The New Students
Blending folk, alt and Americana and rocking out in support of their second album, When The West Wind Blows, is this Brooklyn quintet, known for their energetic performances and compelling and, at times, quirky lyrics. Opening the show is Boston-based Americana band Pesky J Nixon. The show is a part of the Hard Luck Cafe concert series, presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $6 members, $11 public. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15.
This local author and nutritionist will speak and sign her new diet book The HD Diet, which shows readers how to choose the right foods to ensure a high-definition life in a 12-week plan. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. Jan. 15.
This Life We Live
These Long Island metal hellraisers are holding a release party for their latest EP, Novena. That means total devastation, plenty of shredding, and of course, a ton of new tunes to bang your heads and raise your glasses to. Don’t miss these guys. Warming up the crowd will be Thorn Constellation, Patterns Of Decay and Plague Of Humanity. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $10. 7 p.m. Jan. 15.
Murder Mystery Dinner and Show
Help solve the crime while sitting among professional Broadway, TV and film actors. At any time, you may wind up part of the plot! The Suffolk Theater, 118 Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $65. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16.
Born in Detroit, Marshall Crenshaw grew up when the Motor City was hot and happening. He’s drawn upon his roots to carve out a unique career that evokes echoes of Buddy Holly—especially when he hits those high notes and his fingers are flinging out chords faster than a Ford Thunderbolt. He’s also a great songwriter with an ironic twist that he’s deployed to full effect as he chronicles the human condition of our time. And as fans of his WFUV-FM show “The Bottomless Pit” know well, Crenshaw’s record library rivals the Smithsonian. This uncompromising musician is the real deal. “Someday, Someway” simply has to be heard live. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. Jan. 16.
Break out the Converse, strap on a headband and dust off the jean jacket, because this Back to the Eighties Show will do everything short of taking you in a Delorean back to the decade when Men at Work, Flock of Seagulls and Debbie Gibson ruled the airwaves. That’s because Jessie’s Girl is more than just a cover band. They’re here to party like it’s 1989! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$30. 8 p.m. Jan. 16.
Funk fans are hearby summoned to get their freak on when Ohio-based Freekbass & The Bump Assembly come to share the good vibes off their sixth album Everybody’s Feelin’ Real. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Jan. 16.
For more than 45 years, Bill Staines has been on the road singing his songs at the country’s top festivals, concerts, clubs and coffeehouses. His songs have been recorded by musicians including Peter, Paul and Mary, Nanci Griffith, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Staines writes about cowboys, Yukon adventures, fishermen and everyday working people. Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Road, Garden City. ourtimescoffeehouse.org 15 adults, $10 students. 8 p.m. Jan. 16.
The only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Islander, The Piano Man himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol. Free admission during happy hour, 6-8 p.m., featuring complimentary buffet and two-for-one drink specials. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. Theemporium.com $15. 8 p.m. Jan. 16. Also playing at Mulcahey’s Pub & Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh muls.com $12. 9 p.m. Jan. 17.
Macabre Faire Film Festival
Join film and horror fans alongside celebrity guests such as: Cleve Hall (Monster Man), Jonathan Tiersten (Sleep Away Camp), Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist), Robert Mukes (House of 1000 Corpses), Elizabeth Shepherd, Rutanya Alda, Lesleh Donaldson, Sharon Lentz, Jim Krut, Tiffany Shepis, Stacey Nelkin, and several local independent filmmakers for a scary good time. Hyatt Regency Long Island, 1717 Motor Pkwy, Hauppauge. livingdeadmafia.com $15-$75. Jan. 16-18.
Flying Model Competition
Teams of aspiring engineers in the 3rd through 5th grades, build and fly rubber band-powered airplanes. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofavaition.org Price of admission. 8:30 a.m. Jan. 17.
Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner followed by a concert featuring a wide array of genres, including: opera, Broadway, Yiddish, and traditional songs & melodies. Led by Cantor Aryeh Hurwitz. The Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Pkwy, Dix Hills. thechaicenter.com $20 members, $26 non-members. 8 p.m. Jan. 17.
This Indiana-based prog-rock jam band are back on the road after last year releasing their eighth studio album, Similar Skin. These dedicated musicians’ genre-mashing style will at times make you think you’re listening to Incubus. Opening the show is Joshua Redman. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$39.50. 8 p.m. Jan. 18.
Blind Dog Smith
To love the blues is one thing, to live the blues another. But to live and love and play the blues with an intensity and truth that comes only from the deepest wells of human existence, from the abyss of loss and despair, from the roots of American suffering, and then climb back on top, to not only survive but triumph. Yes, that’s the musical dimension we’re talking about when these seasoned veterans—Joseph DiPietro, Skip Krevens, Doug Brett, Charlie Raimond and Gary Guarniere, all longtime buddies from Seaford High—get together on stage and hit their stride. The world sounds almost bearable—hell, damn near enjoyable—when Blind Dog Smith is rocking the blues. First 50 guests get a free copy of their new CD Blues in E. Sunset Grill, 4068 Sunrise Hwy., Seaford. lisunsetgrill.com $TK. 7 p.m. Jan. 18.
—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey and Timothy Bolger.