Wayne “Big Chuck” Bradshaw
Undercover police officer and author Wayne “Big Chuck” Bradshaw will be speaking about and signing his new book Jersey Tough: My Wild Ride From Outlaw Biker To Undercover Cop. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. March 17
With worldwide record sales topping 80 million, “The Loaf” is one of the best-selling artists of all time. He is known across the globe for his Bat Out Of Hell series, featuring Bat Out Of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose. Expect fan favorite, the classic, irresistible sing-a-long “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” What a gig! Meatloaf is a living legend. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $59.50-$199.50. 8 p.m. March 17.
Four Year Strong
About a century ago, give or take a few decades, this uncompromising American so-called easy core band supposedly took off from Worcester, Mass. on a metal musical mission that has taken them to water parks out west and venues across the sea. Along the way they’ve banged heads by the thousands while making fans by the ton. They called their 2010 album Enemy of the World, which some say is their best, but others have their favorites like last summer’s EP Go Down in History, which was also recorded at the Machine Shop (where Fall Out Boy did their thing). But it’s all good. They’ve got the power chords, the heavy throbbing bass, the pulsating drums, the cathartic keyboards, and the fearless lyrics sung with passion and truth. Four Years Strong says they know their days are numbered so they’re making each one count. Warming up the crowd are Light Years, Can’t Swim, Giants At Large, Shorebreak and Whittled Down. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com $15, $18 DOS. 5:30 p.m. March 18.
Joss Stone landed her first record deal at only 15 years old. Now 28, Stone has blossomed into a chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning artist thanks to her unique vocals. The British-born soul singer was named Billboard‘s Reggae artist of the year in 2015, with her latest album, Water for Your Soul, topping the charts last year. Along with her success on the charts, Stone has also performed on stage with icons like James Brown and Gladys Knight, to name a few, and is not shy about speaking her mind. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $30 8 p.m. March 18.
Mayday Parade & The Maine
The pop-rock quintet is primed to deliver yet another high-energy performance before a raging fan base that is as loyal as they come. In the 11 years the group has been together, Mayday Parade has amassed five full-length albums, led by vocalist Derek Sanders. Also taking the stage is The Maine, which is no stranger to high-octane settings. These rockers from Tempe, Ari. have graced stages across the globe, interspersing tracks from some of their four albums. This is going to be a night to remember. “The American Lines Tour ’16,” indeed. Opening the show will be Better Off. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$45. 8 p.m. March 18.
The veteran guitar-wielding artist is known to tackle a slew of genres during performances, meaning you never know quite what to expect from Sexton. With his wide-ranging talents and willingness to blend genres, Sexton is one of those unique performers who oozes passion and delivers powerful sets anytime he’s on stage. It is said that Sexton’s public shows inspire audiences to do good. If that’s true, there’s only one way to find out! Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $35-$60. 8 p.m. March 18.
In Print: Evolving Processes
Part of Hofstra University Museum (HUM)’s Spring 2016 Exhibitions, Associate Director of Exhibitions and Collections Karen T. Albert leads a discussion into the realm of fine art printmaking, explaining, among other fascinating tidbits, how technological developments have influenced this craft, from Durer to Warhol. She’ll address the incorporation of new and commercial processes, as well as improvements in existing printmaking methods. Expect to be intrigued, and inspired. Hofstra University, David Filderman Gallery, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Ninth Floor, South Campus, Hempstead. For more information, check out: hofstra.edu 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. March 18.
As with many comedians, Rick Glassman got his start at local comedy clubs in his homestate of Ohio and then hit it big when he and 21 other comedians were invited to the “New Faces” Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. Glassman quickly went from a standup performer to TV funny man after landing the role as Burski in NBC’s comedy Undateable. Glassman is bringing his rip-roaring routine to LI. You’re not going to want to miss it. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $22. 8 p.m March 18, 7 & 9:30 p.m. March 19.
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. Opening the show will be Stolen Rhodes & Kevin Edmond Burke. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$59.50. 8 p.m. March 19.
Innovative, original and spiritual, this legendary performer combines eclectic love songs to create haunting melodies of adulterous romance and other tantalizing topics. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. March 19.
Everybody knows that when the Jefferson Airplane shed its wings in the 1970s, the Starship took off into the pop stratosphere with a stellar overdrive fueled by arena rock blasted at full throttle. The ole hippie-dippy psychedelic sound wasn’t quite left behind in the rush from its San Francisco roots, but the band headed in a different direction that had harder metallic edges than it ever had. Going further was always the destination of this ship. And what a long strange trip it’s been on—and it’s still going strong. Climb on board and listen to the music of the stars. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $45-$55. 8 p.m. March 19.
Smith Sisters Ensemble
The immensely talented Smith Sisters Ensemble will give you chills as you become consumed by their graceful melody. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $40. 1 p.m. March 20.
Long Island Food & Film Feast
Come for the movies, stay for the food pairings. Opening the screening with cocktail hour will be A Very Old Concept and then Macari Wines, served with (what else?) Macari Wine and raw veggies with Sang Lee’s Garlic Scallion Dip. For the next course, watch The Oyster Divers of LI Soundwhile dining on with Fried Po Boy Oysters and Fried Po Boy Tofu. Kevin Joseph, Co-Founder of NY Oyster Week, will lead the discussion during this part of the festival. A second round of appetizers comes during a screening of Sang Lee Farms, served with mixed field greens with Japanese dressing, kale and potato leek soup. For the entree, David Falkowski will lead a talk about the film Open Minded Organics while the audience enjoys Asian rice pasta with Shiitake mushrooms. For dessert, viewers will see Michael Phillips and the Holistic Orchard, Who Keeps the Beekeepers and Sugar is Killing Us, served with GF Apple Cobbler. The fest concludes with Green Bronx Machine and a discussion led by Stephen Ritz. Bon appetite! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $55-$65. 6:30 p.m. March 20.
How important has John Mayall been to rock and roll history? What a bloody silly question! Without this quintessential British bluesman, where would Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor have perfected their licks? It was in Mayall’s Bluesbreakers that these brilliant guitarists came to the forefront, and once they were established with a firm foundation, they went on their way. A sizzling live performance from 1967, now available in the US, features Green on lead guitar, John McVie on bass and Mick Fleetwood on drums—yes, they went on to form Fleetwood Mac. Mayall has always given his musicians room to move. So here is Mayall in person, still blowing a mean harp, still wailing like a midnight express coming on down the line, and he’s got another great cadre of musicians alongside him. He’s out on the road touring with his 63rd album, Find a Way to Care, an uplifting, hard-hitting mix of music recorded at the fabled House of Blues Studios in Encino, Calif. Whether Mayall’s on keyboards or at the microphone, he’s channeling all the great roots music that’s gone on before because it’s buried deep in his bones and flows like a river through his soul. The man’s a living legend, and that ain’t no lie. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $57-$62. 7 p.m. March 20.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Come swing as the uber-moving, mondo-electrifying Big Bad Voodoo Daddy seize the stage. 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 $29.50-$60. 8 p.m. March 20.
Long Island author Sheree Jeanes will be speaking and signing her new book Simon and Sedef: A Seal’s First Adventure. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. March 23.
Kosher Kitchen Seminar & Pampered Chef Fundraiser
Everyone knows that Alure Home Improvements goes above and beyond to help those in need. As an eight-time (!!) remodeler for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, their generosity and commitment to improving the lives of others less fortunate is more than evident. So is their expertise and dedication to sheer excellence in the home remodeling realm—as their recent ranking as “Remodeler of the Year” by Professional Remodeler Magazine is also testament. Join Alure Home Improvements and its passionate team as they raise much-needed funds, and awareness, about those fighting the battle against breast cancer. This must-go-to special event will include a meet-and-greet with Kosher Kitchen designer and host Sherry Gossett, a Q&A session about proper appliances from experts at Appliance World, fun cooking and learning workshops with Pampered Chef, wine pairings with various Kosher wines, and so much more! Come nosh, learn, and lend support! This important seminar and fundraiser proves that once again, Alure truly does go to extremes to build dreams! All proceeds will benefit nonprofit Sharsheret Foundation, committed to supporting young Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer. Alure Home Improvements Showroom, 1999 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. alure.com RSVP: Lindsey-RSVP@alure.com or 516-396-9037. FREE. 7 p.m. March 24.
—Compiled by Timothy Bolger & Rashed Mian
(Featured photo: Joss Stone, courtesy JossStone.com)