Westchester County Arts and Culture Events for September 2012: Bob Saget, Jeff Garlin, Guster, and More



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Famous Amos

Sometimes, you just want to take things down a notch. If you’re feeling a little folksy, a little rootsy, and are looking for something in the James Taylor/Jackson Browne mold, check out Amos Lee at the Paramount Center for the Arts on September 29. “Amos Lee has a honeyed singing voice—light amber, mildly sweet, a touch of grain—and the tendency to feature it squarely, without much fuss or undue strain,” Nate Chinen wrote in the New York Times. 

On View

If you see Whoopi Goldberg on The View, she’s likely giving her co-hosts a piece of her mind—without pulling any punches. And if you think she’s opinionated on the show, just wait until she gets the entire spotlight to herself without having to share airtime with four other (equally opinionated) women. Goldberg will perform her uninhibited stand-up at the Westchester County Center on September 14. If you think the County Center has stepped up its offerings recently, you’re right. The venue has a new sound system and a new promoter seeking to bring in more high-profile acts, such as The Beach Boys and Boston, who performed there this summer, and Aretha Franklin, who will make an appearance in November.

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Sweet Carolina

Carolina Chocolate Drops, a band that recreates the old-timey, string-band sound of Southern music from the 1920s and ’30s, have garnered high praise (and a Grammy) for their albums. But the critics agree that, to really appreciate their music, you have to see them live. “The Drops were always at their best on stage, however, where the gospel stomp of those mountain rhythms and the kinetic energy the band gave off completed the feel of a living, breathing history lesson,” Steve Leggett writes on allmusic.com. Luckily, you’ll have a chance to experience that living history when the band comes to the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University on September 22. Get ready to stomp those feet.

Friends Like These

Sure, singer Dionne Warwick has kept a lower profile since the Psychic Friends Network and “That’s What Friends Are For” days, but that doesn’t mean she’s stopped recording. Last year, she released Only Trust Your Heart, her first new album since 2008’s Why We Sing. Only Trust Your Heart finds Warwick interpreting the work of lyricist/songwriter Sammy Cahn, taking on greats like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Burt Bacharach, by doing songs such as “I’m a Fool to Want You,” “The Second Time Around,” and “Keep Me in Mind.” If you’re curious to see how she stacks up against the boys, watch her perform at the Tarrytown Music Hall on September 29.

 

High Five

You know what they say about playing the piano: Fifty fingers are better than 10. Okay, maybe nobody’s actually said that, but The 5 Browns prove it to be true. The group is composed of five musically talented siblings—all of whom were accepted to Juilliard simultaneously—who have all taken to the classical piano. When they get to The Performing Arts Center on September 29, they’ll perform in smaller combos as well as an all-sibling quintet of ivory-ticklers. 

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