Check It Out: February 12 To February 23

Beach Boys 2016
Beach Boys 2016

February 12
Beach Boys @ NYCB Theatre @ Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Rd., 8 p.m. $59.50, $49.50. 800-745-3000
One of the more surprising musical developments of 2012 was Brian Wilson’s return to The Beach Boys on the road and in the studio with That’s Why God Made the Radio, the band’s twenty-ninth studio album. Not only did it coincide with the group’s 50th anniversary, but it was the first to feature original material in two decades and the first recording since the 1998 death of founding member Carl Wilson. And while the band’s creative mastermind Brian Wilson even went out with the band for a slew of dates, he along with Al Jardine and David Marks was uninvited off the road by Wilson’s cousin Mike Love, who decided to return the band to the pre-reunion line-up that also includes Bruce Johnston and will be hitting Westbury’s revolving stage.

Bettye LaVette
Bettye LaVette

February 12
Bettye LaVette @ The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
720 Northern Blvd., 8 p.m. $43. 516-299-3100
When Bettye LaVette took the stage at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors to sing a show-stopping rendition of The Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me” in honor of inductees Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, it was the latest step in an improbable career resurrection. Between 2005’s Joe Henry-produced I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise and 2007’s subsequent The Scene of the Crime, (featuring back-up band Drive-By Truckers), the veteran soul singer had already laid the groundwork for her climb back into the spotlight. Her latest project, last year’s Worthy, finds her reuniting with Henry and taking on songs from the canons of Mickey Newbury, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Rosanne Cash
Rosanne Cash

February 17
Rosanne Cash @ The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
720 Northern Blvd., 8 p.m. $78, $58, $38. 516-299-3100
Coming off her last album, 2009’s all-covers project The List, Rosanne Cash returned with The River & the Thread. Always one to draw from her background and rich musical legacy, Cash continues the tradition with a group of songs that blend gospel, country, blues and rock. Aided by a number of special guests including John Paul White (The Civil Wars), Derek Trucks, John Prine and Tony Joe White, Cash’s creative instincts triumphed when she wound up sweeping the three categories her album was nominated for at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

Daryl Hall & John Oates
Daryl Hall & John Oates

February 19
Daryl Hall & John Oates @ Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza. 8 p.m. $125, $79.50, $49.50. 212-707-3131
2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Famers make their way north to the Big Apple to play the kind of hits-packed set you’d expect from one of the top-selling music duos of all time. Starting with six chart-toppers to their name that include “Rich Girl,” “Kiss on my List,” “Private Eyes” and “Out of Touch,” there’ll be enough hooks and harmonies flowing through the air to crack the veneer of even the most cynical pop lover.

Josh Ritter (Photo by Laura Wilson)
Josh Ritter
(Photo by Laura Wilson)

February 20
Josh Ritter @ the Beacon Theatre
74th Street & Broadway. 8 p.m. $49.50, $45, $39.50. 866-858-0008
One of the Americana music scene’s most enduring artists, Josh Ritter has been racking up loads of huzzahs dating back to his self-released, self-titled 1999 debut. Since that time, he’s gotten a boost from having his material tapped to use in the late HBO series, Six Feet Under, headlined Ireland (where a tribute band named Cork played nothing but Ritter compositions) and released six albums with the latest being last year’s Sermon On the Rocks.


Richard Marx
Richard Marx

February 20
Bay Shore
Richard Marx @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 W. Main St. 8 p.m. $60, $55. 631-969-1101
A true blue hit merchant, Richard Marx has the distinction of having a song he wrote or co-wrote top the charts in four different decades. His most recent, 2014’s Beautiful Goodbye, finds the Illinois native in a romantic state of mind as he melds Quiet Storm R&B, bossa nova and elements of EDM into a collection of songs sure to set the mood for a round of silk sheets and champagne.

Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert

February 23
Adam Lambert @ The Paramount
370 New York Ave. 8 p.m. $85, $75, $65, $40, $35. 631-673-7300
Controversy, thy name is Adam Lambert. After being the runner-up to Kris Allen in season eight of American Idol, Lambert became the first openly gay mainstream pop artist to release a debut on a major label by way of 2009’s, For Your Entertainment. Since then, Lambert joined forces with Brian May and Roger Taylor as Queen + Adam Lambert for a few years. (Queen bassist John Deacon has declined to participate since retiring back in 1997). Lambert has continued to be a LGBT advocate and on the recording front, reteamed with Swedish pop masterminds Max Martin and Shellback for last year’s The Original High. With Alex Newell.

Dave Gil de Rubio
In addition to being editor of theNassau Observer, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI), New York Press Association (NYPA) and Fair Media Council (FMC).

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