Hottest ticket in town: Sales begin Thursday for the Greenwich Town Party
GREENWICH — Tickets are set to go on sale Thursday morning for the Greenwich Town Party — and if previous sales are any indication, resident who want to attend must act quickly.
The annual all-day family-friendly musical festival has traditionally sold out in minutes — and organizers are predicting the 2018 party will be no exception with headliner Eric Clapton, an 18-time Grammy winner and three-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer.
“I am excited to hear Eric Clapton in this incredible setting, but I’m like most people who know they’re going to have a great time, regardless of who’s playing,” GTP co-president Ray Rivers said. “People look forward to showing up and seeing friends and celebrating the start of summer and our amazing town. There’s no other event where I cansee so many friends and neighbors from town all celebrating in one place.”
The eighth annual GTP will be held May 26 in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. At 10 a.m. Thursday, the community tickets, which are general admission, go on sale online at www.greenwichtownparty.org. Organizers say people should make their purchases as soon as the tickets are available.
“We love to see the enthusiasm for the party grow each year,” Rivers said. “It shows how the community has truly embraced our mission to celebrate our town and participate together. On one hand, we’re really excited to see a huge show of support for the GTP by how quickly the tickets sell out, but we also wish everyone in town could attend. We don’t want to disappoint anyone.”
The community tickets are $85 per person, and the maximum number of tickets someone can buy is six. Additionally, senior tickets will be on sale Thursday morning, too, for $25 per person with a maximum of four tickets per person. Tickets for children under the age of 12 are free, but the tickets must be secured at the time of any adult ticket purchases.
To buy a ticket, one must be a town resident, a town business owner or an employee of the town or a local business. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tickets are already available at the sponsor level for $1,500 along with three-year pledge opportunities. The party, which is not paid for by the town, gets funds through ticket sales and support from residents and local businesses.
The party is produced by Greenwich Town Party Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
Those who sign up for sponsor tickets or three-year pledges will have unlimited access to the party’s “sponsor tent,” with food from Libby Coverly Cooke Catering and beverages from Horseneck Wines & Liquors, and parking in the Island Beach lot.
Clapton is just one of several major acts on the program. The Tedeschi Trucks Band will be making its third appearance, and the New Orleans-based Preservation Hall Band will appear for the second year in a row. Singer-songwriter Charlie Scopletti, who will also return for a second time, has deep local roots as his family lives in Greenwich. Additionally, the popular bluegrass band Trout Steak Revival will also perform.
A deadline of Friday is looming for local bands that want to apply for a chance to be one of seven featured on the GTP’s “Town Stage,” which is designed to give local bands a chance to shine along with the famous acts.
Submissions are open to Greenwich residents of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels. Interested performers can apply online at www.greenwichtownparty.org before the April 6 dedline. The bands that are selected this year will not only be able to be a part of the GTP festivities but will also be able to say they opened for Eric Clapton.
“This year’s Town Stage talent pool, like every year, is an awesome reflection of the amazing artists who either live or work in Greenwich,” Rivers said. “More than 50 bands have applied…The talented artists we choose will know how to play to and move a crowd and get people up and dancing.”