This area of Connecticut is home to some great musicians, like Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones who lives just up the road in Weston. It also is home to musicans who have opened for great acts.
One of them is local, Doug Allen, who will play guitar this Sunday, 7/25, at Weed Beach from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Just like all Darien Summer Nights concerts on the beach, it’s free and no beach permit are required after 4:30 pm.
Doug has opened for the late John Entwhistle of the Who, Blue Osyter Cult, the Radiators and NRBQ just to name a few. This local journeyman has been playing with some of the best for over 10 years.
But one reason Doug is a local favorite to many of us is he passes on his talent to others. He has been teaching guitar locally for the past 5 years. He teaches the way he was taught, by playing your favorites songs from the first day.
Here’s Doug’s approach to guitar lessons. To hear some of his favorite songs, stop by Weed Beach this Sunday at 5:00 pm.
What a great beginning to summer this past July 4th weekend. To keep these great summer weekends going, this weekend is the first concert of the Darien Summer Night Series at Weed Beach.
This Sunday, 7/11, from 5 pm to 8 pm, it’s the music of guitar impresario, John Cain. The beach opens for the concert at 4:30 pm and, from 4:30 pm on, you won’t need a beach permit to get in.
John Cain is a guitar player’s guitarist and covers genres from rock, jazz, blues, country to folk. “I love music…I love playing it and practicing it and performing it,” says John. “I love everything from John Coltrane to Delbert McClinton…Jobim to George Straitt.”
Maybe that’s why the critics say, “Cain takes beloved songs from the rock and folk eras and arranges them in inspired, solo performances…not only fun but worthy of repeats listens.”
The forecast for Sunday sounds inspiring too – 86 degrees and sunny. Some welcome relief after the summer sizzlers we’ve been having this week.
Have a listen and look at John doing a beloved song from the rock era in the video below – an awesome blues jam of the Grateful Dead and Rolling Stones classic, “Not Fade Away.”