Riki Stevens tours with Mystic Bowie

2018 was an eventful year for Riki Stevens. The Norwalk singer-songwriter’s talent got noticed big-time when she won Wall Street Theater’s first “Connecticut’s Got Talent” competition in March. A few weeks later, she appeared on radio station WPKN, and in the summer she headlined Norwalk’s NICE Festival. She also began working on her debut studio album. Lately, Stevens has been … read more

Catching up with Cracker’s Johnny Hickman

It was 25 years ago that Cracker released “Kerosene Hat,” and the album went on to become one of the biggest of 1993 thanks to chart-topping songs “Low” and “Euro Trash Girl.” Formed by friends David Lowery and Johnny Hickman a few years prior to that release, the two have continued to tour together and have led Cracker to nine … read more

Phillip Phillips: Chatting with an idol

Phillip Phillips skyrocketed to fame by winning American Idol in 2012, and his hit song Home remains the biggest-selling song ever for an American Idol contestant. Phillips, 27, lives in southwestern Georgia with his wife, where they both spent their childhoods. He will perform on July 16 at Ridgefield Playhouse. Brad Durrell talked to Phillips about his career and upcoming … read more

Finding the music with Unspoken

While Unspoken band members may have changed through the years, their musical inspiration has not. Unspoken combines hip-hop, soul, pop and folk to highlight both their struggles and gratitude, with a Christian influence. The band has had top hits on the American Christian charts. Unspoken will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, June 30. Brad Durrell recently spoke to … read more

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How Sweet it is

Matthew Sweet first gained prominence in the budding Athens, Ga., music scene in the ’80s, and the singer/songwriter found even greater success with the release of his third album, Girlfriend, in 1991. That record was a staple on radio at the time and helped establish Sweet as the king of jangly guitar power pop. Over the past 12 months, Sweet … read more

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Rocking with David Crosby

David Crosby & Friends will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse June 12 as part of a 25-date North American tour in support of Crosby’s latest album, Sky Trails. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, 76, who first came to fame in The Byrds and then Crosby, Stills and Nash, is now going strong in a solo career. Crosby’s … read more

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Howie Mandel makes it a party at the Playhouse

When Howie Mandel is in the house, you know you’re in for a fun time. On June 14, the multi-faceted entertainer brings his stand-up act to the Ridgefield Playhouse for an evening of hilarious jokes, unexpected commentary on life, and more. For more than 30 years, Mandel has been a recognizable face in the show business industry. Although widely known … read more

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Joachim Cooder on crafting his sound

Joachim Cooder grew up in the music world. His father, renowned guitarist Ry Cooder, brought him on tours starting at a young age. He first watched and listened, then joined his dad on stage, first as a drummer. He grew up to forge his own path in the music business, playing with the Buena Vista Social Club and many notable … read more

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Earth, Wind & Fire hits the stage in Stamford

Earth, Wind & Fire has been one of the most electrifying groups in the music business for almost five decades, racking up 20 Grammys, charting 50 gold records and selling more than 90 million albums on its way to a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Today, three original members still tour with the group — bassist Verdine White, … read more

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Celebrating 25 years of metal with cellos

It was 25 years ago when a bunch of Finnish orchestra players bonded over their love of Metallica and created a neoclassical metal rock band without the use of conventional guitars, opting instead to play everything on cellos. Though Apocalyptica started as just a Metallica tribute band, it transformed into something even greater, bringing heavy metal to places it never … read more

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