Disruption: Create or Adapt
TEDxMelville, an independently organized TEDx event, is a daylong forum that features 10 thought leaders and innovators who plan to speak on the impact of disruption on society from the business owner to the consumer to the individual on areas and industries ranging from wearable technology to art, communications, entrepreneurship and more. RXR Realty Conference Center, 58 South Service Rd., Melville. TEDxMelville.org $99. 9 a.m. Feb. 5.
Girls With Guitars
Beauty and virtuosity combine in this universe-shattering melding of sizzlin’ songs and thermonuclear gorgeousness so searingly spectacular it will melt not just attendees’ ears and hearts but their very souls. Seven of the hottest women in country music today—Maddie & Tae, RaeLynn, Lauren Alaina, Katie Armiger, Kelsea Ballerini and Kristy Lee Cook—will simply set this stage aflame as they perform hit after hit after hit from their respective arsenals. Bring some fire extinguishers. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.com $20. 7 p.m. Feb. 5.
Amy Helm will be dropping her first solo album this spring, but don’t wait until then to hear the soulful sounds that this talented musician can produce. Helm, adept at both gospel and blues, founded the band Ollabelle, and is the daughter of famed musician Levon Helm. But she has walked her own path, one that leads her to Long Island as part of her nationwide tour and eventually to her long-awaited solo album. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. Feb. 5.
Long Island-native Bryan Gallo is a veteran of the local music scene. The singer/songwriter, who has performed at a number of the top music venues on the Island as well as several notable events, recently released his debut album, The Party Guest. Gallo is as passionate as they come. See for yourself why he has become such a popular figure among LI musicians. Opening the show are Chris Connolly, Quarter Horse and Butchers Blind. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue 89northmusic.com $10. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6.
These guys know how to rock—and spread the New York sludge core. Borgo Pass, a metal band from Long Island, has garnered worldwide attention and has quickly amassed a devoted following. Their shows are powerful and relentless, and best of all, unpredictable. Inspired by ‘60s and ‘70s hard rock/metal, Borgo Pass has infused a more modern influence into its unique, one-of-a-kind style. Warming up the crowd are local hellraisers John Wilkes Booth, .49 Grain, VonHell and The Hard Way. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $10, $12 DOS. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6.
This is one comedian that doesn’t hold back. Lisa Lampanelli, aka “The Queen of Mean,” is not afraid to push a few buttons in her quest to insult anyone—especially celebrities—with a pulse. Seriously, no one is safe. Get ready for some cringe-inducing jokes, spiked with an extra shot of attitude and moxie. Lampanelli has performed at the top comedy clubs in the country and her comedy specials have aired on a number of cable TV networks, including HBO and Comedy Central. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.75-$63.25. 8 p.m. Feb. 6.
Robin Zander Band
This dedicated band, fronted by Cheap Trick singer and rhythm guitar madman (yes) Robin Zander, lives and breathes rock. This merry band of music maniacs boast decades of individual experience, and have been friends for years, united in their love of delivering show-stopping rock and roll fury at each and every live gig they perform. These guys leave it all out on the stage and take no prisoners. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. Feb. 6.
Scars on 45
Scars on 45 is a English indie rock band who got a big break in the States when CSI: New York ran their song “Beauty’s Running Wild” and Grey’s Anatomy featured their tune “Heart on Fire.” But their first real break came years before that, when Danny Bemrose broke his foot playing soccer, ending his professional career prematurely, and compelling him to have a ball making music with his friend Stuart Nichols. Soon they were joined by David “Nova” Nowakowski on piano and keyboards. Then one day Nova was hanging out with his college classmate Aimee Driver, the story goes, when she suddenly chimed in on a Cure song from the kitchen where she was making tea. He convinced her to join the band so she could harmonize with Bemrose. It’s worked out well with their earnest artistry and pop purity reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and Coldplay. The band got their name from reading an interview with Emmylou Harris, who said her dad used to scold her for listening to his record collection and “getting scars on his 45s.” These Brits have probably already logged more miles hitting the highways of America than many Americans alive today ever will! Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $25. 8 p.m. Feb. 6.
Armed with a viola and a violin, this South Florida twosome, Wilner “Wil-B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, take Bach’s “Brandenburg” uptown to meet the backbeat of the South Bronx. They freely blend the highbrow and the hoedown, with jazz, r&b and folk to boot. This dynamic duo has dazzled bigwigs at President Obama’s Inaugural Ball, bedazzled audiences on Broadway, where they had 16 sold-out shows last November at the New Victory Theater, and invigorated venues ranging from the Apollo in Harlem to the South by Southwest Festival in Austin. As Wil-B explains, “You’ve got the classic music and the hip-hop, the mother and the father, and they kind of run the thing!” Indeed they do. It’s an amazing running music machine that bridges genres and generations. Once they joined Alicia Keyes on the Billboard Awards show in 2005, they never looked back. As Kev explains, “It takes 10 years to become an overnight sensation!” Get strung out on Black Violin! Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $25. 8 p.m. Feb. 6.
Hops and Props
More than 100 craft beers from the ever-growing number of microbreweries on Long Island, plus a selection of suds from around the world—all under the roof of the museum dedicated to the region’s rich history in flight. Come support your local brewers, one pint at a time! VIP hour starts an hour earlier than the event. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City. hopsandprops.com $65-$95. 7 p.m. Feb. 7.
Edgar’s music encompasses many different genres, including rock, jazz, blues, and pop. From his critically acclaimed 1970 debut release, Entrance, he has demonstrated his unique style and ability to cross the genre lines and do the unexpected. With more than 20 albums and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom. He continues to thrill audiences with his live performances, always remaining on the cutting edge of music and style. The Suffolk Theatre, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $50. 8 p.m. Feb. 7.
The Yannis Pappas Show
The hilarious young up-and-coming comic Yannis Pappas grew up in Brooklyn, went to high school in Manhattan and college in Washington, D.C. Perhaps best known for his work on VH1’s Best Week Ever and currently co-anchor of the satirical news show, Fusion Live, he’s also done standup, off-Broadway and Comedy Central. His collaborative videos with his pal Jesse Scaturro on Ditch Films is a YouTube sensation. Yes, he’s got the Greeks in his pocket—one of his best characters is Mr. Panos, a helluva Hellenic booster who owns the fictitious Baby Socrates Diner in Queens—but Pappas is hard to pigeon-hole. Another character he does is Maurica Rodriguez, a pre-op transsexual Puerto Rican from the Lower East Side looking for a husband from Westchester to help “her” complete herself. Race relations, sexual relationships, celebrity couplings, and economic uncouplings, all topics are fair game in the fertile imagination of Yannis Pappas. Genius! Charisma! That’s what we’re talking about! Featuring Mr. Panos and Maurica. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 7 p.m., 10 p.m. Feb. 7.
This cool comedian from Chicago is also an actor, a writer, a musician and a magician, as well as the co-host, if you can call it that, on The Eric Andre Show, which occupies the deep end of Adult Swim. He’s riffed on The Late Show about flicking pickle juice from his fingers to flavor his ham sandwiches and recently he’s been jiving jocosely with the talented pair of funny women on Comedy Central’s Broad City. Burris has been seen on 30 Rock and in Zac Efron’s Neighbors. He’s totally wack. No lamb is not sacrificed, no goat escapes scalping, no ox goes ungored. And when Burris brought up the multiple sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, this no-holds-barred, deceptively laid-back comic in glasses made national news as his routine went viral. What Burris does is always catching somebody off guard—and that’s a good thing. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $25-$35. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. Feb. 6.
Grave Digger, Carolina Crusher, El Toro Loco, Mohawk Warrio, Bounty Hunter, Iron Outlaw, Aftershock and Krazy Train are in town to crush as many cars as possible. Who will win the donut contest? Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $15-$59.85. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 2 p.m. Feb. 8.
Remembering Things Past
An opening reception for an exhibit that features foreign-born artists working in America, those featured in this magical exhibition all came to the States at different stages in their lives and incorporate past interests, memories, and experiences of their home country into their artwork. The variety of their forms and subject matter reflect the uniqueness of their experiences. Through March 29. Islip Art Museum, Brookwood Hall, 50 Irish Hall, East Islip. Free. 1 p.m. Feb. 8.
This New York-born violinist is an enthusiastic solo and chamber music player, noted by the IBLA Grand Prize Competition for her “remarkably precise and honest playing, with no artificial effects” and The Boston Musical Intelligencer as “excellent…top-notch.” Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Hway., Great River. bayardcuttingarboretum.com $5. 2 p.m. Feb. 8.
Harmony for Hope
Current Affair and Play Back perform at this fundraiser for the AMT Children of Hope Foundation Baby Safe Haven charity, an extraordinary cause. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh muls.com $45. 3 p.m. Feb. 8.
African Diaspora: Music and Dance in the Old and New Worlds
The audience will experience West African drumming and dancing; South African choral music; concert music by African, Latin American and African-American composers; and Cubop (Cuban bebop) and Calypso dances for Big Band choreographed by Mickey Davidson. Highlights include performances by Hofstra student musicians and dancers; ensembles from Hempstead and Uniondale High Schools; and invited guest artists, including the internationally acclaimed Imani Winds, a woodwind quintet dedicated to bridging European, American, African and Latin American musical traditions. John Cranford Adams Playhouse, Hofstra University, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. hofstra.edu $12. 5 p.m. Feb. 8.
The Ken Kresge Jazz Trio
Music from Gershwin and Porter, Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis, to Broadway and beyond. Beautiful vocals and instrumentation all wrapped into one night of amazing music! Ken Kresge has performed for live audiences around the world and was a past winner of the Michelob Jazz Search. Not to be missed! John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $45. 7 p.m. Feb. 8.
Black Veil Brides
Inspired by ’80s glam hair metal bands Motley Crue and Kiss, Black Veil Brides are a makeup and glitter-filled tour de force. With rockin’ guitar licks and an arena-rock vibe, these cats won’t disappoint their huge and staunch fan base looking for retro-rock fun. With Memphis May Fire & Ghost Town. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$45. 7:15 p.m. Feb. 8.
Interplay Jazz Orchestra
This will be one special gig when the Interplay Jazz Orchestra celebrates the 40th birthday of their co-director Gary Henderson! They are the only local big band that plays all original compositions written by its members. A live performance is simply a must as the band weaves it magical chemistry to entertain audiences with swinging interludes. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 7 p.m. Feb. 8.
Join Foster Hirsch–the “Dean of Film Noir”–for the 65th anniversary of the ultimate Hollywood Noir. Arguably the greatest movie about Hollywood, Billy Wilder’s masterpiece stars Gloria Swanson, William Holden and Erich Von Stroheim. Cinema Arts Cerntre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7 p.m. Feb. 9.
Alternative rock duo Scott Lucas and Joe Daniels bring their guitar, drum, and vocalist-driven sound from their hometown in Zion, Illinois to Long Island. Fans will appreciate their always creative, always energetic live show the band keeps packed with audience participatory surprises. Will they rock out on classic crowd-pleaser “Eddie Vedder”? Only one way to find out! With opening acts The Glazzies and Nifty Breed. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $15, $17 DOS. 7 p.m. Feb. 10.
This accomplished fashion photographer (who looks like the model he once was) was blasted into pop culture infamy as a longtime panelist on Tyra Banks’ reality-competition show America’s Next Top Model and is now the host of the Oxygen network’s reality show The Face. Barker will be signing his newest book Models of Influence, which features 50 influential models spanning the past 75 years in stunning photography, with discussions on each model’s impact on the presiding culture of their era. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. Feb. 11.
Calling all punks! Calling all punks! Punk night is here to declare that “Punk is not dead!” Local three-piece punk outfit Filth Bombs headline this badass show that aims to revive what they call on Twitter “Long Island’s dying punk scene.” Will there be an endless barrage of power chords? Yes! Will there be anti-authoritative lyrics, anarchist rants, an endless supply of beer and jaded attendees wearing sleeveless Ramones T-shirts, Converse All Stars and bondage pants? Most likely. Will there be chaos, fury and unity among fellow punk rockers? Most definitely! With Nonsense and Bad Head. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $10, $12 DOS. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11.
Hilarity, magic and bizarre, talking wooden puppets combine in the comedic tour de force that is Pizzi, who’s been leaving audience members across the country in stitches with his knee-slapping brand of standup and ventriloquism. Armed with his jokes and a small army of characters, get ready for laughs that’ll continue long after this must-see appearance! John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $45. 8 p.m. Feb. 11.
—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Rashed Mian, Jaime Franchi, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III.