Stay tuned for the 2017 Music Lineup

You won’t want to miss the special live music performances from this mix of up and comers, long-time favorites and current chart toppers. For Riders, friends and family at the Friday Night Opening Ceremony BBQ Bash from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday after the Ride. Music performances are free and open to all Riders, friends and family …all at the Fairfield County Hunt Club. Here’s who played at the 2016 Ride:

Friday Night Music Line Up 

Talking Dreads (click here) Performed at 6:30 p.m.

You may think “this ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no foolin’ around” music, and you’re right. But what’s in store is so much more than a reggae-tribute of the Talking Heads’ top hits. Talking Dreads is the brainchild of Mystic Bowie whose long and close relationship with Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club) has allowed for this reggae-pop hybrid. For more information about the Talking Dreads and their music, click here. 

Saturday Music Line Up 

Stop Light Observations (click here) Performed at 11:00 AM

Things took off for SLO when the band released their acclaimed 2013 debut album, ‘Radiation.’ Metronome Charleston hailed their “emotive and elegant” songs, which blended arena-sized rock with undercurrents of hip-hop and folk, while the Charleston City Paper profiled their unexpected rise, as they went from relative unknowns to playing Bonnaroo and selling out Charleston’s largest rock club, The Music Farm, in roughly a year. They’ve gone on to perform live shows all across the country, including more standout festival sets from Firefly to Summerfest. For more information about Stop Light Observations and their music, click here.

Pat McGee Band (click here) Performed at 12:30 PM

Pat McGee’s latest record, No Wrong Way To Make It Right, is a collection of material compiled over the last several years. The songs it contains are confessional and revelatory; messages that McGee longs to send, delivered through the folk instruments that have always fascinated him. Playing with such greats and writing with artists like Jason Mraz, members of Sister Hazel, Tonic, Alternate Routes, and Punch Brothers has put Pat McGee at the peak of a craft he’s been developing since 1995. For more information about the Pat McGee and his music, click here.

Band Together (click here) Performed at 2:00 PM

We are thrilled to have musician Rob Fried, founder and musical director of Band Together, performing at the 2016 Ride! The Fairfield-based non-profit group has attracted music industry headliners to perform in ensembles covering a wide range of music genres. Rob has worked with Paul Newman, Meryl Streep, Christine Ohlman of Saturday Night Live fame, Alternate Routes and internationally acclaimed indie artist, PJ Pacifico, a Connecticut native who is also a cancer survivor. For more information about Band Together, click here.

Mat Kearney (click here) Performed at 4:30 PM

Now based in Nashville, Tennessee, Mat Kearney sings a blend of hip-hop and folk. Kearney has received critical acclaim and widespread recognition for his Columbia Records debut, Nothing Left to Lose. Released in 2006, the album featured three songs appearing in various episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. So far he has a total of five top 20 hits on the Adult Top 40 Chart. His most recent album, Just Kids, was released on February 24, 2015. For more information about Mat Kearney and his music, click here.


*100% of the music and food costs for the event are provided by private donors*

Where the money goes

The programs funded by the CT Challenge Ride were renamed Mission this year to position them as the flagship for survivors everywhere. Their commitment to use these programs to equip all who battle cancer with the exercise, nutrition and mind-body knowledge, tools and community needed to live. life. vibrantly. remains unchanged.

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