The 4th Annual Palace Theatre Gala with Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell on June 21st at Stamford's Palace Theatre

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Stamford Center for the Arts gears up for the Palace Theatre’s 4th Annual Gala with this year’s gala artists Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell on Friday, June 21st. The gala event will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the concert at 8 p.m.

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell at Stamford's Palace Theatre

Stamford Center for the Arts gears up for the Palace Theatre’s 4th Annual Gala with this year’s gala artists Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell on Friday, June 21st. The gala event will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the concert at 8 p.m. The event is made possible through the generous support of Presenting Sponsors F. D. Rich Company, Trump Parc Stamford, Purdue Pharma and RFR Realty. Tickets for the concert are on sale now at http://www.SCAlive.org. Gala tickets may be purchased by calling the Development Office at 203-517-3426.

Steve Martin is currently in the fifth decade of a uniquely varied and accomplished career in which he’s excelled as a comedian, actor, author and playwright and as a Grammy-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and composer. His fellow Texas native Edie Brickell initially burst onto the national scene in the late 1980s fronting the New Bohemians, and has since carved out an iconoclastic solo career that’s solidified her reputation as a uniquely compelling singer and a songwriter of rare insight.

The duo released a new album entitled Love Has Come for You on April 23rd. Despite the fact that Martin and Brickell lived on opposite coasts, their working relationship quickly blossomed, with the two writing separately and exchanging digital files via email. The results of the pair’s unconventional co-writing method are both organic and inspired, combining the gentle yet feisty humanity of Brickell’s vocals with the effortless economy for Martin’s banjo work.

"It's the way I've longed to play and hear the banjo for so long, rather than it being present at every moment and playing sixty notes a second," Martin says. "I think the banjo can be so evocative when it's used sparingly, and that was in the back of my mind as we were writing. In these songs, the point is to tell the story and get out."

The Palace Theatre Gala on June 21st is a benefit for SCA and its Arts Education Programs. The evening will feature a pre-show cocktail party at 6 p.m. followed by the performance by Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers with Edie Brickell at 8 p.m. Tickets for the Gala are $350. The monies raised support Arts Education programs such as the Triple Threat Performer Intensive, Young Choreographers Festival, summer and in-school-time performances on the HARMAN Stage and the annual Emerging Young Artist Scholarship awarded to a talented young artist in Fairfield County. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the event by calling Maureen in the Development Department at 203-517-3419.

Tickets for Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell cost $175, $80 and $55. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.SCAlive.org or charged by phone with major credit cards by calling the Box Office at 203-325-4466. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Palace Theatre box office in downtown Stamford, CT. The box office is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets for the 4th Annual Palace Theatre Gala are $350 and may be purchased by calling the Development Office at 203-517-3426.

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