Fairfield Theatre Company Features Multiple Concerts This Month

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Fill the month with live music and entertainment at the new Warehouse venue spot.

Are you ready to rock? If the answer is yes, then make your way down to the Fairfield Theatre Company this month as FTC presents four rocking shows taking over StageOne and its newest venue, The Warehouse.

Starting off Rocktober will be the legendary Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes in The Warehouse at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2.

In a business where success is defined by cutting a second single and longevity measured in just a blink of an eye, Southside Johnny and the Jukes have not only performed and survived, they have flourished. With more than 30 albums, several EPs, a box set, thousands of live performances around the world, a legion of dedicated and enthusiastic fans, dozens of classic hit songs, and of course a record — HEARTS OF STONE that Rolling Stone called one of the "top 100 albums of the 70's and 80's” — there is little Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes have yet to accomplish.

Having first achieved prominence in the mid-’70s after emerging from the same New Jersey Shore music scene where the legendary contemporary and friend Bruce Springsteen did, Southside Johnny began singing and playing in a number of blues and R&B bands, often joined by Springsteen, “Miami Steve” Van Zandt and Garry Tallent.

“We played for years on the shore, but it wasn’t until Bruce hit with ‘Born to Run’ that these A&R guys would drive to Asbury Park to see what was happening,” Johnny Lyon said.

It wasn’t long till the Asbury Jukes were put in the same classification as the shore sound that Springsteen had made famous , that people began taking notice of the Asbury Jukes thanks to their classic blend of hardcore R&B, street-level rock, molten grooves, soulful guitar licks and blistering horn-based melodic riffs that were mixed with sentimental lyrics.

Now, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes bring their loaded driving sound to FTC’s newest venue, The Warehouse, in support of their newest album, “Soultime,” and continue to put their unique stamp on the Jersey Shore sound, which is still tinged with the exuberant rhythm and blues feel that is the Jukes’ trademark.

The shore sound is just the beginning of Rocktober at FTC, and next up is the British progressive rock pioneers, Renaissance, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 at the intimate StageOne venue.

With a career that has spanned more than four decades, Renaissance is a band that’s rich with musical history. Acclaimed for their unique blending of progressive rock with classical and symphonic influences, Renaissance can trace its origins back to 1969 when the Yardbirds disbanded, and founding members Keith Relf and Jim McCarty organized a new group devoted to the experimentation between rock, folk, and classical forms.

Since then, the band has spent years touring, recording 15 albums and have graced such distinguished stages, from Carnegie Hall with The New York Philharmonic to the Royal Albert Hall in London, England with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Despite explorations into solo careers and changes in the line-up over the years, the five-octave voice of Annie Haslam and brilliant songwriting/musicianship of the late Michael Dunford has since remained the core of Renaissance’s existence.

Now the progressive British rock pioneers come to StageOne in support of their new album, “Grandine il Vento,” and will present a special evening of songs from such acclaimed albums as “Song For All Seasons,” “Sounds of The Sea,” “Northern Lights,” and “Symphony of Light”, to an enthusiastic crowd.

But if searching for something a bit more rocking, The Fairfield Theatre Company will soon have their answer for their fever of “more cowbell!” as they welcome the classic rock band Blue Öyster Cult to The Warehouse at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.

For more than four decades, the Long Island, NY-based band has been revered by punks, metal heads, sci-fi geeks and horror movie fans for their pioneer work of complex hard rock albums and live shows.

Yet, what makes Blue Öyster Cult so unique is that they are one of the very few rock bands that have earned both genuine mainstream critical acclaim as well as commercial success. Often cited as a major influence by other rock and metal acts, including legendary band Metallica, B.O.C were listed on VH1's countdown as one of the greatest hard rock bands of all time thanks to classic hits like “Godzilla,” “Burnin’ For You,” and “Don’t Fear The Reaper.” Whether a devoted fan or a first-timer, everyone can expect this show to be a night of classic rock unlike anything FTC has ever had before!

And speaking of something unlike FTC has ever had before, what better way to say hello to Halloween and goodbye to Rocktober than by welcoming the legendary punk band, the Misfits to the Warehouse on at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.

At the dawn of the punk movement back in the ’70s, the Misfits set out to make an impression, and created a legacy that has truly withstood the test of time. Immortalizing black and white horror films in their music, the Misfits developed a ghoulish and totally unique persona that’s consistently evolved, all the while remaining true to their roots.

With the band’s iconic fiend skull logo, which has become a staple in pop culture, they’re an instantly recognizable symbol worldwide. Bands across the spectrum of rock continue to cover their material, including Metallica, Guns ‘n’ Roses, and countless others citing the ‘Fits as a key influence.

Having boasted a massive catalog of music, a new lineup (consistently helmed by founding member Jerry Only, and an influence felt around the world, the Misfits are generating more interest every day than ever before. With new releases charting higher than all priors and constant worldwide touring, the Misfits’ diverse demographic and legion of fiends (as their fans are affectionately known as), is constantly on the rise and their music continues to remain more aggressive and topical, and more sought after than ever.

So get ready to rock this fall as FTC celebrates Rocktober with four of the best acts this October and celebrate Halloween the best way possible. FTC proves why they have been awarded the best place to see punk music.

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
Date: Friday, Oct. 2
Time: Doors: 7 p.m. Show: 8 p.m.
Venue: The Warehouse 70 Sanford St., Fairfield Ct 06824
Tickets: $55 Adv. / Members Discount: $5
Box Office: 203-259-1036 or reserve online: http://www.fairfieldtheatre.org

Renaissance
Date: Thursday, Oct. 15
Time: Show: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: StageOne 70 Sanford St., Fairfield, CT 06824
Tickets: $58 Adv, / Members Discount: $3                                                                                                             
Box Office: 203-259-1036 or reserve online: http://www.fairfieldtheatre.org

Blue Oyster Cult
Date: Friday, Oct. 16
Time: Doors: 7 p.m. Show: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $55 Adv. / Member Discount: N/A
Venue: The Warehouse 70 Sanford St., Fairfield Ct 06824
Box Office: 203-259-1036 or reserve online: http://www.fairfieldtheatre.org

The Misfits
Date: Thursday, Oct. 29
Time: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m.
Tickets: $35 Adv. / Member Discount: N/A
Venue: The Warehouse 70 Sanford St., Fairfield Ct 06824
Box Office: 203-259-1036 or reserve online: http://www.fairfieldtheatre.org

About Fairfield Theatre 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 StageOne in Fairfield, the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport, and the Norwalk Concert Hall FTC’s intimate 225-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, entertainment, and educational experiences to the communities we serve.

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