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Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events December 15–21

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Drowning Pool
This Texan heavy metal band constructs hell raising anthems, with their goal being to fire up crowds in impassioned sing alongs and use monstrous vocals and riffs to create a powerful sound. Incorporating classic rock anthems with brutal grooves, the band has produced hits like “Push,” “We Are the Devil,” “Tear Away” and “Bodies.” Warming up the crowd are Gemini Syndrome, 9Electric, Red Tide Rising, Despyre and In Dead Silence. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15.

Lee DeWyze
Touring to promote his sixth album, Oil & Wate, released in February and a new single “Weight,” this indie singer/songwriter is thriving. Winner of the 9th season of American Idol, his hits include renditions of “Treat Her Like a Lady,” “Fireflies,” “Beautiful Day,” “Everybody Hurts” and “Hallelujah.” Opening the show are The Como Brothers Band and Matt Weiss. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Bwy., Amityville. $15-$50. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15.

Ballyhoo!
Catchy tunes from this up-and-coming Maryland-based pop rock/reggae/ska quartet will bring some good vibes, including their latest hit, “Fast Times.” Mulcahys Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $15, $17 DOS. 8 p.m. Dec. 15.

Blood Sweat & Tears
With a unique horn-drenched rock sound, Blood Sweat & Tears formed in New York City in 1967 and continue their decades of successful mergings of rock, pop, R&B and jazz. With multiple Grammy wins, the group has produced hits like “Roller Coaster,” “Save Our Ship,” “So Long Dixie” and “Nuclear Blues.” Their second self-titled album even beat out the Beatles’ Abbey Road for Grammy album of the year. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $65-$79. 8 p.m. Dec. 15.

Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti
Long Island’s own Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti embodies the classy, consummate, old school entertainer with a heart of gold image into American pop. Upon discovering his hidden vocal talent in his teens, Sal tried out for American Idol season 14 and eventually he wowed judges on Season 11 of America’s Got Talent, 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. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$54.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 15, 16.

Holiday Spectacular on Ice
Set to beloved classic and contemporary holiday songs, and starring your favorite figure skaters, singers and dancers, this family-friendly musical celebration is literally the coolest show for all ages this season. Featuring stunning costumes, astonishing performance artistry, and dazzling production numbers, this heartfelt musical experience is the perfect gift and is sure to put you in the season’s spirit. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $29.50-$89. Times vary, Dec. 15-Jan. 1.

Acceptance
These Seattle-based alt-rockers use catchy melodies and big choruses with an edge reminiscent of Jimmy Eat World and Anberlin. After a breakup, the band reunited last year to release, “Take You Away,” their first single in a decade and will be releasing their second studio album, Colliding By Design, in February. Expect to hear “Diagram of a Simple Man,” a track from their forthcoming album, and their prior hits, such as “So Contagious,” “In Too Far” and “Glory/Us.” Supporting acts include Shorebreak and Table Talk. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $25, $28 DOS. 7 p.m. Dec. 16.

KTFO & ACC Presents: Worlds Collide
The two best MMA promotions in the New York area, KTFO Fights (KTFO) and Aggressive Combat Championships (ACC), have joined forces to bring you Worlds Collide 1.  An absolutely stacked card of the best MMA talent, from the tri-state area, is slated for the night including multiple title fights. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $50-$90. 8 p.m. Dec. 16.

Masters of Telecaster Featuring: Jim Weider, GE Smith & Jon Herington
It’s going to be guitar heaven in Bay Shore with a trio of famed guitarists lighting up the stage. The evening will be highlighted by the powerful rock exploits of Jim Weider, Jon Herington and GE Smith. Expect titles from Roy Buchanan, Little Richard, Steely Dan, Lee Dorsey, Bo Diddley, and Sam Cooke. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. Dec. 16.

Colin Kane
This comic lives by the philosophy that “you can have a messed up sense of humor but still be a nice person.” Known for his in your face insult comedy and crowd work, Kane “acknowledges the line and leaps over it,” an approach that has gained him sold out shows and a dedicated fan base. Recently making his film debut opposite Kevin Hart in the comedy The Wedding Ringer, Kane is a born and bred New Yorker who is unafraid to address sex, relationships, race and anyone who is brave enough to sit in the front rows of his show. The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $28. 8 p.m. Dec. 16; 7:30, 10 p.m. Dec. 17.

Trapt
This California-based alt-rock quartet best known for their ’02 hit single “Headstrong” is touring in support of their seventh studio album, DNA, which dropped in August. Opening the show are Dead Superstar, Jesse Blaze Snider and Share The Burden.  Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17.

Paul Anka
Singer/songwriter Paul Anka has mixed with the greats in the music industry from Frank Sinatra to Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson, writing songs, singing, and collaborating on covers. Rising to fame in the late 1950s, some of Anka’s hits include “Lonely Boy,” “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” “My Way,” and “This It.” Seventy-five and going strong, Anka has released an autobiography chronicling his encounters and collaborations with stars from Elizabeth Taylor to Dolly Parton, and has reworked such classics as “It’s My Life,” “Smells Like Team Spirit” and “Wonderwall.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com  $69.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 17.

The Weight
The quintet is a compilation of artists from three former rock groups: The Band, Levon Helm Band & Rick Danko Group. Jim Weider, formerly lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for The Band, will lead this talented bunch onto the stage. He’ll be joined by Randy Ciarlante, Brian Mitchell, Marty Grebband, and Albert Rogers. Opening the show is The King Harvest Horns performing The Rock of Ages Show. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $19.50-$59.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 17.

One Tree Holiday
Fans of CW’s former hit show, One Tree Hill, will have much to appreciate this holiday season amid the nostalgia spawned by the series’ nine-season run. The evening will include love songs mixed with fan favorites from the show’s popular soundtrack. And of course, there will be holiday music.
Kate Voegele & Tyler Hilton. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $25-$30. 8 p.m. Dec. 17.

Ace
Lead by the smooth baritone voice of The Platters alumnus Everette Hairston, Ace brings together all the elements of soul, Motown, funk, reggae and blues into a brilliant ensemble that has got something for everyone. Whether listening to one of Everett’s stories from the road, Craig’s mind blowing harmonica solos or Mark’s table side serenade, Ace brings an energy to the room that’s unmatched. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Dec. 17.

Fabolous and Jadakiss
Brooklyn-based hip hop artist Fabolous will get the party started with his hits, including “Breathe,” “Make Me Better,” “Baby Don’t Go,” “Throw It in the Bag” and “You Be Killin’ Em.” As for Jadakiss, he’s sure to deliver old favorites such as “Knock Yourself Out” and “We Gonna Make It.” Backing the rappers will be Funk Flex. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $40, $50 DOS. 10 p.m. Dec. 17.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Gather up the family and make some lasting holiday memories with the Peanuts gang and their tiny Christmas tree. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $20-$25. 3 p.m. Dec. 18.

Palisades
Electronicore band Palisades combine hip-hop, EDM and rock with the goal to make each show a high energy party not to be missed. With hits like “Outcasts,” “Mind Games,” “No Chaser” and “High and Low,” they’re touring to promote their self-titled album slated to drop Jan. 20. Warming up the crowd are Sylar, Blindwish, Artwork, Trace Your Steps [CD Release], Basilisk and In Loving Memory. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Bwy., Amityville. $15. 5 p.m. Dec. 18.

Holiday Cabaret
Catch performances by some of Long Island’s theater staples. Free admission is awarded to anyone who brings a new and unwrapped toy for donation to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Those without a toy for donation can purchase a ticket for $15 online or at the door, with 50-percent off ticket and concession. Half of proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Cultural Arts Playhouse, 170 Michael Dr., Syosset. $15. 7 p.m. Dec. 18.

Kings of Chaos
The line up at this crazy show includes Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Billy Duffy of The Cult, Steve Stevens of Billy Idol, Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots and Matt Sorum of Guns N’ Roses with special guest Franky Perez. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $44.50- $124.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 18.

Leonard Cohen 1934–2016: Celebrating a Folksinger’s Life
With the passing of folk hero Leonard Cohen on Nov. 10, the public mourned the loss of a great singer and poet. This tribute comprises rare concert performances by the musical genius who touched hearts and minds alike. Bill Shelley will lead a discussion about the legendary singer, songwriter, poet, and writer known for songs “Bird on a Wire,” “The Stranger,” “Hallelujah” and “Suzanne.” Reception included in ticket price. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10-$15. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20.

Celebrate the Holidays with David Glukh Enterprises
David Glukh Enterprises presents an afternoon of Klezmer, Jazz and Holiday Classics performed on his signature piccolo trumpet accompanied by piano. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. www.landmarkonmainstreet.org Free. 2 p.m. Dec. 21.

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

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events December 1–7

The Ataris Revolution
The Ataris rock Revolution Bar & Music Hall on Dec. 4! (Photo: The Ataris official Facebook profile)

John Edward
This is set to be a night absolutely full of unbelievable communications from loved ones who’ve crossed over to the other side, transcendental revelations and intense, passionate emotions, all around. Edward has a gift for delving deep into the afterlife and bringing forth messages from family members, lovers and friends who have “Crossed Over” to the next realm of existence. His psychic abilities are bound to amaze, excite and inspire. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com  $69-$89. 7 p.m. Dec. 1.

Andy Grammer
“Honey I’m Good” and “Back Home” hit-maker Andy Grammer is known for his pop/soul/country style, earning top spots on the Billboard charts and multi-platinum certifications for his big hits. Claiming inspiration from “guitar guys” like Jason Mraz and John Mayer, piano influences like Coldplay, and hip-hop word complexity a la Jay-Z and Kanye, Grammer’s other hits include “Keep Your Head Up,” “Fine By Me” and “Crazy Beautiful.” Opening the show is Oak & Ash and Sir Cadian Rhythm. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $19.50-$44.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 1.

Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival
Four full days of “All Docs, All Day,” with Q&As and an Audience Award. Docs to be screened include A Moment in Time: Hamptons’ Artists, Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future, In Search of Israeli Cuisine and Unlocking the Cage, among others. Wow. Bay Street Theater, Corner of Bay St. and Main St., Sag Harbor. baystreet.org $13-$150. Times vary. Dec. 1-4.

From the Arcade to the Living Room
An opening reception will be held for this exhibit exploring the evolution of video game technology from the early ’70s black-and-white tennis games to the fully immersive 3D environments of the late ’90s. Patrons can play hundreds of games on more than 60 consoles on old-school TVs, plus dozens of arcade classics such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Street Fighter and more. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $8-$15. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

Lords of 52nd Street
Long Island’s best musicians—Liberty DeVitto, Richie Cannata, and Russell Javors—whom Billy Joel hand selected to help create his classic hits and unforgettable tours, reunite on stage once again as The Lords of 52nd Street! Expect a groovin’ and eclectic mix of tunes from the Piano Man’s music catalog including hits and rarities with the same energy and passion as you’ve always known because, the band recorded, toured and performed extensively with Joel during his prominence in the 1970s and ’80s. The Lords aided in the creation of hit records with Joel including “The Stranger,” “52nd Street” and “Glass Houses.” Suffolk Theater, 18 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $39-$45. 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

Pamela Betti Band
This local songstress and Blues Hall of Famer has toured the world and shared stages with the likes of Dave Mason, Poppa Chubby and the Soul Brothers in her 20 years of singing her signature style of blues. Rounding out her eponymous band is guitarist John Haseth, drummer Sal DeVitto and bassist Robert Jack. Check out their album, Pamdemonium, and groove, groove, groove the night away! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

Pamela Betti
Local songstress and Blues Hall of Famer Pamela Betti wows Islip’s Treme Blues and Jazz Club!

America
Vocal harmonies and light acoustic folk sound are highlights of this popular 1970s band’s performance. Gaining Grammy Awards, a spot in the Vocal Hall of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the group is known for hits like “Tin Man,” “Lonely People,” “You Can Do Magic” and “Ventura Highway.” On the year of their 46th anniversary, founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell will continue their quest to travel and make music with their bandmates. Not to be missed! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $65-$95. 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

Pooh
Italian pop band Pooh formed in 1966 in Bologna, have sold over 100 million records, and continue to maintain a large international fanbase. Their top hits include “Noi due nel mondo e nell’anima” and “Tanta Voglia de Lei,” and their current 50-year anniversary sparked the 2016 production and release of Pooh 50: L’Ultima Notte Insieme, which hit number one on the Italian charts after its September release. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $110-$185. 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

The New York Bee Gees
This groovy night of full-on disco featuring The New York Bee Gees will be sure to get the crowd dancing. They’ll bring the music, you bring the moves! Can you dig it? Of course you can! Also performing will be Raniere Martin: A Tribute to Donna Summer and 45 RPM. Get ready to dance, dance, dance! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$35. 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

Brother Joscephus and The Love Revolution
Calling themselves a “12-Piece Explosion Of Love,” band Brother Joscephus and The Love Revolution incorporates elements of soul, funk, classic rock, and feel good gospel to spread their message of the necessity of world righteousness. Founded in Brooklyn, New York in 2007, the band has released infectious hits including “Revolution of Love,” “A Child Shall Lead” and “I Won’t Be That Man,” pushing listeners toward a world full of love and acceptance. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $20-$25. 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

The Boeing 314: An Extraordinary Story
The legendary B-314 Flying Boats are those fabled and fascinating seaplanes that pioneered trans-oceanic flying. The Clippers, as all Pan Am aircraft were called, took off from the Pan Am Hangar located on Manhasset Bay in Port Washington, Long Island, first flying to Bermuda, and later to England, Portugal and France via the Azores. Only 12 of these extraordinary flying boats were built, and nine were operated by Pan American. Now, one of them is returning to LI! Whoa. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $8-$15. 9:30 a.m. Dec. 3.

The Italian Chicks
Variety Show is a passionate blend of comedy, characters, music, song parodies, improv and Italian-American culture. When these four dynamic, multi-talented women hit the stage, they will make you remember things you paid your shrink to forget.
It’s a celebration of food, family, memories and Italian tradition. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $35. 7:45 p.m. Dec. 3.

Daughtry Acoustic Trio
Come along for the ride as Chris Daughtry and his band debut songs from their new album Baptized, which represents a shift in the band’s previous style–softer, yet less serious, more playful and fun, but with the soul you fell in love with watching him on the fifth season of American Idol. On a hot streak since 2006–when his debut album Daughtry became the fastest-selling debut rock album in Soundscan history–Daughtry is ready to stretch their wings and see where inspiration takes them. Will they play their brand new single “Waiting for Superman”? Only one way to find out! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 3.

Jingle Bell Bottom Ball
The third annual disco-themed holiday show lights up the opening nights of this festive season. Groove out to performances from Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, The Trammps, France Joli, Bonnie Pointer, Odyssey, Carl Carlton, Lime, MacHine, Disco Unlimited and Melba Moore. All guaranteed to score a little holiday cheer! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 3.

Eileen Ivers “An Nollaig” An Irish Christmas
Experience An Nollaig, “An Irish Christmas,” the way you should: surrounded by friends and loved ones, enjoying great traditional Irish songs, and of course, doing the jig! Jiggity jig jig-jig! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40, $45. 8 p.m. Dec. 3.

Bob Nelson
The rubber-faced funnyman from Massapequa will unquestionably leave all those in attendance in absolute stitches, yet the question remains: Who will assist Nelson at this special evening of bring-down-the-house hilarity!? Jiffy Jeff? Eppy Epperman? Perhaps Wilby Stuckerson and Mr. Pingyeh? If Jacques-Yves Cousteau shows up, or Nelson unleashes his infamous “Football Act” (YouTube it!), then the laughs will linger long after this gig, for sure. Get ready to laugh, laugh, laugh, uncontrollably! Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $25. 7, 9:30 p.m. Dec. 3.

Young Thug
Young Thug’s music doesn’t just push the envelope—it tears it up and sets the pieces on fire! Describing his eccentric flow, Fader Magazine said, “He slurs, shouts, whines and sings, feverishly contorting his voice into a series of odd timbres like a beautifully played, but broken, wind instrument.” Still, no words can define what Young Thug does on the mic. His set is sure to include favorites from his three-volume mixtape series I Came From Nothing, as well as “Best Friend,” from his mixtape Slime Season. Get ready for this hot, new hip-hop artist to blow the roof off! Also performing is DJ Wavy. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $30, $35 DOS. 10 p.m. Dec. 3.

Charles Dickens Festival
The Adventures of Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol—the list of literary classics authored by genius wordsmith Charles Dickens goes on and on. Come celebrate these masterpieces and their imaginative creator with many of his most famous characters, including Scrooge, Father Christmas and even the chimney sweeps, as they roam the Dickensian streets of a transformed Port Jefferson and revel in holiday delight! Among many other festivities will be parades, cookie walks, plenty of delicious food, an a cappella performance by harmony groups and choirs, ice skating, magic shows, and performances of Nutcracker! This year’s Dickens spectacular will also feature Theater Three’s 33rd Annual production of A Christmas Carol! Wow. No Bah Humbug here! Open to the public. Most events are Free. Friday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Check out portjeff.com/dickens-festival for map and full schedule. Dec. 2, 3 & 4.

How The Big Duck Saved Christmas
The story of how the East End’s own Big Duck saved Christmas from a group of French fry-loving Canadian Elves! Told by Santa with original background illustrations drawn by Frosty The Snowman’s original animator DON DUGA! Photos with Santa! Tell the jolly ole fella you want to send a massive Greek smorgasbord to the Press crew! Yeah! Suffolk Theater, 18 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $10-$15. 1 p.m. Dec. 4.

Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite
Beloved bunnies Max and Ruby from the bestselling children’s books by Rosemary Wells are whisked off into a Christmas fantasy land accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. With original choreography by professional ballerina Patti Caplette (who has danced in over 100 Nutcracker performances), and dancing, singing, and delicious treats, Max and Ruby’s antics bring a new feel to the classic Christmas performance. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$59.50. 12:30, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

The Ataris
Indiana rock band The Ataris have released five studio albums, and are perhaps best known for their infectious hit cover of “The Boys of Summer.” Dabbling in punk rock, emo, and skate punk, the Ataris have been going strong for 20 years and continue to do what they love, performing songs like “In This Diary,” “The Saddest Song” and “Unopened Letter to the World.” Opening the show is Me The Enemy and All New Episode. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $15. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

Flatbush Zombies
Composed of rappers Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and Eric Arc Elliot, this hip-hop group originates in the Flatbush (hence their name) section of Brooklyn and are part of the East Coast hip-hop movement “The Beast Coast.” With a release of their debut solo album 3001: A Laced Odyssey this year, this group’s popularity is just exploding, with hits like “Palm Trees,” “New Phone, Who Dis” and “This Is It.” The group has also performed at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Pemberton,The Afropunk Festival, and the Hudson Project. With very special guest Kirk Knight. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$45. 8 p.m. Dec. 4.

Blood On The Dance Floor
This electronic music duo, consisting of Dahvie Vanity and Jayy Von Monroe, has released eight studio albums and plans to disband at the end of 2016. Controversy has surrounded the group’s sexually graphic lyrics, performance style, and vocals, however the pair maintain a large and loyal fanbase, who encouraged their release of recent single “Safe Word.” These months are the last chance to see them perform hits like “Bewitched,” “Scream for my Icecream” and “Call Me Master.” Warming up the crowd are Tear Out The Heart, Vanity Strikes and Justin Symbol. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12, $15 DOS. 6 p.m. Dec. 5.

Sebastian Bach
Frontman of heavy metal hellraisers Skid Row, actor and author, will be signing copies of his new book 18 and Life on Skid Row. Ask him about his heydays back when metal ruled the airwaves, his inspiration for the “Youth Gone Wild” and phenomenally infectious ballad “I remember You.” Bach rocks! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Dec. 5.

Jerrod Carmichael
This comedian, actor and writer is known for his creation and presence on NBC series The Carmichael Show, role in hit movie Neighbors, and HBO stand-up comedy special filmed by Spike Lee, Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store. With a recent wrap of season two of his show, and upcoming appearance alongside Mark Wahlberg in Transformers 5: The Last Night and Lorene Scafaria’s The Meddler, Carmichael is adding to his success by writing a feature for himself and spreading his vivacious personality and irresistible comedy. Get ready to laugh, laugh, laugh! Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $22. 8 p.m. Dec. 5.

Main Art: The Ataris rock Revolution Bar & Music Hall on Dec. 4! (Photo: The Ataris official Facebook profile)

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

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events November 17–23

Long Island Concerts
Carcass and Deafheaven destroy The Emporium on Nov. 20! (Photo: Christopher Twarowski / Long Island Press)

Ainsley Earhardt
The co-host of Fox and Friends will be signing copies of her new children’s picture book Take Heart, My Child: A Mother’s Dream, a love note to her child and a reflection on her own childhood. Earhardt will read several selected passages as well as discuss the book’s genesis and purpose, sharing life lessons that parents can pass along to their children, in the hopes of helping their own little ones follow their own passions and achieve their dreams. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Nov. 17.

The Big Party
As a “thank you” to all their friends and fans, Disco Unlimited will be hosting The Big Party in Westbury, where they are set to perform some of disco’s greatest hits. This six-piece disco tribute features powerful vocals, tight harmonies and dance grooves. Shake it, don’t break it! Also performing will be DJ Jenny Costa. Come get your boogie on and dance, dance, dance the night away! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com Free. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17.

Carlos Mencia
Best known from Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia (2005-2008), the comedian recently returned to his stand-up roots, indiscriminately discriminating all races and ethnicities, without fear or favor. Get ready to laugh uncontrollably. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $24.50-$44.50. 8 p.m. Nov. 17.

Murder Mystery: Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None”
With the massive stone fireplace in Hempstead House’s Winter Living Room as the centerpiece of the stage set for this frightening murder mystery, the audience will feel as though they are a part of the play as they share this great space with the actors. But not everyone will survive, as the plot thickens, and the body count adds up, figuratively speaking, of course. The 2.5-hour play has two intermissions: The first will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and dessert and coffee will be served during the second. Sands Point Preserve Conservancy, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point. sandspointpreserveconservancy.org $60-$75. Nov. 17-19.

Mary Poppins
A spoonful of sugar really does make the medicine go down, that is, if one prepares for a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious night with Mary Poppins. When the wealthy but broken Banks family hire the quirky Mary as a nanny, things get fun and whimsical! With a pop of imagination, Mary is able to bring the family together to an understanding of each other’s feelings. Chim-Chim Cher-ee away! This timeless tale is sure to amaze and inspire! John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main Street, Northport engemantheater.com $71-$76. Nov. 17-Dec. 31.

Jarrod Spector: Jukebox Life
For six years, Spector played Frankie Valli, the lead in Jersey Boys. For three years, he played Barry Mann in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (for which he received a Tony Award nomination). With a red-hot seven-piece band along with unrivaled and often-embarrassing childhood archival footage, Jukebox Life traces Jarrod’s journey from Philly to Los Angeles to New York, through some terrible (and eventually less-terrible) auditions, to scoring the role, and, best of all, getting the girl of his dreams. This performance is part of the Poole Family Broadway Series, which is sponsored by Mary Jane and Thomas Poole. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), Concert Hall, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $45. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18

Tower of Power
This 10-piece brassy R&B band, which formed in 1968, boasts two saxophonists, a bassist, a drummer, a keyboardist, two trumpet players, a guitarist and two lead vocalists. Now they’re in town to perform their best-known songs, such as “So Very Hard to Go,” “You’re Still a Young Man” and “Down to the Nightclub.” Expect a whole lot of groovin’! Opening the show is Average White Band. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. Nov. 18.

10,000 Maniacs
Natalie Merchant may no longer front the alt-rock quintet from upstate Jamestown, but the group is still producing albums and performing their hits, including “Because The Night,” “These Are the Days” and “Candy Everybody Wants.” Give ’em what they want while the band tours to promote their latest album, Twice Told Tales, a full-length collection of traditional British Isles folk songs. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. Nov. 18.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of Southern rock and blues hellraisers The Black Crowes’ indefinite hiatus (a group featuring Chris Robinson on vocals and brother Rich on guitar), Chris continues melding the realms of all that is supersonic and cataclysmic in rock. Touring in support of their latest drop, If You Lived Here, You Would Be Here By Now, this L.A.-based psychedelia-rock powerhouse has released four albums to critical success and always rock! Will they launch into The Crowes’ “Remedy,” just for old-time’s sake? Only one way to find out. Not to be missed. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $29.50-$45. 8 p.m. Nov. 18.

The Dillinger Escape Plan
This mathcore band counts nearly 20 years of blast beats, off-time shredding and onstage pyrotechnics under their belt as they tour to promote their latest drop, Dissociation. Warming up the crowd are O’ Brother, Car Bomb and Cult Leader. Do not miss this gig! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15, $18 & $35. 8 p.m. Nov. 18.

Kerry Kearney
This Long Island blues legend, New York Blues Hall of Famer, and slide-guitar master plays and works his six-string to its virtuosic limits, creating sounds that amaze even the most seasoned musician or jaded music fan. His music features wailing upbeat styles of blues, guitar riffs and infectious rhythms. Get ready to rock! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Nov. 18.

Miles To Dayton
This harmonizing local folk band features a husband-wife singing duet who incorporate classical and funk, as well as improvising violin and cello players. They also rock out on the guitar, accordion and trumpet. Wait. Accordions? Trumpets? Gallons upon gallons of oh-so-healing caffeinated elixirs such as espressos, extra-larges, and lattes!? Oh, yeah! Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City. ourtimescoffeehouse.org $10-$15. 8 p.m. Nov. 18.

Bret Ernst
This stand-up comic was one of the four comedians featured in Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights–Hollywood to the Heartland. He is also known as host of the Oxygen channel series, Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too, a recurring character on the popular TV show Weeds, and guest star on CSI: NY. With all his great success, Ernst performs every show, big or small, with the same goal in mind: He wants to have his audience howling with laughter and rolling in the aisles with their sides splitting. This gig promises to do that and more. Wow. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $22. 8 p.m. Nov. 18, 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

Ion Dissonance
This five-piece Canadian deathcore band is known for their heavy groove-based style and unique sound featuring a 7-string guitar, dissonant tuning, syncopated drumming and unorthodox chords and time signatures. They’re currently touring to promote their latest release, Cast the First Stone. Supporting acts include Fit For An Autopsy, Great American Ghost, Of Feather & Bone, Iscariot and TheWarWithin. Hot damn, indeed. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $15, $18 DOS. 7 p.m. Nov. 19.

The Brooklyn Bridge
Long Island Music Hall of Famers and diehard rock-and-rollers TBBB will be delivering their legendary heartfelt hits “Sixteen Candles” and “The Worst That Could Happen,” along with other gems from their seemingly endless, four decades-long career spent creating addictive melodies and seamless, ever-flowing harmonies. The late, great Johnny Maestro, we’re sure, will be singing along from the clouds, smiling beatifically in appreciation of the sublime. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts,71 East Main St, Patchogue $44-$64. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

Joe Bonamassa
Hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, Bonamassa has almost single-handedly redefined the blues-rock genre and brought it into the mainstream. Backed by a stellar band of legendary musicians including Anton Fig (drums), Michael Rhodes (bass), Reese Wynans (piano, Hammond organ), Lee Thornburg (trumpet, horn arrangements) and Paulie Cerra (saxophone), this must-catch gig will feature new songs (from Joe’s CD) alongside career-spanning favorites. You don’t want to miss this opportunity for a musical night to remember for the rest of your life. Don’t be square, be there! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $99.00-$125. 8 p.m. Nov. 19.

Vanilla Fudge
This legendary classic rock Long Island-based quartet is best known for bridging psychedelia and metal with their hits “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “Season of the Witch” and “Shotgun.” And their album, Spirit of ’67, released last year, proves that the group has no desire to stop creating, despite almost 50 years of making amazing music. Not to be missed. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. Nov. 19.

Get The Led Out
This is the closest thing to seeing the almighty Led Zeppelin live, short of taking a time machine back to the ’70s or waiting for another rare reunion show from the original band’s surviving members. And why waste another moment expecting that to happen when this great band is knocking at your door? GTLO is billed as “the ultimate Led Zeppelin concert experience.” Just like the band GTLO is a tribute to, they regularly sell out large venues. Will they play “Dazed and Confused”? Will they use a violin bow!? Hope so. Only one way to find out. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $25-$40. 8 p.m. Nov. 19.

Kansas
This rocking band produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-platinum albums, one platinum live album and their million-selling gold single, “Dust in the Wind.” They also have their No. 1 hit, “Carry On, Wayward Son,” of course. Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, this band owned the charts, and put Kansas on the map of our pop-culture consciousness. It will definitely be a show that fans will not want to miss. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50, $49.50, $59.50 & $89.50. 8 p.m. Nov. 19.

Badfinger
Signed to the Beatles’ Apple label in the late ’60s, Badfinger is known for hits with the Beatles such as “Come And Get It,” “Day After Day,” “No Matter What” and “Baby Blue,” which was the finale track for Breaking Bad. They also appeared on George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, John Lennon’s Imagine, and Ringo Starr’s single “It Don’t Come Easy.” Will they launch into an unscripted, mega-jam-out rendition of “Blackbird” in homage to the Fab Four? Only one way to find out! Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $45-$49. 8 p.m. Nov. 19.

John Hiatt
On his most recent album, Terms Of My Surrender, he digs deep into acoustic blues, like only Hiatt can, with his gritty voice, killer guitar skills and masterful lyrics. This guy is a true artist and Long Island is lucky to have him–even if it’s just for one night! Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $75-$95. 8 p.m. Nov. 19.

Trio Solisti
Hailed as “the most exciting piano trio in America” by The New Yorker, Trio Solisti proudly marks its 12th year as Ensemble-in-Residence at Adelphi University. They will celebrate the 14th season of Telluride MusicFest, an annual chamber music festival founded by the ensemble. Expect an absolutely unforgettable performance and a night replete with absolutely phenomenal musical virtuosity. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), Concert Hall, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $35. 8 p.m. Nov. 19

The Trinity Tour
Legendary metal vocalists Geoff Tate of Queensryche fame, ex-Judas Priest front-man Tim “Ripper” Owens, and Blaze Bayley of Iron Maiden join forces for an incredible night of metal. Tate’s band, Operation: Mindcrime, has just released their newest album, Resurrection, and Owen’s other band, Charred Walls of the Damned, has just released Creatures Watching Over the Dead, so this show will be filled with new songs and novel collaborations of great hits. Freaking amazing! Also performing are Magus Beast and Black Dawn. $20, $25 DOS. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall: 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh muls.com 9 p.m. Nov. 19.

Reggae Explosion
This compilation of top performers includes Jamaican dancehall duo Tanto & Devonte, known for hits like “Everyone Falls in Love” and “Give It To Her.” Also performing will be Elephant Man, known for “Willie Bounce” and “Pon de River.” That’s in addition to Serani, known for involvement with Sean Paul in “The Trinity” and for hits like “Skip to my Luu” and “She Loves Me,” and Mr. Vegas, known for “Sweet Jamaica” and “Bruk It Down.” Can you say, “Irie!” Yah, man! Also performing are Sugar Bear, K Coneil, Kemar Highcon, Adventuous and Shane Hoosong. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $22, $30 DOS. 10 p.m. Nov. 19.

Thanksgiving Native American Feast
Hands-on activities during the weekend include pottery-making using ancient methods, primitive fire-building, and on-site open-fire cooking with samples, including their famous popcorn soup. There will also be authentic Native American food displays for nibblin’, along with artifacts and tool technology such as drilling in stone, face painting with natural pigments, and spear throwing using an atlatl. Films about Native American culture will also be shown throughout the day. Garvies Point Museum, 50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove. www.garviespointmuseum.com $3 adults, $2 kids. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19, 20.

Photo Exhibit Openings
Three new photo exhibits will debut on the same day at the Nassau County Museum of Art. The first, “Ansel Adams: Sight and Feeling,” features works from the famed photographer’s collection that demonstrate how his intuitive and emotional response to the landscape resulted in powerful and enduring images. The second, titled “Light Works: 100 Years of Photos,” spans the history of photography, and includes the works of celebrated photographers from 1873 to 2000. The third, “New Photos: Long Island Collects,” presents a survey of photographic works from private collectors spanning the 1960s to present day. Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor. nassaumuseum.org $4-$12. Nov. 19-March 5.

Less Than Jake
This Florida-based third-wave ska quintet will perform all their must-get-up-off-my-tuckus-and-skank-skank-skank hits, including “She’s Gonna Break Soon,” “The Science of Selling Yourself Short” and “Look What Happened.” Warming up the crowd will be Mustard Plug and High School Football Heroes. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20, $25 DOS. 7 p.m. Nov. 20.

Carcass
Not for the faint of heart, British extreme metal band Carcass are known for their gruesome album covers and morbid lyrics. Since their ’93 debut album Heartwork, they have continued to push the blood-soaked envelope, with songs like “Unfit for Human Consumption,” “Incarnated Solvent Abuse” and “The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills.” Too bad they couldn’t perform at the Republican National Convention! Supporting acts include Deafheaven and Inter Arma. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $25, $28 DOS. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20.

Scott Stapp
Since another Creed reunion appears unlikely, you can catch the post-grunge rock band’s former frontman, who turned his Grammy Award-winning hit, “With Arms Wide Open,” into a charity. Supporting acts include Adelitas Way, Citizen Zero and Manafest. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15, $25, $30, $35 & $40. 8 p.m. Nov. 22.

Cherry’s In Season
This award-winning documentary chronicles a season in the life of legendary Fire Island club Cherry’s On The Bay, told through stories and memories. Stonewall shook the world and changed things forever. The LGBT revolution ignited there, and set the stage for a cultural shift. But before the riots, there was Cherry’s On the Bay, a safe haven where a man could be whoever he wanted to be, and a woman could be whatever she dreamed of. Director Dave Dodds and Producer Gina Scarda will be at the screening for a discussion afterward! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10-$15. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23.

Evanescence
This Arkansas-based prog band and two-time Grammy Award winner is coming to town to play all their hits, including “What You Want,” “Bring Me to Life” and “My Immortal.” Opening the show is Veridia. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35, $50, $65 & $99. 8 p.m. Nov. 23.

Main Art: Carcass and Deafheaven destroy The Emporium on Nov. 20! (Photo: Christopher Twarowski / Long Island Press)

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

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events November 3–9

Samantha Fish YMCA Boulton
Blues singer and guitarist Samantha Fish rocks YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 4! (Photo: samanthafish.com)

Metro Station
Miley’s freaky brother Trace fronts these synthpop scenesters, perhaps most well-known for their Billboard Top 10 hit “Shake It,” as well as for their truly unique fashion sense. Currently touring in support of their second studio full-length, Savior, with an other drop expected in the not-so-distant future, expect a barrage of new numbers, as well as some truly extraordinary outfits! And expect to be absolutely floored, of course. Warming up the crowd are Palaye Royale, The Strive, Megaweapon, and The Haunting. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $18, $20 DOS. 6 p.m. Nov. 3.

Story of Judas
This cinematic salvation of Biblical proportions documents the final days of Jesus from the perspective of his once-closest disciple-turned-traitor, Judas Iscariot, as they are swept up in political tumult amid tensions between the Jews and the Romans over the escalating popularity of the man who claims to be the Son of God. At the screening will be director Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, who plays Judas in the movie. Oh blessed be, indeed. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10-$15. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3.

Long Island Music Hall of Fame Induction Awards Gala
Dedicated to appreciating and preserving Long Island’s musical heritage, this society holds an induction awards ceremony annually to recognize music industry leaders and exemplary music educators with Long Island roots. With exhibits describing the accomplishments of past renowned inductees (including George Gershwin, Louis Armstrong, Neil Diamond, and Aaron Copland, among others), the night also includes cocktails, and of course, wonderful music. This year’s inductees will include Grammy winning record producer Jim Steinman, artist manager/songwriter Sandy Pearlman, hip hop artist Big Daddy Kane, guitar hero Steve Vai, jazz bandleader Vince Giordano, and many more. [Read: Rocker Steve Vai Among Long Island Music Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees] The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $75-$250. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 3.

Robert Klein and Rita Rudner
Broadway, television, stand-up comedy and film, Robert Klein does it all. Being nominated for two Grammy Awards and a Tony, he is always pushing himself to do more, appearing in How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days and The Back-Up Plan, his own HBO specials, and Robert Klein: Unfair and Unbalanced, which is now out on DVD. Also performing will be the hilarious Rita Rudner. Get ready to laugh, really, really, really hard. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $29.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. Nov. 3.

Steve Miller Band
Take our word for it: You know every single lyric to every single Steve Miller Band song, ever, which makes seeing them at a live show such a fun experience that is most definitely not to be missed. “Fly Like an Eagle” down to see him this weekend because “Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future” and you might miss your chance to see the guy some call the “Gangster of Love” (but whom others simply refer to as “Maurice”). [Read: Abracadabra: Steve Miller Band To Rock Huntington’s Paramount Nov. 2nd & 3rd] One thing’s for sure: Before they “take your money and run,” you will have the time of your life.  The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $59.50- $159.50. 8 p.m. Nov. 3.

Tara Clancy
This author will be speaking about and signing copies of her new book The Clancys of Queens, an electric, one-of-a-kind memoir. In this laugh-out-loud narrative, Tara brings readers into the world of her unusual upbringing as she navigates her way amongst the blue collars and the blue bloods. Come down and ask her about her inspiration, your favorite passages, or just some priceless advice on how to write your own memoir. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Nov. 4.

Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance
This event strives to bring attention to poetry in Huntington and the rest of Long Island. It is hosted by George Wallace and features a musical prelude by Tom Santioriello and friends, followed by a poetry reading by Grace Cavalieri, an accomplished author and writer. Do not miss this chance to be inspired yet again by the magical musings of The Good Grey Poet, who transformed the the written word forever, and whose extraordinary gift has the transcendental power to illuminate the divine beauty of all living things in just a few mere syllables. Oh, sing the body electric! [Read: Walt Whitman’s Long Island Roots] Walt Whitman Birthplace, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station. waltwhitman.org $10. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4.

Samantha Fish
Blues singer/songwriter and guitarist Samantha Fish has released albums Live Bait, Girls with Guitars (with Casi Taylor and Dani Wilde), Black Wind Howlin, and Wild Heart with increasing rock influences. With hits like “Gone for Good,” “Shake Em’ Down,” and “I Put a Spell on You,” Fish has gained two bandmates, and brings her energetic high-heeled, red-haired presence to stages, citing Tom Petty and Sheryl Crow as crucial influences to her sound. Get ready to be wowed. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $25-$30. 8 p.m. Nov. 4.

Cheech & Chong
This Grammy Award-winning comedy duo are among the most well-known comedians of all time. They began their reign in 1970 and went on to produce six gold comedy albums, including the hit Los Cochions. They have also starred in eight different films, including their most famous, Up In Smoke, which was the highest-grossing comedy of 1978. In 2008, they reunited after almost 25 years, and set out on a countrywide tour. This year, they embarked on their Up In Smoke tour, which has spanned from Hawaii to New Jersey. As they come to New York, they will bring uncontrollable laughter to the audience with their stand-up comedy, song parodies, and costume character sketches. Opening the show is Shelby Chong. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50-$89.50. 8 p.m. Nov. 4.

Fight Night: USA Boxing – NY Metro Championships
Live boxing returns to The East End! And we’re goin’ big! Overseen by the United States Olympic Committee, USA Boxing is the National Governing Body for Olympic Style Boxing in the US! And these are the NY Metro Championships. Expect some fierce hand-to-hand battles, some leveling left hooks, and some phenomenal efforts by all combatants in the ring! Lineup to be announced. Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $25-$49. 8 p.m. Nov. 4.

Brian Regan
Stand-up comedy legend Brian Regan is known for his observational, self-deprecating, and sarcastic humor, which uses everyday experiences, like visits to the optometrist, shipping packages with UPS, and constant childhood references, to build a clean, off-center, and hysterical performance. With a fan base crossing age groups and a performance described as “big enough for everyone,” Regan uses sophisticated writing, physicality, and relatable material to sell out acclaimed venues, such as Radio City Music Hall, and leave the audiences absolutely in stitches! Hysterical! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $57.50-$62.50. 8 p.m. Nov. 4.

Indigo Girls
Embrace the color somewhere between blue and purple on a wavelength with the captivating capability of expressing absolute sheer jubilation transposed with the infectious haunting of beauty-sadness. Whoa. Yeah. Dynamic duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers sing folk rock songs like nobody’s business. The two, who have known each other through thick and thin since elementary school, are back at it again. Listen to contrasting harmonious voices against the sound of strumming guitars, making the night one with their powerful duo’s delivery. The acoustic-driven numbers will expose these musicians’ own journey of life at large, and surely inspire all those in attendance. Rejoice! Opening the show is Becky Warren. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $39.50-$65. 8 p.m. Nov. 4.

Jake Johannsen
This David Letterman favorite has appeared on The Late Show over 40 times, as well as having starred in his own HBO comedy special This’ll Take About An Hour. Voted Best Male Comedian at the American Comedy Awards, and the original pick for the role of George Costanza in Seinfeld, Johanssen conjures up imagery reminiscent of Gary Larson’s comic strip Far Side, spending time on subjects ranging from his toaster to the conviction that extraterrestrials are living among us, working against us. Expect to laugh, uncontrollably. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $25. 8 p.m. Nov. 4; 7, 9:30 p.m. Nov. 5.

The Okee Dokee Brothers
These Grammy Award and two-time Parents’ Choice Award winners have garnered praise from the likes of NPR’s All Things Considered and USA Today, and have been called “two of family music’s best songwriters.” Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander have been exploring the outdoors together since they were kids. Their latest album, Saddle Up, released in May 2016, is a joyous adventure through the American West. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), Concert Hall, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $20. 2 p.m. Nov. 5

Passage: Paintings of Urban Life
Oh, how art possesses that immortal power to wipe away the facade of everyday, daily life to expose the true vastness and divinity of this realm. This opening reception and exhibit features oil paintings by artist Manu Saluja, whose creations depict fleeting moments from her commute to and from Manhattan. These sublime translations interpret the claustrophobic crowds, corroded steel, and soiled walls she encounters each day in New York City’s subway system. Rather than make the work feel forlorn, she chooses to paint the beauty and resilience she sees in these ordinary moments and objects, with visual excitement! Prepare to be inspired! Runs through Dec. 6. Hersh Fine Art at the Long Island Academy of Fine Art, 14A Glen St., Glen Cove. www.hershfineart.com Free. 6 p.m. Nov. 5. passageMORE THINGS TO DO: Long Island Pumpkin Picking Guide 2016

Wild ‘ N Out Live Comedy Show
Bringing visceral, cutting, hip-hop-edged comedy to the center stage, Nick Cannon presides in glorious hilarity over this unique melding of rap battle-meets-comedy smorgasbord, which has produced stars from Kevin Hart to JB Smooth. Completely improv, this live version of the top-rated show that has just experienced three record-breaking seasons is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and surely not to be missed! After party featuring Cannon ‘s live DJ set, The Wild N’ Out Cast & The Fly Girls. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $30. 7 p.m. Nov. 5.

Wayne Brady
This Emmy Award-winning actor, singer, and comedian is best known for his role on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and as host of Don’t Forget the Lyrics and Let’s Make a Deal. Brady has also performed on the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots on Broadway. As he takes a break from his TV/Broadway career, he is embarking on this extraordinary tour, which will feature all of his amazing talents, among these: singing, dancing, comedy, acting, and improvisation. Brady’s one-man show will captivate the audience with an array of his talents. He will even be taking suggestions from the audience. Get ready to laugh until your stomach hurts! Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $45-$65. 8 p.m. Nov. 5.

Aztec Two Step and Brewer & Shipley
First up is folk-rock duo Aztec Two Step, best known for their 1970s hits “Highway Song” and “Cosmos Lady.” With a career spanning more than four decades, a New York Music Award under their collective belt, and appearances on TV shows, they’ll be performing alongside fellow folk-rock duo Brewer & Shipley. Still as passionate as ever, this duo continues to perfectly blend guitars and vocals and perform for audiences more than 40 years after their trademark vocal harmonies, which carved a unique position in America’s soundboard. Be prepared to travel back to the future, and get ready to rock out! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. Nov. 5.

Darcy Novick Presents 14th LI Comedy Fest
This year’s Comedy Fest includes some of the most talented comedians in the game. First up is Richie Minervini, known for his clean jokes and quick wit. Next is John Pizzi, a virtual ventriloquist seen on America’s Got Talent and also known for opening for “Weird” Al Yankovic. Next is Chris Roach, the unique and self-deprecating comedian best known for his shows at The Borgata in Atlantic City, and appearances on Comedy Central and The Michael J. Fox Show. Bob Dibuono is a sarcastic cut-up who has a gift for impersonations. He has been seen on Last Comic Standing and on MTV, and even appeared as Donald Trump on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. Last up is Tugboat Manny, who will keep everyone laughing with his one-two-punch style! Five comedians in one night! Get ready to LOL! Wow! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $35- $49. 8 p.m. Nov. 5.

Big Gigantic
Big Gigantic is an instrumental livetronica, hip-hop and jazz musical group who combine electronic beats with live saxophone and drum instrumentation to bringing magical vibes to the audience via truly unforgettable performances. Set to perform hits off of their newest album Brighter Future, be prepared to be wowed! Some of their songs include collaborations with popular artists Waka Flocka Flame, Logic, and Rozes. Colorful lights, smoke, lasers, and effects will capture the audience as they ripple like waves above The Mountler’s packed dancefloor and shower all in their kaleidoscopic daydream waterfalls of sonic, blissful joy. Damn. This show is a can’t miss! Supporting acts include Illenium and Codd Dubz. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25- $66. 9 p.m. Nov. 5.

1848 Election
Tired of the presidential campaign? Really? Visitors to this event can experience speeches, rallies, songs and victory celebrations to see how candidates stumped 168 years ago, way before emails and alleged Russian hackers and Billy Bush. Cast your vote for the following Free Soil Party candidate Martin Van Buren, Democrat Lewis Cass or Whig Party candidate Zachary Taylor! Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks. $10 adults, $7 kids. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 5, 6.

Budd Burton Moss
Meet legendary Hollywood talent agent, author, and producer Budd Burton Moss for an in-depth discussion and multi-media presentation about his extraordinary life, career and friends, including Sidney Poitier, Rita Hayworth, Larry King and many more. Come on down and ask him about his adventures through Tinsel Town, what it was like being such a mover and shaker, and show him some of your extraordinary talents, too! Will he sign on to represent you? Unlikely. Will he work his magic to get you up on the silver screen alongside Anna Torv, in some absolutely mind-blowing, Fringe followup? Absolutely not. Will you be inspired, regardless?! Most definitely! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10-$15. 6 p.m. Nov. 6.

Interplay Jazz Orchestra
Catch the only local 17-piece big band that plays all original compositions written by its members. A live performance is simply a must as the band weaves its magical chemistry to entertain audiences with swinging interludes of pure rhythmic madness to the off-beat tempo of brass lightning drenched in infectious groove. Yes, you need to experience this. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com Free. 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

Chef Guy Reuge
This chef and owner of Mirabelle and Sandbar restaurants will be speaking and signing copies of his new book A Chef’s Odyssey. Perhaps he’ll share some of his secret recipes with you? Perhaps you’ll share some of yours with him? Regardless, this event will undoubtedly make all those in attendance exceptionally hungry, so consider heading down the block beforehand for some delicious cold-chee pizza slices at Lil Vincent’s, or hit up any of The Huntler’s extraordinary Greek spots! Yowzler, indeed! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Nov. 7

David Brooks: What to Expect “Tomorrow”– The Presidential Election
Spend election eve with acclaimed columnist David Brooks of The New York Times. He has a gift for bringing audiences face-to-face with the spirit of our times through humor, insight and quiet passion. Adelphi University, Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom of the Ruth S. Harley University Center, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu Free but tickets are required. 7 p.m. Nov. 7

Such Gold
These punk rockers from band from Rochester are best known for t2012’s Misadventures, which charted a No. 6 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Their newest, The New Sidewalk, is a bit different from their previous two albums, as it includes pummeling drumbeats and punchy guitar tones. Opening the show is Pkew Pkew Pkew. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. $12. 7 p.m. Nov. 7.

The American Side
Following a mysterious suicide at Niagara Falls, a low-rent detective unravels a conspiracy to build a revolutionary invention by Nikola Tesla. Filmmaker Jenna Ricker and lead actor and co-writer Greg Stuhr will appear in person at the screening. Come be enlightened. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10-$15. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club & Death from Above 1979
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is a three-piece with more than seven studio albums under their belt, just in the past decade and a half. Some of their most popular songs include “Spread Your Love,” “Ain’t No Easy Way” and “Love Burns.” Another, “Done All Wrong,” appeared on the 2009 film soundtrack The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Death from Above 1979 is a rock duo formed in 2001. After breaking up and getting back together again, they won a VideoFact Award at the MuchMusic Video Awards, and also appeared on the Late Night with Conan O’Brien show, where they performed their hit single “Romantic Rights.” Also performing will be Deap Vally. Not to be missed. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$50. 8 p.m. Nov. 9.

Gold Coast International Film Festival
This exciting week of films, parties, filmmaker Q&As and glamour brings together residents, students, teachers, tourists and professionals to celebrate cinema on the North Shore of Nassau County. Filmmakers and special guests scheduled to attend include: renowned photographer Harry Benson, Matthew Miele (Harry Benson: Shoot First), Lawrence Smith (Mad Riot Entertainment), Dani Menkin (On the Map), Scott Rosenbaum (Sidemen: Long Road to Glory), Scott Sharrard, touring guitarist and musical director for The Gregg Allman Band, basketball superstar Tal Brody, Kate Keckler Dandel (Gold Balls), Brett Berns and Bob Sarles (Bang! The Bert Berns Story), Charlene Fiske (The Founders), Ferne Pearlstein (The Last Laugh), Amir Kishon, son of renowned Israeli satirist Ephraim Kishon, legendary Hollywood agent, Budd Burton Moss, plus many, many more. Runs through Nov. 15. Prices, venues vary. goldcoastfilmfestival.org Nov. 9-15.

Main Art: Blues singer and guitarist Samantha Fish rocks YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 4! (Photo: samanthafish.com)

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

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events October 13–19

Jo Dee Messina
Country songstress Jo Dee Messina rocks Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts on Oct. 15!

Slaves
This California-based experimental post-hardcore quartet exploded onto the scene in 2014 with their debut Through Art We Are All Equals, and since last year they have been touring in support of their second firebomb in a row, Routine Breathing. Expect fan favorites such as “Starving for Friends” and “My Soul is Empty and Full of White Girls.” It promises to be one unforgettable performance. Opening the show is Outline In Color, Avion Roe, Champ, An Old Friend, Basilisk and The Haunting. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $15-$25. 6 p.m. Oct. 13.

Dope
These metal hell-raisers hail from Illinois and are known for their aggressive, crushing style that straddles industrial, nu, and alt-metal. Think Ministry and Nine Inch Nails trading sonic death blows with Marilyn Manson and Skinny Puppy. Yeah. This gig will most definitely be loud, dark, and very, very disturbing–all the ingredients to make it one for the books. Their set will likely include new tracks from their much-hyped, yet-to-drop Blood Money Part I, rumored for later this month, as well as previous gems such as “Slipping Away” and “Now or Never.” Opening acts include Flaw, Motograter, Vibrater and Ryder. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $18-$20. 7 p.m. Oct. 13.

Shadows of Liberty
Examine the new media monopoly by corporations in America versus the public battle for truth and democracy. Featuring remarkable interviews with Amy Goodman, Danny Glover, Daniel Ellsberg, Julian Assange, Dan Rather, Janine Jackson and many more, this powerful film will entertain, inform and inspire. Not to be missed. Special Guest Janine Jackson live via Skype for Q&A. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10-$15. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

The Doobie Brothers
This hard-driving Grammy Award-winning American band of good old boys keeps on takin’ it to the streets and rockin’ down the highway. Just listen to the music, and no matter what’s stressing you out or keeping you up all night, it’ll be all right. Opening the show will be New York-based bluesman Mark Newman. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $49.50-$199.50. 8 p.m. Oct. 13.

Sergio Mendes
This Latin-influenced artist is best known for a series of hit albums featuring a diverse range of Brazilian, African, and American styles of music. His Brasilero earned a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album in 1992, and his latest, Magic, features a song recorded with will.i.am, and a hit single from the 2014 World Cup. Get ready to fall in love with Mendes, as he’s infamous for delivering high-octane performances that often reach “unforgettable” status. Opening the show is Sheila E. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. Oct. 13.

Ice Nine Kills
This Boston-based experimental metalcore quartet is touring to promote their fourth album, Every Trick in The Book, which dropped last year. Supporting acts include Secrets, Sylar, Cover Your Tracks, Out Came The Wolves and Call It Home. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $15-$17. 6 p.m. Oct. 14.

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Joe Nichols
Nichols’ latest single, the upbeat, straight-talker “Freaks Like Me,” serves as the lead track from his upcoming project, due out this year. His latest, Crickets, spawned the two multi-week hits “Yeah” and “Sunny and 75.” That’s in addition to prior chart-toppers like “Brokenheartsville,” “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” and “Gimmie That Girl,” and Top 10 smashes like “The Impossible,” “If Nobody Believed In You,” “What’s A Guy Gotta Do,” “Size Matters” and “I’ll Wait For You.” Get ready to groove all night long. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $30, $25 DOS. 7 p.m. Oct. 14.

Lol Tolhurst
Legendary drummer and co-founder of The Cure will be speaking about and signing copies of his new memoir Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys. Will he keep the beat on the nearest bookcase as Press music critic Zack Tirana breaks out an off-tempo, horribly off-key rendition of classic “Just Like Heaven” and perhaps even “Friday I’m In Love”? Only one way to find out. Just the idea of it deserves an encore in your mind. “Fascination Street,” indeed. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Oct. 14.

Blue October
Chills-invoking lead singer Justin Furstenfeld stays true to form, wearing his heart on his sleeve and pouring a powerful spectrum of emotion onto the track list of their newest album, Sway. In a sea of over-produced and watered-down mediocrity, Blue October thrives within their lyrically driven hard-rock niche. Opening the show is Danny Malone. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $25-$35. 8 p.m. Oct. 14.

David Bromberg Quintet
The Godfather of Americana mixes blues, bluegrass, gospel, folk, Irish fiddle tunes, pop and English drinking songs until they’re happily coexisting as they can only do on a Bromberg album. Newcomers will be introduced to an astonishing performer whose range and musical depth have delighted audiences for more than 40 years. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $40-$60. 8 p.m. Oct. 14.

Engelbert Humperdinck
Once upon a time frenzied female fans of Engelbert Humperdinck—and no, that’s not his real name—would toss their undergarments on stage as they swooned over this permanently popular English pop star. His hits “(Please) Release Me,” “The Last Waltz,” “After the Lovin’” and “A Man Without Love” render knees weak and make hearts flutter. Why? Because the Humpler is a big hunk of a loving man, that’s why. And if there’s any doubt about his having the chops, ask those he’s sung duets with–they range from Wynonna Judd to Johnny Mathis, Gene Simmons, Willie Nelson and even Elton John. This guy gets around. Ask those who’ve bought more than 150 million of his records—63 gold and 24 platinum. Can you believe that Jimi Hendrix was once his opening act? Yeah, that must have been a mind-blowing experience for those concertgoers. And don’t forget that it was Humperdinck who influenced Elvis to don the sideburns and the flamboyant leather jumpsuits. Not bad for a young lad from Leicester born with the unassuming name, Arnold George Dorsey, who went on to become a living musical legend. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. Oct. 14.

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Madman
Retro Picture Show presents a special one-night-only screening of the 1982 cult classic slasher film. Producer Gary Sales and Paul “Madman Marz” Ehlers will be on hand to discuss the feature. Get ready to be terrified! But remember: it’s only a movie! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $9-$11. 10 p.m. Oct. 14.

Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
This annual festival presents three days of LGBTQ movies, art and music, with food and cocktail receptions included in all ticket purchases. All films are shown at the Cinema Arts Center unless otherwise listed. Opening night kicks off with a spectacular gala and showings of recent movies Women Who Kill and Hurricane Bianca. Other flicks featured in the festival include Shared Rooms, Summertime, AWOL and many more, accompanied by cocktail receptions, bagel brunches and more fun social components. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $75. Oct. 14-16.

The Art of Making Gardens
Award-winning horticulturist Luciano Giubbilei will speak about and sign copies of his new book The Art of Making Gardens. What goes into such a task, you may wonder? Well, soil, we suppose. Water? An ample amount of sunlight, perhaps? Surely all this and more, including a whole lotta love! But let us not speak of weeds. Marders, 120 Snake Hollow Rd., Bridgehampton. 10 a.m. Oct. 15.

Oyster Festival
Come for a fun mixture of activities including live entertainment, tall ships, top-notch artisans, pirate shows, midway rides, and the iconic oyster-eating and oyster-shucking contest. Here the world is your oyster. Theodore Roosevelt Park, 200 Central Park West, Oyster Bay. theoysterfestival.org Free (except for select activities). 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15, 16.

Shinnecock Shamrock ***POSTPONED***
Join in the 20th annual celebration of the collaboration between Native and Irish musicians as they dance to demonstrate tolerance of community diversity and inclusion. This multicultural sonic event shares friendship, music, food and gifts to celebrate our collective universal struggles, support for our youth, and honoring our heroes. The Roe’s, 14 North Howells Point Rd., Bellport. $40 adults, $10 kids. 2-8 p.m. Oct. 15.

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Vetstock 2016
This is Long Island’s only music festival dedicated to our veterans, where veterans perform and all proceeds go to help other veterans. Local veteran musicians and friends will be playing, and there will surely be some joyous laughs and big smiles for all. And great music, too! The event is a fundraiser; all proceeds go to spreading awareness about veterans’ struggles and to help further Project9line’s Mission. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $22. 3-9 p.m. Oct. 15. $22. 3-9 p.m. Oct. 15.

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Life on Mystery Island
In the late 1950s at the age of 12, Ed Faszczewski moved with his family to Plum Island, where his father was a lab supervisor at the animal disease research center. They were among the first civilian families to live on the government-owned island, located east of Orient Point. Come hear Faszczewski tell his first-hand account of life on Plum Island. Was it the origin of West Nile Virus in the region? Lyme Disease? What about the so-called “Montauk Monster”? Did that enigmatic creature escape from one of Plum Island’s mysterious labs!? Dare we say reptilinoid? East Hampton Library, 159 Main St., East Hampton. easthamptonlibrary.org Free. 5 p.m. Oct. 15.

Switchfoot & Relient K
Known for their widely popular hit “Dare You Move,” Switchfoot is touring in support of their latest, Where the Light Shines Through, featuring their road-tested, unforgettable alt-rock sound. Switchfoot has seen great success over the years, with a Grammy Award, GMA Dove Award, and 12 San Diego Music Awards. Relient K will also take the stage, and are set to feature songs off their latest drop, Air for Free. It will surely be an amazing night, with two very talented groups performing back to back. Not to be missed. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25.50-$53.50. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15.

Charlie Puth
This former YouTube star has made quite the name for himself with four top 40 singles in the past eight months. “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” “One Call Away,” “Marvin Gaye” and “See You Again” are just some of the ear candy the Puthler is known for. He has collaborated with talented artists like Selena Gomez, Meghan Trainor and Wiz Khalifa, and his major-label debut album Nine Track Mind spotlights his sensitive-yet-assertive singing style, which will undoubtedly be showcased throughout his upcoming tour. Dance, sing and have fun, because Puth knows how to put on a show. Opening the gig is Joel Adams. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $35.00-$69.50. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15.

Eric Johnson
This platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning guitarist is an all-time guitar hero whose showstopping licks reflect a broad range of influences including blues, country, pop, rock, jazz, fusion and more. Not to be missed. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $30-$40. 8 p.m. Oct. 15.

Chapin Family Reunion with a Tribute to Harry
The Chapin Family legacy includes not only Harry Chapin’s classic hits, such as “Cat’s in the Cradle,” “Taxi” and “30,000 Pounds of Bananas,” but along with Harry Chapin favorites, wonderful originals by the great Tom Chapin, Jen Chapin and The Chapin Sisters, Lily & Abigail. See the Chapins together for this night of great folk, rock and stories celebrating one of music’s most talented families. Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $45-$49. 8 p.m. Oct. 15.

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Lucy Kaplansky
Lucy Kaplansky is “a truly gifted performer,” says The New York Times. That may be an understatement. Blending country, folk and pop styles, she can make every song sound fresh, whether singing her own sweet originals, covering country classics by June Carter Cash and Gram Parsons, or performing pop favorites by Lennon/McCartney and Nick Lowe. She’s a rare vocal talent, for sure, and this gig is a chance to experience her all up close and personal. Wow! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. Oct. 15.

The Bucket List featuring Tony Barca
Long Island native blues/rock singer and songwriter Tony Barca presents his newest project, called The Bucket List, a variety of uniquely arranged covers and original music backed by a killer band. With a loyal fan base known as “The Bucketheads,” this eclectic mix of original music and honest interpretations you just simply would not expect to hear has gained loyal followers at each performance, presenting a plethora of musical tones and choices to dance, jive and dream along to. Whoa. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Oct. 15.

Jo Dee Messina
With nine No. One singles on the Billboard Country Music Chart, Jo Dee Messina has taken the genre by storm. She has been honored by the Country Music Association, and was nominated for two Grammy Awards, one of which being Best Country Collaboration for “Bring On The Rain,” with Tim Mcgraw. She is set to perform hits off her newest album, titled ME, which she refers to as her most personal album yet. Jo Dee will be sure to bring on the “Country Heat.” Bound to be one for the books. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $35. 8 p.m. Oct. 15.

Gilbert Gottfried
Whether you find him absolutely can’t-stop-laughing hilarious or occasionally somewhat annoying, Gottfried is an acknowledged master of his comedic craft. He is bound to leave all those in attendance of this must-see gig feeling a sordid mixture of both. That’s a good thing! It means they’ve been laughing so damn hard their gut will hurt for weeks after, which will leave them somewhat annoyed. But they’ll get over it, because laughter is the best medicine. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $25. 7, 9:30 p.m. Oct. 15.

Queens Beer Festival
Since diehard Long Islanders know that Queens and Brooklyn, no matter how much hipsters may want to deny it, are in fact a part of this Island, we couldn’t miss plugging this truly amazing gathering of craft breweries from throughout the region–including Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., Garvies Point Brewery and Blue Point Brewing Co. Sample the best craft brew IPAs, ales, lagers, pumpkins and Oktoberfests, along with many more varieties, from throughout the five boroughs, and enjoy an absolutely amazing smorgasbord of global food vendors representing all the multicultural cuisines and mouthwatering flavors in Q-Town, and dance, dance, dance with your friends and loved ones to soul-satisfying live music all weekend long! Not to be missed! LIC Flea & Food Market, at the corner of 46th Avenue and 5th Street in Long Island City. queensbeerfestival.com $29, $39, $43, $68. Noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 15 & 16.

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Kenny Loggins
The legendary, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter will be talking about and signing his new children’s picture book, Footloose. Ask him about life on the road, what it’s like being a legend, or even the stories behind his immortal songs. Or maybe just ask him to autograph one of these books for your kid or nephew or niece. Or that vinyl album you’ve been treasuring in your music collection. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 1 p.m. Oct. 16.

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Squeeze
These British rockers rose to fame in the United Kingdom during the New Wave period of the late 1970s, and continued to record successfully through the ’90s. They are known in the United States for songs like “Tempted,” “Hourglass” and “853-5937.” After disbanding twice, Squeeze released their first album since ’98, Cradle to the Grave, last year. They are back together again, and ready to put on a great show. Special guest The English Beat will also be performing. Get ready, because the British are coming! The British are coming! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50-$89.50. 8 p.m. Oct. 16.

Les Brers
Recently formed rock band Les Brers is made up of former members of the legendary Allman Brothers Band, led by their original drummer, Butch Trucks. Embarking on their first short U.S. tour since formation with only festival-set performances under their belt, these hellraisers plan to continue performing previous Allman Brothers Band songs (such as famous tracks from Eat a Peach, their third studio album) along with other assorted covers. Not to be missed. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$59.50. 8 p.m. Oct. 16.

Regina Calcaterra and Rosie Maloney
Authors Regina Calcaterra and Rosie Maloney will be speaking about and autographing copies of their new book, Girl Unbroken: A Sister’s Harrowing Story of Survival From the Streets of Long Island to the Farms of Idaho. Calcaterra, an attorney, is also a former aide to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. This is a rare chance to ask her in person anything you’ve ever wondered about her time at both offices, so do some research before heading down and get that recorder ready! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Oct. 17.

Black & White Masquerade Ball
Join the Greater Westbury Council for the Arts for its first ever Black & White Masquerade Ball honoring Beaumont Jefferson and Doug LeClaire for their contributions to the arts in Westbury. Hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing and merriment will surely be had, along with a great deal of surprise and intrigue, as well! Masks are optional, but encouraged. All proceeds benefit the Greater Westbury Council for the Arts. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $40. 7 p.m. Oct. 18.

Peter Frampton Raw: An Acoustic Tour
The rocking great Brit guitarist Peter Frampton has kissed his golden curly locks goodbye years ago—he can wig out if he wants to, considering he co-founded Humble Pie at 18—so here he is today, still hitting the high notes that shimmer all night long. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$99.50. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19.

Main Art: Country songstress Jo Dee Messina rocks Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts on Oct. 15!

-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel, Natalie Coloprisco, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III with an assist from The Pharaoh. 

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events September 29–October 5

Violent Femmes Paramount
Punk-jazz-folk warlords the Violent Femmes rock The Paramount in Huntington on Oct. 2. (Violent Femmes at Electric Lady Studios Photo by Gus Philippas/WFUV)

George Thorogood & The Destroyers
With more than four decades, over 8,000 live shows, and 15 million albums sold worldwide, George Thorogood and the Destroyers are known today as some of the most bad-to-bone performers in rock. Thorogood began his career as a solo acoustic act and was eventually joined by Jeff Simon on drums, Bill Blough on bass, Jim Suhler on rhythm guitar, and Buddy Leach on sax. Currently embarking on their Badder Than Ever tour, the band’s arsenal contains such rock classics as “Who Do You Love,” “I Drink Alone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” and “Move It On Over.” Opening the show is Moreland & Arbuckle. Not to be missed! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. Sept. 29.

Boyce Avenue
With more than 8 million subscribers on YouTube, this Sarasota, Fla.-based brother-trio has gained quite a following. Their strong acoustic roots, melodic rock sound, and crisp vocals draw in any crowd, especially their covers and collaborations with artists and groups including Fifth Harmony, Carly Rose Sonenclar and Bea Miller. They are set to debut songs from their brand new album Road Less Traveled, which features 11 original songs. Supporting acts include Leroy Sanchez, Nick Howard & Sam James. Postponed from May 13. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30.

The Band Perry
Kimberly Perry and her younger brothers Neil and Reid have notched a string of hit country/pop/rock singles as The Band Perry since the Alabama natives made their self-titled debut. They include chart-toppers “If I Die Young,” “You Lie” and “All Your Life.” Get ready for an amazing performance! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.40-$149.50. 8 p.m. Sept. 30.

Billy Mira and The Hitmen
A Vegas-style modern Americana big band (with a bit of edge), Billy Mira and the Hitmen perform hits by Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Queen, and Stray Cats, as well as comedy bits and Billy’s celebrity impressions. The band brings rollicking fun and humor to any event, so this is bound to be an extraordinary gig of extraordinary songs and knee-slappin’ hilarity! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Sept. 30.

Fiesta Latina!
An afternoon of family fun, including games, food and music—all with a Latin theme. Southampton Historical Museum, Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton. southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org Free. 1-3 p.m. Oct. 1.

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The Yannis Pappas Show
The hilarious, young, up-and-coming comic Yannis Pappas from Brooklyn is best known for his work on VH1’s Best Week Ever and co-anchoring the satirical news show Fusion Live. His collaborative videos with his pal Jesse Scaturro on Ditch Films is a YouTube sensation. Yes, he’s got the Greeks in his pocket—one of his best characters is Mr. Panos, a helluva Hellenic booster who owns the fictitious Baby Socrates Diner in Queens—but Pappas is hard to pigeon-hole. Another character he does is Maurica Rodriguez, a pre-op transsexual Puerto Rican from the Lower East Side looking for a husband from Westchester to help “her” complete herself. Race relations, sexual relationships, celebrity couplings, and economic uncouplings, all topics are fair game in the fertile imagination of Yannis Pappas! Get ready to laugh, laugh, laugh! Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com 8 p.m. Sept. 30, 7, 9:30 p.m. Oct. 1.

Bad Religion & Against Me!
The punk rock gods are surely smiling, as Bad Religion and Against Me! join forces on a tour destined to be one for the books. Bad Religion brings four decades of experience and modern masterworks such as The Dissent of Man and True North, and are hoping to finish recording their new album by the end ofthis year. Against Me! is led by singer Laura Jane Grace (who came out as transgender in 2012 and released an album about it) and has released seven successful full-lengths, their most recent being Shape Shift with Me, unveiled this month. Together, these bands deliver an unforgettable performance. Opening the show is Dave Hause. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$75. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1.

José Feliciano
The singer-guitarist known for the ever-popular holiday ear candy “Feliz Navidad” will be rocking out on this mega-gem, as well as many more. Get ready to be wowed and sing along! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $45. 8 p.m. Oct. 1.

Dick Fox’s Golden Boys
Comprised of Frankie Avalon and Fabian and Bobby Rydell, this band has been packing out venues since 1985. With tribute material to Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Rick Nelson, and Bill Haley on their repertoire, as well as original songs like “Kissin Time,” “Turn Me Loose,” “Tiger,” and “Wild One,” these three stars continue to wow crowds, and their chemistry during live performances is historically on fire! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. Oct. 1.

That ‘70s Band
New York’s leading ’70s disco/funk cover band unleash energetic and powerful sets of dance music that will surely get fans up on their feet and groovin’ to the music! Donna Summer, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Kool and the Gang, and CHIC are just some of the many groups they cover. Bumpin’ horns, an ultra-tight rhythm section, and a super-talented vocal front line ensure every gig is unforgettable. These hellraisers make live music dance music again by tearing away on mind-blowing medleys that meld all the classics. Get ready to shake your groove-thang! Yow. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $20-$30. 8 p.m. Oct. 1.

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The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard
Using vintage footage, rare photos, memorabilia and audio, and fresh interviews with band members and associates as well as notable fans and observers, Pushin’ Too Hard relates the bizarre rage-to-riches-to-rags tale of the rock quartet who took Los Angeles by storm in the mid-60s. Screening followed by Q&A with Director Neil Norman in person. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave. Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $5-$12. 8 p.m. Oct. 1.

Emma Donoghue
This international best-selling author will be speaking and signing her new book The Wonder. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 1 p.m. Oct. 2.

Essential Survival Guide to School
Based on the children’s book series by Barbara Park, Junie B. has been going to school for over one-and-a-half years. Who better, then, to write the book on everything you need to know? From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. With a jillion tips, tricks and trip ups, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise and shows us all how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun, and always something to sing about. With music by Zina Goldrich and lyrics by Marcy Heisler, this fun afternoon of theatre is not to be missed. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), Black Box Theatre, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $20. 3 p.m. Oct. 2.

Tres Chicos de Chile
This not-to-be-missed artistic convergence features a reception marking the opening of a pop-up art exhibit that includes artists of the New York Contemporary Art Symposium 2016 alongside local artists working in similar concepts and mediums. Work featured in this exhibition will be the result of the artists time spent creating here in NY, on the grounds of Brookwood Hall. Exhibit runs through Nov. 1. Islip Arts Museum, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip. $5. 6 p.m. Oct. 2.

Gladys Knight
Smooth and sweet soul music will be lilting through Long Island thanks to superstar Gladys Knight, who will be performing her most famous songs, including “You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” and “Midnight Train To Georgia.” Opening the show is Freddie Jackson. Don’t miss this living legend, performing live, in all her glory! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com  $65-$99.50. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2.

Violent Femmes
Ever the folk-punk-country-jazz-Americana experimentalists and Always an Amazing live show, these Milwaukee-bred hellraisers are one of Press music critic Zack Tirana’s absolute favorites, and he’s branded them a must-see, must-dance, must-experience masterpiece. The trio is perhaps best known for anthems “Blister in the Sun” and “Add it Up,” which were both featured on Billboard‘s Top 200 List, but their arsenal spans more than three decades and includes many, many more unbelievable songs. After 16 years, they’ve dropped We Can Do Anything, which pretty much sums up the band. With bizarre tempo changes and a brand new style, it’s bound to be another absolute classic, and this gig is bound to be absolutely unforgettable. Will they play “Waiting For The Bus,” “American Music” or “Gone Daddy Gone”? Will singer Gordon Gano hop off the stage and dosey-do with Tirana? Will they close with the epic “Good Feeling”!? Only one way to find out. Presented by the best radio station in the world, WFUV, this gig is truly Not To Be Missed! Opening the show is Christopher John Campion. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$75. 8 p.m. Oct. 2.

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Mike Massimino
What was it like, to travel up into space, and stare back down at the blue-brown orb of our precious extraordinary world, wondering whether in fact we are alone in this fascinating universe, or but one in an infinite number of curious species, all hurling around great cosmic flashes of light, ever-seeking to learn and defy the very laws of nature which define our realms? This engineer, former NASA astronaut, and Long Island native, can help answer these and any other burning questions you may be harboring about the great mystery of space, and will signing copies of his new book Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe. Come and be enlightened! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Oct. 4.

Taking Back Sunday
Long Island’s very own Taking Back Sunday is regarded as the quintessential emo band, and this gig is that special chance to catch them all up close and personal, ripping through hit after hit after hit and proving why. Come bop and sing along! Opening the show is You Blew It! Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $35, $40 DOS. 7 p.m. Oct. 4.

Idiocracy
The cast and filmmakers behind this cult classic satire mark the 10th Anniversary of its release with screening nationwide, a worldwide livestream Q&A and voter registration drive. The movie depicts an impossible future in which our collective intelligence had dropped so low it threatened to destroy the world. Sound familiar? Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave. Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $5-$12. 9:45 p.m. Oct. 4.

Circle Mirror Transformation
Adelphi University Department of Theatre presents a play about four lost New Englanders who enroll in a six-week-long community center drama class. The misfits begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), Black Box Theatre, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu Oct. 4-9.

Melissa Hartwing
Author of the New York Times best-selling diet book, The Whole30, will be speaking and signing copies of her latest, Food Freedom Forever: Letting Go of Bad Habits, Guilt, and Anxiety Around Food. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Oct. 5.

Colin Ryan
One of a kind comedic speaker Colin Ryan brings financial expertise as well as a background as an author to hold interactive discussions about ambition, money management, and career skills. Colin also provides financial literacy training and professional development to numerous organizations and institutions. Named one of the top youth money presenters in the nation, Ryan uses honesty, pop culture jokes, and powerful stories to communicate his core idea: Your ability to manage money directly affects your ability to have the life you want. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue.  patchoguetheatre.org Free. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5.

Brothers Osborne
Brothers Osborne is a country music duo composed of brothers T.J. and John Osborne. Once a part of a small hometown band called Deuce, these brothers have gone on to receive a Grammy nomination in the 50th annual Grammy Awards for their debut, Pawn Shop. Embarking on their “Dirt Rich Tour,” with more than 45 shows, BO will be rocking the infectious sounds of Nashville, and leaving all those in attendance with no other option but to sway the night away. Opening the show is Mickey Guyton & Tucker Beathard. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $30-$40. 8 p.m. Oct. 5.

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

Main Art: Punk-jazz-folk warlords the Violent Femmes rock The Paramount in Huntington on Oct. 2. (Violent Femmes at Electric Lady Studios Photo by Gus Philippas/WFUV)

White People, It’s OK to Not Feel Guilty About Police Killing Black People

By Michael “Manny Faces” Conforti

Look. There are plenty of good, hard-working, God-fearing, tax-paying white people in America, many who self-proclaim to not be one bit racist but who just don’t agree with the #BlackLivesMatter movement or 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance or interracial marriages, whatever…

You might be one of them. I’m here to tell you that it’s perfectly OK.

After all. All lives matter, not just black ones, right? I mean, sure, some black folks have gotten the short end of the nightstick in life, but most of ’em are just like you and me. If we work hard and pull ourselves up by the bootstraps, anything is possible! They ought to know—they even got themselves a half-black president!

So I understand. Sure, you feel bad when someone is killed by police, but white people get killed by police way more! (Maybe not percentage-wise, but still!) And please, we all know there’s not a racist bone in your body. You didn’t own slaves! Why should you be made to feel bad because some black guy might not have complied with the potentially unconstitutional commands of a police officer and was, as tradition seems to dictate, summarily executed where he stood?

I mean, Blue Lives Matter too, right?

Besides, what about all that black-on-black crime happening in their communities? No one (except for lots of people) is talking about that! All the drugs and gangs and crime and rap music in neighborhoods that for years have been shut out of any possibility of advancement due to racist practices in nearly every sector of our fine, fair society from banking, to housing, to education, to healthcare, to criminal justice, to voting rights, to redlining, to Rockefeller drug laws…

Come on, black people! Bootstraps, remember?!?

So I get it. All of this nonsense on cable news and social media about #HandsUpDontShoot and #BlackLivesMatter and kneeling during the Pledge is, like, so annoying, especially when you want to read about Brangelina breaking up (if you’re a woman) or Donald Trump’s latest list of reasons why his business experience will help make America great again (if you’re “the poorly educated”).

Shoot. If you wanted to hear black people complaining, you would just ask a few to talk about the amount of times they were unconstitutionally stopped and frisked, amirite?

So listen. When your token black friend or your traitorous white one wants to pin the entire failure of black families and communities on YOUR shoulders, and make you feel bad about [insert most recent black person shot and killed and left to bleed out by so-called law enforcement officers], I want you to remember: You don’t have to feel bad.

He was probably not complying. And, as we all know, when anyone doesn’t comply with the police, that’s grounds for execution.

Just look at the recent Chelsea bomber who shot at…

Oh, no, wait…

Ok, ok. Look at these 8 white people who actually pointed guns at police and…

Oh. Wait. Never mind…

Anyway, the point is: Don’t feel bad. Our law enforcement officers risk their lives to keep our communities safe and they ticket other communities for all kinds of infractions to make sure they raise enough money to keep our communities safe! They deserve our respect and support.

The next time you get attacked on Facebook for defending the actions of an officer who “mistook” his handgun for a Taser, make sure you nitpick the confusing details of the encounter, blame the victim, place no culpability on the officers (who, come on, shouldn’t be expected to be able to subdue an unarmed, non-aggressive suspect without shooting them! What is this, England?) and sardonically mention that “you’re sorry” the black person is dead.

But you better make sure you completely miss the point that this tragedy is yet another example of the interconnected set of social systems that have caused the problems in the communities these officers have to work in, the same system that hires and trains officers to enforce these racist policies, upholding what is clearly a system set up to benefit those with power and hold back those without it so that they can never achieve true equality.

Please keep ignoring that these policies are tools of oppression, which, of course, you wouldn’t want to agree with because it would tarnish your carefully-crafted-and-protected-through-the-centuries notion of white privilege and self-worth, so you’d rather sit in denial, place blame on “others” and, quite frankly, happily and with no remorse, support a system of white supremacy.

And that is perfectly OK.

Enjoy it while it lasts.


Not Black, Like Me: Why Rachel Dolezal’s Transracial Claims Are a Pigment Of Her Imagination

Rachel Dolezal Transracial claims

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ost of the students at my public school were African-Americans and so were my friends. I had sleepovers at Craig’s house (he was Jamaican). Or Rob’s (his family was from Montserrat). Or Napoleon’s, whose family was from the deep South.

As an only child whose extended family lived far away, my childhood was never some exotic adventure for me, some daring venture into black coolness. It was all I knew.

When I was a senior, my first child was born. I was only 18. My mother wasn’t happy, mainly because I was messing up my chances for higher education. Her mother, also from the South, wasn’t happy either, mainly because I was white.

It was unfair treatment, I thought. I certainly didn’t consider myself white, culturally speaking, but I did have to learn there were boundaries I couldn’t cross.

While I dabbled with my appearance—designs buzzed into my hair, my oversized clothing—I learned when proposing a fun Halloween costume that blackface was never acceptable.

Though I was one of the few white people who, in certain company, could get away with using the N-word as informal term of endearment, I decided it was wiser not to let it become part of my casual vocabulary.

Despite my sincerity, I also had to accept that many people saw my adoption of hip hop mannerisms as mockery, perhaps part of a long, historically uncomfortable practice of cultural appropriation.

Impregnating a black girl didn’t help.

Of course, teaching myself boundaries didn’t come easy. Having little outside influence, how could I not develop the same cultural characteristics as my darker-skinned brethren? We shared nearly all our waking moments together. I spent time at their houses. We stayed up late Friday and Saturday nights playing video games, listening to rap music on the radio—when rap music was only on the radio late Friday and Saturday nights.

My preferences—fashion, musical taste, language, television, movies—all were influenced by my peers.

For the most part, we looked past our pigmentation, and for me, it wasn’t just a phase. Although the relationship with my first son’s mother didn’t work out, he lived with me for a good portion of his life. I later married a black woman, and we had two children together, all while becoming a stepfather to her 100-percent black daughter.

Through her I was exposed to religion and eventually was baptized a born-again Christian at an all-black church in South Jamaica, Queens.

I expanded my interest in rap music: producing, writing and performing throughout the years. Later, in my spare time, I launched a hip hop magazine and I’ve become an outspoken advocate for hip hop culture.

Now, as many people who have grown up, were educated in, or work in multi-cultural environments, I haven’t been exclusively intertwined with any singular way of life, but black American culture is certainly a foundational aspect of who I am.

I’m not trying to pad my Black Resume´. I am trying to demonstrate how easily I could—as Rachel Dolezal, the disgraced former head of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP, has stated—“identify” with being black, to the point where I’d say I have just as much right to call myself black as she does.

But I don’t. Because I think that is absurd.

Soul Man

“Mike is BLACK!” Coleman, one of my oldest friends, will state, loudly and emphatically, to anyone who would dare question my cultural affiliation.

Despite all my deep, sincere, empathic ties to African-American people, culture and lifestyle, I have to smile and shake my head “no” to anyone else who might be listening, even those who would—and do—agree with Coleman.

But I know what he means. And I know what Rachel Dolezal means when she says, as she did to Matt Lauer on The Today Show, “I identify as black.”

And I know how being white can be a stumbling block when dealing with minorities. In any interaction there are always hovering middlemen of privilege and mistrust. It’s for good reason, but for someone eager to be accepted as a full friend or ally, I know it can be frustrating.

In fact, Dolezal sued traditionally all-black Howard University in 2002, claiming she was being discriminated against (she was not “claiming” to be black at that time). Clearly, she felt she was fully qualified, but she was being overlooked because she was white.

Yet instead of using that experience to further understand and empathize with the similar experiences that black people have to deal with everywhere besides places like Howard, Dolezal seemingly got the notion that it might be better to cut out those middlemen.

After all, in an age when identity is starting to mean whatever one wants it to mean, and when race has been determined to be a social construct, why can’t someone with such a visceral connection to the black American lifestyle, simply consider themselves “black?”

*Snaps finger* POOF!

Perhaps the biggest problem with this idea of Dolezal being “transracial,” and the term itself–aside from her dubious story about depicting herself as a brown-skinned girl with crayons when she was 5, her claim that a black man was actually her father, and her assertions that she lives the black experience because she has black children—is that race isn’t really a thing.

The idea that race is a social construct is a concept that, in essence, suggests that no clear definition of “race” exists, that it is simply a fabricated lumping together of people based on some set of characteristics that are convenient for whatever reason. Race, often mistaken for ethnicity or ancestry, is in of itself not something concrete.

As such, there is no white race. There is no black race. No one can belong to one or the other.

So while technically someone can decide that they identify as another race, the only people who could find this acceptable would be people who recognize that there is no clear definition of race to begin with. So any such claim becomes moot.

This is why a term like “transracial” can’t possibly exist, and why any correlation to transgender doesn’t make sense.

I can understand the concept of transgender. If you are a man biologically but inside you feel you are a woman, you can make a claim to identify as a woman because each is clearly defined. You can’t biologically be a woman if you are biologically a man.

So, you can be a woman trapped inside the body of a man. Or vice-versa. Cool. I get it.

In the case of Dolezal, however, if race cannot be truly and clearly defined, there is nothing preventing someone from simply considering themselves part of another group or culture in the first place, without having to go through a presto-change-o makeover and make up a litany of presumably fabricated backstories.

How can someone feel trapped on the inside, being part of another group of people that isn’t, by definition, exclusionary in the first place?

Black Is Black

So it’s a strange paradox that Dolezal has put herself in. Perhaps, because we are collectively in the throes of a national discussion regarding identity, coupled with the recent high-profile emergence of GLBT issues thanks to Caitlin Jenner, there is a rush to equate the two.

The debate can be interesting but the idea that Dolezal, by adopting a particular lifestyle, advocating for a group of disadvantaged people and changing one’s appearance to match them, means that she can be considered one of them, ignores the real characteristics that historically most black Americans have in common.

The shared consciousness of the black experience in America cannot simply be adopted.

No matter how close I have been to black people, no matter how much I consider black American culture to be a part of my life, no matter how much I raise my mixed children to recognize, embrace and celebrate their “blackness,” nothing I could ever do, say or experience, could bring me close to knowing what it would feel like if it was my father telling me what it was like being raised in fear of the Ku Klux Klan, stories I heard from my ex-father-in-law.

No matter how many times I’ve been pulled over in poor, black neighborhoods—because I was obviously only there to buy drugs—it could never come close to knowing the constant fear that I or one of my family members might be killed by police—21 times more likely.

Acceptance by the hip hop community doesn’t mean that I know what it’s like to not get called for a job interview based on my last name, or to receive a more lengthy jail sentence than some of my white friends for the same crime, or to be turned down for a home loan, unlike my white friends with similar income.

Being called a “nigger lover” while walking with a black girlfriend in Atlanta is not the same as being called a nigger.

People of color in America deserve equal treatment. Until this happens, they need smart, dedicated, sincere people of color in positions that can advocate for the issues that need to be addressed.

Ideally, this can be done through local politics, through community organizations and through institutions like the NAACP.

But until equality is reality, people of color in America also need outside allies in these positions. Allies can do great good for these causes, as they have in the past.

It is not entirely clear why Dolezal felt she had to be one instead of the other.

While she is currently doing the media rounds, attempting to explain her behavior, I contend that Rachel Dolezal did herself, her family, her children, her causes, and the group of people that she says she feels so connected to, no favors with her elaborate roleplaying.

Instead, she ironically expressed an incredibly extreme example of privilege—the arrogance to think that she is worthy of owning the resilience, self-love, pride, ancestry, heritage and unique experience of another group of people, simply because she decided she could.

Equal, But Separate

A common refrain I’ve heard all my life is that “Mike wishes he was black.”

No. I am extremely proud of who I am and how I live.

But I am also similarly proud of the culture and larger communities I have become a part of.

I believe these things are not mutually exclusive. I can be both without having to hide behind makeup or made-up terms.

My perceived cultural “blackness” is derived from my participation in a varied set of experiences, lifestyle choices and preferences, perhaps shared more by people of color than otherwise, but not always exclusively so.

But it is absolutely vital that, in any culture, participants respect those who created and developed the customs and traditions they follow, and acknowledge how and why they came to be.

Completely, not just when it’s convenient. For originators as well as converts.

Black Americans have endured an incredibly difficult journey. But out of that journey, great contributions to humanity have emerged. I personally admire many of them, the communities that created them and many individuals from those communities. I have chosen to immerse myself among them, advocate for them and many, I view as family.

But I will never forget that the lifestyle is theirs. The culture is theirs. The stories are theirs. The history is theirs. The bloodshed was theirs.

My involvement is voluntary. Their acceptance of me is a privilege.

I could never pretend otherwise.

Hip Hop Legends Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and Others to Appear at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Iconic Rap Vet Rakim Will Return to His Long Island Roots at The NYCB Theatre at Westbury (Photo: Manny Faces / Birthplace Magazine)

Iconic rappers with roots on Long Island along with veteran hip hop heavyweights to hit the stage at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

The word “legendary” is thrown around in hip hop a bit too often. Hip hop has many participants worthy of bombastic titles like pioneer, architect, Grandmaster and Godfather, but in its music, the word “legendary” can only be applied to the few, and in terms of performances, rarely do such artists appear together.

However, the NYCB Theatre at Westbury will serve as truly hallowed ground as some of hip hop’s true veteran heavyweights will appear together at the Legends of the Fall concert on Saturday, October 4. The event will feature Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh and Biz Markie, each a titan in his own right, and together, an Avengers-like collective of rap royalty.

Long Island native and widely accepted “God Emcee” Rakim will deliver the rugged-but-intricate rhymes that made him a truly ranformative artist in the genre, cementing his role atop “top 5” lists of greatest rap orators. His seminal Paid In Full album is widely considered one of the genres’ finest works, and his connection to the Island has always been a source of pride, for Rakim and fans alike.

Equally celebrated in the annals of rap history is Brooklyn wordsmith Big Daddy Kane. One of hip hop’s greatest, both stylistically and lyrically, Kane set the bar for rapid-fire delivery, expanding the depth of what rap could say and how it could be said. Coupled with a smooth demeanor and a variety of subject matter, Big Daddy Kane certainly sits perched atop hip hop’s proverbial Mt. Rushmore.

Big Daddy Kane Performing at the 40th Anniversary of Hip Hop Event in NYC's Central Park (Photo: Manny Faces / Birthplace Magazine)
Big Daddy Kane Performing at the 40th Anniversary of Hip Hop Event in NYC’s Central Park (Photo: Manny Faces / Birthplace Magazine)

Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh rose to rap prominence together with their undisputed classics “Lodi Dodi” and “The Show,” and have gone on to create equally classic material as solo artists. Often performing apart, to see both on the same bill promises the possibility of witnessing those crowd favorites being performed by one of rap’s most appreciated duos.

Biz Markie, who also has Long Island roots, is an artist in a class by himself. A prolific beatboxer, DJ and rapper known for his sense of humor, Biz Markie has one song that is instantly recognized world-wide. When Biz drops the commanding “Youuu!” at the chorus of his piano-laden classic track “Just A Friend,” the resulting “GOT WHAT I NEEEEED” singalong will assuredly be emphatic, and complete.

Visit the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Saturday, October 4 to be transported back to the “Golden Era” of hip hop, when lyricism, originality and charisma were first and foremost.

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John Legend Sizzles at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury (Concert Review)

John Legend All Of Me Tour at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Sitting at his gleaming grand piano, accompanied only by the subtle brilliance of four string instrumentalists and a guitarist, John Legend reminded his captive and captivated audience that the NYCB Theatre at Westbury is simply a wonderfully intimate venue.

“We wanted it to feel like my living room,” the 35-year-old crooner told the crowd. “Apparently,” he continued, flashing a devilishly sly smile used several times through the night, “My living room has great lights and amazing sound, too.”

Though it wasn’t the true “theatre in the round” experience, as part of the stationary stage and a small section of seating was sacrificed for a giant backdrop, the setup was nevertheless precisely the way John Legend deserves to be witnessed.

Up close. Personal.

So that when he oozes his nearly-whisper-like seductive “mmhm hmms,” or unleashes his passionately guttural yells, you feel it. In a venue like this, close enough to decipher his facial expressions, the furrowing of his brow, that smile, you feel it the way he wants you to feel it.

Legend was at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury as part of his All Of Me tour, a nod to his current hit single of the same name, and in the show, Legend sprinkled in personal anecdotes and stories about his rise to stardom, that made him as personable as he is talented and handsome. A seasoned performer, he worked the crowd well, mostly from behind his piano, but often standing toward the front of the stage, or perched on a stool, smoothly playing to the catcalls and shouts of “We love you, John!”

Legend ran through a bevy of his standards, more often than not smoothly morphing his mid-tempo pop hits like “Save Room” and “Made To Love” into sexy slow jams.

Telling the backstories behind songs such as “Maxine” nicely complimented his sharing of behind-the-scenes memories of working with peers like Kanye West and Bruce Springsteen. In doing so, Legend gave audience members a look into his personal-life history and his artistic process, instead of appearing like an untouchable superstar.

Legend prefaced what was perhaps his most emotional performance with stories of his early days, playing gospel music in church. The soul-stirring rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” which followed demonstrated that connection in nearly show-stopping manner.

A crowd-pleasing entertainer for sure, John Legend has the chops, both vocally and musically, to impress on many levels, and did so at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury with an ease and flair that proves him to be one of our era’s finest performers.

For more about the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, visit their page in The Island Ear.