Westchester’s Can’t-Miss Summer Concerts Will Get You Grooving

Everyone from DMX to Chick Corea will be headlining shows and festivals in our county, and here’s a brief by-genre guide.

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On the hunt for live music this summer? Set your seasonal soundtrack at these music fests and events in the 914.

There’s no time like summertime to catch live music. In Westchester, musical happenings abound indoors and out throughout the season. Whether you’re looking for classical sounds in a serene setting or a heart-pumping show with the audience to match, you’ll find just what you’re looking for at these local concerts this summer.

13th Annual Sunset Jazz at Lyndhurst Series

635 South Broadway, Tarrytown

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In honor of its 13th anniversary in Tarrytown, Jazz Forum Arts hosts eight Thursday evening concerts at Lyndhurst. The $10 fee provides access to the grounds, and registration is required in advance. The concerts are spread through July and August, and all take place from 6:30-8 p.m.

  • July 6 – Alicia Renée AKA Blue Eyes from New Orleans
  • July 13 – Ark Ovrutski Quartet
  • July 20 – Aimée Allen
  • July 27- Harlem Blues & Jazz Band
  • August 3 – Monte Croft Quartet
  • August 10 – John Dimartino Quartet ­­– Strayhorn Salute
  • August 17 – Steve Nelson Quartet – New Jazz Works, Supported by Chamber Music America
  • August 24 – ­­Salongo- Afro-Cuban Brazilian Septet

The 17th Annual Pleasantville Music Festival

Pleasantville

If an epic lineup of musicians is what you’re after, look no further than the Pleasantville Music Festival. Presented by Northwell Health, the show takes place on Saturday, July 8, and features a long list of musical acts, including They Might Be Giants, The Allman Betts Band, Sophie B. Hawkins, Allison Ponthier, and many more. Tickets range from $30 to $75, with discounts for seniors and students and free admission for children under 12. Prices increase closer to the show, so it pays to be an early bird here.

23rd Annual Dobbs Ferry Summer Music Series

Waterfront Park, Dobbs Ferry

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To celebrate its 23rd anniversary in Dobbs Ferry, Jazz Forum Arts kicks off eight free Wednesday evening concerts at Waterfront Park. The shows run from 6:30-8 p.m., but feel free to stop by beforehand at 5:30 p.m. for Jitterbugs, a free pre-concert program for kids up to 10 years old.

  • July 5 – Akiko Tsuruga Organ Quartet
  • July 12 – Bill Goodwin Quartet
  • July 19 – John Land & Earotic 9-piece Ensemble
  • July 26 – Frank Perowsky Quartet
  • August 2 – Vanessa Falabella – Direct From Brazil!
  • August 9 – Erena Terakubo Quartet
  • August 16 – Tony Davis & The Bonanza
  • August 23 – Ed Cherry Quartet

 

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2023 Summer Season

Caramoor, Katonah

If you’ve never seen a performance at Caramoor, make this the summer you catch one of the breathtaking shows for which the Westchester venue is known. There’s a little something for everyone, from jazz and piano to chamber, classical, and global music. Prices and showtimes vary, so visit Caramoor’s website for the full lineup. While there’s too much to list here, let these highlights tempt your eardrums:

  • July 1 – Tessa Lark, violin & Michael Thurber, double bass
  • July 6 – Miró Quartet
  • July 15 – Oumou Sangaré
  • July 22 – Jazz Festival presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • August 5 – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • August 18 – Neal Francis

 

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The Capitol Theatre

Port Chester

Talk about a stacked summer! The Cap brings music lovers joy in Westchester, thanks to its epic lineup of summer shows. Pro tip: If you see a concert you like, get tickets now so you’re not *sad face emoji* when they sell out.

  • July 23 & 25 – Peter Frampton: Never Say Never Tour
  • August 5 – Diana Krall
  • August 18 – Parliament Funkadelic ft. George Clinton
  • August 24 – Shakti: 50th Anniversary Tour ft. Zakir Hussain & John McLaughlin
  • August 24 – Tusk: Fleetwood Mac Tribute

Summer Concerts on the Plaza

White Plains Plaza

White Plains BID hosts a summer concert series in Downtown White Plains. This is the perfect after-work event with standout artists taking the stage throughout the month.

  • July 13 – The Figs With Freedom Rockets
  • July 20 – Oh He Dead
  • July 27 – The Big Takeover
  • August 3 – The National Reserve

Jazz at Henry Gourdine Park, Ossining

Henry Gourdine Park, Ossining

How delightful does catching a concert along the Ossining waterfront sound? Jazz Forum Arts presents four free Monday concerts (July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21) for the community to get out and celebrate all things jazz. All shows run from 6:30-8 p.m., while performers vary each week. Look forward to Teri Roiger & Sharp 5 on July 10, Ornettiquette feat. Chris Pasin & Jeff Lederer on July 24, Norbert & Karen Stachel & Lehcats on August 7, and Sherma Andrews! on August 21.

 

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Jazz at Horan’s Landing

9 River St, Sleepy Hollow

Pop over to Horan’s Landing for four free Tuesday evening shows in August. Led by Jazz Forum Arts, the concert series features Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Stars. All concerts run from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesdays from August 1 to August 22.

Jazz at Pierson Park, Tarrytown

Pierson Park, Tarrytown

Jazz Forum Arts treats the Tarrytown community to eight free Friday evening concerts this summer. No tickets are needed to attend the shows, which run from 6:30-8 p.m. Here’s the lineup:

  • July 7 – Kim Clarke & Friends- Lady Got Chops!
  • July 14 – Anaïs Reno Quartet
  • July 21 – Folklore Urbano Trio Plus Special Guest
  • July 28 – Wayne Tucker & The Bad Mothas
  • August 4 – Joel Forrester Quartet
  • August 11 – Vanessa Racci
  • August 18 – Tommy Campbell Quartet
  • August 25 – Colin Harte & Irish – Puerto Rican Quintet

Music in the Square

Armonk Square, Armonk

Music in the Square is part of the Armonk Chamber of Commerce’s summer music events. The shows run from 6-8 p.m., making them ideal for families.

  • June 22 – Sarah Browne
  • July 6 – Metro Music Featuring Joe Tribuzio
  • July 20 – Emily Khabie
  • August 10– Puppets for Hire
  • August 24 – School of Rock
  • September 7 – Grandpa Moses

 

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Rock White Plains

Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains

Mark your calendar for June 25! That’s when Rock White Plains takes over downtown for an evening of good times and great songs. The indie artist Alex Cano opens the show, while the Grammy Award-nominated band Plain White T’s leads the event. Advance tickets run $17 per person, and day-of tickets are $20. The event takes place from 6:30-9:30 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m.

Summer Concert Series

Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

Concerts with a view? That’s what you’ll get when you head over to Kensico Dam Plaza for The Robison Summer Concert Series this season. Hosted by Westchester County Parks, the concerts run from 7-9 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Guests can bring chairs, blankets, and even a picnic for the shows.

  • July 13 – Tramps Like Us, a Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band
  • July 27 – Rikki Nicks – A Tribute to Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac
  • August 17 – Zac n’ Fried – A Zach Brown Tribute Band
  • August 31 – The Dave Matthews Tribute Band

Summer Fest Concerts

Cross County Center, Yonkers

Cross County Center offers a slew of free concerts for the Westchester community this summer. Attendees can bring chairs and blankets to set up at The Green, located in the center of the mall near Michael Kors and GUESS. As for what to expect, the musical acts vary from one concert to the next. All shows take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Here’s the upcoming lineup:

  • June 21 – The Wood Vibrations, Atmospheric background to floor stomping dance anthems for the last 70 years
  • June 28 – FDR Drive Band, Top 40 Favorites
  • July 12 – Willie Villegas Y Entre Amigos, Salsa
  • July 26 – Captain Jack, Tribute to Billy Joel
  • August 9 – The Sidecar Tribute Experience, Tribute to The Cars and ’80s
  • August 16 – Gentlemen of Soul, Soul & R&B

Summer Concerts at the Gazebo (Armonk)

Wampus Brook Park, Armonk

Another summer music event presented by the Armonk Chamber of Commerce, the gazebo concerts also take place from 6-8 p.m.

  • July 15 – White Wedding Band
  • July 29 – Deni Bonet Band
  • August 5 – Group Therapy
  • August 19 – The Mighty Spectrum

Summer Concerts at the Gazebo (Yorktown)

Jack DeVito Memorial Gazebo, Yorktown Heights

Thank the Yorktown Lions Club and the Yorktown Parks and Recreation Department for this free summer concert series. The shows take place on Sundays at 6 p.m. throughout the season (except for the final concert, which begins at 5 p.m.). In case of rain, the concerts will move to the Yorktown Stage Theater. Attendees can bring chairs to watch the show, and the Lions will have drinks and snacks for sale as well.

  • July 9 – Rusty Spur
  • July 16 – The Jersey Tenors
  • July 23 – Back to the Garden 1969
  • August 6 – Rock Steady Dance Band
  • August 20 – Group De Jour
  • August 27 – Military Tribute Concert with Jessica Lynn. Special Guest Alyssa Martin & The Golden Apple Chorus

Summer Sounds

New Rochelle

New Rochelle hosts a community concert series throughout July and August this summer. Presented by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, the shows are free to attend and take place on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Hudson Park Band Shell or Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at NewRo Park. Food trucks will be onsite for snacking, so come hungry. There are quite a few acts on the upcoming lineup, so browse these highlights, then head to the website for the full schedule.

  • July 26 – Grupo Arrebol
  • August 4 – Matt Relevo
  • August 11 – Dre Got the Blues
  • August 23 – What It Is
  • August 30 – FDR Drive

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Tarrytown Music Hall

Tarrytown

Tarrytown Music Hall is a must-visit destination in Westchester throughout the year, and summer is no exception. This season, the music hall does summer shows right with a jam-packed lineup of events. Here are a few highlights:

  • June 23 – EagleMania: The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band
  • July 15 – Dave Mason
  • September 7 – Paul Mitchell Systems Presents: An Evening with The Kingston Trio

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