The Studio Rocks
Founded by Kristen Imperale in 2015, The Studio is a dance studio that promotes and educates local youth talent in hip-hop, tap, and ballet. While emphasizing the importance of technique and rhythm, the studio still respects dance as a form of personal expression. For their first public performance The Studio will be performing a rock-themed dance show. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $25. 6 p.m. June 2.
Senator Barbara Boxer
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) will be speaking and signing copies of her new memoir The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. June 2.
Hailing from New Orleans, these alt-jam-roots rockers lit up the airwaves in the early ’90s with ear candy “Jenny Says” and have since honed their live performances into what some audience members describe as bordering on “a religious experience.” It’s been long known that rock and roll can most definitely save your soul, and Cowboy Mouth’s unforgettable performances may just transport you home. Damn. With The Grave Jinglers & Quarter Horse. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$35. 8 p.m. June 2.
Former Chicago vocalist/bassist Peter Cetera can be credited with writing some of the most recognizable songs in the soft pop and easy listening genre. Following his departure from the band Chicago, Cetera’s hit single “Glory of Love” became No. 1 in the U.S. Billboard charts and was even used in the film The Karate Kid Part II. “Daniel-son!” He has since performed alongside Cher, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, and even Madonna. Imagine all of them on one bill–well, that’s for another day! Here, Cetera be doing what he does best: rocking out and saving your very soul! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$84.50. 8 p.m. June 3.
Victory Challenge: 32nd Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged
More than 1,000 athletes with disabilities, ages 5 through 21, will be participating in this Olympic-style competition that includes track and field, table tennis, swimming and wheelchair basketball. With disabilities ranging from cerebral palsy, deafness and hearing difficulties, blindness and visual impairment, amputations, muscular dystrophy, and others, the athletes spend the weekend greeting friends and enjoying the competition and camaraderie. Come out and cheer these great kids on. Share some love. Spread some hope. Mitchel Athletic Complex, 1 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Uniondale. Nassau Community College, 1 Education Dr., Garden City. Demonstrations activities Friday and Saturday, June 3 & 4 (all day) at Mitchel Athletic Complex. Celebration Dinner Dance at Nassau Community College Field House on Saturday, June 4. Buffet Dinner begins at 5 p.m. (Tickets available at Athlete Registration.) Dance from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Weekend Games video will be shown at 7:30 p.m. For more information about start and finish times and individual competitions, visit www.nassaucountypcgames.com (click on “Athlete Registration” for the Schedule of Events), call 516-903-1139, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. June 2 through June 4.
As his army of aficionados knows full well, Richard Thompson is the quintessential musician. Rolling Stone Magazine named him one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time. From his days with Sandy Denny in Fairport Convention to his work with his former wife Linda Thompson on their critically acclaimed album Shoot Out the Lights, this singer-songwriter has a gift that keeps on giving. He’s a balladeer, a social commentator, a master performer, and a pretty witty man. His audience rightly feels passionate about him. But there are limits. After all, he is British. Recently, he put to rest any rumors that his fans had been giving him the Elvis/Tom Jones treatment: flinging their undergarments at him on stage. “Folk rock is, of course, every bit as sexy as anything Elvis came up with,” Thompson explains on his website, “and the fans are routinely driven to sexual frenzy, so I must conclude that my audience just doesn’t wear any. If they were to start doing a ‘Tom Jones’ now, it would be more on the lines of support hose and incontinence wear.” Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $35-$55. 8 p.m. June 3.
If you dig Journey, you’re going to love tripping back to the ’80s with Voyage, hailed by the cognoscenti as the best Journey tribute band in the world! And that’s certainly saying something. Both visually and vocally, Hugo is a dead ringer for Steve Perry, Journey’s legendary vocalist. Hugo’s bandmates are at the top of their game, too: Robby Hoffman, Greg Smith, Charlie Zeleney and Al Spinelli. These dedicated musicians all came together to do one thing: Bring the Journey on home to your ear drums with one hit after another. Bon Voyage, guys! Opening the show is Fleetwood Macked, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$35. 8 p.m. June 3.
This is a rare chance to experience American Grammy Award-nominated guitarist Gil Parris, recognized by many as a killer jazz, rock and bluesman, in an intimate setting, surrounded by your friends and loved ones, enjoying a delicious and refreshing beverage and occasionally, uncontrollably, getting up out your seat, shaking your money maker, and howling “Hell yes!” Wow. Sign us up, please. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. Tremeislip.com Free. 8 p.m. June 3.
Nassau County Strawberry Festival
There’s be rides, arts and crafts, games and yes, fresh strawberries. BOCES School Grounds, 2351 Jerusalem Ave., North Bellmore. $2. 6-11 p.m. June 3, 12-11 p.m. June 4, 12-6 p.m. June 5.
The Power of 3
Three mediums, three amazing woman, all under one roof. That’s what’s in store at this extraordinary event that features world-renowned Bobbi Allison, Kim Russo and Laura Lynne Jackson coming together for a powerful day of light and connection. They’ll encourage you to see the divine design in your present life, help you learn how to be open, and, as they put it, “embrace the signs and messages that your loved ones send.” They’ll be hosting open gallery readings. Also on hand will be vendors and raffles—and maybe even a miracle or two, if you’re lucky. Upsky Hotel, 110 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge. ThePowerOf3SouledOut.Eventbrite.com $50-$175. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 4.
Nautical Mile and Blues Festival
tens of thousands of visitors are expected to flock this weekend to Freeport for the festival’s specialty foods, rides and live music, including performances by Blues musicians and a Steel Drum band. Woodcleft Ave. & Front St., Freeport. 11 a.m. June 4.
This former U.S. Poet Laureate, essayist, literary critic and translator, who’s written 19 books, will host a poetry reading, Q&A, and book signing to promote his latest, Samurai Song. Beforehand, for an additional fee, he will also host an advanced poetry class. Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station waltwhitman.org $15. 5:30 p.m. June 4.
Starring Pitbull, The Backstreet Boys, Enrique Iglesias, The Chainsmokers, Mike Posner, Bebe Rexha, and many, many others, this mega-music extravaganza is bound to go down as one of the most memorable jimmy-jimmy-jammy-jams of the summer! Get ready to groove, groove, groove, and dance, dance, dance! Nikon at Joners Beach, Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $25-$199. 7 p.m. June 4.
A living legend now 76 years old and still hitting the high notes, Judy Collins continues to record and perform with as much energy and passion as she did back in the early days of her storied career. The silver-throated songstress was one of the leading folk singers of the 1960s and `70s, having her first commercial hit in 1967, “Both Sides Now.” From her appearances on The Muppet Show and Sesame Street to published books and activism, there is little this stellar artist has not done. This is a rare chance to witness her up-close and personal. Not to be missed. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett. stephentalkhouse.com $100-$115. 7 p.m. June 4.
The comedian, actor, writer, podcaster, producer and host of way too many shows to list here—@midnight with Chris Hardwick, Singled Out, Wired Science, Talk Soup, and AMC’s Talking Dead, Talking Bad, Talking Saul and Nerdist Podcast, to name but a few—is making this local stop in support of his “ID10T Tour,” and will undoubtedly crack up, and amaze, all those in attendance. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. June 4.
Saturday Night Summer Fever Concert
Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta, immortalized the disco scene on the big screen. This special night is a reunion show for the movie soundtrack that defined the genre. Re-live the platinum shoe and white leisure suit era with the artists from the original soundtrack, featuring Tavares, The Trammps, Yvonne Elliman and Disco Unlimited. Get ready to boogie! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. June 4.
This Grammy Award-nominated rapper gained fame from her association with mentor Big Pun and member status in Fat Joe’s “Terror Squad,” featuring in their hit song “Lean Back.” Remy’s albums include Plata o Plomo (with Fat Joe) and There Is Something About Remy, as well as various collaborations with French Montana, Ne-Yo, and Rick Ross, and she also appeared on the reality show Love and Hip-Hop. Come feel the groove! With Funk Flex and Gabrielle Musicaro. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20-$30. 10 p.m. June 4.
Shadows From My Past
A documentary dealing with the mixed emotions of an American, Jewish woman, Gita Kaufman, returning to Vienna where she had to flee as a child in 1940. Searching for the missing parts to her own past, she also seeks answers to questions of moral ambiguity, individual as opposed to collective guilt and to what degree today’s generation is responsible for the sins of their fathers and grandfathers. Director Gita Kaufman will be in-person, too! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 2 p.m. June 5.
Lynyrd Skynyrd / Peter Frampton
Iconic and legendary American rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd has been popularizing the Southern-rock genre for more than 40 years. Their signature songs “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird,” along with powerhouse performances, have allowed the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers to remain worldwide cultural icons. Lynyrd Skynryd is still standing and keeping the music going, furthering their legacy, retaining the respect and enjoyment among fans, regardless of generation. Opening the show is legendary guitar hero Peter Frampton. Nikon at Joners Beach, Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $25-$125. 7 p.m. June 5.
Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company
Founded by comedic heavyweights Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, the so-called “UCB4” produced their own sketch show, Upright Citizens Brigade, for three seasons on Comedy Central from 1998 to 2000. Because of its success, UCB opened the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and Improvisational and Sketch Comedy Training Center in New York City. This slap-happy night is a special chance to experience one of the largest and most respected improv schools in the country, in all of its hilariously addictive glory, and laugh your tuckus off in the process! John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $35. 7 p.m. June 5.
Nerds Across The Northeast Tour
Featuring Hadean, Chronologist, and Capture the Sun, this metalfest is bound to leave countless fans across Long Island with sore necks from headbangin’ all night. Some call Hadean a “chamber metal” band because of its prog-metal style accentuated with a horn section (the saxophone is a highlight) and abrasive vocals. Chronologist is a metal/metalcore (mixed with rock) band who hail from Boston and paint soundscapes both dissonant and grungy yet uplifting, evident in their latest single “Sky Garden.” Prog-metal hellraisers Capture the Sun, among other characteristics, are known for mesmerizing guitar skills interwoven with passionate vocals that culminate in sonic fury not quite metal and not quite post-metal. This insane metal fest must be experienced to be believed! Wow. Mr. Beery’s, 4019 Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage. mrbeerys.com $7 (ages 21+, must have ID). 7 p.m. June 6.
Following the culmination of his show Mike & Molly, Gardell is once again on the comedic path he embarked before his rise to TV fame. On tour making his third out of 17 stops, this stand-up is sure to make everyone laugh. His jokes are sure to be all-encompassing, as he makes regular appearances on NFL Today and has worked with other comedic geniuses such as Melissa McCarthy, as well as other cast members from his previous TV shows. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $55. 8:30 p.m. June 7.
Let’s Eat! Food on Film
Inhabit is a feature-length documentary detailing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, governance, and on. The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and it translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience. Join Slow Food North Shore and filmmaker Costa Boutsikaris for an enlightening evening centered around the practices of permaculture, an ecological design model for solving issues while living in accord with our planet. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. June 7.
U.S. Navy SEAL and author Carl Higbie will be speaking and signing copies of his new book Enemies, Foreign and Domestic: A SEAL’s Story. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. June 8.
Best described as rap-fueled heavy metal similar to that of Slayer, Pro-Pain’s intense, aggressive sound will satiate the musical thirst of punk and hardcore lovers alike. Formed in 1991 by vocalist/bassist Gary Meskil and drummer Dan Richardson, both former members of Nassau County-based hellraisers Crumbsuckers, and touring in support of their latest drop, 2015’s Voice of Rebellion, Pro-Pain will be headed to Canada and Germany following this local stop, so don’t miss out! With This Life We Live, Out Live Death, & Permanent Scar. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $17, $20 DOS. 7:30 p.m. June 8.
Nick Di Paolo
In this day of watered-down comedy, Nick Di Paolo’s brutally honest performances remind us of what great stand-up should be: funny, socially relevant and a little bit reckless. Nick began his career in his hometown of Boston and two years later, made the jump to New York, where he found his seething, sarcastic style was welcomed with open arms by audiences at such clubs as Catch a Rising Star, Caroline’s, and The Comedy Cellar. It was at clubs like these where he honed his uncompromising point of view, which makes him not only a club favorite, but a true “comic’s comic.” The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $25. 8 p.m. June 8.
-Compiled by Kate Nalepinski, Leo Capobianco, Ellie Schoeffel, Luis Droz and Timothy Bolger