This week, I decided to focus this installment of our Friday Mix Tape on the grand reopening of the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York – a venue that is near and dear to my heart as I grew up about 10 miles away from it. For this compilation I have picked some choice songs by a handful of the acts that will play the soon-to-be-reopened theater in the upcoming months.
The most iconic and legendary performer that The Cap has on its bill is Bob Dylan who is reopening the venue on September 4th. While Dylan has thousands of songs that could be played here, I opted for one of my personal favorites, Visions of Johanna. The Roots appear on the calendar several times in the first few months, so I fittingly included their smooth hip-hop stylings in You Got Me, featuring Erykah Badu.
The blues legend Buddy Guy teams up with Jonny Lang, so enjoy their version of Midnight Train. A live take from 1972 finds The J. Geils Band crushing Whammer Jammer, led by a hard-blowing harp. Things slow down a bit and we catch our breath during Babylon by singer-songwriter David Gray, and Ne Me Quitte Pas by the angelic Regina Spektor, before the infectious and catchy funk stylings of New Orleans’ own Galactic with What You Need.
Closing things out, I wouldn’t be doing my 1990′s, Westchester County, jamband-fan self justice if I didn’t end with the one-two punch of Blues Traveler and The Spin Doctors. (Who, coincidentally enough are playing together on October 13). The Hook has always been one of my favorite BT tunes, showcasing what made these guys so popular back in the day. And to “cap” this mix off, the pop-infused hit by The Spin Doctors: Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong…one of the very first songs I heard at The Cap.
Can’t wait to get back in there! Enjoy the weekend everyone, and go check out The Cap! It’s sure to add another chapter to their already historic legacy.