Long Island Summer Events Guide 2011

Long Island Summer Events Guide

Sunday, July 17

Guilty Conscience Opens @ Arena Main Stage

The Cast of Beatlemania @ Michael J. Tully Park

Donovan Frankenreiter @ Stephen Talkhouse

Bach to Bernstein w/Judith Alstadter @ Dix Hills Performing Arts Center

Storytime Under the Stars @ Vanderbilt Planetarium

Creedence Clearwater Revisited/Three Dog Night @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Steve Tyrell @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, July 19

Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza @ Ducks Bethpage Ballpark

LI Comedy Festival @ Theatre Three (Also 7.20, 7.26 & 7.27)

Wednesday, July 20

Motley Crue/Poison/New York Dolls @ Nassau Coliseum
While all three of these acts have been known to dabble in make-up and cross-dressing, what’s really nostalgic about this particular bill is the mud-slinging that’s been going on between Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx and Poison’s Brett Michaels. In the meantime, glam-rock godfathers the New York Dolls get much-needed exposure to a younger music audience and get paid handsomely in the process.

Robert Cray Band @ B.B. King Blues Club

Huey Lewis & the News @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Spring Awakening Opens @ Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts

Thursday, July 21

Stony Brook Film Festival @ Staller Center
Independent, art and foreign films and shorts from around the globe, including screenings of films slated for late summer/early fall theatrical releases. You’ll also hear from the filmmakers and actors themselves. Through 7.30

Dave Koz & Alex Bugnon @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Lucinda Williams/Amos Lee @ Beacon Theatre
This solid pairing of AAA heavyweights also coincides with the duo being out in support of two of 2011’s best albums, Lucinda Williams’ Blessed and Amos Lee’s Mission Bell. While Williams achieved her typically rich-sounding roots-rock brilliance inspired by the bliss of a recent marriage and the tragedy of Vic Chesnutt’s suicide, Lee hooked up with the Mexicali-tinged Calexico, elevating his music beyond its rootsy folk and R&B influences.

Somersault Sunday @ Vibe Lounge

Tops of the Pops @ Dix Hills Performing Arts Center

Friday, July 22

ceeloGreenCee Lo Green @ Rockefeller Plaza (Also at Nassau Coliseum on 7.19)

Goo Goo Dolls @ Central Park SummerStage

311 & Sublime @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Edwin McCain @ YMCA Boulton Arts Center

New York Funk Exchange @ BACCA Arts Center

Michael McDonald/Boz Scaggs @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Saturday, July 23

Community Environmental Art Project @ Heckscher Museum

Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza @ Ducks Bethpage Ballpark

Tommy Malone of the Subdudes @ YMCA Boulton Center

Lez Zeppelin @ Stephen Talkhouse
Even though Spin Magazine’s Chuck Klosterman labeled this Led Zeppelin tribute band as “the most powerful all-female band in rock history,” (guess he never heard of Girlschool), the New York City-based quartet has done an admirable job recording huge chunks of the Page/Plant songbook.  Last year found Lez Zeppelin returning to the studio to record its second album, a song-by-song recreation of 1969’s Led Zeppelin I.

The Catskills in Dix Hills @ Dix Hills Performing Arts Center

Vans Warped Tour
Long after the H.O.R.D.E. Tour and Lillith Fair junkets have become alcohol-blotted memories, VANS Warped Tour carries on. This year’s slate of performers includes 3OH!3, Unwritten Law, Blood on the Dance Floor, Enter Shikari, Gym Class Heroes, The Devil Wears Prada, Less Than Jake, Lucero, MC Lars with Weerd Science, Peelander-Z, Relient K, Simple Plan, Street Dogs, The Wonder Years, the Aggrolites and others. SAT 7.23, Nassau Coliseum

Sunday, July 24

Michelle Branch, Goo Goo Dolls & Parachute @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Elvis Costello & the Imposters @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center

Annual Sweet Corn Festival @ Harbes Farm & Vineyard (Also 7.25)

Cracker @ Brooklyn Bowl

Monday, July 25

Hamptons Collegiate Baseball 3rd Annual HCB Scout Day @ Stony Brook Southampton

Wednesday, July 27

Bambouk—A Clown Theatre Extravaganza @ Parrish Art Museum
A unicycling accordionist, a hailstorm of whoopee cushions, and many other awe-inspiring acts of whimsy.

Aretha Franklin @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

John Butler Trio @ Terminal 5

Casino Night @ The Fox Hollow

Andrew Dice Clay
One of the most controversial standup comics since LennyBruce, Andrew “Dice” Clay has brought the vulgar comedy of hatred, obscenity, and misogyny to new lows or new highs, depending on your point of view. WED 7.27, Governor’s Comedy Club

Thursday, July 28

Lisa Loeb @ YMCA Boulton Center

Aretha Franklin @ Nikon at Jones Beach

Tim Krompier @ Governor’s Comedy Club
Tim has the sly grin and rage of a 30-something rabid frat boy on an insult spree. Through 7.31

Friday, July 29

Debbie Gibson & Tiffany @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury & Central Park SummerStage

Eels @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Beach Party Murder @ Villa Umberto, Elmont

Zoppe Italian Circus @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
Ladies & gentleman, children of all ages…this enchanting one ring circus tent stars Nino the clown, acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. Through 7.31

Queensryche @ Irving Plaza
Driven by singer Geoff Tate’s operatic vocals, prog-metal gods Queensryche has spent recent years revisiting its catalog by performing the albums Rage for Order, Empire and American Soldier in their entirety. With its new album, Dedicated to Chaos, containing what drummer Scott Rockenfield calls “a lot of electronic elements” and “a great dance vibe to it,” it will remain to be scene whether longtime fans will embrace this new direction.

Vines & Canines Vineyard Walk @ Martha Clara Vineyards

Journey @ Rockefeller Plaza

flaminglipsThe Flaming Lips, Weezer & Yeasayer
Eccentric Okie psychedelic outfit Flaming Lips bring their theatrical stage show and quirky sense of alt-pop to the Beach where they’ll be joined by a rejuvenated Weezer, whose 2010 output Hurley and Death to False Metal offered fans a taste of River Cuomo’s past and current creative states of mind. Expect Cuomo and company to offer a Greatest Hits-type setlist while Wayne Coyne of the Lips will invariably end up making like a human hamster as he walks across the crowd enclosed in a clear giant plastic ball during his band’s set. FRI 7.29, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Saturday, July 30

Joan Rivers @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
From broadcasts on the red carpet to being crowned Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, Joan Rivers is known for her juicy gossip, raspy voice and fast, self-mocking, politically incorrect one-liners.
We are the Union, icallfives, The Story So Far, Tomahawk Chop, Giants at Large, Bellwether, No Good News @ Hicksville Masonic Temple

General Hospital’s Laura Wright @ The Brokerage

A Hilarious Evening with Uncle Floyd @ Dix Hills Performing Arts Center

A Celebration of Amateur Radio @ Custer Observatory

Johnny Mathis @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Blues On The Bay
Enjoy a day by the bay with live music from local bands, including Seven Turns, The Red, White and Blues Band, BigDaddy & The Bulldogs, The Roadhouse Band, Sweet Suzi & Sugafixx, Bo & Joe Blues on the Blues Box Mission Band, The Stony Rollers, and The Southside Players plus fried macaroni, hot dogs, pretzel dogs, Cajun fries, sausage and peppers, lobster rolls, shrimp skewers, smoothies, Italian ices, burgers, knishes, Cuban panini’s, pretzel braids, frozen lemonade and more. All proceeds will go to the Lupus Alliance of America, www.lupusliqueens.org. Noon-8 p.m. $20, $10. SUN 7.31, Long Island Maritime Museum