Check It Out: June 13 through June 15

Dar Williams
Dar Williams

June 13
Dar Williams @ The City Winery
155 Varick St., 8:30 p.m. $42, $38, $35, $30. 212-608-0555
In the past two decades, Dar Williams has taken a quiet and consistent ride to success. Not only has she been championed by folk legend Joan Baez, but Williams has gone down a few unorthodox paths including forming side project Cry Cry Cry with fellow singer-songwriters Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky. For now the Mount Kisco native is back to beating her solo drum, with the recently-released Emerald, a collection of new songs that includes collaborations with a number of friends including Richard Thompson, Jim Lauderdale, Lucy Wainwright Roche and her mother Suzzy Roche, The Hooters and Jill Sobule, the latter of which will be opening up tonight’s show.

Graham Parker and the Rumour
Graham Parker and the Rumour

June 13
Graham Parker & the Rumour @ Highline Ballroom
431 W. 16th St. 7:30 p.m. $50. 212-414-5994.
Forever in the shadow of fellow late ‘70s angry young man Elvis Costello, in recent years Graham Parker has embraced his inner maverick by signing with Chicago-based insurgent country imprint Bloodshot Records and releasing a quartet of solid outings including the most recent, 2010’s Imaginary Television. Parker took a bold step by reuniting with all five original members of The Rumour the following year and not only playing himself a version of himself in the 2012 Judd Apatow film This Is 40 with the Rumour along for the ride, but wound up releasing the most excellent Three Chords Good that same year. Three years on, Parker and The Rumour are back at it with the recently released Mystery Glue, a follow-up that continues to be a return to form for all parties involved. With Lowell Thompson.


CheckItOut_061215.DavidBrombergQuintetJune 13
Westhampton Beach
David Bromberg Quintet @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
76 Main St., 8 p.m. $75, $55, $40. 631- 288-1500
Nowadays known for being a world-renowned luthier and violin maker, multi-talented instrumentalist David Bromberg reappeared back in 2007 with Try Me One More Time, an all-acoustic solo set of blues and folk songs. While the album earned a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy nomination, it apparently helped spark Bromberg’s return from a nearly two-decade long self-imposed hiatus from playing and recording that found him running an instrument repair shop in Wilmington, Del. The year 2013 saw the Philadelphia native’s comeback further along the path with the release of last year’s Larry Campbell-produced Only Slightly Mad, which features Bromberg mixing originals with his spin on songs by Bill Monroe, Blind Willie Johnson, Floyd Cramer and Big Bill Broonzy.

Sonny Landreth
Sonny Landreth

June 13
Bay Shore
Sonny Landreth @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 W. Main St. 8 p.m. $45, $40. 631-969-1101
Nothing quite says Louisiana and slide guitar like the extremely talented Sonny Landreth. A virtuoso who started out playing for zydeco legend Clifton Chenier, Landreth has gone on to become a longstanding member of John Hiatt’s Goners and worked with John Mayall and Allen Toussaint. 2004 proved to be a good year for Landreth despite his album, The Road We’re On, losing the Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy to Etta James. Much like the contents found on Bound By the Blues, the new studio album by this native Mississippian, this Boulton Center show will be chock full of six-string fireworks provided by Landreth’s formidable slide-guitar skills. (Also appearing on June 14 at The City Winery, 155 Varick St. NYC. 212-608-0555.

CheckItOut_061215.RMMConcertJune 13
RMM Combinación Perfecta Salsa Concert @ Barclays Center
620 Atlantic Ave. 7:30 p.m. $236.15, $151.45, $106.55, $82.60, $72.35, $. 917-618-6700
What better way to prep for the Puerto Rican Day Parade that’s going to be held in New York City the next day than to dive headlong into an evening chock full of salsa’s greatest living artists. This bill promises to get plenty of hips shaking thanks to this array of stars: Oscar D’Leon, Tito Nieves, India, Ismael Miranda, Domingo Quiñones, Jose Alberto “El Canario”, Tony Vega, Ray Sepulveda, Johnny Rivera, Frankie Negrón and Eddie Santiago with special invited guests Willie Colon, Elvis Crespo and Charlie Aponte. This promises to be a memorable night for true tropical music fans that embrace the history, culture and longevity of great music and show stopping performances that are timeless.


Dashboard Confessional
Dashboard Confessional

Third Eye Blind 2015
Third Eye Blind 2015

June 14
Third Eye Blind & Dashboard Confessional @ Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater
1000 Ocean Pkwy, 7 p.m. $54.75, $13.25. 800-745-3000
For whatever reason, ’90s post-grunge rockers Third Eye Blind have a rabid college following despite the fact that the band’s last studio album came out six years ago. And while frontman Stephan Jenkins is best know for possessing an eccentric personality informed by a healthy ego, (having dated Charlize Theron at one point will do that for you), he’s galvanized TEB into switching gears and finally releasing Dopamine, the band’s fifth studio album and first in six years. So expect a mix of the new along along with favorites like “Semi-Charmed Life,” “How’s It Going to Be” and “Jumper.” Coheadling the show is Dashboard Confessional, (aka Chris Carrabba), who made a name for himself as the sensitive singer-songwriter of the emo scene.

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Bay Shore
James Cotton @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 W. Main St. 7 p.m. $45, $40. 631-969-1101
One of the last great blues harpists still left standing, James Cotton has played and been sought out by a number of legendary names including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf , Janis Joplin, Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, the Grateful Dead, B.B. King, Freddie King, Taj Mahal and Santana to name a few. And while touring is a constant in his life, Cotton has been relatively active in the studio in the past few years with the most recent outing being 2013’s Blind and Blues Bound.

Reel Big Fish
Reel Big Fish


Less Than Jake
Less Than Jake

June 15
Less Than Jake & Reel Big Fish @ The Paramount
370 New York Ave. 7:30 p.m. $65.25, $34.75. 631-673-7300
One of the more prolific third-wave ska bands since emerging in 1992, Less Than Jake has released eight albums, opened for Bon Jovi and drummer Vinnie Fiorello was a co-founder of the way influential indie imprint Fueled By Ramen. So for a legion of ’90s pop-punk and ska fans, this is a bill made in heaven thanks to the involvement of co-headliners who enjoyed some mainstream success with the 1997 hit “Sellout” and have piled up a nice string of albums with the most recent being the 2014 EP Happy Skalidays.

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Dave Gil de Rubio
In addition to being editor of Massapequa Observer and Hicksville News, 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).

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