LoHud rocks: Elliott Yamin to headline Playland, The B-52s open for what’s (allegedly) The Police’s final show

As I reported for sister-blog Remote Access late last night, Elliott Yamin — the super-likable “American Idol” underdog alumnus — will be headlining a concert at Playland in Rye tomorrow night.

elliott2.jpgPerhaps Yamin, who finished third ahead of superstar Chris Daughtry and just behind winner Taylor Hicks and runner-up Katharine McPhee, is headed to the Lower Hudson Valley in attempt to outdo Hicks’ riveting promo for Remote Access.

Sadly, I will not be in attendance for Yamin’s performance, as I will be screaming and singing my face off at another concert venue — Madison Square Garden — for what will (allegedly) be the final concert ever for my favorite band, The Police. (Note to self: Bookmark this post for June 2010, when I’ll be blogging about the group’s final FINAL reunion tour.)

Last summer, I caught The Police’s first Madison Square Garden show in 25 years. Worth the wait, it was without question one of the best concerts I’d ever seen. Picking favorites from their library of songs is like picking from my children (hopefully nonexistent at this point), so whatever set list they bust out will be perfectly fine by me.

b-52s.jpgSting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers have no slouch of an opening act, either, in The B-52s, who once lived in Mahopac.

Much like The Police, The B-52s were one of the first bands I ever got into. While most people know them for “Rock Lobster,” “Love Shack” and “Roam,” I was equally familiar with deeper album cuts like “Planet Claire,” “Private Idaho,” “Lava,” “Song for a Future Generation,” “Legal Tender,” “Channel Z” and “Good Stuff.” I lost track of them shortly after the “Good Stuff” album came out in the early ’90s, but have always appreciated their musicianship and quest to live up to their billing as the “World’s Greatest Party Band.”

Check back in Friday for a full report on both bands’ performances.

Break out the beehives! B-52’s planning a concert in Westchester

Little known fact: The B-52’s used to live in Mahopac back in the 1980s. Yes, that’s right, back in the days of “Cosmic Thing,” “Roam,” and “Love Shack,” the group was actually recording tunes right in Putnam County.b-52s.jpg

Which is my awkward way to segueing into news that they’ll be returning to the greater Lower Hudson Valley region again soon. On April 11 they’re set to host a concert at the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase. The event will be a fundraiser for Open Door Family Medical Centers, and Scarsdale’s Jimmy Fink, a DJ for 107.1 The Peak, will play host. Now the catch: tickets to the concert cost from $75 to $125, and if you want to attend the benefit dinner, be prepared to shell out $500.

VIP Tickets are available online at opendoormedical.org or by calling Cristina Sanjuás-Dopazo at 914-502-1414. Concert Only Tickets are available only through The Performing Arts Center’s Ticket Office at artscenter.org or by calling 914-251-6200.

Joe Torre to keep his Westchester digs

joe1.jpgIt appears Joe Torre will be keeping his house in Harrison despite his new job managing the Los Angeles Dodgers.

As the former Yankee manager headed to his annual fundraiser for his Safe At Home Foundation on Nov. 9, Torre told Journal News blogging titan Peter Abraham he would be keeping his Westchester home:


I don’t think we’re going to look to sell the house. We like it here; we’ve found a home. We always talk about having a place to come back to.


Via e-mail, Abraham told me today he did not know if Torre planned on keeping his other residence in Mahopac.

“Since that was his weekend house and he’ll be spending most of his weekends in Los Angeles, I would guess that will be for sale eventually,� Abraham said.

Guess what athletic Lower Hudson Valley celebrity showed up at Torre’s fundraiser to play “Glory Days� on guitar with Bruce Springsteen? Find out after the break.

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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Talk show travails, ‘SNL’ regales and Halloween tales


This week’s quiz: Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre is moving to L.A., but where are his houses in the Lower Hudson Valley?

A. Harrison and Mahopac
B. Hartsdale and Mamaroneck
C. Haverstraw and Mount Kisco

The answer is at the end of the video or after the break.

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With Joe Torre heading to L.A., will he sell his LoHud houses?

joe.jpgAs weird as it is that Joe Torre is now the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, I have to wonder if the Harrison and Mahopac resident will sell those houses to buy another in California.

I know nothing either way, but if he sells both places, I bet A-Rod buys them, immediately puts them back on the market and asks for $350 million.

(Associated Press file photo by Frank Franklin II)

Joe Torre wins No. 2,000, hopes to make it to 2,001


It’s no secret that the Greatest Sports Franchise in the History of Everything has been struggling this year, and there were fleeting moments these last two months when I wouldn’t have objected to the New York Yankees firing manager Joe Torre.

But the truth is this: The Harrison and Mahopac resident has done enough in his managerial career with the Yankees to earn the benefit of the doubt, and despite some terrible play the first two months of the season, the team is starting to show some of the swagger and poise that helped the Yanks claim four titles in five years to close the 20th century.

In addition to documenting Torre’s 2,000th managerial win, Journal News reporter Peter Abraham cites a particularly impressive statistic in his unstoppable Yankees blog on LoHud.com.

Watch out, Red Sox fans. Yes, the standings show that the Yanks are tied for third, 10.5 games behind the “Sawx.” But with Joe at the helm, this season is a long way from being over.

(Associated Press file photo by Frank Franklin II)

Bernie Williams redefines ‘home run’

Take a curtain call, Bernie!

While outfielder/classical guitarist Bernie Williams and the New York Yankees this weekend continued mulling the possibility of reuniting in 2007, The Journal News’ Len Maniace reported about the Armonk resident’s five years of volunteer contributions to Hillside Food Outreach.

The charity operates out of a White Plains warehouse and delivers food to needy families and individuals throughout Westchester County. In the Dec. 17 article, Williams discusses a memorable early morning food delivery:

<blockquote><div>The woman got very excited and woke everyone in the house and the kids got excited. It was like a little party. It was funny to see, but I could see how we were able to bring a smile to their faces, in spite of their harsh situation.


Bernie Baseball also helps with Hillside’s fundraising efforts, whose annual marquis event has attracted fellow Yankees, including manager Joe Torre, who resides in both Harrison and Mahopac, and relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, who lives in Purchase and owns a New Rochelle steak house.

In honor of Bernie’s generosity, Suburbarazzi adds his name to our poll for best bald look. Piermont resident William Hurt, in dead last place, is about to have another reason to be Hurt.