Copeland (Photo credit: Facebook)
Copeland (Photo credit: Facebook)

After a six-year hiatus, the Florida-based quartet recently reunited to produce its fifth full-length album, much to the delight of its loyal fans who have been missing the indie band’s powerful tracks. Copeland’s latest album, Ixora, was released late last year, just in time for the band’s much-anticipated tour. Warming up the crowd are Vinnie Caruana, Have Mercy and Valise. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $20. 7:30 p.m. May 7.

The Skatalites
Simmer down! The legendary Jamaican band has backed such icons as Bob Marley, Toots Hibbert and Peter Tosh over the past half century, but remain a musical force of their own, even if there have been a few lineup changes. Wear your dancing shoes. Opening the show are Pandemics, Soul Junkies and Radio Daze. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $20. 7:30 p.m. May 7.

Bianca Del Rio
Bianca Del Rio (Photo credit: Facebook)

Bianca Del Rio
After claiming the top prize in the show “Drag Race,” Bianca Del Rio has been incredibly busy. The entertainer, who began her career in New Orleans, has been touring the country, giving audiences a taste of her spirited cabaret and comedy show. Bianca Del Rio described her drag performance as “erotic clown” in a recent interview with The New York Times. Get ready for a night like no other. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington.  $25-$89.50. 7 p.m. May 8.

The Whispers
The famed R&B band began its legendary career in 1963, capturing the hearts and minds of music fans across the country while producing timeless romantic hits. They were such a force years ago that the band’s self-titled 1980 album went platinum, cementing their place in history among R&B greats. Now they’re back and ready to serenade Long Island with their smooth sounds. With opening act Stephanie Mills. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $39.50-$49.50. 8 p.m. May 8.

Formed more than four decades ago, NRBQ delighted crowds with their unique sound and their ability to seamlessly blend a variety of genres into their music, a style the band has harnessed and developed throughout the years. The band released its first album in 1969, two years after it was formed, and still plays with the same spirit and vigor it had when it landed its first record deal all those years ago. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $35-$40. 8 p.m. May 8.

Dutch Festival
Enjoy live jazz music while strolling through Hofstra’s campus bursting with tulips in bloom as you revel in the university’s Dutch heritage The festival is going through a reinvention with more emphasis on family activities and community services. As always, enjoy music and theater performances, art exhibits and carnival games. Hofstra University, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., May 9.

Reflections on War Experiences
A panel with three authors who are all veterans will share stories of their service. The panelists include John Barr, who writes of his five-year Naval tour of duty in Vietnam in The War Zone; Warrior Writers’ poet Maurice Decaul, whose Marine infantry company served in Iraq during 2003; and Emerson College professor Doug Anderson, who shares his memoir, Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties. The event will also feature Dan Levin’s poetry about Iwo Jima. Walt Whitman Birthplace, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station. Free. 1 p.m. May 9.

Hal Ketchum
The cabinet-maker-turned-country-music singer has sold more than 5 million albums during his successful career. Instead of sticking to what he knows best, the 61-year-old artist decided to release a new album, I’m the Troubadour, an ambitious project that combined several uncustomary genres: folk, blues and soul. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $40-$45. 8 p.m. May 9.

Caroline Rhea
This Canadian comic has been a fixture in the American comedy scene for more than two decades. Known for her sharp wit and infectious laugh, Rhea has cultivated her gift of gab (hostessing her own talk show The Caroline Rhea Show, taking over from The Rosie O’Donnell Show and as the hostess of the first three seasons of NBC’s The Biggest Loser) into sit-coms like ABC’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch, voice work like the mother on Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb, and film roles, like The Perfect Man, starring Heather Locklear. Her standup show is not to be missed. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. $47. 8 p.m. May 9.

Heather Henson’s Sing Along With The Muppet Movie
Little ones and big ones alike will love this family-friendly sing-along to the acclaimed classic Muppet Movie. This interactive experience is like the Rocky Horror Picture Show for the elementary school set. Replete with singing, dancing, puppetry, kiting and shadow acting, the movie will come to life, thanks to the daughter of the legendary Muppet mastermind Jim Henson. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $29.50. 12 p.m. May 9.

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
Long regarded as the Godfather of the Jersey Shore Sound, John Lyon, better known by his stage name Southside Johnny, is an American original. Growing up in Ocean Grove and graduating from Neptune High, he followed in Bruce Springsteen’s shoes running down the boardwalk, hitting the high notes and laying it low with that bluesy soulfulness that only he can croon. It helped that Steven Van Zandt, the Boss’s compadre, penned Southside Johnny’s signature song, “I Don’t Want to Go Home.” And yes, that’s Southside and the Jukes performing as a bar band at the frat party in that action-packed classic Adventures in Babysitting. The guy’s been doing it right and working his ass off, and we’re lucky to have him around keeping it real. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $20-$49.50. 8 p.m. May 9.

Bobby Messano (Photo credit: Facebook)
Bobby Messano (Photo credit: Facebook)

Bobby Messano
This celebrated guitarist boasts a prolific career with collaborations with music’s elite, including the likes of Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Rodney Atkins and Clarence Clemmons. Along with bassist Suavek Zaniesienko, drummer Dave Hollingsworth and Freddie Gasparini on keyboards, this contemporary blues band leaves audiences gasping for air. With marked intensity punctuated by masterful playing, Messano’s is a show audiences won’t soon forget. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. $15. 8 p.m. May 9.

Impractical Jokers Starring The Tenderloins, The Tenderloins
You know these guys from their hit show TruTV’s Impractical Jokers. Staten Island natives Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James Murray and Brian Quinn delight fans with their improvised comedy sketches. The premise is as simple as the childhood games of truth or dare you used to playbut the dares dreamed up by these four childhood friends are both hilarious and excruciatingly embarrassing. No matter, it’s their infectious laughter that causes audiences to roar along with them whether they complete the dares or not. Fans can expect new videos and never-before-seen footage from their show. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $45-$100. Three show times, May 9, 10.

Here’s the lowdown on the hottest boy band in town, IM5. Cole Pendery, born in Texas, decided that the spotlight was just the place for him when he was in eighth grade. Amazingly, his parents agreed. Dana Vaughns II grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh and started showing off his talent when he was 7. He clicked and wound up in LA. Now he gets to hang out with dudes who feel like his brothers. Gabriel Morales, Gabe for short, was born and raised in Miami. He’s got Cuban and Venezuelan roots, has no middle name and says yellow is his “fave color.” Having fun, living each day like it’s your last: that’s the motto these boys live by. “Touchdown Dance” is their latest release, and it’s a safe bet, if you’re really nice to them, they’ll play it for you. With supporting acts Sam Pottorff, Austin Jones, Bailey McConnell, The Weekend Riot and The House on Cliff. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $20, $75 VIP. 3 p.m. May 10.

Jeffrey Wands
Psychic medium Jeffrey Wands says an interesting thing happened to him one day when he was 6 years old and watching TV: His great grandmother, Mary, appeared in front of him and spoke. The thing is, she’d been dead for 23 years. And so it began. Since then, he’s had many mind-boggling experiences communicating with deceased folks, predicting events and revealing information about people he barely knew. He was not popular at baseball games because he tended to blurt out the final score before the last out was recorded. Not only is he an accomplished medium, he’s also a popular radio host on WALK 97.5 FM and the author of several books, including “America’s Most Ghostly Places: New York State.” And no, Citi Field is not one of them—yet. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. $27. 7:30 p.m. May 11.

Melissa Rivers
The daughter of the late comedian Joan Rivers will speak about and sign her new book The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation. There was only one person who knew Joan intimately, one person who the authorities would call when the funny lady got a little out of hand: her daughter and best friend, Melissa. The Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 7 p.m. May 11.

Guest speaker David Oberhettinger, Chief Knowledge Officer of the NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will explore some of the major scientific themes in the multi Academy Award winning film Gravity, such as: “Why do we ex­plore?” and “Would it be less risky for robots, instead of humans, to do the exploring?” Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $10 members, $15 public. 7 p.m. May 12.

Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Jorge Posada
Former New York Yankee Jorge Posada comes to sign his new memoir The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes. The legendary catcher tells the incredible story of his personal journey, offering an unexpected, behind-the-plate view of his career, his past and the father-son bond that fueled his love of the game. The Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 7 p.m. May 12.

Duff McKagan
The Guns N’ Roses bassist will speak about and sign his book, How To Be A Man. He is one of the most respected survivors in hard rock. In his book, he shares the wisdom he gained on the path to superstardom—from his time with Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver to getting sober after a life of hard living to achieving his personal American Dream of marrying a supermodel, raising a family and experiencing what it’s like to be winked at by Prince. The Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 7 p.m. May 12

Tribute to Jack Bruce, Johnny Winter and Joe Cocker
This show is a tribute to three giants of rock-and-roll artistry who passed away in the last year: Jack Bruce, Johnny Winter and Joe Cocker. Join host Bill Shelley, a Freeport Music Archivist, for this screening of rare concert clips and footage. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. May 13.

Brit Floyd
With a spectacular light show and out-of-this-world stage production, Brit Floyd calls this trip their “Space & Time” tour, a fitting name for this leg of the amazing journey launched by Pink Floyd itself and now followed dutifully by this great tribute act. From The Dark Side of the Moon to The Wall and, the latest, The Endless River, they’ll dip into five decades of Floyd’s best-selling albums to recreate an interstellar night of stunning performances. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $25-$65. 8 p.m. May 13.

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
Like father, like son, that’s the essence of Jason Bonham’s critically acclaimed tribute to the music his dad, John Bonham, brought to millions as the drummer for Led Zeppelin. For two nights, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will let fans relive some of the greatest rock n’ roll ever made. This show is more than a tribute—it’s a celebration. From the 1969 debut album to Led Zep’s second, fourth and Physical Graffitti, plus a heavy serving of deep cuts and smash hits, this is a must-see, must-listen show. Jason Bonham has won respect as a drummer in his own right, too, earning a Grammy Award for his work on Led Zep’s Celebration Day and he’s also gotten kudos performing for President Obama at the Kennedy Center. So “ramble on” over there, or take the stairway to you know where! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $49.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. May 13, 14.

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

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