The Klein Auditorium Hosts 1st Ever Royal Family Ball

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November 1st, The 1st Ever Royal Family Ball Comes to The Klein Featuring Funk & Soul-jazz Superstars Lettuce & Soulive!

Fairfield Theatre Company is excited to announce the 1st ever Royal Family Ball at Fairfield County’s Klein Auditorium on November 1st. If you have been missing the summer concert festival season then get your friends together and get ready for a night of in your face funk and soul hip-hop inspired jazz rock that is Lettuce and Soulive. The two acclaimed bands come to The Klein Auditorium in the first of many great shows Fairfield Theatre Company has for this upcoming fall season.

Soulive has never made any bones about what they do best; it’s right there in their name. Since forming in 1999, the trio of guitarist Eric Krasno, drummer Alan Evans and keyboardist Neal Evans has carried the torch for the soul-jazz organ trio—that venerable, funky institution pioneered by the likes of Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff and Groove Holmes in the late ’60s.

In their 13 years together, Soulive has followed the muse in the direction of hip-hop, R&B, blues and rock, collaborating with the likes of Chaka Khan, Dave Matthews, TalibKweli, John Scofield, Derek Trucks, Maceo Parker, Susan Tedeschi, Robert Randolph, Joshua Redman, Kenny Garrett, Fred Wesley, The Roots, Ivan Neville and and opening for the Rolling Stones. Soulive has even gone as far as to record a full album of covers by The Beatles (Rubber Soulive). But, no matter how they push the limits of the organ trio, they always come back to their bread and butter: blistering solos and grooves that don’t quit.

Their latest album which they are in support of is a four-track EP entitled, SPARK. Recorded over a day and a half with saxophonist/flautist Karl Denson (The GreyboyAllstars, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe), the record captures the smoky vibe of early-’70s-era CTI Records and deserves a place on your record shelf right between Booker T. and a bottle of some damn good single-malt.

Supporting Soulive at the Klein in Fairfield County will be Neil Evans & Eric Krassno (members of Soulive) old school funk band Lettuce. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the seven-piece Brooklyn-based juggernauts are in support of their third studio album Fly—a decidedly raging slab of relentless groove, hyper-charged syncopation and psychedelicized soul anthems. Having blown up stages from coast to coast last year, ranging from The Fillmore in SF to Terminal 5 in NYC, Bear Creek Music Festival to Camp Bisco and all points in-between, Lettuce entered Brooklyn recording studio The Bunker this winter with a fresh batch of road-tested material and a revitalized sound honed razor sharp by a year spent on the road.

“We’re more together and set to crush than ever before,” says drummer and chief songwriter Adam Deitch of the all-star group that he and his accomplished band-mates cut their teeth with back in their Berklee School of Music days. That much history, along with the A-list crop of projects that each member has taken on away from Lettuce, gives the group a bottomless well of musical ideas and unrivaled chemistry—in fact, referring to themselves as a band of brothers. “I was in a practice room at 16 with Kraz, Zoidis, Shmeeans and Deitch and it all clicked,” says “lead” bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes. “We all felt rhythms in similar ways. We were all about the pocket from day one.”

On Fly, the pocket is deeper than ever. “People tend to look at funk as a one-trick pony, “ says Deitch, but the record smashes those limits by drawing on a range of styles that can be traced from the early ’60s through the early ’80s, incorporating plenty of modern hip-hop sensibilities—heavy bass, kick and snare—along the way.

Having evolved and refocused since 2008’s Rage! without ever dropping the beat, Lettuce is getting ready to take audiences to the cosmos with Fly. “Lettuce is like a Learjet that wasn’t getting clearance from the tower,” says Jesus. “But we’re done just rolling around on the runway.” They’re not asking for permission, so put your tray tables in their full, upright and locked position. This plane’s itching for lift off.

Date: Thursday, November 1st
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Concert Venue: StageOne 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06605
Concert Tickets: $27 Advance $ 32 DoorMember Discount: $N/A Buy tickets: Box Office:203.259.1036 or buy online:

FTC on the Horizon: Live Entertainment to Watch Out For in Fairfield County

Fri., Nov 2 @ StageOne: Tickets: $25 Advance $29 DoorMember Discount $3 Declan O’ Rouke – An Irish folk singer drawing on the Neil Young songwriting tradition with an audience-friendly brand of acoustic pop.

Sun., Nov 4 @ StageOne: Tickets $25 Advance $29 Door Member Discount N/AAn Acoustic Evening with Jackie Green– The Californian singer-songwriter inhabits the loosely well-worn 'Americana' genre yet he's managed to hone his striking talents over the years carving a sharply unique niche. Greene's sound reflects the enthusiasms of a young inquisitive songwriter with strong roots in folk, blues, country and classic American heartland rock

Mon., Nov 5 @ StageOne: Tickets $35 Advance $40 Door $5 Member Discount David Johansen – Best known for his tenure fronting the hugely influential New York Dolls, David Johansen was a true chameleon; throughout the course of a career which saw him transform from a lipstick-smeared proto-punk hero into an urbane blue-eyed soul man and finally into a tuxedo-clad lounge lizard, he remained a rock & roll original, an unpredictable iconoclast and a true cultural innovator.

Wed., Nov 7 @ StageOne: Concert Tickets $25 Advance Door $29 Member Discount $3 Tommy Castro – Guitarist/singer/songwriter who won four Blues Music Awards last year, including the BB King Entertainer of the year, sings like the best of bluesmen and has that old soul stage presence you crave.

Thu., Nov 8 @ The Klein: Concert Tickets $37-$77 Advance $42-$82 Door Members Discount $3-$7Little Feat & Leon Russell-Slick rock 'n' roll delivered with a surreal, rollicking, West Coast swerve that touches amongst blues, rock, gospel, and bluegrass.

Thu., Nov 8 @ StageOne: Concert Tickets: $75 Door $29 Member Discount $5ONE NIGHT BAND - A Near & Far Aid Benefit Concert Featuring Band Together– An evening of dance funk and soul music to support Near & Far Aid's mission of eliminating the causes and effects of poverty in Fairfield.

Fri., Nov 9 @ StageOne: Concert Tickets $42 Advance $47DoorMember Discount $5Aztec Two-Step – intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar, and inspiring harmonies with a bouncy acoustic/folk pop.

Sat., Nov 10 @ StageOne: Concert Tickets $30- $50 Advance/Door Member Discount N/AThe Dini BandJohn PioliA Benefit Concert for Aunt Terry, Inc.-Eclectic sets of blues, rock, alternative, and soul-inspiring original songs with All proceeds going to support Aunt Terry’s programs for underserved and underprivileged children and the elderly.

Sun., Nov 11 @ StageOne: Concert Tickets $65 Advance $70 Door $5 Member Discount Jerry Douglas – 13 time Grammy Award winner and the world’s most renowned and demanded dobro player who’s a connoisseur's musician, a man of many musical borders; he takes you to the frontier of bluegrass, country, blues, folk, and Indie Rock without ever breaking a sweat. The phrase living legend may be overused, but in the case of the master Dobro guitarist Jerry Douglas, it's also an understatement.

About the company:
Fairfield Theatre Company is a highly-acclaimed nonprofit performing arts organization located in the heart of downtown Fairfield, Connecticut. FTC presents nearly 200 performances and concerts each year featuring outstanding national talent on FTC’s concert venues StageOne in Fairfield and at The Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport. FTC’s intimate 200-seat StageOne venue is widely recognized as being one of the best places to see a live performance in the region. FTC is dedicated to providing the highest quality arts, live music, entertainment, and educational experiences to the communities we serve in Fairfield County. For more information, please visit their website at

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