• 2019 WINNER OF BEST MUSIC VENUE & BEST EVENT SPACE IN WESTCHESTER MAGAZINE

  • 149 WESTCHESTER AVENUE, PORT CHESTER, NY 10573-4549 · (914) 937-4126

  • We love all of our Cap ushers, and we know you do, too! Here’s a page celebrating them and allowing you to get to know these wonderful people better.

    Name:

    Amanda

    Location:

    Westchester County

    Occupation:

    Retired Financial Services Professional

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since September 2012

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Impossible for me to choose but here’s some of my favorites: My Morning Jacket (12/28/12), Black Crowes Acoustic (10/22/13), Umphrey’s McGee UM Bowl (5/03/14), North Mississippi Allstars & Anders Osborne (2/27/15), Mudcrutch (6/14/16), Phil Lesh “Philoween” (10/31/16), Graham Nash (7/15/17), and Tedeschi Trucks Band w/ Amy Helm opening (2/21/18).

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    For me, nothing compares with seeing live music, of any genre. Having the chance to be a part of the Cap family delivering the complete experience of attending a show to people from all walks of life is a dream come true. I especially enjoy meeting first timers and giving them a bit of history and a few fun facts about the theater.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    The Cap has extraordinary sound and the lighting is unbelievable, truly compliments the artists and an already beautiful theater. Friendly staff, a patio for smokers and a great beer selection round it out!

    Words to live by:

    Too much of everything is just enough!

    Name:

    Toni Ann

    Location:

    Born and raised in Port Chester, NY

    Occupation:

    I am a hairdresser now for 36 years, owner of Wish Upon A Basket (creative gift baskets), mother of two, and grandma of one.

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since September 7, 2012 (Bob Weir and the Roots!)

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    I have seen amazing shows, artists, and talent that you couldn’t even imagine! I got to see Chicago, one of my favorites, up close… amazing! I was absolutely Starstruck when Joe Walsh, Robert Plant, Steely Dan, and too many others to mention walked out on The Cap stage!

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    The Cap was an out of the box experience for me but I believe it has helped me grow as a person! I have met and work with the most incredible people and have made life long friends!

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    When our patrons walk in, they are home…not a stuffy theatre where you go to your seat and sit there all night. Our entire staff wants the greatest experience for everyone!

    Most memorable moment at The Cap:

    When the Rascals played, I was asked to seat a VIP and standing in front of me was Richard Gere and his family! (An Officer and a Gentleman!!) WHAT? I couldn’t move or speak and totally forgot where his seats were!

    Fun fact:

    In 1958, my mom and dad went on a date to see a movie at the Cap. In the balcony my dad got down on one knee and asked my mom to marry him! The rest is history!

    Name:

    Sue

    Location:

    Westchester local by way of New Jersey

    Occupation:

    Publishing/marketing professional

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since the first Phil run in November 2012

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    No way to choose a single show! So many great ones, but among my favorites are The Rascals’ “Once Upon a Dream,” Joe Walsh, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, King Crimson, The Avett Brothers, all 9 nights of the Furthur run, and (of course) Phil-o-weens

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    Having the opportunity to help fellow music lovers have a great time seeing bands they love, and discovering new bands to love.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    There truly isn’t a bad seat in the house, and everyone at The Cap genuinely wants folks to have a great show when they are in this rock palace.

    Words to live by:

    Never complain, never explain

    Name:

    Sam

    Location:

    Proud Port Chester native and alumnae of original Capitol Theatre

    Occupation:

    Key Carpenter in entertainment industry building scenery for TV and movies

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Volunteered within a month of the Cap’s re-opening sharing in the rebirth of live music (and my hometown). Thank you, Mr. Shapiro.

    Best show I’ve seen at The Cap:

    John Prine a couple years ago. They closed the bars at 9:00 and you could hear a pin drop – it was chilling. Even more memorable and chilling was the fundraiser when the Port Chester High School Choir filed onstage at the first Foreigner show and sang “I Wanna Know What Love Is.” So special.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    Experiencing so many generations of music lovers and artists who appreciate the beauty and history of the Capitol Theatre and being in the same space with 2000 people just ‘ letting go ‘ … I’m so grateful.

    Name:

    Ron

    Location:

    Born in Brooklyn, raised in a lion’s den, live behind a white picket fence in Connecticut

    Occupation:

    Editor at a mega accounting firm

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since the Amy Schumer show on October 18, 2014

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Whatever show I’m seeing at the moment. But one of the most memorable was Jam the Vote, 11/6/2016. It featured an all-star lineup, just a couple of days before the presidential election. The world hasn’t been the same since.

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    Watching the freak flags fly. Oh, and the music.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    The rock ‘n’ roll wallpaper and the squirrelly architectural detail.

    Fun fact:

    First show I saw at The Cap Bob Dylan on September 4, 2012

    Name:

    Nan

    Location:

    From Lake Mahopac (originally born in Queens with a Brooklyn accent)

    Occupation:

    Mom to four grown kids who found an escape to her one person CPA practice and never-ending tax deadlines by becoming a regular at The Cap and Garcia’s

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Trained in January 2013 and volunteered for as much as possible to get on the roster for a few Furthur shows and other hard to get acts. Six years later, this is turning into a long, strange wonderful trip which expanded into a trip to Chicago for Fare Thee Well, working at Lockn’ Festival each year, and some annual pot-luck usher parties.

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Whichever one is coming next. Well, there have been a few exceptions (very few), but there have also been epic surprises. Like Skrillex, which is not my type of music, but who could ever forget the crowd or the sway of the balcony? Or Bob Weir playing from the Presidential Booth as the crowd straggled in before a RatDog show? Or having one of the Avett Brothers play a song while sitting at my feet on the steps to the VIP platform? The sounds of New Orleans and more came to the Cap for the Jam the Vote concert to get everyone to vote in 2016. String Cheese Incident brought hope as we rang in 2018. And there are many performers who seem to love The Cap as much as we do, like Phil Lesh, Eric Krasno, Jason Crosby, and Ross James. I give gold stars to every performer who recognizes the history in the theatre by playing a Dead cover song, or mentioning the framed article backstage with Jerry’s interview where he recognized the theatre’s great acoustics, or that Janis Joplin wrote Mercedes Benz at a bar around the corner in between playing an early and late show years back.

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    The Cap is a family, connected through music, which can be a stronger bond than blood. The patrons, the bartenders, box office and admin workers, the ushers, management, the cleaning crew- at some point everyone grabs time to watch the artists, check out the visuals on the walls, and interact with everyone else. Even Peter Shapiro can be found video-taping the wall visuals with his phone or stopping in his tracks to turn around and catch a favorite song. There are regular patrons and those who have traveled from Canada or London or California to see a show. There are nights when you can hear a pin drop as everyone is listening intently and nights where you repeatedly have to remind chatty patrons that the acoustics carry their voices just as well as it does the performers. When the encore ends and the lights come up, there is always something to talk and laugh about over a post-shift drink in Garcia’s.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    Your vibe attracts your tribe. Management gets that. Just as musicians have mentors and develop their craft from listening to music of the past and present, The Cap celebrates and flaunts its history, while also incorporating state of the art technology so that the visual and audio experience is like no other. Garcia’s is filled with memorabilia from Jerry as well as a variety of art forms of his likeness, including one made of legos. There is preserved ornate carved molding from the original theatre which was built in 1926 and custom wallpaper featuring rock icons who played in the theatre in the 1970’s. The light shows are customized to the architecture, fitting designs into the domes and arches. Many of the bands have followers who travel to see shows. The Cap is welcoming and provides the extra touches to make them want to come back. Every once in awhile you get to give a tour to some patrons on their first night at The Cap, while they walk around with stars in their eyes, delighted that they finally made the trek to check out this place they heard so much about.

    Words to live by:

    “What I like best about music is when time goes away” – Bob Weir

    Name:

    Marshall

    Location:

    Port Chester, NY

    Occupation:

    Music teacher and musician

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since Buddy Guy on September 9, 2012.

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Just one? Impossible!

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    Being a part of the experience that the Cap brings to patrons and the community.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    From the front row or at the rail, to the back row of the balcony, to the lobby and Garcia’s, the music experience is like no other venue around.

    Fun fact:

    One word to describe The Cap: Slammin’!

    Name:

    Marina

    Location:

    Stamford, CT

    Occupation:

    Executive Assistant

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Four years

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Brandi Carlile, Chris Cornell, Bill Burr, and Jim Jefferies

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    I love ushering the ADA section and I get really pumped when I see wheelchair bound individuals, people on crutches, people with casts and all qualified people come and enjoy the music. I was pretty sick a couple of years ago and I know for a fact that The Cap was a great place to heal. It’s not always easy to be a human and places like The Cap help you recharge your soul and spirit.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    I don’t know, I try not to go any where else. It’s too distracting, the people are not always as nice, the parking is not always as close, the train is always too far away, the sound is not as good…I could go on and on. Frankly we are all ruined for other venues.

    Fun fact:

    Go Yankees!

    Name:

    Laurie

    Location:

    Born and raised New Yorker, now living in CT

    Occupation:

    Being an usher! A retired retail worker.

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since opening night Bob Dylan on September 4, 2012

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    After seeing 600+ shows it is impossible to pick a favorite, but some of my highlights are The Rascals, My Morning Jacket, Robert Plant, Dawes, Jackson Browne, Avett Bros, Neil Young, Gogol Bordello, Tedeschi Trucks, Fab Faux, The Complete Last Waltz, String Cheese Incident NYE 2017, Graham Nash, Jason Isbell, and Generation Axe, but I could go on and on!

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    Of course the music! To see bands again that I saw for the 1st time 40-50 years ago (yikes!), and to see ones that I had never gotten a chance to see back then is amazing…to see new bands that I love is always a treat and I have become a fan of so much music I had not been familiar with. The other (and equally satisfying) thing I love is the people, both the patrons and my co-workers; I love talking to people, sharing experiences, whether regarding music or about something else, showing them around and sharing the history, vibe and excitement of the building. To see the smiles on their faces and know their evening’s experience has been enhanced is a great feeling.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    I believe customer service and interaction as someone coming from a customer oriented background, that is important! I am constantly told by patrons that there is no other venue where they are so welcomed and made to feel like family. We go above and beyond to ensure a positive and exciting concert going experience.

    Fun fact:

    What has working at The Cap meant for me personally, to have something as wonderful as The Cap enter at “this stage” of my life is something I never dreamed of; it is the dream job and I feel incredibly lucky everytime I walk through the doors! It’s never too late!!

    Name:

    Kevin

    Location:

    Born in the Bronx, has lived in Rye NY the last 30+ years

    Occupation:

    Retired Retail Systems Project Mgr.

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since Warren Haynes and Friends show on October 12, 2012

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Get asked this all the time and it’s impossible to choose, but for me I thought The Rascals 6 show reunion was special, Further’s epic run of 9 shows in 11 days was unforgettable (and exhausting), Chris Cornell solo show displayed his immense talent, Lyle Lovett, Steve Winwood, Steely Dan, Neil Young, etc. etc.

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    Seeing familiar and unfamiliar (to me) artists who I might not otherwise get to see: I love the variety. Patrons are always in a great mood, since they are at The Cap to listen to music and enjoy themselves.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    It’s a very comfortable setting. As soon as people walk in they love the setup and vibe. Some prefer the standing room floor and the balcony is available for patrons who want to be seated. Something for everyone.

    Name:

    Julie

    Location:

    Born in southern Ohio, spent summers on the Maine coast

    Occupation:

    Elementary school nurse in Greenwich/Stamford Hospital Rehab unit

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Four years… my first show was a Philoween 2014

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    I loved Steely Dan, Neil Young, and Amos Lee

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    I love ushering because I love people and music. I also usher at another venue. It gets me way out of my comfort zone with music:
    I’ve started listening to all kinds of new bands. I not houseclean to Turkuaz, who would’ve guessed?

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    I love the Cap because the vibe is so close. The patrons know the ushers as they come regularly. The lights are better than any theater I’ve attended. I’ve been able to become good friends with the other ushers.

    Name:

    Jon

    Location:

    Connecticut

    Occupation:

    Marketing Consultant in Tradeshows and Events Industry

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since October 2014

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    They are all good, but if I had to pick one… Holly Bowling and Tom Hamilton

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    I enjoy being part of the music scene, a great community, and seeing amazing guests.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    Still has that old fashion feel with latest and greatest sound and light system. Love a great show with lights changing on the walls. Not a bad seat anywhere and the staff is the best

    Words to live by:

    Always have a good time, smile and be kind. Never let your love fade away

    Name:

    Jill

    Location:

    Born in NYC, lived in Long Island through High School, spent 5 years in Portland, Oregon and landed in Mahopac, NY

    Occupation:

    I am a lawyer who has spent most of my career as a Divorce Mediator

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since November of 2012

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    So hard to choose, but what immediately comes to mind is Bonnie Raitt with Marc Cohen and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
    Why I love ushering at The Cap:Hearing live music I know and being exposed to music for the first time. Watching our patrons experiencing the music- it is magical!! Seeing my Cap family when I come to work always feels like I am coming home.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    In addition to the warmth of our venue; the top notch sound and lights; the amazing artists that play for us; there is a feeling of community. Our job as ushers is to help our customers, to make them feel welcome and to connect with them. The funny thing is that many of our customers give back to us, what they get. How cool is that!!!

    Name:

    Dori

    Location:

    New Rochelle, NY – same place I grew up

    Occupation:

    Strategy Consultant for Asset Management Companies

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    My 1st show ushering was Phil’s 75th birthday show on March 15, 2015

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    I’ve seen so many great ones both classics and new artists. Some of my favorite shows here have been Phil & Friends, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Brandi Carlile, Avett Brothers, and Sarah McLachlan

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    I get to see many of my favorite artists in a small venue with great sound. I enjoy hanging out with the other ushers and interacting with show attendees some who have been to more shows here than I have! I love being a part of the history and legacy of The Capitol Theatre.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    It is a rare pleasure to see high quality, big name acts in an intimate venue. There is a personal quality about The Cap, and of course, the great acoustics, comfortable seating and awesome staff. Also, the squirrels.e your favorite pasttimes?

    When I am not listening to music, I love being outdoors and exploring new places. I have been skydiving in Chicago, hang gliding in Switzerland, and snorkeling around the Great Barrier Reef

    Name:

    Dennis

    Location:

    Mahopac, NY

    Occupation:

    Civil Engineer/Estimator

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since Phil Lesh’s first show on November 15, 2012

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Too many to choose! Seriously, there are dozens of my favorite shows

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    Seeing my favorite artists in such a small and intimate setting is great, but so is discovering so many new artists, meeting new people particularly Capitol Theatre first timers and making new friends is also a big part of what I love

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    It all comes down to the people, those who perform, those who work here and those who attend. The music is the glue that combines it all into something quite special

    Name:

    Dara

    Location:

    Brooklyn, NY native; Stamford for entire adult life

    Occupation:

    Real Estate and PR/Marketing Professional

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Al Green on October 25, 2012 was my first show

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    I loved Duran Duran, Stevie Winwood, Joe Walsh and surprise, surprise–Warren Haynes with Chris Stapleton!

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    Half the show is the music/comedy loving audiences and the energy they bring, which just lights up the place! I run into friends/neighbors/former colleagues and classmates and make new friends by answering questions that range from The Cap’s history to bathroom locations. The award winning wall/ceiling light shows enhance the listening experiences. Also, it’s total fun watching first timers being wowed by the opulent feel and old timers loving the beautifully renovated theater. To all musicians and visitors: Stay tuned 😉

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    The Cap is the axis of where Old World Westchester theatrical elegance meets rock star cool. Where else are there cut glass chandeliers and infinity mirrors reflecting off of customized rock icon wallpaper?

    Name:

    Dan

    Location:

    Born in da Bronx, grew up in Jersey, have relocated closer to my beloved Yankees since.

    Occupation:

    Worked in publishing, “proofreader” the truest title, the one I’m proudest of.

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Saw Dylan in September 2012, was ushering by October.

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Neil Young (worth the wait), Rascals on (“Once Upon a Dream,” took me way back), Steve Winwood, Joe Walsh, King Crimson, Phil (of course). Apologies to like 40 different deserving acts.

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    Love music, love people, lovely people built and maintain and patronize The Cap.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    The acoustics upstairs, the up-front-with-the-artists (sometimes seated) crowd below, a killer Jefferson Airplane poster up top, and Garcia’s.

    Fun fact:

    Yankees, first and last, can’t help it.

    Name:

    Charlie

    Location:

    White Plains, NY

    Occupation:

    Retired Locomotive Engineer

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since Bob Dylan on September 4, 2012

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    With so many great shows I can’t just pick one! Some of my favorites are: The Rascals, My Morning Jacket, Black Crowes, David Byrne, Chris Cornell, Electric Hot Tuna w/ Leon Russell, Rodrigo & Gabriela, Joe Walsh, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Neil Young, Robert Plant and of course Phil Lesh on Halloween is always a blast!

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    Because I love live music! We get some of the best acts on the planet at The Cap and it is always fun interacting with the patrons.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    A world class venue right in our backyard! The Cap has an exceptional sound system and amazing light shows with a long history of rock ‘n roll to back it all up.

    Words to live by:

    Life is short so get out and experience live music!

    Name:

    Brian

    Location:

    Born and raised in Ossining NY

    Occupation:

    Retired I/T Professional

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since Bob Dylan on September 4, 2012

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Impossible for me to choose but here’s my list of contenders

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    Seeing my favorite artists and also artists that I never thought I would see who surprise me with high quality shows. I also love interacting with our patrons who attend shows, the human race is fascinating.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    Every detail of the customer experience is well thought out. The theater is alive when the walls are illuminated with light shows.

    Words to live by:

    Never grow up, it’s a trap

    Name:

    Bobby

    Location:

    Born and Raised in Port Chester, NY

    Occupation:

    Port Chester Dept. Of Public Works / Ice Cream Enthusiast

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since The Moody Blues show on March 20, 2015

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Ramones early 90’s, Bush, Chicago, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Moody Blues, Death Cab for Cutie, and Steven Van Zandt

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    It’s a different experience every night. Never a dull moment. I enjoy people and music so it’s the perfect combo.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    I would have to say the sound and the lighting. Also, the best ushers around.

    Words to live by:

    “Sing like your in the shower and dance like no one is watching. Music is the happiness that feeds the soul.”

    Name:

    Liz

    Location:

    Strawberry Fields

    Occupation:

    Administrative Assistant

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since Counting Crows on October 23, 2012

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    I’ve seen so many sensational shows, I can’t pick just one!

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    I enjoy being part of a team that’s dedicated to delivering a great concert experience to our patrons. Seeing the smiles on patrons’ faces is so rewarding. We’re helping to build lasting memories.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    The range of performers is impressive, from legends to newcomers. The schedule is consistently exciting. Catch your favorites or discover someone new!

    Words to live by:

    There’s no substitute for the thrill of a live performance.

    Name:

    Bill

    Location:

    Born and raised in Yonkers, now enjoying Port Chester.

    Occupation:

    Retired Lineman

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since Umphrey’s McGee on October 17, 2012

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Impossible to say. Moments and memories of different shows keep popping up. For me, the most memorable stretch of shows were in the fall of 2015; Little Feat, Jackson Browne, Robert Plant, The Doobie Bros, The Decemberists, and Joe Walsh. Best show is always the next one!

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    Come and see the show, I don’t know what else to say! If you’re a people watcher, this place is off the rails! The light shows are like no other venue, and the acoustics are outstanding! It’s a magical venue and I’m a lucky S.O.B. to be a part of it!!

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    The venue just oozes rock ‘n’ roll through its pores! When people come to shows, so many can’t wait to tell stories of shows back in the day, smiling ear to ear at the memories, excited to be back to create new ones.

    Name:

    Tammy

    Location:

    Lived in Pound Ridge, NY, since 1994.

    Occupation:

    Special Education Teacher Aide since 2000 and Volunteer EMT

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since September of 2016

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Music has been a common ground for me and my four adult kids since they were very young. Beginning with me taking them to their first Real Concerts, and now they’re inviting me to concerts with them! So any show I see with them is the best.

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    I initially started ushering as a way hear free music, but I quickly realized that we´re an usher family and The Cap is our home away from home. It’s a very special venue and first time patrons often recognize it as soon as they enter the theater.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    So much musical history here. If these walls could talk!!

    Name:

    Dennis

    Location:

    Newtown, CT

    Occupation:

    IT Service Management

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since January of 2013

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Tough choice. It’s between Mudcrutch, Trey Anastasio, Gov’t Mule, or…

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    Great music, great people, great times! Always a treat.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    You can feel the past history of the building. I love hearing stories from patrons who attended shows “back in the day.”

    Words to live by:

    Music fixes the cracks in the aging process. I plan on being buried in my Cap usher shirt.

    Name:

    Matt

    Location:

    Born and raised in Northern California. Saw my first Dead show at fifteen in Santa Rosa, California.

    Occupation:

    I own Boonedog Video – Video Production Company. Spent over 25 years working and directing multi-camera television.

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    I’m a “newbie.” First show was Joe Russo on January 14, 2018.

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Multiple shows from artists I’d seen before such as Phil Lesh, Elvis Costello and Tedeschi Trucks and wonderful shows by artists I hadn’t seen before like Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    Spending time with like minded people who love and appreciate live music and the bonding and sense of community that live music can inspire. I’ve played guitar and jammed with like minded folks for over 50 years, so hearing great music at the Cap is very inspiring. I feel very lucky to have met my fellow ushers who are a wonderful mix of similarly avid music fans.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    Growing up in Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area allowed me to experience incredible quality musicians and live performances, especially the Grateful Dead. To find a venue so near my adult home here in Westchester, where Phil Lesh committed to extended performances… How cosmic and LUCKY is that!!!!

    Words to live by:

    Keep on Rockin’ and Be True to Yourself!

    Name:

    Johnny

    Location:

    Ossining, NY

    Occupation:

    Retired and now a full time DJ

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Several years.

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Tedeschi Trucks Band.

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    I love ushering because of the musical community and all who cherish it.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    The Cap is different because of its rich history of performances. It truly is a “Temple of Rock.” And I love the camaraderie that surrounds the Cap Family.

    Name:

    Tim

    Location:

    Stamford, CT

    Occupation:

    User Experience Designer

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Two years

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    So many amazing shows: The Complete Last Waltz – any, but 2016 with my kids on the rail will always be a treasured memory – JRAD, Midnight Ramble Band, Phil, Furthur, Neil Young, The Decemberists, Jeff Beck, Melvin Seals JGB — the next one coming up!

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    I get to be a part of making the night happen. I love greeting guest with wristbands at the door; everyone coming in is there to have fun and that’s where the energy takes off. I love looking over the crowd and seeing so many people having so much fun.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    The Cap is magical! It’s classic and timeless with a rich history. The ghost are there, go into the Cap when it’s empty and you can feel it. There is a reverence for the past that we become a part of. And the line-ups! The artists love the Cap as much as the fans. It is the perfect size and vibe with great sound and awesome lighting.

    Words to live by:

    “If the good times get you through/I know the dogs won’t bother you/We’ll be gone in moonshine time/I’ve got a place they’ll never find.” – The Band

    Name:

    Marc

    Location:

    Born and raised in Bronx, now in White Plains

    Occupation:

    Accountant

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since BB King on April 11, 2013

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Steely Dan, Moody Blues, Foreigner, Chicago, and many others.

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    Seeing great shows and performers in a classic place with a great sound system- and working with a bunch of real nice eclectic people.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    Great history here and top notch place to see a concert.

    Hobbies:

    Playing basketball and ice hockey, and singing karaoke.

    Name:

    Sean

    Location:

    Port Chester, NY

    Occupation:

    Student at Southern Connecticut State University

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since Twiddle on November 24, 2018

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    GHOST!

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    Being a part of history, seeing awesome bands, and meeting great people.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    It’s intimate and the sound is amazing. There is no bad seat in the house.

    Name:

    Steve

    Location:

    New City, NY

    Occupation:

    School Teacher

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since String Cheese Incident on 12/31/17

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Top 3 in no order: Bob Weir with Trey and Roots et. al. in 2012, JRAD in 2018, and Phil (always).

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    I love the history of the Cap. The artists have such reverence for the venue. The hall feels like hallowed ground. Also, it’s great when a patron holds out a ticket, completely lost, and asks for help. And I help them!

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    The history. From the amazing list of artists to the squirrels, it’s an amazing place. I particularly love the Jerry quote, “See, there’s only two theaters, man… that are set up pretty groovy all around for music and for smooth stage changes, good lighting and all that – the Fillmore and The Capitol Theatre. And those are the only two in the whole country.” I also really like how almost every artist adds a nod to Jerry and the Dead in their shows.

    Words to live by:

    Once in a while you can get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    Name:

    Bobby

    Location:

    Born, raised, and still live in Westchester, NY

    Occupation:

    Periodontist – I practice, research and teach both locally and internationally

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    About two years

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Too hard to decide. Either Turkuaz, Twiddle, or any group with Warren Haynes.

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    The staff and patrons are as fantastic as the music in the greatest venue around.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    The lights, the sound, the musical acts – all put together with a great staff and awesome crowd – you can’t beat it. Every show is a new experience!

    Name:

    Glenn

    Location:

    Hartsdale, NY

    Occupation:

    Wealth Advisor

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since Bob Dylan on September 4, 2012

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Impossible for me to choose but Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Tedeschi Trucks, and Wilco were highlights

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    The Cap is a such magical room which transports people into another level of consciousness…and sometime unconsciousness. I enjoy seeing people so happy while sharing experiences with loved ones.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    The lights, the sound, the musical acts – all put together with a great staff and awesome crowd – you can’t beat it. Every show is a new experience!

    Words to live by:

    Notes and words strung together in excellence can raise us to our feet or push us to our knees.

    Name:

    Bill

    Location:

    Yorktown, NY

    Occupation:

    Retired Lawyer and NYC BD of ED Teacher, current Disc Golfer expert and promoter

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    About four years

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Tedeschi Truck Band three years ago

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    The people, the music, the good vibes, and of course everything about Garcia’s.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    The people who come to see the shows and the people who make sure everybody has a good time.

    Words to live by:

    We are living in the Garden of Eden.

    Name:

    Bob

    Location:

    Port Chester, all 65 years. Married 44 years with two children and three grandchildren.

    Occupation:

    Electrician 40 years. Longfords Ice cream 20 years.

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since Bob Dylan on September 4, 2012

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    So many shows. Besides all the Dead musicians, Rascals Run, Jeff Beck, Ringo, Deep Purple, Yes, Billy Idol, and Joe Walsh.

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    You can always find me in the lobby greeting my thousand new friends.

    Name:

    Colette

    Location:

    White Plains, NY

    Occupation:

    Music teacher and church organist

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since Gogol Bordello on August 26th, 2017

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Chris Cornell on June 25, 2016, hands down.

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    I love music! It’s my passion and life. I love being able to see a variety of musicians and meet and assist the patrons.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    It’s a magical place. The musicians, staff, and patrons create an incredible energy. It’s a very intimate venue.

    Words to live by:

    Keep live music alive!

    Name:

    Max

    Location:

    Rye, NY

    Occupation:

    International Corporate Pilot

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since 2014

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Hmm, too hard to call but a few of my most memorable are Leon Russel, Chris Cornell, Joe Walsh, and Steve Winwood.

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    Great music along with the ability to experience past, present, and future artists.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    The Cap provides an up close and intimate experience for all with an exceptional acoustic and lighting experience.

    Name:

    John

    Location:

    Born and raised in Ossining, NY

    Occupation:

    Technology Sales

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since Bob Dylan on September 4, 2012.

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Four way tie between the Rolling Stones on October 25, 1997; Phish on November 28, 1992; Phil Lesh on November 18, 2012; and Bob Weir/The Roots/Trey Anastasio/Warren Haynes/Grace Potter et al. on September 7, 2012.

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    Multiple reasons! There’s a great vibe in the venue, and it’s nice to see artists performing in an intimate setting. The artists all dig the vibe and energy at the Cap – and they feed off the energy of the audience & amazing sound in the theater. Have you seen the light show?

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    The fans and Cap Crew are all on the same page – we are all there for the love of the music and the experience. It’s not the destination, it’s the journey! So much fun to greet first timers to The Cap who are in awe of the theater. It’s fun to watch their faces as they look up at the ceiling and at the details throughout the theater. The first time you see it – its a WOW experience. You know you are in a special place.

    Name:

    Patrick

    Location:

    Bergen County, New Jersey

    Occupation:

    Vice President of the Abacus Consulting Group and golfer.

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since The Disco Biscuits in February 2019.

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Phil and Friends every year, Oteil and Friends in December of 2018, and JRAD in January of 2019.

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    I love the live music, all the ushers are wonderful, and meeting the audience is fun. Each band has their own set of fans making each concert unique.

    What makes The Cap different from other venues:

    The Cap reminds of the Fillmore East and Academy of Music. The sound is great, love all the bars, great balcony, and always fun on the floor….and Garcia’s is an added attraction.

    Words to live by:

    Once in a while you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    Name:

    Seth

    Location:

    New Rochelle

    Real Life Job:

    Special Education Teacher and Marketer for a beer company

    How long I’ve worked at The Cap:

    Since 2015

    Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap:

    Chris Cornell acoustic show June 25, 2016

    Why I love ushering at The Cap:

    I love being able to see some of my favorite artists in an incredibly intimate setting. I also love watching the reactions of the audience during shows. Their love of music boosts my love of music even more! In addition, I love witnessing my fellow ushers getting the chance to watch of my favorite bands that they’ve never seen before (e.g. SLAYER!).

    What makes The Cap different from other venues?

    The people who work at the Cap are the most genuine and kind people I’ve ever met. We’re all there for the same reason, to give the audience the best experience possible and to enjoy the music. I also have heard numerous times from people about what a beautiful venue it is, which makes working there even more prestigious.

    Three fun facts about me:

    1. I’ve seen Phish over 125 times, yet I’m a diehard metalhead who will always be at a rock/metal show at the Cap
    2. I’m a professional air guitarist (try and find me on YouTube!)
    3. My 1st concert ever was The Hooters at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Brookville, NY on 9/26/87