Do This: Long Island Events August 14-20

Isabel Rose
Multi-talented swingy-pop-jazz singer Isabel Rose will be heating up The Stephen Talkhouse in Amaganset August 15, 2014 with her glamorously sizzlin’ mix of ’60s classics and soul-filled originals.

The Mondays
Everybody hates Mondays, but will have nothing but love for THE Mondays. Starting this week, there’s a new place to see live music weekly in one of Long Island’s leading downtowns: The Space at Westbury is kicking off their Thursday night performance series at The Lounge, the bar located just outside the lobby of the new concert venue, with this fun band, ironically named for the wrong day of the week. Upcoming shows include Ahmad Ali, Lisa Polizzi Band, Two Cent Sam, Cass Dillon and The Rocking 45’s. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave, Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com Free. 9 p.m. Aug. 14

Jeff Dunham

Jeff Dunham
One of the top-grossing comedians and ventriloquists in the world will be leaving audiences slap-happy with the sides split when he brings his absolutely hilarious stand-up act to Long Island. Aside from his most famous puppet, “Achmed the Dead Terrorist,” expect a whole slew of other bizarrely infectious characters and voices throughout this special night of laughs. Will that curmudgeon Walter be there? What about José Jalapeño on a Stick? Will he make an appearance? Peanut? Bubba J? Little Ugly Jeff? Achmed Junior!? Only one way to find out! (Read the full preview of this amazing gig in the Island Ear.) NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50-$89.50. 8 p.m., Aug. 14; 7 p.m. Aug. 15

Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat
This acoustic duo are best known for their work as members of the legendary band Little Feat, heralded for their swampy, bluesy Americana rock. While Little Feat is on break, the duo just keeps rolling along touring almost year-round including many performances with their friends, New Orleans Suspects. The Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. Aug. 15

Jesse McCartney
Teeny-bopper heartthrob-turned-teen heartthrob-turned-grownup heartthrob, Jesse McCartney, graces LI fans with his presence this week. You grew up drinking his smooth falsetto and tuned into All My Children and Summerland to swoon at his boyish charm. Now he’s all grown up with matured talents for songwriting and performance under his belt. The “Beautiful Soul” and “Leavin’” singer returns, proudly boasting his newest album In Technicolor, tailor-made to fit your pleasure. With opening act, Guinevere The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $28-$50. 8 p.m. Aug. 16

William Floyd Biographer Book Signing
Biographer Larry Lowenthal will be discussing and signing copies of his recently published book, William Floyd, Long Island Patriot. The event coincides with the closing weekend of a special exhibit, “The William Floyd Estate Comes to Patchogue” at the same venue. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at this event. Watch Hill Ferry Terminal, 150 West Ave., Patchogue. nps.gov/fiis 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 16

48-Hour Film Fest
If only all movies could be made this quickly. This second-annual cinematic contest challenges filmmakers to write, shoot, edit and set music to short films all in two days. Contestants, who vie for the $500 prize, don’t know what the film is supposed to be about until the clock starts. They have until 7 p.m. Aug. 17 to turn it in. For the rest of us, all the films will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10. 7 p.m. Aug. 15

Isabel Rose
This singer, author and fashionista extraordinaire describes herself on her Facebook profile as “sassy, swinging, sexy song stylist.” From her glamorous online photos and soulful performance videos, we’d have to agree. Think ’60s style, Vegas cabaret pizzazz and lots and lots of swingy-pop-jazz. Expect re-electrified (and we’re not talking necessarily electric guitars) ’60s classics and sizzling numbers from her debut Swingin’ From The Hip and latest, Trouble In Paradise, which is produced by recording heavyweight Bob Rock (Aerosmith, Metallica, Michael Buble, etc.). Wow. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett stephentalkhouse.com $30. 8 p.m. Aug. 15

Maritime Film Festival
A 70-minute screening of short film selections from The Maritime Film Festival, a trifecta of oceanic, artistic, and filmmaking pursuits. Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Hwy., Watermill. parrishart.org $10, Free for members. 7 p.m. Aug. 15

Long Island Bluegrass Festival
Tony Trischka & Territory, The Claire Lynch Band and Eastbound Freight are among the long list of musical performers set to take the stage as this 12th annual bay side bluegrass festival. Aside from live music, the fest also includes workshops on guitar, banjo, fiddle and skip ward bass. There’s even a childrens’ stage for the wee ones. Don’t forget the lawn chairs! Tanner Park, Kerrigan Road, Copiage. babylonarts.org $15, $10 for members, seniors, disabled persons and kids ages 8-12. Children 7 and under free. 12-7 p.m. Aug. 16

Peruvian Food Festival
Thousands are expected at this year’s two-day Sumaq Peruvian Food Festival—Sumaq means “delicious” in the indigenous language of Quechua—celebrating the variety of Peruvian cuisine and culture. The cuisine is steadily conquering the palates with a gentle blend of ancient Incan cooking practices with a dash of traditions from Spain, Africa, China and Japan. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy a family fun-filled day with a variety of Peruvian cuisine, Peruvian cultural entertainment, live cooking demonstrations by famous Peruvian chefs. Cradle of Aviation, 51 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, sumaqpff.com $15, $20 DOS. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 16-17

The Zombies
Featuring Colin Blunstone on vocals and Rod Argent on keyboards—now with Jim Rodford, Steve Rodford and Tom Toomey on guitars and drums—the Zombies emerged from the UK music scene in the ‘60s with a distinctive psychedelic style that blended classical nuances with jazz touches and progressive rock and roll. They could have rested on their artistic achievements alone—Time of the Season for one, Odessey & Oracle for another—but they’re out touring, recording new music, and their playing and singing is as good as ever. As the Zombies say, in their breathless way, “She’s not there”—and they should know because “nobody told them about her.” Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $65-$80. 8 p.m. Aug. 16

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

Air Supply
Russell Hitchcock’s voice and Graham Russell’s songwriting have created a unique sound over the course of nearly four decades forever be known as Air Supply. They’ll be performing their hits, including “Lost in Love,” “All Out of Love” and “Every Woman In The World,” among many others spanning their four decades performing together. And they are currently working on a new EP with dance track led by the song “Desert Sea Sky,” although an official release date is to be determined. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $ $29.50-$59.50. 8 p.m. Aug. 16.

Mindless Behavior

Mindless Behavior
The Jackson Five had it. So did New Edition and the Backstreet Boys. By “it,” we’re talking style. We’re talking groove. We’re talking looks, killer dance moves, the teeny-bop jazz and yes, attitude. Enter Mindless Behavior—EJ, Roc Royal, lil Ray Ray and Princeton (sorry gals, former singer Prodigy split off on his own)—four mega-super-duper stars trapped inside teenage bodies. These boys can dance, these boys can sing, and yes, these boys can groove! They’re also coming to The Space at Westbury for this first-ever Back To School Day Party for LI teenagers!! Doors open at noon, and this special shindig gets the part-ay started at 1 p.m.—with an extra-special meet-and-greet with the boyz that day!! Somebody grab me a cuppa water, cause I’mma about to faint! (Read the full preview of this gig, along with information about winning Free Tickets to the show, in the Island Ear.) The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave, Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$45. Noon. Aug. 17

REO Speedwagon / Chicago
With more than 40 million records sold and 13 Top 40 hits, it’s safe to say REO Speedwagon has made a lasting mark on not only the life soundtracks of countless fans, but rock and roll itself. Since their formation in 1967 the band has become synonymous with catchy rock epics, from their entire 1980 album Hi Infidelity, including mega-hits “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On The Run” to “Time For Me To Fly” and “Roll With The Changes,” both off 1978’s You Can’t Tune a Piano, But You Can Tuna Fish, among many others. Besides their timeless ear candy, they’re also known for their insane live show. In other words: You don’t want to miss this. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $27-$125.50. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17

Lyle Lovett
From Lyle Lovett’s Facebook photos (Credit: Michael Wilson)

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band
Also the name of his 1989 hit-heavy, award-winning third album, this musical incarnation includes the acclaimed country singer/songwriter and actor leading audiences on a musical tour through some of his most inspired, heart-heavy compositions, accompanied by a full band of equally talented musicians whom push the very boundaries of music in their transcendental interpretations of life, love, loss and so much else. Not to be missed. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$82.25. 8 p.m. Aug. 17

Hello Goodbye
Radio takeover group of the millennia, the boys of Hellogoodbye visit the East Coast for an exclusive mini-tour, which is set to make a pit-stop in Amityville. Having shared the stage with other big pop-rock names of the era like Boys like Girls, Reggie and the Full Effect, and Cute Is What We Aim For, this is an opportune moment to hold fast to the suddenly lost days of sweet serenades from not-too-punk, not-too-boy-band pop stars. With opening acts Wild Party, Young Statues and Mayve. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville revolutionli.com $15, $17 DOS. 7 p.m. Aug. 17

Jake Miller
This 21-year-old hip-hop sensation from Florida is sure to have all the tweeny-boppers swooning along to his hits “Collide,” “A Million Lives” and “Beast Mode” and “First Flight Home,” among many others. (Sorta reminds us of our own Fla.-grown superstar #tomothy!) From YouTube to opening for Snoop, this kid has got the moves, the raps, the looks and yes, the groove! Will he take a selfie with the packed house behind him? Will he hoist a lucky local up on stage with him to dance? Will he give us a shout-out for assembling this blurb!? Only one way to find out! We sure hope so. With Special Guests: Nick Tangora & The Karma Killers. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$40. 8 p.m. Aug. 18

Rufus & Martha Wainwright
This talented brother and sister got their act started early, no doubt because their dad is Loudon Wainwright III and their mom is the late Kate McGarrigle, two stellar musicians in their own right. As an adolescent Rufus fell in love with opera, Edith Piaf and Judy Garland. He played Carnegie Hall as an adult in 2006, when he recreated Garland’s live concert recorded there in 1961. He married his partner, Jorn Weisbrodt, in Montauk in 2012, so he knows the Island well. Martha started singing backup for her brother in 1998, and released her debut album in 2005. Her second album, I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings, Too, came out in 2008, with assistance from Pete Townshend, Donald Fagen and Garth Hudson, to name a few. For this pair of artists, Rufus and Martha, their voices may differ, but their roots are the same. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett stephentalkhouse.com $100-$115. 8 p.m. Aug. 17

Linkin Park

Linkin Park / 30 Seconds To Mars / AFI
Linkin Park dominated much of the airwaves in the early 2000s with their ferocious-yet-radio friendly blend of nu and rap metal—smashing the doors when they entered with their monstrous debut Hybrid Theory. With a handful of albums since then that have only strove to further their dynamics, the band hits the beach in support of The Hunting Party, their sixth studio album, which has been described as a return to rock (previous releases had seen the band delving into rock-electronica). Fueled by the rock synergy of Jared Leto and brother Shannon, 30 Seconds to Mars make a stellar co-headliner for this gig, as does alt-gothpunk-hell machine AFI. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $56-$139. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19

The Glazzies and Marco With Love
Opening for alt-rockers The Glazzies is Brooklyn’s own Marco With Love, whose drummer, Peter Landi, is returning to the far-flung hamlet in which he was born and raised for this show. Their sound is “street smart electric boogie courtesy of influences from legendary artists like Tom Petty and The Kinks,” according to Baeble Music. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett stephentalkhouse.com $10. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19

Rod Stewart & Santana
Rod Stewart does indeed still wear it well and Santana’s black magic is still casting spells. It all adds up—the voice, the guitar, the songs—for a great summer show featuring two of pop music’s most influential hit-makers and incomparable performers. These Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have stood the test of time. When Santana lets loose with his surging Latin rhythms, sitting down is not an option. When Stewart camps out with “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy,” he turns the disco world upside-down. Keep it up, gentlemen, and stay forever young. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $40-$172. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20

Powerman 5000 / (hed) p.e.
The metal mayhem of Spider One (Rob Zombie’s lil brother) that is Powerman 5000 collides with the G-punk rapcore-punk-gangsta rap fusion of (HED) P.E. aka (hed) Planet Earth aka Hed PE in this no-holds-barred, mega-goliath metal fest sure to rattle the doors off The Emp’ and shake to the core all those banging their heads along to the fury. (That’s a good thing.) This gig also includes a Bikini Contest lol. With opening acts Sunflower Dead, Plague Of Humanity and Life After Death. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $16, $20 DOS. 8 p.m. Aug. 20

Last Days In Vietnam
Emmy-winning director Rory Kennedy’s documentary takes viewers into the chaotic, traumatic weeks of the U.S. military helicopter evacuation of refugees from the American embassy Saigon in 1975 as North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops advanced. Interviews with those involved document both the last days in Vietnam and the lasting traumas of those days over decades. Rory Kennedy will discuss the film live via Skype after the screening. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $6 Members, $11 Public. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20

—Compiled by Cortney Hafkin, Nikki Donato, Spencer Rumsey, Timothy Bolger, Sylva Durres & Peter Chin