Harry Connick Jr. announces summer tour, stops at Riverfront Park Amphitheater

Harry Connick Jr. will play Riverfront Park on Aug. 25. Ticket costs and times have yet to be released for the Wilmington show. (Port City Daily/Photo by Sasha Samsonova)

WILMINGTON — As Wilmington inches closer to the launch of its 7,200-seat amphitheater, Riverfront Park — slated for a soft opening around Independence Day — the latest concert announcement comes from jazz pianist Harry Connick Jr. Connick announced on his website the kick off to his Time to Play summer outdoor tour this August, which will include stopovers in Boston, Bridgeport, Atlanta, and Wilmington.

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Connick will be at Riverfront Park on Aug. 25, playing from his 25-deep discography, including his 2020 album, “Alone with My Faith.” Connick recorded it during Covid-19 lockdown, played all instruments on the 13-track release, and engineered and recorded it solo. He includes hymnal classics, “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art,” as well as originals, like the title track.

Connick told The Tennessan the album exposes his time spent during the pandemic, working through its residual emotions via music. In essence, the New Orleans-born musician said he leaned into his city’s strong connection to faith. More so, he decided to embrace its variety of musical genres and styles — “stuff that doesn’t even have a name, like the way James Booker played piano — some call it New Orleans piano, some people call it butterfly style,” Connick said. “A lot of that stuff is from the church, probably the majority of it. When other people hear it and they get influenced by it, and they’re all in the same community, when that catches fire and you have musicians playing all kinds of stuff it just shoots off in all these different directions.”

Connick’s highest rated album was 2004’s “Only You.” The musician also has appeared onscreen in films like “Hope Floats” and “Dolphin Tale.” He garnered Tony nods as a composer and performer on Broadway, and even debuted on Broadway in December 2019 the 25-piece orchestra show, “A Celebration of Cole Porter” — honoring the jazz icon’s impact on the Great American Songbook.

Tickets for the Wilmington show start at $29.50.

Harry Connick Jr 2021 Time to Play Tour Dates:
Aug 5 – Indianapolis, IN @ TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
Aug 7 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
Aug 8 – Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center at The Heights
Aug 9 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Frederick Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
Aug 10 – Interlochen, MI @ Interlochen Center for the Arts
Aug 12 – Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC/Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
Aug 13 – Chautauqua, NY @ Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater
Aug 14 – Boston, MA @ Leader Bank Pavilion
Aug 15 – Bridgeport, CT @ Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater
Aug 19 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Aug 20 – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap
Aug 21 – Portsmouth, VA @ Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion
Aug 22 – Selbyville, DE @ Freeman Arts Pavilion
Aug 24 – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Aug 25 – Wilmington, NC @ Riverfront Park Amphitheater
Aug 26 – Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
Aug 27 – Tuscaloosa, AL @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
Aug 28 – Brandon, MS @ Brandon Amphitheater
Aug 29 – Franklin, TN @ FirstBank Amphitheater

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