A Brief History of North Sea, LI
In 1640 English pioneers landed near a Shinnecock fort that guarded their fishing camps on the Peconic Bay. This talk covers the tumultuous cultural changes in Southampton during the 17th century and the development of an important colonial port known as Feversham, now called North Sea, whose history has been lost. Tom Edmonds, executive director of the Southampton Historical Museum, is giving the PowerPoint lecture. Southampton Historical Museum, Rogers Memorial Library, 91 Coopers Farm Rd., Southampton. southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org Free. 3 p.m. Jan. 22.
Jason Green and the Labor of Love
Take three great open-minded musicians now based in New York: Jason Green on guitars, Tom Papadatos on drums and Yanko Valdes on bass; throw in a funky mix of blues, bluegrass, jazz, Latin and soul, and you just begin to get a taste of what this super-talented trio has to offer. Yes, it’s called the Labor of Love, but it’s not work! No, it’s pure pleasure for the ears. Green’s awesome finger-pickin’ will take your breath away. He made the cut at a young age learning from jazz and blues masters he met working in bars and local clubs between here and Cleveland. He hit the road early, playing festivals from New Orleans to Chicago and San Francisco. It’s a big country, from the high lands to the low lands, and Jason Green and the Labor of Love bring it all home. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com Free. 8 p.m. Jan. 22.
In God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, the former governor of Arkansas (and GOP presidential contender) asks, “Have I been taken to a different planet than the one on which I grew up?” The New York Times bestselling author explores today’s fractious American culture, where divisions of class, race, politics, religion, gender, age, and other fault lines make polite conversation dicey, if not downright dangerous. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. Jan. 23.
The Vinyl Plane
This LI-based hard rockin’ band has got its groove down and dirty. As lead singer Dave Seubert says, the name of the band is a homage to the wax dimension, but he and his bandmates—currently Keith Obenauer on guitar, Steve Mazz on drums, Frank Mascaro on bass—are brazenly taking their music to another level. “We’re all about that throw-back kind of feel,” Seubert says. “Give it a little of that ‘70s rock and roll, a little of that grunge era, something a little new tasting.” It’s an unabashed mix of sexy greatness. Seubert admits he likes to go a little insane when he’s on stage. That’s what he says he was born to do. He’s got the pipes, man, no doubt about it, to make you want to live forever, spinning that sound round and round on The Vinyl Plane. The Montauk Project, Czech Funk, Off The Turnpike. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $10. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23.
KC & The Sunshine Band
Time to banish those shadows and let the light back in with a big bright blast of that sparkling disco funk that only the inimitable KC & The Sunshine Band can bring. The illumination ignited back in 1973 when a record store worker in Hialeah, Florida, named Harry Wayne Casey, nicknamed KC, connected with a recording engineer named Richard Finch, whose nickname is known only to his mama and she ain’t telling now but you know she gave him her blessing. The rest is pop history, with a self-titled album that went triple platinum, a huge hit that became a national anthem, “Get Down Tonight,” and the ultra narcissistic sizzler, “That’s the Way (I Like It),” which was a true chart topper when the mirrored ball was orbiting above the eternal dance floor. Opening the show is The Sugar Hill Gang. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$84.75. 8 p.m. Jan. 23.
Criss Angel – MINDFREAK LIVE!
Too bad Houdini slipped this mortal coil long before Criss Angel dared to cross over the threshold of magic and impossibility with his amazing mind-blowing illusions he calls “mindfreaks,” because you know the great escape artist would have been thrilled to check him out. Certainly, Criss Angel admires Houdini, whom he first encountered growing up in East Meadow. Last year on the 88th anniversary of Houdini’s death on Halloween, Angel premiered a new magic show he’d produced called The Supernaturalists. Fortunately for us mortals, we share the same space-time continuum with this phenomenally talented contemporary magician who is always pushing the envelope between what is unbelievable and what is absolutely insane. It’s no wonder why millions of fans (he calls them his “loyals”) have connected with Angel’s message that “anything is truly possible when you believe in the power of the mind, body and human spirit!” Kids, don’t try any of this at home! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $49-$169. 7 p.m.,10 p.m. Jan. 23, 24.
Four Year Strong
About a century ago, give or take a few decades, this uncompromising American so-called easy core band supposedly took off from Worcester, Mass., on a metal musical mission that has taken them to water parks out west and venues across the sea. Along the way they’ve banged heads by the thousands while making fans by the ton. They called their 2010 album Enemy of the World, which some say is their best, but others have their favorites like last summer’s EP Go Down in History, which was also recorded at the Machine Shop (where Fall Out Boy did their thing). But it’s all good. They’ve got the power chords, the heavy throbbing bass, the pulsating drums, the cathartic keyboards, and the fearless lyrics sung with passion and truth. Four Years Strong says they know their days are numbered so they’re making each one count. Warming up the crowd are Comeback Kid, Handguns, Heart To Heart and Expire. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $17, $20 DOS. 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24.
Extreme – Pornograffitti Live 25th Anniversary
You know you know the tune. You know you still sing it from time to time, when you’re alone in your bed at night or standing in the shower. C’mon. You’re probably humming it right now, or at least listening to its sublime glory way back in those dark corners of your mind, back somewhere next to Winger and Great White. Sing it aloud now, wherever you are. Sing it with pride! Will they bust out their addictive, timeless ballad “More Than Words”?!?!? Of course they will! Will you and all those in attendance be thinking, humming and singing it even more frequently in the days, months and years following this must-see performance? Unquestionably. Without a doubt. Yes, yes, yes! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $25-40. 8 p.m. Jan. 24.
Ani DiFranco, the folk/punk singer/songwriter/guitarist and self-proclaimed “Righteous Babe,” is at it again, hitting the road to promote her newest album, Allergic to Water. This politically minded, thought-provoking performer promises to be anything but boring as she explores her younger wild-child ways that pushed boundaries while remaining fiercely independent, and staying married to the indie label she started (Righteous Babe Records) even as the big wigs of the major record companies came sniffing around when she hit major popularity in clubs and coffeehouses in the ’90s. In this album, she’s mellower, more chill and laid-back, but she still showcases the intricate provocative verse/guitar lick overlap that made her the icon she is. The Suffolk Theatre, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $45-$65. 8 p.m. Jan. 24.
“You Can Go Your Own Way” with Fleetwood Mac as they reunite in this highly anticipated tour that brings the legendary group together to sing classics that are etched on the hearts of those who grew up in the ”70s and ’80s. With Stevie Nicks’ raspy vocals, singer/keyboardist Christine McVie, drummer Mick Fleetwood, guitarist Lindsay Buckingham and bassist John McVie – touring together for the first time since they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, they will be sure to bring down the house! On With The Show tour. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $44.50-$216.65. 8 p.m. Jan. 25.
Not For Sale
This film about what modern-day abolitionists are doing to fight the rampant terrors of human trafficking in the US and abroad will be screened for Human trafficking Awareness Month. A group of experts that will discuss the issue after the film includes Judge Ukeiley, who was the presiding judge for the Human Trafficking Court of Suffolk, and Matthew Okerblom, who has been involved in the Federal end of legislation dealing with human trafficking, as well as Shannon Speed, project coordinator of Safe Harbour. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7 p.m. Jan. 26.
You love him. You hate him. You’re afraid of him. Your friend saw him once and his parents then called your parents and forever banned you and all your friends and their friends from ever going to one of his shows. You’ve heard he’s outlawed in Ohio. You heard he drinks blood. Your friend’s older brother says he’s just some low-life wanna-be Ziggy Stardust but can never, ever be, no matter how much makeup he slathers across his face, how many multi-colored eyeball covers he wears, or how controversial he pretends to be. Regardless of your perceptions or misperceptions about “The Vampire Of Hollywood Hills,” as Rolling Stone dubs him, his music is loud, disturbing and, well, frightening. (These are all really good things for rock music, especially with the airwaves now mired in Bieber/Cyrus/One Direction hell.) So don’t miss this gig! (And maybe bring some garlic just in case!) The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $55-$85. 8 p.m. Jan. 27. [UPDATE FROM THE PARAMOUNT: “Due to the inclement weather, rocker Marilyn Manson has announced that his concert originally scheduled for yesterday; Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island, New York, is now officially canceled. Despite being tentatively postponed, no make-up date for a rescheduled show was available. Refunds on all tickets are now available at points of purchase: Ticketmaster or The Paramount Box Office. For additional questions or concerns, please contact The Paramount at 631-673-7300.”]
Long Island filmmaker Michael Cuesta presents Dersu Uzala, Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece about a Russian army explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness and his deep friendship with a seasoned local hunter. This is a rare 35mm screening of the Oscar-winning epic adventure of comradeship and survival set against a backdrop of treacherous mountains, rivers and icy plains of the Siberian wilderness. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28.
—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Jaimie Franchi, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III