You're standing outside the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown New York... Crowds are spilling out of restaurants. Old friends are greeting each other with hugs under the marquee. And the tour bus softly hums around the corner.
Posters outside advertise for upcoming comedy shows, R&B shows, Oldie nights, Rock shows, Jazz and Blues legends, and Country stars.
You pause at the corner to admire Westchester's oldest theater...
A Night At the Theater...
After finishing a hot cup of full-bodied dark roast from Coffee Labs, you enter the lobby of Tarrytown Music Hall.
It sweeps you away to a different century.
Furnace heat, old-fashioned crown molding, peeling paint, gargoyles in ceiling corners, lipstick-red carpets, and brass railings all take you by surprise. It’s gritty, and a bit rough around the edges… but it's captivating.
The volunteer staff is smiling, taking tickets, selling candy, helping people to their seats, and giving advice on where to eat after the show.
They lead you upstairs where your party finds the cash-only bar. There's a surprisingly wide selection of Captain Lawrence taps, and Jacob Creek wine, too.
The conversations flow as people wait for their drinks and stuff dollar bills into the tip jar…
“I heard when Tony Bennett was here, he put down his microphone and just started singing to crowd. The acoustics are that good.” "Didn't they record so and so here without amplification or something?" “Can you believe they were gonna tear this place down in '79?"
You can’t help but feel as if you’re in an old hotel. Recessed wall art. Cushioned arm-chairs tucked away in corners. Narrow hallways. Antique light fixtures... It’s a beautiful turn of the century relic.
You then make your way through the intimate 843-seat theater.
The walls are glowing in romantic oranges and reds, and the crowd begins to settle.
Upstairs you find your seats on the balcony. You’re a little closer to the person’s head in front of you than you’d like to be, but the views are remarkable.
Looking down onto the stage, you start to imagine what it would’ve been like to see a motion picture here back in 1901. Or Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt make speeches. Or to see the jazz legends Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie blow their horns.
And now here you are… The piano sits waiting to be played. The stage, bathed in magenta and blue, suddenly darkens.
“Ladies and Gentleman…. The show is about to begin!”
Watch Robert Randolph and Buddy Guy Perform ...
Things to Do Before and After the Show
Chow down on an overflowing gyro and greek Salad at Lefteris. Go to Swagat; Tarrytown's only Indian restaurant, for warm garlic naan and Chicken Tikka Masala.
Maybe you're in the mood for Mexican, or Mediterranean... There's a ton of great restaurants within a stone's throw of the Tarrytown Music Hall.
See more music
Want some more live entertainment after the Tarrytown Music Hall? Try next door at the Set Back Inn and Coffee Labs..
Pete's Saloon in nearby Elmsford is also a hot spot for Westchester's top musicians. And Lucy's in Pleasantville regularly hosts excellent bands.
Antiques, Fine clothing, Vintage Guitars… Tarrytown is such a happening little spot with so many great stores, you just want to whip out your wallet and get some satisfaction! Support local small business. Shop Main Street!
Get Ice Cream
The aromas of waffle cones and chocolate syrup! Main Street Sweets serves up excellent homemade ice cream in a fun, old fashioned ice cream parlor. It's at the corner of N. Washington and Main.
Walk the RiverWalk
Slowly opening up piece by piece, The Hudson Riverwalk is an ongoing project led by various public and private organizations to connect Hudsons waterfront from Yonkers to Peekskill. In Tarrytown you can walk all the way from the Marina to the lighthouse.
Parking Map and Directions
Finding parking in Tarrytown can be a little tricky, but if you know where to look and arrive early, it shouldn't be a problem.
The green flag represents the Tarrytown Music Hall, A blue "P" indicates safe spots for parking, and the red triangle is a tow away zone.
Also try Central Avenue or North Washington Street.
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