[50 Cent kicks off 2016 in style at The Emporium in Patchogue on Jan. 2!]
Jack Licitra has released eight CDs with his project, Jack’s Waterfall, performing with some of the best musicians in the world, including Levon Helm, Jimmy Vivino and Bakithi Kumalo, as well as opening shows for legends such as Richie Havens, Buckwheat Zydeco, Pinetop Perkins—and even playing for then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton! Come welcome the New Year by enjoying his truly amazing musical gifts and kick off 2016 in jazzy, soul-soothing style! Let Jack’s Waterfall flow over you! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $25-$100. 9 p.m. December 31.
Break out the Converse, strap on a headband and dust off the jean jacket, because this Back to the Eighties Show will do everything short of taking you in a Delorean back to the decade when Men at Work, Flock of Seagulls and Debbie Gibson ruled the airwaves. That’s because Jessie’s Girl is more than just a cover band. They’re here to party like it’s 1989! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington.paramountny.com $25-$55. 10 p.m. December 31.
A Rat Pack New Year
Direct from Las Vegas, this spectacular show recreates one of the famous “Summit at the Sands” nights, when the swingin’ ring-a-ding group known as “The Rat Pack” was creating hipster legends with a free-wheeling, no-holds-barred nightclub act starring Vegas’ favorite good ole bad boys: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin. The show features uncanny vocal recreations and unbridled humor. The men are backed by a smoking-hot orchestra that sends audiences straight back to the coolest time in history. Hits include “That’s Amore,” “My Way,” “Mr. Bojangles,” “Fly me to the Moon,” “My Kind of Town,” “New York, New York,” and many more! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $60-$95. Times vary, December 31-January 3.
Covering everyone’s favorite punk/reggae/ska/pop songs by Sublime is this very cool tribute band, named after the original’s classic tune. Bradley! Bradley! Long Live Bradley! Oops. Mulcahys Pub and Concert Hall: 3232 Railroad Ave, Wantagh. muls.com $10. 10 p.m. January 1.
This Long Island band’s indie/synth-rock beats have opened for several energetic and fun multi-band shows. Their latest hit album Anthem City was released back in August. Opening the show are The Serotones, The Como Brothers Band and Flid. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $15. 6:30 p.m. January 2.
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot
This is the only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Islander, The Piano Man, himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol—and the performances are absolutely stellar! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington.paramountny.com $15-$35. 8 p.m. January 2.
As a single, never married adult, John finds his humor in the world of dating and his observation of the married people he knows. In addition to being a self-proclaimed relationship expert, John also fancies himself an authority on the workplace. Growing up the youngest of six children in a Jewish family within an Italian/Irish Catholic neighborhood has given John a unique perspective, which has him happily confused to this day. Get ready to laugh, hard! He’s one funny man. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. mcguires.govs.com $17. 9 p.m. January 2.
His head-bobbing and sometimes-unsettling beats range from more than a decade of top-selling albums, but 50 Cent’s latest drop, The Kanan Tape, shows a matured, reflective, entertaining-as-ever veteran of the music industry—and the streets. His recent bankruptcy and Instagram wars aside, 50 Cent still has serious lyrical skills that set him apart. He’s also got another album, Street King Immortal, set to be released in 2016. With Funk Flex. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $25-$40. 10 p.m. January 2.
Bill Murray Movie Marathon
For the first time since the ’80s, catch Stripes and Caddyshack on the same big screen. Too bad the PGA couldn’t make Carl the Groundskeeper the ambassador of the links at the US Open. Laugh, giggle, roar—do what you will—this is Bill Murray, and he is king! Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com Admission free with $20 food/beverage purchase. 6 p.m. January 3.
Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale
Obsession, redemption and spectacular performances are on the menu at the cinematic celebration that is this showing of The Bard’s timeless tragicomedy. Co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan, expect a memorable evening of theatrical splendor with the fantastic re-telling of this absolute classic, featuring Judi Dench as Paulina and Kenneth Branagh as Leontes. Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org Public: $12. Members: $7. Seniors (62+) & Students (w/ID): $9. Children: (12 and under): $5. 7 p.m. January 5.
This celebrity chef and bestselling author will speak about his culinary mastery and sign his new cookbook The Negative Calorie Diet. In it, he explains how true health and real weight loss come from a whole-foods diet that is rich in negative calorie foods. Best of all, there is no limit to the quantity of negative calorie foods you can eat, because those calories don’t count! Gotta get us some ah that! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. January 5.
–Compiled by Chuck Cannini, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III