January 6. A contemporary of New York’s “Big Three”—Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, and Machito—Orlando Marin is revered as the only surviving orchestra leader from the golden age of mambo. The timbalero, who spices up the Bean Runner Cafe this month, was a regular attraction at the famous Palladium, worked with venerated pianist Eddie Palmieri, and was recently honored by Congressman Jose E. Serrano for his nearly five uninterrupted decades of contributions to Latin music. Here’s your chance to cha cha cha. (The Alva Nelson Trio jams January 7; the Chip White Ensemble sits in January 14.) 7:30pm. $10. Peekskill; (914) 737-1701.
Tal National will perform at the Falcon in Marlboro on April 3 at 7pm (donation requested; (845) 236-7970; Liveatthefalcon.com); the Half Moon in Hudson on April 4 at 8pm ($10; (518) 828-1562; Thehalfmoonhudson.com); the Iron Horse in Northampton, Massachusetts, on April 9 at 7pm ($10, $13; (413) 586-8686; Beta.iheg.com); and the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy on April 12 at 7pm ($10; (518) 272-2390; Mediasanctuary.org).
With its open-air format, where attendees picnic in the parks and watch the stars emerge during performances, and its $5 youth tickets, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is the perfect place to share with children a love of music and theater, in a variety of styles.