Jan 17, 2014
03:08 PM
Arts & Entertainment

Fairfield Museum and History Center Rocks Out for the Town's 375th Anniversary.

Fairfield Museum and History Center Rocks Out for the Town's 375th Anniversary.

Pieta Carnevale (Hiro)

The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

     Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, of The Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads, along with José Feliciano and Nile Rodgers packed the house last night at the Fairfield Museum and History Center’s opening of Fairfield’s Rockin’ Top Ten.

      The exhibit begins the festivities for the town of Fairfield’s 375th anniversary by honoring 10 renowned musicians and musical acts that came from or lived in Fairfield County. The group is celebrated with a collection of rare photographs, music videos and personal belongings of the artists, who include Weymouth and Frantz, Feliciano and Rodgers with mate Bernard Edwards of the band Chic, as well as Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, The Remains, Richard Rodgers, Leonard Bernstein, Dave Brubeck, Keith Richards and Donna Summer. All started at least 25 years ago.

     Musical performances and lectures have also been lined up to accompany the exhibit.  Here are some of the offerings:

    On Jan. 29, Frantz and Weymouth return for “Chris and Tina’s All Stars,” a concert and wine tasting to benefit the museum. Caravan of Thieves, Mystic Bowie and The Zambonis will perform.

     On Feb. 9, Fairfield University professor Orin Grossman discusses the friendship between Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. And performs music of their early collaborations. On Feb. 23, Jeffrey Williams, author of Home of the Happy Dancers: The Story of Bridgeport’s Ritz Ballroom, gives the history of the swinging dance hall in its hey day from the 1920s to the 1960s.

    José Feliciano performs an intimate concert on March 29, with a champagne and dessert reception afterward.

    For a complete schedule of events & further information, call 203/259-1598 or visit fairfieldhistory.org.

 

Fairfield Museum and History Center Rocks Out for the Town's 375th Anniversary.

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