Out and about: Things to see and places to be this weekend

Above: Daughtry band members are, from left to right, drummer Robin Diaz, guitarist Josh Steely, lead singer and guitarist Chris Daughtry, guitar player Brian Craddock and bass player Josh Paul. The band will play at Foxwoods Saturday, April 28. Contributed photo

Rockers and rollers, jazz masters and a Grammy nominated vocal ensemble are among the musical acts that will be making a stop in Connecticut this weekend.

Nickelback will perform in Hartford on Friday, April 27. It is the same night the Counting Crows arrives at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods, followed by Daughtry who will perform there on Saturday, April 28.

Jim Hall, one of the world’s top jazz guitarists, will be in Danbury on Saturday, while the female a cappella group Sweet Honey In The Rock will be in Wilton on Sunday. And, soprano Christine Howlett, the director of the Danbury Concert Chorus, will be performing a free recital in Danbury on Saturday.

There’s more music when Javier Colon comes to the Bijou in Bridgeport on Friday, April 27 … the same night that sees Paula Cole and Lucy Kaplansky coming to Fairfield. John Gorka will be at the Greenwich Library on Sunday, while Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin will be in Norwalk on Friday. You can hear Norwalk’s Unity Center for Practical Spirituality’s “Hear Our Song” concert a night later in Norwalk, and make the drive to Greenwich for performances of the Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony. J.J. Hairston and Youthful Praise, a gospel choir based out of Cathedral of Praise (formerly Turner’s Faith Temple) in Bridgeport, will be performing on Sunday at the Cathedral of Praise in Bridgeport. (You can catch out a performance of the group below.)

Crowds are expected for the Fairfield County Women’s Expo that will be held in Stamford this weekend, as well as the Greenwich Youth Film Festival and the Connecticut Film Festival, which features films such as “Chico & Rita.”

Families will want to check out Imagination Movers, a band that will be performing at the Toyota presents the Oakdale Theatre on Sunday, April 29, and the Danbury Kids Expo, which takes place the same day. The “Wizard of Oz” will be performed in Ridgefield. And, the Mini Maker Faire will power up on Saturday in Westport. And, YMCAs across the area are celebrating Healthy Kids Day with an assortment of activities and programs.

Broadway stars Jenny Powers and Matt Cavenaugh are expected to light it up this weekend in Stratford. In Westport, the cast members of “Into the Woods,” including many Broadway actors, will be gearing up for the show’s Tuesday opening.

Plan now, plan early and get on out there to enjoy all that there is to do.

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy