Summertime starts early in southwestern Connecticut as Ives Concert Park kicks off its celebrity concert series with back-to-back shows on Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, at the outdoor venue located on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus at 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Tickets for each show are available at ticketmaster.com, as is a discounted two-show pass for the Saturday and Sunday night concerts.
Initiating the excitement on June 1 is moe. According to the group’s website, moe., a jam band that began in a Buffalo, New York basement in the late 1980s, is “the preeminent progressive rock band on the music scene today.” In a career that’s touched upon three decades and produced 17 albums, the quintet of Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey on guitars and vocals, Rob Derhak on bass and vocals, Jim Loughlin on percussion and vibes, and Vinnie Amico on drums, “continues to push the standard for performance art.” Opening for .moe are folk, blues, jazz and classic R&B fusion artists The Wood Brothers. Gates open at 4:30pm and the opening act is scheduled to take the stage at 6. Tickets are $35 for reserved seats and $20 for lawn seats, plus fees.
Following on June 2 is Southern rock jam band Gov’t Mule, fronted by former Allman Brother Warren Haynes. Formed in 1994, the band has released more than a dozen albums stretching back to 1995 and has cultivated a loyal following among jam band enthusiasts. Opening for Gov’t Mule is Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers. Gates open at 4:30pm and the opening act is scheduled to take the stage at 6.. Tickets are $35 for reserved seats and $20 for lawn seats, plus fees, when purchased in advance. Tickets at the gate will be $40 for reserved seats and $25 for lawn seats, plus fees, cash only.
A two-show ticket for .moe and Gov’t Mule will be $50 for reserved seats and $30 for the lawn, plus fees, advance sales only.
For more information, visit ivesconcertpark.com.