Cole returns to Ridgefield after success on ‘The Voice’

Drew Arcoleo is coming back to where it all began.

“Feels like a full circle moment,” said Arcoleo, who will be returning to the Ridgefield Playhouse Friday, June 29, under his stage name, Drew Cole.

His career started on that very stage almost a decade ago as an aspiring musician attending Ridgefield High School. This time around, he will be headlining a night of music after his recent success on NBC’s “The Voice.”

“Coming back to my hometown, I am beyond excited to be back on a familiar stage … I played on the stage, but this was far earlier in my music journey,” Cole said, referring to his performance at BandJam in 2010 at the Playhouse.

Dylan Hartigan, a fellow contestant from “The Voice,” will be opening for Cole. Ridgefield singer-songwriter Eliza Paltauf, who has opened for various other acts at the Playhouse, will also perform an opening set.

While Cole is still making plans with friends and family when he gets back into town, he is excited to walk down Main Street and get some famous Ridgefield food.

“I’m going to enjoy some pizza, definitely some Planet Pizza for sure,” he said.

Building off ‘The Voice’

“What the show provided me was a ton of momentum,” Cole said about the time following his appearance on The Voice.

Building off that momentum, Cole teased a new single he’s going to be releasing prior to returning to Ridgefield for the first time in over a year.

“I’m planning on putting a song out around June 20, it’s called ‘Sour Love,’” he said.

“I didn’t want to come off the show and be quiet,” Cole said, “I want to take advantage of the stage.”

While making a name for himself off the show is hard, he has been able to carry valuable lesson that Adam Levine — coach of Team Adam — taught him.

“These moments on the show when your under pressure, he coaches you and helps you in the moment,” Cole said.

One of the most valuable connections Cole made wasn’t to the famous coaches, but rather to fellow contestants.

“The relationships we make with the other artists is probably the most valuable thing that I have taken from the show,” Cole said.

Cole is excited to “get in touch with his roots,” and rock out on a familiar stage come June 29.

For tickets, call 203-438-5795.