Must-see shows in the Hudson Valley

Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall

Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. (Feb. 18, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

Sick of sitting inside and want to attend an area show? We've sifted through an impressive list of local concerts and comedy events and narrowed it down to the must-see shows. Here are our picks in chronological order.

Dec. 1: Ingrid Michaelson

One of the best acts to play the Music Hall on a regular basis, Ingrid Michaelson is the little indie who could. Benefitting from early career boosts, when her songs were showcased on MySpace and “Grey’s Anatomy,” Michaelson has become one of the most consistently intriguing singer-songwriters of her generation. Anything but cliché, her narrative lyrics are often enhanced by deceptively peppy ukulele (her haunting cover of Radiohead’s “Creep”), strummed electric guitars (“Maybe”), and moody piano chords (Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love”), yet her more emotionally upbeat tracks (“Everybody” and “The Way I Am”) better reflect her bubbly on-stage persona. And in addition to traveling to Tarrytown on a regular basis for shows, Michaelson also has some history on the other side of the Hudson River: She worked one summer at the Hudson Valley Children’s Museum in Nyack with her mother, Elizabeth Egbert, who served as its executive director at the time.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1

Info: Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown; 914-631-3390; www.tarrytownmusichall.org; $29-$50

Dec. 1 and 3: A John Waters Christmas

John Waters probably doesn't care if you've been bad or good, so enjoy for goodness sake when he comes to town -- well, technically, a city and a village -- this December. The deliciously deviant director of "Hairspray," "A Dirty Shame" and "Pink Flamingos" is bringing his one-man holiday show, which he's performed since the '70s, to Poughkeepsie and Tarrytown. In addition to detailing his career through stand-up and offering his thoughts on the holiday season via monologue, Waters will take Q and A from the crowd. If you worry that all your questions won't be answered during the performance, tickets at the $100 level at both venues grant access to a post-show meet and greet.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1

Info: The Bardavon Theater, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; 845-473-2072; www.upac.org; $30-$100

When: 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3

Info: Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown; 914-631-3390; www.tarrytownmusichall.org; $45-$100

March 27: Aretha Franklin

Rescheduled from Nov. 13 due to Hurricane Sandy

The undisputed Queen of Soul is an 18-time Grammy Award winner, and a 1987 inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her myriad hits include "Respect," "Chain of Fools," "Think" "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Freeway of Love" and "Baby I Love You." So, yeah, she's a legit R&B legend. Her concert is the latest for the Hudson Valley's largest makeshift concert venue -- which can hold between 2,600 and 5,000 people, depending on the seating arrangement -- following successful gigs by the Beach Boys (May 1), Boston (July 22) and the Rock 'n' Blues Fest (Aug. 12).

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27

Info: Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains; 914-995-4050; www.wmconcerts.com; $49.50-$149.50

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