Iris DeMent & Loudon Wainwright III
Two great artists, one great night of music. A unique voice in folk, Iris DeMent is known for her sweet tone and thought-provoking lyrics. Her latest album, The Trackless Woods, touches on humanity and the range of feelings we experience throughout our lives. It draws inspiration from one of Russia’s greatest poets, Anna Akhmatova. DeMent will share the stage with the wonderfully talented, Grammy-Award-winning Loudon Wainwright III. He’s a national treasure. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$50. 8 p.m. May 12.
Known as of Comedy Central’s top 100 comedians of all time, as well as from his appearances in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Coming to America, Louie Anderson is described as a “nimble on his feet comedian with a Fred Astaire-like approach.” Anderson created Fox’s Life With Louie as well as CBS’s The Louie Show to showcase his comedic genius. His stints hosting Family Feud and his appearances on The Tonight Show have added to his fame. Not one to hammer points home, Anderson uses clever “weave-backs” like a dancer doing the two-step. His comic timing leaves audiences in hysterics. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49-$60. 8 p.m. May 12.
The Man With All the Luck
This new play tells the story of two old friends, one in Los Angeles and one on Long Island, who reunite after many years. One has become hugely successful, while the other leads a more sedate, but happy life far from the spotlight. How much of someone’s achievement is the result of talent and hard work or, at least in this mystical story, furthered along by making an auspicious deal with a psychic fortune teller? Can luck be traded like a commodity? That is the question. Debbie Starker directs Cathy Clyne, Kevin Clyne, Lara Hunter, Rich Jimenez and Karin Weibert in this staged reading of the play by Claude Solnik. Wine and cheese reception to follow. Theater294, 294 Famingdale Rd., East Farmingdale. manwithalltheluck.brownpapertickets.com $13. 8 p.m. May 13.
Abba the Concert
You won’t be getting ABBA, of course, but you’ll be getting the next best thing. The Swedish top pop group dazzled fans for decades, selling more than 370 million units worldwide and reaching the pinnacle of music stardom in 2010, when it was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But the cover band won’t disappoint. Get ready for such hits as “Mamma Mia,” “SOS,” “Money, Money, Money,” and of course, “Dancing Queen.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $30-$99.50. 8 p.m. May 13.
Since embarking on their music career in 1971, this English rock band has racked up the accolades, winning eight gold records, one platinum and one double platinum. Foghat continues to pump out great new music with the release of their newest album, Under the Influence, dropping this June. They’ll play their hits including “Slow Ride,” “Live,” “Drivin’ Wheel,” “Last Train Home,” “Born for the Road” and “495 Boogie.” Known for their use of the electric slide guitar, the band still plays their classics interwoven with their latest, providing a creative mix of old and new. Opening the show is Vixen, Earl & The Agitators and Randy Jackson of Zebra. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $30, $35 DOS. 7 p.m. May 13.
This distinctive English prog rock band will perform their great hits, including “Part of the Union” and “Lay Down.” Not bad for a talented bunch of blokes who started out in 1964 as a bluegrass group. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. May 13.
The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air
Now, this is a story all about how the ’90s got flipped-flopped-and-turned-upside-down and then some. They’d like to take the stage for a night, so just sit right there, and they’ll tell you how they became the Fresh Kids of Bel-Air. Break out the Starter jackets and your pump sneakers for this “I Love the ’90s” show. That decade had its moments, didn’t it? With special guest, Dee Wiz. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$30. 8 p.m. May 14.
Dark Star Orchestra
Grateful Dead historians and enthusiasts make up this ensemble, offering tributes to Jerry Garcia circa the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. Sure to entice Dead Heads, young and not so young. Many of their set lists are designed to emulate that past Grateful Dead shows, allowing fans to dip vividly into their cosmic memory banks and relive the essence of the experience. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$50. 8 p.m. May 14.
This singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor is first and foremost a chart topper in the country music industry. His breakthrough album “Killin’ Time” led to more success with his following hits like “Untanglin’ My Mind”, “Like the Rain” and “Halfway Up” holding top spots in the charts. With his experience in both songwriting, singing and performing, Black is a truly multi-talented musician. His creations are his own, although he honors his roots. He carries on the legacies of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, and does them proud. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $45-$65. 8 p.m. May 14.
In her first Long Island performance since the release of her new album You Gotta Love the Life, Melissa Manchester will take us on a musical journey celebrating 40 years of making music “through the eyes of love,” which as it happens is the name of one of her greatest hits! Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, 1 South Ave., Garden City. adelphi.edu $40-$45. 8 p.m. May 14.
10th Annual First Exposure Student Film Festival
This hour-long exhibition presents the “best of the best” high school short narrative, documentary, and animated films from the Long Island Media Arts Showcase at Five Towns College in Dix Hills. Hundreds of young filmmakers compete, but only a handful make the final cut. The curators come from the Suffolk County Film Commission. Past Long Islanders who’ve made a name for themselves include Hal Hartley (“Henry Fool,” “The Unbelievable Truth”), Fred Carpenter (“The Blue Lizard”), Michael Cuesta (“L.I.E.”, TV’s Homeland), and Alexandra Brodsky (“Bittersweet Place”). Maybe the next generation is ready to roll right here. See for yourself. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org Free. 2 p.m. May 15.
Patricia M. McClure
In her new book, “Losing a Hero to Alzheimer’s,” this author shares her experience as her mother’s caregiver. Thanks to her heartfelt prose, readers will learn how to identify the stages of Alzheimer’s in their loved ones and how best to respond with compassion and care. Barnes & Noble, 4000 East Jericho Tpke., East Northport. Free. 2 p.m. May 15.
Lamb of God
Virginian heavy metal band Lamb of God is known for playing a significant role in the New Wave Heavy Metal Band Movement, as well as being part of the Metallica Tour and receiving several Grammy nominations. Featured in the acclaimed documentary, “As the Palaces Burn,” the band has a style that has been described as “thrash metal with metalcore elements.” Their most famous hits include “512,” “Still Echoes,” and all of the songs from their most acclaimed album “Wrath.” Opening the show is Clutch and Corrosion of Conformity. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$60. 7 p.m. May 17.
This author is a real estate entrepreneur who will be speaking and signing copies of his new book, The Business of Good, which tells the story behind social entrepreneurship as told by the individuals compelled to create real change in the world–not just start up another business. BOOK REVUE, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. May 18.
Their use of pseudonyms and hockey-goalie-like horror masks lends an awesome aura to performances by this unique LA-based rap/rock band, The Hollywood Undead. With 3 million records sold worldwide, the band promises to push the genre to new frontiers, following their most recent release, Day of the Dead, last year. Their most well-known songs include “We Are”, “Unusual Suspects” and “Dead Bite,” with much more vibrant verbal velocity still to come. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $18-$50. 8 p.m. May 18.
-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel and Timothy Bolger