COLLINSVILLE —41 Bridge Street, the intimate art-deco music and comedy venue located on the scenic Farmington River in Collinsville, Connecticut, has built a multi-state reputation for presenting the best nationally touring talent in the business (Jimmie Vaughan, Rickie Lee Jones, Janis Ian, Gilbert Gottfried, Rachel Feinstein). On Saturday, Oct. 1, 41 Bridge Street celebrates its Seventh Anniversary with a Rock & Roll Party headlined by the original Bad Girl of Rock & Roll, Ronnie Spector, performing Ronnie Sings the Fabulous Ronettes & more, along with Random Concept, featuring the acclaimed psych–folk singer/songwriter Gary Higgins.
As lead singer of the ultimate girl group The Ronettes, rock icon Ronnie Spector recorded such timeless hits as the Grammy Award–winning “Walking in the Rain,” “Do I Love You,” “Baby I Love You,” “The Best Part of Breaking Up,” “I Can Hear Music,” and the international Number One smash “Be My Baby.” Never one to rest on her laurels, Ronnie has enjoyed a busy 2016: she recently returned from her UK/EU tour, culminating in a Glastonbury Festival performance that garnered a five–star review in The Telegraph (UK)—that set can now be viewed on MTV Live, Palladia and BBC America Television. The tour was in support of English Heart (2016), the British Invasion–themed album that is Ronnie’s first new full–length album in a decade. Featuring songs originated by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, the Bee Gees, and others, English Heart commemorates the Ronettes’ groundbreaking U.K. tour of January 1964. In keeping with this anniversary theme, this summer marked the 30th anniversary of Ronnie’s duet with Eddie Money, “Take Me Home Tonight,” which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and hung on the chart for 23 weeks; the song was nominated for a Grammy Award and became a heavy–rotation video on MTV.