The soulful singer, pianist and guitarist from upstate New York who rose to fame with his breakout single, “I Don’t Want to Be,” otherwise known as the theme song to One Tree Hill, will play hit latest hits, including “Not Over You,” “Best I Ever Had” and “We Both Know.” And keeping it all in the family, his older brother, indie rocker Joey DeGraw, will open the show. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30-$60. 8 p.m. Dec. 11.
Sully Erna (aka Salvatore Paul) is a hugely talented singer and songwriter probably best known for his role as the frontman of the hard rock band Godsmack. He plays guitar, drums and piano on stage and on the band’s albums, which consistently hit the top of the Billboard charts. Now Erna’s out on a solo tour before the band hits the road again in February. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$55. 8 p.m. Dec. 11.
Art has the transcendental ability to transport the viewer to another place, another realm, somewhere far from their present reality, somewhere away from the stress and chaos that can be daily life. This exhibit focuses on items you may find on that daily journey within what would appear to be the mundane and ordinary, and through still life paintings, reveals that these objects are in actuality, quite simply, anything but. There are worlds contained in that bowl of fruit. There are dimensions to be realized, and explored, within that vase of flowers. It’s time to unlock the door, dear readers, open your minds and check out life’s extraordinary power and beauty. All you have to really do is let loose your hearts so you can see what’s been right there in front of your eyes the absolute entire time. Welcome home, dear friends. Welcome home. Juried Still Life Exhibit. Through Jan. 5. The Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St., Huntington. huntingtonarts.org 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12.
Together almost two decades with seven albums and tons of sold-out gigs, these Chicago-based alt-rockers include the brothers Loeffler—Pete (guitars, vocals) and Sam (drums)—plus Dean Bernardini on bass and vocals. As their fans know well, their music is intricate, intimate and intense. There’s bruising guitar, dark drumming and an unforgettable dose of apocalyptic haze swirling around their creative arsenal, both musically and lyrically. They take it to another level. Warming up the crowd will be Crobot & Raw Fabrics. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $32.50-$55. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12.
The 37-year-old comedian, producer, writer, actor, television host and political satirist about as synonymous with his geeky-nerd facial expressions, bad teeth, tousled hair and frumpy suits as he is for his absolutely hilariously insightful takes on everything from politics to current events is taking on the world—and the powers that be. [Read: “John Oliver Will Unleash Serious Hysterics at NYCB Theatre at Westbury“] NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$57.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 12.
The Return of the Aimee Mann Christmas Show
Can you believe it’s been three years since Aimee Mann last played her holiday tour? Now she’s making up for lost time with her bandmate, Ted Leo, from her new project “The Both.” Joining her as she comes to town is a host of special guests from the music and comedy worlds combined. Like always, Aimee’s holiday variety show will feature a mix of Christmas classics, originals, videos, sketches—all guaranteed to lift the spirit and spread good cheer. Even the eggnog promises to pack a buzz. This is the time to be naughty and nice. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $30-$45. 8 p.m. Dec. 12.
Eileen Ivers “An Nollaig” An Irish Christmas
Deemed “The future of the Irish fiddle” by The Washington Post and praised by many, many more for her mind-bending and soul-satisfying dynamics on the instrument, this is a rare chance to catch the American fiddle virtuoso in all her glory, and undoubtedly become converted yourself. Celebrate your Irish roots! Rejoice in the divine language that is this soothing yet unusual craft. Usher in the holidays with Iver’s talents! And most importantly, perhaps: dance, dance, dance! The Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $45. 8 p.m. Dec. 12.
Dick Fox’s Holiday Doo Wop Extravagazna
What is the holiday season really about, dear readers? “Family,” you might say. “Friends,” perhaps. “Lots of great food, celebration and glee,” you will surely add. Well I say yes! You are indeed correct! But let’s not forget about that precious gift of music around this time of the year, either, Long Islanders. Let’s not forget about laughter, and love, and song! The Duprees, Shirley Alston Reeves, The Legendary Teenagers, Chris Montez, Emil Stucchio & The Classics, The Devotions, & The Knockouts harmonize holiday classics at this spectacular convergence of hearts and soul and music. Not to be missed! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$62.50. 7 p.m. Dec. 13.
A John Waters Christmas
Time to laugh, uncontrollable, your side hurting and britches near-splitting. Yes, Waters is that hilarious. And let’s face it, we all need a good laugh around this time of the year, right? The multi-talented comedian and actor puts his spin on the holidays and will undoubtedly tear down the house in the process. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$100. 8 p.m. Dec. 13.
Yes, great band name, for sure, but after going 25 years strong, this funky blues legend just released his latest of more than a dozen albums, I’m Feelin’ Lucky, this fall. Worth checking out, in general, but worth experiencing live, at this gem of a venue, most definitively! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $30. 8, 10 p.m. Dec. 13.
The Fresh Beat Band: Greatest Hits Live
The littlest fans on Long Island are undoubtedly familiar with the bubblegum sensation of Nick Jr.’s Fresh Beat Band. Made up of four talented performers–Shout, Twist, Marina and Kiki–the Fresh Beat Band’s catchy tunes will make a home in your head for days to come. Dance and sing along to “Just Like a Rockstar,” “Get up an Go-Go,” and of course, “Bananas.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$52. 12 p.m. Dec. 14.
Examining the influence of corporate globalization and exposing the destructive nature of our modern financial system, this documentary offers a sobering look into how the predatory economic policies instituted by America’s new elite class have contributed to the nation’s descent into Third World status. Join internationally renowned health expert Gary Null for a screening and discussion of this new film about the economic realities facing our world. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 12 p.m. Dec. 14.
Daughtry Acoustic Trio
Come along for the ride as Chris Daughtry and his band debut songs from their new album Baptized. This album represents a shift in the band’s previous style–softer, yet less serious, more playful and fun, but with the soul you fell in love with watching him on the fifth season of American Idol. On a hot streak since 2006–when his debut album Daughtry became the fastest-selling debut rock album in Soundscan history–Daughtry is ready to stretch their wings and see where inspiration takes them. Will they play their brand new single “Waiting for Superman”? Only one way to find out. With Special Guest Adam Ezra Group. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $40-$85. Sun. 8 p.m. Dec. 14.
The California rockers bring all thier rock and roll attitude, shreds and licks to the Mountler for this amazing chance to catch them all up-close-and-personal. They’ve got six studio albums to draw from, with plenty of high-octane tunes to light this place on fire! Opening she show will be American Ice Age & Saviour. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$40. 8 p.m. Dec. 15.
As Dancing With The Stars superhunk Valentin “Val” Chmerkovskiy explains: “Dancing is a great way for people of all ages to get and stay in shape. Besides being fun and healthy, dancing has many other positive benefits.” Yes indeed, expressing your innermost self in the mesmerizing, electrifying celebration of life that is dance is just simply good for your soul. This dance extravaganza includes: Maks Chmerkovskiy, Val Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Zendaya, Meryl Davis, Sergey Onik, Artem Chigvintsev, Peta Murgatroyd, Sharna Burgess, Henry Byalikov, Jenna Johnson!! Come and celebrate with them all! Come and live! With additional dates and times through Dec. 21. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com dancewithmeusa.com/sway $35-$55. 1, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17.
Teresa Caputo has embedded her way into pop culture’s echelon with her hit TV show Long Island Medium. With her uncanny ability to communicate with the dearly departed, Caputo has helped thousands find closure with their lost loved ones. With a personality as big as her hair, Caputo is an icon Long Island is proud to call our own. The first of a four-night block of appearances through Dec. 20. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50-$96. 8 p.m. Dec. 17.
—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Jaime Franchi, Timothy Bolger and Zack Tirana