Preservation Hall Brings New Orleans Jazz To Ridgefield

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band will bring the sounds of New Orleans to Ridgefield on Thursday. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- One of New Orleans' most recognized jazz bands will bring the sounds of the bayou to the Ridgefield Playhouse as Preservation Hall takes the stage Thursday.

An institution in New Orleans for more than 50 years, Preservation Hall nearly closed its doors for good when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. But with the support of bands such as U2, the Black Keys and My Morning Jacket, Preservation Hall is seeing a newfound resurgence, playing 150 days a year, according to a release.

This summer, Preservation Hall Jazz Band released "That's It!" its first album of exclusively original compositions, produced by Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Ben Jaffe, creative director for Preservation Hall and son of the band's founder, Alan Jaffe.

The evening will kick off at 7:15 with a wine and cheese tasting, followed by opening act, Union Rail, a Danbury band, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $50 for orchestra seats and $45 for mezzanine.

Call The Ridgefield Playhouse at 203-438-5795 or visit the box office for tickets. The playhouse is located at 80 East Ridge Road.

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