The Sound on Sound music festival debuts on Saturday, September 24, with an additional day on Sunday, in Seaside Park, Bridgeport, Connecticut. The lineup for both days is star-studded and includes well known artists such as Stevie Nicks and Dave Matthews. See poster lineup below, and go to soundonsoundct.com for more information. CT Post has a report on parking and street closures, too.
The festival is not only important for music-starved Connecticut residents who have endured the pandemic but for music lovers traveling from other states and countries.
Noelle Stevenson, Director, Connecticut Office of Tourism, commented on the importance on music festivals for tourism in the state. “Music tourism is one of the fastest growing trends," says Stevenson, "and festivals are proving to be a cultural melting pot in bringing more visitors to the state.
"Travelers are often looking for unique experiences, and music festivals, which are not just about the performances, provide an incentive to visit a place some might not have considered. In Connecticut, we are placing a priority on bringing more of these large scale opportunities to the state.
"The value of a musical festival, especially when you have a star-studded lineup like we have for Sound on Sound, and the economic boost to the state’s economy cannot be overstated, especially because with music festivals, they span several days, and that benefits our local businesses, restaurants and hotels.”
Connecticut residents might ask why there aren’t more concert venues or festivals like Sound on Sound in the state. Fairfield County residents, in particular, might wonder why most significant Connecticut concerts are in the casinos’ music entertainment arenas, which are in the eastern Connecticut region.
However, Stevenson is content on the current amount of Connecticut music venues and festivals. “There are actually a lot of concert venues in Connecticut," Stevenson says, "both big and small, that attracts incredible talent – and more people are starting to uncover the hidden gems.
"Up the road from Seaside Park is the Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater, where the Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Alice Cooper and classics like REO Speedwagon and Styx have performed recently. The XL Center in Hartford will have the Journey Freedom Tour in March of 2023.
"Additionally, The Westsville Music Bowl in New Haven can seat up to 10,000 for its concerts. That venue is on a larger scale. But really, there are many places in Connecticut that have live music, including the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, which recently featured Hall & Oates, Lana Del Ray, The Moody Blues and Steely Dan. The Xinfity Theater in Hartford regularly has some of the biggest names in music, including Pitbull and Blink 182".
Although Stevenson does admit: "The Sound on Sound music festival is putting Connecticut on the map in a new and exciting way. There have always been great shows in the state, we’re just excited that people are becoming more aware of just how much live music we have to offer. But this is only the beginning. This weekend’s festival, which is expected to draw more than 60,000 people world-wide, is an introduction to what music lovers can expect to see in Connecticut in the future.”
Goldmine's jam band aficionado Ray Chelstowski will be covering the Sound on Sound event for his online column Natural Funk Projekt.