Do This: Long Island Events March 19 – 25

Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday at Tower Theater on April 13, 2014 (Photo by Alexandra Healey)

Sceneless Scene Showcase
Among those taking the stage at this special event are the New York-based melodic rock band Ionia, a socially and economically conscious quintet who recently released their EP, Postcards From The Edge: Chapter 1. Delta 32. Also performing will be Indie pop rockers Swim, Martial and Claire Raby. Rounding out the lineup are alt-rockers Too Early to Tell and the psychedelic reggae funk group Whole Sum. 89 North, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $5. 6 p.m. March 19.

Green Jelly
Green Jelly (the Y is pronounced O, but don’t mention that to Kraft Foods) is an American comedy rock band. How much fun is that? You might remember their 1992 hit “Three Little Pigs” (re-released in ’93), a rock version of the story we all grew up with. Fun fact: Maynard James Keenan, the falsetto voice of the pigs’ “Not by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin,” is now the lead vocalist in the band Tool. Join these guys as they rock out in Bay Shore. Warming up the crowd will be Vedre, Flak Jacket, All Things End and Lÿnch Pigs. Even Flow bar & Grill, 150 East Main St., Bay Shore. evenflowbarandgrill.com $10. 6:30 p.m. March 19.

Howard Jones
Howard Jones, of mega-hit stardom of the 1980s, is back to rock the Paramount. This British musician, singer, and songwriter made his name with such hits as “No One Is to Blame” and “Things Can Only Get Better.” Howard Jones cemented his place in pop history with a turn on the Live Aid stage in 1985. Will he turn back the clock and bring the audience back to the glory of the Reagan ’80s? Pop up your collar and go find out. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$75. 8 p.m. March 19.

Indulgent Lucie
Indulgent Lucie is what happens when reggae, pop, and jazz converge to create a masterful mashup of sound. Reminiscent of UB40 and Sublime, Indulgent Lucie’s set lists are comprised of both originals and covers–yet any song they cover quickly becomes their own, re-imagined in their own interpretation so much so that you’ll forget what that song you once knew by heart ever originally sounded like. They’re that good. At the lounge. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com Free. 8 p.m. March 19.

Method Man and Redman
Hip hop duo Method Man (of Wu-Tang Clan infamy) and Redman (of Def Squad) will be unloading their mesmerizing, hypnotic rhymin’ spitfire on Patchogue, and in the process, undoubtedly cementing this gig into “epic” status. The lyrical madmen–who notoriously starred together in the 2001 cult classic film How High?–are always sure to amaze, and if they throw down in an old-school rap battle circa 20 years ago on Yo! MTV Raps, well that would simply be mondo dope. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $25-$45. 8 p.m. March 19.

Long Island Natural History Conference
Sixteen leading naturalists will give presentations during this two-day conference on a wide variety of topics, from LI’s lichens, seals and the never-ending dilemma with deers to recent changes in the Island’s bird communities and our disastrous collective record protecting our precious subterranean aquifers. A focus this year will be on the arrival of coyotes on LI. Yes, there will be field trips! Brookhaven National Laboratory, William Floyd Parkway, Upton. longislandnature.org $30 per day, $40 both days. 9 a.m., March 20, 21.

Kalin and Myles “The Dedication Tour”
These gushy heartthrobs turned their chance meeting at a viewing of The Beibler’s Never Say Never into a successful hip-pop duo, sharing their love of music and mutual respect for each other before audiences across the country. Swoon as they grace The ‘Mountler! Dance along as they bring the beat! Sing together, holding hands with the person next to you and smilin’, smilin’, smilin’ the whole night through! Warming up the crowd are Jacquie Lee, Anjali and Matt Hill. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$75. 7:30 p.m. March 20.

This glorious night of rock will help chase away this winter’s blues and melt the ice walls you’ve consequently built up around your heart. Raise your hands in the air! Jump as high as you can! Bop, bop, bop to the beat amid an ocean of bass and incendiary guitar chaos, reveling in the magnificence and sheer joy of live, local bands doing what they do best: absolutely owning the night. Opening the show are To The Pain, Muddy Pig Nipples [perhaps one of the best-named bands around], Symptom 7 and Sweet Tooth. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $10, $12 DOS. 7:30 p.m. March 20.

All About Elvis
Elvis Presley’s musical prowess has been well-documented, but it’s what The King did off the stage that will have you gushing all over again. First, guests will be treated to a 60-minute documentary titled 200 Cadillacs, which will showcase Elvis’ dynamic charitable side, followed up with a concert featuring the documentary’s co-producer Rex Fowler and The Rockabilly Kings. [Read About The King’s Connection To Long Island HERE] Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. March 20.

Sinatra Celebrates New York
It seems Frank Sinatra loved New York as much as New York loved him, and that decades-long affection will be on full display in Riverhead, with this tribute straight from the heart. The 18-piece New Millennium Big Band’s performance will serve as a nightcap for guests who plan to arrive early for a la carte dinner and drinks. You know you’ll want to swing the night away! Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $35. 8 p.m. March 20.

Nick Tangorra Band
In a little more than two years, this trio has captured the hearts of their fans with their self-released debut album Teenage Love and Other Stories, which quickly rocketed up Apple iTune’s top 100 pop chart. In fact, the band has already amassed an impressive fan base, many of whom refer to themselves as, “FANgorras.” That has a much better ring to it than “Beliebers,” right? Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $25-$50. 8 p.m. March 20.

David Massengill
The master singer and storyteller, who also plays a mean Appalachian lap dulcimer, has been essential to keeping the American folk music tradition alive. But he is more than just a great folk musician: The All American Music Guide wrote, “David Massengill’s lyrical facility is the most astounding to appear since that of Elvis Costello. He can be wickedly funny and deeply touching in the same line—and his imagination seems unlimited.” This venue is the perfect place to just sit back with a friend or loved one, enjoy a fresh, welcoming cup of your favorite bean, and simply melt away into this extraordinary music! Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City. ourtimescoffeehouse.org $15 adults, $10 students. 8 p.m. March 20.

No, this is not some bizarre, Suffolk County-special concoction of fresh, breaded chicken cutlets topped in dripping, semi-liquid Parmesan chee with a fresh avocado and side of peanut butter-and-banana omelets. [Though how absolutely fantastic does that sound!?] Long Island country rock fans who appreciate gritty, down-to-Earth, small-town musicians will no doubt take a liking to this band. Parmalee has shown a resilience that we New Yorkers appreciate—and earning the support of fans along the way. Come watch them rock out, and afterwards, you just might want to mosey on down the block to the Lighthouse Diner and see if you can create your own, special brand of “Parm-a-lee.” Print out this blurb and show them; tell em “Tirana sent me,” and enjoy! Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall. 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. Muls.com $22. 9 p.m. March 20.

“Girls to Pearls” Cocktail Soiree
Beautiful gowns, magical gifts and cool, refreshing beverages–this gala has it all! Enjoi Lux presents the 5th Annual Prom Dress Giveaway, dubbed “Girls to Pearls” Cocktail Soiree, hosted by Women of Integrity Inc. Prepare to be amazed. Seasons 52 Restaurant, Roosevelt Field Mall, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City. girlstopearls2015.eventbrite.com $30. 2 p.m. March 21.

Sculpture Demonstration
Artist Alice Riordan provides a demonstration on how to create magical, lifelike figures out of clay. It’s the time-tested method this talented artist has used for all the sculptures presently adorning the gallery. Riordan will share her knowledge and love for the medium, too, from which she has enjoyed years of creative, electrifying joy. Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St., Huntington. Free. 2:30 p.m. March 21.

Spring Craft Beer Festival
This is a craft beer drinker’s dream. More than 50 breweries will be pouring ungodly amounts of Indian Pale Ales and other brews to hop-starved beer connoisseurs during two 3 1/2 hour sessions at Nassau Coliseum. This could be the final Spring Craft Beer Festival at the Old Barn, so make it count. We’ll be working that day, but don’t be shy—drop off a pint to our humble headquarters in Garden City and we’ll raise a few together. Cheers! Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $45, $55 DOS, $12 DD. 12:30-4 p.m., 5:30-9 p.m. March 21.

The Weekenders
It’s not too much of a stretch to say that there’s a little bit of The Weekenders in all of us. The trio lives for the two most desired days of the week. “The weekend is when we become the people we really want to be,” the group writes in its official bio. Celebrate with the group as they tell their story through their music. Opening the show will be Gianni Paci, Bad Head and Kodiak. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $10, $12 DOS. 3:30 p.m. March 21.

Doo Wop Extravaganza
They’re not calling this a Doo Wop extravaganza for nothing. NYCB Theatre at Westbury will be home to two (!!) shows featuring seven (!!) Doo Wop veterans, from Lou Christie and the Legendary Teenagers to The Marcels and The Elegants. Maybe—just maybe—The Marcels will serenade the audience with its hit song “Blue Moon.” Don’t miss out! John Kuse and the Excellents, Lou Christie, The Legendary Teenagers, The Marcels, The Elegants, Lenny Coco & the Original Chimes, Danny and the Juniors. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50. 3 p.m., 7 p.m. March 21.

Dinner at the Guggenheims
Friends of the Sands Point Preserve’s historic Hempstead House will be the setting of an elegant dinner theater experience that will explore the festive spirit of the Guggenheims, whose reputation of lavish entertainment at their Gold Coast estate is well-known. It’s sure to be a one-of-a-kind theater experience with dancing to a live orchestra, musical performance and dinner. Hempstead House, Sands Point Preserve 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. thesandspointpreserve.com $110. 7 p.m. March 21.

“Growing Minds Ethiopia”
A fundraiser and photography exhibition of works by  Lauren Werner will tell, through a pictorial presentation, the story of a local Ethiopian child, Genet, and how supporting her, as well as other bright students, is growing the minds of tomorrow’s leaders around the globe. In addition to the exhibit, the evening promises to be fun-filled, with dinner, drinks, raffle items, as well as a live and silent auction. The fundraiser benefits the nonprofit Roots Ethiopia. North Shore Day School, 85 Crescent Beach Rd., Glen Cove. rootsethiopia.org $65. 7 p.m. March 21.

“Big Break” Showcase
Love Revolution Org and the Gold Coast Arts Center are once again searching for the next big thing to come off Long Island, with a little help from some of their friends in the music industry. Performing will be Tayla St. Rose, Sir Cadian Rhythm, Zolfolk, Jaclyn Manfredi, Justin Davi, See and Samantha Daniels. Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. goldcoastarts.org $10 adults, $5 students. 7:30 p.m. March 21.

The Marshall Tucker Band
These hard-rockin’, big-hearted good ol’ Southern boys are out “searchin’ for a rainbow,” as they titled their 2015 tour—with a tribute to the title of their 1975 album—and we hope they all find more than a pot of gold at the end. Hell yeah, thanks to their dedicated following, they’ve been out on the road for 44 years since they first took the highway out of town. Singer Doug Gray’s spirited drawl has been bringing fans to their feet, creating a high energy buzz from start to finish. There’s rock, naturally, plus plenty of country, blues and jazz. Everybody can see what makes these rocking and rolling rednecks the greatest band to ever come out of Spartanburg, S.C. And they can thank a blind piano tuner who left his personalized key ring behind him in their rehearsal space for inspiring the band to immortalize him. As Gray recalls the first time they ever met, the man whispered to him, “You’ve never let me down yet, don’t let me down now!” And the Marshall Tucker Band never has and never will. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$59.50. 8 p.m. March 21.

Jimmie Vaughan
Give Jimmie Vaughan his due, he’ll tell you straight out that he plays, “blues, ballads and favorites,” but there’s so much more to what he offers the musical world than this humble guitarist will readily admit. As Guitar Player Magazine called him, “He is a virtual deity—a living legend.” From spearheading the current blues revival with The Fabulous Thunderbirds to becoming a premier designer of custom classic cars, he’s one of a kind who honors his roots but embraces the present and beyond as befits a musician whose mentor was Muddy Waters. Growing up outside Dallas, he listened avidly to the legendary Wolfman Jack, the great radio dee-jay whose broadcast from a desert hideaway in Mexico turned on a generation and sparked a cultural revolution. And one more thing, when his brother Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin in 1990, Jimmie took it hard and stopped touring until Eric Clapton helped to coax him back on the road so he could share his gift with the world. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. March 21.

Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra Spring Concert
A rousing program of Carl Maria von Weber, the great violin concerto by Tchaikovsky—with rising start violinist Ryu Goto—and Sibelius’ mighty Symphony No. 2 under the direction of the Maestro David Bernard. Berner Auditorium, 50 Carman Rd., Massapequa. massphil.org Free. 8 p.m. March 21.

“My Sinatra”
Cary Hoffman turns his celebrated PBS television special into a biographical, often hilarious, and poignant one-man musical play about his love and idolization for his hero, Frank Sinatra, and the perils of wanting to become somebody else. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $28-$64. 8 p.m. March 21. 

Lily Tomlin
She’s one hell of a funny lady, perhaps the one of America’s greatest comediennes, whose career has been extraordinary. For her TV work, Lily Tomlin has earned Emmys and acclaim, including a part on West Wing. Who can ever forget the first time they saw her on Laugh-In answer the phone as the obnoxious Ernestine or sat in that oversize rocking chair as that devilish six-year-old, Edith Ann? For her work on Broadway, she’s won Tony awards, particularly for her great one-woman performance in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. She won a Grammy for her comedy album, This is a Recording. And tons of accolades for her screen work—though no Oscar yet—particularly when she joined Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton in the feminist comedy 9 to 5 or stood out as a gospel singer in Robert Altman’s Nashville. Too bad Mark Twain wasn’t around at the Kennedy Center in 2003 to see her win the prestigious prize named after him, because we know he and Lily are two of a kind: great American humorists, one from Hannibal, Missouri, the other from Detroit. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$69.50. 3 p.m. March 22.

Star Shine 2015 Youth Talent Search
A panel of three judges with backgrounds in dance and music will critique each performance in front of a live audience. The top three acts will be awarded $300 in cash prizes. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $9-$25. 3 p.m. March 22.

Three Generations of Swing Guitar
If you call these guys swingers, they won’t mind. Better you call them the kings of three generations of swing, because they are regarded as among the most extraordinary guitarists performing today. Approaching 90, Bucky Pizzarelli is rightly the elder statesman of the group, having practically invented the style decades ago. He’s played with Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and Les Paul, to name a few. Ed Laub regards Bucky as his mentor on guitar but he also sings, his vocals drawing comparisons to Kenny Rankin and Chet Baker. Showing the range of his musical prowess, Frank Vignola has played with Ringo Starr, Madonna and the Boston Pops—earning the praise of Les Paul, who put Vignola on his short list of “five most admired guitarists” that the guitar legend once compiled for the Wall Street Journal. Last but by no means least, Vinny Raniolo may be the youngest of this elite set, but he’s just as talented, having recorded with Bucky and David Grisman, among other top acts. Watching these guitar stars shine on stage is a music lover’s dream come true. With Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Laub & Vinny Raniolo. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 7 p.m. March 22.

NY Jazz Mission
This outstanding trio is indeed on a mission: to bring the best jazz to the widest audience possible. Founded and led by drummer/percussionist Milton Hernandez, the NY Jazz Mission is devoted to carrying on the great tradition of the greatest American musical form ever invented. With David Sacrestano on bass and Jay Orig on piano, they honor all the greats who’ve gone before, following the example of Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers and bringing the compositions of Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker to life right before your ears. It’s intimate, it’s expansive, it’s emotional, it’s unbelievable. But above all, it’s the best it can be. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com Free. 7 p.m. March 22.

June Capossela Kempf
This author will speak and sign her new book, Yo God! Jay’s Story. “Yo God! You got me into this, now get me out.” That tough FTW in-your-face attitude masks a TLC softie, who meets his fate with courage, dignity and style. He was no ordinary poster kid. Jonathan’s story will leave the reader questioning how he could manage all his conflicts—especially those dealing with faith. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. March 23.

The Decent One
An intimate, disturbing portrait of Gestapo Chief Heinrich Himmler, one of the Nazi’s highest-ranking officials, as seen through his diaries, love letters and family photos. How did his cruelty and evil develop? Viewers are granted access to the mind, experiences, ideas and emotions that turned him into the “architect of the Holocaust.” Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. portjeffersondocumentaryseries.com $7. 7 p.m. March 23.

Taking Back Sunday
When the great Long Island band, Taking Back Sunday, takes the stage at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island’s top-rated entertainment venue will be celebrating another milestone: its 500th ticketed event since its doors opened in September 2011. For the band, the performance marks their fourth appearance there. “The Paramount is my favorite venue to play on Long Island,” says band member Shaun Cooper. “We are so fortunate to have such a great sounding establishment right in our own backyard. We are honored to be the 500th show there.” They have just released Happiness Is: The Complete Recordings, which features new songs along with rare and unreleased tracks. Opening the show are The Menzingers and letlive. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $27.50-$45. 7 p.m. March 24.

Carly Simon and Carole King Screening
Both hail from the New York City area and wrote about the condition of women in their time with a clarity and honesty that connected with their audience. They presented themselves as women in charge on stage, accompanying themselves with either piano or guitar, no distractions. Their music was accessible, sincere, and radio-friendly in style and song length. They found their voice politically and socially. Rare clips of both women performing will be screened for Women’s Herstory Month. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. March 24.

Darcy Novick Presents Comedy Night At Lounge 960
The rightfully anointed Princess of LI Comedy, Darcy Novick, is back with a very funny line-up, featuring comedian Mitchell Walters along with Tom Dadario (Comedy Central), and John Consoli (Comedy Zone)—and she’ll make people laugh as well with her irrepressible humor. Mitchell Walters has headlined for every major comedy club across America and Canada. For three years, he toured America with the late, great Sam Kinison as one of the “Outlaws of Comedy.” His signature routine has earned him the title, “The Area Code Guy.” Mitchell challenges the audience to name any U.S. city and he responds with its area code with rapid-fire accuracy, making ad lib connections between his material and the area codes. It is a remarkable display of mental agility and comedic genius. All together with these comics, you may laugh so hard it hurts—and that pain means the American Cancer Society and Bosom Buddies will gain, because they’ll get a portion of the proceeds. Mitchell Walters, Tom Daddario NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $13. 7:30 p.m. March 25.

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