the Hotel California” on Saturday, July 25. Tickets for that performance start at $55 and are $250 to attend the performance and gala, Welsh said. Felder, former lead guitarist of the Eagles, will be playing their hit song, “Hotel California” live, she added.
She said that the Levitt also plans to showcase other kinds of performing arts and this season the Connecticut Ballet will be its riverside stage at least twice.
The Treehouse Comedy Club will also present comedians, and other offerings, like the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series, are designed for the younger audiences, she said.
This Sunday’s event launches the Levitt’s 42nd summer season, the second in its new pavilion complex, as well as serve as a public dedication for the Epstein Stage, which recognizes the gift by David and Geri Epstein to the Campaign for the New Levitt Pavilion.
The lawn will open Sunday to ticket holders at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dedication at 6:30 p.m. and Orleans’ performance at 7 p.m. No tickets will be on sale at the site.
For a complete listing of Levitt Pavilion offerings this season or to find out how to purchase tickets, go to the Levitt website, www.levittpavilion.com