Every couple of months, someone will contact us to ask if there are any concerts coming to Ives Concert Park in the future. Sadly, the answer is no.

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Why? It's complicated, but the short answer is that the Ives Concert Park in Danbury is decades overdue for major upgrades, and the risk of putting up major money to book an act that will sell tickets for an outdoor concert that could be affected by bad weather just isn't worth the financial risk for the city. Unless Danbury finds itself a very generous multi-millionaire, chances are that the Ives will remain a very pretty place to take a stroll.

But anyway, there were hundreds of national acts that did grace the gazebo, and I'll never forget two shows that took place right in front of that moat. My favorite show of all time at the Ives was on Thursday, August 19, 2010 - Boz Scaggs, Donald Fagan, and Michael McDonald performed as the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue. What a thrill it was to see this supergroup perform, Scaggs did Lowdown, McDonald belted out I Keep Forgettin', What a Fool Believes, and Takin' in to the Streets, and Donald Fagan belted out IGY and Reelin' in the Years. It was a beautiful night on top of the wonderful music.

Photo by Large Dave
Photo by Large Dave

I was blown away by Fiona Apple, who performed at the Ives in 2012. supporting her new album "The Idler Wheel is...oh man, the title of that album is very long. What a performer, Apple had the audience in her hands the whole evening. Such a beautiful voice. What were your favorites?

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