Bassist Joe “Bearclaw” Burcaw first got the music bug as a teen growing up in New Milford. Time spent in high school and college bands paved the way for a professional career with different groups, including the New York City-based band Black 47.
It is with that band that Burcaw will return to familiar stomping grounds this weekend. The Celtic rockers are scheduled to perform at the Fairfield Theatre Company, Saturday, March 23. The band’s high-energy live performances continue to draw fans who have followed the group since its formation more than 20 years ago.
If you want to hear a band that mixes traditional Irish tunes with rock, reggae, folk, jazz and the blues, this is a night for you. (Above, you can see a video of the band performing “Rockin The Bronx” at the 2011 Joey Ramone Birthday Bash)”Rockin The Bronx” at the 2011 Joey Ramone Birthday Bash.)
Other musicians will be making a stop in our area, too. David Bromberg will be in Ridgefield. AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle will channel Simon and Garfunkel in Bridgeport. Walter Lewis Blues Trio will perform in Redding. Ratso comes to Stamford. The Good News Choir raises their voices in Westport. The Sacred Heart University Concert Band will give a free concert in Fairfield. Beethoven will sound for two days in Stamford. Caroline Doctorow will open Richter’s season. Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul will be in Old Saybrook. Rickie Lee Jones takes the stage in Tarrytown, N.Y. Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway will be in Purchase, N.Y. Meanwhile, “Uncle” Gerry Dignan will perform at a Sandy Hook benefit in Norwalk.
An afternoon of music, meditation and dance is set in Greenwich on Sunday, as a way to celebrate the Indian festival of Shivrati. In Fairfield, it will be a celebration of home. There are still a few St. Patrick’s Day parades in the area, including one in Danbury and another in Mystic.
Funny guys are coming to the area, too, including Dom Irrera, Billy Winn and Artie Lange. And a more serious topic, thieves and forgers of the art world, will be addressed in a lecture Sunday by Noah Charney in Fairfield.
On stage (through the power of technology), the London stage hit “People” will be live telecast at the Quick Center. At Long Wharf in New Haven, “Ride the Tiger,” a story about some of President John F. Kennedy’s tabloid-ready tales, will open next week.
The sun should be shining, too, on this first weekend of spring, so get on out there. But, don’t let it fool you. You will still need a coat.
Until next time …