Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Levon Helm Headlines Arts, Crafts & Blues

Arts, Crafts & Blues on Bedford
September 13 and 14, 2008
Stamford Downtown
Starring The Levon Helm Band
Levon Helm, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, drummer and actor, has enjoyed a versatile career that spans almost five decades. As a member of The Band, he recorded two of the most acclaimed albums of the late ’60s including songs, The Weight and Up on Cripple Creek. www.levonhelm.com

Arts, Crafts & Blues on Bedford on the Heineken Stage is a weekend event featuring over 100 craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street in Stamford Downtown, which will be closed to traffic on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 & 14.“Sophisticated, chic and energetic set in a lovely urban environment. For those who appreciate fine arts, good food and music.” ACF News, June-July 2007. Don’t miss the Imagination Station with “hands on” activities for kids presented by the Stamford Museum and Nature Center including farm animals and face painting.
Craft booths open Saturday 12pm-9pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm

Saturday, September 13 - Blues with The Levon Helm Band
2:00 Doug Wahlberg Band www.dougwahlbergband.com
3:30 Chris Berardo & The DesBerardos www.desberardo.com
5:00 The Lustre Kings www.lustrekings.com
6:30 The Levon Helm Band www.levonhelm.com

Sunday, September 14 – Sunday with a Touch of Jazz, presented by J.P. Morgan Chase
1:00 T.B.D.
1:30 Ralph Lalama Quartet www.ralphlalama.com
3:30 The Galvanized Jazz Band www.galvanizedjazz.com

Arts, Crafts & Blues on Bedford on the Heineken Stage is presented by Stamford Downtown Special Services District and the City of Stamford and is sponsored by Shock Electric, Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, Agora Spa, Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, The Advocate, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Crystal Rock, 95.9 The Fox, 96.7 The Coast, WSTC/WNLK radio stations, Fairfield County Weekly, Event Management Inc., Simply Signs and Happyhaha Studio Photography.


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

"Through the Eyes of Vincent Rodriguez" Reception, August 21

On Thursday, August 21 the Sundance Cafe will host "Through the Eyes of Vincent Rodriguez" a photo exhibit and reception from 5pm - 6pm. Vincent's photographs are also on exhibit on Bedford Street in Stamford Downtown with other photographs in conjunction with Stamford Downtown's Art in Public Places.


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Chez Jean Pierre- oui,oui

Stamford Downtown Special Services held their annual fundraiser last night called A Grand Summer Night. This is where the downtown raises money to buy those great sculptures that permanently reside in the city. With the J.Seward Johnson exhibit leaving in a couple weeks, we will surely miss this summer's display. This has been my favorite exhibit yet. The "statues" have made me do a double take more than once on occasion, and I know where each one is!

With over 300 people in attendance, the Grand Summer Night event was quite a success. Starting with cocktails and appetizers, held at UConn, the crowd mingled over many items donated to the silent auction, and friendly raffle sellers. The silent auction was full of many different offerings. I picked a few doggie items, and my husband, some baseball stuff. But, that's only one of the fun times of the evening. Going to dinner was my second. Part of the evening included picking a restaurant to dine at after the silent auction closed and raffle winners had been chosen. I chose Chez Jean Pierre to dine. This French restaurant is cozy and inviting. The front opens to the street where you can check out the passersby, feel the summer breeze or gaze at the Tigin crowd across the street.

Being the only French place in downtown makes it quite special. When asked for my selection by the waitress, I had to point to the menu items (as I do not dare attempt to disrespect the language--especially not in front of a French person )

The food was French, the atmosphere not so much. Except for the Monet Mural on the wall, the dim lighting, and the "Frenchness" of the menu, I could have been anywhere. I suppose I had different expectations since I thought I was going "French". I guess I had expected french music? Maybe because instead there was a small live band playing jazzy music in cozy little back room next to the bar (which was filled with more people). It was nice nonetheless. Just not ultra French. I was quite pleased that the food was outstanding, but moreover that now I discovered another cool place to hang out and hear live music. Yes, yes, I will return.


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Boyz II Men FREE Concert - August 7th at 5PM

Boyz II Men sponsored by Frank Mercede & Sons

Philadelphia’s own Boyz II Men recorded five Number One Pop hits and twelve Top Ten R&B singles, sold over 60 million records worldwide, and earned a host of awards including four Grammy Awards between 1992 and 1997. “I’ll Make Love To You,” “On Bended Knee” and their most successful “End of the Road” rank among their greatest hits. http://www.boyziimen.com/

Omar Wilson and The Press Project set to open Alive @ Five's season finale!

Norwalk’s own three time Amateur Night at the Apollo winner Omar Wilson delivers his message of struggle and survival with powerful melodies and his soulful voice. Omar is releasing his EP in July and is currently recording with platinum producers Mike City and Punch among others. The EP leans more in the direction of soul but definitely keeps it’s foundation deeply routed in Hip Hop. Omar can also be heard on the upcoming Serious Jones release singing multiple hooks.


Blending hip-hop, soul, jazz and funk with an eclectic and poignant tongue twisting lyrical style, the seven members of The Press Project circulate massive amounts of physical and musical energy in a supercharged live performance spectacle.

Alive @ Five is presented by RBS on the Heineken Stage in partnership with Stamford Town Center, Columbia Crest and BevMax. This week's concert is sponsored by Frank Mercede & Son and Stamford Sports & Spine. The event is produced by the Stamford Downtown Special Services District and the City of Stamford. Additional sponsors include The Advocate/Greenwich Time, Cacace, Tusch & Santagata, Columbus Park Merchants, Crystal Rock, Fairfield County Weekly, Frank Mercede & Sons, Happyhaha Studio, Keep Stamford Beautiful, LoveSac, Mill River Collaborative, New York Sports Clubs, Optimum, Royal Restrooms, Simply Signs, Stamford Chamber of Commerce, Stamford Florist, Stamford Sports & Spine, State Farm Insurance-George Boyce, The Switch, Teddy’s Transportation System, Inc., UConn Stamford, Woodloch Pines and 95.9 The Fox, 96.7 The Coast, , Star 99.9 and WSTC/WNLK radio stations.
Sponsored by Columbus Park Area Merchants: Black Bear Saloon, Bobby Valentine’s Sports Gallery Café, Columbus Park Trattoria, Curley’s Diner, Fin II Japenese Restaurant, Garden Catering, Hula Hanks Island Grille & Bar, Kujaku Japanese Restaurant, Market, SBC Restaurant & Brewery, The Palms, The Thirsty Turtle Stamford, Tiernan’s Bar & Restaurant, Twenty of Stamford and Zody Café.

Concert Area will be expanded to Atlantic Street at Main/Bank.
Lower Summer will be closed to traffic between 5PM and 6PM
based on traffic department assessments.

ALIVE @ FIVE Concert Series on August 7 will be held in Columbus Park RAIN OR SHINE



Friday, August 1, 2008

An Alive @ Five Thanks!

Thanks to all of the Alive @ Five fans (and Southside Johnny and Billy Vera fans) for coming out these last two weeks and proving that Alive @ Five is a fun, exciting and safe place to see a FREE concert in Columbus Park. We like to see the restaurants and bars booming and everyone enjoying the music. We also appreciate everyone for helping out with the new procedures. We'll see you at Boyz II Men Thursday, August 7th!! Come early!!


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