This Weekend: 8/6-8/8

By AnneMarie Harper
|  Friday, Aug 6, 2010  |  Updated 10:30 PM EDT
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Concerts abound this weekend in Connecticut

Sweet sounds of jazz fill the air this weekend in Kent for the 15th Annual Litchfield Jazz Festival. With a line-up that includes acts like the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Mario Pavone and the Aaron Weinstein Trio, it's easy to see why it has earned the nickname of "Connecticut's Classiest Jazz Festival." The festival kicks off Friday on the grounds of Kent School and runs through Sunday. Tickets start at $29. Kids under 12 get in free.

John Mayer comes home to Connecticut. The Fairfield-native brings his "Battle Studies" tour to the Comcast Theatre in Hartford Saturday. The singer, songwriter has sold more than 12 million albums and has a shelf full of Grammy awards.  Saturday's show begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $42 to $81.

The Black Eyed Peas take the stage Friday at the XL Center in Hartford. The six-time Grammy Award-winners are on the second leg of their E.N.D World Tour. The show, which has been described as the ultimate Black Eyed Peas party experience, also features special guest T-Pain.

Looking for some family fun? Grab your hippy gear and hang loose at the Imagine Nation Museum in Bristol. The Groovy Movie Night starts Friday at 5 p.m. with a 60's dance party. Afterwards, head outdoors for a showing of "Mary Poppins" on a 21-foot inflatable screen. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs. People with the best outfits can win hip prizes!

From the 60's to the 50's, the Milford Diner hosts a sock-hop. The fundraiser Sunday night features 3 hours of music and dancing. It starts at 7 p.m. at the Daniel Street Café. Tickets are $20 and all money raised goes towards restoring the historic diner.

Finally, fill-up on authentic Caribbean cuisine at the 5th Annual Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival in Hartford. It's Saturday from 1 p.m. until 11 p.m. at Riverfront Plaza. The festival also showcases reggae, salsa, soca, jazz, calypso and steel band music. Admission is free.

 


 

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