Some performances are worth braving the cold. And when top concerts, comedy shows and theatrical productions are in the mix, neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night should stop you from checking out the best of the best.
We've sifted through an impressive list of local winter shows and narrowed it down to the must-see Hudson Valley events, presented below in chronological order.
Feb. 26: Matchbox Twenty at The Capitol Theatre
Westchester has proved to be a mutual appreciation society for Rob Thomas. He's quite literally making himself at home in the county; he lives in Bedford with his wife, and is often spotted in downtown Mount Kisco. He's been the most reliable headliner at WPLJ-FM's annual fundraiser at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla. And with the reopening of The Cap in Port Chester, his old bandmates in Matchbox Twenty will perform what just might be the band's first public concert in the Hudson Valley. And the band's still got it, too: On Sept. 4 -- the same day that The Cap reopened -- Matchbox Twenty released its fourth album, "North." It would be the band's first to top the Billboard charts, thanks in large part to the Top 40 hit, "She's So Mean."
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26
Info: The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester; 914-934-9362; www.thecapitoltheatre.com; $45-95; audiences must be 18 and older
March 1: Jim Gaffigan at The Capitol Theatre
One of the most respected stand-up comedians in the industry, Jim Gaffigan is more than the guy who does the routine about Hot Pockets (although, to be fair, that is an iconic bit). A frequent and favorite guest on both CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" and Conan O'Brien's NBC and TBS talk shows, Gaffigan has brought additional laughs to HBO's "Flight of the Conchords" and TBS' "My Boys." He's also demonstrated some serious acting chops, ranging from all three manifestations of NBC's "Law & Order" to the Broadway play "That Championship Season." Although Gaffigan is no stranger to playing Westchester venues -- he's played Tarrytown Music Hall and the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, to name a couple -- his "Jim Gaffigan: The America Tour" stop at The Cap will mark his first appearance there, and just the second appearance by any comedian since the venue reopened.
When: 8 p.m. Friday, March 1
Info: The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester; 914-934-9362; www.thecapitoltheatre.com; $60; audiences must be 18 and older
March 16: Cowboy Junkies at Tarrytown Music Hall
Celebrated by mainstream audiences for a smoldering, stripped-down cover of the Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane," the Cowboy Junkies have done their part to keep themselves relevant ever since. Yes, it's been 25 years since their defining album, "The Trinity Session," was released, but they're hoping their newest release, "The Wilderness," resonates with fans for the next quarter-century and beyond.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16
Info: Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown; 914-631-3390; www.tarrytownmusichall.org; $35-$50