Do This: Long Island Events March 12-18

Jay Leno
Jay Leno is coming to NYCB Theatre at Westbury.

Suicide Silence
You may have never experienced anything quite like Suicide Silence. These Southern California deathcore hellraisers—who infuse only the most ferocious elements of death metal and hardcore punk—boast a raging fan base, with diehards spanning the entire country, including Long Island. The quintet will be playing hits from their new album, aptly named You Can’t Stop Me. With EMMURE, Within The Ruins, Fit For An Autopsy and Without Remorse. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $25. 6 p.m. March 12.

These Las Vegas-based, self-professed “Rock & Roll Brothers” are on a mission, which they sonically document in their most recent album Peace At All Costs. They’ll be telling that very same story on Long Island, and adding even more chapters, when rocking out in front of their ever-growing local following. Their first studio album, True Love Never Dies, released in 2014, sold tens of thousands of copies as fans and music lovers alike latched onto their message. With local wrecking crews Eternity Fallen, J. Rad & Terra Stigma. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $15. 7 p.m. March 12.

With the boxing universe currently foaming at the mouth for the long-anticipated Pacquiao-Mayweather bout in May, Long Island boxing fans are just as eager for another Friday night of fights at The Space in Westbury. The card includes Ismael Barroso vs. Lopez Cruz; Douglas Lamanna vs Odom Hernandez; plus Tommy Rainone and Anthony Karperis in separate bouts. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $60-$150. 7 p.m. March 13.

Jay Leno
Jay Leno’s successor may be done making a name for himself on late night TV, but the longtime host of NBC’s The Tonight Show hasn’t quite called it quits. Leno, when he’s not tending to his collection of cars, is still dishing out jokes for his longtime fans who for years stayed up late to watch Leno’s monologues and studio interviews. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50-$74.50. 7 p.m. March 13.

Young Thug & Travis Scott
The Rodeo Tour hits Long Island for a one-night event featuring hip-hop artists Young Thug and Travis Scott. Young Thug, who is from Atlanta, and Travis Scott, who is from Houston, have already made headlines during the tour, and they are absolutely primed for another explosive performance. Rodeo Tour 2015 with Special Guest – Metro Boomin. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30-$49.50. 8 p.m. March 13.

Jimmy Webb
This esteemed American songwriter and popular musician is bringing decades of artistic experience with him to LI as part of a tour featuring his latest album Still Within the Sound of My Voice. During his career, Webb has created such hits as “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Up, Up And Away” and “The Highwayman.” This is a can’t-miss show for true music lovers. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. March 13.

This emo band out of Omaha, Nebraska, plays music that tells deeply intricate stories, rife with heavy sounds and rich with meaning. Their most recent album I Am Gemini, released in 2012, was written by their front man Tim Kasher, and recounts the story of twin brothers separated at birth who come together for an emotionally charged reunion. Their set will include songs from this album, as well as from their critically acclaimed album The Ugly Organ and others in their extensive catalog. With Beach Slang, John Congleton & The Nighty Nite. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $20. 8 p.m. March 13.

The watermelon-smashing comedian who rose to fame in the ’80s is back and ready to make his smash on Long Island. With cutting observations from everything political and cultural to his iconic “Sledge-O-Matic” routine, Gallagher hasn’t lost any of his edge, or his great sense of fun. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49. 8 p.m. March 13.

Ben Vereen
Legendary actor, singer, dancer and Broadway performer Ben Vereen will take to the stage to entertain lucky Long Islanders. This Tony Award-winning performer has most recently starred in the film “Top Five,” written and directed by comedian Chris Rock and co-starring Rosario Dawson. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $57-$67. 8 p.m. March 13.

Andreas Klein
There’s something transcendental about the piano. Sure, its black-and-white checkered key unquestionably look pretty damn bad-ass. But when those notes are hit at just the right time, with just the right amount of pressure, conveying just the right degree of emotion, heartache, fury, passion–well something special truly happens, dear friends. Something magical. Miraculous. Divine. This Huntington resident has distinguished himself as a dynamic and compelling concert pianist with his command of a wide range of tonal colors and imaginative interpretations–each one opening up inter-dimensional portals of life, death, and then life again. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, Westermann Stage, One South Ave., Garden City. 8 p.m. March 13.

Tierney Sutton
Five-time Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton will regale audiences with her enchanting sound. Find out why The New York Times called Sutton “a serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level.” Hear her sing from her latest album After Blue, which includes re-imaginings and reinterpretations of Joni Mitchell’s most critically acclaimed album. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $53. 7:30, 9:30 p.m. March 14.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Come swing as the uber-moving, mondo-electrifying Big Bad Voodoo Daddy seize the stage at The ‘Mountler. This band reinvented the swing hits of the ’40s and ’50s and made them cool again. Featured in the cult favorite film Swingers, starring Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, BBVD has an unparalleled sound that will get you out of your seats and dancing in the aisles. We’re just hoping they perform “You and Me and the Bottle Make Three Tonight.” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$60. 8 p.m. March 14.

New Riders of the Purple Sage
When the New Riders of the Purple Sage first saddled up to hit the trails under the wide open skies of the great psychedelic prairies of the mind in San Francisco, they were an offshoot of the Grateful Dead but with a more country rock feel. Eventually, Jerry Garcia took his pedal steel guitar to greener pastures, and Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart followed his lead. But the Riders kept on riding. And so they arrive with their present lineup of great musicians who, under the wise guidance of original founder David Nelson, are still going strong and turning on a new generation of fans to their rocking boogie blues and Robert Hunter’s lyrics in a unique blend that feels as fresh as morning dew shimmering on a saguaro cactus. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. March 14.

Buckwheat Zydeco
The greatest living American accordionist came into this world as the more humbly named Stanley Dural, Jr., in Lafayette, Louisiana. Perhaps somebody once thought as a kid he looked a little like Buckwheat of Our Gang/Little Rascals fame. Growing up in the Mississippi Delta he came to embrace the lively French Creole musical style known as zydeco. We’re glad he did, because as Buckwheat Zydeco he’s achieved world renown. For years he’s been spreading his joyful sound far and wide, performing what The New York Times called “a down-home and high-powered celebration” far and wide, from the White House to the 1996 Olympics and beyond. It’s hard to stay still when he’s tickling those ivories on his incendiary music box, because he banishes the sadness into the shadows and gets people on their feet. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $38. 8 p.m. March 14.

Don Quixote
An old gentleman of 17th century Spain is obsessed with defending the helpless and destroying the wicked. His quest creates the perfect story for the stage, with scenes in a Gypsy camp, dreams, and happy endings. Performed by the Moscow City Ballet, one of Russia’s most extensively touring ballet companies. Staller Center, 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook University, Stony Brook. stallercenter.com $42. 8 p.m. March 14.

Known by his stage name, Ebi, the masterful Persian pop singer Ebrahim Hamedi has blown audiences away around the world with his amazing vocal range, playing to legions of fans in the Royal Albert Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Sydney Opera House, among many well-known venues. Some say Ebi’s a living cultural icon—he certainly has the pipes to justify being called the most beloved Iranian singer of all time. Born in Tehran, he turned down a chance to become an Italian opera star in order to pursue a different career in music. Reportedly he was on tour in the U.S. when the Iranian Revolution deposed the Shah in 1979, and he never returned because his music was not allowed by the hardliners. But you can bet his people back home know it well and listen to it when they can. Ebi has released more than 20 albums and 100 singles. A champion of human rights, he’s only got 2,577,423 fans on Facebook—but he’ll probably make many more after this upcoming show. Too bad Speaker John Boehner didn’t invite Ebi—not Bibi—to rock the House! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $75-$150. 9 p.m. March 14.

Irish Festival
The 17th Annual Irish Festival celebrates the Irish gifts of music, food and culture to America. There will be a number of music and dance performances throughout the day, as well activities for children, more than 50 craft vendors and authentic Irish food. Mack Sports Complex, North Campus, Hofstra University, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. $6. 11 a.m. March 15.

Kid’s Carnival for a Cure
An annual event that celebrates kids and raises funds for the cure-focused research of the Diabetes Research Institute at The University of Miami. Food, games and so much more along with sweepstakes and auction. Dave & Busters, The Source Mall, Old Country Rd., Westbury. $275 family pass, $100 individual adult, $50 kids. 1 p.m. March 15.

Lidia Bastianich
Chef and author Lidia Bastianich will speak and sign her new children’s book Nonna Tell Me A Story: Lidia’s Egg-citing Farm Adventure. Is there anything else that really needs to be written in this blurb than that title? Eggs? Stories? Farm adventures?! Sign us up! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 2 p.m. March 15.

Bowling Fundraiser
The Christopher DeCrescito Memorial Foundation is hosting its second annual bowling fundraiser featuring raffles, entertainment and refreshments as well as a professional fashion show presented by East Coast Starz. NY Football Legend Wayne Chrebet will be on hand to sign autographs. There will also be performances by the Hype Girlz and more. The foundation benefits families who have lost a loved one to a drunk driver. It was created by the family of a man who died in such a crash two years ago. Garden City Bowl, 987 Stewart Ave., Garden City. gofundme.com/DeCrescito-Foundation. $20-$60. 2:30 p.m. March 15.

Greg Kennedy: Innovative Juggler
After performing for five years with Cirque du Soleil, the amazing juggler Greg Kennedy has taken his act on the road to amaze audiences on five continents with his dazzling skills and fantastic feats of dexterity. Is this guy a mere mortal? Or is he a superhuman in motion? When he’s waving blazing torches, tossing knives, bowling pins, and who knows what, it’s hard to get a grip. But all we have to do is watch and follow the bouncing balls. Kennedy is known for his kinetic composition, his keen aesthetic for turning everyday objects into something extraordinary. Originally trained as an engineer, he’s become a master manipulator through his use of geometry and physics to create groundbreaking work that defies descriptions and redefines the genre. In every mind-blowing performance he manages to juggle science, theatrics, humor and magic because there’s something spellbinding about what he and his talented team do on stage right before our eyes. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $30 adults, $20 kids. 3 p.m. March 15.

Graphic Guts
An opening reception for an art exhibit showing the work of Luba Lukova, who is regarded as one of the most distinctive image makers working today. Transcending language, culture, and politics, her Graphic Guts collection features passionate visual reactions to many of the pressing issues of our time. Lukova’s use of striking, metaphoric images gives the viewers art to not only appreciate visually but intellectually. Graphic Guts is also the name of her new book to be released later this year. Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. goldcoastarts.org  Free. 4 p.m. March 15.

Marc Rizzo
A shredder’s shredder, Marc Rizzo, the Soulfly guy, is out touring with his fourth solo album, Downside Up. The founding member of Ill Nino, Marc Rizzo joined Soulfly in 2003, and has been banging out the music with them and other bands like Cavalera Conspiracy and Inpsychobleedia ever since. His guitar chops are miraculous, revealing his phenomenal command of metal, classical and even flamenco to breathe new life into death metal and more. He’s got an arsenal in his arms. Fret not, his fingers are fearless, his ear flawless. With Halo To Havoc, Death Glare & Thracian. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $15. 6:30 p.m. March 15.

Jorma Kaukonen
Some may remember Jorma Kaukonen from his days as a wingman with Jefferson Airplane, others may recall him serving up the tasty tunes of Hot Tuna. Some may just remember the unusual name but not where they were at all when they first heard him play. It’s all good, because this accomplished blues, folk and rock guitarist has played many chords in his career, but it’s his “fingerstyle” that always sets him apart. He’s been a Grammy nominee, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a revered teacher at his Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp that he and his wife Vanessa Lillian run in the Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio. Born the son of a U.S. State Department official, he grew up in D.C., where he first met Jack Casady (his future partner in Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna), and attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, which sent him on a work-study co-op to New York City, where he studied music in the folk-blues-bluegrass scene of the Village—and got credit for it! Those old roots run deep within his bones, but when he plays a classic song like Lightning Hopkins’ “Come Back Baby,” he makes it sound as good as new. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $75-$80. 7 p.m. March 15.

Thom Penn Nonet
Imagine the most mesmerizing and masterful jazz notes sprawling from their respective instruments, swirling through the air, encircling your head, your hands, your drink, then somehow invisibly taking control of your legs and tossing you into the throes of your own self-propelled jive out, funk-style, all movin’ and shakin’ and twistin’ and swingin’ round the coolest jazz hotspot this side of the Mississippi. “Hell yes!” you uncontrollably shout, raising a cool glass of bourbon into the air, smilin’, smilin’, smilin’ as you howl, “Hell yes!” This is one of the side effects of experiencing The Thom Penn Nonet live, in the flesh, their nine-piece jazz ensemble fueled by the innate emotional groove-instinct of the members’ collective decades-spanning professional careers, further honed by playing with some of the greatest bands on the East and West coasts. Damn. Hot damn, man. Unreal. Don’t miss this gig! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com Free. 7 p.m. March 15.

ZZ Top
You know their beards. You know their hot rods. And you sure as hell know their riffs. These legendary musicians–Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard–have been just absolutely devastating the very boundaries of rock and roll, together, for more than 40 years (!!) and are still simply pummeling with every single gig. Do not miss this chance to experience these Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers in all their glory. Will they play their trademark “Legs”? No question, but only one real way to find out for sure. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$84.25. 8 p.m. March 15.

Say The Word: Deconstructing Rubber Soul
Acclaimed Beatles scholar Scott Freiman returns with a brand new entertaining and mind-blowing live multimedia journey through the creation of The Beatles’ legendary Rubber Soul with rare audio and video from the studio and the stage. Listen as classic tracks like “Norwegian Wood,” “In My Life” and “Nowhere Man” come to life, and hear the stories behind the songs. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $12 members, $17 public. 6:30, 9 p.m. March 18.

—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Rashed Mian, Jaime Franchi, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III