FTC welcomes members of The Band — The Weight

The Fairfield Theatre Company will welcome the next chapter of classic rock band The Band as they welcome, The Weight to their newest venue, The Warehouse on Friday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m.

For roughly half a decade, from 1968 through 1975, The Band was one of the most popular and influential rock groups in the world. With their signature music that was embraced by fans and critics as seriously as the music of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, The band were analyzed and reviewed as intensely as any record by their one-time employer and sometime mentor Bob Dylan.

Although the Band retired from touring after The Last Waltz, a legendary concert held at the Winterland Ballroom, their legacy thrived for decades perpetuated by the bandmates’ respective solo careers as well as the enduring strength of the Band’s catalog.

Now the next chapter of this legendary band persona takes center stage at the Fairfield Theatre Company’s newest venue as former Band members come together to form, The Weight.

Created by Jim Weider who replaced Robbie Robertson as their lead guitarist from 1985 to 2000, The Weight a five-piece ensemble will replicate the music of one of the greatest bands in music history. As The Bands songs have reverberated across history for decades and continue to speak to millions of fans, The Weight looks to keep this music in the hearts and souls of the people.

Featuring Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante who were once members of The Band, Brian Mitchell and Byron Isaacs of the Levon Helm Band, and Marty Grebb, who worked with Rick Danko and Richard Manuel, The Weight remains as the vessel for fans old and new to continue and share in the The Band experience.

“What’s nice about this band is that everybody has a reverence for The Band’s material and each of us has a really strong connection to those guys,” said the fiery guitarist Jim Weider, also a charter member of the reformed Band in the ‘80s.

Sticking exclusively to The Band’s material, The Weight continues night after night to shock even the biggest fans by their ability to dig deep into the Bands nostalgic cateloge of music and dust off and shined up songs that were rarely, if ever, performed by the original group.

“We start with Big Pink and go right through to Northern Lights – Southern Cross,” Weider says. “There is such a treasure chest of fantastic tunes-songs like ‘Look Out Cleveland’ and ‘Forbidden Fruit’-tunes that we never really did, even when I was with The Band. I like bringing them out because I know that people remember them and it’s a pleasant surprise. And fun for us! At every show we try to do something different.”

So pick up your bags, join Carmen, the Devil and come give Annalee some company and make your way downtown for one of the best nights of music to rock Fairfield Theatre Company’s newest venue.

For tickets, at $35-$45 in advance, $3 member discount, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.

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