- Friday, February 13, 2015
RIDGEFIELD — Don Felder may not be the first member of The Eagles you think of as you’re humming, or playing air guitar, to “Hotel California,” one of the defining classic rock songs of all time.
But Felder’s influence is as much a part of the history of the Eagles, as it is in numerous other collaborations with iconic pop and rock stars from Kenny Loggins, Stevie Nicks and Sarah McLachlan to historical musical figures like Barbra Streisand, The Bee Gees, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.
- Friday, October 24, 2014
As a guitarist, Adrian Belew has made his mark as the go-to ‘string man’ for Frank Zappa, David Bowie, and most notably, the supremely eclectic King Crimson. Along the way the affable Kentuckian also wracked up serious cred as a critically acclaimed solo artist with his group The Bears, as an in-demand multi instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and more recently, visual artist and app creator.
- Friday, October 17, 2014
Annie Haslam, the only sustaining member of the progressive rock band Renaissance and a popular painter, is pictured with a guitar she decorated. Haslam has chosen The Ridgefield Playhouse as the launching point for her band’s latest tour debuting their newest album, Symphony of Light. The tour opens in Ridgefield October 23, and will end at Hartford’s Infinity Hall November 5.
- Friday, September 26, 2014
RIDGEFIELD — Those who see images of Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding may mistakenly assume she attracted all the attention and fame she has been enjoying for nearly a decade, first and foremost, because of her tall, willowy supermodel looks.
- Saturday, March 15, 2014
RIDGEFIELD — On the eve of his 65th birthday, rocker Eddie Money is hoping all his Connecticut fans will queue up to get their own “Two Tickets To Paradise,” and check out his set at The Ridgefield Playhouse on March 20.
The “Money Man” extended that invitation to readers of The Newtown Bee during an interview ahead of the show. Newtown's own Doug Wahlberg is opening with his band, providing an added incentive to attend.
- Friday, January 10, 2014
Journeyman guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Sexton will be heading to the Ridgefield Playhouse for a January 18 show with support from The Brothers McCann. He recently spoke to The Newtown Bee focusing on current and future projects, discussing his current preferences for guitars, and the use of his songs in film and television.
- Friday, January 3, 2014
Before Dave Mason enjoyed success as a solo artist in the 1970s and 80s, he made his mark on musical history while securing a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as co-founder of Traffic along with Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood and Chris Wood in 1967.
- Thursday, January 2, 2014
Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Jefferson Airplane made an indelible mark in the musical history books for their uniquely energized take on the Blues and psychedelic rock.
Airplane co-founders Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have long since departed the band, but they continue to work and tour together as Hot Tuna, which formed in 1969.
- Friday, October 25, 2013
Steve March-Tormé is bringing his entertaining show to The Ridgefield Playhouse on November 8. The son of music legend Mel Tormé, Steve promises a set of familiar tunes from The Great American Songbook, as well as a mix of pop songs and a handful of his own originals. He also has shows scheduled at two additional venues in Connecticut in early November.
- Wednesday, October 23, 2013
RIDGEFIELD — Growing up in a household influenced more by comedy than music, Steve March-Tormé says that he surprises people when he confides that in his youth, he spent a lot more time with Buddy Hackett than Buddy Rich.
According to biographer Scott Yanow, March-Tormé actually avoided singing jazz for a long time so he could escape the huge shadow of his father. He actually did not grow up with his father, the entertainer Mel (“The Velvet Frog) Tormé, since his parents were divorced when he was two.