February at the Ridgefield Theatre

The Ridgefield Theater located on 109 Danbury Road in Ridgefield has planned a series of exciting shows in February sure to chase away the winter blues.

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On Valentine’s Day weekend, Living Colour will perform on Feb. 13 at 8 pm. Living Colour took home their first of several Grammy Awards, as “Cult” won Best Hard Rock Performance at the 1989 ceremony. During the 1980s, rock had become completely segregated and predictable, the opposite of the late ’60s/early ’70s, when such musically and ethnically varied artists as Jimi Hendrix, Sly & the Family Stone, and Santana ruled the Earth. But bands such as New York’s Living Colour helped break down the doors by the end of the ’80s, leading to a much more open-minded musical landscape that would eventually pave the way for future bands.

Chris Botti takes the stage on Feb. 14 for a Valentine’s Day Gala that will include raffle prizes such as jewelry courtesy of Addessi Jewelers, Driver for an evening with dinner and Playhouse concert tickets courtesy of BMW of Ridgefield and a year of beauty courtesy of Adam Broderick Salon & Spa. Chris Botti, earned so many superlatives in his career, it may be best to put it simply: the cat can play. Trumpeter Chris Botti brings his superb musicianship, his killer band and his on-stage generosity to The Playhouse stage for one night of can’t-miss musical thrills.

In 2013, Botti won the Grammy Award in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category. He was also nominated in 2008 for his album Italia, and received three nominations in 2010 for the live album Chris Botti In Boston. Four of his albums have reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard jazz albums chart.Moving effortlessly from jazz to pop and in between – Chris Botti may spend more than 300 days on the road every year, but every concert is special!

For kids, there will be a performance on Feb. 21 at 11 am and 2 pm of The Little Engine that Could. Based on the classic book by Watty Piper. Little Blue Engine dreams of someday leaving the train yard to pull the big cars on the main line track. But can she convince Big Silver that she is worthy of being a main line engine? Back to reprise its sold-out premiere season, ArtsPower’s dynamic, song-filled adventure portrays Watty Piper’s timeless tale about hard work, determination, and the meaning of true friendship.

Comedy rounds out the month with a performance on Feb. 28 at 8 pm by Paula Poundstone. Over the span of her remarkable career, Paula Poundstone has amassed a list of awards and accolades that stretch the length of a great big tall guy’s arm. Poundstone is recognized as one of Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time and has won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic. In 2010, Poundstone was one of a select group voted into the Comedy Hall of Fame. As a member of NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me, she is now heard in 5 million homes across the country as she matches wits with some of the country’s leading pundits.
For ticket information: http://ridgefieldplayhouse.org

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