Lenny Kravitz, BoDeans top weekend events in Hudson Valley
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Newsday Westchester doesn’t bother to ask, “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” We’d rather tell you exactly the way to go when it comes to the Hudson Valley’s top entertainment events this weekend.
Saturday: Frank Caliendo at Levity Live
Caliendo is best known for his impressions, including a John Madden take that was often utilized during his 12 years contributing to Fox’s Sunday pregame coverage of the NFL. In August, the “MADtv” alumnus announced he wouldn’t be returning to Fox in that capacity, but he is headed back to comedy stages across the country. Despite the unfair backlash he endured for TBS’ aggressive advertising of his short-lived sketch comedy show, “FrankTV,” Caliendo demonstrates a kind of precision in his routine that many stand-ups can’t pull off. When he rapidly shifts from character to character — both in terms of voice and body language — it’s nothing short of astounding.
When: 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29
Info: Levity Live, 4210 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack; 845-353-5400; www.levitylive.com; $30, plus two-item minimum per person; must be at least 18 years old to attend
Saturday: Lenny Kravitz at White Plains High School
One of most ubiquitous artists of the ’90s, Lenny Kravitz has plenty of straightforward rock hits with mass appeal, including “Are You Gonna Go My Way?”, “Let Love Rule,” “It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over,” “Fly Away,” “Always on the Run” and his cover of the Guess Who’s “American Woman.” The first 100 fans who line up for Friday’s grand opening of the Microsoft Store at The Westchester mall in White Plains will receive wristbands that grant access to Kravitz’s Saturday night concert at nearby White Plains High School — and the meet-and-greet to follow. At least 2,500 more fans that show up for Friday’s grand opening will get wristbands for Saturday concert access only.
When: To try to snag tickets, get to the Microsoft Store at The Westchester mall (125 Westchester Ave., White Plains; 914-421-1333; www.microsoftstore.com; www.facebook.com/MicrosoftStore) well in advance of its grand-opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 28; the store will open at 11 a.m., when wristbands will be distributed. If you manage to snag tickets Friday, gates at White Plains High School (550 North St., White Plains) open for the Kravitz concert at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.
Saturday: BoDeans at Bearsville Theater
Somewhere between Madison and Milwaukee, Wis., the BoDeans were born as a band in the early ’80s. Within a few years, Rolling Stone readers named them the “Best New American Band,” and the BoDeans honed their alt-rock groove while opening for U2 for the iconic Irish band’s “Joshua Tree” tour. But arguably the BoDeans’ biggest breaks happened in the ’90s, when their hit “Closer to Free” not only was a hit on mainstream radio but also gave the band a boost as the theme song to Fox’s prime-time drama “Party of Five.” Given their Middle America roots, devout fans and TV-friendly tune, it only seems appropriate that the BoDeans are touring to promote a new album called “American Made.”
When: 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29
Info: Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; 845-679-4406; www.bearsvilletheater.com; $25-$40