Casino night and local bands at Outback benefit
Published 3:27 pm, Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The Outback will host its annual winter fundraiser, "All in for the Outback," on Saturday, March 7. This year's event is Casino Night -- a Las Vegas-style evening of games with slot machines, blackjack, craps, roulette and a VIP Texas Hold 'em poker tournament, accompanied by appetizers, cocktails, dessert and live entertainment. Games will be run by professional dealers.
The evening will feature DJ music and three bands: the School of Rock house band, the Verticals and Lost & Found. The School of Rock house band is comprised of students 10 to 18 from New Canaan and nearby towns. The Verticals is comprised of high school students from New Canaan, Darien and Stamford, who formed the group in 2014 through Giuliano's Summer of Rock program.
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Later in the evening, Lost & Found will bring its acoustic/electric brand of rock 'n' roll to the event. Fronted by vocalist Deirdre Mannix and featuring New Canaan and Fairfield County musicians, the group mixes guitars, harmonica, keys and rhythm to create a hard-rockin' sound.
Tickets for Casino Night are on sale at www.newcanaanoutback.org. The three ticket levels are Spectator, that allows entry, food and beverages and music. Player and VIP level tickets will include "fun" money that may be exchanged for chips to play at all the gaming tables. At the end of the evening, when gaming closes, players will be eligible to win prizes by exchanging their casino winnings/chips for raffle tickets. There will also be a chance to participate in the raffles for an additional donation. Chips will be available for an additional donation.
Event proceeds will go toward the center's operating costs involved in providing programming to community youth.
Its set list ranges from roots music of Taj Mahal, melodic rock of Fleetwood Mac to hard rocking Zeppelin, Chili Peppers and newer artists such as Coldplay.
Band members include Matt Bavoso on guitar and bass, Greg Smith on guitar, Peter Houlahan on guitar and harmonica, Chelsea Honeyman on acoustic guitar and vocals, Luis Ferreira on drums and vocals and Adam Weiss on drums and keyboards.
Event proceeds will go toward the center's operating costs.