Bands Led By Darien, Norwalk Natives, To Perform In Concert To Benefit The Darien Arts Center


DARIEN – The Darien Arts Center is hosting a spring concert to give residents a taste of live music at a historic venue – with the help of two beloved musical groups with local ties.

The concert is scheduled for March 25 and will take place at a concert hall in Norwalk, the Wall Street Theatre. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Darien Arts Center.

“We just know that our Darien audience really loves live music,” said Carolyn Cavolo, Chair of the Darien Arts Center Board of Trustees. “Having a headliner, a well-known band, being the fundraiser was a natural progression since we’ve always hosted music events.”


The concert’s headliner will be The Samples, a reggae-influenced rock band that formed in Colorado in the late 1980s. Led by former Norwalk resident Sean Kelly who serves as the lead vocalist, the group developed a devoted following across the country, while their original songs were featured in several TV shows and movies.

Waller, a local band led by a Darien alumnus, will open the show for The Samples. The group was started by James Crafford, who was born and raised in Darien and graduated from Darien High School in 2016.

It’s a looping moment, Crafford said: He was a finalist for Darien Arts Center’s talent show, Darien’s Got Talent, and he performed at the second annual Darien Rocktoberfest last fall.

“The Darien Arts Center continues to generously give myself and other artists the platform to succeed in the performing arts,” said Crafford. “Opening for The Samples is an honor and I’m excited for the show.”

Center board member Andrea Jackson said the venue’s capacity is 700 people, although space may be limited due to pandemic restrictions.

Tickets cost between $35 and $80 and are available on eventbrite. VIP tickets are available at darienarts.org for $150, which include priority seating and drink wristbands. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Wall Street Theatre, 71 Wall St., Norwalk.

“I posted the news of this concert on my own personal social media and a lot of my friends are so excited to see it,” Cavolo said. “It’s coming at the right time – the world is opening up again and people are looking for things to do.”

For more information, visit darienarts.org or call the CAD office at 203-655-8683.

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