GREENWICH, Conn. – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Eric Clapton will headline the eighth annual Greenwich Town Party, the all-day family-friendly music festival planned for Saturday, May 26, at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.
Held annually on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, this volunteer-supported community event is a popular kickoff to summer in the town. It brings Greenwich residents together to celebrate town pride and the spirit of giving through live music, local food favorites, and family-fun activities.
Previous musical icons who have taken the main stage include Paul Simon, James Taylor, Carlos Santana, Dave Matthews and John Fogerty.
"’Eric Clapton is God’ has been a common expression since I started following Clapton nearly 50 years ago," said Ray Dalio, Greenwich Town Party founder, "and Greenwich residents will get to hear why at this Town Party, which will be the best ever."
During his legendary career spanning over five decades, Clapton has released 45 albums. He is the only triple inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of both The Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo artist.
He has won or shared in 18 Grammy Awards and is was ranked No. 2 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
In February, Showtime Networks is debuting a new documentary, "Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars," on the musician’s rise to fame in which he narrates and gives exclusive access to his personal archives of music, photos, letters and diary entries.
Contributions from sponsors support 80 percent of the party and allow those who may not otherwise be able to attend get significantly discounted tickets. This year, the GTP is introducing new three-year pledge opportunities, which are available immediately. The Sponsor commitment offers unlimited access to the Sponsor Tent with catered food and beverages throughout the day and evening, and premier parking. All sponsor levels are available at greenwichtownparty.org.
General admission Community Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, April 5. The cost remains at $85 per ticket. Neighbor Ticket and individual Sponsor Ticket sale dates will be announced in early 2018.
In order to purchase tickets, one must be a Greenwich resident, Greenwich business owner or employee. These tickets have historically sold out in minutes, so organizers recommend purchasing tickets promptly when available. Tickets will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis on the GTP website, greenwichtownparty.org.
Sponsored by the Greenwich Town Party Inc., a nonprofit organization,, the party is a volunteer-supported community event. For additional event and ticketing information, to sign up for email updates about the Greenwich Town Party, or to make donations, visit greenwichtownparty.org.
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