Tony Bennett Enchants at Ives Concert Park

Tony Bennett wowed the crowd at Ives Concert Park with a classic performance last Saturday night. With a summer full of rain, the weather cooperated and stayed dry. The park now adds Tony Bennett to its roster of memorable concerts.


Concert-goers with hopes of good lawn seats arrived early and a long line quickly formed. I saw one woman clutching a stack of LPs (remember those?) with hopes for an autographed copy. The large crowd representing a cross-section of age groups sat shoulder-to-shoulder in the lawn area in anticipation of the big night and afterwards lingered on the lawn to enjoy the summer evening.


Bennett hit the stage in his signature yellow jacket and was greeted with thunderous applause and cheers. It’s hard to believe that he’s 86-years-old when you hear his voice unaffected by the years. One of my favorite numbers was “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”


The audience showed their delight with numerous standing ovations during the performance. A comment on our Facebook page from NK called it a: “show with old time class.” And LB said, “Hands down, one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.” Another concert attendee was touched by Bennett’s reference to the tragedy in Newtown. For more comments and photos, visit Ives Concert Park on Facebook.


Later, outside the stage exit, a small crowd gathered with hopes of an up-close look at Bennett. He did not disappoint and waved to the group before boarding his black Escalade and exiting the park.


This week of great entertainment does not end with Bennett. Join us Tuesday evening, July 16, for ska revival band The Specials. On Friday, July 19, return for 1990s bands: Everclear, Filter, Live and Sponge. And come see alternative folk/rock performer Brandi Carlile on Saturday, July 20.


Tickets are available for all shows through www.ticketmaster.com or at the door. Get your tickets today!


Here’s a shout out to our more than 100 volunteers who braved the heat to help give our visitors a carefree experience of the park.


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