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With a stellar fall lineup, The Capitol Theatre is ready to rock


Live entertainment legend Peter Shapiro, owner of Port Chester’s The Capitol Theatre — or “The Cap,” as it’s affectionately known, says seeing a show is like fuel for the soul.
“After a live show, when you wake up, you are still going. But then it starts to fade, and you need more.”
Shapiro, who previously owned the legendary Wetlands Preserve and currently owns the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, Las Vegas, and Nashville, reopened The Capitol Theatre, originally built in 1926, in 2012. The reopening featured Bob Dylan and was widely celebrated.
 
But the pandemic put that resurgence in jeopardy like it did with many local live venues, leaving many live music lovers with an empty gas tank, waiting to be filled. 

“It was bad,” Shapiro said of what The Cap has gone through. The top concert promoter, media producer and venue owner has been sought out over the last year and a half for his insight on the pandemic’s impact by everyone from Rolling Stone to Variety.
He was also a public advocate for the Save our Stages Act, which was launched by the National Independent Venue Association formed in response to the pandemic. 
In June of 2020, 600 artists, including Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Mavis Staples, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Willie Nelson, Billie Ellish, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, and Billy Joel, along with others, issued a letter to Congress asking legislators to provide urgent financial support for independent venues and promoters in the U.S. 

Sen. John Cornyn and Sen. Amy Klobuchar introduced the Save Our Stages Act, which was included in the coronavirus relief package passed by Congress in December. It offered $15 billion in relief for independent venues. 
But The Capitol Theatre is coming back with a huge line up this fall. Marketing director Stefanie May said ticket sales have been great and “the lineup sells itself.” The theater has a dedicated group of fans, she said, that kept the theatre going while it had to close, and now can’t wait to reopen. Upcoming shows include:
— Phil Lesh & Friends, playing nine shows in October — Joined by an all-star cast of rotating musicians, Phil Lesh & Friends is led by co-founder and bassist of the Grateful Dead, Phil Lesh.

— Brian Wilson on Oct. 6 — Co-founder, and lead songwriter for The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson plays a night of his classics with special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin.

— Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Oct. 22 — One of the most talented, in-demand rock ‘n’ roll ensembles working today, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will offer their powerful, fiery live show.

— Elvis Costello on Oct. 25 and 26 — Best known for the songs, “Alison” and “Every day I Write the Book” the British new-wave and rock pioneer Elvis Costello performs two nights of hits from his catalogue of more than thirty albums.

— Steely Dan on Nov. 9 and 10 Steely Dan helped define the soundtrack of the '70s with hits such as "Reeling in the Years," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," and "Peg." 

The legendary Capitol Theatre just celebrated its 95th birthday. May said it has a legacy of providing great entertainment for the community while also bringing in fans from all over the country which helps boost the area’s economy.

To find out more, visit https://www.thecapitoltheatre.com/.