“This was my 32nd Moody Blues concert and first time at Ives. I loved both the concert and the concert park … my husband, daughter and I traveled from Pittsfield, Mass., and it was well worth the trip. One of the nicest places for a concert I have ever been to.”
“What a pleasant surprise ‘Two Nights Near Doolin’ was this past Friday. No crowds. Easy parking. Perfect moonlit night. The play was set up INSIDE the band pavilion, how cool was that???…you entered, were greeted by a ‘waitress’ and offered a seat in the ‘bar.’ There was a bar set up in the corner with a bartender with a cute brogue (set up only, no booze, which you had to bring in from the outside vendor), café tables. Entertained by cute Irish dancers, three musicians, and pretzels before play began. Actors/actresses were terrific, as was the play. You were invited to stay after play to meet the playwright and cast. We just loved it and the entire concept! I do hope the Ives Center puts it back on their schedule for next year!!! Kudos to all who participated! Left with a big smile on my face…in the moonlight…and out of there in two minutes because there were hardly any cars. 🙂 “
“This is among the best venues to see a concert! It’s so laid back and so much fun! We saw the Moody Blues here and had lawn seats, it rained, we had our red wine, and it was one of the most romantic dates we’ve been on! Special memories here! ♡”
“Beautiful place to come and relax and enjoy great music. ‘I’ll be back!'”
New City, N.Y.
“We all had a fantastic time – great show and a great place! Garrison was sweet and funny, the music was fine, and your staff, wonderful. Keillor’s stories were humorous and moving, he walked into the audience and led a sing-along, and even had some nice humanizing references to Ives. The triple rainbow over the stage (really!), the vivid clouds at sunset, and the gentle rain at closing were a brilliant touch … Thanks!”
“This past Saturday night my wife and I came to the Ives Center to see Brandi Carlile — my first visit in over 20 years. What a fantastic setting!! The park is amazing. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. You all should be very proud: it is the gem of Danbury and maybe the entire state. Brandi and her band, as well as Jamestown Revival, played an incredible show!!! Please bring them back next year!! We heard nothing but rave reviews as we left!!! Thank you for all your hard work!!
“We had a fan-tas-tic time [at The Specials concert]. We will surely be back. The staff was very cordial … the grounds (including the sprinklers) were pitch perfect for an outdoor venue. I will absolutely be certain to rave to other families about what a great fit your venue is for kids.”
“Hands down, one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen. What an enjoyable evening outside with a one-of-a-kind entertainer. Amazing vocals and such joy in performing still … really comes across. [Tony Bennett’s] band was tops, too. Great sound from four instruments and four talented musicians. Everyone working at the Ives Concert Park was so nice to boot!! I came at the last minute, bought a reserved seat ticket, and had a night to remember … thanks!!”
“Thanks for having the Gramblers last night. One of the best venues and staff ever!”
Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers guitarist Tim B.
San Francisco, Calif.
“Great [Gov’t Mule] show last night! You guys have one of the most friendly and helpful staffs that I’ve ever seen at a music venue.”
“Brought 6 newbies tonight [to see Gov’t Mule]. Nice to hear them all remark about it being the best venue they’ve ever been to.”
“Awesome venue, awesome concert!!! Thank you!!”
“[moe. and Gov’t Mule were] 2 great nights with 2 great shows at a great venue. We had a blast!”
“Nothin’ like Gov’t Mule at Ives Concert Park – what a great show! Ives always brings out the best in Mule.”
“Thank you Ives Concert Park! Had a GREAT time at the Gov’t Mule show last night – Bands were so good – sound was great – accommodations were great. Was our first time and can see ourselves checking out more shows!”
“Had a great time at moe. last night! It was my first time at your venue and I wanted to say that your staff is so friendly & helpful. I am looking forward to coming back again!”
“Thank you for a great night last night for moe!! Perfect place to see a concert!!!!”
“[Alison Krauss & Union Station were] great musicians in a great setting, with cool night air & stars overhead.”
“[The Connecticut Ballet was] a wonderful evening at Ives Concert Park! Thank you Ives Concert Park, Danbury and all the wonderful sponsors who made this evening of truly wonderful fine arts possible!
“[The ballet] was magical. Thank you for providing such wonderful programming free of charge. I was more than happy to make a donation. My daughters and I loved the performance.”
“[Steely Dan was] the concert of the summer … maybe of several summers.”
“Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the concert on Saturday. The program was well chosen and the excellent musicians, the virtuoso performance by Kerry Walker, and Dr. Jimenez’s musical mini-biography of Mozart, made for a delightful summer afternoon. Events like this make Ives Concert Park a valuable asset to our Danbury community.”
“The Ives Festival Orchestra did a fantastic job with Mozart. Thank you Dr. Jimenez, Dr. Walker and Ms. Alves for phenomenal performances.”
“What an amazing place to see a concert! Peter Frampton was amazing, but your venue and the people, their friendliness, made it that much more enjoyable. I hope to get back again this summer. Maybe Steely Dan … : ) and I’ve gotta get more of those donuts!!”
“Grace Potter and Michael Franti this year was my first visit. I will be back for Steely Dan and probably many more shows! What a GREAT venue you have and your staff is exceptional … thank you.”
“I had a really great time at last night’s Grace Potter/Michael Franti show. I appreciated the friendly, competent staff. My first time there and I will definitely be back. Keep up the good work!”
South Salem, N.Y.
“A beautiful place for an amazing concert. Frampton wowed everyone. The summer sky was stunning. Everything was clean, orderly and perfect. The staff worked hard. They were very polite, helpful and fun.”
“I just visited Ives Concert Park for the 1st time. As a veteran concert-goer, I must say that your venue is one of the nicest I have ever been to. I am telling everyone I know about it! I won tickets to Monday night’s show, and a meet ‘n greet with Michael Franti. That was exciting enough, but then to be surrounded by your beautiful park, I was just so incredulous. I love the size of your venue as well. Every seat in the house is a good one. The vibes, the staff, the landscaped grounds – everything was just perfect. I can’t wait to go back!!”
Red Hook, N.Y.
“I’ve been hearing about the venue for years by word-of-mouth and finally got there this weekend for the first time to see Earth, Wind & Fire. WONDERFUL place to see a concert. Great music, great food/beverages, lots of room to dance and super-friendly people all around. Pretty reasonable ticket prices for top-notch acts, too!”
“Very impressive line-up this year (2011). Looking forward to spending many an evening at the Ives Concert Park this summer.”
Robert and Joanne S.
“What a great show! The warm rain didn’t stop the Moody Blues from doing all their fan favorites. Food and drink available at moderate prices. Fun crowd too! My family and I really enjoy the venue and have attended many shows (Sheryl Crow rocked!) and festivals (Irish, etc.) throughout the years. I have already purchased tickets to see Peter Frampton and Allison Krauss this summer.”
Thank you for running a fantastic venue that has hosted some very fond memories for my husband and I … we are hoping to see some acts announced that we can bring our toddler to, so we can make more of those memories with him. :-)”
Kait and Chris J.
“We’ve been going for years. 10,000 Maniacs, The Kinks, Melissa Etheridge, Cake. We can’t justify traveling to see a concert now when we have such a great venue in our own backyard! Thank you!”
“We did enjoy the Air Force Band of Liberty concert very much. Thank you for providing this event to the community on this special day.”
“First off, this was the first time my girlfriend and I have been to Ives and we loved it!! What a beautiful place! Even with the rain, we had a fantastic time! We think the rain actually added to our experience seeing The Moody Blues and made it that much more memorable!”
Michael T. and Lorraine W.
“The Willie Nelson concert was so enjoyable and it was a perfect night. We hope to be going up to Ives again very soon.”
“I was surprised to learn that I could buy bottles of wine at the Widespread Panic show … big fan of Ives Concert park!”
“My son took a chance and drove to Danbury and purchased a ticket for Slightly Stoopid at the box office. He had a blast.”
“The Dukes of September show was AWESOME!!!!! Never had such a great time at a concert. All the people sitting near us were really nice; had wonderful conversations along with excellent music. A perfect night! Keep up the good work!!!”
“We didn’t win the raffle at the Dukes of September concert, but we had a great time. What a wonderful park!”
“I’ve always wanted to see the Moody Blues, being a nut for ’60s music. They did not disappoint! I’ve seen hundreds of shows in all kinds and sizes of venues and this was one of the best. We hope to see you again.”
Sandy Hook, Conn.
“The concert and seating were wonderful for Dukes of September. Looking forward to more events in the future.”