Kennedy Center fund-raiser features former Talking Heads musicians

JACKS benefit concert for The Kennedy Center Children’s Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, with a pre-party at 7 p.m., in the Art/Place Gallery at Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield. Concert starts at 8:30.

JACKS is a Jazz Rock fusion of Connecticut’s best musicians coming together for one night and one purpose, to help local children with disabilities and special needs.

The pre-party will feature food stations, open bar and a silent auction.

Headlining the group is Steve Scales at percussion, formerly with Talking Heads; extraordinary guitarist, Rohn Lawrence; bass player, Dave Livolsi of Kung Fu; vocalist Timmy Maia; drummer Trevor Somerville; and playing keyboard is Lenny Underwood. Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth will join the group for a Special Encore Performance.

“Kennedy Center Children’s Services needs the community’s support now more than ever,” said Martin D. Schwartz, president and CEO of The Kennedy Center. “We are being presented with the challenge of providing more services for children with less funding.”

Birth to Three is demonstrably effective in improving outcomes for children and families in Connecticut. “On average, 51% of children that received Birth to Three services are no longer in need of special education services by the age of 5,” added Schwartz. “Clearly, our children’s programs are having a major impact on healthy outcomes and we want to continue to provide these necessary services.”

For tickets, at $100, order online at or call 203-365-8522, ext. 216.

The Kennedy Center, founded in 1951, is an internationally accredited, non-profit, community-based rehabilitation organization that currently serves 2,400 individuals annually. The agency actively responds to the needs of the community by offering innovative, comprehensive service options to persons with disabilities and special needs, from birth to senior years. The Kennedy Center operates 30 community experience programs, 16 group homes, an industries program composed of six businesses, supported and competitive employment and job placement services, a family support and respite service, travel training, and a variety of children’s programs.