* = Things to do with children.

Rusted Root, Thur., Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., $38;  The Warehouse Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St.; fairfieldtheatre.org or 203-259-1036.

Rock in the USA — A Pilot House Benefit featuring Band Together, Sat., Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.; $35;  StageOne Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St.; fairfieldtheatre.org or 203-259-1036.

Guitar Duo of Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, “500 years of music,” Sun., Sept. 20, 2 p.m., The Westport Library McManus Rm., 20 Jesup Rd.; free; info., 203-291-4800.

Connecticut Alliance for Music Sunday House Concert Series opening Sun., Sept. 20, at 3 with pianists Josh Wright and Timur Mustakimov, at the Silvermine School of Music, 36 Comstock Hill Avenue, Norwalk; tickets $35; res., at camusic.org/tickets.

Berkshire Big Band, “Great Music From Great Bands” outdoor concert presented by Richter Association for the Arts, Sun., Sept. 20, 2 p.m.; bring lawn chairs, picnics (weather permitting); concert cancelled in case of rain; 100 Aunt Hack Rd., Danbury; info., 203-744-5144.

Jazz in theGarden, featuring Dan Brubeck Quartet, Sun., Sept .20, 3-5 p.m., at Weit Farm National Historic Site, rain or shine; $20 adult, $10 ages 13-18, 12 and under free, tickets online only: jazzatweir.com; all parking at Branchville Elementary School, 40 Florida Road off Rte. 102, Ridgefield, free shuttles to begin at 2 p.m.

KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support) Concert feturing the Guastavino Trio, Sun., Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 651 Pequot Avenue, Southport; adm., $10 donation to KEYS; info., keysmusic.org/concert-calendar.

Buckwheat Zydeco, Sun., Sept. 20, 7:30, $32;  StageOne Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St.; fairfieldtheatre.org or 203-259-1036.

New Westchester Symphony casual afternoon gala Sun., Sept. 20, 3-6 p.m., food, drink and music, “Stage & Screen,” tickets $25, $10/children, at the door; Dobbs Ferry Woman’s Club, 54 Clinton Ave., Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.; info., newsymphony.org.

Charlie Daniels Band with Union Rail, Sun., Sept. 20, 8 p.m., $110/$95;  Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

Wishbone Ash, with the Jack Semple Band, Tues., Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m., $35;  StageOne Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St.; fairfieldtheatre.org or 203-259-1036.

On the Job: Historic Songs of American Work and Trades music and history program, Thurs., Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave., with historian/musician Rick Spencer; register: 203-794-8756, ext, 4. or bethellibrary.org.

The Decemberists, Thur., Sept. 24, 8 p.m., doors open at 7; tickets $48.50, $65.50; Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, N.Y.; 914-937-4127 or thecapitoltheatre.com.

New Riders of the Purple Sage, Thurs., Sept. 24, 8 p.m., $37,50; Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

Suzanne Vega, singer, songwriter, in Bridge House benefit concert, Fri., Sept. 25, The Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport; reception and silent auction, 6:30 p.m., program and concert, 8:30; $100, info: bridgehouseconcert.org

The Weight, the next chapter for The Band, created by Jim Weider, Fri., Sept. 25, 8 p.m., tickets $35-$45; at The Warehouse,  Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St.; fairfieldtheatre.org or 203-259-1036.

Brazil Meets Jazz with Brazilian Trio, Sat., Sept. 26, 8 p.m., tickets $35/$25; White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, White Plains, N.Y.; wppac.com or 914-328-1600.

* The Knights and Yo Yo Ma Family Concert, Sun., Sept. 27, 1 p.m., in the Venetian Theater at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah, N.Y.; caramoor.org or 914-232-5035.

Candlelight Concert: The Takacs String Quartet, Sun., Sept. 27, 4-5:30 p.m., program of works by Haydn, Dvorak, Shostakovich; Wilton Congregational Church, 70 Ridgefield Rd.; portion of proceeds benefit the Wilton Library; info., wiltoncandlelightconcerts.org or 203-762-3401.

* First annual Gospel Concert for Independence, Sun., Sept. 27, at Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Ave., VIP reception ($100), 5 p.m., concert at 7, with B.A.S.I.C. – Brothers & Sisters in Christ with Eric Brown, Chris Coogan and The Good News Choir, and cellist Kari Arezinni and more; benefit concert for ARI of Connecticut, Inc.; $20 adm., $10 for children and seniors; tickets and info: arict.org

The Knights and Yo Yo Ma Featured Concert, Sun., Sept. 27, 4 p.m., in the Venetian Theater at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah, N.Y.; caramoor.org or 914-232-5035.

Community Sing-Alongs, Sundays 3-4 p.m., Sept. 27, Nov. 15, Jan. 10, March 6, May 8, with Faith Ferry, Deborah Katchko-Gray and Edwin Taylor, musical hosts; Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St.; info., email cantordebbie@gmail.com.

Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts will mark its 25th anniversary season with a premiere composition by Connecticut-based composer Gwyneth Walker, Mornings of Creation, to be performed by the Connecticut Trio at concert on Sun., Sept. 27, 3 p.m., at 1073 N. Benson Road on the campus in Fairfield; also Haydn’s Piano Trio in C Major, Arensky’s Trio in D Minor and music by Piazzola; $35. $30 and $25; tickets; quickcenter.com or 203-254-4010.

Newtown Friends of Music presents The Ying Quartet with pianist Elinor Freer, Sun., Sept. 27, 3 p.m., single tickets $25; Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St., Newtown; info., res., newtownfriendsofmusic.org or 203-426-6470.

Chamber Music Series: pianist Spencer Myer, Sun., Sept. 27, 4-6 p.m., presented by the Westport Arts Center at the Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport; tickets $30, $10/students; westportartscenter.org or 203-222-7070.

The 1st Annual Gospel Concert for Independence, Sun., Sept. 27, 7 p.m., preceded for a VIP reception at 5 p.m.; reception tickets $100 incl. appetizers and drinks and a silent auction; gen. concert adm. $20, $10 for children and seniors; featuring Brothers & Sisters in Christ, Chris Coogan and The Good New Choir, Karl Arezinni; Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Ave.; info., email gasparinog@arict.org or call 203-324-9258.

The Spirit of Michael Jackson, laser spectacular show, Sun., Sept. 27, 8 p.m., tickets $47.50;  Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

Steel Pulse, reggae, Wed., Sept. 30, 7:30; The Warehouse,  Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St.; fairfieldtheatre.org or 203-259-1036.

Girls Guns and Glory, Thur., Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., $28;  Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

New Haven Symphony Orchestra, newhavensymphony.org: Dvorak, Grieg & Lash, Thur., Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., New Haven; Feelin’ Groovy! Songs of the Seventies, Sat., Oct. 10, 2:30 p.m., Hamden Middle School, 2623 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, and Sun., Oct. 11, 3 p.m., Shelton Intermediate School, 675 Constitution Blvd. North, Shelton.

Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, Fri., Oct. 2, 8 p.m., $62.50; Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah, N.Y.; caramoor.org or 914-232-5035: La Soiree, Paris Jazz in the Rosen House, benefit event, Sat., Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.; Afternoon Tea, Fri., Oct. 9, 1:30 p.m.

Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra: Romantic Russians, works by Borodin, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, with Jason Hardnik, piano; Sat., Oct. 3, 8 p.m., Anne S. Richardson Auditorium, Ridgefield High School, 700 North Salem Road/Rte. 116; ridgefieldsymphony.org or call 203-438-3889.

The Winery Dogs, Sat., Oct. 3, 8 p.m., $55;  Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

Melissa Etheridge, ME Solo Tour, Mon., Oct. 5, and Tues., Oct. 6, 8 p.m.; tickets $125;  Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra), Tues., Oct. 6, 7:30; The Warehouse,  Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St.; fairfieldtheatre.org or 203-259-1036.

Burton Cummings, Up Close an Alone, Thur., Oct. 8, 8 p.m., tickets $65;  Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, dual banjos, Fri., Oct. 9, 8 p.m., $55;  Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.