RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Ridgefield Playhouse is getting ready to kick off the Ridgefield BandJam 2014 on Sunday, April 27.
The annual fund-raiser will feature several competing bands beginning at 4 p.m. at the Playhouse. BandJam 2014 will showcase the "best middle and high school band finalists who will compete for the coveted title in front of industry pros," according to a press release.
The high school bands will be Juice, Birdwalk, Apollo's Legacy and Plethora of Nothing. Middle school bands that will vie for the title are Dysfunctional 4, The Next Generation, Ulterior Motives and Marmalade Sky.
"This year’s celebrity judges include Paul Pesco, a masterful guitarist whose list of credits reads like a 'who's who' of the entertainment industry, as Paul has recorded and toured with Madonna, Annie Lennox, Steve Winwood, Chaka Kahn, Hall and Oates, Jeff Lorber, Whitney Houston, George Benson, Joan Baez, Celine Dion and more top artists," representatives said. "Broadway star Linda Eder, who showcases one of the greatest contemporary voices with a range that spans the standards, pop, country and jazz. DJ Ethan Carey of i95fm radio will also judge."
BandJam 2014 is underwritten by The Guitar Center, Enchanted Gardens Studios, Pepsi, Pizza Via, Ridgefield Music Studios and The Music Shed, which is also providing musical direction for the bands, with media sponsor i95fm The Home of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Tickets to BandJam 2014 are $20 or $15 for students at the box office at 203-438-5795, or online at The Ridgefield Playhouse website. The Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.