Ridgefield Playhouse To Hold Newtown Fundraiser Concert

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Ed Kowalczyk will perform at the Concerts for Hope and Healing at The Ridgefield Playhouse. The event will be Jan. 19 and 20 and will benefit survivors of the Newtown tragedy. Photo Credit: Contributed by The Ridgefield Playhouse
Kicking Dasies will perform at the Concerts for Hope and Healing at The Ridgefield Playhouse on January 19 and 20. Photo Credit: Contributed by The Ridgefield Playhouse

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – A two-day music festival called a Concert For Hope and Healing at the Ridgefield Playhouse will benefit the survivors of the deadly December school shooting in Newtown.

The two-day event will feature performances from artists such rock band OAR, Broadway actress Andrea Frierson, guitarist Johnny Winter and many others. Here is the lineup:

• Saturday, Jan. 19: 6:30 p.m.: Edie Brickell, Bernie Williams, Kicking Daisies, saxophone player Bill Evans, Andrea Frierson, Karmine Alers, Carly and Eliza, Juicy Grapes, Destination Unknown and the Ridgefield Chorale.

• Sunday, Jan. 20: 5:30 p.m.: Johnny Winter and his band, Live's Ed Kowalczyk, April Kry & Steve Gaspar, Gary Portnoy, Steve Clarke Trio, Whiskey Preacher, Bobby Paltauf, Chris Berardo & The DesBerardos, Wagon Wheel Band, Kathy Thompson Band and the Stamford High School Madrigals.

“Please join us, six weeks after the horrific tragedy in Newtown, as we start the healing process through the power of music and celebrate the lives of those whom we lost too soon,” said Allison Stockel, executive director of The Ridgefield Playhouse.

All the proceeds will go toward building a memorial park to honor the memory of the victims as well as help for the survivors and first responders.

For tickets, which cost $45 for balcony, $75 for mezzanine, $150 for orchestra, $250 for Gold Circle Seating or $400 for both days, call the box office at 203-438-5795 or order online.

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