Come celebrate the visionary creations of the many faculty and staff members of the Gold Coast Arts Center with an eye-opening, multi-dimensional inaugural reception that transcends mediums, styles and skills. Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. goldcoastarts.org Free. 6 p.m. June 25.
An opening reception for the 14th Annual Benefit Art Show at the Fire Island Lighthouse, featuring local artists displaying their nautical artwork in the Fire Island Lighthouse Keepers Quarters. Exhibit runs through July 19. All artwork for sale. Robert Moses State Park, Robert Moses Causeway, east of Field 5, Fire Island. fireislandlighthouse.com Free. 6 p.m. June 25.
Fresh off his latest standup special, Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live at Brazos County Jail, the Roastmaster General is back on the road and bringing his funny act to Long Island. The Newark-native is best known for his brutal Comedy Central roasts of celebrities including Justin Bieber, Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump and many more. Read our interview with “the meanest man in comedy” HERE. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $52.50. 8 p.m. June 25.
This Life We Live
In 2009, four veterans of other groups met at a jam session in Long Island City and formed a metal band that has gone on to amass “fellow crows,” as they like to call their fans (no, not the Night’s Watch). Their latest EP Novena was released on iTunes in May. Warming up the crowd are Thorn Constellation and Thracian. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com. $10. 8 p.m. June 25.
Mary Higgins Clark
This No. 1 New York Times bestselling author will speak about and sign her new novel The Melody Lingers On. The latest from the “Queen of Suspense” is a thrilling novel about missing billions, a disgraced financier and those determined to learn the truth at any cost. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com. Price of Book, 7 p.m. June 25.
Andrew “Dice” Clay
The controversial comic from Brooklyn who was once banned from MTV because of his infamous “adult nursery rhymes” remains popular despite his critics. He claims to be the first comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden two nights in a row. Die-hard fans can still recall his stirring role in the cult classic film, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. New recruits to “The Dice Man” will know his recently released autobiography, The Filthy Truth. Come see why he unabashedly calls himself the “Undisputed Heavy Weight King of Comedy.” He has scheduled five back-to-back performances. Governor’s of Levittown, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. Govs.govs.com $55. Various times, June 25-27.
Huntington Summer Arts Festival Kickoff
Opening weekend of this summer-long festival includes the Huntington Men’s Choir on June 25, The Rad Trads jazz ensemble on June 26 and a special performance by The Chapin Family, including Harry’s daughter, Jen, his brothers Tom and Steve, and their daughters and son. Various events run through Aug. 9, including a special all-day celebration of John Coltrane’s jazz on July 5 featuring his son Ravi Coltrane in concert. The Chapin Rainbow Stage, Heckscher Park, Huntington. huntingtontonarts.org. Free. Various dates and times. Sandcastle Contests
Weekly sandcastle contests will be held every Thursday starting June 25 through Aug. 27. Sand sculptors may use sand, water, and any other natural materials native to the beach. Prizes in various categories awarded each week. Hither Hills State Park, Montauk Hwy., Montauk. nysparks.com Free. Registration 9:30-10:30 a.m. Every Thursday at Hither Hills State Park’s beach house.
This six-member band from Blairstown, N.J., has performed pop/punk/ska for the past three years. With over 200 shows in North America under their belt, their latest album, Observations of the Human Condition, released last year, gives fans more energetic jams to follow. Opening the show are Lila Ignite, Lucidity, Listen Close, Wait For It and O.B.S. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. clubloaded.com. $12, $14 DOS. 5 p.m. June 26.
Their first song back in 1994 was just a side project. Six albums later, with a seventh to be released this year, the New York City-born hardcore punk band is still kicking. That may not last forever, though. Some fans speculate Was Here will be the band’s final album. With such an impressive record, bringing a key definition to the term “melodic hardcore,” H20 must be caught while they’re still touring. How can you pass them up? Supporting acts include Cruel Hand and Breakdown. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $25. 6 p.m. June 26.
Originating out of Stony Brook, the band simply identifies itself as “six guys who have been playing together for some time.” Over the years, the old friends have performed a combination of rock, folk, alternative, country, blues and jazz. With special guests Soundswell and Funkin’ A. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com. $10. 7:30 p.m. June 26.
After suffering a leg injury in the kitchen, this chef-turned-rapper comically blended his love for food into his rhymes. The Queens-raised artist also touches on subjects such as sports and gambling. His second album, Mr. Wonderful, dropped in March earlier this year. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com. $35-$55. 8 p.m. June 26.
He may be 78 years old, but age won’t stop Merle Haggard from performing his legendary country songs on tour this summer! As his website biography says, “When a Merle Haggard song plays, it can make an innocent-as-apple-pie grandma understand the stark loneliness and self-loathing of a prisoner on death row.” In addition to his solo hits, Haggard has performed with other country music greats, such as Willie Nelson. Any fan of country music should catch this show, where Haggard will be playing many of his classics, including “Mama Tried,” “Fightin’ Side of Me” and “Workin’ Man Blues.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50. 8 p.m. June 26.
Originating from Minneapolis, this Grammy-winning alternative rock band is bringing their “The Fly Over Tour” to Long Island. Soul Asylum has been topping the charts since 1990 with their hits “Runaway Train,” “Somebody to Shove,” “Black Gold,” “Misery” and many more. Will they play fan favorites “Without A Trace,” “99%” and “The Sun Maid” for Press music critic Zack Tirana? Only one way to find out, dear Grave Dancers. (See what happened there!?) Only one way to find out. With special guests The Meat Puppets. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. sulfolktheater.com $49. 8 p.m. June 26.
Brought to fame by Sean “Diddy” Combs, Mase has been rapping with his slow-flow style since 1993. On top of being signed on “Diddy’s” Bad Boy records, the rapper/songwriter’s single, “Only You,” was No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Singles Sales chart. After two brief hiatuses, the rapper is back again, bringing his rhymes to LI. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com. $20, $28 DOS. 10 p.m. June 26.
This actor, writer and stand-up comedian is bringing us his darkest comedy. Jefferies, most recognized from his television show Legit, does not have any boundaries in his standup. His brutally honest approach on social issues is refreshing, whether you agree with him or not, and he certainly doesn’t run from the truth. The Freedumb Tour. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com. $39.50. 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. June 26.
Beer, BBQ and Blues Fest
Musicians including Rob Europe, Joe Allegue, Kirsten Thien, Chuck Columbo and the Hiro Suzuki Band take the stage for this inaugural weekend-long festival of blues, barbeque and beer at one of Long Island’s pioneering craft breweries. Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., 234 Carpenter St., Greenport. greenportharborbrewing.com Free. 11 a.m. June 27-5 p.m. June 28.
More than 100 craft breweries—including many from Long Island—and three stages of musical performances all at one outdoor venue. Artists include reggae stars Collie Buddz and John Browns Body, Dumpstaphunk and some of the best local bands on LI, including Oogee Wawa, Groundswell,The Offshore Regulars, Soundswell and Shinobi Ninja. Pennysaver Amphitheatre at Bald Hill, 55 South Bicycle Path, Farmingville. beerfieldsny.com $60, $75 DOS. 4 p.m. June 27.
Christian metal core band, For Today, channel their religious beliefs through hardcore and metallic songs. Their fourth full-length album reached No. 15 on the Billboard Top 200, having sold 14,700 units in only one week. The band has performed alongside Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, August Burns Red and much more. Opening the show are Gideon, Silent Planet, More of Myself To Kill and Critical Era. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $16, $18 DOS. 4:30 p.m. June 27.
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
This Connecticut band’s style can only be defined by their self-described genre: “Independent rock, memo, not real, maximalism.” During their “We Are Only Going on Tour to Get Hot Dogs” tour, audiences will witness unforgettable performances while hearing some of the band’s greatest hits such as “Heartbeat in the Brain,” “Getting Sodas” and “Picture of a Tree That Doesn’t Look Okay.” Warming up the crowd are Spraynard, Soda Bomb and To Sail Beyond The Sun. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. clubloaded.com $12, $15 DOS. 6 p.m. June 27.
The American comic, podcast host, writer and director has interviewed comedians and celebrities from the late Robin Williams to President Barack Obama (who went viral when he said the N-word). Since 2013, Maron has been starring in his own self-titled television series. His stand-up routine has been described as self-revelation and cultural analysis, which includes his own relationships with his family, girlfriends, and various stand-up comedians he has befriended. Warming up the crowd is Mike Lawrence. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com. $19.50-$37.50. 8 p.m. June 27.
Happy Together Tour
Featuring a legendary lineup of iconic `60s bands, the show’s headlining act will be Flo and Eddie of The Turtles, known for their smash hit, “Happy Together.” The tour will also feature The Association, Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders), The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams and The Cowsills. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50- $69.50. 8 p.m. June 27.
Los Straitjackets are most notably recognized for their unique live performances. As time has passed, their live shows have become more elaborate and tight with instrumentation. Each member dons a luchador wrestling mask, while a horn section compliments the band’s raw surfer style music. After numerous performances on Conan, the band has gained a cult following that continues to grow. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 8 p.m. June 27.
Duke University’s own musical act, The Pitchforks, were founded in 1979, making them the oldest acapella group on campus. From opening up for Ben Folds to appearing at professional sports arenas, the group has accomplished much, on top of releasing 15 albums. No instruments required, as The Pitchforks provide everything needed for a great show by simply unleashing their vocal talents. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $5. 8 p.m. June 27.
‘Celebrate America’ Fireworks Show ***POSTPONED TO MONDAY, JUNE 29***
What better experience than to sit upon your favorite blanket amongst a vast group of onlookers, snacking on treats with your loved ones, sharing laughs, and staring up above into a sky painted with colorful fantastical explosions of light and sound that conjure images of Revolutionary War battles, a raging sea, true, original patriots? Not much, fellow dreamers and vision-believers. Not much. Wow. Come commemorate our nation’s independence with a fireworks show you will remember for a long, long time, and bask in the glory that is our hard-fought independence. Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow. nassaucountyny.gov/parks Free. 9:30 p.m. June 27.
Summer Camp Cinema Film Festival
Although Halloween is months away, fans of horror, sci-fi and action movies will love this cinematic extravaganza, which kicks off with a double feature of The Mist and Creepshow. Based on the work of Stephen King, The Mist takes place in Maine after a storm. After a father and son head to the local grocery store, a thick fog rolls in, trapping those inside. Horrible creatures start to reveal themselves, but the real terror hasn’t even begun. Creepshow is for the horror movie aficionado, and features five short but terrifying films! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Check out CinemaArtsCentre.org $9 members, $13 public. 10:30 p.m. June 27.
A River Between Us
Take a journey to the Klamath River, where 300 miles of polluted waterway have been fought over by communities and activists. Restoring the river has been one of the biggest restoration projects in American history. Following the screening will be a panel discussion featuring Christopher Gobler, professor of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at SUNY Stony Brook University, and Marshall Brown, founder of Save the Great South Bay, Inc. Read all about Gobler and other local environmentalists’ efforts to combat the harmful effects of brown and red tides HERE. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Check out CinemaArtsCentre.org. $10 members, $15 public. 10 a.m. June 28.
Since he was 16 years old, Gary Hoey has been progressing in his guitar playing by devoting his time to music. Whether that included cutting high school classes or teaching guitar lessons, it has certainly payed off. His blues-rock artistry has been included in feature films and even caught the attention of Ozzy Ozbourne. Hoey continues to expand with his latest release, Deja Blues, an album consisting of original blues songs. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 7 p.m. June 28.
Mother (and Me)
This one-night-only performance stars the writer of the show, Melinda Buckley, whose story focuses on two women who are losing everything they’ve ever been—in very different ways—as they both lose each other. Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor. baystreet.org $20. 8 p.m. June 29.
Emily Skinner: Broadway Her Way
This Grammy Award nominee takes the audience on a musical journey through the best of the Great White Way, leaving them breathless with laughter and moved by the potency of spectacular theater music. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $45. 7 p.m. June 30.
Brian Wilson with Rodriguez
To celebrate the release of his 11th studio album, legendary producer, songwriter and performer Brian Wilson is continuing his “No Pier Pressure” Tour on Long Island. As a multi-award-winning artist with The Beach Boys as well as through his solo career, Wilson is touring with folk singer Rodriguez, who is the opening act of the tour. Fellow Beach Boys members Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin will be joining him at the show, which will feature performances of songs from each decade of Wilson’s career, including “California Girls,” “In My Room” and “God Only Knows.” And former Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blindie Chaplin. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $22-$195.00. 7:30 p.m. June 30.
The Lexus Pop-Up Concert Series Powered by Pandora is hosting an intimate show with Dispatch before they rock Madison Square Garden in July as part of their summer tour. Chad Stokes, Brad Corrigan and Pete Francis have been performing together since 1996 and are sure to put on an epic show for this lucky audience. Most famous for their legendary 2004 concert in Boston, the band will be performing some of their classics, such as “The General,” “Mayday” and “Two Coins” in addition to more recent songs off of their 2010 and 2012 albums. This exclusive live performance is free to Pandora listeners. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com Free for Pandora listeners. 8 p.m. June 30.
Record-breaking artist sensation Shania Twain is back! The country artist is known for her hits “Any Man Of Mine,” “You’re Still The One” and her most popular “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” Twain will be performing around the country as part of her Shania Rock This Country Tour. We;re thrilled to have her in our neck of the woods. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. naussaucoliseum.com $74.50-$149.50. 7:30 p.m. July 1.
Compiled by Chuck Cannini, Kyla Stan, Nicholas Semelak, Kaitlin Gallagher, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III