Saliva: Live & Unplugged
Saliva has been making anthem-crunching music since 1996 when the band came together in Memphis, Tenn. Now with nine studio albums under their belt, including one gold and platinum, plus a 2002 Grammy nomination for “Best Hard Rock Performance” for their rather catchy Your Disease, Saliva keeps on doing what they do best: slaying their fans with killer music. They know how to keep them coming back for more, as their last release, aptly titled Love, Lies & Therapy proves. With Bobby Amaru on lead vocals, Wayne Swinny on lead guitar, Paul Crosby on drums and Brad Stewart on bass, Saliva is full of blood, sweat and spit. The explosive energy of this band cannot be contained. Their power is unstoppable, their shows unforgettable. Opening the show are Dead Superstar, Anthems Of Apathy and Vigil Antics. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionliny.com $23. 7 p.m. Apr. 13.
Jorma Kaukonen is a blues-folk-rock master, and his guitar might as well be his second mouth, because the blizzard of tones and notes and colors that jump from those frets, traveling through its cable and materialize like lightning out of his amp to explode across our synapses speak in some universal tongue that resonates with all who hear them. This intimate evening with such a phenomenal blues-folk-rock guitar god will benefit nonprofit Long Island Autism Communities! Besides the mind-bending music, there will be live auctions featuring autographed items donated by Jorma Kaukonen himself—including an autographed guitar and weekend at his family’s renowned Fur Peach Ranch! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $100-$250. 8 p.m. Apr. 13.
Funky pop/dance-rock quartet DNCE, known for their catchy 2015 breakout hit single “Cake By the Ocean,” will get the crowd dancing and misspelling things. The band’s name, derived from the title track on their album, is reportedly a reference to being too drunk to spell the word dance. Fronted by Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers fame, the Los Angeles-based band drew a cult following after releasing their self-titled debut album, which dropped in November following their initial 4-track EP, SWAY. Their latest single, “Toothbrush,” has since caught fire. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LI Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $15-$30. 8 p.m. Apr. 13.
The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will make their triumphant return to the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum. Just the other day for practice’s sake, Herbert “Flight Time” Lang sank a 75-foot shot from the arena’s roof. To show he had the range, he also made it backwards. He’ll be playing indoors with his teammates tonight. The legendary athletes/entertainers have been spreading their skills and comedic timing around the world, delighting everyone from popes to presidents. The team will be sure to bring their A-game. But will the Washington Generals finally get a win? You never know. After all, hope does spring eternal. You can bet that the Knicks could sure use a few of the Globetrotters’ tricks if they’re ever going to make it to the playoffs, but we digress. NYCB Live Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nycblive.com $22-$158. 7 p.m. Apr. 14.
The Urban to Suburban Comedy Show
Van Alexander brings the best of New York City’s comics all the way out to Long Island. Will they take the Northern State or the LIE? Considering that the LIRR has been running late—and in comedy timing is everything—they probably won’t wait for the train. The line-up includes Kareem Green, Imagine, OMAR and more. He’s been leaving crowds in stitches in comedy clubs around the country. He’ll leave them laughing here too. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $25. 11 p.m. Apr. 14.
For more than 60 years this American legend has been showered with appreciation by the likes of Bob Hope, Bill Clinton, Lady Gaga and countless others across the globe. Maybe he left his heart in San Francisco, but that was years ago and he’s never missed a beat since. This humanitarian artist with a pitch-perfect voice still evokes well-deserved astonishment and praise from audiences everywhere. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $79-$401. 8 p.m. Apr. 14, 15.
Camille Saint-Saens’ Samson et Dalila
The classic three act opera, sung in French. It premiered on Dec. 2, 1877, and titillated the crowd with the exotic and suggestive “Bacchanale,” which has become the opera’s best-known excerpt since it’s often performed in concerts as just an instrumental arrangement. But tonight the focus is on the dangerous relationship between the legendary strongman Samson and his silky seductress. Lightning streaks through the skies as Dalila declares her love to Samson in one of the finest arias of romantic music. We shouldn’t have to tell you what happens next. You know it doesn’t end well. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), Concert Hall, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $20. 2 p.m. Apr. 15.
English rockers Def Leppard are celebrating 40 years as a band this year, making them one of the longest touring music acts in the world. To mark the occasion, the band is embarking on their 2017 North American Tour, hitting 38 cities with Poison and Tesla. They’ll surely be playing their hits, such as “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Rock Of Ages” and “Love Bites” along the way, including when they make their fifth stop on the tour at NYCB Live Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. In advance of that show, the Press spoke with Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen, who shared the secrets of his longevity, memories of Long Island concerts past, along with the true meaning of being a music artist. NYCB Live Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nycblive.com $55-$509. 7 p.m. Apr. 15.
Country fans: this one’s for you! Frankie Ballard, the 33-year-old country crooner who won 2008’s “Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star” music competition, will bring his singing chops to Long Island, y’all. His signature voice is sure to woo the ladies in the audience! Guys, don’t be jealous. He can show you how to hit all the right notes. With Levi Hummon. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$45. 8 p.m. Apr. 15.
Ryan Berg Quartet
Minneapolis native Ryan Berg is one of the most talented upright bass players on the jazz scene today. He’ll be putting his quartet through a soulful set of great music. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Apr. 15.
Live in Theater presents “The Ryan Case”- murder mystery based on actual historical events! The audience is arranged in groups with other audience members to solve the murder based on background packets, staged vignettes, and direct questioning of 19 actors who fill the theater! A combination of staged performances and interaction w/ actors makes this a must-see for murder mystery enthusiasts! Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $69. 8 p.m. Apr. 15.
Star of NBC’s hit television show The Office, Craig Robinson will be speaking and signing copies of his new book, Jake the Fake Keeps It Real. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Apr. 17.
Behind the Scenes of Singing in the Rain
One of the greatest movie musicals ever made, Singing in the Rain tells the story of the bumpy transition from the silent to the sound era of cinema. For the 65th anniversary of its release, join Film Historian Philip Harwood as he takes viewers behind the scenes into the production of this classic motion picture, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. Raindrops never sounded so good. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $11-$16. 7:30 p.m. Apr. 17.
Long Island Comedy Roast Battle
There will be laughs. There will be bad puns (we hope). There will be punch lines that will deliver a knockout blow. People are funny that way. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionliny.com $5.8 p.m. Apr. 17.
Dee Dee & Paul Sorvino
Actress and political strategist Dee Dee Sorvino, along with her “Goodfellas” husband Paul Sorvino, will be speaking and signing copies of their new cookbook Pinot, Pasta, and Parties. This couple knows how to have a good time. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Apr. 18.
Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Billy Joel, to name just a few music legends, Jimmy Webb will be speaking and signing copies of his new memoir, The Cake and the Rain, with a special performance to follow since he’s also a note-worthy singer himself. Maybe you’d like to hum a few bars of his American pop hits: “Up, Up and Away,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” and the enigmatic “MacArthur Park.” Whatever you do, just don’t leave your cake out in the rain. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Apr. 19.
A Plastic Ocean
In this hard-hitting documentary, researchers started searching for the elusive blue whale but instead found islands of floating plastic garbage made by our species of mammal. The film explores the fragile state of the world’s oceans, uncovers little-known facts about this devastating pollution scourge and examines solutions to the problem. Guest speaker Erica Cirino, a science writer with a background in environmental biology, conservation and policy, will lead a discussion after the screening. Come make waves. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $11-$16. 7:30 p.m. Apr. 19.
–Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Jaime Franchi, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III