GREENWICH, Conn. -- What began as an off-the-cuff idea and a concert in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park has transformed into an all-day, town-encompassing event that is the fourth annual Greenwich Town Party.
Thousands of Greenwich residents filled two separate sites with four stages and nearly 20 bands on Saturday, culminating in a performance by Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame member Carlos Santana.
The fans were in much better spirits than last year when a cold, drizzly day dampened the festivities somewhat. There was plenty of sunshine to go with plenty of smiles on the faces of concertgoers this year, however.
Greenwich resident Colin Kelly was at the Town Party for the first time and was impressed with the scope of the event.
"We got to see one of our favorite bands, Dr. Dog, and got to hear them out on the water with the speakers they pointed out there," he said. "I think it's great for the town."
Marcos Villarreal, also of Greenwich, sampled items from one of the dozen food trucks set up in the "North" section of the Party on Havermeyer Field.
"I think the event creates a great sense of community," Villarreal said. "There's great food and we're here with great friends. It has everything."
Many party-goers strolled up and down Greenwich Avenue from one venue to the other to catch as many bands and sample as much food as possible.
Other artists who played included Buddy Guy, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Beatles cover band, The Fab Faux.
Plenty of local bands were represented, too, with Julia Zivic and the Brothers, Unchained, Mongolian Monkfish, Rang-a-Boom, Stella Blues Band, Riversideways, The Bob Button Band, The New Breed and others playing on the smaller "town stage" in between the headlining acts.
With the way the Greenwich Town Party has grown in just four years, anticipation for just how big next year's event will be is sure to start soon.