Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, the band's Bridgeport-based singer/songwriter core, are life-long performers who can't stop writing dark little masterpieces for their band of traveling street performers. Add the wailing violin ticklings of Ben Dean and the wiggly but sturdy backbone of Brian Anderson's double bass, and you’ve got one of the area’s most theatric, unique and most successful world-touring – and completely independent – bands. They're not bluegrass. They're not alt-country. They're not just gypsy jazz. They're all of that — with some John, Paul, George and Freddie Mercury thrown in.
Caravan’s latest record, Kiss Kiss combines the dark humor and sarcastic social commentary of the group’s previous albums with an added emphasis on love and all the beauty and danger it brings.
“When it comes to this Caravan Of Thieves the only thing you have to worry about them stealing is your heart, as their music sweeps you across the dance floor and then bounces your around quite a bit.” – Blog Critics Magazine
“There's something about the band's witty, spirited gypsy folk-jazz that is so new and yet so familiar all at once.” – Washington Post
It's an explosion of New Orleans party music, Soul in the style of Ray Charles and Al Green, a good helping of jam-bandy Roots Rock with a splash of powerful upbeat Gospel without the religious overtones.
In the name of a good time, BroJo is throwing a tent revival at FTC: Second Line, Funk, and Gospel pulsing with their signature 200% energy. More than just live music, BroJo is a theatrical performance. They break out parasols, parade through the audience and have been known to throw out hundreds of Mardi Gras beads over the course of a show. When the parade starts grooving.. try to stand still... we dare you. Come for the party and leave a bead covered convert.
FOR FANS OF: Yarn / Sol Driven Train / Love Canon
Booking: Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution
Jon McLaughlin is an artist on the crest of a personal renaissance. Since parting ways with Island Records he has experienced a groundswell of support and inspiration. His latest effort, Forever If Ever, is a fresh and honest new chapter for the Academy Award nominated singer songwriter. “There isn’t a note on the record that I didn’t spend hours scrutinizing over,“ says Jon, “I feel like it’s a real connection to me.” The record, released on Razor and Tie, gave him an opportunity to produce without the scrutiny of a major label. The lyrics are more personal this time around, and the attention paid to each tone gives the album a cleansing variety. Like his influences (think Billy Joel, Elton John, and Ben Folds) McLaughlin’s songs are sometimes topical, often personal, and always on point.
Satisfaction is the international touring tribute show dedicated to the "World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band". This glamorous show has been in production and touring since 2001 with over 2,000 performance dates to its credit. It is the only full time touring show of it's kind in the world. This highly acclaimed production showcases the most authentic cast and costuming audiences have ever witnessed. The likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and supporting cast bring a colorful performance to over 50 years of classic hits. Featured in dozens of national newspapers, magazines and television ads as the greatest show ever honoring the Rolling Stones and their legacy.
Booking: "Satisfaction" The International Rolling Stones Show
Northampton's finest folk rockers, the Stephen Kellogg Band, return to StageOne on the heels of Stephen's recent solo release Blundtstone Rookery. Reared on Jim Croce and Cat Stevens, Kellogg writes an exciting blend of Americana, rock and roll, and even a bit of pop.
FOR FANS OF: Ben Taylor, Marc Broussard, Pat McGee Band, Matt White
Known for their irresistible contemporary blues-rock and street-level grit and soul, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers are anxious to bring their newest release, The Devil You Know, to live on tour this Fall. This album features an array of FTC alum including Marcia Ball, Joe Bonamassa, Tab Benoit, and Samantha Fish. Each song comes loaded with emotional depth and muscular hooks courtesy of Castro’s soulful singing, insightful lyrics and dynamic, potent guitar playing.
“Phenomenal and funky...soulful vocals and inspired blues-rock guitar.” –The Washington Post”
“Tommy Castro and The Painkillers are a crackling, stripped-down band with plenty of grit and a rocking soul.” –Jambands.com
FOR FANS OF: Albert Cummings / Popa Chubby / Tab Benoit / Coco Montoya
Booking: Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
An Irish folk singer drawing on the Neil Young songwriting tradition. Declan is a product of the folk-rock busking tradition which produced Damien Dempsey, Mundy, and Paddy Casey; all of of whom O’Rourke served his musical apprenticeship under. O’Rourke’s audience-friendly brand of acoustic-pop brought him multi-platinum success in Ireland and multiple returns to Fairfield.
Here's how renowned Irish folk singer Maura O'Connell described Declan O'Rourke:
"He is a phenomenal writer, singer, musician and entertainer. I can't do justice to his talent with words. I don't say that very often, but in this case it is true."
When someone of O'Connell's stature says that about a fellow Irish folkie, you pay attention. And when someone is referred to as the "Irish Leonard Cohen", you have to check him out.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today. Drawing from an extensive repertoire that includes original compositions by Mr. Marsalis, Ted Nash, and other members of the orchestra, as well as the masterworks of Ellington, Mingus, Coltrane, and other great jazz composers, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis concerts are critically-acclaimed internationally.
"The finest big band in the world today," said the Daily Telegraph, UK.
Booking: Wynton Marsalis
Sub Booking: w/ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Band Together founders Jerry Vigorito and Rob Fried bring you a dance and funk show channeling the popular NY nightclub Studio 54 and the “scene” from the 1970’s and 80’s made popular by Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Donna Summer, The O’Jays, Jackson Five and more. Along with Jerry and Rob, this show features Sheila Fabrizio, Anthony Gadaleta, Kevin Franklin, Pete Hines, Nick Biello and Pat Marafiote.
All funds raised will support CLASP and their program to provide homes and opportunities for people with autism and related developmental disabilities. By offering high quality, personalized services CLASP is able to enhance each person’s independence, dignity and continued personal growth. Lets be part of helping others develop their ability to be contributing members of the community.
“The feel good nature of the Band Together thing is indescribable” .... The New York Times
Booking: A Night at Studio 54-
Sub Booking: A Benefit Concert for CLASP
"One of modern music's master storytellers has returned with the nostalgic and intensely personal Benji. Since the early 90s, former Red House Painters prolific frontman Mark Kozelek has assembled an impressive catalog, releasing one poignant recording after another. The brilliantly-crafted sixth studio album from the celebrated indie folk troubadour might possibly be the most beautifully candid record he has recorded under the Sun Kil Moon guise or any nom de plume." - PopMatters
This fall Sun Kil Moon make its first appearance at FTC, and we couldn't be more excited. Prepare for an intimate performance in an intimate space.
Musician and producer, Jay Stollman is an essential character on the east coast music scene. Stollman performs in a broad range of styles, switching effortlessly between Blues, Rock and Roll and Blue Eyed Soul. He’s carved out a niche not only as a gifted vocalist, but also as a dynamic entertainer and bandleader.
The Jay Stollman Blues Band has won over audiences around the world playing with the likes of James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Joan Osborne, Tower of Power, and Blues Traveler. With powerhouse grooves and an electrifying front man, JSBB has everything they need to move your spirit, your soul and your feet.
Booking: Jay Stollman w/ Special Guest, Debbie Davies
This British hard-rock treasure led the 70s avant-garde alongside Led Zeppelin, King Crimson, and Pentangle. With 20+ album releases and countless live performances, Wishbone Ash’s solo swaps, hard bass, and atmospheric melody has kept them relevant for decades.
Don’t miss their Fairfield debut to hear winding instrumentals, hypnotic drums, and a range of styles from rock to celtic to funk including a special set of their 1971 hit album ‘Pilgrimage’ in its entirety.
FOR FANS OF: Jimmy Page / Jethro Tull / Jeff Beck / Humble Pie
Band Together founders Jerry Vigorito and Rob Fried take you on a tour through cities and radio stations to play the most popular rock music of the last generation all to support Pilot House’s programs for children and families with special needs. Rock & Roll will never die!
This show will celebrate Band Together’s 50th performance since 2006 supporting local charities. Come down and celebrate with us!
“The feel good nature of the Band Together thing is indescribable” .... The New York Times
Booking: Rock in the USA - A The Pilot House Benefit Concert
Surprising himself and fans alike, Jeff Daniels’ latest role is of a traveling folk raconteur with 30 years worth of secret songwriting that lands him in Fairfield, CT.
Unlike those who use their celebrity status to prop mediocre hobbies, Daniels is a true musician who can growl a blue vocal or croon a gentle ballad. The guy can finger pick a nimble lead and back his blues stories with catchy riffs and biting humor.
A bit of rockabilly, funk, boogie-woogie, disco, jazz, and blues, this trio of english siblings play with a chemistry that can only come from family. Coming from a musical household: a studio engineer father and their mother being the drummer of 70s post-punk band The Raincoats, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis have had upwards of 30 years band practice together.
They’ve joined worldwide sold-out tours opening for acts including Coldplay, Razorlight, Richard Hawley, and more and now take on their own North American tour with the release of their third album, simply titled, The Third. In short, they're a mix up of dirty R&B, whiskey soaked country, haunting Hawaiian jungle drums and Gospel fever, with a punch in the face by Daisy's hard beatboxing!
FOR FANS OF: Wanda Jackson / JD McPherson / James Hunter / Stray Cats
Two legends on one bill? This is the kind of show that you’ve just got to see. A music veteran who’s played with everyone from Bob Dylan to Iggy Pop, Hiatt’s gruff, down-home take on roots is well worth seeing. Mahal, of course, is one of the key figures in American music whose melding of blues with music from around the world is nothing short of revolutionary.
Generously Underwritten by: Bankwell
Booking: John Hiatt & The Combo and The Taj Mahal Trio
Following in the footsteps of strong female musicians including Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Raitt, and Grace Potter, Nicki Bluhm is on the path to selling out her tour. Bluhm along with her husband Tim and bandmates, churn out a classic breed of road warrior music while touring extensively with well-known jam-rock players. She’s a far cry from the manufactured divas and half-talents in the mainstream today. She’s a natural, down to earth, show stopping kind of chick making her an artist to watch very closely.
FOR FANS OF: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds / The Black Lillies / The Wood Brothers
She's a far cry from the manufactured divas and half-talents that pass for "female artists" in the mainstream today, and it's her abiding quality, natural gifts and good instincts for collaborators that are making her an artist to watch VERY closely. - Jambase
A rough, gruff, and tough bluesman to the core, Popa raised himself after a tough life on the streets. The larger-than-life, ultra-hardworking blues guitarist and singer tells everyone that first and foremost - he is a survivor.
He is at the forefront of modern blues-rock, where the mix of intensity and integrity, captured on Popa Chubby’s Back To New York City, has made him one of the genres most popular figures. With a shaved head, tattooed arms, goatee, and performing style described as the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson, it’s no wonder how Popa Chubby sells out StageOne time and time again.
FOR FANS OF: Tommy Castro, Albert Cummings, Ana Popovic, Walter Trout
Sultry goddess Dana Fuchs and her band return to StageOne for her sixth time and it’s sure to be another sell out. Just coming off of an incredible performance at Royal Albert Hall, Fuchs is a throwback to another time in line with blues-based shouters like Robert Plant; capturing the attention of a generation.
"Imagine a sultry, more emotive Janis Joplin, backed by a higher energy version of the late 60s Rolling Stones… Rock n' Roll doesn't get any better." - Stereophile Magazine
Marcia Ball, born on the Texas/Louisiana border, has long been a superb live performer, delivering her swampy blend of zydeco, blues and gritty R&B with all the force of a Saturday night locomotive, and her many fans have been crying for her to return to StageOne, and now, finally, she's back. She's is a living example of how East Texas blues meets southwest Louisiana swamp rock.
Classy and subdued yet bubbling with passion, emotion, and a love of Southern-style music that explodes out of every song, few things in life are as reliable as a Marcia Ball performance. Get ready, folks. Marcia Ball is coming back to crank out top-notch blues.
"Rollicking, playful, good time blues and intimate, reflective balladry." - Rolling Stone
Dubbed as “America’s local band,” Red Wanting Blue has toured and taken the heartland by storm. Led by the powerful baritone of singer Scott Terry, RWB makes builds their fanbase show after show through their passionate, unshakable rock n roll performances.
"Midwestern rock heroes." – American Songwriter
"…solid, powerhouse musicianship…" – Relix
"…enduringly bright, promising and wonderful." – Blurt
In an era when the term 'legendary' gets applied to auto-tuned pop stars, this singular blues harp player, singer, songwriter, and guitarist has earned and deserves to be honored as a true master of American classic vernacular music.
Musselwhite has won countless awards during his career including induction into the Blues Hall of Fame and collaborating with innumeral music giants including Muddy Waters,Tom Waits, and Eddie Vedder. Most recently, Musselwhite teamed up with Ben Harper to record an album that won the Best Blues Album Grammy Award.
His skill is uncanny and stage energy is an experience you do not want to go without.
Lyle Lovett’s nimble and incisive songs have made him one of the most unique voices in Americana. From country to pop to big band swing, Lovett has been a cult figure from his start in the 80s. The four-time Grammy winner is behind well-known hits including “If I Had A Boat,” “You’ve Got A Friend In Me,” “L.A. County,” and many, many more. In addition to music, Lovett has a substantial film repertoire including “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Walk Hard.”
Lovett is a genuine gentleman with southern charm. The refreshing summer soundtrack you need for a top down, winding road drive.
FOR FANS OF: Steve Earle / Willie Nelson / John Prine
Booking: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
When a guitarist truly lives for and loves what they do, it shows and shines like a beacon during live performances. Carolyn Wonderland’s live show beats any record and her tone is a musical force to be reckoned with. From down-and-dirty blues to NOLA romp to slow and easy guitar wail-fest, Wonderland slays.
FOR FANS OF: Ana Popovic / Tinsley Ellis / Shemekia Copeland / Tommy Castro
The guitarist, singer-songwriter, and founding member of the now disbanded Black Crowes will return to StageOne for one special night this August. Airy, southern rock n roll is what to expect when Rich Robinson rolls into town. He’s the chilled out brother with lyrically pleasing songs and smooth rhythm. Sure to be a fun night in Fairfield.
FOR FANS OF: The Black Crowes / Jackie Greene / Warren Haynes
"Rich Robinson brings back not only roots-rock accessibility, but the complexity and originality that transformed the Black Crowes into a band that mattered.” — Paste Magazine
Split between Brooklyn and New Orleans, Dr. Klaw are Adam Deitch (John Scofield / Lettuce), Nigel Hall (Warren Haynes Band / Lettuce), Eric Krasno (Soulive), Ian Neville, and Nick Daniels.
These five musicians are brilliant in their own right and come together on StageOne to make you move. Forming after a swampy, funky time at Jazz Fest these guys have built themselves a reputation as the next funky dream team on the NOLA jam scene.
FOR FANS OF: Soulive / Galactic
Booking: Dr. Klaw
Sub Booking: FT. members of John Scofield, Lettuce, Warren Haynes Band, and Soulive
NOLA’s Dirty Dozen Brass Band are back and dirtier than ever. After more than three dozen years, these Crescent City originals still play a wildly energetic blend of jazz, bebop, and funk. A mainstay at New Orleans’ JazzFest and featured on HBO’s Treme, Dirty Dozen Brass Band is that danceable, authentic brass band that brings you back to Bourbon Street.
FOR FANS OF: The Soul Rebels / Galactic / Trombone Shorty
Join Ghanaian reggae sensation Samini and Safe Water Network for an evening of soul-shaking Ghanaian rhythms and fundraising for safe drinking water in Ghana. One of Ghana’s most popular musicians, Samini blends Ghanaian Highlife, Jamaican Dancehall, Afro-pop and American R&B for a unique ‘African Dancehall’ reggae style that won him MTV Africa’s Artist of the Year in 2014. Following sellout concerts across the US (including SXSW) and Europe, Samini and his dynamic musicians will bring down the house in a rare opportunity to see this versatile star in an intimate setting.
Bringing together the transformative power of music and life-changing access to safe water, this show benefits Safe Water Network, founded by Paul Newman to bring reliable and affordable drinking water to communities lacking this essential life need. Proceeds from this benefit concert will go to Safe Water Network’s program to build Safe Water Stations in Ghana.
VIP EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:
- Private pre-show reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres
- Premium reserved seating
- Gift bag with handwoven Ghanaian kente scarf and other goodies
- $100 is tax-deductible
- **VIP TICKETS WILL BE HELD AT WILL CALL FOR PICK UP**
“What is exciting about Safe Water Network’s approach is that it is truly sustainable.” – Kofi Annan, Former U.N. Secretary General, during a 2013 visit to a Safe Water Station in Ghana
Sub Booking: A Benefit Concert for Safe Water Network
The Dustbowl Revival got Fairfield moving and shaking so hard last summer that we had to bring them back for a swing, gypsy jazz time this spring. From 1930s swing to bluegrass, Dustbowl stitches together traditions from around the globe. They’ve evolved into a roving collection playing with as many as nine members: fiddle, mandolin, trombone, clarinet, trumpet, banjo, accordion tuba, pedal steel, drum, guitar, bass, harmonica, and plenty of washboard and kazoo for good measure.
FOR FANS OF: Holy Ghost Tent Revival / Yarn / The Black Lillies
“A Natural opening act for The Lumineers or Mumford and Sons.” - Los Angeles Magazine
Dreadlocked and sunny, SOJA has a knack for creating pure summertime bliss. Their sound is a likeable mix of traditional roots-reggae broken down for the casual listener and party reggae as re-imagined by jambands such as DMB and Phish. SOJA fits perfectly into the vision of what summer music is – sunshine grooves, peaceful vibes, and good times.
SOJA has sold more than 200,000 albums, headlined shows in over 20 countries around the world, generated nearly 4 million Facebook fans, and over 90 million YouTube views. The band has toured with Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, 311 and appeared at major festivals including Bonnaroo where they attract an almost Grateful Dead-like international fan base along the way, with caravans of diehards following them from city to city.
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (GPGDS) is known for folding the aesthetics of the jamband scene into the structures of reggae. In their live setting, GPGDS performs extended jams of their studio albums’ blended roots reggae and psychedelia.
"Steady cements GPGDS as one of the most innovative and boundary-pushing reggae bands out there." –Live For Live Music
"Steady is the equivalent of a painter putting his most inspired vision on canvas with impeccable execution." –Top Shelf Reggae
From LA to NYC, Brendan James has traveled the country in pursuit of writing and recording some of the most fluid and well-thought out songs including a TEDx talk special. He has risen through the ranks of today’s top troubadours working alongside artists including John Mayer, Carly Simon, and John Legend. With a sound between James Taylor, Ryan Adams, and Ed Sheeran, Brendan is that enjoyable lyrically driven singer-songwriter with a pop edge.
FOR FANS OF: Brett Dennen / Ed Sheeran / Damien Rice / Ari Hest
Launched by the very nature of his American rock star genetics, Devon is nothing less than the son of his father Gregg. Beyond the last name, however, Devon has been able to secure his own spot with a slick control over the guitar, like a young Santana, and a fierce bluesy approach to rock, like the Rolling Stones. With songs built around killer riffs and soulful vocals, Allman is clearly an artist who gives himself to his music mind, body and soul, his face contorting as his fingers fly across the frets at about 100 miles per hour, channeling everyone from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Hendrix to Duane himself.