On the podcast this week: Mariah’s newest Empire; Paul Shaffer and Matisyahu prepare to rock out for Israel’s 60th birthday; and Chevy Chase chills with Captain Planet.
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Bedford resident Paul Shaffer and White Plains High School alumnus Matisyahu have agreed to perform in a New York City concert marking the 60th anniversary of Israel’s inception.
The leader of the CBS Orchestra for the late-night talk show hosted by North Salem resident David Letterman will join the hassidic reggae star (“King Without A Crown”) and recent hitmaker Yael Naim (“New Soul,” featured in that MacBook Air commercial with the manila envelope) for a May 7 show at Radio City Music Hall.
Also on the bill are Israeli musicians Rami Kleinstein, David Broza and Idan Raichel.
(AP Photo by Diane Bondareff/AP)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¦or at least it makes Jared Leto crazy (or maybe he was crazy to begin with). According to the New York Post, the Hassidic Reggae star performed at Harry OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Tao in Park City (if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re counting, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the third party sighting of the White Plains-bred singer, after Riverhouse CafÃƒÂ© and the Heineken Party). Leto was in the audience and Ã¢â‚¬Å“stirred things up,Ã¢â‚¬? flirting with the girlfriend of Chris Robinson and Ã¢â‚¬Å“bumping into people in the crowded venue as he headed back to his table.Ã¢â‚¬?
<blockquote><div>When a fellow patron told Leto to “relax,” Leto grabbed a liquor bottle and held it above the guy’s head. Spies said when bouncers asked Leto to leave, he responded by holding up a beer bottle as he was led out.</div></blockquote>
Real class act, that Leto dude!
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The White Plains-bred reggae star performed Sunday night at the the Riverhouse CafÃƒÂ© in Park City. According to New York Observer gossip hound, Morgan Spencer, the Hasidic singer Ã¢â‚¬Å“scored big with two models in the front, bringing them to tears.Ã¢â‚¬?
<blockquote><div>Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know if they were fans or drunk or really moved, which is what it looked like. They were being really dramatic,Ã¢â‚¬? said an onlooker. Ã¢â‚¬Å“During the acoustic Jerusalem song, they were kissing their fingers and putting up peace signs.Ã¢â‚¬?</div></blockquote>
According to Morgan, Matisyahu also showed up at Ã¢â‚¬Å“the Heineken partyÃ¢â‚¬? later that night, where guests included Bijou Phillips, Tara Reid, Paul Rudd, and Ron Burkle.
Wonder what the rabbis back in Crown Heights will say about that?
With Bedford resident Paul Shaffer playing keyboards in the background between jokes, North Salem resident David Letterman playfully took a shot at Verplanck native Mel Gibson’s birthday in the opening monologue for last night’s broadcast of “The Late Show.” In the bit, Letterman imitated Gibson’s bemusement after unwrapping a gift of a yarmulke.
After sitting at his desk, Dave talked up a spoof of a commercial for “The Apprentice: Los Angeles,” hosted in real life by part-time Bedford resident Donald Trump. The fake TV ad claimed contestants would be “eliminated” by Robert Blake.
Dave’s first guest was “Today” show cohost Matt Lauer, who grew up in Westchester, according to The New York Times. Letterman had a fun quip about CBS stealing NBC stars like himself and Katie Couric, about whom Lauer joked, “When does she start?”
Letterman took a commercial break and then spoke to comedian Artie Lange, the sidekick of Howard Stern, who got his start spinning records at 107.1 in Briarcliff Manor.
After this Suburbarrazus watched Lange’s hilarious appearance, the channel was changed to see “The Tonight Show’s” musical guest: Matisyahu, who grew up in White Plains.
I’m sure Kevin Bacon has some connection to all these guys, too.
(Associated Press photo by Adam Rountree.)
Tickets are technically “sold out” to the advance screening of Babel-starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett- tonight at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville (with the director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, on hand for a Q&A afterwards), but don’t let that stop you. A standby line will start forming at 6:00 p.m., an hour before the show. The buzz on the film has been incredible.
And across the county, at Purchase College, Matisyahu, the Orthodox Jewish Reggae/rap/rock star is performing a benefit concert for Westhab. Tickets are $110 for the concert or $125 for the concert and a reception with the singer afterwards (students can get $50 tickets). Call the Box Office at 914-251-6200.
Matisyahu, the Chasidic Reggae singer born and raised in White Plains whose charismatic stage performance and hyper-syllabic lyrics have catapulted him to the status of megastar, will be giving a benefit concert on Thursday at Purchase College. Proceeds will go toward Westhab, a non-profit that helps homeless families find permanent homes throughout the county. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an organization Matisyahu, who was born Matthew Miller (Matisyahu is his Hebrew name), is very familiar with. His father, Robert Miller, is its president.
Miller Sr. told me that in the past 10 years Westhab has helped 300 families each year find homes. The concert has been in the works since last winter. This is the first month in a long time Matisyahu hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been touring (heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s home with his wife, who is pregnant with the coupleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s second child).
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The benefit will be interesting,Ã¢â‚¬? Robert Miller says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a little curious how it will go. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s used to performing for a younger audience and theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re usually on their feet. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll make up for it with his energy.Ã¢â‚¬?
For tickets, call: 914-251-6200. $110 for the concert only; $125 for the concert plus a dessert reception with Matisyahu; $50 for students.