Home for the Holidays Concert
The holiday season should be filled with joy. It should be replete with friends and family. It should be a special time of remembrance and reflection. For far too many children suffering a spectrum of injuries, diseases and ailments, however, this extraordinary time of year can too often feel anything but. This benefit concert for Cohen Children’s Medical Center features Long Island’s own Jon Bellion & Nick Tangorra, and strives to fill each and every concertgoers’ hearts with boundless happiness and inspiration, and through music, melt through the coldness to instill hope and love. Come be a part of this truly magical evening and spread the holiday joy to children in need. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30-$55. 8 p.m. Dec. 8.
The blues has the amazing capability of soothing the soul, while, like some transcendental magnet, draw those feet out from beneath the seat and up onto the dance floor. It’s a euphoric, healing sensation that makes for a simply unforgettable night. This is one of them, and you’re simply not going to want to miss it! Kaukonen is a guitar virtuoso, and he’s been wowing fans across the globe for more than five decades. From Hot Tuna to Jefferson Airplane to his own legendary works, this blues and folk guitar legend will be sure to absolutely floor all lucky enough to attend this must-see gig. Do not miss this special acoustic show! Suffolk Theater, 18 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $60. 8 p.m. Dec. 9.
Pure Joy With Paige Patterson
The luscious sounds of Huntington native Paige Patterson, who has a background in jazz and musical theatre, offers holiday cheer for the soul in the Sky Room Cafe with her tantalizing artistic talents on display. She calls her repertoire “cafe society” for the new millennium. Her fans just call her fabulous. Get ready to be wowed! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 general public. 8 p.m. Dec. 9.
This local reggae band, founded in 2004 by Alex Flynn (guitar backing and vocals) and Corey Browd (Bass guitar), is dedicated to spreading the genre across Long Island and the world, and getting crowds to “dance to the vibes” of hits like “Mr. Harmonica” and tributes to artists like Bob Marley. Reggae, like the blues and jazz, embodies some type of elemental sonic properties that not only somehow seem to make everything just a little bit better, especially when you’re dancin’ along to the vibes and letting those soulful notes just cleanse you of your worries and fears! Come bask in that salvation. Come be healed. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Dec. 9.
Enthusiasm minus caution equals standup comedian Greg Stone, known for his hilarious tweets and storytelling abilities. A fixture at Manhattan’s top comedy clubs, Stone shares true stories of his highs and lows caused by his lack of inhibition, and has recently performed on America’s Got Talent, Gotham Comedy Live, Friends of the People, Sirius XM’s The Bennington Show, and hit podcasts like Tuesdays with Stories. You will laugh, uncontrollably, for sure. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. mcguires.govs.com $17. 8 p.m. Dec. 9; 7, 9:30 p.m. Dec. 10.
The Chocolate Expo
Have you ever dreamed of sailing along in a sea of glorious chocolate atop a marshmallow boat, scooping your cupped hands in the thick velvety goo as oars, licking and gulping down that heavenly porridge just as fast as those rich waves will let you, intentionally capsizing at some point to simply try and swallow the entire ocean in one ultimate gasp for cocoa nirvana?! Of course you haven’t, that would be, like, totally weird and irregular. Who dreams of stuff like that, anyway? Well, while not the exact realization of that exact unimaginable choco-fantasy, this mouthwatering event offers so many tastings & sales of chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, gelato, cheeses, wines and more, from 35-100 local, regional and international vendors, combining that oh-sweet chocolate and food with a dash of fun! There will be unique exhibits, performances, demos, and/or even some celebrity appearances! Whoa! Will Candice Swanepoel be there? Justin Biebler? Big Kimmy K? Perhaps Hillary Clinton? Or President-Elect Donald Trump?! No, not at all. But as you bask in that gorgeous, magical pool of chocolate, gulp-gulp-gulp-in’ away, they may! Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $8-$20. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 11.
Doo Wop Extravaganza
Do it up doo-wop style with this amazing lineup! Take a trip down memory lane with classic hits by Charlie Thomas & The Drifters, Danny & The Juniors featuring Joe Terry, The Legendary Teenagers, The Original Chantels, The Classics, The Capris, Randy & The Rainbows featuring Randy Safuto and The Emotions. 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!) Wow. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$69.50. 7 p.m. Dec. 10.
SantaCon, the two-decade-old annual good-natured gathering of naughty Santas in San Francisco that has spawned like-minded events worldwide is returning to Long Island. The New York City version, which has outgrown its roots as street theater in which Santas march around town, will be held the same day as Riverhead’s. Those looking to join in the fun but want to skip the mob can join this local bar crawl instead. Proceeds go to charity. Downtown Riverhead. santacon.info/Riverhead $10. 12 p.m. Dec. 10.
40 Below Summer
Progressive rock band 40 Below Summer describes itself as an “aggressive rock band that explores a bit of everything” and cites Led Zeppelin and Tool as its influences. Known for hits like “My Name is Vengeance,” “Step Into the Sideshow,” “Wither Away” and “Self Medicate,” the band’s most recent album Transmission Infrared was released in 2015, following several reunions and a 2005 breakup. Opening the show is The Hard Way and Logan’s Room. Get ready to be completely floored! Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $15, $18 DOS. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10.
The lineup at this show is a trifecta of tribute bands, including KISS tribute band Alive! ’75, Tool tribute band Schism and Iron Maiden tribute band Live After Death. Experience all the hits, all the chaos, all the mind-bending rock and roll mayhem you’d expect from those who’ve dedicated their lives to spreading the tunes of these insane musical hellraisers! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $20-$30. 8 p.m. Dec. 10.
Suzy Bogguss – A Swingin’ Little Christmas
Grammy Award-winning artist Suzy Bogguss presents a joyous evening of festive traditional Christmas songs, including “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” interwoven with her own classic hits like “Two Step Round the Christmas Tree.” With a rich and fluid voice and encouragement of audience participation, the performance differs every night and aims to engage the Christmas spirit of the audience and touch listeners. Mesmerizing! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. Dec. 10.
Walshy Fire of Major Lazer
Think about the most groovin’ tunes a thump-thump thumpin’ as you spin round and round a bump-bump bumpin’ and raising your hands up in the air, colors and sounds all swirlin’ round the place, colliding and melding into a singular, illuminating vision of pure, unrefined dance magic resurrection! Damn. A member of the L.A.-based electronic group Major Lazer, Walshy Fire will get that dance party started, and keep it goin’ till the early hours of the morn! Also performing will be DJs Smooth City and Fotsbeats. Hell. Yes. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $15, $20 DOS. 10 p.m. Dec. 10.
The Nutcracker Suite
The extremely talented dancers of Ovations Dance Repertory Company will once again join The Atlantic Wind Symphony in a Nutcracker production you’ll never forget. The vision of the glittering dancers and the sounds of the famous Tchaikovsky score will delight your senses this holiday season! Ring in the holidays with the only full-length production of the Nutcracker with a live 25-piece orchestra in Suffolk County! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $15. 1, 7 p.m. Dec. 10, 1, 6 p.m. Dec. 11.
On March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was repeatedly attacked on a street in Kew Gardens, Queens. Soon after, The New York Times published a front-page story asserting that 38 witnesses watched her being murdered from their apartment windows—and did nothing to help. The death of Kitty Genovese, 28, quickly became a symbol of urban apathy. James Solomon’s moving documentary chronicles Bill Genovese’s quest for the truth behind his sister’s notorious murder. The screening includes brunch and a discussion hosted by Fred Craden. Do not miss this, for many, many reasons. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10-$15. 10 a.m. Dec. 11.
Saxophonist and Grammy Award winner Kenny G. grafts elements of R&B, pop, and Latin into a jazz foundation and has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making him the biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era. Here to perform his career hits like “Forever in Love,” “Songbird” and “The Moment,” as well as holiday favorites, Kenny G. is finishing up his Brazilian Tour inspired by his latest drop, Brazilian Nights. As several members of the Press team know far too well in regards to former staffer Kenneth Herzog, you best know for damn sure it’ll be an utterly Amazing time when Kenny’s in town! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 11.
Long Island author and historian Richard Panchyk will be reading passages, signing copies, and speaking about his new book Hidden History of Long Island. Will Panchyk dedicate a large portion of his appearance to detail the mysterious back channels along its ancient shores, its long-rumored haunts, and perhaps even ts connections to the popular Netflix show Stranger Things? Unlikely. Many do not know of these extraordinary things, and those who do rarely speak in public about such mysticism. Fortunately, you can get a small taste here: 5 Real-Life ‘Stranger Things’-Montauk, Long Island Parallels An amazing evening of literature and inspiration, regardless! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Dec. 12.
The soulful singer, pianist and guitarist from upstate New York who rose to fame with his breakout single “I Don’t Want to Be,” otherwise known as the theme song to One Tree Hill, will play hit latest hits, including “Not Over You,” “Best I Ever Had” and “We Both Know.” Be prepared to dance and sing along! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50- $69.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 13.
The Airplane Family & Friends
This is the only national touring tribute to the music of Jefferson Airplane & “The San Francisco Sound.” Expect all the hits, and expect to be absolutely blown away! With Live Dead 69. Yes! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$49.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 14.
-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III
Main Art: Legendary guitarist Jorma Kaukonen shreds Suffolk Theater on Dec. 9!