Daryl Hall performs at the Levitt Pavilion's Gala. / Photos by Thane Grauel
Daryl Hall performs at the Levitt Pavilion’s gala. / Photos by Thane Grauel

By Thane Grauel

WESTPORT — Two rockers, each performing more than 50 years, thrilled a crowd at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts on Thursday.

Daryl Hall, 76, formerly of Hall and Oates, performed with Daryl’s House Band. Todd Rundgren, 75, also was backed by the same band.

Both are Philadelphia natives. The two acts were booked as part of the Levitt Pavilion’s annual gala. It also included a cocktail party at Don Memo and Walrus Alley.

Hall and Oates had a string of hits, beginning in the ’70s and dominating the ’80s. The duo’s work includes more than 30 Top-40 hits, six of them No. 1 singles. Among them are “Private Eyes,” “Out of Touch,” “You Make My Dreams” and “I Can’t Go for That.”

If you were alive in the ’80s, their lyrics are practically embedded in your DNA.

Todd Rundgren.

Rundgren also found fame in the ’70s with the hits “Hello it’s Me” and “I Saw the Light.” He has has released albums in the decades since, many with the band Utopia.

Todd Rungren.

The Levitt appeared packed at the beginning of the concert. Rundgren appeared first. As he was nearing the end of his hour-long set, drizzle started, and then picked up.

Todd Rungren.

The crowd thinned a bit between acts because of the wet weather, but Hall got an enthusiastic reception when he took the stage. Many people left their seats and came and stood near the stage, dancing and singing to his well-known hits, which were mixed with newer songs.

Thane Grauel grew up in Westport and has been a journalist in Fairfield County and beyond for 35 years. Reach him at editor@westportjournal.com. Learn more about us here.