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Popular bands return for Greenwich Town Party

March 7, 2018

GREENWICH — The full lineup for the 2018 Greenwich Town Party has been revealed and there will be some popular returns in the artists who will join legendary headliner Eric Clapton at the annual musical festival.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band will make its third appearance at the party and the lineup also features, for the second year in a row, the New Orleans-based Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Popular bluegrass band Trout Steak Revival and singer-songwriter Charlie Scopletti, whose family lives in Greenwich, will round out the roster of main stage performers.

“The GTP will welcome an incredible lineup of talent across multiple genres that will appeal to all generations,” GTP co-president Ray Rivers said when making the announcement Tuesday. “Each one of the artists is accomplished in his or her own right. When they all come together, it will truly be an event to remember for Greenwich.”

The party will take place on May 26, the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. General admission tickets, which are called community tickets, will go on sale on April 5, but people do not have to wait as Neighbor Tickets for the event go on sale on Thursday.

A neighbor ticket can be purchased online at www.greenwichtownparty.org for $500 each. Those tickets entitle people to have access to the “Houlihan Lawrence Neighborhood Area” at the party with wine and beer from Val’s Putnam Wines and Liquors, catered food from Citarella, and designated parking.

The general admission community tickets typically sell out extremely quickly for the party. They are $85 per ticket, $25 for seniors with children under 12 getting in free, though the number of children must be set at the time of ticket purchase. The event will also feature food, family activities in the morning and other entertainment.

In order to purchase a ticket for the party, 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.

Sponsor tickets are already available as are three-year pledge opportunities that are designed to help provide sustainability through support of the party. While the party takes place on town property, it is not a town event and taxpayer funds are not used to support it.

It is put together by Greenwich Town Party, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. According to organizers, the sponsor contributions support 80 percent of the cost.

People signing up for sponsor tickets or three-year pledges will have unlimited access to the party’s “sponsor tent” with catered food from Libby Coverly Cooke and beverages throughout the day and evening from Horseneck Wines and Liquors. People buying tickets at that level will also get the premier parking across the street from the park in the Island Beach lot.

Clapton, an 18-time Grammy winner and three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, was announced as the headliner in December. He joins a group of music legends who have headlined the party including Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, James Taylor and Dave Matthews.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, has been a popular attraction. Playing on the same bill with Clapton will be nothing new for them as they have played at his Crossroads Guitar Festival and recorded in the studio with him.

Trout Steak Revival, which won the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, is known, according to the GTP, as “the quintessential Colorado string band” combining the sounds of folk, indie, bluegrass and roots.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band is returning after its well-received set in 2017. Since 1961, the band has been keeping the sounds of traditional new Orleans jazz alive. It currently is led by Ben Jaffe, the son of founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe.

The party will be a homecoming for Scopoletti as he and his band The Truth have played it before. The musician has roots in Greenwich with his family living in town.

The bill is not quite finalized yet as local bands can still join in. The party’s Town Stage will feature six local bands. Submissions are open to Greenwich residents of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels but the application must be received at www.greenwichtownparty.org no later than April 6.