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The Way It Is: Bruce Hornsby Rocks The Levitt

It was just like old times.

A tour bus was parked in the lot. Westporters opened picnic baskets, popped wine bottles, settled in for a show. The Levitt Pavilion was back.

Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers headlined last night’s benefit. Following in a long tradition — Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, John Fogerty and many more — the benefit show sizzled.

Most Levitt events are free. They’re paid for by events like this. After a summer of silence — the Levitt, like nearly every other entertainment venue in the world, went dark during the pandemic — last night’s show was more than just a benefit for the pavilion.

It was a resounding way to say: “Welcome, Westport, to another summer of joy!”

If you weren’t in the capacity crowd: Here’s what you missed, courtesy of “06880” photographer JC Martin.

First Selectman Jim Marpe and Levitt Pavilion marketing director Carleigh Welsh welcome the crowd.

Bruce Hornsby

Not everyone who enjoyed the concert bought a ticket. (Photos/JC Martin)

 

Levitt Announces Summer Plans — And A Big Name

Social distancing, capacity limits and masks are on tap for the upcoming Levitt Pavilion season.

So is Bruce Hornsby.

For 45 years, the downtown complex offered over 50 nights of free entertainment a year. Funding comes primarily from sponsors, and one or two big-name ticketed concerts.

COVID knocked out last summer’s schedule. But the Levitt plans to be back this year. Schedules and precise policies will be announced on a rolling basis.

For now, here’s an event you can pencil in (and buy tickets for): Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers. The show is set for Monday, June 14 (7:30 p.m.).

The Noisemakers are the pianist’s newest group. He’s been a major figure on the music scene since 1986, when his band The Range’s “The Way It Is” went multi-platinum.

Bruce Hornsby (2nd from left) and the Noisemakers.

Since then Hornsby played keyboard for the Grateful Dead, wrote music for Spike Lee, and recorded jazz, bluegrass and contemporary classical music albums.

Tickets go on sale at noon on April 30, at the Levitt Pavilion website. They’ll be sold in pods of 2, 4 and 6.

That’s the way it is. Welcome back, Levitt!

The Levitt Pavilion. (Photo/Claire Bangser)