The Ridgefield Playhouse is sporting a fresh appearance. The renovation that took place in August provides new hardwood flooring, new seats (be they a bit smaller, probably so they can fit more people inside the venue) and an updated sound system. The acoustics have improved dramatically over the previous sound system. Trust me I attend 30+ concerts a year and my ears discern a clearer, distinct “available” sound versus the past muddier acoustics at this venue.
I’d personally like to thank Jayne Tansey-Patron for allowing me to use her articulate photographs of the Lucinda Williams concert. She captured the evening just as we saw it unfold.
1. Drunken Angel
2. Metal Firecracker
3. Crescent City
4. People Talkin’
6. 2 Kool
8. Fruits Of My Labor
10. Born To Be Loved
11. Trying To Get To Heaven
12. I Lost It
14. Bleeding Fingers
16. Change The Locks
18. Honey Bee
Encore 19. Blessed 20. Cross To Bear 21. Get Right w/ God
We are ticketed to see Lucinda Williams tonight, November 1st and Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman, tomorrow night, November 2nd at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Ridgefield, Connecticut got 17″ of snow on Saturday October 29th. Like much of Connecticut(790,000 customers at one point) they were out of power until last night. Here is the updated message about their status posted on the Ridgefield Playhouse Website.
As of Monday evening, power has been restored to the Ridgefield Playhouse!
All shows, beginning with Lucinda Williams on November 1st will go on as scheduled.
The box office will open Tuesday morning at 9AM.
We expect our website to be back up soon. Please click here for ticket information.
We never expected that three concerts in five days would have this swirl of excitement and anxiety surrounding the events. Heavy snow, power outages and rough traveling conditions (Saturday) have added to the nature of our live music commitment. This all began on Saturday October 29th with the Trucks Tedeschi Band, Scrapomatic concert at The Klein Memorial in Bridgeport, Ct. We drove through a hectic snow storm to witness a fantastic concert by TTB (see my post from October 30th to learn more).
Our dedication as patrons of the arts has been tested this week. So far we are coming through with flying colors, as are the artists, promoters, stage hands, ticket takers and all involved in presenting live music in our state.
Steve Cropper will have a new recording coming out on August 9th, 2011 on the 429 Records Label. Its entitled, Dedicated and it is a tribute to the R&B/Doo Wop Act, The 5 Royales who gave us such hits as “Dedicated to the One I Love” , “Think”, and “30 Second Lover”.
Dedicated features reworked versions of The Five Royales most enduring songs, and includes duets with Lucinda Williams, Bettye LaVette, John Popper and Sharon Jones. There is also plenty of guest star collaboration with B.B. King, Brian May and Steve
“We grew up on their music. ‘Think’ had some great funky licks. I used the same licks in the Mar-Keys. Pauling’s sound was funky, gutsy. He would alternate lead and rhythm, which is something I always did.” - Steve Cropper
Steve Cropper is known as the preeminent soul guitarist, and has also been an A & R man, engineer, producer, as well as a songwriting partner of Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, dozens of other others and founding member of both Booker T. and the MG’s and The Mar-Keys, Cropper was literally involved in almost every record issued by Stax Records from the fall of 1961 through year-end 1970.
I am enthralled with Lucinda Williams new recording, Blessed, it’s stellar work. Her songs have a raw, poetic edge rarely found in our American landscape. Lucinda Williams is a singer/songwriter who reaches deep within my soul. I find a rare peace resulting from immersion in her muse. I listen to her songs when I am up late at night studying. She mentors my creativity as I draw upon her energy for life.
Lucinda Williams’s voice is gritty, a delicate blend of pathos intertwined with strong truth. Her music is compelling. We’re close in age (she’s younger , yet she knows much more than I will ever fathom.
Lucinda Williams underscores her compassion for those she’s encountered through the cover art she has chosen for her deluxe CD. There are eight different covers each portraying striking studies of people holding the sign, “Blessed.”
I’m blessed to know these people through the photographs that Lucinda Williams shares with us. Each of the pictures makes me smile and wonder. The various covers directly correlate to the discoveries her songs unfold for us.
There are actually 10 different cover photographs available if you add in the standard edition and vinyl LP edition of Blessed. Her music keeps on giving. If you buy any version of Blessed by March 6th and mail them a copy of your receipt they will send you four more unreleased songs. I have to hand it to Lost Highway Records and the Lucinda Williams team for putting together an engaging marketing program for Blessed.
I have decided I’m going to pick Lucinda Williams, Blessed deluxe CD after school today, I wonder what cover edition I’ll find