FCBuzz Weekend: The Mr. Joel Circus Extravaganza and The Past, Presented by Eric Chandler in Norwalk

FCBuzz Weekend August 18 – August 20

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Jazz Fridays Series: Afro Cuban Jazz with Vinny and Ray

Fairfield Museum, Fairfield

Friday, August 18, 6:30 pm

Pack a picnic, blankets, and chairs and get ready for some hardcore Afro-Cuban, salsa, timba, cha cha, funk, samba, and Latin jazz. As one of the hottest Latin bands in Connecticut, the Vinny and Ray Duo has performed with Tito Puente, Jose Alberto, Ray Barretto, Grupo Fasinacion, and more. Members include Vinny (singer, trumpet, flute, and percussion), Ray (singer, drums, and percussion), Victor (background vocals, piano, and percussion), Gus (trombone, trumpet, and percussion), Nathan (singer, conga drum, and percussion), Luis (bass), and Mark (tenor sax).

Billy & The Showmen

Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, Westport 

Friday, August 18, 7:30 pm

Established more than fifty years ago by band leader Billy Frenz, Billy and the Showmen has earned their reputation as one of Connecticut's most enduring club bands specializing in hard-driving Rhythm & Blues, Soul, and Funk from the '60's and '70's. The band's repertoire includes the best of James Brown, Rick James, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Marvin Gaye, Average White Band, Kool & the Gang, Otis Redding and classic Motown artists such as the Temptations.

Historic Gardens with Laurie Masciandaro

Stratford Historical Society’s Catharine B. Mitchell Museum

Saturday, August 19, 10:00 am

Join Laurie Masciandaro to learn about the sixteen historic gardens across Connecticut. Laurie will share her extensive knowledge of gardening from a historian's perspective and discuss the styles, beauty, and traditions of gardens of the past. Laurie is the Site Manager at Historic New England’s Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, Connecticut and holds a Master’s Degree in American History from the University of Connecticut. Enjoy light refreshments and walk through our Historic Judson House Gardens following the presentation.

The Mr. Joel Circus Extravaganza

Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk 

Saturday August 19, 11:00 am

It’s a one-man circus extravaganza for the whole family. It’s daring! It’s dangerous! It’s daffy! Mr. Joel welcomes the audience into the center ring for an unforgettable interactive comedy and circus experience! 

Westport-wide Scavenger Hunt

Westport Museum for History and Culture, Westport

Starting on Saturday August 19, 11:00 am

Fun for all! Tip toe around Westport to find hidden artworks inspired by town monuments, buildings and industries mimicking the quilt style. Solve a riddle for the location and write down your answer. Return your sheet to the Museum before on September 9th to be entered for a chance to win one of two great family friendly prizes. 

“The Past, Presented by Eric Chandler – The Intolerable Acts”

Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk

Saturday, August 19, 3:00 pm

Delve into the intriguing history of The Intolerable Acts, a series of laws passed by the British Parliament in response to colonial unrest in America. Explore the tense dynamics between Britain and its American colonies, the catalysts that led to these controversial laws, and their profound impact on shaping the path towards independence. 

“Dancing Dream: ABBA Tribute Show”

Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport 

Saturday, August 19, 3:30 pm and 9:30 pm

Do not miss one of the best ABBA tribute bands, hailing from New York City, featuring beautiful harmonies, elaborate costumes and exciting choreography, guaranteed to captivate all audiences. This band has been entertaining crowds all over North America since 2009. The secret to their success is great musicianship, energetic personalities and a genuine love for what they do. 

An Evening with The Baseball Project

Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield

Saturday, August 19, 7:00 pm

Calling all R.E.M. fans to a supergroup composed of R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Mike Mills, Linda Pitmon, and Steve Wynn. The Baseball Project is beloved for their brilliant, catchy, and historically accurate songs of baseball lore and oddball characters.

Ukrainian Independence Day Concert

The Palace Theatre, Stamford

Sunday, August 20, 3:00 pm

Celebrate the 32nd anniversary of Ukraine’s independence at a charity event in support of children and the elderly in Ukraine. The concert will feature masterpieces of Ukrainian choral, vocal and instrumental music performed by famous Ukrainian performers, The Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York conducted by Vasyl Hrechynsky, Pavlo Gintov - piano, Hanna Golodinskii - soprano, Denys Savelyev - flute, as well as the Ukrainian-American Bandura Group. Also included is Ukrainian Folk Dance Ensemble “Kalynon’ka.” 

“Town Mountain – Lines in the Levee Tour”

Stage One at FTC, Fairfield

Sunday, August 20, 7:45 pm

Mosey on over to Fairfield for an acoustic string band with honky tonk leanings and rock & roll energy. Town Mountain rose out of Asheville, North Carolina, in the latter half of the 2000s, delivering tightly crafted independent albums. Over the next decade, their reputation reached well beyond Appalachia, netting them a Band of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association and an ever-widening audience. An aggressive touring schedule and well-received albums like 2016's Top Ten-charting Southern Crescent eventually helped the group earn a contract with Americana specialists New West Records, which released their seventh album, 2022's Lines in the Levee.

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