With a comedian-turned-TV star, a band that found additional success through movie soundtracks, and the gold standard for singing stardom following a stint on reality television, this week’s Hudson Valley concert and comedy picks feature acts who won’t be pigeonholed.
Thursday-Sunday: Bert Kreischer at Levity Live
While “studying” as a seventh-year undergraduate at Florida State University, Bert Kreischer revelled so much that Rolling Stone magazine named him the country’s No. 1 party animal. Inspired to pursue stand-up, Kreischer hosted a couple of short-lived shows on FX, but hurled himself into mainstream success (and off buildings) as the squeamishly bold daredevil host of Travel Channel’s hit show “Bert the Conquerer.” Earning guest spots on “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Rachael Ray Show” and Joe Rogan’s podcast, Kreischer never stopped doing stand-up, with his “Comfortably Dumb” special continuing to air on Comedy Central.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18; 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19
Info: Levity Live, 4210 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack; 845-353-5400; www.levitylive.com; $17-$20, plus two-item minimum per person
Friday: Smash Mouth at Provident Bank Park
One of the guiltiest pleasures of the late ’90s, Smash Mouth will close out the Provident Bank Park Summer Concert Series in Pomona with its signature retro-rock sound. Catchy choruses on “All Star,” “Walking on the Sun” and “Then the Morning Comes” helped propel the band to mainstream success, with subsequent movie-friendly covers of “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby” and “I’m a Believer” meshing well with “Can’t Hardly Wait” and “Shrek,” respectively. The concert will also feature Soul Asylum, whose grunge-tinged hits include “Runaway Train” and “Somebody to Shove.”
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17
Info: 1 Provident Bank Park Dr., Pomona; 845-364-0009; www.rocklandboulders.com; $25-$45
Sunday: Kelly Clarkson, The Fray at Bethel Woods
Without Kelly Clarkson, “American Idol” might not have survived to see a second season, and without “Idol,” we probably never would have heard of Clarkson, who’s sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and snagged a couple of Grammys along the way. The same year she was crowned as the inaugural “Idol,” schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King founded the Fray, whose hits “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life” proved equally radio- and TV-friendly. Both acts have continued to find success, with Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” and the Fray’s “Heartbeat” charting this year.
When: 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19
Info: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel; 866-781-2922; bethelwoodscenter.org; $31.50-$97; $101 for four tickets on the lawn; all ticket prices increase $5 on day of show.