While we may not have seen the worst of winter yet, the board of directors at Ives Concert Park is already is looking ahead to next summer. The outdoor concert venue on Western Connecticut State University Westside campus in Danbury has, since 1975, hosted an impressive array of classic rockers, up-and-coming indie artists, country crooners, and more. Now, thanks to a new partnership with New York City-based promoter The Bowery Presents, Ives Concert Park will be able to offer an even more impressive array of performers for its Summer Concert Series.
The Bowery Presents is an independent promotion company based in New York City. With a core business based around great music, its mission is to bring the best bands to the best venues and to provide a great concert experience for fans and artists, along with reasonable ticket prices. Over the years, The Bowery Presents has worked with a vast cross section of some of the most talented performing artists, including Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, LCD Soundsystem, Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket, Passion Pit, and Deadmau5.
The company’s activities center on programming live music in the venues it owns and operates, including several New York and New Jersey music venues such as Terminal 5, The Bowery Ballroom, The Mercury Lounge, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey. The Bowery Presents also coordinates shows at other venues in New York City, such as Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Central Park SummerStage, and the Beacon Theatre, and across the Northeast at places like the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Art Center, located on the campus of Finger Lakes Community College in upstate New York.
In 2010, the promoters launched The Bowery Presents: Boston, an extension of the company with an office headquartered in Boston and became the live-music partner for the Royale nightclub in the Theater District. Also in 2010, The Bowery Presents partnered with Alex Crothers from Higher Ground in Burlington, Vermont to reopen The State Theatre in Portland, Maine, and in 2011, partnered to open Union Transfer in Philadelphia. In 2012, The Bowery Presents: Boston opened The Sinclair, a concert venue and restaurant with consulting Chef Michael Schlow. In 2012, The Bowery Presents: Boston began to exclusively promote shows at Boston music institutions TT the Bear’s Place and Great Scott.
“Our relationship with The Bowery Presents allows us to partner with a respected national leader in live entertainment while elevating the choices for live music for the region,” said Steve Greenberg, chairman of the board of the Charles Ives Authority for the Performing Arts. “The Ives/Bowery Presents partnership will continue our successful growth as a ‘must destination’ for all concert goers. I am excited to be working with them.”
“The Bowery Presents is excited to promote concerts in Western Connecticut at a beautiful outdoor venue such as the Ives,” added Jim Glancy, partner at The Bowery Presents. “We look forward to announcing the lineup for summer 2013 in the near future.”