There’s a good selection of music coming our way in the Lower Hudson Valley, and it’s never too soon to look ahead and hook up some tickets.
Here’s a few worth spotlighting.
For starters, the Towne Crier in Pawling will be hosting Richie Havens on Aug. 21. Havens, who spoke to The LIstening Room in March, is as legendary a folk music troubadour as there is. WIth the 40th anniversary of Woodstock upon us, a Havens show would be a fitting way to mark the occasion.
After all, Havens was the opening act at the historic festival in upstate N.Y., in case you missed the memo.
On Aug. 29, zydeco great C.J. Chenier (below) will take the stage at the Towne Crier with his Red Hot Louisiana Band. We may be just a few years removed from the zydeco craze, but there are few performers in the genre who can put on a show like Chenier, who is the son of Clifton Chenier, the father of modern zydeco.
Farther south the Tarrytown Music Hall will be presenting its fair share of big acts.
Joan Osborne returns to the historic Main Street theater on Sept. 25.
Anyone who thinks Osborne is mostly about “One of Us,” her 1995 hit song, has something to learn. She’s a remarkably soulful singer and accomplished songwriter with an impressive vocal range.
Then on Oct. 7, the Music Hall will host hit rockers Blues Traveler (below). Not sure how much one needs to pump them up. They’re simply a fun band with an impressive resume of hits to keep even the most mainstream music fan on their feet.
Not to be outdone, the Irvington Town Hall Theater in neighboring Irvington has a roster of big-name artists slated to take the stage in October. First up will be the Marshall Tucker Band, with the legendary country rock mavens scheduled to play the theater on Oct. 16.
Finally, veteran blues guitarist Johnny Winter will be at the Irvington venue on Oct. 24. Winter, brother of musician/songwriter Edgar Winter, is pure blues guitar. He’s one of the premier electric blues players in the world and, for a kicker, was also a performer at the Woodstock festival in 1969.
So, if you don’t make it to the Richie Havens show you get one last shot to commemorate the anniversary.
Just a thought. But keep in mind that these are far from the only shows in the northern ‘burbs. We’ve just given you a few highlights, so scan the local venues for something that fits your fancy if these aren’t doing it for you.
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