14 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Sleep On The Capitol Theatre

Port Chester, New York’s legendary concert venue is back and better than ever. This is why The Cap is where it’s at.

1. Countless legendary rock ‘n’ roll artists performed at The Capitol Theatre, including Eric Clapton, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Black Sabbath, Janis Joplin, and James Taylor.

Jefferson Airplane (1970)

James Taylor kickin’ it backstage (1970)

2. Bob Dylan re-opened the venue last year in September, proving The Capitol is back and better than ever.

3. The Captiol was a favorite venue for Jerry Garcia to play at with the Grateful Dead.

“See, there’s only two theaters, man, they are the only two places that are set up pretty groovy all around for music and for smooth stage changes, good lighting and all that - the Fillmore [East] and the Capitol Theatre. And those are the only two in the whole country.” -Jerry Garcia, October 10, 1970.

4. There’s a kickass bar connected to the theatre called “Garcia’s,” rightly named after Jerry Garcia.

The bar has Jerry Garcia memorabilia hanging on its brick walls. Garcia’s also has great artists perform like TAUK, and they host live webcasts for bands like Phish.

5. The Capitol has unique wallpaper lining the theatre. It’s red and in the shape of a 45 rpm record, with rock ‘n’ rollers who made their mark at the legendary venue.

(From L-R: Jerry Garcia, Chuck Berry, Janis Joplin, Mick Jagger, Ozzy Osbourne, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, and Iggy Pop)

6. It has incredible light shows and projections for every concert.

The Rascals

The coolest lights and projections are for Bob Weir and Phil Lesh shows. Hands down.

7. The Capitol has exquisite architecture and design. It has a beautiful chandelier hanging in the lobby, and golden squirrels molded almost everywhere in the theatre.

The golden squirrel is part of the theatre’s original design from 1926.

8. After artists perform, you can meet them at the merch booth in the lobby or around the corner near the tour buses.

Courtney Love hanging out with fans.

9. You can Instagram really cool pictures of The Cap’s marquee.

10. In the past year since The Capitol’s re-opening, artists like The Black Crowes, B.B. King, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The Roots, Leon Russell, Cyndi Lauper, The Monkees, and Alabama Shakes have graced the stage.

Leon Russell

Even more legendary artists will be coming to The Capitol this fall, like Alice Cooper, The B-52’s, Herbie Hancock, and Bonnie Raitt.

11. Transportation is super easy — the theatre is across the street from the Metro-North Port Chester train station.

12. Every seat at The Capitol Theatre is a good seat, whether it’s in the balcony or on the floor.

No matter where you sit, you still can feel that grooving rock ‘n’ roll vibe. It’s intimate and electrifying.

13. The theatre hosted two events called “A Dose of the Dead,” where they played live Grateful Dead shows from 1971 at full-concert volume over the speakers.

Accompanied of course with a beautiful light show and projections. What other venue that you know does this?! It’s the perfect place for Grateful Dead fans.

14. The people are really down to earth and fun to talk to. They’re at The Cap to listen to live music, and have a good time.

There’s absolutely no place like The Capitol Theatre.

So check out their upcoming shows, buy a ticket, and get down to Port Chester for a great rocking time!

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