Area Promoters ‘Fielding’ Limited Concert Series — Grace Potter Headlining Both
As some COVID-19 restrictions have relaxed and data about outdoor virus transmission trends indicate diminished risks for smaller gatherings, two local concert promotersare hoping to bring some music and laughter into peoples’ lives.
Waterbury-based Premier Concerts/Manic Presents along with NHCPA South Farms, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of New Haven Center for Performing Arts Inc, is joining with South Farms in Morris for the socially distanced Twilight Concerts On The Farm series, featuring Grammy-nominated Grace Potter and comedian Nikki Glazer.
Potter, whose latest album, Daylight, was released in 2019, has been described by SPIN magazine as “one of the greatest living voices in rock today.”
Potter will be kicking off Twilight Concerts on the Farm at South Farms in Morris on August 22. Comedian Nikki Glaser, familiar from several Netflix specials and her Comedy Central series “Not Safe with Nikki Glaser,” is next up with two shows on August 30.
The Marcus King Trio has also been added to the roster with a set scheduled for Tuesday, September 8 at 5 pm.
All shows are on sale now.
South Farms Info
Located about 30 minutes from Newtown, the South Farms shows will take place on more than 10 acres of manicured farmland. The venue will boast a beautifully structured grid layout, adhering to public health guidelines while still maintaining the intimacy of live concerts.
The vast spacing and outdoor conditions (open air) help reduce potential transmission and encourage social distancing. Tickets entitle the bearer plus one to enjoy the show their own 8- by 8-foot grid, each bordered by an additional 8-foot-square empty space for distancing, and lined with aisle spacing.
Each grid is designed for two guests and the grid design on the grounds is offset to maximize stage view. Grids cannot be merged.
Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets for comfortable seating and enjoying the farm field. Bringing in food and beverages is prohibited, but food trucks and a full bar will be available on site.
Face masks are mandatory when entering, exiting, and moving throughout the venue, e.g., to restrooms or concession areas. Masks are not required when guests are in their grid spaces.
Hand sanitizing stations will be dispersed throughout the venue, and high-touch areas such as door handles and counter surfaces will be regularly and consistently disinfected throughout the show.
Restrooms will be cleaned and restocked regularly throughout the show. Everyone entering the venue — including guests, artists, crew and staff — will be health checked, including a temperature check and short questionnaire. Masks and gloves will be available upon request.
Per State order, the venue has a reduced capacity of 25 percent, making tickets extremely limited. Grace Potter Grid Tickets are $160, and Nikki Glaser Grid Tickets are $100. No more than two people are allowed in each grid, and individuals must purchase a full grid.
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Ridgefield Playhouse Series
If you need your Grace Potter fix sooner, the Ridgefield Playhouse kicks off its concert series on August 15 with the multitalented singer/songwriter/musician as well, featuring two special solo acoustic performances at 4 pm and 8 pm in Ballard Park, 485 Main Street/Route 35 in Ridgefield.
The music continues Friday and Saturday, August 28-29, in the field adjacent to the Playhouse, at 80 East Ridge, with musicians who also happen to be Connecticut natives.
On Friday, the double bill of American Idol winner and Guilford resident Nick Fradiani and Fairfield County’s own Alternate Routes begins at 7 pm.
On Saturday, also at 7 pm, the Season 1 winner of NBC’s The Voice, a Stratford native as well as a University of Hartford Hartt School of Music graduate, Javier Colon will take the stage. Opening for Colon will be singer-songwriter Dante Palminteri.
Tickets for either Grace Potter acoustic set are $65 each or $200 each for select VIP seating; Nick Fradiani/Alternate Routes tickets are $30, and tickets for Colon are $25.
For more information or to purchase tickets to these shows, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call the box office at 203-438-5795.