What’s New, Pussycat?

Tom Jones - Levitt PavilionTom Jones will star in the Levitt Pavilion’s annual fundraiser, on June 19.

The Levitt’s luck with headliners has been pretty good. My favorites were 2 you wouldn’t expect to see anywhere near Connecticut:  Willie Nelson (with special, unannounced guest star Keith Richards), and Buckwheat Zydeco.

But most of the time the Levitt can’t land (or afford) a Willie Nelson.  They’ve got to pluck entertainers off the wow-I-thought-they-were-dead-but-it’s-cool-they’re-coming-to-Westport list:  Smokey Robinson, America, that crowd.

Only one or two have bombed.  The Beach Boys were unfortunately atrocious, although to be fair they should have called themselves the Beach Grandparents.

I hadn’t thought about Tom Jones in years.  But he’s got a great reputation as a crowd-pleaser, so on June 19 I will probably catch his show.  It’s a lot more convenient than Foxwoods or Vegas.

Tom Jones in Westport.  For the Levitt, it’s not unusual.

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