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Everything You Want and beer tasting come together at the Ridgefield Playhouse

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The title song from Vertical Horizon’s debut album Everything You Want hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Adult Top 40 charts, and went on to become the most played single of 2000. The alternative rock band Vertical Horizon will be in concert at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, June 21, at 8 p.m. Special guest is Brian Jarvis. A Guinness beer tasting in the lobby kicks off the merriment at 7:15 p.m. For tickets ($55), call the box office at 203-438-5795, or visit online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
It was at Georgetown University in the ‘90s that the popular alternative rock band Vertical Horizon was formed, and their debut album, Everything You Want, sold more than two million copies, a testament to the impact this four-piece band has had on the music industry. The title song hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Adult Top 40 charts, and went on to become the most played single of 2000. “You’re a God” was #4 on Billboard’s Adult Chart.

Vertical Horizon will be in concert at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, June 21, at 8 p.m. Special guest is Brian Jarvis, an award-winning singer/songwriter from Manchester, CT whose heart-felt lyrics and talent earned him the Hartford Advocate’s award for “Best Solo Artist” in 2007. His first album release, Honestly, received impressive radio play. There will be a complimentary beer tasting of Guinness Black Lager in the lobby at 7:15 p.m. This concert is part of the Guinness Black Lager Rock Series with media sponsor 98Q - 98.3fm.

An AllShows.com VIP Party Pass ($25 addt'l per person) is available for this show and includes a pre-show cocktail party 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. with open bar, hors-d’oeuvre and priority parking. At Fifty Coins Restaurant (Main St., Ridgefield), diners will receive 10% off the dinner bill the night of this event when tickets are shown.

The acoustic rock band Vertical Horizon was formed in 1990 by Georgetown University undergrads Matthew Scannell and Keith Kane. After graduation in 1991, the duo relocated to Boston and self-released their debut album There and Back Again. Matt and Keith played all the instruments featured on the album, though their mainstay is acoustic guitar. Vertical Horizon writes all the music they play. Today’s Vertical Horizon’s genres, styles and sounds are the band’s “tools of the trade”, but they’re used with such variety—such intricacy—that it’s a challenge to “classify” the band’s sound. It’s rock, but nuances make it hard to define. Current band members are Matt Scannell (vocalist, guitarist), Steve Fekete (guitarist), Ron LaVella (drummer) and Cedric LeMoyne (bassist).

Their most recent studio album, Burning the Days, was released in late 2009 and is a true testament to their commitment to making brilliant music. According to Scannell, the album is “sonically as good as anything we have ever done. This album and our renewed sense of creativity really resonates with our fans.” Burning the Days features virtuoso drummer Neil Peart of Rush on “Save Me from Myself”, “Even Now”, and “Welcome to the Bottom”. The two radio singles from the album, “Save Me from Myself” and “The Lucky One” have been successful on the Hot AC charts. According to Alternative Addiction, “This album is a perfect showcase for Vertical Horizon’s return to the spotlight….”

For tickets ($55) and more information about The Ridgefield Playhouse, call the box office (203) 438-5795, or order online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT; ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

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