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Music in the Air in Westchester By ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam
chino or a slice, sit by the fountains and rock to the band, The Ledge, on July 5, swing to the retro sounds of the Sinatra-inspired Rat Pack on July 19, and sway to the soulful sounds of Blues Buddha on August 23, just to name a few. And when the fountains light up at night the music keeps playing in the Plaza on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer from 7-9pm, dubbed “Dancing Under the Stars.” Like to shop ’til you drop? Head for the Cross County Shopping Center free Summer Concert series and listen to a different
four free Thursday evening concerts in August, including the Allan Harris Band on August 23. And Wednesday lunch hours in July and August from noon to 1pm offer free Brazilian Jazz sessions at the Chase building in White Plains. All the above are presented by Jazz Forum Arts (JFA). And doesn’t summer make you yearn for the drive-thru movie experience? The Katonah Museum of Arts’s free admission series “Movies & Mai Tais” in the Museum’s lovely outdoor Sculpture Garden sets the stage for screenings of artful Chinese
Top: Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts’ Venetian Theater Right: Katonah Museum of Arts’ sculpture garden,
tribute groups every Tuesday evening from 7-9pm. Bring a beach blanket and chairs and enjoy the B Street Band’s renditions of Bruce Springsteen’s best songs on July 10, the island melodies of Jimmy Buffet as performed by the band Parrot Beach on July 17, another Billy Joel tribute band on July 24, and a group of U2 impersonators—aptly called “2U”—on July 31. The 13th Annual Dobbs Ferry Summer Music Series features free Wednesday evening concerts at Waterfront Park on the Hudson River, 6:30-8pm, concluding on August 22. The 3rd Annual Sunset Jazz series at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown features
photo: Margaret Fox
here’s “Music in the Air” in Westchester. More than 250 free and affordable outdoor concerts will take place out-of-doors in parks, plazas and shopping malls. Bring a blanket and a basket of eats and enjoy top performers all summer long under the stars and in gentle breezes in beautiful Westchester County. Go to www.ArtsWestchester.org/music-in-the-air and start tapping yours toes at some special venues. Take for example, Caramoor. It’s more than just a music locale. Its gorgeous grounds, Mediterranean-style villa and Italianate architecture are the perfect backdrop for the 67th Caramoor International Music Festival and its lineup of Grammy Award winning stars. These include jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater on July 28, and renowned guitarist Pat Metheny on July 29. Earlier in the month, Latin great Paquito D’Rivera will headline an all-Cuban musical celebration on Friday, July 6, at 8pm, with tickets ranging from just $15 to $35, concluding with a post-concert Mojito reception. On August 5th, the world’s most revered banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck will join forces with the Marcus Roberts jazz trio for a night of multiple musical personalities sure to blow you away. The best news is that ticket start as low as $15. The “Dancing at Dusk” series with Flamenco, Bhangra and Brazilian performances, offers another affordable ($10 adults; $5 kids) family friendly escape, at 5pm on Wednesdays – July 11 and 25, and August 8. Westchester’s largest city Yonkers is home to Historic Untermyer Park, the former estate garden of lawyer Samuel Untermyer .The park’s Beaux-Arts-style amenities include a Grecian garden and amphitheater and a classical pavilion and statuary. Here, the all volunteer Untermyer Performing Arts Council www.untermyer.com provides free summer concerts every summer. This summer, if you’re strolling through the City of White Plains—arguably Westchester’s most bustling metropolis— you’ll encounter an oasis of live entertainment right in the heart of the city. Free concerts take place in the Renaissance Plaza (corner of Main Street and Mamaroneck Ave) from noon to 2pm every Thursday throughout July and August,. You can grab a frappu-
films on two Thursday’s in July, to tie into their current exhibition Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography. www.katonahmuseum.org. Visit artswestchester.org/music-in-the-air for a complete list of free and affordable outdoor summer concerts this season.
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