Nassau County Strawberry Festival
The fruit-themed four-day fair started Thursday, but kicks into high gear this weekend with a fitting Beetles tribute band—Strawberry Fields—7 p.m. Saturday. Everyone’s favorite red produce will be sold in all forms—strawberry shortcake, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate-covered strawberries and strawberry daiquiris. That’s all aside from the usual carnival rides, crafts and a pie-eating contest. Bellmore BOCES School, 2351 Jerusalem Avenue. North Bellmore. nassaucountystrawberryfestival.com 12-11 p.m. May 31, 12-6 p.m. June 1.
Long Island’s own legendary saviors and purveyors of rock (via Louisiana), The Mighty Zebra will be shredding through nearly 40 years of hard rock and metal fueled by the superhuman guitar virtuosity of the beloved Randy Jackson. With Youth Be Told. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50. 8 p.m. May 31.
Those infectious hipsters that everyone loves to hate/love bring their catchy choruses and addictive melodies to “The Cappler” for a performance that’s sure to have you waking up with your head pounding and brain singing “Last Night” on an annoyingly endless loop. Will they break out such classics as “Someday” and “Hard To Explain”? The elusive B-side “New York City Cops”? “Under Cover of Darkness”!?!? (Which if you haven’t You Tubed the Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra’s version, you’re insanely missing out, btw. You’re welcome. Our pleasure.) Only one way to find out. Good luck with the scalpers. With Cerebral Ballzy. The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester. thecapitoltheatre.com 8 p.m. May 31
This bad boy may be a Brit, but he lived for a spell in Patchogue as a wee lad before moving back across the pond and eventually helping popularize punk rock. That makes this show a bit of a homecoming for the singer of such hits as “White Wedding,” “Rebel Yell” and “Dancing With Myself.” It comes as he’s reportedly working on his eighth studio album, Kings & Queens of the Underground, due out this fall. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $65-$95. 7 p.m. June 1.
Bethpage Polo at the Park Kickoff
Spectators need not be oligarchs to watch The Sport of Kings. Round up the crew, pack the cooler and spend the day tailgating on the polo field sidelines. And don’t forget to rock some Ralph Lauren gear. Bethpage State Park, 99 Quaker Meeting House Rd., Farmingdale. bethpagepolo.com $5. 2 p.m. June 1 and every Sunday through Oct. 12.
New Nature Trail Opens
Hikers, joggers, bird watchers, nature lovers and families revel in the debut of a new trail along a glacial moraine that features wildlife such as red tailed hawks, red fox, flying squirrels, eastern box turtles, great horned owls, gray catbirds and downey woodpeckers. The three-mile trail is open during daylight hours. Sherwood-Jayne Farm, 55 Old Post Rd., East Setauket. Seatuck.org, splia.org. Free. 10 a.m., June 4.
The Anonymous People
A must-see documentary on an Island in the throes of a heroin epidemic. The Anonymous People aims to shed the stigma that surrounds those recovering from drug and alcohol addition by sharing the moving stories of those on the front lines. Sponsored by the Commack-based Center for Soulful Living, a holistic and counseling wellness center. Guest speaker: Jeff Reynolds, executive director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m., June 4.
Patchogue: The Musical
Some towns on Long Island have mottos, like East Meadow’s “a small community with big ideas.” A few, such as Freeport, have songs written about them. But one village may take the cake now that it inspired its own theater production. Patchogue: The Musical will “musically reflect the diversity of feelings, thoughts, and ideas that thrive in Patchogue.” Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St, Patchogue. Patchoguetheatre.com. $10. 7 p.m., June 4.
This Philly-based Funk Force evolved from a Live Hip-Hop group to an old-school Funk Ensemble in the tradition of James Brown, recently adding an electric lead vocalist. Their sweet, upbeat grooves just may be the reason it’s always sunny in Philadelphia. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amaganset. stephentalkhouse.com $30. 10 p.m., June 5.
The Lone Bellow
This soulful, country-inspired, Brooklyn-based indie folk group will be performing their self-titled debut released last year in their first of two stops on the Island. Those who miss this show can catch them at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amaganset the following night. The Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org. $35. 8 p.m., June 5.
There are more musicians on Long Island than just Billy Joel. Check out these feisty, new original acts: The Vinyl Plane, 2 Cent Sam and Czech Funk. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $10. 7 p.m., June 5.
The Plastic Cup Boyz
Featuring comedians Will “Spank” Horton, Na’im Lynn and Lavar Walker, from the Kevin Hart Laugh at My Pain and Let Me Explain tour. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $37-$49. 7 p.m., June 6.
The former Deep Purple guitarist who, legend has it, taught original guitar hero Stevie Vai how to rock, is coming home to Long Island. Read more about the Carle Place High School graduate in a forthcoming profile in the Press. With special guest Sit Down Servant. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $59.50-$99.50. 7 p.m., June 7.
Natalie Merchant may no longer front the alt-rock quintet from upstate Jamestown, but the group is still producing albums and performing their hits, including “Because The Night,” “These Are Days” and “Candy Everybody Wants.” Give ‘em what they want! The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amaganset. stephentalkhouse.com $70-$85. 6 p.m., June 7.
There are fewer fitting stars to lead off the summer concert calendar at our famed waterside amphitheater than this beloved Hawaiian beach-rock crooner. The would-be pro surfer-turned-guitarist/singer whose first five major-label albums went platinum visits local shores in the latest stop on the tour, promoting his recent, sixth release, From Here To Now To You. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $55-$85. 7:30 p.m., June 7.
I Matter Project Reception
This empowering social impact art project for Long Island teens is a call to action to educate and inspire teens to make better life decisions and steer clear of destructive behavior, including substance abuse. If features large-scale portraits of students accompanied by brief statements of why they each matter. Huntington Public Library’s Main Street Branch, 338 Main St., Huntington. imatterproject.org/Huntington. Free. 2-4 p.m., June 7. Presentation at 2:30 p.m.
Robert Earl Keen
Americana singer/songwriter from the Lone Star State known for both story-telling as well as fun bar songs, Robert Earl Keen is an alt-country rock icon and master of the live performance. Break out the cowboy boots, pour a sarsaparilla and saddle up for such hits as “The Road Goes onj Forever,” Corpus Christi Bay” and “That Buckin’ Song.” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com. $40.50-$65. 7 p.m., June 7.