Do This: Long Island Events August 7-13

Bobby Nathan Band

Bobby Nathan Band
This seasoned jazz guitarist who’s worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry—Madonna, The Rolling Stones, among many others—and his band are typical of the type of talent that grace the stage at Treme, a New Orleans-themed venue that opened less than a year ago. In addition to the club hosting live performances four nights weekly, their one-year anniversary is slated for next month. But, before then, don’t miss the Punky Reggae Party with Island Head on the 21st! And don’t forget to try the Voodoo Juice… Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. Tremeislip.com. Cover charge varies. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Aug. 7

Having reunited a second time, Long Island emcees Erick Sermon and Parish Smith will take fans on a rap down memory lane when they perform their early hip hop hits to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their sophomore album, Unfinished Business. With opening acts Ancient Tongue Status, Contradiction and Musick Medics. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20, $25 DOS. 8 p.m. Aug. 7

Blackberry Smoke
Picking up where Lynyrd Skynrd left off, this Atlanta-based southern rock band’s third and most recent album, The Whooperwill, was their most successful, reaching No. 12 on the US Rock Billboard Chart. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $16.50-$39.50. 8 p.m. Aug. 7

Endless Summer – Visions of Long Island
The opening reception for this exhibit features art from more than 50 of Long Island’s most distinguished, award-winning artists and photographers while also fundraising for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit that helps returning veterans adjust to civilian life while recovering from war wounds. The theme of the exhibit is summer on Long Island expressed in a wide variety of styles and mediums. Through Aug. 27. Open 1-4 p.m. Tues-Sat. Hutchins Gallery, Schwartz Library, Long Island University Center, 700 Northern Blvd., Brookville. liu.edu Free. 7-9 p.m. Aug. 7

Long Island Philharmonic
Long Island Philharmonic

Long Island Philharmonic
This transcendental orchestral music performance will bring some high culture to the Central Park of Long Island. And the venue couldn’t be more fitting, since it’s named for the LI Philharmonic’s co-founder, the late folk singer Harry Chapin. Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. nassaucountyny.gov/parks Free. 7 p.m. Aug. 8

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
Having a sound that is difficult to label, Glamour best described Sister Sparrow as a “mix between Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse and Mick Jagger.” Word. Arleigh Kincheloe is the lead singer, backed by seven men who play powerful melodies through the trombone, saxophone, trumpet, guitar, drums and harmonica, among other instruments. They all come together with the vocal harmoniously, creating one powerful sound that is best appreciated when performed live. With opening acts Amber Ferrari and Christine Holt. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8

Freeport Blues and Jazz Festival
Vince Johnson and The Plantation All Stars, Popa Chubby and Joe Louis Walker are just a few of the more than dozen blues and jazz bands slated to perform at this two-day event. And this second-annual festival is about more than just the music. It’s organized by the Long Island Blues Relief Fund, which donates proceeds from the event to Sandy survivors. The goal this year is to raise $100,000. Cow Meadow Park, South Main Street, Freeport. freeportbluesandjazzfestival.com $25-$65. 12-8 p.m. Aug. 9 & 10

South Shore Music Festival
This music festival line-up will make the audience wonder if they’re in the south shore of Jamaica instead of LI. Headlining the show are Massachusetts reggae-rockers the Fear Nuttin Band and ska-tastic hometown heroes The Scofflaws. The supporting acts slated to play this daylong fest—Nonstop to Cairo, TWAF, Dune Local and others—are similarly funk/reggae/rock/ska sounding, including Oogee Wawa, a local act that will also open for Sublime With Rome in Huntington later the same day. O’Reilly’s Restaurant and Pub, 927 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale. facebook.com/Southshoremusicfest $25. 12 p.m. Aug. 9

North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ and Wine Festival
This annual event is widely considered among booze snobs to be among the better beer fests on the Island, appropriately held in the heart of wine country. Tickets are sold out, as usual. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t beg your friends to sell you their tickets. Peconic Bay Winery, 31320 Main Rd., Cutchogue. northforkcraftbeerfestival.com $60-$85. 2 p.m. Aug. 9

Wild Child: Dave Brock’s Doors Experience
Jim Morrison was a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Poet, musician, shaman, The Lizard King…madman. Unquestionably, he and his band The Doors are rock and roll legends, and their music continues to move and inspire generations. With Jim and Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek busy jamming together at that great Whiskey A Go Go in the sky, Wild Child: Dave Brock’s Doors Experience is the next best thing. Will they perform “The Crystal Ship”? “Love Street”? “The Spy”!? Only one way to find out! With Special Guest – RAEL: The Music of Genesis The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$25. 8 p.m. Aug. 8

Marc Cohn
The Grammy Award-winning folk-rocker probably best known for his breakout song “Walking in Memphis” has been out on the road again this summer. Over his long, storied career, he’s worked with Tracy Chapman, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Bonnie Rait and Rosanne Cash, to name a few. Cohn’s got the chops and his peers have given him their props. In an intimate setting like the this, he’s a special treat, indeed. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett stephentalkhouse.com $75-$90. 7 p.m. Aug. 9

Sublime With Rome

Sublime with Rome
Sublime with Rome is only to be sort of confused with California reggae/ska/dub superstars Sublime, who rose to fame in the 1990s just as their founding singer died of a heroin overdose. The last remaining original member of Sublime still jamming with the reincarnated version the band, bassist Eric Wilson, now shares stages with newish members Josh Freese on drums and singer/guitarist Roman Ramirez, aka Rome. Their tour bus stops here at the ‘Mount for a highly anticipated set list that includes fan-favorite tributes to the late great Sublime singer and guitarist Bradley Nowell, as well as Rome-grown singles off their 2011 album, Yours Truly. Opening the show are local funksters Oogee Wawa. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $45-$89.50. 8 p.m. Aug. 9

Click here to check out Long Island’s Live Theater Guide, The Island Ear, for more shows and featured venues

Shark Week Kick Off
What better way to kick off that magical week when sharks take over the Discovery Channel than by going to the local aquarium? The Aquarium will transform into a shark-themed oasis featuring a Q&A and autograph session with SHARK WEEK on-air shark expert Andy Casagrande, a sneak peek at SHARK WEEK’s Great White Matrix, a kid’s area with face painting, a scavenger hunt and goody bags, coloring activity sheets, photo opportunities with SHARK WEEK’s Chompie Jr, fin hat giveaways and more. Long Island Aquarium, 431 E Main St., Riverhead. longislandaquarium.com $20.50 kids, $26.50 adults. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 9

Cecile McLorin Salvant
If you love jazz, its beauty, its volatility, its utterly devastating and magnetic power to move the human heart, twist emotions and give you reason to live, then you will absolutely adore Cecile McLorin Salvant. Dubbed “The New Voice of Modern Jazz,” her vocal capabilities can melt the coldest ice and set fire to the dead of night. Don’t quite comprehend some of these pseudo-poetic descriptions? Trust us, head on down here to this gig, and you will. Cécile pours her very soul into unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions. She focuses on theatrical portrayals of the jazz standards, composing music and lyrics which she also sings in French, her native language, as well as in Spanish. Wow. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org. $60-$80. 8 p.m. Aug. 10

Kenny Loggins
The ever-suave, surprisingly humble superstar, the low-key Kenny Loggins—whose satin-smooth delivery has been gliding over the airwaves for decades—has got everybody feeling “Footloose” again with his celebrated country trio, Blue Sky Riders. So, it’s time to “kick off those Sunday shoes” and hit the dance floor—if only in your mind. From his fruitful collaboration with Jim Messina or his solo efforts, the man has a gift for making soulful, joyful music—and a dozen platinum albums and a pair of Grammys prove he’s been on the right track all along. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$84.25. 8 p.m. Aug. 10

Q&A with Anthony Bourdain
Love great food? Rock and roll? Attitude and smarts? You will absolutely eat up Bourdain, then. We’re sure you’ve consumed his cult classic Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, stood in awe at least a few times throughout the past few years in front of the TV set, eyes wild open, jaw agape, while he took down some insanely bizarre exotic food concoction on his wild treks around the globe on his wildly popular No Reservations on the Travel Channel. Recently he’s taken his legendary no-holds-barred approach to food to CNN, as host of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. To some, he is nothing short of a food demi-god (You can bet your bacon bits Press food marauder Chris Cooke is a fan; damn that man likes to eat! Would Bourdain possibly pair up with Cooke to kneecap some strange, weird feast sometime in the future if the TV star is impressed with some of the culinary treats he’ll be devouring during his trek out East!? Wow.). If you’re not as familiar with his edible conquests (or his love of NYC and the Ramones), fear not, this visit is your chance to jump right in. You owe us a platter of Afghani after you’ve been converted. Not kidding. Extra yogurt sauce, please. Oh, and some more mango, thanks. Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. guildhall.org $13 members, $15 public. 11 a.m. Aug. 10

Perseid Meteor Shower
Perseid Meteor Shower


Meteor Shower
The annual appearance of the Perseids Meteor Shower over LI’s northeast skies is cause for celebration. So stargazers can see the show, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will keep three local parks open during the nighttime hours. The only requirement is meteor-lovers stay near their vehicles—binoculars aren’t required. Peak viewing times are from 11 p.m. to dawn. Bug spray and reclining chairs encouraged. Jones Beach State Park, West End II, Wantagh; Sunken Meadow State Park, Field 3, Kings Park; Montauk Point State Park, Upper Parking Lot, Montauk. nysparks.com Free after 5 p.m. Aug. 11

Bugs, Bombs and Bohemoths
Listen for modern-day echoes in these early nuclear war scare flicks that helped plant the seeds of American fear culture. Local filmmaker and film historian Glenn Andreiev offers this fun, informative class on vintage Hollywood’s exploitation of Cold War-era nuke-phobia. Desks to hide under will not be provided. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11

Pinkalicious, the whimsical story by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann about an exuberant little girl who adores everything pink, comes to NYCB theater is Westbury as a musical that is sure to delight her devoted following. The audience is sure to be dressed as fuchsia as the set. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $14.50-$18.50. 11 a.m. Aug. 12

Kid Ink
Coming off his first full-length debut album, In My Own Lane, this rising young rapper has already found himself on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart, with lead single “Show Me” reaching No. 13. Opening the show is Bizzy Crook, a 22-year-old up-and-coming rapper from Miami who is coming off two hit singles, Ferrari and Goddesses and Work. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $27.50-$55. 8 p.m. Aug. 10

The Cult
More than 30 years removed from their beginnings as a gothic rock band in the UK, The Cult is still going strong. Already holding nine studio albums to their name, The Cult is touring America while working on a tenth. Led by singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, the group’s 1985 album Love reached to No. 4 on the UK charts. Today, The Cult still achieves the success they had back then. The most recent album, Choice of Weapon, debuted at No. 1 on the UK Rock Chart and was named the iTunes Rock Album of the Year. Will they perform Sonic Temple’s “Fire Woman”? “Edie (Ciao Baby)”!? Sure hope so. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $37.50- $75. 8 p.m. Aug. 12

Kings Of Leon
The brothers Followill—Anthony Caleb (guitar), Ivan Nathan (drums) and Michael Jared (bass)—got the ball rolling and rocking with their first cousin Matthew (guitar) in Nashville back in 1999. The siblings had grown up accompanying their evangelist father as he moved through the heartland, preaching at Pentecostal churches and tent revivals. The boys never let go of that spirit even when they later immersed themselves in rock ’n’ roll. The Kings of Leon took the Dixie boogie beat to a whole new level and lit up the music world with “Sex on Fire,” their first big hit, followed by the urgency of “Use Somebody.” Now their 2014 Mechanical Bull Tour—the title of their sixth album—brings them to LI. And that’s no bull! With opening acts Young the Giant and KONGOS. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $49.50-$93.05. 7 p.m. Aug. 13

—Compiled by Cole Vissicchio, Nikki Donato, Spencer Rumsey, Jamie Franchi, Timothy Bolger and Peter Chin.