Bill Kirchen When it comes to guitar twangs and reminiscing about the ’60s county scene, Bill Kirchen should come to mind. He is known as “The Titan of the Telecaster” for his pure artistry on the Fender Telecaster guitar, and he will indeed prove it to you on this very special night of sublime music. Get ready to be hit with vintage Americana, as Kirchen performs songs from his latest album Seeds and Stems along with other tunes from his solo career and his tenure with the country-rock band Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30. 8 p.m. July 31.
The Smashing Pumpkins / Marilyn Manson The `90s alternative-rock heroes The Pumpklers return to Long Island promoting last year’s album, Monuments to an Elegy. The End Times Tour, which co headlines Marilyn Manson, celebrates the definitive era of the `90s. Fronted by Billy Corgan, The Smashing Pumpkins rose into mainstream along with the popularity of grunge bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Their album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, which featured 28 songs and lasted over two hours, was certified 10 times platinum in the United States, becoming the best-selling double album to date. Songs like “Tonight Tonight,” “1979,” “Disarm’ and many, many more combine alternative-rock with orchestrated symphonies, making up The Smashing Pumpkins iconic and instantly recognizable sound. Oh, and that insanely freakish alien-hybrid M-Squared will be shreikin’ and hootin’ and frightenin’ and all vampirish-stalkin’, too! Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $20-$79.50. 7 p.m. July 31.
Judy Collins A living legend now 76 years old and still hitting the high notes, Judy Collins continues to record and perform music. The silver-throated songstress was one of the leading folk singers of the 1960s and `70s, having her first commercial hit in 1967, “Both Sides Now.” From her appearances on The Muppet Show and Sesame Street to published books and activism, there is little that this stellar artist has not done. Suffolk Theatre, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $45. 8 p.m. July 31.
Garvies Point Day In observance of all that is nurtured and celebrated at the museum, staffers will be offering an insect study, nature films, arts and crafts, rock and mineral identification and a butterfly garden tour. Also featured will be bird watching with North Shore Audubon society, face painting in Woodland Village, and Nassau Mineral Club open house. Additionally, there will be a Live Animals Presentation given by Tackapausha Museum on Garvies Point Day. Garvies Point Museum, 50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove. garviespointmuseum.com $5. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. August 1.
Jessie’s Girl Break out the Converse, strap on a headband and dust off the jean jacket, because this Back to the Eighties Show will do everything short of taking you in a Delorean back to the decade when Men at Work, Flock of Seagulls and Debbie Gibson ruled the airwaves. That’s because Jessie’s Girl is more than just a cover band. They’re here to party like it’s 1989! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39-$99. 8 p.m. August 1. $15-$30. 8 p.m. July 31
Steve White Known for his roles in Coming to America, Do the Right Thing, and much more, Steve White is well recognized for his unpredictable and lively comic performance. His loud, versatile, and vibrant personality make this comic a fan favorite. Besides appearing in five Spike Lee films, the comic was the first African American announcer on The Price is Right, along with a slew of other appearances and hosting gigs. The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $17. 9:30 p.m. July 31-August 1.
Slipknot The American heavy metal band is well known for their original image, as well as their chaotic live performances. Each member wears a unique facemask with a matching jumpsuit, which according to the band, allows them to become more intimate with the music when they’re on stage live. Their image and their sound have endured many controversies over the course of their career, whether being linked to violent crimes or stolen properties. But this Grammy Award-winning band has accomplished much, including one double-platinum album, two platinum albums, and a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with their fourth album, All Hope is Gone. Warming up the crowd are Lamb of God and Bullet for My Valentine. Damn. Hot damn! Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $22-$297. 6 p.m. August 1.
“Weird Al” Yankovic It’s Weird Al performing live, prompting “Mandatory Fun” for all! That’s right, folks. From “White and Nerdy,” to “First World Problems,” to “Word Crimes,” the king of satire–arguably the greatest parodist since Shakespeare himself–is back to sing his funny yet truly authentic songs that expose and mock society’s stupidity and vices. Enjoy the hilarious guy whose provocative imitations have garnered more hits than the original songs themselves! The Mandatory World Tour The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39-$99. 8 p.m. August 1.
1964 The Tribute The name may strike some as odd but then they don’t know the back story. The band, 1964 the Tribute, is a Beatles’ tribute group that formed in 1984, earning respect from Rolling Stone magazine as the “Best Beatles Tribute Ever.” They’ve been on PBS and Nashville, all over the place in fact, to honor the great music made once upon a time by four lads from Liverpool. These guys don’t have to deal with thousands of screaming teenage girls drowning out their songs as their forebears did–although they might wish that upon themselves just to know what it’s like–but that comes with a benefit. As fans constantly tell the members of 1964 the Tribute today, “I saw the Beatles in ’64 and the only difference is I can hear you!” This foursome’s goal is to reproduce faithfully the Beatles’ 1964 tour of America when they broke through in such a big way they changed pop music forever. Since 50 years have passed, this is as good as it gets—and that’s a tribute to the dedication of Mark Benson as John Lennon, Mac Ruffing as Paul McCartney, Tom Work as George Harrison, and Bobby Potter as Ringo Starr. Will they play “Blackbird”? One can only hope, dear Beatles maniacs. One can only hope. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50. 8 p.m. August 1.
Albert Lee & Cindy Cashdollar Both Grammy Award-winning guitarists, the duo combines Albert Lee’s country and rock with Cindy Cashdollar’s western swing. They’ve worked alongside countless popular musicians from various genres in both their careers, as their resumes and reputations show. This is a dual performance you won’t want to miss. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35. 8 p.m. August 1.
Christine Ebersole Building up a career since 1972, this actress and singer based in New Jersey has performed in countless films and television shows. If you don’t already know what a treasure she is, come hear her perform and witness her dazzling the audience here at this oh-so-special gig. Her upcoming album Stings Attached is now available for pre-order on iTunes. Expect numbers from it as well as countless numbers covering her illustrious career. Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor. baystreet.org $69-$129. 8 p.m. August 1.
Marc Cohn While he won’t be walking in Memphis, Marc Cohn is definitely going to make an impression on Long Island when he strolls on stage. His show is perfect for any music lover! Best known for his hits like “True Companion,” “Silver Thunderbird,” “Ghost Train” and “Walk Through the World,” this Grammy Award-winning artist has been a music fanatic and performer since he was 6 years old. Marc Cohn is ready to put on an amazing show on the Island! The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $48-$78. 8 p.m. August 1.
Haunt Faire Get a jump on Halloween at this annual horror convention featuring slasher-flick celebrity panelists, lectures on haunted houses—real and commercial—a macabre movie festival, make-up classes, a car show, various contests and live music, plus an after-party and a hair-raising “scarioke.” There’ll even be a “haunted” job fair. Ghouls and vampires need apply. Upsky Hotel, 110 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge. haunt-faire.com $15-$35. 11-2 a.m. August 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. August 2.
Stirring the Pot: Conversations with Culinary Celebrities – Geoffrey Zakarian Over the course of his 30-year career, Geoffrey Zakarian has truly impacted the culinary industry. Between judging culinary creations on Food Network’s Chopped, claiming the victorious title of Iron Chef on The Next Iron Chef, and opening numerous successful restaurants in the New York area, he knows his way around food. Zakarian is an author of two critically acclaimed cookbooks and the current Chairman of the City Harvest Food Council. With all of these experiences, he’s here to offer you a full course meal of knowledge and a book-signing session. Bon appétit! Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. guildhall.org $13-$15. 11 a.m. August 2.
San Francisco Opera’s Show Boat This classic is bound to inspire deep emotions and an intense longing for your own humble family so strong that you’ll probably want to squeeze them tight in your arms. And if the mood is right, possibly, yes, most likely, your feet will begin boppin’ and movin’, eventually lifting your entire body into the aisle and where there will be dancin’, dancin’, dancin’! Both a love story and a reminder of our nation’s turbulent past regarding race relations, this musical is a timeless tale of life on the Mississippi during the 1880s to the 1920s. It will resonate with you long after you’ve disembarked from this show. Adelphi University, Westermann Stage, Concert Hall, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $20. 2 p.m. August 2.
Long Island Sound and Art Festival Artists, musicians and fun, fun, fun come together in this must-see event of the summer of 2015 with the gorgeous harbor as the backdrop. There will be live paintings as well as an exhibition showcase, along with live tunes featuring the boppin’ music of the Como Brothers, Sam Woolf, Ken Talve Trio, Dave Kellan Band, and Djembe Movement, among others! Northport Village Park, Main Street, Northport. limusicfestivals.com Free. 12 p.m-6:30 p.m. August 2.
The Toasters These ska pioneers headline a mega-ska-surf-rock-punk-reggae fest guaranteed to get you up and a-skankin’! Warming up the crowd are Samurai Pizza Cats, Crisis Crayons, Wait For It and Lucidity. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12 Adv $15 DOS. 6:30 p.m. August 2.
Daisy Jopling Band Playing rock arrangements of great classical pieces, spiced up with some gypsy music, Irish folk, tangy tango and original compositions–this kaleidoscopic musical collage will resonate within you long after this must-see gig is over. Sensational! John W Engeman Theater at 250 Main Street, Northport. engemantheater.com $45. 7 p.m. August 2.
The Original Wailers Are you picking up now? The vibration is positive and the “riddim” is reggae. Irie, mon! Bob Marley may have gone up to smoke the Great Spliff in the Sky but his band is still with us, and for that we can only say: “Praise Jah! The legend lives on!” The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansett. stephentalkhouse.com $50. 8 p.m. August 2.
Steve Tyrell A fine vocalist and virtuoso jazzman, Steve Tyrell has produced and recreated popular songs for listeners’ enjoyment for years. His musical genius also extends to the film industry, as he has worked on music for Father of the Bride, Mystic Pizza and The Brady Bunch Movie. His solo work covers a variety of themes, whether he is giving a tribute to the great Frank Sinatra, or putting a soft sultry twist on Toy Story’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” Get ready to be swooned as Tyrell’s vocals and the live instrumentation come together to create the perfect lush sound. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $53-$103. 8 p.m. August 2.
The 2015 Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department Golf Outing Go a few rounds for a great cause. Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department, 10 Glen Cove Ave, Glen Cove. gcvfd.com 7:30 a.m. $130. August 3.
Beauty and the Beast The whole family is sure to have an amazing time enjoying this live performance of a “tale as old as time.” The show, which many people know as one of the great Disney movies features some of the most lovable children’s movie and theater characters, like Belle, Mrs. Potts, Chip, and the Beast. Don’t miss this great live performance of a classic fairytale! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $18.50 11 a.m. August 4.
Billy Joel One of the most highly-anticipated concerts on Long Island is finally here, which is a bittersweet event for many. Billy Joel will be performing the last concert ever at Nassau Coliseum, aka “The Old Barn,” a venue that has been a part of the Island’s culture for many, many years. Joel, one of the most famous native Long Islanders, will be performing spectacular renditions of his blockbuster hits, including “Big Shot,” “An Innocent Man,” “The Longest Time,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” and of course, “Piano Man.” Don’t miss this historic performance as audiences say goodbye to this beloved “Barn” in the most fitting way possible—by celebrating its impact on Long Island and its cultural legacy. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com 8 p.m. August 4.
FOLD (Freak Out Let’s Dance) Festival Check, bet, or fold? Just kidding. This isn’t poker. This is a party! Freak the freak out with this summer festival of fun that features artists Nile Rodgers and his multi-platinum band CHIC, among other Grammy-winning musicians including Beck, Paloma Faith, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monàe, Q-Tip, Keith Urban, and Pharrell Williams sharing the stage! Duran Duran is hungry like the wolf to perform songs in support of the band’s 14th studio album Paper Gods, planned to be released on September 18th. Don’t miss out on this hot, new, and once-in-a-lifetime entertainment extravaganza! Suffolk Theatre, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $95. 6 p.m. August 4, 5.
Incubus Considered one of the most popular alternative-metal bands of all time, Incubus pride themselves on evolving their music throughout their storied career. The band has performed alongside legendary acts such as Korn, Primus, 311, Sublime, and many more. Their album Make Yourself reached double platinum, selling two million copies, and their next, Morning View, hit No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. Led by vocalist Brandon Boyd, the band’s live performances are known for their nearly identical sound to their studio recordings. Are you in? You know you’re gonna “Wish You Were Here!” Supporting acts include Deftones, Death From Above 1979 and The Bots. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $18.75-$109. 6:15 p.m. August 5.
Patti Blount This author will speak about and sign Nothing Left To Burn, a smoldering new contemporary young adult novel about love, loss and finding a place to belong. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. August 5.
—Compiled by Daniela Weinstein, Chuck Cannini, Kaitlin Gallagher, Nicholas Semelak, Ayo Fagbemi, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III
Billy Joel closes down Nassau Coliseum, Incubus rocks Jones Beach, and Weird Al Yankovic cracks up The Paramount, along with many more amazin’ concerts and events this week! Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events July 30 August 5 | Long Island News from the Long Island Press