This weekend is the Newtown Arts Festival, in Fairfield Hills, launched Friday night by Alternate Routes, with Gold Roots opening act. Doors open at 5.30 p.m. and concert starts at 6.30 p.m. There will be 8 food trucks, a Beer and Wine Garden and more. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the festival continues with more than 50 artisans from the region exhibiting and selling their works, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, formidable creative activities for kids, as well as music and dancing all day.
If you want to take it inside, Music Theater of Connecticut presents Tenderly: The musical Rosemary Clooney from Friday to Sunday. This uplifting and inspiring musical biography is a not-so-typical “jukebox musical” featuring the journey of Rosemary Clooney. With his iconic songs woven in and out, discover both the story of his successes in film, radio and television, and his struggles with addiction and depression. 8 pm-10pm
High energy alert at the Wall Street Theater on Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Jacksonville, Florida based alternative metal band COLD caught fire in the early 2000s with the albums 13 Ways to Bleed on Stage and Year of the Spider – both certified Gold. Technically complex, dark and brutal metal fuses with elements of Metallica and a side of shoegaze and rock hovering alternative.
Then get ready to roll the roof with Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist Troy. “Trombone Shorty” Andrews on his return to the Ridgefield Playhouse stage on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Discover this critically acclaimed artist in an evening of energetic and edgy funk, hip-hop rhythms, rap, dynamic rock and improvisation in the great tradition of jazz.