Ever heard of zydeco? For the uninitiated, it is the lightning-fast, high-energy, super-fun, accordion-driven dance music of South Louisiana’s Creole population. Drop by Katonah’s Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, where Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas will perform a live outdoor show on Friends Field that is certain to get the audience on its feet.
Aug 13 thru Aug 15
If you can scarcely recall the last time you enjoyed a live stage show, maybe this performance courtesy of Yorktown Heights’ Axial Theatre is the ticket.Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, winner of a Tony and a Drama Desk Award, will run at The Chappaqua Performing Arts Center for three days. It tells the lighthearted tale of a movie star, just past her prime, who returns home to visit her brother and adoptive sister in a small Pennsylvania town.
Spy some new talent and support a top local venue that has recently reopened when Alisa Amador performs at The Tarrytown Music Hall as part of its Indie Artists Center Stage series. Known for her unique style combining elements of jazz, Latin, soul, and blues, Amador will be joined by a group of accomplished musicians performing a host of celebrated songs that NPR has called “pitch-perfect.”
Live performances are definitely gaining steam in Westchester. Case in point: the arrival of the Grammy Award-winning Latin superstars Flor de Toloache, New York City’s first and only all-woman mariachi group. A true force in contemporary Latinx music, the trio will be taking the stage on August 18 during a free outdoor show at Mamaroneck’s Harbor Island Park, courtesy of the Emelin Theatre, for an evening of soulful song.
If you miss the incredible songs and stage shows of Broadway, you may find a bit of solace in this area performance by Jersey Boys star John Lloyd Young. The only American ever to win a Lead Actor in a Musical Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Award for a Broadway debut, the entertainer also reprised his Jersey Boys role in the 2014 feature film, took home a Grammy in 2006, and was appointed by Barack Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Come see what the fuss is about this month at the White Plains Performing Arts Center.
Ongoing thru Sept 8
Anyone within driving distance of Mount Kisco is in luck, as the village will be holding its popular Fountain Park Concert Series again this year. Taking place every other Wednesday through the first week of September, the free outdoor shows at 4 East Main Street will feature a host of toe-tapping acts ranging from festival founder and noted saxophonist Dan Blake to celebrated jazz artist Wayne Tucker and the New York Arabic Orchestra.