The Weekend Riot
Johnny Costa and Bruce Weigner comprise the must-watch Weekend Riot, hailing from Philly, who aim to break the conventional pop music mold. Armed with numerous covers, as well as original hits, such as “25 Minutes” and “Remember This Night,” this duo has been wowing crowds since 2014, both in live shows and on their popular YouTube channel. They dig engaging the audience at shows, so attendees should be prepared to participate, and of course, rock out! Warming up the crowd are Vista, Kenzie Moore, Sarah Barrios, Call The Station and Jenna Rose. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $15. 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20.
This psychic medium and author will be signing copies of her new book Believe, Ask, Act: Divine Steps to Raise Your Intuition, Create Change, and Discover Happiness, and sharing her spiritual journey as a communicator to the afterlife. Get ready to be amazed, and if you have any questions about loved ones who’ve passed on, ask her. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Oct. 20.
This country superstar has a way of inspiring audiences and soothing listeners’ souls. Not your grandmama’s country singer, Rice blends elements of hip hop, rock, pop and electronic music to bring a refreshingly new dynamic to the classic genre. “Gonna Wanna Tonight” is his second Top 5 country radio hit after “Ready Set Roll” went platinum. This rockin’ show definitely won’t disappoint! Supporting acts include Ryan Hurd & Lacy Cavalier. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30-$75. 8 p.m. Oct. 20.
English rock musician Martin Barre is best known for his membership in progressive rock band Jethro Tull from 1969 through 2014, and his solo career has spawned four studio albums, with no signs of stopping. Infamous for his incredible four-minute solos at the beginning of Jethro Tull’s songs “Quatrain” and “Conundrum,” Barre continues to explore and construct “tricky complex melodies” on his acoustic guitar, which critics say are “elegant even when he is rocking hard.” His most recent album releases include Order of Play and Back to Steel, featuring more experimentation as well as remnants of his favorite techniques from Jethro Tull’s glory days. Not to be missed. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. Oct. 20.
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These Huntington hellraisers are known for melodic punk rock with shouted dual vocals from Phil Douglas and Matt Canino, incendiary guitars, and socially conscious lyrics. They officially split in 2007, but have been rocking sporadic reunion shows since ’11. Resurrecting hits like “No Matter Where We Go” and “Turn Up the Punk,” among many other local faves, this gig is destined for the books. Opening the show are Wax Phantom and Way Harsh. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $18, $20 DOS. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21.
Break out the Converse, strap on a headband and dust off the jean jacket, because this Back to the Eighties Show will do everything short of taking you in a Delorean back to the decade when Men at Work, Flock of Seagulls and Debbie Gibson ruled the airwaves. That’s because Jessie’s Girl is more than just a cover band. They’re here to party like it’s 1989! Get ready to dance, dance, dance! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$30. 8 p.m. Oct. 21.
This guitarist, vocalist, producer and songwriter founded alternative rock band Better Than Ezra in 1988, and brings it back to New York to play their big hits, including ones from their most recent album, All Together Now. Griffin is known for his big stage personality, falsettos, inviting audience members onstage to play instruments, skilled mimicry of singers like Bruce Springsteen and Aaron Neville and interruptions of his songs with verses from popular rock ballads. Wow. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $25-$30. 8 p.m. Oct. 21.
With strong roots in traditional folk as well as ’60s and ’70s folk-rock, this trio’s recently-released fourth album, Keepsake, debuted at No. 1 on the Folk DJ Charts in March. This is a chance to catch these talented musicians live, all up close and personal, in the intimate setting, while sipping a hot, welcoming latte. Definitely worth checking out, especially with high-octane caffeine. Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City. ourtimescoffeehouse.org $10-$15. 8 p.m. Oct. 21.
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This five-piece blues band is not to be missed. At every show, they bring a special attitude and energy that is simply contagious. They cover songs from The Allman Brothers to Hank Williams, and always keep blues at the root of each tune. Blue Roots offers strong vocals, creative arranging, and top-notch instrumental delivery. This high-energy ensemble will be sure to bring a fantastic show. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Oct. 21.
Brooklynite Young M.A. is storming the rap scene, with more than 1.8 million views of her “Brooklyn (Chiraq Freestyle)” video on YouTube. She’s been featured in Rolling Stone and as a top performer at the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards as she makes a name for herself as a serious up-and-coming artist. Authentically exploring her life as a young Brooklyn storyteller, cultural arbiter and entertainer, Young M.A. speaks her truth as a female rapper in a delightfully raspy voice, with her most recent summer anthem “OOOUUU” gaining tremendous success, just like past hits “Body Bag” and “Karma Krys.” Also performing will be DJ Self, DJ ALLSTAR and DJ Will. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20. 10 p.m. Oct. 21.
Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata
Star tenor and director Rolando Villazón brings his unique vision to the immense and tragic love story of Violetta and Alfredo, setting Verdi’s masterpiece within the vibrant world of the circus. Olga Peretyatko, recently seen as Gilda in Paris Opera’s Rigoletto, stars as Verdi’s enthralling and heartbreaking heroine, alongside the young Brazilian tenor Atalla Ayan. This film screening will take place in the Concert Hall. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $20. 2 p.m. Oct. 22.
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This is one comedian that doesn’t hold back. “The Queen of Mean,” as she’s known, is not afraid to push a few buttons in her quest to insult anyone—especially celebrities—with a pulse. Seriously, no one is safe. Get ready for some cringe-inducing jokes, spiked with an extra shot of attitude and moxie. Lampanelli has performed at the top comedy clubs in the country, and her comedy specials have aired on a number of cable TV networks, including HBO and Comedy Central. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$89. 8 p.m. Oct. 22.
Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman – An Evening of Yes Music & More
Founded in January 2016, these hellraisers bridge generations of legendary singers with vocalist John Anderson, guitarist/singer Trevor Rabin, and keyboardist Rick Wakeman, all formerly of the band Yes, the most successful prog rock group of all time. With old favorites such as classic ’80s hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart” to new songs created recently, this tour is constructed by legendary concert producer Larry Magid, bringing back past and future glory of the band after a 25-year hiatus. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $89.50-$135. 8 p.m. Oct. 22.
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This singer and actress is known for her five-decade career and as one of the most critically acclaimed Broadway performers, with nominations for seven Tony Awards, wining two, and nine Drama Desk Awards. She is known for her roles on Broadway in shows like Mack and Mabel, Song and Dance and Gypsy. Her tour will be jammed packed as she performs signature songs from some of the Broadway shows in which she has starred. Peters will dazzle the crowd and have audience members mesmerized. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $65. 8 p.m. Oct. 22.
Music Factory Presents A Tribute Night
This trifecta of tribute bands includes Tom Sadge, a Neil Diamond tribute; Idol Kings, a Journey tribute; and Stand Bac, aka “The Real Fleetwood Mac Tribute.” Need we say more? This is surely going to be one musical smorgasbord for the books. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35. 8 p.m. Oct. 22.
Maniac At Large
This one-night only double-feature screens the 1980 serial killer flick Maniac and its shocking sequel, Maniac Cop 2. Director William Lustig will be on hand to discuss both films! Get ready to be terrified and amazed! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $18-$22. 10 p.m. Oct. 22.
Laura Lynne Jackson
This homegrown psychic medium and bestselling author will be hosting a one-night event in which she will be conducting a special reading of the audience. Jackson is one of the 19 scientifically certified psychics in the world, and has read for hundreds of different people. Her abilities have made her one of the most requested psychics by the media. This will truly be an unforgettable night! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $45. 3 p.m. Oct. 23.
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Roomful of Blues
The lightning-in-a-bottle blowout blues band that gave rise to some of genre’s greatest legends will be in full swing showcasing the jumping, swinging, rocking side of the blues with alums including Ronnie Earl and Duke Robillard. They will be joined by local blues greats Kerry Kearney, known for his soaring slide guitar leads, along with an acoustic set by this generation’s next great acoustic bluesman, Rob Europe. Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $39. 7 p.m. Oct. 23.
This talented actress and singer is the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. She is well known for winning season 20 of Dancing With The Stars, with partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Earlier this month, she set out on her Over The Love Tour, which features a post-modern cabaret. Her set list features many classics, with hits from Billie Holiday to Amy Winehouse. Her powerhouse voice will capture the crowd, and everyone will be singing along. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $45-$50. 7 p.m. Oct. 23.
This multi-platinum-selling band’s self-described mission to conquer the planet, one venue at a time, remains solidly on track. Put rock and roll legends Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips together (along with the occasional surprise appearance by the original bassist Chuck Panozzo) on stage, and their power is unstoppable. When they get rolling and their freak flag is flowing, they’ll blow the roof off, with their classic rock standards like “Come Sail Away,” “Lady” and “Mr. Roboto.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$124.50. 8 p.m. Oct. 23.
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This beachy, Grammy Award-winning California acoustic pop singer/songwriter rose to fame in 2007 with popular hits “Bubbly” and “Realize,” and has won the hearts of many with her upbeat, feel-good songs. Some of her other chart-topping hits include “Try,” “I Never Told You,” “Fallin’ For You,” “Brighter Than the Sun” and “I Do.” This year, Caillat is beginning a new chapter in her life, with the release of her brand new album, The Malibu Sessions. Get ready, because this concert will sure be a breath of fresh air. Opening the show are Justin Young & High Dive Heart. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$69.60. 8 p.m. Oct. 23.
SEED: The Untold Story
In celebration of National Food Day comes this harrowing and heartening David vs. Goliath story about passionate seed keepers fighting against chemical seed companies. This documentary follows reluctant heroes rekindling a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seed. Guest speakers Ken Ettlinger, Steph Gaylor and Cheryl Frey Richards from Long Island Regional Seed Consortium will guide discussion following the film. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10-$15. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24.
An opening reception will be held for this 19-piece exhibit featuring local artists in a juried art contest. The words were all inspired by the North Shore of Nassau County. Talk about transcendental artistic translations! North Hempstead Town Hall is located at 220 Plandome Road in Manhasset. www.northhempsteadny.gov/btdc Free. 6 p.m. Oct.25.
Dr. Andrea Libutti
This doctor, autism specialist and local author will be signing copies of her new book Awakened by Autism: Embracing Autism, Self, And Hope for a New World. Hear her story, ask questions, and be inspired! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Oct. 26.
The former frontman of influential hardcore punk band Black Flag who later became an actor, writer and radio and TV show host, is taking his politically provocative spoken word show back on the road. As with any of his gigs, expect it to be spiced with rage as well as wit. He has much to discuss. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $30-$40. 8 p.m. Oct. 26.
The Dirty Heads
Since the release of their 2008 debut album Any Port in a Storm, this five-piece has been fusing reggae and hip-hop into a unique, absolutely infectious hybrid of pure enjoyment. Expect hits off all five of their albums, and expect to be floored. You will surely need some “Oxygen” after singing along all night at this concert! Supporting acts include New Beat Fund and RDGLDGRN. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30-$69.50. 8 p.m. Oct. 26.
Main Art: Acoustic pop songstress Colbie Caillat brings her beachy, feel-good tunes to The Paramount on Oct. 23! (Photo: Colbie Caillat official Facebook profile)
-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel, Natalie Coloprisco, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III