Friday night lights . . . and sound
Updated 1:47 pm, Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Happy sounds filled a happy venue for another Friday night in Darien.
The Grove Street Plaza was alive with music, this time from the Fairfield County-based band Lions on the Moon, a group of teens. Hundreds danced, lounged and relished a warm summer evening in the plaza.
“It’s great to see they’re young and able to sing,” Mike Caballero of Darien said. “And it brings the community together in such a nice location.”
For seven years, thanks to Baywater Properties and the plaza, Darienites have been drawn to the center for a weekend treat that reminds some people of more exotic locations.
“It makes it more like a town,” said Don Dobson, who has lived here for 60 years. “You don’t need to go away. You think you’re in Hyannis or Martha’s Vineyard. I don’t know why people go away so much. We’ve got everything here.”
Kids were dancing, while adults enjoyed a drink or snack.
Next on the bill
Upcoming performers in the series are Neil Young tribute band Cinnamon Girl (Aug. 7); country and acoustic rock band Chasing Day (Aug. 14); the Adam Ezra Group (Aug. 21), which won the 2013 New England Music Awards Band of the Year Award; the Criscuolo Purrone Experience (Aug. 28); DiMennaMania, a cabaret performance by Darien’s DiMenna family (Sept. 4); the Spadtastics, which covers the Grateful Dead (Sept. 11) and singer and songwriter Doug Allen (Sept. 18).
“She loves coming here to dance,” Sara Watts of Darien said of her daughter Harper, 2. “And the bands are amazing. I love this band.”
The band played a strong selection of rock and funky blues.
“I’ve never been to this before,” said Nikki Morrison of Stamford, who brought her son Rex, 6, to hear the music. “I think it’s a great family friendly way to spend a Friday night.”
“It’s pretty cool,” said visitor Kyle Sheehan, 14, who came from Smithtown, N.Y., and took part in a Frisbee game in the parking lot adjacent to the plaza.
“It’s awesome,” said Jim Heins of Darien. “We try to come every Friday.”