Roots reggae fans, rejoice! Steel Pulse will bring their special Afro-Caribbean sound to Westbury where fans of this legendary group from Birmingham, England will revel in their soulful rockin’ riddims. Steel Pulse, the first non-Jamaican reggae band to ever win a coveted Grammy award, blends a taste of traditional punk with their Island-spiced music, creating an awesome experience that will get your blood flowing and your heart pounding. With special guests Oogee Wawa. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $30-$45. 8 p.m. April 14.
Country fans: this one’s for you! Frankie Ballard, the 33-year-old country crooner who won 2008’s “Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star” music competition, will bring his singing chops to Long Island, y’all. His signature voice is sure to woo the ladies in the audience! (He’s easy on the eyes, too, just sayin’.) NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $19- $39.50. 8 p.m. April 14.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Roger McGuinn, the former lead singer and lead guitarist of the legendary ’60s band The Byrds, will soar with the iconic tunes he is known and loved for, especially his rendition of Dylan’s classics. Guitar fans will get the chance to watch his finger-flying riffs he pioneered on the West Coast, and has played to perfection ever since. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $45-$50. 8 p.m. April 14.
The 24th Annual Long Island Guitar Festival
Talk about a spring string fling, the concerts for the 2016 festival will feature Andrew York, Berta Rojas, David Starobin, lutenist Ronn McFarlane and Hilary Field. Don’t fret about it–just show up! Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org Prices and times vary. April 13-17.
Fresh off of their Grammy win for Best Metal Performance, Ghost, a band comprised of “nameless ghouls,” is touring to promote their new record, Meliora. The album evokes the theatrics of Kiss, Alice Cooper, The Misfits, David Bowie and Gwar. Spooky! Opening the show will be The Shrine. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $27.50-$64.50. 8 p.m. April 15.
Robert Randolph and The Family Band
Listed on Rolling Stones’ top 100 greatest guitarists of all time is New Jersey native Robert Randolph. If you didn’t know that before, now you do. For more than 15 years, Randolph and the Family Band have brought their special funky sauce to liven up people’s evenings with unforgettable performances. Known for playing before every Friday night Knicks game, Robert Randolph and the Family Band haven’t lost a beat. Wish we could say the same for the team. Opening the show is Memphis Crawl. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $29.50-$45. 8 p.m. April 15.
James O’Malley and Josh Joffen
O’Malley sings his songs in a subtle, whispering tenor that completely draws the listener into the story he is telling. Joining him is Joffen, another great musician, who will also perform separately. It promises to be an intimate evening full of artistic prowess. Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City. ourtimescoffeehouse.org $10-$15. 8 p.m. April 15.
The 1996 American Comedy Award winner is back after a crazy two years. What took her so long? Well, she did get hit by a drunk driver, but this spirited Long Island native wouldn’t let that stop her from returning to the stage and doing her unique stand-up. We’re happy to see her. Maybe laughter is the best medicine! Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $25. 8 p.m. April 15, 7 & 9:30 p.m. April 16.
Keep Pluggin Retro Video Game Extravaganza
If you long to play Super Mario Brothers again or Ms. Pac Man, then bring your thumbs and more to the spring edition of “Keep Pluggin Retro Video Game Event: Buy/Trade/Sell/Play!” at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington. There will be at least 25 gaming stations featuring free play, plus arcade machines and tournaments, along with vendors selling thousands of video classics and vintage retro systems (think: Nintendo, Sega, Intellivision, Playstation). Are you game? For more info, contact Ben Farrell, the event founder at 631-335-1505. UUFH, 109 Browns Rd., Huntington. $10 adults, $6 for kids 10 and under. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 16.
He’ll be playing his hits, including “I Think I Love You,” “I Can Feel Your Heartbeat,” “One Step Short of Our Heaven.” The Suffolk Theater, 118 Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $59. 8 p.m. April 16.
Cask Ales Fest
This isn’t the typical craft beer festival. Patrons can sample cask ale, aka “real” unfiltered and unpasteurized ale, served without CO2 or nitrogen and brewed by more than 50 breweries nationwide. Also on tap will be interactive brewer sessions, beer pairings, live music and local food trucks. Blue Point Brewery, 161 River Ave., Patchogue. craftbeerfestivals.com/blue-point $55. 2 p.m April 16.
This Connecticut teen launched his way into America’s hearts on season 3 of the X Factor—when he made it to finalist!—and he hasn’t looked back since. This singer/songwriter has tremendous talent. His terrific performances supporting his new EP of original tunes are something you won’t want to miss. You’ll want to say: “I saw him when…” Be there or be square. Warming up the crowd will be Allie Martocci, Jenna Rose, Morell Brown, Gianni Paci, Phantoms & Fables and A Place To Hide. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12-$25. 2 p.m. April 16.
English psychedelic blues rock legend Robin Trower’s Hendrix-esque mastery of the Stratocaster feeds the free-loving soul. Come let him transport you to the stratosphere. Supporting acts include Phil Varca and The Slam Jammers. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50-$79.50. 8 p.m. April 16.
Selena’s 45th Birthday Tribute Concert
With the 45th birthday of the late singer Selena approaching, it is only right she gets the proper tribute she deserves. Long Island native Genessa & The Selena Experience is the best way to honor the life of the “queen of Tejano music.” Fans of Selena will not want to miss this chance to celebrate her legacy. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $19.50-$39. 8 p.m. April 16.
John Primer Band
For over 50 years John Primer has been playing the Chicago Blues all across the country. This Mississippi native is still as sharp and smooth as ever, even at the age of 71. He promises to give a great night of music. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $20. 8 p.m. April 16.
Desiigner & Fat Joe & Remy Ma
Funk Master Flex spins, Desiigner, Fat Joe & Remy Ma perform live. Go for it! Get your groove on. The Emporium, 1 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20-$30. 10 p.m. April 16.
Favorite Poem Project
Local poetry fans can submit their favorite published poems with an explanation of its significance and be considered for a chance to bring the words to life at a poetry reading at the Walt Whitman Birthplace, the interpretive site for Long Island’s most famous poet. Walt Whitman Birthplace, 246 Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station. waltwhitman.org Free. 2 p.m. April 17.
This folk legend will perform in celebration of his 12th studio album, Bright Side of Down, which features broad themes of winter-to-spring, of unforgiving edges, of savage beauty and being at the mercy of larger forces that we barely understand. Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A., Stony Brook. sundaystreet.org $25. 5 p.m. April 17.
Steve Forbes & Elizabeth Ames
Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine, and author Elizabeth Ames will be speaking and signing their new book, “Reviving America.” Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. April 18.
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The Family Next Door
This documentary follows the Lund family’s struggles raising four children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum. Filmmaker Barry Reese and subject Donna Lund will discuss the movie during the reception. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. April 20.