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Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events March 30 – April 5

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Beloved Long Islander "Piano Man" Billy Joel rocks the inaugural performance at the newly renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 5!

Brett Topel
Sports writer and Long Island native Brett Topel will be signing copies of his new book So You Think You’re a New York Mets Fan?: Stars, Stats, Records, and Memories for True Diehards, reading excerpts, and sharing stories about the book’s subjects and genesis. Will he comment about some of the more infamous tales from the road regarding the ’86 Mets? Likely. Will Topel dole out simply phenomenal Mets trivia factoids? Most definitely. Will he express his undying hope that this is finally the year we (you know what; don’t wanna jinx it)? Absolutely, but perhaps he will do it in such a way as not to outright state this eternal optimism. Only one true way to find out, of course! Let’s go Mets!!! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Mar. 30.

A Quiet Passion
Cynthia Nixon stars as Emily Dickinson in this film chronicling the legendary poet’s life, from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist. Filmmaker Terence Davies will be in person for this special, powerful, pre-release screening as a part of the Women’s HerStory Month series. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $15-$20. 7:30 p.m. Mar. 30.

Lisa Loeb
Lisa Loeb’s songs have appeared in television and film soundtracks, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Legally Blonde and Twister, and she’s also a prolific children’s music and book author—releasing a bevy of award-winning titles and audio versions—crafting fun, catchy tunes that connect with kids. Besides her infectious songs, you’ll also recognize Loeb by those signature dark-framed glasses. In fact, those glasses are so synonymous with Lisa Loeb that she has her own line of them. Will this sexy songstress bust out a truly unforgettable rendition of her signature ear-candy-firebomb “Stay (I Missed You)”? Absolutely! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. Mar. 30.

Ann Wilson of Heart
The legendary singer and songwriter of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees-supergroup Heart possesses one of the most renowned female voices in pop music and will undoubtedly be unleashing its melodic prowess through a career-wide barrage of mega-hits, including the band’s iconic “Crazy on You” and “Barracuda,” as well as a litany of her phenomenal solo work. You will be absolutely blown away, 100-percent, guaranteed! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $49.50-$89.50. 8 p.m. Mar. 30.

The Jake Koenigsdorf Foundation 4th Annual Purple & Black Un-Masquerade
Twenty one-year-old Jake Koenigsdorf was discovered alone and dead in his apartment on July 16, 2013, the casualty of a fatal heroin overdose. Like so many other young men and women across Long Island, the region, and the country, his life was cut prematurely short by opiate addiction. Jake’s family and friends refused to let the beloved young man’s untimely demise be in vain, however, and established a foundation in his name “to raise money to help alcoholics and addicts who are willing to do whatever it takes to get clean but don’t have the financial means to find a solution–those that often times slip through the cracks, without wealthy families, insurance or access to state support,” declares its website. In other words, they’re trying to save others whose lives are within the torturous grips of this devastating epidemic, and in doing so, keep his memory and spirit alive while raising much-needed awareness and funds to combat such a crippling and life-altering disease. This extraordinary “Un-Masquerade” fundraising event will feature a gala dinner, and strives to help end the stigma too-often associated with addiction so more can discover recovery solutions sooner and tragedies such as Jake’s premature death can be prevented. It’s a special, powerful event, also billed as a “recovery celebration,” and could unquestionably save lives. Come be a part of this exceptional event and help to end the suffering of so many of those in addiction’s clutches, as well as their tortured family members and friends. Come be a part of the solution. Come spread hope, and in the process, much-needed love, too. Do it to further the foundation’s motto: “Help Someone No One Else Will.” Do it for Jake. The Mansion at Timberpoint, 398 Great River Rd., Great River. Contact (even if you can’t make this year’s fundraiser, but still want to help the cause): Janet Schmidt, the event chair, at 631-766-4928; or Kathy Koenigsdorf, the executive director, at 631-278-5536 or [email protected] More information can also be found at facebook.com/jakekfoundation or jakekfoundation.com 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mar. 30.

Brighton Beach Memoirs
Featuring the students of the Department of Theatre and directed by JJ O’Neil, this is sure to be a powerful, moving performance of part one of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Generously sponsored by Jack Levande, be prepared to be amazed and inspired. Awesome. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), Olmsted Theatre, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $25. Times vary. March 30-Apr. 2

ELEW Trio
Bassist Shin Sakaino and drummer Jon Davis join virtuoso pianist Eric Lewis, whose intense “rockjazz” style has taken him to the White House, where he performed for the Obamas (sigh), and to TED Conferences and America’s Got Talent, which he has in droves. Lewis has worked with the greats, including Wynton Marsalis and Elvin Jones. This guy has got the meanest jazz chops around—and we mean that as the highest compliment. His recent album, To The Republic, highlights what he can do in a trio format. Catch them live and see for yourself! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 7 p.m. Mar. 31.

The Coney Island Laser Show
This outfit added more laser systems, video projections, psychedelic lighting and pre-show entertainment to bring the laser show experience into the 21st Century and far, far beyond. ​Watch Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and more! Expect to be absolutely floored and so entranced that yours will be but one voice in a sea of choruses singing along, beverage raised a-high, shouting every syllable with a wild, ear-to-ear smile! Syd would be proud, very, very proud, indeed. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionliny.com $15, $20 DOS. 7 p.m. Mar 31.

Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot
This is the only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who still share a stage with the most famous Long Island pop star, The Piano Man, himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol—and the performances are absolutely stellar! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. Mar. 31.

Rick Derringer & G.E. Smith
Here’s how it goes down: One of Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 100 Guitarists of All Time, Rick Derringer, meets up with one of the most in-demand accomplished guitarists of the past four decades, G.E. Smith, of Saturday Night Live fame, and together, they join forces to blow the roof off what some say is nothing less than the most powerful guitar summit on Long Island for miles around. Derringer was just 17 (hmm, sounds like a song) when he was playing with The McCoys on their No. 1 hit “Hang On Sloopy.” In 1969, he was touring with the legendary Johnny Winter. The rest is history. G.E. (aka George Edward) Smith was the lead guitarist in the Hall & Oates band, as well as musical director for SNL, which earned him an Emmy. He’s toured with Bob Dylan and Roger Waters, played back-up for Mick Jagger and Tina Turner, and dropped a few albums of his own work along the way. Will they break a few guitar strings tonight? You better believe it! Hot damn. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49-$60. 8 p.m. Mar. 31.

Tim Dillon
This comic was one of the Top 100 finalists on Season 9 of Last Comic Standing, and co-hosts “Stewed: A Comedy Food Podcast” with Mike Recine on Cave Comedy Radio. He is also a regular on the hit comedy podcast “Keith and the Girl.” Be prepared to laugh, uncontrollably, the whole night through. The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $17. 8 p.m. Mar. 31; 7:30, 10 p.m. Apr. 1.

The 4th Annual Louder Than Love Concert Freestyle Fools Day Edition
You’d be a fool to miss this show! Check out the lineup: TKA, Judy Torres, Crystal Waters, Melle Mel, The Cover Girls, Coro, Soulsonic Force, Safire, Cynthia, Johnny O, Lime, Soave, Pretty Poison and Joe Zangie. There’s going to be a lot of love in the house, so turn up the beat and come feel the heat. No fake-ass rappers allowed. The heavens will rock and sweet words will flow. Wowzler, indeed. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49-$125. 8 p.m. Apr. 1.

moe.
The jam band impresarios follow the music wherever it goes, as it twists, bends and moves from the instruments, bleeds from the amplifiers, and finally, via the eardrums, nestles and takes root into the listeners’ very heart and souls. Will there be “Moe Rons” in attendance? Yes. Will they shake and dance to these addictive rhythms and melodies? Yes. Will they absolutely, unquestionably flat-out rock!? Most definitely! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$75. 8 p.m. Apr. 1.

Glen Phillips
Like many successful musicians, Glen Phillips rose to prominence after forming the band Toad the Wet Sprocket at the tender age of 15 before going solo. Phillips has since released five records and two EPs. Come and relish in his unbelievable ability to create irresistible sounds that groove and soothe the very heart and soul! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 8 p.m. Apr. 1.

Mary Wilson of The Supremes
The legendary singer and founding member of the Motown supergroup, The Supremes (with Florence Ballard and Diana Ross in their prime), will unquestionably wow every single person in attendance with her simply unforgettable vocals and style, as she transports all listeners across a musical voyage that spans her storied career with the iconic group, as well as her amazing solo work. Soul superstar, indeed! Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $55-$69. 8 p.m. Apr. 1.

An Evening with Ronan Tyna
This former member of The Irish Tenors will bring a repertoire that is diverse as it is entertaining: a mix of Irish favorites, selections from the great American songbook, contemporary, as well as newly written solo material. Wait, what’s that? You’re wondering if there will be people in the audience who just simply can not ignore the magnetic attraction of Tyna’s tunes, who will be swept up by these Irish rhythms and grooves, and propelled out of their seats to perform their own, personalized interpretations of the Irish Jig and Irish Step-Dancing for all to see, up and down the aisles and atop their magical seats?! Of course there will! Dance along, dear friends! Dance, dance, dance! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $48. 8 p.m. Apr. 1.

Oogee Wawa
This Long Island-based alternative reggae hip-hop fusion band known for their feel-good music, which captivates a wide range of fans is holding a release party for their new EP, High N Tight. Get ready for a night of pure fun, as Oogee Wawa inspires the desire to party, party, part-aaay! Recipe 7, 275 New York 25A, Miller Place. 8 p.m. Apr. 1.

After the Silence: Reflections of the Descendants
Lillian Gewirtzman, Holocaust Survivor and co-editor of After the Silence, as well as various Second Generation contributors, will read excerpts and lead a discussion highlighting the themes found in this powerful, truly extraordinary book. Some of the topics to be addressed are those shared by both Jewish and German descendants, such as: unanswered questions, silence about the past, guilt and shame, etc. Copies will be available for purchase. Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Rd., Glen Cove. hmtcli.org $10. 2 p.m. Apr. 2.

Theaterworks USA’s The Lightning Thief
This phenomenal production is adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. Recommended for students in grades 2 to 6 and their families, this will truly be one very special night to remember! Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), Concert Hall, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $20. 3 p.m. Apr. 2

The Beach Boys
Get lost in rock ‘n’ roll and drift away as the seminal Beach Boys free their souls with timeless hits, such as “Kokomo,” “Surfin’ USA” and “I Get Around,” among many, many more. The legendary group has been pouring their still-youthful hearts out with these classic titles since the 1960s, inspiring past and present generations onward. By the end of the night, it will be abundantly clear that surfing is and has always been the best transportation of choice. Catch the wave and hang ten, if you can. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49-$106. 3, 7 p.m. Apr. 2.

Four Years Strong
About a century ago, give or take a few decades, this uncompromising American so-called easy core band supposedly took off from Worcester, Mass., on a metal musical mission that has taken them to water parks out west and venues across the sea. Along the way, they’ve banged heads by the thousands, while making fans by the ton. They called their 2010 album Enemy of the World, which some say is their best, but others have other favorites, like last summer’s EP Go Down in History, which was also recorded at the Machine Shop (where Fall Out Boy did their thang). But it’s all good. They’ve got the power chords, the heavy throbbing bass, the pulsating drums, the cathartic keyboards, and the fearless lyrics sung with passion and truth. Four Years Strong says they know their days are numbered, so they’re making each one count. Warming up the crowd are Can’t Swim, Light Years, Sleep On It, and Whittled Down. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionliny.com Sold out. 5 p.m. Apr. 2.

Bill Nye The Science Guy
Science educator, television personality, and bestselling author Bill Nye will be signing copies of his new book Jack and the Geniuses: At The Bottom of the World. He’ll also be reading excerpts and undoubtedly explaining some of the most insanely mind-bending secrets of the universe! And he just might take a poke at the anti-science guy occupying the White House. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Apr. 3.

A.J. Mendez Brooks
Beloved WWE Champion A.J. Mendez Brooks (A.J. Lee) will be signing copies of her new memoir, Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed By Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, And Breaking The Rules. Will she personally demonstrate some of her wrestling “superpowers” on those in attendance or, perhaps, test out some new, heavy duty experimental moves? No, definitely not. Never. Maybe. (?!?!) Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Apr. 4.

1984
Is President Trump fulfilling his campaign promise to “Make America Great Again?” Or is he an incompetent, delusional wannabe fascist dictator? Those who believe the latter have boosted sales of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, which was turned into a movie that will be screened nationwide on the date the protagonist begins his rebellion against his oppressive government. Post-film discussion moderated by Adelphi University Prof. Marty Haas. Do. Not. Miss. This. Screening. Trust. Us. Big Brother won’t like it if you don’t attend. He’ll know, too. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $11-$16. 7:30 p.m. Apr. 4.

Billy Joel
One of the most highly anticipated concerts on Long Island is finally here, which is a triumphant event for many! Billy Joel will be performing the inaugural concert at the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum, aka “The Old Barn,” a venue that has been a part of the Island’s culture for many, many years. Joel, one of the most famous native Long Islanders, will be performing spectacular renditions of his blockbuster hits, including “Big Shot,” “An Innocent Man,” “The Longest Time,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” and of course, “Piano Man.” Don’t miss this historic performance as audiences say, “Hello!” to this beloved “Barn” in the most fitting way possible—by resurrecting its impact on Long Island and its cultural legacy through “The Piano Man!” Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. Sold out. 8 p.m. Apr. 5.

Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Jaime Franchi, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III

Long Island Summer Camps Guide

Long Island summer camps

By Russo Millien

Just like backyard BBQs and trips to the beach, it wouldn’t be summer on Long Island without children’s summer camp adventures. From traditional day camps and sleepaway camps to genre-specific camps for kids interested in sports, science or the arts, there is no shortage of fun to choose from. What follows is a guide to summer camps on Long Island!


TRADITIONAL DAY CAMPS

Benner’s Farm
Give your child an unforgettable experience as the life of a farmer at this week-long camp on a real-working farm, with weeks to choose from between June and August. Kids ages 5 to 14 may register for half-day or full-day sessions, or regular summer camp learning about animals, plants, history and science while enjoying all the fun and games. The farm also offers Kinder Camp, a hands-on program for kids ages 3 to 6. That’s in addition to the Explorers and Senior Campers programs for children ages 7 to 11 and 12 to 14. Fun, fun, fun! Benner’s Farm, 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., East Setauket. bennersfarm.com 631-689-8172.


Beth Sholom Day Camp
From athletics and swimming to creative and performing arts, children get a well-rounded experience at this camp, which offers full-day and half-day sessions. The camp has four age divisions. The youngest is Junior Camp, for 3- and 4-year-olds, which is based in the Early Childhood Center. Next is Lower Camp, for elementary school students in grades 1 through 4. Then comes Upper Camp for kids in grades 5 through 8. The oldest group, the Counselors in Training, or CIT for short, for students in grades 9 and 10, assist counselors and undergo training to lead a camp group. Beth Sholom Day Camp, 401 Roslyn Rd., Roslyn Heights. bethsholomdaycamp.com 516-621-9257.


Buckley Day Camp
The American Camp Association-certified folks at Buckley Day Camp can’t wait for summer, and they are just counting down the days! The camp, which offers half and full days, accepts five age groups of campers with a wide range of activities such as swimming, go-carting, gymnastics, painting and yoga. Junior Camp is geared toward nursery school and Kindergarten-aged children. Intermediate Camp is for elementary school students in grades 1 through 4. Teen Camp is for students in grades 3 through 9. Senior Camp is a customized camp, with combined group experiences, and the CIT program is for the teens who are counselors-in-training. Parents can also join their kids at camp with Buckley’s Parent & Child program, which runs twice a week for six weeks. Buckley Day Camp, 2 IU Willets Rd., Roslyn. buckleycamp.com 516-365-7760.


Camp Harbor
This camp has it all, including swimming, music, sports, arts and crafts, group challenges, plus juggling, archery, nature and more! Full and half days are offered for all age groups. The groups are separated into Preschool and Kindergarten, 1st through 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, and 6th through 8th grade. 17 Three Sisters Rd., Saint James. hcdsny.org 631-584-5555.


Camp Jacobson
A program of the Sid Jacobson JCC, this camp offers a wide range of activities, such as swimming, go karts, arts, dance, drama, music, cooking and more. Parents can select a schedule that works best for them, including full-day and half-day sessions that run between two and eight months. The camp offers an Early Childhood program for toddlers ages 3 and 4, Lower Camp for Kindergartners and first graders, Upper Camp for elementary school students in grades 2 through 4, Travel Camp for students in grades 5 through 9, as well as a Teen Leadership counselor-in-training program for those entering the 10th grade. Camp Jacobson, 340 Wheatley Rd., Old Westbury. campjacobson.com 516-626-1094.


Camps ‘R’ Us
This camp has locations in Baldwin, Bellmore, Farmingdale, Hicksville, Syosset, Valley Stream and West Islip. It offers sessions up to eight weeks. Programs include Tiny Tots for kids ages 3 and 4, KinderKamp for children ages 5 and 6, as well as groups for grades 1 and 2, grades 3 and 4, grades 5 and 6, and grades 7 and 8. The C2 program transitions participants from camper to counselor. The Voyager Program is a teen travel group. Camps ‘R’ Us, multiple locations. campsrus.org 516-935-2267.


Camp W
This day camp’s motto is “Where Friendships Are Made.” It offers a range of activities, including athletics, swimming, creative arts, computers, rocketry, game room and more for four-week, six-week or eight-week enrollment. Children in the youngest group (4-years-old to 1st grade), Kiddie Camp, are called Wallabies. Middle Camp is for elementary school students in grades 2 and 3; Upper Camp is for those in grades 4 through 8, and the Apprentice Program is for those in grade 9. Camp W, 121 Wolf Hill Rd., Huntington Station. campwdaycamp.com 631-692-6222.


Carousel Day School
Among the many activities offered at this summer camp are arts and crafts, sports, dance, Zumba, games, zip lines and much more. Four-, six- or eight-week sessions are offered for kids who can attend from three to five days per week. The Puddles program is a half-day session for 2-year-olds. The Tiny Tots program is for toddlers ages 3 and 4. There’s another program for Kindergartners and 1st graders. Traditional Day Camp is for elementary school students in grades 2 through 5; the Tween Travel program is for campers going into grades 6 and 7; and the Super Seniors is for those in grades 8 through 10. Carousel Day School, 9 West Ave., Hicksville. carouseldayschool.com 516-938-1137.


Catalina Beach Club
This seven-week camp is all about the swimming, but camp goers also have an opportunity to get involved in arts and crafts, music and drama, plus cooking and science for children ages 3 to 7. Catalina Beach Club, 2045 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. catalinabeachclub.com 516-239-2150.


Crestwood Country Day School
Crestwood campers know how to have fun. There’s water tag, a carousel, robotics, a Ferris wheel, game shows, mini golf, train rides and yoga in addition to swimming, sports, arts and adventure. They offer four-, six- and eight-week sessions, as well as half and full days. Their programs are broken up for children ages 2 to 4, 5-year-olds, 6- and 7-year-olds, 8- and 9-year-olds, and 10- to 12-year-olds. They also offer the Endeavor Program for campers with unique needs, a five-day sleep-away week for campers in grades 3 to 6, a Teen Travel program for kids in grades 6 to 11, a Leadership training program for those in grades 8 to 10, and a once-a-week Parent and Child program, which runs six weeks. Crestwood Country Day School, 313 Round Swamp Rd., Melville. crestwoodcountryday.com 631-692-6361.


Driftwood Day Camp
Boasting 11 acres of campground replete with state-of-the-art recreation equipment and one-of-a-kind programs, Driftwood Day Camp is a truly special place to be! Campers can enroll in a variety of weekly sessions depending on grade level. Their groups include Pre-K and Kindergarten, grades 1 through 5, the Pre-Teen Travel group in grades 6 and 7, the Teen Travel group in grades 8 and 9, and Junior Counselors aged 15. Driftwood Day Camp, 331 Mt. Misery Rd., Melville. driftwooddaycamp.calls.net 631‑317‑116.


Friends Academy Summer Camp
This camp, located on a 65-acre private school campus, has more than 30 programs. Options include General Camp for kids aged 3 to 5, Intermediate Camp for ages 6 and 7, The Academy for children ages 8 through 13, and the LIT/CIT (leaders and counselors in training) is for teens aged 14 and 15. Session length options vary depending upon the camper’s age. Friends Academy, 270 Duck Pond Rd., Locust Valley. fa.org 516-676-0393.


Future Stars Summer Camps
This camp offers a wide array of educational and recreational opportunities at four Long Island locations, including SUNY Old Westbury, Farmingdale State College, St. Joseph’s College and the Southampton Town Recreation Center. Campers can enroll in programs focused on sports, including horseback riding, dance and cheer leading, plus magic, multimedia, circus arts, drama and science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). Sessions range from one to eight weeks. fscamps.com 914-273-8500.


Greentrees Country Day Camp
This camp, which offers sessions of up to eight weeks, is broken into two groups: one for 2-year-olds and the other for children 3- to 6-years-old. Activities include water play, music and dance, arts and crafts, science and nature, field trips and special events. Greentrees Country Day Camp, 247 Jackson Ave., Syosset greentreesli.com 516-921-4949.


Hofstra Summer Camps
Hofstra University offers a wide variety for perspective campers. Parents can enroll their children in a number of programs, including the Learning Institute, Specialty Camp, Sports Academy, BOCES and more. Rates vary depending on the length of the session, which typically runs from two to six weeks. Hofstra’s summer camp programs are extensive, with the Specialty Program including athletics, arts and overnight camp. Taken together, there’s 70 camps available in STEM/STEAM, arts, sports, aviation, engineering, graphic design, and more! Hofstra Summer Camps, 1000 Fulton Ave., Hempstead. www.hofstra.edu/academics/ce/summer-camp 516-463-CAMP.


Kenwal Day Camp
Located on a 20-acre plot, this camp has an inflatable water park, mini golf, arts and crafts, sports, theater, dance, swimming, zip lines, go karts, rope rappelling, karate and more. The youngest campers can enroll in half- or full-day sessions for three to five days per week. Campers can also sign up for as little as three and as many as eight weeks. Groups are divided into the Pre-School/Kindergarten Program, grades 1-4, the Super Seniors Program for those in grades 5 and 6, the Teen Program for kids in grades 7 and 8, and the counselor-in-training program. Kenwal Day Camp, 100 Drexel Ave., Melville. kenwaldaycamp.com 631-694-3399.


Kids Country Day Camp
This lively 10-acre camp has programs dedicated to sports, adventure, water fun, arts and special events. Kids Country Day Camp, 37B Crystal Brook Hollow Rd., Mt. Sinai. kidscountrydaycamp.com 631-331-5351.


Knox Summer Adventures
Kids at this camp enjoy swimming, sports, arts and other activities. Groups include the Tadpoles for those entering Kindergarten, Minnows for elementary school students in grades 1and 2, Sailfish for those in grades 3 and 4, and Dolphins for grades 5 and 6. Knox Summer Adventures, 541 Long Beach Rd., Saint James. knoxschool.org 631-686-1640.


The Laurel Hill School Summer Camp
From aquatics, athletics and adventure to arts and special events, The Laurel Hill School Summer Camp has something for everyone. Programs include groups for infants from six weeks to 24 months, toddlers from 2- to 3-years-old, preschool for kids 3- to 5-year-olds and Discovery Camp for kindergartners through fifth grade. Laurel Hill also offer sports camp for those in grades 2 to 6, theater camp for grades 2 to 9, coding camp for grades 2 to 8, invention camp for grades 1 to 6, robotics camp for grades 2 to 6, and teen camp for grades 6 to 8. The Laurel Hill School Summer Camp, 201 Old Town Rd., East Setauket. laurelhillschool.org 631-751-1154.


Long Island Voyagers Day Camp
Among the many activities kids can enjoy at this camp are paddle boating, bowling, swimming, sports games, chocolate factories, zoos, museums and beaches. Campers can pick from two- to eight-week sessions. Children from 4-years-old through 14 are welcome. They are divided by age and/or gender. Long Island Voyagers Day Camp, Wantagh Park, Cantiague Park. livoyagersdaycamp.com 516-238-4586.


LuHi Summer Camp
This camp offers three two-week sessions for school-aged kids from grades 4 to 9. They provide a wide range of programs, including sports, computers, dance, digital arts, equestrian training, fencing, fishing, nature exploration, robotics, sailing, theater, visual arts, video game design and more. LuHi Summer Camp, 131 Brookville Rd., Brookville. luhisummercamps.org 516-626-1100.


North Shore Day Camp
Located on a 14-acre property, this traditional summer camp provides a blend of activities, from aquatics and athletics to adventure and arts, offered in increments of three and eight weeks. The Stepping Stone program is for nursery school and kindergartners, Upper Camp is for elementary school students in grades 1 to 6, and the Voyager Travel Program is for those in grades 7 to 9. North Shore Day Camp, 85 Crescent Beach Rd., Glen Cove. northshoredaycamp.com 516-676-0904.


Oasis Day Camp
Children as young as 3 and as old as 15 can participate in sports, swimming, creative and performing arts, outdoor adventures, field trips and more. Early Start Imagination Camp is for children between 3- and 5-years-old, Day Camp is for elementary school students in grades 1 to 6, and the Teen Travel program is for those in grades 7 through 9. LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. oasischildren.com 516-299-4004/ 516-299-2000.


Park Shore Day Camp
Besides the usual activities, this summer camp has special events, such as a carnival, pool disco, cake-decorating contests, talent shows, scavenger hunts, character lunches, theme weeks and more. The camp is for a full day, but half-day sessions are offered for the youngest groups. Toddler Day Camp is for ages 2 and 3, the Preschool Division is for ages 3 to 5, Junior Division is for ages 6 and 7, and the Senior Division is for ages 8 through 10. Park Shore Day Camp 450 Deer Park Road, Dix Hills. parkshoredaycamp.com 631-449-8580.


Rolling River Day Camp
This nautical-themed full- or half-day camp separates campers into four age groups and gives parents a choice of enrolling kids from four to eight weeks. Activities include swimming, arts, sports, field trips to theme parks, and boating. The Skippers program is for kids aged 2 to 5, the Mariners program is for elementary school students in grades 1 to 4, the Navigators program is for students in grades 5 to 8, and the counselors-in-training program is for those in grades 9 and 10. Rolling River Day Camp, 477 Ocean Ave., East Rockaway. rollingriver.com 516-593-CAMP.


The Waldorf School of Garden City
This private school offers a summer camp with full- and half-day programs, with enrollment ranging from 23 days to six weeks for children aged 3 to 13, and a counselor-in-training program for teens aged 14 to 16. The Waldorf School of Garden City, 225 Cambridge Ave., Garden City. waldorfgarden.org 516-742-3434.


YMCA Summer Day Camp
This camp offers four three-week sessions at six locations, including Bay Shore, East Hampton, Glen Cove, Holtsville, Huntington and Patchogue. YMCA of Long Island, Multiple locations. ymcali.org 855-296-2254.


Young People’s Day Camps
With nine locations across the New York Metro area, this camp has facilities in Nassau and Suffolk that offer sessions ranging from two to eight weeks for kids aged 4 to 14. Activities include swimming, sports, arts, talent shows and field trips. Young People’s Day Camps, multiple locations. ypdc.com 1-800-DAY-CAMP/ 631-476-3330.


SPORTS CAMPS

Thomas School Summer Day Camp & Riding Academy
250 Round Swamp Rd., Melville. tshcamp.com 631-692-6840.


Shark & Fishing Camp
Star Island Road, Montauk. oseasfdn.org 914-226-8149.


Gymnastics & Bounce Adventure Summer Camp
1074 Pulaski St., Riverhead. thesafariadventure.com 631-727-4386.


SportsPro Camps
1001 Crooked Hill Rd., Suffolk Community College: Michael J. Grant Campus, Brentwood. sportsprocamps.com 631-223-8030.


NorthSport Athletic Facility
469 Fort Salonga Rd., Northport northsportny.com 631-757-BALL/ 631-757-2255.


LI Junior Ducks Baseball Camp
41 Saxon Ave., Bay Shore. ducksbaseball.org 631-665-CAMP.


STEM CAMPS

CulturePlay
Choose from game design, coding, robotics and Minecraft. CulturePlay, 220 East Meadow Ave., East Meadow. cultureplay.org 516-222-0031.


STEM & Space Summer Camp
Cradle of Innovation STEM & Space Summer Camp, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org 516-572-4111.


Mad Science
More than a dozen locations across Long Island. longisland.madscience.org 516-620-6768.


Extreme STEM Science Kids
450 Deer Park Rd., Dix Hills. extremesteamcamp.com 631-499-8580.


iD Tech
Adelphi University, 1 South Ave., Garden City. liu.edu 888-709-8324.


Lavner Camp
NYIT, Northern Blvd., Old Westbury. lavnercampsandprograms.com 646-308-1555.


Center for Science Teaching & Learning
1 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre. cstl.org 516-764-0045.


ART SUMMER CAMPS

Abrakadoodle
With creative art themes like The Big Abrakadoodle Circus, Art Rocks and Pirate Island, your kid won’t want to come back home after each day of excitement! Abrakadoodle, multiple locations. abrakadoodle.com 516-686-6900.


Art League of Long Island
600 South Service Rd., Chestnut Hill Elementary School, Dix Hills. artleagueli.net 631-462-5400.


IncrediFlix
Various locations. incrediflix.com 201-331-3306.


Long Island Academy of Fine Art
Traditional painting will be studied as well as paper arts and other fine arts mediums. Long Island Academy of Fine Art, 14A Glen St., Glen Cove. liafa.com 516-590-4324.


Picasso Kidz
Children will learn art history and draw portrait art during their time here. Picasso Kidz, 72 Broadway, Greenlawn. picassokidz.com 631-261-5500.


Summer Art Adventure
Children will engage creatively with many mediums like oil paint, watercolors and sculpting. Art League of Long Island Summer Art Adventure, 107 East Deer Park Rd., Dix Hills. artleagueliregistration.org 631-462-5400.


USDAN Summer Camp for the Arts
Children can major in animation, art adventure, gaming design and minor in comic drawing and so much more. USDAN Summer Camp for the Arts, 185 Colonial Springs Rd., Wheatley Heights. usdan.org 631-643-7900.


MUSIC AND THEATER CAMPS
Back to Rock, 1015 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington. portwashington.b2rmusic.com 877-227-8558.


BroadHollow Theatre Company
Children will engage in improv and other awesome activities like stage fighting and vocal class. BroadHollow Theatre Company, 265 East Main St., East Islip. dreammakersli.com 631-581-2700.


From Stage to Screen
Half of the day will be spent rehearsing for the big musical! From Stage to Screen, 589 West Jericho Tpke., Huntington. fromstage2screen.com 631-423-4440.


Madison Theatre Day Camp
1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre. madisontheatreny.org 516-323-4448.


Professional Youth Theatre
160 W. Park Ave., Long Beach. professionalyouththeatre.com 516-808-5770.


USDAN Summer Camp for the Arts
USDAN also offers two outdoor theaters, rehearsal studios and costume and prop shops. USDAN Summer Camp for the Arts, 185 Colonial Springs Rd., Wheatley Heights. usdan.org 631-643-7900.

SLEEPAWAY CAMPS

4-H Camp
Children aged 8 to 16 can get the classic sleep-away-from-home experience at Dorothy P. Flint’s 4-H Camp, which is ACA-accredited. Campers will cook, ride horseback, and have fun as they get to know their fellow campers. Dorothy P. Flint Nassau County 4-H Camp, 3186 Sound Ave., Riverhead. ccenassau.org 516-433-7970.


Peconic Dunes 4-H Camp
During eight one-week-long sleep-away sessions, campers can enjoy the Long Island Sound waterfront while they do sports, arts and outdoor activities. Peconic Dunes 4-H Camp, 6375 Sound View Ave., Southold. ccesuffolk.org 631-727-7850.


Blue Bay Girl Scouts Sleepaway Camp
Campers need not be Girl Scouts to sign up for one- or two-week sessions to sleep in a cabin or a tent overlooking Gardiners Bay after a day of fun. Camp Blue Bay, 103 Flaggy Hole Rd., East Hampton. gsnc.org 516-741-2550.


Camp DeWolfe Sleepaway Camp
This Christian sleep-away camp offers sessions ranging from one to six weeks for children ages 7 to 17. Camp DeWolfe Sleepaway Camp, 408 North Side Rd., Wading River. campdewolfe.org 631- 929-4325.


Camp Quinipet
This beachfront Christian sleep-away camp allows campers to request up to two of their own bunkmates. Campers aged 7 to 17 stay in a cabin as they experience the classic pleasures of summer camp near a beautiful dock. Camp Quinipet, 99 Shore Rd., Shelter Island. quinipet.org 631-749-0430.


North Shore Holiday House
Established in 1914 by a local group of women to serve and empower girls coming from low-income families, this all-girls sleep-away camp strives to expose children to diversity. North Shore Holiday House, 74 Huntington Rd., Huntington. nshh.org 631-427-7630.


On The Go Teen Travel Camp
Campers aged 11 to 15 can broaden their experience as they see new sights over the summer with day trips and overnight stays. Action Park and Brownstone Adventure Park are two known destinations, and more are coming. On The Go Teen Travel Camp, 445 Broadhollow Rd. #25, Melville. onthego.camp 551-800-2267.


Mid-Island Y JCC
Campers are encouraged to speak Hebrew as much as possible at this camp, which offers day camp, sports camp, theater camp, travel camp and special needs camp in addition to sleep-away camp. Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd., Plainview. miyjccsummercamp.org 516-822-3535.

Drones Pose Risks to the Flying Public

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A DJI Phantom drone has a Go Pro camera mounted underneath flying on April 22, 2013 (Photo by Don McCullough/WikimediaCommons)

By Michael F. Canders

The proliferation of unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as “drones,” represents a clear threat to the flying public. These small aircraft can be sucked into a larger aircraft engine, strike a critical flight control surface, or break through an airliner windshield, injuring a pilot with disastrous results for the passengers and crew.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been struggling mightily to safely integrate these systems into our complex National Airspace System, but the tidal wave of these low-cost unmanned flying machines may be too great for them to prevent the first airline crash caused by colliding with a drone. More public education and increased awareness of the threat are essential to prevent such an aviation catastrophe.

In its 2016 Aerospace Forecast, the FAA predicted that drone sales in the U.S. will climb from 4.8 million units in 2017 to 7 million in 2020, and those figures will probably climb well into the next decade. Continuing rapid advances in computer processing power, electronics miniaturization and battery life have driven drone prices lower and these very sophisticated machines are now more affordable than ever.

As more people have begun flying these vehicles in the national airspace there have been some close calls. Reports of drone sightings by pilots to FAA air traffic facilities in 2016 continued to increase from previous years. There were 1,274 such reports from February through September last year, compared with 874 for the same period in 2015. This equates to about 160 per month or five a day.

Here on Long Island, Farmingdale State College aircrafts have had five close encounters with drones in the past year, including one that occurred at 4,000 feet, and all were reported to the FAA. Four thousand feet is significant because these machines are limited to an altitude of 400 feet by the latest FAA regulations.

Last year, the FAA introduced new regulations, which specified the altitude restrictions and the rules regarding commercial use of these machines. Under these laws, you can get a Drone or Remote Pilot license without ever touching or even controlling one of these machines. Simply take a knowledge exam about safe flying and airspace restrictions, and if you pass with a score of 70 percent, you will receive a Remote Pilot certificate, renewable every two years by taking the exam again.

The required knowledge for remote pilots is very similar to that required for manned aircraft pilots who must take formal instruction, typically given by a Certified Flight Instructor. After this documented training is complete, the flight instructor will endorse the student in writing to take the exam. Not so for remote pilots: prepare in any fashion you desire, including self-study, and you may take the test, which typically includes a $150 fee.

Prep courses are on the rise with online and classroom options available. Training courses have sprung up nationwide, and there are no FAA requirements to provide this training, so students should be careful in their selection. In the center of the “cradle of aviation” here on Long Island, Farmingdale State College, a long-established provider of manned aircraft flight training, has just announced its inaugural Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems course. The course, which begins April 15, is designed for those who want to operate a drone for commercial reasons in this very busy New York airspace. It is essential that drone flyers become familiar with U.S. airspace and take great care not to fly near an airport, such as JFK, LaGuardia, MacArthur or Republic or in other locations that may pose a collision hazard with a manned aircraft.

The sheer numbers of drones being sold, however, suggest that some flyers may not take the time to train and prepare to fly safely. Aside from increased public awareness of the potential dangers, there is very little preventing a purchaser from simply opening the packaging and flying their new drone immediately.

Non-drone flyers should also be aware of the increased risks they face as members of the flying public. Federal Aviation regulations prohibit flights of unmanned aircraft systems within five miles of an airport, but sightings by airline pilots at busy airports indicate that some drone flyers are ignorant of the law or simply don’t care. The five-mile rule is imposed to prevent collisions during the most critical phases of any manned flight: takeoff and landing. At low altitudes and slower airspeeds associated with these flight profiles, pilots have less time and fewer options to see and avoid these small and potentially deadly hazards. They are doing their best to report these events to the FAA, which, in turn, does its best to work with law enforcement agencies to catch the perpetrators. But most of the violators have not been caught.

So what to do? Let’s adopt the post-9/11 rallying cry of “See Something, Say Something” whenever we see these drone activities near an airport. Many of these systems require the operator to be within line-of-sight of the device, typically with a control console from which they fly the drone. Observers of these dangerous activities near airports should immediately report them to the FAA or local law enforcement so that the violators can be caught and punished. Large fines and/or jail time are in order to provide an effective deterrent, but the most critical element of successful deterrence may be our willingness to accept this responsibility as good citizens. These acts are typically observable, since a drone operator will prepare it for flight and maintain visual contact with it while it’s in the air.

Now it is time for the federal government to aggressively stage a “See Something, Say Something” campaign, and encourage observers of illegal drone activity to call the FAA safety hotline: 866-835-5322. It is often said in aviation that laws, rules, regulations, and procedures are “written in blood,” meaning that stronger action is taken only after a catastrophe. Let’s do all we can so we can prevent a catastrophe, which could come at any time with the rapid rise of these drone hazards.

Michael F. Canders, PhD, is a decorated combat veteran, an FAA-certified airline transport pilot (ATP), and a remote (drone) pilot and airplane multi-engine flight instructor (MEI) and director of the Aviation Center at Farmingdale State College (SUNY). Among his many achievements, he served as a technical consultant and flew in the film, “The Perfect Storm.”

Bethpage Best of L.I. Awards Gala Celebrates Best Long Island Businesses & Personalities

Bethpage Best of Long Island

The votes are in. The public has spoken. Tonight, at Chateau Briand in Carle Place, it’s time to celebrate!

Hundreds of Long Island business owners, personalities and local superstars will converge at Chateau Briand, located at 440 Old Country Road, in Carle Place, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., to bask in the spotlight and receive much-deserved recognition for being voted the very best throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties!

Presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union, the annual “Best of L.I.” Awards Program recognizes the very best businesses, services, personalities and more across Long Island. Voting is open to the public, and only the best rise to the very top!

This year’s awards contest, the 2017 Bethpage Best of L.I. competition, included nearly 60,000 nominations, nearly 50,000 registered voters, and more than 780,000 votes cast. Wow!

Winners and their families are featured at the annual Bethpage Best of L.I. Awards Gala/Winner Celebration, on what has become the networking event of the year!

So come on down and show your support for Long Island’s absolute Best! And be sure to cast your nominations for the 2018 contest HERE!

Remember: “There can be only one!”

For tickets to the Bethpage Best of L.I. Winner Celebration CLICK HERE!

The Bethpage Best of L.I. Competition is owned and operated by Schneps Communications, a media company dominating local with award-winning content across community newspapers, magazines, digital assets and the most powerful group of events in Long Island and New York City. Contact: 516-962-3700 / schnepscommunications.com

The 2017 Bethpage Best of L.I. Awards Gala will be held March 27, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Chateau Briand, located at 440 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514 chateaubriandcaterers.com For additional information, call 516-962-3700 and visit bestof.longislandpress.com!

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events March 23 – 29

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Country megastar Trace Adkins rocks The Paramount in Huntington on March 25! (Photo: Trace Adkins official Facebook profile)

Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie)
In a community where silence is often seen as necessary for survival, immigrant activist Angy Rivera joins a generation of Dreamers ready to push for change in the only home she’s ever known—the United States. Q&A with Producer Alexandra Nikolchev to follow screening. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $11-$16. 7:30 p.m. Mar. 23.

Grateful Overkill
Uniting in a tribute concert to the Grateful Dead are these two groups, Reckoning and The Eletrix. Reckoning originated on Long Island in 1990, capturing the spirit and emotion of Grateful Dead songs by creating a new take on classic tracks through innovative techniques and improv. The Electrix channel The Dead with their prowess as a jam band. Jerry would be proud. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $10-$30. 8 p.m. Mar. 23.

Joe DeGuardia’s STAR Boxing Presents “Rockin’ Fights 26”
What’s more exciting than witnessing two extraordinary athletes battle it out in a winner-takes-all, no-holds-barred, ultimate slugfest? Not much. Experience all the sweat, all the training, all the raw, visceral, gritty glory that comes with such an extraordinary competition! Who will win? Who will lose? Who will be relegated to a hospital bed for the next few weeks!? Hopefully none of these exceptional fighters! Only one real way to find out, however! Ouch! That’s gotta hurt! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50-$200. 7:30 p.m. Mar. 24.

Bob Saget
What salacious irony! Only in Hollywood could the wholesome father on the fluffy Full House family friendly kids’ show also be the rawest stand-up comic around, whose blue streak is beyond X-rated. So which is the real deal? Well, there’s a reason Bob Saget titled his autobiography Dirty Daddy. And that’s the guy who will take the stage and hold nothing back when he opens his mouth and the gags spill out. Maybe he’ll repeat the “Dirtiest joke in the World,” a racy record he set after appearing in The Aristocrats. He definitely won’t be introducing any America’s Funniest Home Videos in his uber-raunchy comedy act, but  you can be sure there will be some very funny, yet filthy, moments worth taking home and talking about—once the tykes aren’t within earshot, because offending those with delicate sensibilities is the furthest thing from Saget’s mind. Not. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $30-$100. 8 p.m. Mar. 24.

Underground Horns
Underground Horns will treat the crowd to their signature Afro funk New Orleans brass grooves, creating what they call “Audio Gumbo.” This seven-piece band from Brooklyn combines funk, jazz, and hip hop with traditional brass band sounds and African beats to create something truly unique. Don’t miss this funky treat! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Mar. 24.

Laser Spectacular featuring The Music of Pink Floyd
In its 30th year of successful touring, this Laser Spectacular has become a cult classic, presenting the music of Pink Floyd like you’ve never seen before. Surrounded by 10,000 watts of concert-quality sound, Pink Floyd’s musical legacy continues as the band’s concept music carries listeners away on a mind-expanding journey enhanced and driven by cutting-edge effects. Colorful lasers and state-of-the-art lighting parallel the sonic journey, as the senses are confronted with an array of glowing visual displays. The two-hour Laser Spectacular features Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, with the second half featuring The Best of Pink Floyd (including The Wall)! It’s all the excitement of a live concert with the addition of multi-screen video projection, state-of-the-art laser and lighting technology, 3-D imagery & animation, huge inflatables, all choreographed to the greatest band of all-time. “Mother” of all laser light shows, indeed! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $29-$65. 7:30, 10:30 p.m. Mar. 24.

Joe Matarese
This comic takes his autobiographical stand up to Long Island, where he will tickle audiences with tales of his home life, struggles with ADD and subsequent medication, parenting and marriage to a psychologist. You may know him from his popular podcast “Fixing Joe,” his many appearances on the late-nite talk show circuit, or his one-hour comedy special Medicated. Prepare to laugh your face off as he performs bits from Medicated! Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $22. 8 p.m. Mar. 24; 7, 9:30 p.m. Mar. 25.

Trace Adkins
Country music star and winner of last year’s Celebrity Apprentice, Trace Adkins is bringing his own brand of honky-tonk to the island. A character actor wrapped up in dungarees and a cowboy hat, Adkins knows how to entertain, with his wildly popular songs, like “This Ain’t No Thinkin’ Thing” and “Ladies Love Country Boys,” while leaving his audience with lumps in their throats with his portraits of home country life. Get ready to be wowed! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $32-$92. 8 p.m. Mar. 25.

The Temptations & The Four Tops
The hit songs by these Motown legends became part of who we are, providing the Sixties soundtrack to our American souls. The Temptations and the Four Tops have always been a classy act, from their choreographed moves to their stirring harmonies. The Four Tops are sure to perform their mega-hits like “Reach Out and I’ll Be There” and “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I Got),” and The Temptations will no doubt roll out “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” just to name a few of the Top 40 wonders that came out of Detroit and put the Motor City on the map of our musical consciousness forever after. These tunes are part of the cultural foundation upon which modern pop music rests. You will sing out loud, dance in the aisles, and make lasting friends with the strangers who sit near you! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49-$161. 8 p.m. Mar. 25.

Dar Williams
A folk-rock-singer-songwriter and teacher to young aspiring musicians, Williams is an artist whose songs of deep empathy and social justice speak to thousands of adoring fans. Her ninth studio album, Emerald, was released back in 2015. This is bound to be one helluva amazing, and inspiring night, for sure! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. Mar. 25.

Last In Line
This band began jamming in an L.A. rehearsal room way back in 2011, when Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Vivian Campbell got together casually and realized that the chemistry they’d had in 1984 hadn’t faded a molecule. Once upon a time, they’d all been co-conspirators with Ronnie Dio. Soon they brought in Andrew Freeman on vocals and kicked it up a notch. They took their name from the second Dio album and wound up recording original material on their debut, Heavy Crown, which dropped in February last year. Sadly, they lost Jimmy Bain just weeks before its release. His spirit lives on in their music, as countless fans in the United States and Europe can attest. With Phil Soussan on base and Erik Norlander on keyboards, Last in Line is ready to move to the front where they belong! Not to be missed. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $25-$30. 8 p.m. Mar. 25.

Notorious B.I.G. Tribute Show
Has it really been 20 years since the murder of Notorious B.I.G.? Yes, homies, it happened in L.A. on March 9, 1997, when Christopher Wallace, aka Notorious B.I.G. as well as Biggie Smalls, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting that has never been solved. The conspiracy theories live on—and so does his contribution to pop culture. The classic Bad Boy Entertainment icon from Brooklyn would have turned 45 on May 21. This tour continues to pay him the respect he deserves for being the driving force behind hip-hop music. As Fuse’s Bianca Gracie once put it, if you’re a shiny suit-rocking ’90s hip-hop lover, this tribute show is intended for you. Be there, or be square. With Gravy & Special Guests. Damn. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $10-$20. 10 p.m. Mar. 25.

Halston Style
Focusing on the life and art of Roy Halston Frowick, better known as the self-crafted name of distinction, Halston, this exhibition includes many never-before-seen objects from the designer’s personal archives. The exhibition will include more than 60 Halston fashions, juxtaposed with photographs, artwork, illustrations and accessories, as well as film and video documentation. Among the highlights of the exhibition are Halston’s iconic pillbox hat design, made famous by Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961, and also his innovative Ultrasuede shirtdress garment. Masterful examples of the designer’s classic gown silhouettes are abundantly on view. Can visitors pick out their faves and wear them home? Most definitely not, unfortunately. But they can dream! Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn. nassaumuseum.org $4-$12. Mar. 25-July 9.

Marie Letourneau
This Long Island author and illustrator will be signing copies of her new children’s book Argyle Fox. She’ll also be reading excerpts and taking questions. Here’s one: Is the protagonist “Argyle Fox” related, at all, to Tristram Fox? Highly unlikely, though worth asking, for sure. Wow. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 2 p.m. Mar. 26.

Eric Wilzig & John Pizzi
Talk about an insanely magical evening! Eric Wilzig is an award-winning master illusionist. John Pizzi is one of the top stand-up comics and ventriloquists on stage today. Wilzig blew people’s minds on America’s Got Talent with his “Extreme Magic.” Some say he’s a 21st century Houdini. Pizzi has been splitting people’s sides as the opening act for the likes of Jerry Vale, Joy Behar and Weird Al Yankovic. And he’s been known to throw in a little magic himself. These two guys are sure to cast a spell on you! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $15. 3 p.m. Mar. 26.

Mockstrosity Tour
As the tour promoters say, their misguided mission was simple: They would amass “the most motley collection of costumed musical miscreants ever assembled.” The lineup includes: Mac Sabbath, a fast food-inspired Black SAbbath tribute band; Metalachi, the world’s only heavy metal mariachi band; and Okilly Dokilly, a metal band that draws its name, looks and lyrics from Ned Flanders of The Simpsons. Wowzler, indeed! Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionliny.com $20, $25 DOS. 7 p.m. Mar. 26.

Larry The Cable Guy
Blue collar comic David Lawrence Whitney is a multiplatinum-selling recording artist, Grammy Award nominee, top country comedian and Billboard award winner, whose show, Only In America With Larry the Cable Guy, has broken viewing records with its premise of him visiting areas across the country, trying out new jobs, hobbies and lifestyles, celebrating the American experience. Also a best-selling author of a book titled Git-R-Done, named after his catchphrase, his dynamic personality has made him an American favorite. Catch this modern-day Renaissance man in all his phenomenal glory! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $54-$150. 8 p.m. Mar. 26.

Experimenter
Join Howard Ehrlichman for an eye-opening lecture and screening of Michael Almereyda’s lively movie exploring the work of Ehrlichman’s colleague Stanley Milgrom, whose radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans’ willingness to obey authority, remain controversial to this day. The “Obedience Experiments” on conformity, conscience, and free will were designed to observe ordinary people’s responses when asked to send harmful electric shocks to an affable stranger strapped into a chair in another room, with intriguing (and disturbing) results. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $11-$16. 7 p.m. Mar. 28.

Rising Up Contemporary Christian Concert
Feel the power and the glory of rock music that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ in one great night of performances that will lift up the spirit of everyone in attendance. No chains can hold you back once these sounds fill your ears. Truth! Love! Salvation! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $25. 7 p.m. Mar. 29.

Featured Photo: Country megastar Trace Adkins rocks The Paramount in Huntington on March 25! (Photo: Trace Adkins official Facebook profile)

Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Jaime Franchi, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III

8th Patchogue Folk Festival Features Folk Legends & New Stars

Patchogue Folk Festival
The 8th Annual Patchogue Folk Festival mesmerizes and inspires at Patchogue Theatre for Performing Arts on March 25!

By Ellie Schoeffel 

Update: The Patchogue Folk Festival has been cancelled.

Featuring folk legend John Sebastian, Long Island natives Claudia Jacobs and Cassandra House, and many more, the 8th Annual Patchogue Folk Fest once again unleashes an extraordinary ensemble of soulful, inspiring folk music upon all those in attendance.

John Sebastian’s group Lovin Spoonful spearheaded the ’60s rock revolution with hits including “Do You Believe in Magic?” and “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice” in the midst of Beatlemania. After leaving the group, he continued to gain fame with performances at Woodstock, an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the acclaimed releases of solo singles including “Welcome Back.”

Joining him is Long Island’s favorite soul singer Claudia Jacobs, known for her no-holds barred gutsy hope-inspired music, ranging from Blues, Country, Jazz, R&B, and Rock styles. Jacobs is scheduled to release another album in 2017 which addresses hope and cultural struggle.

LI singer/songwriter Cassandra House rounds out the all-star lineup with her soulful raw renditions of original songs. Her newest hits include “Little Flower” and “Giving Up the Gun.”

The Patchogue Theatre has also stated that “in keeping with festival tradition there will be a free live lobby show,” demonstrating the sense of continuity and vibrancy the festival continues to maintain. Lobby performers will include Don Bracken, The Como Brothers, Inda Eaton, Mick Hargreaves, Deanna Kinkead and many more.

The 8th Patchogue Folk Fest will be happening at Patchogue Theatre for Performing Arts, 71 East Main Street in Patchogue. For more information, visit patchoguetheatre.org. Ticket prices range from $40-$55. Performances start at 8 p.m. March 25.

Parents Can Teach Long Island Kids How to Appreciate Our Environment

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Massapequa Preserve (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)

By Dan Kriesberg

Stewardship requires awareness and knowledge. Awareness comes from our five senses, giving us the ability to appreciate the world around us. But two other senses are also needed, a sense of place and a sense of wonder. A sense of place is an awareness of where you are. A sense of wonder is an awareness of the “wow” in the natural world.

Using all our senses increases the knowledge necessary to become a good steward of the land. Awareness without knowledge can only go so far. Knowledge without awareness limits what can be understood. With knowledge and awareness can come action, and it is action that will keep Long Island special.

We must exercise our sense of wonder and our sense of place by being attentive to the unique beauty and magic of Long Island. Here is a fun way families can start instilling the idea of stewardship:

Long Island Sense of Place Scavenger Hunt:

  1. From your house, where is the nearest nature preserve? Go there!
  2. From your house, where is the nearest body of water? Go there!
  3. From your house, what is the native vegetation? Draw it!
  4. From your house, what was going on there 100 years ago, 500 years ago?
  5. What birds can you see in your backyard? Keep a bird identification book near your window.
  6. When are the town meetings in the place your live? Attend one.
  7. Sit silently in your backyard for at least 10 minutes.

Of course, awareness can only go so far. Here’s how to increase our knowledge:

Five Things Every Long Islander Should Know About Long Island:

  1. How was Long Island formed?  About 15,000 years ago as the climate warmed, the miles-thick sheet of ice that covered all of Canada and the northern part of the United States began to recede. It left behind all the rock and soil it had pushed forward like a massive plow. This pile of rock and sand became the place we now live. From there, time and erosion gave the island its shape. This process continues even today.
  2. Where does our water come from? Ll was given a gift by the glaciers. Underneath us, in the spaces between the rocks and sand is water. From this aquifer deep underground comes the water we drink and use in a million other ways. We live right on top of our water sources. That means what we do on the surface matters.
  3. Where does our garbage go? All the landfills on the Island are closed, there is no more room. So your garbage either goes to an incinerator where it is burned, or it is trucked off Long Island to a landfill in another state willing to take it.
  4. Who else lives on LI? We share the Island with hundreds of species of birds, 47 kinds of mammals, 42 species of reptiles and amphibians, and about 2,000 different kinds of plants. We are the northern limit of many species from the south and the southern limit for many northern species, as well as a rest stop for many animals on migration. Our location gives us a great diversity of plant and animal life.
  5. What environmental problems face the Island? One of the more serious problems affecting LI is the increased levels of nitrogen washing into the Long Island Sound from fertilizers, cesspools and faulty sewage treatments plants. The excess nitrogen causes algae blooms. As the algae decompose, they use up the oxygen in the water, creating a condition called hypoxia. Fish and other marine animals cannot survive in water low in oxygen. Another serious problem is that leaky heating oil tanks, repeated pesticide use, and industrial wastes are seeping into the ground, eventually reaching the aquifer. And that is where we get our water.

Knowledge gives us the understanding we need to protect the environment. By knowing where our water comes from, we can make better choices about what we do to the ground. Reducing our waste means less air pollution from the incinerators that burn our garbage.

Learning about the species that are our neighbors, we can make better choices to protect the habitats they need to survive. When we know our land’s history, we can see ourselves as part of this ongoing story. Our role can be negative or positive, depending on what we do and how we act.

Teaching our children about the importance of stewardship is a good place to start.

Resources:

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve,  50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove

Long Island Nature Organization

Long Island, A Natural History, by Robert Villani [Henry N. Abrams, 1997]

Exploring the Other Long Island, by John Turner

Dan Kriesberg teaches science at Friends Academy in Locust Valley. He is the author of A Sense of Place: Teaching Children about the Environment with Picture Books and Think Green: Books and Activities for Kids. He lives on Long Island with his wife, Karen, and two sons, Zack and Scott. He will be writing occasional columns on environmental issues for the Long Island Press. Whenever possible Dan spends his time in wild places backpacking, hiking and hanging out.

[Photo: Massapequa Park Preserve/Rashed Mian, Long Island Press]

Long Island St. Patrick’s Day Events & Festivities 2017

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day may come around once a year, but to many Long Islanders, one day of reveling is not nearly enough. Residents across Nassau and Suffolk counties will have the next week to enjoy the festivities, which includes local parades, performances, kid-friendly events and more!

Here’s a quick rundown of some St. Patty’s Day parties and parades for you and your family to show your Irish pride, with additional related events and happenings to be added throughout the week:

St. Patrick’s Day Party

The celebration includes crafts, pizza, a green and gold coin hunt and more. $27 per child. 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. March 17.

Hampton Bays St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Marches from Hampton Bays Elementary School to the Hampton Atrium. 11 a.m. March 18

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Parade begins at Clarke Street at Washington Avenue to Ross Memorial Park. 1 p.m. March 18.

Bangers and Mash Gig

Enjoy Celtic rock with some adult beverages as Bangers and Mash return to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Long Island. 6:30 p.m. Manning’s Irish Pub, Carle Place and 6:30 p.m. at The Village Lanterne in Lindenhurst.

Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Marches from Finley Middle School on Forest Avenue to St. Patrick’s Church. 12 p.m. March 19.

Patchogue St. Patrick’s Parade

Marches down Main Street, featuring bagpipes, floats and marching units. 12 p.m. March 19.

Rockville Centre St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Marches down Maple Avenue. 12 p.m. March 25.

Montauk St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Parade begins on Edgemere Road and then turns on to Main Street. 10 a.m. March 26.

Related: Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events March 16 – 22

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events March 16 – 22

Long Island Concerts
LeAnne Rimes serenades Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts on March 17! (Photo: LeAnn Rimes official Facebook profile)

Against Me!
These punk rock warlords known for intensely personal albums and an explosive, genre-bending sound, bring an unforgettable night of trademark supersonic hybrid of impassioned and introspective pop, folk, rock and country. Before its formation into a full-fledged punk band, Against Me! was a solo acoustic project by frontwoman Laura James Grace, whose decision to come out as transgender in 2012 abandoning her birth name Tom Gabel to live as a woman inspired a whole new strand of music, including 2014’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Although her roster of bandmates has rotated throughout the years, she and guitarist James Bowman, bassist Inge Johansson and drummer Atom Willard demonstrate the immense, transformative power of loose concept albums, with 2016’s Shape Shift with Me chronicling world travel and love, narrated by Grace. The group is also known for hit songs “Thrash Unreal,” “I Was a Teenage Anarchist” and “True Trans Soul Rebel.” Warming up the crowd are Mobina Galore and Typesetter. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$35. 8 p.m. Mar. 16.

Stephanie Kepke
This local will be signing copies of her new book Boys, Dogs and Chaos: Essays, reading excerpts, and answering questions from all those in attendance. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with copy of book. 7 p.m. Mar. 16.

Violin Femmes starring Bella Strings 
Electric string quartet Bella Strings presents all new arrangements, video, lights, choreography and new original material, coupled with their already dynamic stage presence, a whole new electric string experience. Led by violinist and arranger Nina DiGregorio, the group performs on Yahama instruments, and have accompanied big names like Beyonce to Shakira and have appeared on America’s Got Talent. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. Mar. 16.

Puddle of Mudd
This Kansas City-based ’90s alt-rock quartet will play all their hits, including “Blurry,” “Psycho” and “She Hates Me.” Expect flannel, combat boots, and possibly some head banging, and expect to be floored. Opening the show are Saving Abel, Tantric, Year of the Locust and O El Amore. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $25-$30. 5 p.m. Mar. 17.

LeAnn Rimes
A country star by the mere age of 9, LeAnn Rimes is a melodic human masterpiece highly influenced by country superstar Patsy Cline. Aside from being the winner of two Grammy Awards and holding the Academy of Country Music’s Humanitarian award, Rimes has worked with various credited country artists, including Bon Jovi and Reba McEntire. Rimes has toured with artists like Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and Sammy Hagar. Rimes has released over 15 albums since her debut in 1991. Her ’96 album, Blue, reached No. One on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. If that isn’t enough of an incentive to come hear her live, Rimes also hosted the national television show, Colgate Country Showdown, similar to that of American Idol, and she has been awarded three AMAs and one American Music award. And to think that this Nashville star is going to shine in Huntington–but just for one night! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $63. 8 p.m. Mar. 17.

Johnny Rivers and The Lovin’ Spoonful
With first hits emerging among Beatlemania, British-style vintage American rock n’ roll singer Johnny Rivers is known for hits like “Poor Side of Town” and “Summer Rain,” which are simple ballads with an R&B edge. Along with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Lovin’ Spoonful, whose hits “Summer in the City” and “Do You Believe in Magic” immortalized them, Rivers presents a blast from the past of feel good classic Beatles-era jams. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. Mar. 17.

The Fast Lane
This Eagles Tribute Band sounds exactly like the legendary band. Performing all their classics, you will most definitely feel like you are right there witnessing the real Eagles, live. Expect a triumphant rendition of the Eagles staple, “Hotel California,” for sure. Opening the show is The Como Brothers. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $30-$35. 8 p.m. Mar. 17.

Hitman Blues Band
Playing hot original modern blues, Hitman Blues Band was created by legend Russell Alexander and has produced a Grammy Award-nominated album Pale Ride, with hits “Better Class of Bums” and “Every Piece of Me,” among many others. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Mar. 17.

Gary Valentine
A 20-year veteran traveling the country refining his comedy, performing at clubs, theaters and festivals, Valentine has since made the jump from standup to acting and is best known for his nine years as Cousin Danny on the hit CBS show King of Queens, and now as Uncle Kyle on Kevin Can Wait. Get ready to laugh, uncontrollably. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $25. 8 p.m. Mar. 17; 7, 9:30 p.m. Mar. 18.

House of Pain
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day weekend comes this Irish American hip-hop group best known for hit single “Jump Around,” which was released 25 years ago. Known as hellraisers, House of Pain was simultaneous with crazy on-the-road music parties and continues to rabble rouse, and of course, absolutely rock. Opening the show is Slaine. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$65. 8 p.m. Mar. 18.

Jay Leno
Comedian and previous host of NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992-2009, Leno has continued to make a name in the entertainment business, with induction into the Television Hall of Fame and a web series, “Jay Leno’s Garage,” inspired by his love of motorcycles and cars. Leno carries his seasoned and experienced wit with him in continuing to delight audiences with unique stand-up. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59-$150. 8 p.m. Mar. 18.

Marc Cohn
While he won’t be walking in Memphis, Marc Cohn is definitely going to make an impression on Long Island when he strolls onstage. His show is perfect for any music lover! Best known for his hits like “True Companion,” “Silver Thunderbird,” “Ghost Train” and “Walk Through the World,” this Grammy Award-winning artist has been a music fanatic and performer since he was 6 years old. Be prepared to be floored! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $60-$65. 8 p.m. Mar. 18.

Beach Party Boys
We are all wishing for summer, and the Beach Party Boys bring back the vocal harmonies, instruments, and authentic look of the Beach Boys, whose name and sound are synonymous with fun in the sun. From “Surfin USA” to “Good Vibrations,” Beach Party Boys brings back the classic sound in live concert, with international tours leading to wide acclaim of the fast paced interactive, and authentic experience they provide. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $29. 8 p.m. Mar. 18.

Charly Black
Jamaican-born dancehall singer Charly Black is known for hits like “Woman It’s You,” “Going to the Party” and “Girl I love You,” translating his reggae roots into unique, infectious beats. With his charm and warmth, Black has collaborated with industry legends, such as Sean Paul, and continues to make a name for himself. Supporting acts include Matterhorn, Ricky Blaze and Alexuz Rose. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $30. 10 p.m. Mar. 18.

Pelle The Conqueror
Catch the digitally restored version of this 1988 Oscar Award-winning film about a Swedish farmer and his son emigrating to Denmark to escape poverty, but instead being treated like indentured servants. Film expert Fred Craden leads a discussion after the screening. Ticket price includes bagel brunch. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $11-$16. 10 a.m. Mar. 19.

The Expendables
The Santa Cruz, Calif.-based quartet has been blending reggae with rock for two decades, all the while establishing itself as a top attraction for audiences yearning to sway to the beat as they’re bathed in soulful tunes. Warming up the crowd are RDGLDGRN, Tribal Theory and Sharp Violet. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionliny.com $17, $22 DOS. 7 p.m. Mar. 19.

Led Zeppelin 2 – The Live Experience
Recreating the sounds and rock and roll experience of the Zeppelin days, this band is made up of the best metal/indie/alternative artists of Chicago’s music scene to reproduce hits including “Whole Lotta Love,” “Stairway to Heaven” and “Dazed and Confused.” Playing both deep cuts ad classic tracks wherever the moment takes them, the band provides diehard fans with a raw, fresh live experience complete with many of the touches and light shows of the original legends. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$30. 9 p.m. Mar. 19.

Dusty Springfield: A Tribute
This one-night only tribute to the legenday soul singer features footage of rare concert performances highlighting her powerful vocals that made her such a star, best known for the hit single “Son of a Preacher Man.” Film archivist Bill Shelley leads a discussion after the screening. Ticket price includes reception. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $11-$16. 7:30 p.m. Mar. 21.

Featured Photo: LeAnne Rimes serenades Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts on March 17! (Photo: LeAnn Rimes official Facebook profile)

Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III

Against Me! To Unleash Transgender Dysphoria Blues & More At The Paramount

Against Me! Paramount Huntington
Punk/folk/country warlords Against Me! destroy The Paramount in Huntington on March 16! (Photo: Against Me! official Facebook profile)

By Ellie Schoeffel

Punk rock rebels Against Me!, known for intensely personal albums and an explosive, genre-bending sound, hits The Paramount in Huntington Thursday, March 16 for an unforgettable night of its trademark supersonic hybrid of impassioned and introspective pop, folk, rock and country.

Before its formation into a full-fledged punk band, Against Me! was a solo acoustic project by frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, whose decision to come out as transgender in 2012 abandoning her birth name Tom Gabel to live as a woman inspired a whole new strand of music, including 2014’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues.

Although her roster of bandmates has rotated throughout the years, she and guitarist James Bowman, bassist Inge Johansson and drummer Atom Willard demonstrate the immense, transformative power of loose concept albums, with 2016’s Shape Shift with Me chronicling world travel and love, narrated by Grace.

The group is also known for hit songs “Thrash Unreal,” “I Was a Teenage Anarchist” and “True Trans Soul Rebel.”

Grace states of her life journey expressed in her music, sharing in a past interview: “I had gone from being married with a kid, two cars, garage, nice house in a nice neighborhood to all of it gone. But from an artistic standpoint, it broke down this fucking wall where there’s no filter. I’m feeling stuff emotionally and just processing it.”

Grace channels the feeling of loss in her former life and combines it with embrace of a new world of possibilities, unleashing all of its associated emotions and feelings into the band’s music, which embodies the “break down walls” spirit.

Five years after her groundbreaking confession, Grace and her band continue to create social commentaries and obliterate walls, figuratively and literally, especially in this new political age of controversy in America.

Grace’s take on transgender legislation has been recently widely publicized, and with a tour in collaboration with Green Day set for Spring 2017, Against Me! shows that they aren’t planning on stopping anytime soon, and will continue to voice their opinions on politics and identity issues through their music, and that’s something everyone can celebrate!

Against Me! rocks The Paramount, at 370 New York Ave. in Huntington, on March 16! Visit paramountny.com for tickets and more information!