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Tuesday, April 24 News

At the Levitt, music and magic on the schedule

There's a wide-ranging slate of entertainment on tap at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts this late-summer weekend and next week.

Highlights include:


The Sweet Remains -- Greg Naughton (who grew up in Weston), Rich Price of Burlington, Vt., and Brian Chartrand, of Phoenix -- in a free performance at 8 p.m. The trio of singer-songwriters is known for lyrically rich music in three-part harmonies.


Le Vent du Nord, the French Canadian folk group, returns to the Levitt at 8 p.m. Saturday for a free show.

The band's name -- which means "The North Wind" in French" -- reflects its Quebec roots, but the group's progressive folk tunes have a hard-driving Celtic edge, the Levitt said.

The four-member group has been together for 12 years, and each member plays multiple instruments. Winners of two Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards, the foursome has played more than 1,000 concerts across North America, South America and Europe.


Banjo virtuoso Cynthia Sayer and Her Joyride Band perform at 7 p.m. Sunday in a free concert that will offer an eclectic mix of genres -- including several in which the four-stringed instrument is rarely heard.

Sayer who performs vocals as well, played for a decade in Woody Allen's jazz band, and The New York Times has praised her for her "drive and virtuosity."

But jazz is just one style the Levitt audience will hear Sunday night. Sayer and her band also play swing, tango, western and even classical music


Illusionist Lynn Dillies performs "The Magic of Lyn" at 7:30 p.m. in one of the Levitt's few events that will charge admission.

The Levitt called Dillies "America's premier, award-winning female illusionist." She is the only woman to receive the Society of American Musicians' Milbourne Christopher Award. Recipients David Copperfield, Penn and Teller and Siegfried and Roy.

General admission tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for students and seniors; $12 for Levitt members.

Priority Pass tickets -- which include 6 p.m. admission, kids' lawn activities, tent and front-lawn seating -- are $25 for adults; $20 for students and seniors; $15 for members.

Tickets will be available at the Levitt during preceding events, online at www.levittpavilion.com and by phone 866-811-4111.

The lawn opens to general-admission ticket holders at 7 p.m.


Cajun, Creole and Zydeco sounds will emanate from the Levitt on Thursday when Wilson Savoy and the Pine Leaf Boys take the stage for a free concert at 8 p.m.

The Louisiana band has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, the Levitt said, and have "breathed new life into Cajun music, reviving ancient songs and bring them to the bandstand."

The New York Times called Wilson Savoy & The Pine Leaf Boys "... the link that connects the young and the old generations," and "the best new, energetic, and fun Cajun band in a very long time."

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For more information, check the Levitt Pavilion website: www.levittpavilion.com.