Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre, otherwise known as “the Cap’,” is making a comeback on the live music scene in a big way. The legendary venue, which saw the likes of Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin, Santana and The Grateful Dead in their golden age is opening their doors to music legends from far and wide – right in our own backyard.
Though all the performers coming to this historic venue are worth seeing, here are five that stand out:
Bob Dylan and His Band – September 4
Bob Dylan needs little to no introduction. But in case you aren’t familiar with the folk rock legend, Dylan became influential in the 60’s, when his music became the anthem for liberal youth unrest, known informally as the yippie movement. He has retained his relevance and prowess for five decades, and continues to tour the world with his music. His hits, such as “Like a Rolling Stone,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” and “Mr. Tambourine Man,” are among his best work. Bob Dylan’s music changed the fabric of popular music and played to the tune of the heartbeat of a revolution. You will not want to miss him.
Here he plays Maggie’s Farm with fellow music legends Tom Petty and Willie Nelson:
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Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band – September 8
Though you might recognize him as Dr. House, Hugh Laurie talents go beyond snarkily delivering diagnoses and faking a limp. The celebrated television star also has a taste for the blues. He released his own album with Warner Bros., entitled “Let Them Talk,” and is touring with his band. Not sure you buy it? See it for yourself.
Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band play their hit single, “You Don’t Know My Mind”:
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Regina Spektor – October 3
This Russian-born American singer-songwriter debuted in NYC’s anti-folk scene. Her piano music, paired with simple but emotional lyrics, provides an enjoyable listening experience. Her mother teaches in Mount Vernon, and Spektor has roots in the tri-state area. If you’re looking for pyrotechnics and ripping guitar riffs, this might not be the performance for you, but Spektor holds her own with her own brand of unique sound.
Here she plays her break out hit, “Fidelity”:
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My Morning Jacket – December 27 – 29
My Morning Jacket is a psychedelic rock band based in Louisville, Kentucky. Their full-bodied, all encompassing sound takes the listener on a journey they’ll never forget. On their list of accomplishments includes a four-hour set at Bonnaroo Music Festival, supporting Neil Young, and playing Madison Square Garden on CNN’s 2009 New Years special. Along with their own work, My Morning Jacket is also known for their extensive collaborative work in the folk scene with artists such as Bright Eyes, M. Ward, Mike Mogis, and others. Their lead singer, Jim James, also belongs to Monsters of Folk – a folk collaborative comprised of the aforementioned artists.
Listen to them play their hit, “I’m Amazed,” on the David Letterman Show:
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Guster – January 18
Guster is an American alternative rock band hailing from Boston. The members met at their college orientation at Tufts University, and began playing music shortly after. Now among the kings of the mellow alternative sound with Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, and the like, they have released several albums while remaining closely dedicated to their fans. Lead singer and guitarist Adam Gardner also founded an organization called Reverb, which helps touring artists make their tours, sets, and operations more environmentally friendly. Guster is also known for performing covers of famous songs during their encores, and maintaining a light, friendly atmosphere with their audience. If you’re looking to chill out, hear great music, and maybe let out a laugh or two, these are the guys to look for.
Hear them play a private, acoustic version of “Demons” at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel in Providence:
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To buy tickets and find more information about the artists that will be bringing new life to the Capitol Theatre, go to http://www.thecapitoltheatre.com/list/