Changing the sound of 70s music with hits including ‘Heard It in a Love Song’ and ‘Can’t You See,’ Marshall Tucker Band has been one of the greatest Southern rock bands of all time. Decades later, all six men know how to rock out and move audiences. They sing with passion and heart, dusting off hits and introducing them to a brand new crowd.
Thanks to the expanding scope of today’s music, a new generation of fans is learning what the rest of their fans have known for so long; good music knows no boundaries.
Lez Zeppelin performances are on point, packing StageOne over a dozen times. These four female rockers not only possess the reverence of The Mighty Zep, but the raw talent required to pull off an impeccable tribute. Lez Zeppelin’s larger-than-life stage presence outgrew StageOne years ago and they’re rarin’ to take on The Warehouse.
"There are a few jarring moments when it will feel like the most powerful all-female band in rock history…" - Chuck Klosterman, SPIN
New Duke features Brian Torff’s arrangements of Duke Ellington’s Cotton Club period through the 1960s, infused with funk, hip-hop, reggae. This eight-piece jazz band attracts both jazz aficionados and general music-lovers alike. They’re modern, tight, and experts at mashups.
Support for this project comes in part from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
New Duke consists of Darryl Tookes, vocals; Brian Torff, bass, arranger and composer, harmonica, and vocals ; Jamie Finnegan, trumpet; Rick Sadlon, saxophone and flute ; Steve Moran, tenor and baritone sax; John Fumasoli, trombone ; Dave Childs, keyboards; and Don Mulvaney, drums.
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
Coming off a highly successful two-year run with Genesis Revisited, Steve Hackett returns to North America in celebration on his April 2015 release of ‘Wolfight.’ This brand-new tour Acolyte to Wolfight sprinkles in the Genesis that will satisfy old and new fans by broadening musical horizons.
This 2.5 hour show brings superb pieces including ‘Ace of Wands,’ ‘Lamb Lies Down on Broadway,’ ‘The Cinema Show,’ and other more favorites. For many, this is the total experience, spanning Steve’s prolific output from early Genesis days to today.
Booking: Steve Hackett
Assembly of Dust
FOR FANS OF: Railroad Earth / moe. / String Cheese Incident
Over the last ten years Assembly of Dust has crafted a unique sound that recalls the likes of The Band, Traffic and Neil Young. They have taken that early 70's Americana swagger, put their own funky spin on it, and earned comparisons to the next generation of Americana heroes including Ryan Adams, Mumford and Sons, and Wilco. Hooky melodies, poetic lyrics, and a profound depth of musicianship prompted USA Today to say Assembly of Dust has what it takes to “dazzle the Alt-Country universe.”
The New York Times praised saying that AOD “puts forth one of the more lucid songwriting efforts to emerge in the long wake of the Grateful Dead.”
Melding the deep grooves of blues and R&B with guitar work that recalls J.J. Cale and Little Feat, Assembly of Dust is a New York-based quintet which has developed a sizable following on the East Coast for their rich country-accented melodies and impressive chops. Assembly of Dust was formed by lead vocalist and songwriter Reid Genauer after the breakup of his band Strangefolk.
Their latest release, Sun Shot, is one part Singer-Songwriter, one part Alt-Country and one part Rock and Roll, but the thread tying it all together is Genauer's heartfelt and beautifully written lyrics. In 2009 The New York Times praised Genauer's songwriting skills as some of the most eloquent “to emerge in the long wake of the Grateful Dead” and the songs on Sun Shot may be the best work of his career."
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
Why you should buy tickets now: These guys sell out every time they come to Fairfield. And for good reason, they’re FUN. Just watch the video below. If that doesn't make you want to snag a ticket, not much else will.
Sounds like: A Widespread Panic/Galactic hybrid; warm New Orleans funk and rock.
For fans of: Anders Osborne, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, JJ GREY and MOFRO
The Revivalists know how to infect a live venue with a sense of purpose and energy. Their performances wrap feel-good, danceable melodies around funky, shape-shifting jams as energetic fans latch on and get down to their grooves.
“What’s unique about The Revivalists is that the band defies categorization. They take elements of rock, soul, country, funk, roots, and folk, throw it in the pot, and cook up an addictive, spicy musical jambalaya. This is a band with solid chops, solid songs, and a range of styles and influences. Their wide array of musical colors and Shaw’s thoughtful lyrics give them a very rich palette to paint from in studio and on stage”. - Seattle Music Insider
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
Drawing stylistic influence from Otis Redding and Brian McKnight while bearing the gruff vocals of John Hiatt and Dr. John, Broussard radiates soulful New Orleans with a strong essence of rock n roll. Marc Broussard returns to Fairfield for his sixth FTC show, and first performance in The Warehouse.
Marc Broussard's high octane take-off uses no formula at all. Instead he offers a blend of abilities, styles and enthusiasms uniquely adapted to himself on his debut album, Carencro. He calls himself "a white boy singing soul music." But that's deceptive because his music draws from everything he's absorbed. "I feel like I've melded a bunch of things together that people haven't focused on for a long time." In his songs can be heard influences and accents ranging from soul men like Stevie Wonder and Brian McKnight to Louisiana icons like Johnny Allan and G.G. Shin to road warriors like Dave Matthews. What the 32-year old Broussard takes from all of this is a sense of craft and above all, great depth of feeling. That's what makes him so soulful. Well, that and his husky baritone with a range similar to Wonder, or another influence, Donny Hathaway. Like them, Broussard moves up and down the scales without any sign of effort—the hard work he puts into his music isn't meant to show. When it comes to music, Broussard is like a bayou rendition of The Natural.
Broussard places no limit on his ambition. "The kind of artist I'd like to evolve into is Prince," he says. "My ambition is to do the whole thing as well as I can and have people dig it. I want to be a true entertainer." Just don't count on it happening in a predictable way . Marc Broussard is from a place off the maps of conventional pop culture. He might just force us to draw some new ones before he's done.
“Ever since Broussard's 2002 debut, Momentary Setback, the Louisiana-bred artist has been compared by critics to everyone from rock n' blues artist Delbert McClinton to soul greats like Otis Redding.” - Soul Tracks
Booking: Marc Broussard
Mountainfilm on Tour takes you on a journey around the earth’s extremes with the men and women who document our far-flung corners. From the highest mountain to the deepest cave, Mountainfilm takes you on a visceral exploration of cultures, environment, and adventure.
FTC in partnership with Outdoor Sports Center present a Sunday of film screenings, vendors, and events. Join us for the matinee screening, evening screening, or the entire day of family friendly activities. Through the years, in and out of trends and fads, the festival has always been best described by one unchanging word: inspiring.
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
Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band are keepers of the jamband flame, paying tribute to their fallen founder with every note. There are dozens of Grateful Dead tributes and side projects but only one man is fit to carry on as JGB’s frontman.
Melvin spun his Hammond B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so, helped defined what jamband music is today. As nicknamed by Garcia himself, come see the Master of the Universe’s powerful presence in The Warehouse.
Anything from ‘average,’ Average White Band has never been quite what you’d expect. They burst onto the Northern soul scene in 1972 opening up for Clapton, mixing classic sounds of Memphis Motown and Philly R&B to produce serious hits including “Cut The Cake” and “Pick Up The Pieces.”
Undeniably funky; AWB packs enough soul and groove to make you move in any sized room. With that in mind, we’re excited for them to test The Warehouse’s limits.
Blue Öyster Cult rose from the 1970s ashes to become one of the nation’s all-time greatest hard-rock ensembles. With an incredible run of classic albums from the 70s through 80s, B.Ö.C. continues to tour hard and loud, kicking out jams at every opportunity.
From humble beginnings right across Long Island’s sound, B.Ö.C. gave us hits including “Burnin’ For You,” the tongue in cheek “Godzilla,” and the ghostly guitar and cowbell of “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.” Radio hits, record breaking albums, and pop culture recognition on SNL, Blue Öyster Cult is a national treasure and FTC is pleased to welcome them to The Warehouse.
Formed from the ashes of The Yardbirds by Keith Relf and Jim McCartney, Renaissance’s Annie Haslam brought a feminine energy to the male-dominated genre. They were set slightly apart from other prog-rock bands throughout the 70s with talents on par with Genesis, YES, and Emerson Lake and Palmer.
“Renaissance's Annie Haslam brought a feminine energy to prog rock's sausage fest.” - Rolling Stone (yes...Rolling Stone Magazine said this)
"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.
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes are a mighty mix of Stax R&B and heartland rock. Emerging from the Jersey Shore following Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Lyon has rolled through four decades of gritty, blues-rock hits, and of course 1976’s “I Don’t Want To Go Home.”
One of the finest eight-piece juke entourages around and a champion of a front man, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes deliver exhilarating, fever pitch performances. Don’t miss these guys crank up music and corral the crowd this October.
Booking: Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
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
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Featuring legitimate long time members of The Band, Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante, along with Marty Grebb (Bonnie Raitt, The Fabulous Rhinestones) Byron Isaacs and Brian Mitchell (Levon Helm Band), The Weight revisits the radio hits and deep tracks from one of America’s most loved and revered musical institutions. With three of the five original members of The Band now gone, who better than the iconic group’s “second generation” to keep the unique roots-rock sound alive? Jim Weider, who replaced Robbie Robertson on lead guitar in 1985, and Randy Ciarlante, who joined The Band as second drummer to Levon Helm in 1991, are keeping the tradition of one of America’s most beloved musical institutions alive.
One of the things that really made The Band was their golden idiosyncrasies. One of the things that makes The Weight the greatest touring The Band tribute act is their ability to nail those off-kilter roles. They’re able to fit the roles so well because they know The Band better than anyone. They’ve played in offshoots of The Band like The Rick Danko Band, and Levon’s Midnight Ramble Band. They’ve written songs with Richard Manuel. They’ve even played in different incarnations of The Band itself, playing in stead of Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm right before his passing. The Weight are extended family to The Band, carrying the torch to The Warehouse and beyond.
“The performances have inspired dancing in the aisles, reflecting the continued appeal of favorites like “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Up on Cripple Creek” and “The Weight.” - New York Times
Booking: THE WEIGHT
Sub Booking: feat. former members of The Band, Levon Helm Band and Rick Danko Group
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.
Special Pre-Sale Promo:
Wishbone Ash is celebrating the upcoming release of their live DVD, recorded in May during a three-day residency at Le Triton Theatre in Paris. The band is offering a sneak peek of the footage to anyone purchasing advance tickets for any of the North American shows on this fall's Road Warriors Tour.
Simply take a screen shot of your confirmed purchase (or, if purchasing by phone, your ticket order confirmation) and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org . You'll receive a link to download the song “Open Road.” In addition, all valid proofs of purchase will be entered into a drawing to win the full DVD or an autographed copy of Andy Powell's autobiography, both set for October release.
FOR FANS OF: Jimmy Page / Jethro Tull / Jeff Beck / Humble Pie
Buckwheat Zydeco is the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana’s zydeco music. Infusing its naturally urbanized sound with touches of synthesizer and trumpet, his party music flawlessly ties together rock and R&B for a night on the town. They bring a down-home and high-powered celebration each and every time.
Since his bands inception, Buckwheat has collaborated and performed with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Paul Simon, Ry Cooder, and many many more.
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. Show features Janet Gardner of Vixen, Bobby Harden, singer for the Original Blues Brothers along with Laura Merrill, Ryan Parrino, Drew McKeon, David Morgan, Jerry and Rob. 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.
World rockers Rusted Root has been bringing people together since the early 90s. With undeniably infectious anthems like “Send Me On My Way” and “Ecstasy,” they’ve captured hearts and minds while spreading their peaceful message around the world.
Combining a jam aesthetic and a global mindset, Rusted Root combines influences from Africa, The Middle East, and Latin America into a transcontinental brew. Since being included on their 1994 platinum album, When I Woke, “Send Me On My Way” has been featured in numerous film and television soundtracks including Ice Age, and Party of Five, and was even fired into space with the NASA Mars rover, Opportunity.
Award winning bluegrass troupe, The Gibson Brothers, are making their mark in American traditional music. Hailing from Ellenburg Depot, NY this quintet may not all be brothers by blood; but their chemistry is undeniable. Reigning IBMA Entertainers of The Year (as well as IBMA’s Best Vocal Group for the second year in a row), The Gibson Brothers are at the top of the trad folk ladder.
Formed around the core of Eric and Leigh Gibson, The Gibson brothers are a five piece string band with guitar, bass, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and some of the tightest harmonies you’ll ever hear. Together they make up what PopMatters called “pound for pound, the most impeccably fine-sounding traditional bluegrass band on the contemporary scene.”
For the second night of their run, PMW will treat us to American classic, ‘Graceland.’ Get ready for one full set of upbeat bluegrass followed by a second set of their interpretation of Paul Simon’s iconic album.
Northern California’s outlaw music bards bring a reputation for high-energy live shows and an incomparable fusion of bluegrass/old time, southern rock, and old school jam to stages and festivals worldwide.
Booking: Poor Man's Whiskey
Sub Booking: "Graceland"
An unforgettable concert experience: A bluegrass interpretation of Dark Side of the Moon
Northern California’s outlaw music bards bring a reputation for high-energy live shows and an incomparable fusion of bluegrass/old time, southern rock, and old school jam to stages and festivals worldwide. They return to StageOne to take on Pink Floyd with a bluegrass approach; “Dark Side of The Moonshine” kicks off their TWO-NIGHT run set to the backdrop of the Wizard of Oz on Friday. You’re invited to dress up like your favorite character to win prizes.
Booking: Poor Man's Whiskey
Sub Booking: "Dark Side of the Moonshine"
A tour de force of horn-fired blues. So tight, and so right: a masterful combination of jumping, horn-heavy, hard-edged blues and R&B.
Since 1967, the group's deeply rooted blend of swing, rock 'n' roll, jump, blues and soul has earned it five Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades, including seven Blues Music Awards. These guys are a non-stop hip-shaking party. It's clear why People magazine said Roomful's music "can turn a dull evening at home into a heel-clicking night of fun."
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
Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega’s profound insight on the human experience has earned her followers of all ages and walks of life over a 30-year career.
It's that voice — sinuous, secretive, and comfortable—that gets us. Or maybe it's the songwriting, with its layered images and powerful metaphors. It's all that and more.
FOR FANS OF: Sinead O’Connor / Natalie Merchant / Joan Osborne / The Indigo Girls
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
For Fans of: Ben Folds / The Lemonheads / Billy Bragg
Fairfield’s own, Dylan Connor, visits StageOne to share his sonic work, guided by compassion-filled vocals and lyrics. He writes in an artistic voice - one which is direct, open, and often soaring to surreal heights.
“He’s got an easy way with a pop hook and can be a ferociously incisive wordsmith: a lot of these songs scream out for the replay button.” - New York Daily Music
Booking: Dylan Connor & Benjamin Cartel
Sounds Like: Jazz fusion that rockets everywhere from electric Miles groove to Sun Ra sputter, from velvety smooth to hardcore squawk — and still sounds as future-minded as any hip-hop or experimental electronic LP out.
For Fans of: Weather Report, Miles Davis, Flying Lotus
Why You Should Pay Attention: The Los Angeles saxophonist is the most audacious player in a movement making the electric flurry of 70s fusion jazz cool again.
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
A child of the islands, it was almost inevitable that Mishka would be drawn to reggae, Rastafari, and the natural mystic that inhabits his music and soul. His music carries a unique vibe, not unlike a combination of Peter Tosh, Jimmy Buffet, Bob Dylan and The Police mixed with real roots reggae acts like Culture, Marley and Burning Spear.
He began with a career in windsurfing, representing Bermuda and gradually made the full switch to creating soulful, folk- and rock-influenced reggae music. With an enormous following in the UK and Japan, he has a tight-knit and fast-expanding fan base in the States. Mishka is also the face of O’Neill’s new line of eco-friendly surf clothing and he embodies the summery spirit of reggae, something he embraces in every part of his life.
If you want to know how deeply sincere this internally known reggae artist goes, just ask his new boss. That’s right, after Mishka recorded his third album in ‘05, Above the Bones, he connected with the one and only Matthew McConaughey over a shared appreciation for reggae and was welcomed onto his record label, j.k. livin. McConaughey says, “It’s conscious reggae that reminds me to bless up, keep a high eye, work hard, love hard, remember true, hope faithfully, give thanks and just keep livin.”
"When I heard Mishka sing for the first time, I had to look behind the curtain to see if someone else was doing it, because I couldn't believe his authenticity and tone. He is a true artist. There’s not a pretentious bone in his body, which is a rarity in this business." - Butch Walker, Producer
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
Booking: An Acoustic Evening With Rich Robinson