Gwen Stefani & Eve
There’s “No Doubt” Gwen Stefani (see what we did there?) will put on an incredible performance with Eve, despite enduring the emotional aftermath of her recent divorce that got so much attention in the tabloids. Gavin Rossdale’s loss, seriously. In her “This Is What The Truth Feels Like” tour, Stefani plays new and old hits, so anticipate hearing “Make Me Like You,” as well as “The Sweet Escape.” Rapper and hip-hop artist, Eve, who hails from Philly, opens the show. Want to see what the platinum superstar songstress looks like on stage? Here’s your chance. And, by the way, Eve just might steal the show herself–or maybe these two ladies will make an amazing duo! Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $29.95-$179. 7 p.m. July 21.
Robert Craig Baum
This local author will be speaking about and signing copies of his new book thoughtRAVE: An Interdimensional Conversation with Lady Gaga. Get ya paws up, people! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. July 21.
Performing for nearly 23 years, this incredible tribute band has a wide repertoire of the best rock bands of all time, from the Rolling Stones to the Beatles to their favorite, the Grateful Dead. Fans of these great bands as well as anyone who just enjoys rock music performed live are in for a treat. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury.thespaceatwestbury.com $10. 8 p.m. July 21.
Formed in 1987 in Tempe, Arizona, the Gin Blossoms first came into the public consciousness with their hit “Hey Jealousy.” After earning a Grammy Award nomination for Best Performance by a Duo or Group, their album, Congratulations I’m Sorry, sky-rocketed into Billboard’s Top 10. Will they play their fans’ favorite “Until I Fall Away”? Only one way to find out. Opening the show is The Adam Ezra Group. [Read Press music critic Zack “The B-Man” Tirana’s take on The Adam Ezra Group’s stellar opening for Doors legend Robbie Krieger HERE] The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$60. 8 p.m. July 21.
Bobby Katz Quintet
This quintet was the brainchild of Port Washington native Bobby Katz, who has been playing the saxophone for a decade. It consists of four other talented artists: Michael Rodriguez on trumpet, pianist Manuel Schmiedel, bassist Adrian Moring, and Tim Rachbach on the skins. While Katz has played with each of these individuals in different settings, the show at the Sands Point Preserve Conservatory marks the first time that the quintet will play together. The quintet’s first performance will likely be nothing short of superb, and they will be premiering Katz’s “Still Searching Suite” composition. We can’t think of anything better than listening to live jazz while sipping great wine. Sands Point Preserve Conservancy, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. sandspointpreserveconservancy.org $20. 8 p.m. July 21.
“Mamma Mia!” Here we go again. My, my, you cannot resist the music, the story and characters of this hit Broadway show. Now, Long Island fans can relive the enjoyable experience at the John W. Engeman Theater. If you haven’t seen this timeless tale, it’s a story of love and friendship as a daughter secretly invites three men from her mother’s past to her wedding in hopes of finally meeting her father and having him walk her down the aisle. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll have ABBA songs stuck in your head for a week. But trust us, it’ll be worth it. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com
$71-$76. 8 p.m. July 21-Sept. 11.
This event is comprised of various segments. To get in, people must first pre-order the band’s new album Blush, then witness a live performance by the band, and afterwards get a free poster signed by the members themselves. A live concert and a free autographed poster? Sounds like a good way to spend a Friday. Count us in! Looney Tunes, 31 Brookvale Ave., West Babylon. ltcds.com $13.99-$20.99. 1 p.m. July 22.
Josh Groban and Sarah McLachlan
Josh Groban has released four solo albums that went platinum and has earned a number of Grammy Award nominations, with the most recent coming this year for his hit album Stages. Sultry siren Sarah McLachlan joins Groban on their “Stages Shine On” tour, where she’s sure to please with her emotional artistic ballads and her clouds-high vocal range. Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $32.50-$170. 7:30 p.m. July 22.
Video Games Live
Do you ever fantasize of actually jumping inside your favorite video game? With Video Games Live, now you can. Since 2002, this spectacular interactive show has been combining video game music and a symphony orchestra to create the ultimate, multi-sensory experience. As audience members listen to the soundtracks of Zelda, Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario Brothers and more, they see the video game acted out in front of them. Creator Tommy Tallarico pays homage to history’s most-cherished video games while bringing hard-core players together. Get ready to be taken to a whole different level! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. July 22.
Summerland Tour 2016
This smorgasbord of ’90s pop heroes light up the stage once again on their annual, must-see, must-smile, must-dance tour. Groove to all the hits that made these bands so insanely popular and so insanely amazin! Among them: Sugar Ray, Everclear, Sponge and Lit. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. July 22.
Jay & The Americans
Known for their hits “Tonight” from the Broadway Musical “West Side Story,” “Only in America” and “This Magic Moment,” these Top 40 legends are bound to astound on this one-night-only performance! Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49-$60. 8 p.m. July 22.
Accomplished stand-up comedian-turned-TV personality Annie Lederman will be bringing her act to Long Island this week. It’s sure to be a long night of laughs delivered by the talented Pennsylvania native. Lederman is best known for recent appearances on MTV’s hit show Girl Code and Comedy Central’s Chelsey Lately, and ever since then she’s become an Internet star on Twitter and Instagram. Her act usually combines 21st century pop culture humor with poignant references to real-world social dilemmas to deliver a performance that is both relevant and laugh-out-loud hilarious. You won’t want to miss this rising star when she stops in Bellmore! The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $22. 8 p.m. July 22.
David Bromberg Quintet
The Godfather of Americana mixes blues, bluegrass, gospel, folk, Irish fiddle tunes, pop and English drinking songs until they’re happily coexisting as they can only do on a Bromberg album. Newcomers will be introduced to an astonishing performer whose range and musical depth have delighted audiences for more than 40 years. Did we say Bob Dylan is one of his biggest fans? Not-to-be-missed! The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansset. stephentalkhouse.com $80. 8 p.m. July 22.
From jazz to funk, blues to soul and hip-hop to reggae, the John Coltrane Jazz Festival will satisfy all ears as music lovers come together to honor the jazz legend’s iconic album, A Love Supreme. Fifty years ago, Coltrane had a spark of inspiration while living in his Dix Hills home on Long Island, and with this breakthrough, he created one of the greatest albums of all time. Now, fans want to honor the saxophonist’s artistry by gathering the community together to enjoy his music, and that of other jazz musicians. Celebrities like famous drummer, Roy Haynes, Grammy-Award winning trumpeter and composer, Randy Brecker and New Orleans saxophonist, Charles Neville are just among the few who are expected to make an appearance. The festival’s proceeds will be used towards restoring the home of the critically-acclaimed artist. Listening to a wide range of talent and having the opportunity to take music workshops make this festival a once in a lifetime experience. Heckscher Park, 100 Main St., Huntington. thecoltranehome.org 12-10:30 p.m. July 23.
Laid Back Festival
The second year of this annual country outing features legend Gregg Allman, the former leader of Southern-rock stalwarts, the Allman Brothers. The other members at this year’s Laid Back Festival just so happen to be the Allman Brother’s group of close friends, including Jason Isbell, America, The Marshall Tucker Band and many more. If you love the Allman Brothers as much as you should, you’ll be jazzed that Warren Haynes will also be joining this insane lineup. Wow! Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $20-$125. 4 p.m. July 23.
This native New Yorker and Grammy Award-winner’s infectious R&B tunes have been on repeat for more than three decades. Mills burst onto the scene on Broadway, where she starred in “The Wiz” in the late ’70s. Her voice, tailored for soul music, earned her a chance in the music industry. Perhaps her best-known song, “Home,” pushed all the way to the No. 6 slot of Billboard’s top-100. Mills’ 1980 song “Never Knew Love Like This Before” captured the Grammy Award for best R&B vocal performance. You won’t want to miss this timeless legend! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $40-$149.50. 8 p.m. July 23.
Purple Xperience I Prince Tribute
The recent death of Prince shocked and saddened the nation, but his music continues to live on and shall never die. The Purple Xperience, a five-piece tribute band from Minnesota, emulates Prince’s talent, fashion and charisma to keep his memory alive. Three-time Grammy Award-winner Matt Fink was an original member of the band, Prince and the Revolution, from 1978 to 1991. Now, he produces the most authentic re-creation of Prince’s legendary performances. Marshall Charloff is Prince personified; his voice, stage presence and multi-instrumental capability are uncanny. He is considered to be one of the best Prince imitators in the nation. In other words, a Purple Majesty. With Don’t Believe in Ghosts. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$40. 8 p.m. July 23.
Southampton-based Certain Moves is a jazz band at heart, known for mixing in some killer R&B, too. These smooth musicians consist of saxophonist Charles Certain, keyboard player Billy Gaines, guitar player Abdul Zuhri, drummer Randy London, and bass player Wayne Hart. Known as an interactive group, they are very open to taking suggestions from the crowd and deliver absolutely mind-blowing live performances. Not-to-be-missed! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. July 23.
Sutton, cute as a button, has clearly fostered her own talent from the moment she stepped onstage. The versatile Tony Award-winning actress, singer and dancer performed in 11 Broadway shows, starred in several television spots, such as Bunheads, Psych and Law and Order SVU. She has brought her artistry to crowds all over the world. Not too shabby. Currently starring in TVLand’s new series Younger, created by Darren Star, Sutton will knock your socks off like nothin’ you’ve ever seen before. Don’t miss her for an incredible night! Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $70-$120. 8 p.m. July 23.
Louis Prima Jr. & The Witnesses
Not content with simply resting on his father’s legacy, Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses continue to wail, Prima-style, attempting to both stay true to Prima Sr.’s boisterous jazz, as well as put their own unique soul into their music. Since their first performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the band has released two critically acclaimed albums, Return of the Wildest and BLOW, which are both full of original and eclectic wall-shaking jazz. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 7 p.m. July 24.
Afghan pop singer Valy Hedjasi was classically trained in Indian, Arabic and Persian music. His career evolved when he connected with Iranian-American label Avang Music, releasing his debut hit single “Bia Tu” and eventually producing his first album, After Love, gaining him immense fame in Afghanistan and Iran, especially. His first tour was in 2007, spanning Canada and the U.S., followed by the release of his second album, Crazy in Love, in 2011, and another international tour. He continues to find fame with his latest song “Setarah,” which is a mix of Persian and Pashto. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $45-$150. 7 p.m. July 24.
As the former leader of Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker has found much success as a country singer. His first three solo albums—Learn To Live, Charleston, SC 1966 and True Believers—all topped the Billboard Country album charts before he dropped his latest, Southern Style, last year. Opening the show is the fun trio, Dan + Shay & Michael Ray, adding a country-blues touch to the “Good For a Good Time” tour. Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $32-$51.75. 7 p.m. July 24.
This bestselling author, who once made “triangulating” the operative word heard round the White House during the first Clinton administration, will be speaking and signing copies of his new book Armageddon: How Trump Can Beat Hillary. Oh boy. If anyone should know how to hasten the end times, it might as well be Dick. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. July 25.
Lukas Graham & Bebe Rexha
Lukas Graham’s songwriting talent manifested in his 2012 self-titled album, which went quadruple platinum in Denmark, had 40 million collective streams over the Internet, and yielded chart-topping hits: “Better Than Yourself” (which reached No. 1), “Ordinary Things” (No. 2), and “Drunk In the Morning.” Meanwhile, Albanian singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha has gained 800 million Spotify streams and 10 million overall single sales, in part due to her smash hit “No Broken Hearts” featuring Nicki Minaj, co-authorship of No. 1 hit song “The Monster” by Eminem featuring Rihanna, and featuring in “Hey Mama” by David Guetta and G-Eazy’s “Me, Myself, and I.” These two power figures in the music industry come together to create a unique and powerful sound, presented by 106.1 BLI by popular demand. Viva la Tirana! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $19.50- $49.50. 8 p.m. July 25.
Beauty and the Beast
The whole family is sure to have an amazing time enjoying this live performance of a “Tale as Old as Time.” Regarded as one of Disney’s ultimate greats, the beloved film includes some of the most lovable children’s movie and theater characters of all time, such as Belle, Mrs. Potts, Chip, and the Beast. Don’t miss this great live performance of a classic fairytale! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $19.50. 11 a.m. July 26.
Eclectic, raspy, and redheaded, Justina Valentine’s hip hop-and-soul-infused sound has gained her a variety of musical accolades, with such chart-topping collections as “Valentine,” “Red Velvet” and “Scarlet Letter.” Teaming up with big names such as Fetty Wap and Nick Cannon, her recent hit singles include “Candy Land,” “All the Way” and “Muse.” Her music has also been used in NBC Steven Spielberg hit Smash, VH1’s Mobwives, MTV’s True Life, Oxygen Network’s Running Russell Simmons, among other networks, and she has teamed up with rapper Mike Stud for two tours. Opening the show are CuzOH, Sarkazm, Truth, Scotty Mac, Long Island Sound and Eight Immortals. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12, $14 DOS. 7 p.m. July 27.
–Compiled by Luis Centeno, John Dundon, Ellie Schoeffel, Zack Tirana and Timothy Bolger