NRBQ will add its mix of rockabilly, Beatles-influenced pop and jazz to the music at Rock the Summer. The festival to support music education is set for Saturday, July 28, in Ansonia.
The band is known for its live shows, and for such tunes as “Riding in My Car” and “RC Cola and a Moon Pie.” NRBQ, which is short for New Rhythm and Blues Quartet, released its debut record in 1969. That influential album (remixed and with new liner notes) was reissued by Omnivore Recordings this past March.
This family-friendly festival at Nolan Field will also feature Deep Banana Blackout, which formed in 1995, includes a full horn section, and is known for its soul, funk and R&B sound.
A third group, The ECA 3 Gen (eration) Jazz Band, consists of faculty, alumni and students from ACES Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven. They play a variety of bebop, blues and Latin jazz.
A number of food trucks and a beer garden will also be part of the festival. Rock the Summer is presented by the Banko’s Music Foundation and the city of Ansonia as a fundraiser for music education in public schools, and to fund scholarships for students who are pursuing related careers.
Music lover Joe Shapiro, a former software creator who purchased Banko’s Music on East Main Street in Ansonia, in 2016, said there will also be “an instrument petting zoo” where children can pick up and try out instruments.
Adventures in Music Productions is producing this event. While admission is free, there is a suggested donation of $10 per person. Parking is free and you may bring blankets and chairs, but there are some restrictions, such as no coolers and no pets, so it’s best to check the website.
Nolan Field, 350 Wakelee Ave., Ansonia. Saturday, July 28, 4-10:30 p.m. (Rain date, Sunday, July 29, 12-6:30 p.m.) 203-828-7706, info@BankosRocks.com , BankosFoundation.org, RockTheSummer.org