Bilingual Poetry Reading
Poetry transcends time and space and illuminates the very essence of the human soul. On this literary celebration of the craft, Luis Alberto Ambroggio, author of Todos somos Whitman/We Are All Whitman, leads a poetry reading with Vijay Seshadri, a 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, sharing the universality of The Good, Grey Poet. Celebrate life. Celebrate love. Celebrate nature. Celebrate “Song of Myself,” indeed. [Read: Walt Whitman’s Long Island Roots] Refreshments will be served, audience Q&A and book signing to follow presentations. Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station. www.waltwhitman.org Free. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8.
Does witchcraft and magic fascinate you? Do you find the prospects of communication with the dead absolutely intriguing? Of course you do, and therefore, you’ll want to attend this book signing for Cordova’s Labyrinth Lost, a mesmerizing tale of a mega-powerful witch who isn’t so enthralled with her supernatural powers and in an attempt to rid herself of those otherworldly wonders, embarks on a fantastical journey through the most captivating realms of the undead. Come down and hear about the inspiration behind such a tale, and share your own stories of the paranormal and spiritual. Wow. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Sept. 8.
Ever imagine what it would be like to be half-man, half-machine gun? You need to see this guy behind the kit. Thunder and lightning at the speed of sound. Bellucci is a renowned drummer with a stellar reputation as an incredible performer who combines a wide range of phenomenal techniques with a passion for music that is as infectious as it is inspiring. His drum solos drop jaws at each and every gig. So sit back, relax, and get ready to be floored. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com Free. 8 p.m. Sept. 8.
ZZ Top & Gov’t Mule
Hirsute Texas boogie stars ZZ Top and Gov’t Mule close out the Jones Beach summer concert series with its last musical performance of the year. Gov’t Mule frontman Warren Haynes, who recently spoke to the Press in advance of this show, is known as the longtime guitarist with The Allman Brothers and revered as one of the greatest axe men who’ve ever lived. The rock and Roll Hall of Fame trio from ZZ Top represent the epitome of classic, roots-rockin’ boogie and bottom-bustin’ blues. This is a perfect ending to a mind-blowing, wave-making season of fun in the sun and good times at night along the ocean. Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $25-$99.50. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9.
Austin John Winkler
Remember the 2006 summer hit, “Lips of An Angel” by Texas-based rocker Hinder? After a three-year hiatus from the music world, the band’s former vocalist is back with a solo EP called Love Sick Radio. Winkler will take the stage introducing us to six of his brand new songs, one of them featuring country artist Jessie James Decker. Opening the show is J. Rad, Share The Burden, Symfinity and Drastic Measures. Hot damn, son. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com $15, $18 DOS. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9.
KTFO Live MMA
KTFO features the best local talent from the same gym as UFC superstars Matt Serra, Ryan LaFlare and Chris Weidman. This mind-blowing evening of super-strength action will include warriors from various weight classes, and will surely be a total knockout! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $39.50-$89.50. 8 p.m. Sept. 9.
The Robert Cray Band
Singer, guitarist and songwriter, Robert Cray has taken his sound through his 40-year career and molded it into the quintessential blues rock blend that won him five Grammys and induction into the Blues Hall of Fame. Influenced by the gospel songs of his boyhood, as well as soul, R&B, Jimi Hendrix-style rock and bouncy Beatles pop, the Robert Cray Band will have you on your feet with “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” “Smoking Gun” and “Acting This Way,” among many other tunes that’ll get you and your loved ones up out their seats and dancin’ around. 4 Nights of 40 Years Live, his latest drop, showcases his best, with clips of concerts from the ’80s to today. Opening the show is Lonesome Dan and The Curmudgeons (what a band name lol). The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$59.50. 8 p.m. Sept. 9.
This singing group from Ireland perform both solo and ensemble numbers and remain one of the most popular musical shows televised on PBS stations. Live, their gigs are known for dramatic effects via lighting and choreography, accompanied by authentic Irish instruments. Their current tour, Legacy, in support of their Legacy Volume Two CD & DVD collection, has been wowing audiences the world over with a powerhouse combo of classic and contemporary Irish songs alongside international hits, delivered in true Celtic Thunder style! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50-$75. 8 p.m. Sept. 9.
Ryan Paevey & William Devry
General Hospital is a guilty pleasure for countless daytime TV viewers. Just about everyone has seen at least one episode, and got way too into it. Imagine what it would be like to see a live episode? Well now fans can, as “Nathan West” and “Julian Jerome” take the stage to perform a real-life soap show. There will be cheese, wine, and a meet-and-greet, and of course, drama, drama, drama. Don’t miss this! The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $95-$139. 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10.
The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival
That laughter you hear coming from beach this weekend is just some of the nation’s funniest comics performing the final event of the Jones Beach summer concert calendar. The jokesters include Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, Roastmaster General Jeffrey Ross, Sebastian Maniscalco, Tom Segura, Pete Davidson, Bridget Everett, Katherine Ryan, Big Jay Oakerson and Kyle Dunnigan. Get ready to laugh your tuckus off! Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $29.95-$150. 5 p.m. Sept. 10.
Doo Wop Extravaganza
Do it up doo-wop style with this amazing lineup! Take a trip down memory lane with classic hits by Lou Christie, Gary U.S. Bonds, Jay Siegel & the Tokens, The Happenings and The Chiffons. Guaranteed to deliver a great night of music and memories, this show will have you singing “skiddly bop doo-bee-doo weeee” all the way home! (Yes, this is a very good thing!) NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$69.50. 7 p.m. Sept. 10.
This American rock band will take fans back to the 1970s with songs from all 35 albums. Although members of the band have changed throughout the years, the quality of music hasn’t. Get ready for some “Dixie Chicken” and brush up on your air guitar, because this show is sure to rock! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$79.50. 8 p.m. Sept. 10.
Erik Francis Schrody, or as the world knows him, “Everlast,” is a rapper, singer, and former member of House of Pain, best known for their hit, “Jump Around.” More recently, “Little Miss America” and “I Get By” are two of his latest hits. Opening the show are Aqua Cherry, Sweet Tooth and Gnarly Karma. Get ready to, well, jump around! Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com $20. 8 p.m. Sept. 10.
Tengo Un Amor! What’s not to love about Puerto Rican American, singer-songwriter, Toby Love? Love is a true artist, as he sings from his heart, and captures true Latin rhythm in his music. Bachata Nation, his most recent drop, drove the bachata world crazy, with more than 17 hot new tracks. His music combines traditional, urban singing, and production together, and will be sure to get fans up on their feet, bumpin’ and grindin’ and singin’ aloud! A night full of dancing, or bailando, is guaranteed! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $25. 10 p.m. Sept. 10.
Civil War Re-enactment
Whether you’re a history buff or just enjoy learning about the most important events and people of the past, this is the gig for you. Company H, 119th N.Y. Volunteer Historical Association will host an event highlighting the history of the regiment that enlisted soldiers from the streets of Hempstead in 1862. They will retell their service at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Chattanooga and Atlanta to the end of the Civil War until their return to Long Island in 1865. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. $7-$10. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept 10, 11.
Long Island is unfortunately no stranger to the terrors and tragedies unleashed by heroin. [Read: How Long Island Is Losing Its War On Heroin] It’s crushed communities across the country in its lethal grip, and Denver, Colo. is no exception. This moving documentary follows Denver’s efforts to combat the devastation of the national heroin epidemic. A panel discussion with local addiction experts follows the screening. Come to learn. Come to listen. Come to lend your support to fighting this brutal drug. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $15 members, $20 public. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 11.
August Burns Red
Formed in 2003, this American Christian metal core band has had quite the career. With more than seven albums to date, and many charting songs, August Burns Red has become a recognizable name. Their latest drop, Found in Far Away Places, is set to debut on the Legends of The Fall Tour (aka, this concert). Be prepared for new music with heavy breakdowns, crazy guitar solos, and catchy beats. Leaving this concert with ringing ears will definitely be worth it! Warming up the crowd are Erra, Silent Planet and Make Them Suffer. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com $18, $20 DOS. 6 p.m. Sept. 12.
What is time, anyway? Space? What are black holes? Dark matter? Do interdimensional portals truly exist? [Read: Einstein Was Right: Black Holes, Gravitational Waves (& Interdimensional Time Travel) Exists] This opening reception will kick off an absolutely mesmerizing artistic foray into the very depths of quantum physics and extraterrestrial oblivion, as artists inspired by the recent detection of gravitational waves in space, which confirmed Albert Einstein’s prediction of ripples in the fabric of space-time in his general theory of relativity, attempt to translate these infinitely phenomenal revelations into visual manifestations of the very sinews of reality, or at least what we call “reality.” The possibilities are endless. These fascinating interpretations run phantasmic freight trains through all that the human mind can comprehend. All hail the eternal masterpiece that is imagination! Resound features the work of six internationally acclaimed artists, including Memo Akten, Sougwin Chung, Seth Cluett, Yoon Chung Han, Carsten Nicolai and Jess Rowland. Not to be missed. Stony Brook University, Simons Center Auditorium 103. 5 p.m. Sept. 14.
Peppa Pig’s Big Splash
Based on the popular Peppa Pig television series, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is a fully immersive musical production featuring a dozen familiar and original songs, as well as a sing-a-long. In Peppa Pig’s Big Splash, the nursery roof is leaking and Peppa and her friends need to fix it quickly. They set up a fair to raise money so Mr. Bull can do the repairs. There’s plenty of fun to be had as Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy Pig, along with Danny Dog, Pedro Pony and Suzy Sheep work together to organize an exciting day out complete with a Champion Puddle Jumping competition judged by Mr. Potato, where everyone gets wet! An interactive experience full of singing, dancing, games, and muddy puddles, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is a guaranteed blast for the whole family. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Old Brookville. www.peppapigliveus.com $37.50-$66.50. 6 p.m. Sept. 14.
Puppet Slam Café
Bending the realms of comedy and puppetry, this wildly fascinating event is one for the books. These are not your kids’ puppets. These puppeteers perform adult-only material. Seriously, no one under 17 will be admitted. Performers include Honey Goodenough, Liz Joyce, Bob Nathanson, Artie Poore, Steven Widerman and more. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $20 members, $25 public. 8 p.m. Sept. 14.
-Compiled by Natalie Coloprisco, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III
Main Art: Legendary guitarist Warren Haynes rocks Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Sept. 9 with Gov’t Mule and ZZ Top. (Photo: Gov’t Mule official Facebook profile)