2014 Schedule of Events

FRIDAY CONCERTS AT GROVE STREET PLAZA

Music from 6:00-9:00 pm

Enoch and the GorillaFriday, June 13
Music by Enoch and the Gorilla

Enoch and the Gorilla, simply, play American music. With a combination of covers and originals, they draw on the sounds of a wide variety of Americana and roots music artists. E&G are at home with bluegrass and country as well as jazz. Listen for influences ranging from Tom Waits to Nickel Creek to Sam Cooke.

Friday, June 20
Music by P.J. Pacifico
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Singer-songwriter P.J. Pacifico delivers a confident, upbeat collection of road-tested rock/pop music. He has a radio-friendly sound that evokes Gin Blossoms and Matthew Sweet, and a storyteller’s cadence that has been compared to James Taylor.

The Kind BudsFriday, June 27
Music by The Kind Buds
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The Kind Buds, New England’s Premier jam duo, take their audiences on a roller coaster of tension and release, trading fiery-sweet guitar licks with raucous, wide-open acoustic jams and stunning guitar interplay. Tight vocal harmonies compliment and complete their polished sound.

Sam Cutler, former Tour Manager of the Rolling Stones & Grateful Dead had this to say about The Kind Buds, ” My earliest memories of music I loved were of the Everly Brothers ~ The Kind Buds remind me of them, a fabulous combination of wonderful vocals & hot guitar-playing. The Kind Buds have got it all, if I were younger I would manage them in a flat minute.”

Friday, July 11
Music by Gunsmoke
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Gunsmoke has been entertaining audiences at fairs, festivals, clubs, and concerts, with true Country and Western Music for over 20 years. They have performed with musical legends such as, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., Ray Price, Hank Thompson, Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens, Carl Perkins, and countless other country legends. They have performed for two sitting Presidents of the United States, and been voted six years in a row, Band of The Year by The New York Metropolitan Country Music Association, This Premier Country Band always brings a refreshing entertaining show for all ages to enjoy.


Friday, July 18
Music by Doug Allen
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Doug Allen is a Connecticut-based independent singer/songwriter. For the past 10 years, he has performed throughout the northeast, appearing with acts such as Jeffrey Gaines, Edwin McCain, Blue Oyster Cult, The Radiators, NRBQ, GE Smith and John Entwhistle of the Who.


Friday, July 25
Music by Mars Project
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The Mars Project consists of Mike Marble Hammerin’ those drums, bassist Angel Rissoff beltin’ out the blues and guitarman John “Ratso” Gerardi Strummin’ and singing. You don’t want to miss the out of this world sound of this awesome trio of seasoned professionals.


Friday, August 1
Music by Leslie Costa & Trio
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Singer-songwriter Leslie Costa fell in love with guitar after her cousin, Chris, let her try his 1969 Fender Stratocaster. She formed her own band in 1990 called Leslie Costa and the Usual Suspects. Her contemporaries include artists like: Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Melissa Etherige, Sheryl Crow, Counting Crowes and Natalie Merchant.

Friday, August 8
Music by Twisted Resistor
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Harry Bergen and Twisted Resistor is celebrating its 25th year as a band dedicated to the music of the ’60’s such as Van Morrison, the Doors, the Stones and, of course, the Beatles. The band has won the IPC Battle of the Bands competition in 2008, 2009 and 2010 playing at the Grammercy Theatre and the Filmore East. The band promises to delight audiences of all ages and especially, children of the sixties!

Chasing DayFriday, August 15
Music by Chasing Day
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“Chasing Day is comprised of Michael Penfield and Frank Piazza, who live in Darien, CT and have recorded with Members of Jethro Tull, Chicago, Steely Dan, Lady Gaga, Doobie Brothers, Three Dog Night and others. Their sound is Aspen meets Nashville with acoustic guitars and harmonies. Chasing Day has released one album of original music and plays a blend of original music and covers from Jason Aldean, Counting Crows, Zac Brown, Grateful Dead, Traffic, Blake Shelton, and many others! They are working on their second album now!”


Friday, August 22
Music by The Spadtastics
Grateful Dead cover band

The Spadtastics band formed in 2006. The band consists of many members of past local Darien bands (Milc, Nick the Fin and Magic Garden). The name “Spadtastics” comes from the late Darien resident and former band leader, David Spadacinni who was the inspiration for this new band. The band covers the popular music of the Grateful Dead which songs were a fixture back in our DHS/College days. Due to family schedules and professions, the band only plays a concert once-a-year.

Adam Ezra GroupFriday, August 29
Music by Adam Ezra Group
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The Adam Ezra Group (AEG) is not just a band; they are a force to be reckoned with musically, personally and socially. Selling records and tickets is important to AEG, but they are committed to changing the world with their songs and their actions along the way. Ezra and his band are activists and community leaders as much as they are musicians and songwriters. Ezra has spent time living out of a van, farming in Canada, volunteering for the relief effort in Kosovo, and practicing environmental geography in South Africa. Whether as a kitchen hand or carpenter, teacher, athlete, or traveler, Ezra crams it all into the music, always challenging our perspective and often teetering somewhere between the ballsy rocker and sensitive poet. Through their non profit organization, RallySound, AEG helps people organize live music events that inspire communities and encourage grassroots activism.


Friday, September 5
Music by The Afterthoughts
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The Afterthoughts grew from an official faculty band based out of Darien High School that had been formed for a charity event.  It became obvious to the band members that something bigger was happening, and a few minor roster changes and thirty songs later, the school band “Staff Infection” gave way to The Afterthoughts, an old-school cover band exploding onto the local music scene. Blasting out an eclectic mix of rock, rhythm & blues, and soul, The Afterthoughts can be found rockin’ out at parties and local watering holes throughout lower Fairfield County.

Friday, September 12
Music by Dimennamania

Join Lynn, Meredith and Tom DiMenna for a night of comedy and song. For over 20 years, the DiMennas have been one of Darien’s most prolific performing families, as individual performers and recording artists. Lynn DiMenna is known throughout Fairfield County and beyond as a vocalist as well as a radio producer/personality for WRTN and WVOX. She will be joined by two of her four children, vocalist Meredith DiMenna, who will perform selections from her show “Queen of the Beatniks” and comedic actor Tom DiMenna, who will perform selections from his show “Telly Savalas Live”, both of which were presented earlier this year at Joe’s Pub, one of NYC’s premier venues. Accompanied by Assaf Gleizner on piano, Steve Doyle on bass and Emil Halas on guitar.

Group Therapy with Manny D from BB AdobeFriday, September 19
Music by Group Therapy
with Manny D from BB Abode

Led by vocalist and guitarist Manny DeMagistris, “Group Therapy” performs classic rock with impeccable style. Group Therapy is comprised of four seasoned members that have recorded albums and jingles for major record labels. Band members have performed with many great artists such as Hall & Oates, Todd Rundgrun, Bette Midler, and many more.Manny is co owner with Roberta Ball of BB Abode home decor/design in Darien. Get ready to ROCK!!