Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti
Long Island’s Valentinetti embodies the classy, consummate, old-school entertainer with a heart of gold image and injects it into modern American pop. Upon discovering his hidden vocal talent in his teens, Sal tried out for American Idol season 11, eventually wowing judges on season 12, where he won Heidi Klum’s golden buzzer, ultimately placing fifth in the September finale. The 21-year-old crooner will be singing classic tunes by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the Rat Pack. Charisma, vocal prowess, and that heartwarming smile, Vaentinetti’s got it all! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$54.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 22.
A lesbian couple seem to be going through the motions of a life together. Sure, they are supporting a mother who is grieving the loss of a spouse and getting their children to school on time, but excitement comes to town in the guise of a single tattooed mother who proves to perhaps be more temptation then the couple’s marriage can handle. Will she split them apart or drive them back to each other? Director Suzanne Guacci, star Phyllis Somerville and select cast members in attendance for this fascinating, moving film! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10-$15. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22.
A veteran of more than 100 TV and talk show appearances, this comic’s dead-on timing, unexpected twists and sheer flights of lunacy make him a favorite at the top comedy clubs in New York City and across the USA. His performance at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival was rated “9.5 out of 10” by The Montreal Gazette. Be prepared to laugh, uncontrollably. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $15-$45. 6 p.m. Dec. 23.
Kenny Rogers: The Gambler’s Last Deal Christmas Hits
This Country Music Hall of Famer has charted more than 120 hits across multiple genres of music and remains one of the top-selling artists of all time. Expect a mix of classics and fan favorites, such as “The Gambler,” of course, and newer gems, spanning his more than half-century as one of America’s greatest song-storytellers. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$124.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 23.
Long Island post-punk/indie rock band The Sleeping bend genres, using indie melodies interwoven with harder post-punk chords to create an abrasive and vigorous, as well as groove-oriented and stylistic sound. With multiple world tours and the release of their fourth studio album, the band’s biggest hits are “Don’t Hold Back,” “Loud & Clear,” “Listen Close” and “Dearest Mistake.” Warming up the crowd are Reggie And The Full Effect, Folly & Lux Courageous. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. Dec. 23.
The Joe Vicino Band
Blues Hall of Fame inductee Joe Vicino has been a cornerstone of the Long Island music scene for 25+ years. With influences like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Albert King, Joe’s blues/rock style oozes with passion, and his talent for guitar work and crooning can be seen in his songs “Every Morning,” “It Hurts Me Too” and “Summertime.” Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Dec. 23.
Whether it’s the most infectious rock, soul, dance or club tunes, Mean Machine provides the perfect soundtrack to the joyous celebration that is the island’s largest happy hour, with a free mega-buffet and drink specials from 7 to 9 p.m. that ensures this weekly party continues on til the early hours of the morn! Dance, dance, dance and relish in the fun, fun, fun! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $7 advance; $10 DOS. 7 p.m. Dec. 23.
Arash and Mansour
Iranian/Swedish singer Arash has produced many chart-topping European hits such as “Broken Angel,” “Tike Tike Kardi” and “Pure Love” and has collaborated with artists, such as Sean Paul and Rebecca. Iranian artist Mansour joins Arash with his popular Farsi lyrics and sound that led him to create hits like “Bavar Nemikardam,” “No Limit” and “Bari Bakh.” The duo have performed their Christmas show in Las Vegas, as well as other venues spreading their rock/pop combined sound. Wow. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.comm $65-$100. 8 p.m. Dec. 24.
Hometown pop-punk heroes are making the long drive from their native Mt. Sinai to Amityville for their latest show to remind all the emo kids to cheer up. Check out this feature on the band in the Press, when they showed up to share some light with a fan who was battling cancer: Long Island Band Gives Hope to Teen With Cancer, proving that these hometown heroes not only have mega talent, but huge hearts, too. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $15. 6 p.m. Dec. 26.
The Santa Claus Super Show
Santa and his bumbling elf, Pepper Mint Stix, are on a mission to gather all of the presents on Mrs.Claus’ special list for the good boys and girls throughout the world! Along the way, they’ll sing songs, tell stories and perform amazing magic tricks with the help of their friends Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snow Man! Will Santa and Pepper Mint Stix find all of the missing presents and save the day? Only one way to find out! Join this fun, interactive holiday show filled with classic songs everyone loves, adorable puppets, fascinating magic tricks and memorable characters cherished by the whole family! All attendees will even get a chance to come on stage for a special meet and greet and photo session with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Pepper Mint Stix! Well Christmas truly came early this year! Santa reminds all not to forget your camera! What a perfect holiday treat for all families! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $12 Reserved; $7 Reserved VIP Member Club. 11 a.m. Dec. 26 & 28.
13th Annual Girl Scouts of Suffolk County’s Holiday Light Show
Grab your fiends and family and drive through this dazzling annual holiday light extravaganza, featuring a vast array of multi-colored lights, decorations and displays guaranteed to amaze and lift the holiday spirit! Smith Point County Park, 1 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley. holidaylightshow.org $20 per car; $70 per coach and school bus. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 27, 28, 29 & 30.
The Last Stand of 2016
Celebrate all that is glorious in rock and say “Adios!” to ’16 with some of the most passionate must-witness bands in the region! Huntington hellraisers More Than Skies join Gasoline Heart, King Neptune, Gamblers and Archibelle in a must-attend night of stellar bands that usher in 2017 with a very loud bang! This is definitely one gig for the books! Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. amityvillemusichall.net $10 advance; $12 DOS. 7 p.m. Dec. 28.
-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III
Featured Photo: Long Island post-hardcore hellraisers The Sleeping destroy The Paramount on Dec. 23! (Photo: The Sleeping official Facebook profile)