Bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and New Orleans Jazz superstar, Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human will headline the Summer Gala that benefits The Ridgefield Playhouse, on Friday, June 21 — the first day of summer and Make Music Day, a celebration of music around the world.

The gala begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes dishes prepared by local restaurants, an open bar and a chance to bid on silent auction items outside under a tent on the baseball field next to The Playhouse. Jon Batiste and Stay Human will perform at 8 p.m., in the theater.

The Playhouse would like to thank their sponsors that help make the Summer Gala possible. Silver Sponsors are the Berisford & Stockel Families, Ann & Steve Carlson, De Clercq Office Group, Adam R. Rose & Peter R. McQuillan and Lisa & Michael Shinall. Additional support is provided by Abbey Tent & Party Rentals, Hollandia Nurseries, Pepsi, Reliance Merchant Services & Reli-Bid. This show is part of the Moffly Media Evening of Art Wine & Jazz Series and Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity.

For tickets, at $175 for Gala/Orchestra seating and $75 for Mezzanine/Balcony, call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a nonprofit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield.