Greenwich Town Party Tickets Go on Sale Friday

Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy, George Clinton booked to perform at the expanded annual Memorial Day weekend concert.

Greenwich Town Party. Photo: Mike Thut.
Greenwich Town Party. Photo: Mike Thut.

Tickets for the perennially popular Memorial Day weekend Greenwich Town Party (GTP) go on sale, starting Friday, April 4.

The top tier tickets go on sale Friday and the less expensive community tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, April 7.

GTP officials have announced that this year all ticket sales only will be sold via the GTP web site. Also new this year is the addition of Havemeyer Field as a concert venue. There will be two simultaneous concerts throughout the day with Santana's performance at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park simulcast on Jumbotron screens at Havemeyer. The concerts are held rain or shine.

For all of the details on how to purchase various levels of tickets for the May 24 concert that will feature rock legend Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy and George Clinton, as well as more than a dozen local bands, here's the official announcement from Greenwich Town Party officials. 

The GTP is created entirely by the people of Greenwich for the people of Greenwich. Described by organizers as a "giant block party" with music, food and family activities, the GTP invites all members of the community to participate in a variety of ways in order to bring the town closer together.  The goal of the GTP is to encourage community spirit that extends throughout the year.

"In the spirit of mutual generosity, we urge the community to embrace the Greenwich spirit and make this event bigger and better than ever by volunteering, buying tickets, donating to or sponsoring the event to make it more affordable for others. The day is an expression of contribution and how we help each other. Town-wide participation truly has made this party a success year after year," says GTP organizers.

Due to the GTP's growing popularity and the community's generous donations and participation each year, this year's party will expand to two locations -- GTP North (Havemeyer Field) and GTP South (Roger Sherman Baldwin Park) -- doubling the number of tickets, food, and activities available to the Greenwich community. Charitable and  community organizations, restaurants and merchants will be featured and play a big role in the day. 

How to Participate
In order to participate, one must be a Greenwich resident, Greenwich business owner or Greenwich business/ organization employee.  The GTP, a non-profit organization, has multiple ticket level opportunities this year. While the actual cost per person is approximately $400 (the cost of a "Neighbor Ticket"), generous donors pay more to subsidize additional tickets ("Community-Funded Tickets") at a lower price.  

As a result, there are multiple levels of ticket opportunities:
"Sponsor Packages"   are on sale now starting at $2,500.  Purchasing tickets at this level makes the party possible as these donations pay for 90 percent of the party's expenses. Sponsor packages, depending on the level, provide multiple credentials with entry to both GTP North (Havemeyer Field) and GTP South (Roger Sherman Baldwin Park), premier parking, Sponsor Tent access, and stage and web site acknowledgement.  

Another donor opportunity for residents and businesses is the Founders Circle, which  is a pledge of $5,000 each year for three years and entitles the donor to six credentials, tickets to both venues and Sponsor Tent access, as well as public acknowledgements.

Every donation above $400 is matched by one generous donor. The GTP is a non-profit organization qualifying as a public charity under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Those interested in providing support should go to  SupportGTP@GreenwichTownParty.com.  For additional sponsorship opportunities, please visit:  greenwichtownparty.com.

"Neighbor Tickets," are available on Friday, April 4 at 10 a.m.  on the GTP web site. Costing $400, this ticket provides entry to  GTP North (Havemeyer Field) and GTP South (Roger Sherman Baldwin Park), as well as designated parking, access to a hospitality area and complimentary shuttle service between locations. 

"Community-Funded Tickets," which provide access to one of the venues, GTP North (Havemeyer Field) at $50 or GTP South (Roger Sherman Baldwin Park) at $80, are subsidized by donors. The official on-sale date for Community-Funded Tickets is Monday, April 7 at 10 a.m. 

Due to the GTP’s growing popularity and the community’s generous donations each year, this year's party  will expand to two locations and four stages, doubling the availability. These tickets have historically sold out in a matter of minutes, so organizers recommend Greenwich residents and businesses to purchase tickets promptly

All ticket levels will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis ONLY on the new GTP web site(No tickets will be sold at Town Hall.)

"Buying Neighbor tickets or  Sponsor tickets  is a great way to participate and support the GTP while enjoying everything the party has to offer. We appreciate any contributions -- large or small.  We, as a community, all benefit when we all give a little more and help our neighbors," say GTP Organizers.  

How to Volunteer
The Greenwich Town Party relies on local organizations and residents to volunteer their time to make this large community event possible. Among the organizations involved are the Boy Scouts of Greenwich, who will assist in the event set-up and check-in, the Girl Scouts of Greenwich, who will meet and greet party-goers, and Greenwich Green & Clean, who will help with clean-up.  In addition, more than 30 local non-profit and civic organizations will share information about their important roles in the community.  

A limited number of volunteer positions are available for those interested in working an assigned time period during the event. Residents can apply on the GTP web site.  Volunteers are given one free ticket for entry before or after their shifts.

This Year’s Party Lineup
Kicking off Memorial Day Weekend, the GTP will feature three  Grammy-winning and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artists: World music rock singer, songwriter and maestro  Carlos Santana, who will perform at GTP South (Roger Sherman Baldwin Park); singer, songwriter, and Chicago blues guitar legend  Buddy Guy (GTP South); and funk innovator, band leader, producer, and Captain of the Mothership, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, who will perform at GTP North (Havemeyer Field).

Also on the bill this year: indie rock band Dr. Dog, funk/soul powerhouse Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Beatles’ tribute band The Fab Faux, and Band Together CT Latin All-Stars will perform on the two stages at GTP South (Roger Sherman Baldwin Park) and GTP North (Havemeyer Field). 

In addition, a selection of Greenwich bands will be featured. The GTP North (Havemeyer Field) lineup will include: Julia Zivic and the Brothers,  Bobby Palatuf Band, Unchained, Mongolian Monkfish and Rang-A-Boom. Performers at GTP South (Roger Sherman Baldwin Park) will include: Brunswick School Honors Improv Band, Charlie Brennan with Whitney Rose Terry, The New Breed, RiverSideWays, and Stella Blue's Band.

Family activities will be featured from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at both locations and will include face painting by the popular and local Faces by Wells, inflatable obstacles courses, bounce castles and carnival booths by Hollywood Pop Gallery and more. 

Hungry party-goers will be able to buy food from local favorites throughout the day at both locations.  Restaurants participating at GTP South (Roger Sherman Baldwin Park) include:  Asiana Café, Aux Delices, Bobby Q’s Pit Stop, Burgers Shakes & Fries, Burke Catering, Fjord Fisheries, Longford’s Own-Made Ice Cream, Organic Planet, Primary Restaurant  and  Sweet Lisa’s Exquisite Cakes; GTP North (Havemeyer Field) will host an array of food trucks including:  Caffe Bon, Cowabunga Grill, Fire Engine Pizza, Fryborg, LobsterCraft, Maddy’s Caribbean Cuisine, Melt Mobile, Sugar Bakery, The Original Good Humor Ice Cream Truck and Wendy’s Weenies.

Ticket Pickup
Starting Tuesday, April  8,  one can redeem and pick up purchased tickets at Greenwich Town Hall, Entrance Floor Lobby, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. After April 21, tickets will be available for pickup at the Greenwich Town Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Proof of Greenwich residency or employment will be required to pick up tickets.

Ticket-holders, sponsors and volunteers will receive a GTP car magnet with the new logo, which they are encouraged to display as a symbol of Greenwich pride.  The new logo uses circles to represent the connectivity of community: circles of friends, family, neighbors, schools, work, and community service.  The GTP will host a contest for people to take a picture of the car magnet in their favorite Greenwich hotspot and post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Each time a participant posts a picture with the hashtag "#GTP2014," he or she will be entered for a chance to win  2 Neighbor tickets  and  GTP merchandise. For more information on the contest, please visit GTP's Facebook page.

About the Greenwich Town PartySponsored by the Greenwich Town Party, Inc., a non-profit organization qualifying as a public charity under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, the party is a volunteer-supported community event. The GTP is created entirely by the people of Greenwich, for the people of Greenwich. Since 2011, the GTP has brought the town together to celebrate Greenwich pride and the spirit of giving with music, food, and family activities.  Substantial donations from town residents and local businesses provide the majority of party funding each year, allowing more people to attend.  Thanks to the continued generosity of sponsors and donors, the ticket prices have been reduced to a fraction of what they would have been for such a large event. 

For additional event and ticketing information, to sign up for email updates about the Greenwich Town Party or to make donations, please visit GreenwichTownParty.com

For questions or additional information about the Greenwich Town Party, please email info@greenwichtownparty.com. Individuals in the community or local businesses interested in sponsorship packages should email SupportGTP@GreenwichTownParty.com
Carol McDonnell April 04, 2014 at 07:18 AM
GTP website says Monday for tickets. Which is it?
ellen deegan April 04, 2014 at 07:58 AM
Do you have to be a resident to purchase the tickets?
Carol McDonnell April 04, 2014 at 07:59 AM
Yes, check the website. Although I believe town workers are eligible.
Barbara Heins April 04, 2014 at 09:52 AM
To Carol: There are various tiers of tickets — the more expensive tickets go on sale Friday, and the less expensive ones are available beginning Monday. To Ellen: As for availability: "one must be a Greenwich resident, Greenwich business owner or Greenwich business/ organization employee." Hope this helps.


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