Steve Martin, Edie Brickell to headline Stamford gala

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Get ready to pluck some tickets. One of America's most versatile entertainers is expected to make a stop in Stamford in June, where he will be sharing a stage with a talented singer-songwriter and a Grammy-nominated bluegrass quintet.

The Stamford Center for the Arts plans to welcome Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers (see above for a 2009 performance on "The Late Show with David Letterman"), and Edie Brickell, to its Palace Theatre stage for its fourth annual gala on June 21. Tickets go on sale to members on Friday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m., while the general public has its chance on Friday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. You can find out about concert tickets (which range from $55 to $175) at the arts organization's website. If you want to learn about gala tickets, which cost $350, you can call 203-517-3419. You can reach the box office at 203-325-4466.

The gala will benefit the organization and its arts education programs, including the Emerging Young Artist Scholarship that is awarded to a talented Fairfield County artist.

The concert comes roughly two months after Martin, the Rangers and Brickell, a New Canaan resident, are expected to release a new album "Love Has Come for You (Rounder Records)." The album was produced by Peter Asher, who has worked with James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and 10,000 Maniacs. Other musicians on the album include Esperanza Spalding, Waddy Wachtel and Sara and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, according to Martin's website.

Martin, who has found success as an actor, playwright, author and comedian, has also found acclaim for his work as a bluegrass banjoist and composer. Brickell early on reached the top of the music scene with her work with the New Bohemians in the 1980s and since then has steadily built a solo career, even as she has sought out collaborations. In 2010, she became one of the founding members of the new band The Gaddabouts.

Martin, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Brickell are set to join an illustrious group of performers who have helped the arts organization to raise funds for its programs. In the past, the gala evenings have featured the late Dave Brubeck, Diana Ross and Liza Minnelli.

Christina Hennessy

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