Sha Na Na, Misfits top weekend events in the Hudson Valley
Newsday Westchester has tracked down this weekend’s top entertainment events in the Hudson Valley, from doo-wop and punk to stand-up comedy.
Saturday: Sha Na Na at Emelin Theatre
Long after it rocked the original Woodstock Festival, Sha Na Na has been bringing that classic doo-wop sound to stage and screen alike. From 1977 to 1981, it hosted its self-titled variety series, and made the jump to the big screen in 1978’s “Grease.” Regardless of its screen time, it has been globetrotting as a concert act for more than four decades. Still performing about 50 shows per year, it'll bring its talents to the Emelin this weekend for some of that old-time rock and roll.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
Info: Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck; 914-698-0098; www.emelin.org; $62
Saturday: The Misfits at The Chance Theater
Go ahead, call them punks. The Misfits will take it as high praise. Started in New Jersey in April 1977, the punk group adopted the name of Marilyn Monroe’s last movie as their own. And while one the band’s founding members, music icon Glenn Danzig, split from the group in the mid-’80s, the Misfits would remain one of the most respected and influential acts in the genre. Just ask Guns ‘n Roses (who covered their track, “Attitude”), Chemical Romance (“Astro Zombies”) and Metallica (“Die, Die, My Darling” and “Last Caress/Green Hell”). Also appearing on the bill at The Chance are Reverend Horton Heat, Two Fisted Law, Blase DeBris and NBW.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
Sunday: Rob Bartlett at Levity Live
More than 30 years after he was performing improv with a then-unknown Eddie Murphy at a talent showcase hosted by a Richard Nixon lookalike, Rob Bartlett continues to command attention as a stand-up. A headliner on the casino circuit, Bartlett also has been a regular on Don Imus’ radio show, with impersonations that range from Larry King to Paula Deen. Bartlett’s got a bit of Broadway stage experience as well, playing Amos Hart in “Chicago,” Mr. Mushnik in “Little Shop of Horrors,” Herman in “Sweet Charity” and Speed in “The Odd Couple.”
When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9
Info: Levity Live, 4210 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack; 845-353-5400; www.levitylive.com; $30, plus two-item minimum per person; audience members must be at least 18 years old to attend.