Check It Out: June 18-24

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Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams

June 19
Westbury
Lucinda Williams @ The Space at Westbury
250 Post Ave. 8 p.m. $60, $40 DOS. 800-745-3000
www.thespaceatwestbury.com
Light and frothy has never been Lucinda Williams’ way, so it’s no surprise that on her tenth studio outing, 2011’s Blessed, dark subject matter dominates and makes for the kind of compelling material that’s been a constant from Williams throughout her career. Most recently, this ability to convey personal tribulations into song has found her touching on everything from the personal pain of toxic relationships to the passing of a parent. So it goes this time around with the inspired bliss of her 2009 marriage to Tom Overby sharing space with swaggering kiss-offs to former flames and the mourning of both her former manager Frank Callari and late friend Vic Chesnutt. Arguably one of the few current artists able to ascend to the rare strata inhabited by modern-day Dylan, this rootsy American queen will be sharing her musical gifts during this multiple-date swing through our area. With the Kenneth Brian Band. (Also appearing on June 21 @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. 631- 288-1500 www.whbpac.org)

June 19
Huntington
Kenny Wayne Shepherd/Robert Randolph & the Family Band @ The Paramount
370 New York Ave. 8 p.m. $81.75, $65, $60, $49, $37. 631-673-7300
www.theparamountny.com
One of the most exciting live performers thanks to his having spent his early years rocking out in the church, Robert Randolph and his Family Band are sure to raise the roof at The Paramount. Spurred on by the release of his third studio album, last year’s Lickety Split, pedal steel guitar wizard Randolph will be providing plenty of funk-a-fied frisson and Crescent City sass to a set that will undoubtedly include covers of the Ohio Players (“Love Rollercoaster”) and The Rascals (“Good Lovin’”). Upping the musical ante is co-headliner Kenny Wayne Shepherd, whose early origins as a Stevie Ray Vaughan heir apparent has more recently given way to his newest effort Goin’ Home, in which he pays tribute to musical heroes Muddy Waters, Albert King, Magic Sam and of course, Vaughan.

June 20
Westbury
Hot Tuna & Leon Russell @ NYCB Theatre @ Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Rd., 8 p.m. $52, $52. 877-598-8497
www.livenation.com
What we have here is two old-school tastes for the price of one. Initially starting out as a Jefferson Airplane side-project, Hot Tuna evolved into Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady being constants dating back to the early ‘70s. Since reforming in 1986, the band has alternated going on the road as either a plugged-in or acoustic act. Whereas white-haired Okie Russell is experiencing a bit of a career revival thanks to Elton John, who co-recorded 2010’s The Union with him. The revival continues with the recent release of Life Journey, wherein Russell the consummate song stylist throws in a couple of originals to go along with a string of classics including “Georgia On My Mind,” “New York State of Mind,” “Come On In My Kitchen,” “Fever” and “That Lucky Old Sun.”

 

Rufus Wainwright
Rufus Wainwright

June 20
Westhampton Beach
Rufus Wainwright @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
76 Main St., 8 p.m. $140, $100, $60. 631- 288-1500
www.whbpac.org
No one can ever accuse Rufus Wainwright of lacking ambition. In recent years, he’s gone from reprising Judy Garland’s landmark 1961 concert via Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall to most recently composing and staging the French-sung Prima Donna, Wainwright’s first attempt at composing an opera. His most recent, 2012’s Out of the Game, was produced by Mark Ronson and finds Wainwright delving into glam-rock influences David Bowie, Queen and Elton John with help from Sean Lennon, Wilco and sister Martha.

The Mavericks
The Mavericks

June 20
Westbury
The Mavericks @ The Space at Westbury
250 Post Ave. 8 p.m. $65, $45 $35. 800-745-3000
www.thespaceatwestbury.com
Far more than a mere country singer, Mavericks frontman Raul Malo possesses the kind of range that can have him going from a Sinatra-flavored croon to an Orbison-flavored warble while easily moving from pop and soul to salsa. So it was no wonder that his decision to reunite with his old band in 2012 was met with great acclaim. One of the results was last year’s This Time, the group’s sixth studio album. More Los Lobos than Luke Bryan, the infusion of Tex-Mex and Cuban influences continued Malo and company’s penchant for putting a twist on mainstream country music.

John Doe
John Doe

June 20
Brooklyn
John Doe & His Band @ The Bell House
149 7th St., 8 p.m. $15. 718-643-6510
www.thebellhouseny.com
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that John Doe doesn’t epitomize cool. With his lanky frame, worn visage and a renaissance man’s approach to creativity that’s found him getting his kicks as an actor, poet and leader of the almighty X, Doe effortlessly comes off as the kind of character guys and gals want to hang out with for radically different reasons. Sharp-eyed cinephiles will recognize him from roles in Boogie Nights, Georgia and Road House, while music fans wax poetic over classic songs that he’s had a hand in writing like “Los Angeles,” “The World’s a Mess; It’s In My Kiss” and “See How We Are.” With Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion.

Von Voigt
Von Voigt

June 21
Williamsburg
Von Voigt @ The Trash Bar
256 Grand St. 8 p.m. $8. 718-599-1000
www.thetrashbar.com

It’s not often that you have a band that combines the pure theatrical entertainment of Queen with the balls-to-the-wall rocking of AC/DC, with a little Van Halen swagger thrown in for good measure. But such is the case with Von Voigt, a battle-tested quartet with an international pedigree. Frontman and band namesake Tommy Von Voigt has already logged time with Bad Magistrate and Vans Warped Tour faves Anti Anti and Swiss guitarist Nicolas Ruibal was shredding long and hard with South American cult band Call it Collision while the rhythm section of noted studio bassist Enrique Mancia whose is Honduran by way of Spain and drum-playing tsunami Ryo Tanaka, whose musical origins are mysteriously unknown, hold down the bottom end. It all adds up to a multi-sensory experience that can only really be summed up as being the Axis of Awesomeness. (Also appearing on June 25 at @ Revolution Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd. Amityville. 631-264-7712 www.revolutionli.com)

Paramore
Paramore

June 21
Wantagh
Fall Out Boy/Paramore/New Politics/The Maine @ Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater
1000 Ocean Pkwy, 7 p.m. $120, $95.05, $83.20, $61.50, $51. 800-745-3000
www.jonesbeach.com
Pop punk is the main course here as the favorite sons of Wilmette, Ill. Have reformed behind last year’s Save Rock and Roll, the band’s first album in five years, Fall Out Boy bounced back to the tune of a char-topping album that included guest appearances by Courtney Love, Elton John, Foxes and Big Sean. Meanwhile, Paramore continued rebounding from a 2010 lineup shakeup with last year’s self-titled outing, the band’s fourth studio album overall. Not only was it a chart-topping, (the band’s first), but it yielded a quartet of singles—“Now,” “Still Into You,” “Daydreaming” and “Ain’t It Fun.”

Zac Brown
Zac Brown

June 21
Forest Hills
Zac Brown Band @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
1 Tennis Place
6 p.m. $89.50, $79.50. www.foresthillsstadium.com
Periodically there are artists that come along and shake things up in the cookie cutter world of contemporary country music. Think the Outlaws (Cash, Nelson, Jennings, Kristofferson), Lylve Lovett, k.d. Lang, Steve Earle, The Mavericks—and add Zac Brown to the list. A rare Music Row darling despite the fact that he liberally throws in elements of bluegrass, reggae and rock into his twangy soup, Brown has already started racking up Grammys, ACMs and CMAs. That said, he’s bringing his Great American Road Trip Tour to the sleepy burg of Queens for this rare show in Forest Hills.

June 21
NYC
Diana Ross @The Theater @ Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza. 8 p.m. $149.50, $99.50, $59.50. 212-707-3131
www.thegarden.com

Yet another Motown legend touring behind past triumphs versus current successes, Diana Ross is seemingly extending her 2010 tour, “More Today Than Yesterday: The Greatest Hits Tour,” which seems like a bit of an oxymoron. And while rumors circulate of tracks floating around produced and written by Mary J. Blige, nothing has surfaced. In the meantime, expect to hear plenty of Supremes and solo Diana fare including “Reflections,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “Love Child,” “The Look of Love,” “I’m Coming Out,” “Upside Down” and “Ease On Down the Road.”

June 22
Huntington
Summerland Tour 2014: Everclear/Soul Asylum/Eve 6/SpaceHog @ The Paramount
370 New York Ave. 7:30 p.m. $71.50, $54.50, $49, $46. 631-673-7300
www.theparamountny.com
It’s the ’90s all over again as alt-pop rockers Everclear (“Santa Monica,” “Father of Mine” “Wonderful”), Soul Asylum (“Black Gold,” “Someone To Shove”), Eve 6 (“Inside Out,” “Here’s To the Night”) and Space Hog (“In the Meantime”) bring the grunge to Huntington.

Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie

June 25
Wantagh
Lionel Richie/Cee Lo Green @ Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater
1000 Ocean Pkwy, 6:45 p.m. $171.50, $117.65, $60.50, $52.50, $27. 800-745-3000
www.jonesbeach.com
While it seems as if Lionel Richie was in the Witness Protection Program for most of the past two decades, (with the exception of TMZ-like hiccups by daughter Nicole), the man was in fact still recording. That is until he took a page out of his Kenny Rogers playbook and recorded a duets album with a number of contemporary country music artists on 2012’s Tuskegee. End result?— His first Number 1 Billboard Top 200 album in 25 years. No surprise that Richie is using his commercial capital to embark on the “All the Hits All Night Long” tour with help from Gnarls Barkley founding member and former Voice judge Cee Lo Green.

 

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In addition to being editor of Garden City Life and Syosset-Jericho Tribune, 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).