Jazz, Funk and Blues Weekend is Sept. 13-16

Music lovers be alert: Ridgefield will host its first ever Jazz, Funk and Blues Weekend Sept. 13-16.

The jazz-rock fusion band Project Grand Slam leads off the four-day weekend on Thursday, Sept. 13, at Ballard Park, part of CHIRP’s (Concert Happenings in Ridgefield Parks) free outdoor concert series. On Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m., the leader of the Cuban jazz movement Dayramir Gonzales and his quintet will unleash their “unique musical blend” at the Ridgefield Library.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum will host jazz and pop guitarist Gil Parris  at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

The weekend features legendary blues guitarist Robert Cray at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. Leading him off the night is the high-energy brass sounds of Funky Dawgz Brass Band, led by Ridgefield native Tommy Weeks. Tickets are $60.

All other performances are free.

The “superfun” Ridgefield High School Jazz Band is the final act of the weekend. They will perform at Lounsbury House Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m.

For the full schedule, including brunches, dinner specials, and restaurant performances, visit jazzfunk.org.