Westchester Fall Jazz, Folk, Rock, and Pop Events

Dar Williams
November 16
Emelin Theatre, Mamaroneck
(914) 698-0098; emelin.org
When you listen to Dar Williams’ music, does any of it strike an eerily familiar chord? It might be because Williams knows what it’s like to live in this area: She grew up in Chappaqua, and today still lives in the Hudson Valley. Support a local by heading out to see her when she performs songs from her most recent album, In the Time of Gods, at the Emelin Theatre. 

Westchester Jazz Orchestra
November 16
Irvington Town Hall Theater, Irvington
(914) 591-6602; irvingtontheater.com
It’s so hard to say goodbye: The Westchester Jazz Orchestra performs its final season concert on November 16. Sure, you may see them at events here and there, but it won’t be the same. Give them a proper send-off at the Irvington Town Theater, where WBGO Music Director and radio personality Gary Walker will act as emcee. 

Rufus Wainwright; photo courtesy of TarrytowN Music hallRufus Wainwright
October 4
Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown
(914) 631-3390; tarrytownmusichall.org
Rufus Wainwright’s most recent album may be titled Out of the Game, but he’s certainly not. In addition to touring to promote the album, Wainwright was also featured in the documentary Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle, about a memorial concert he did with his sister, Martha Wainwright, honoring the songs of his mother. (The documentary was directed by Lian Lunson, who made Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man.) Yet, even while promoting both an album and a movie, Wainwright has still found time to make a stop at the Tarrytown Music Hall.

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse
September 2
The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester
(914) 937-4126; thecapitoltheatre.com
After nearly a decade, Neil Young has recorded another album with Crazy Horse—and the whole lot of them are coming to the Capitol Theatre. Rolling Stone says Psychedelic Pill “has the roiling honesty and brutal exuberance of their best records together.” Sounds good to us, but if that’s not enough for you, Patti Smith and her band have also signed on as the opening act. 

Also Consider: Willie Nelson and Family brings a dose of country to the Capitol Theatre (September 18, 19) // Shelby Lynne teams up with Alejandro Escovedo for a double-bill at the Tarrytown Music Hall (September 27) // After you see Young at the Capitol, you can see Stephen Stills perform with The Rides at the Ridgefield Playhouse (September 5) and Graham Nash perform solo at the Tarrytown Music Hall (September 29) —then it’s up to you to find Crosby on your own // The Wallflowers visit the Ridgefield Playhouse after ending a seven-year hiatus (October 13) // Neil Sedaka proves that breaking up is hard to do at the Ridgefield Playhouse (October 19) // If show tunes are more your thing, hear the best of Richard Rodgers when the Emelin hosts a performance titled Rodgers &…(October 19, 20) // Toad the West Sprocket support their new album, New Constellation, at the Ridgefield Playhouse (November 2) // Mavis Staples teams up with the Blind Boys of Alabama for a soulful evening at the Tarrytown Music Hall (November 14) // Bonnie Raitt gives them something to talk about at the Capitol Theatre (November 19). 

Dennis ElsasDennis Elsas Chooses (Some of)
His Favorite 
Neil Young Songs

Before you see Neil Young & Crazy Horse at The Capitol Theatre, refresh your memory of some of his greatest songs. We asked Dennis Elsas—Rye resident, DJ on WFUV and SiriusXM Satellite Classic Vinyl, and longtime Neil Young fan—to tell us some of his favorites. 

“After the Gold Rush”
“The title song of his 1970 album is preceded by ‘Tell Me Why’ and followed by ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart.’ Listen to them all together and they capture the essence and soul of what makes Neil’s music timeless.”

“Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)”
“Taken together with its 1979 acoustic counterpoint of ‘My My, Hey Hey’ and 1989’s ‘Rockin’ in the Free World,’ they are the consummate Neil Young rock ‘n’ roll riffs and define why Rust (and Neil) Never Sleeps.”

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“Down By the River” and “Cowgirl in the Sand”
“These are two very different stories that resonate with a very similar sound from Neil’s second album, Everybody Knows this is Nowhere, his first collaboration with Crazy Horse. The highs and lows of love and passion and either one could be related to the elusive ‘Cinnamon Girl’ (from the same album).”

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