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

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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.

12th Annual Sunset Jazz at Lyndhurst Series

635 South Broadway, Tarrytown

In honor of its 12th 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 7 – Fukushi Tainaka Organ Quartet
  • July 14 – Peter Hand Quintet
  • July 21 – Dave Schumacher & Cubeye
  • July 28- Mike Holober Quintet Featuring Marvin Stamm
  • August 4 – Hannah Marks – Outsider, Outlier
  • August 11 – The Mia Brazilian Jazz Ensemble
  • August 18 – Nat Reeves Quartet
  • August 25 – Houston Person Quartet

The 16th 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 9, and features a long list of musical acts, including X Ambassadors, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze, Paula Cole, 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.

22nd Annual Dobbs Ferry Summer Music Series

Waterfront Park, Dobbs Ferry

To celebrate its 22nd 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 6 – Corinne Mammana Group feat. Gene Perla
  • July 13 – Rocky Middletown Quartet
  • July 20 – Vanderlei Pereira & Blindfold Test – Brazilian Jazz
  • July 27 – Valery Ponomarev Sextet – Salute to Art Blakey
  • August 3 – Bach to Bacharach & Beyond – Christine & Elliot Spero Quartet
  • August 10 – Ed Neumeister Quartet
  • August 17 – JSWISS featuring Michael Leonhart
  • August 24 – Clare Maloney & The Great Adventure

 

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2022 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 – Pedrito Martinex (jazz and vocals)
  • July 7 – J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano, and Bradley Moore, piano (vocal)
  • July 14 – Imani Winds (chamber music)
  • July 22 – A Night at the Opera with Stephanie Blythe & Laquita Mitchell (opera)
  • August 12 – LADAMA (global)
  • August 17 – Upstate (American roots)

 

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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 15 – Almost Queen
  • August 2-3 – Counting Crows: Butter Miracle Tour
  • August 8 – KALEO
  • August 10, 12-13 – Steely Dan – The Absolutely Normal Tour
  • August 27-28 – The Avett Brothers
  • August 31 – Ben Folds

 

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Emelin Theatre

Mamaroneck

The Emelin does summer concerts right in Westchester, with more than a few exciting events on the lineup for the next few months. As a plus, some of the shows are free as part of the theater’s summer concert series at Harbor Island Park.

  • July 20 – Broadway on the Sound: Family Favorites (free)
  • August 17 – Hollis Brown (free)

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 11, July 25, August 8, August 22) 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 Noa Fort Quartet on July 11, Mike Clark Organ Trio – Pat Bianchi & Tom Guarna on July 25, Mala Waldron Quartet on August 8, and Peter Brainin & Talking Drum on August 22.

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 2 to August 23.

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 8 – Yaacov Mayman – Organ Quartet
  • July 15 – Sheryl Bailey & The SBQ
  • July 22 – Ted Piltzecker Quartet
  • July 29 – Adam Niewood Quartet
  • August 5 – Joel Forrester Quartet
  • August 12 – David Brandom Quintet
  • August 19 – Michael Sarian Quartet
  • August 26 – Rodrigo Bonelli & Brasil Trio + 1

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 are co-sponsored by Fortina and run from 6-8 p.m., making them ideal for families.

  • June 30 – Metro Music featuring Joe Tribuzio
  • July 14 – Sarah Browne
  • July 21 – Puppets for Hire
  • August 4 – Trillium
  • August 18 – School of Rock
  • September 8 – Willfull Misconduct

Rock White Plains

Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains

Mark your calendar for June 26! That’s when Rock White Plains takes over downtown for an evening of good times and great songs. Soul/pop band Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds opens the show, while American rock band Spin Doctors leads the event. Tickets run $15 per person, and 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. Tickets cost $10 per person, while parking is free. Guests can bring chairs, blankets, and even a picnic for the shows.

  • July 21 – Garcia’s Presents Dead Meat
  • July 26 – The Nerds
  • August 13 – Songs in the Attic
  • August 26 – 45 Riots and SAGE

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, while food trucks park nearby for scrumptious eats during the shows. All shows take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Here’s the upcoming lineup:

  • June 30 – FDR Drive Band (a local party band)
  • July 6 – 3D Rhythm of Life (Latin/salsa band)
  • July 14 – Fresh Kids of Bel Air (1990s/2000s hits)
  • July 20 – Captain Jack (Billy Joel tribute band)
  • July 28 – The Amish Outlaws (top hits)

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 9 – Marc Berger
  • July 30 – Mighty Spectrum
  • August 11 – Ladies & Gentlemne
  • August 27 – Tracy Delucia Band
  • September 18 – Group Therapy

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 10 – The Showtime Dance Band
  • July 17 – The Rave-Ons’ Early Rock & Roll Radio Review
  • August 7 – Danny V’s 52nd Street – Tribute to Billy Joel
  • August 21 – Tramps Like Us – Bruce Springsteen Tribute
  • August 28 – Class Action – Military Appreciation Show featuring Allissa Martin

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 27 – Gary Frost (country)
  • August 3 – New Rochelle Opera
  • August 10 – Empire Beats (R&B)
  • August 12 – What It Is (funk, soul, rock, R&B)
  • August 24 – Just Sixties (’60s favorites)

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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:

  • July 16 – An Evening With Graham Nash
  • July 22 – Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
  • September 11 – Dionne Warwick
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