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Talking Heads Alums Headline Kennedy Center Fundraiser In Fairfield

Percussionist Steve Scales, formerly of Talking Heads, will be among the performers at a benefit concert event at Fairfield University for The Kennedy Center Autism Project. Photo Credit: Contributed
Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz will also perform in the benefit concert. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- A benefit concert event for The Kennedy Center Autism Project will be held at Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University on Wednesday, March 1.

Nine musicians will play at the live concert, which features Steve Scales & Friends. Scales is a percussionist who formerly played for the band Talking Heads.

The event kicks off with a mix and mingle, open bar and food stations at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Concert in the Kelley Theatre at 8 p.m. This evening of fun caps off with the Black Box After Party at 10 p.m., which includes dessert and drinks plus a  Meet & Greet with the band.  Tickets are also available for the concert only.

Scales has assembled a group of renowned artists with special performances by Grammy-nominated Nona Hendryx, formerly with Labelle and Talking Heads, and Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club.  

Musicians include guitarist Andy Abel of Twisted Vine, drummer Benny Gramm, bass Dave Livolsi and keyboarder Scott Peckham. Lead vocalist is the talented Keith Fluitt, who has worked with such great artists as Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson and Ashford & Simpson.

Magic Moments serves as the main funding source for The Kennedy Center Autism Project, which helps more than 500 local children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.  The dollars raised at this benefit help The Kennedy Center provide comprehensive programs at affordable rates for all families in the community. This year’s event precedes National Autism Awareness Month, which is celebrated in April.

Scales first became involved with The Kennedy Center as a college intern. He is in the middle of a major career change and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from The University of Bridgeport.. Last year, he completed a 100 hour practicum using his musical and drumming skills. He organized Drum Circles with 45 to 85 Kennedy Center consumers who participate in 14 Community Experience programs.

Individual tickets are $125 per person. Tickets can be ordered online at or call 203.365.8522, ext. 216. Concert-only tickets are available at $40 each, either online or at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m.

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