Check It Out: June 19 To June 25

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Duncan Sheik
Duncan Sheik

June 19
Westhampton Beach
Duncan Sheik @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
76 Main St., 8 p.m. $65, $60, $55. 631- 288-1500
www.whbpac.org
A singer-songwriter who immediately wound up commercially success out of the gate thanks to how well his 1996 single “Barely Breathing” did, Duncan Sheik wound up finding himself achieving even greater success when he started working on theatrical projects. Among the productions the New Jersey native worked on were the Whisper House, William Shakespeares Twelfth Night, American Psycho and Spring Awakening, for which Sheik wound up winning a Tony and a Grammy. With Jeff LeBlanc.

 

Van Morrison
Van Morrison

June 19
Forest Hills
Van Morrison @ Forest Hills Stadium
1 Tennis Place. 7 p.m. $200.60, $155.60, $115.60, $90.60, $70.60
www.foresthillsstadium.com
Throughout his solo career, Van Morrison has been a creative dynamo—churning out albums at an almost annual rate. The price he’s paid, particularly in recent years, is a homogenous blandness to his material that’s been the aftereffect of his being so prolific. Add to that his being classic rock’s prolific equivalent to Prince. Add in the Belfast Cowboy’s reputation for being one of those legendary performers whose shows are very much a hit-or-miss affair depending on the man’s mood. And while he’s slowed the recording pace down in recent years, (the recently released Duets: Re-working the Catalogue is his first since 2012’s Born to Sing: No Plan B), no telling which Van is going to show up. This Forest Hills Stadium gig is his only North American concert appearance this year, so there’s that. With the James Hunter Six.

The Subdudes
The Subdudes

June 19
Bay Shore
Subdudes @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 W. Main St. 8 p.m. $65, $60. 631-969-1101
www.boultoncenter.org
Not unlike its New Orleans brethren The Radiators, the Subdudes is a much in-demand crew on the jam-band circuit whose sound draws from a mix of roots rock, funk, R&B, gospel and blues. While the band’s last studio outing was 2009’s Flower Petals, the ‘dudes have always been road dogs and as such, will be swinging through the area with a unique setup that finds them replacing the drummer’s slot with a tambourine player.

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

June 19 & 20, 22 & 23
NYC
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga @ Radio City Music Hall
1260 Sixth Ave., 8 p.m. $150. $99, $79.50, $59.50. 866-858-0008
www.radiocity.com
With his legacy firmly secured in both the worlds of art and music, Tony Bennett hasn’t stopped working even at the advance age of 88. Having recorded a number of duets records that have found him sharing the mic with a number of significantly younger artists ranging from Marc Anthony, Gloria Estean and Christina Aguilera to k.d. Lang, Aretha Franklin and Amy Winehouse, he’s continued down the same path with Lady Gaga. The duo are touring behind last year’s Cheek to Cheek and while Gaga’s outrageous appearance may people to scratch their heads over this pairing, the fact that the gal born Stefani Germanotta actually has conservatory training and has more than held her own next to the legendary crooner.

Peter Ulrich
Peter Ulrich

June 20
NYC
The Peter Ulrich Collaboration @ Webster Hall
125 East 11th St. 7 p.m. $15. 212-260-4700
www.websterhall.com
The Peter Ulrich Collaboration is helmed by Peter Ulrich, the renown former percussionist for the iconic Dead Can Dance and a contributor to the UK post-punk supergroup, This Mortal Coil. Ulrich’s appearance in the Marlin Room venueZ—in support of The Peter Ulrich Collaboration’s new album, Tempus Fugitives—marks the beginning of his triumphant return to the live stage as a headliner. The music of The Peter Ulrich Collaboration—a mini-orchestra of superb musicians and vocalists featuring more than a dozen instruments—is a mix of folk rock, psychedelic rock and world music, spiced by Steampunk and Gothic references and recalling, of course, the beautifully constructed soundscapes of Dead Can Dance. In addition to music from Tempus Fugitives, the Marlin Hall performance will feature music from The Peter Ulrich Collaboration’s 2014 debut album, The Painted Caravan. With Erin Hill, Frenchy & the Punk.

Bill
Bill

June 20
NYC
Billy Joel @ Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza. 8 p.m. $124.50, $104.50, $64.50. 212-707-3131
www.thegarden.com
Billy Joel continues to keep doing things his way. While fans will continue to hope and wish for new studio material, the Long Island native has been content to get his musical jones by playing live. Since the beginning of last year, he’s been playing a residency gig at Madison Square Garden that’s found him playing once a month indefinitely. Outside of maybe seeing him around the Gold Coast or running into him taking in an elementary school concert in Glen Cove, this is your best bet to get a Piano Man fix.

CheckItOut_061915.SoulAsylum.MeatPuppetsJune 20
Brooklyn
Soul Asylum & Meat Puppets @ Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave. 8:30 p.m. $20. 718-963-3369
www.brooklynbowl.com
While oftentimes lumped in as post-grunge by the unknowing due to the timing of both groups’ commercial success, the duo on this double-bill in fact trace their roots back to the pre-grunge ‘80s. Soul Asylum, which was formally known as Loud Fast Rules, returned in 2012 with Delayed Reaction, which not only represented Soul Asylum’s first studio album in six years, but the first without founding member/bassist Karl Mueller, who died of cancer in June 2005 and whose role was then filled by ex-Replacement Tommy Stinson. As for the Meat Puppets, 2013 saw the band quietly continued soldiering on with the release of Rat Farm, the band’s 14th studio effort, a collection of songs that found the Puppets once again trafficking in quirky country-rock and melodically-kissed psychedelic pop. Both bands have always played live shows with the kind of hunger and abandon noticeably lacking in latter-day pretenders like Train and Matchbox Twenty. (Also appearing on June 22 at Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St. NYC. 866-858-0008 www.boweryballroom.com.)

CheckItOut_061915.WidespreadPanicUmphreysMcGeeJune 20
Wantagh
Widespread Panic & Umphrey’s McGee @ Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater
1000 Ocean Pkwy, 6 p.m. $50, $40, $25, $20, $10. 800-745-3000
www.jonesbeach.com
Often mentioned in the same breath as Phish, the Athens outfit has been plying its trade since 1986. In addition holding the record for the number of sold-out performances at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the Panic has also dropped 11 studio efforts with the latest being 2010’s Dirty Side Down. Midwesterners Umphrey’s McGee and its brand of progressive improvisation coheadline and will undoubtedly be dipping heavily into last year’s Similar Skin along its follow-up The London Session, which was recorded in one day at Abbey Road Studios. With TAUK.

D'Angelo
D’Angelo

June 21
Forest Hills
D’Angelo @ Forest Hills Stadium
1 Tennis Place. 5:40 p.m. $122.50, $117.50, $92.50, $72.50, $52.50, $42.50.
www.foresthillsstadium.com
If R&B had a hermetic equivalent to J.D. Salinger, it would be D’Angelo. After riding the crest of the neo-soul wave in the ‘90s, he wound up going underground voluntarily after releasing two albums. Throughout the 15 years that followed the release of his 2000 sophomore bow Voodoo, the Virginia native was spotted around with threats of a third album being ready to drop imminently. He finally kept his promised when he abruptly released Black Messiah in the middle of December 2014, a record that’s earned comparisons to Sly Stone’s There’s A Riot Going On and Prince’s Sign o’ the Times. With his band The Vanguard, D’Angelo promises to be tearing it up at Forest Hills Stadium along with help from firebrand guitarist Gary Clark, Jr. and up-and-coming Australian R&B singer-songwriter Meg Mac.

Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams

June 22 & 23
NYC
Bryan Adams @ the Beacon Theatre
74th Street & Broadway. 8 p.m. $125, $99, $75, $59, $49. 866-858-0008
www.beacontheatre.com
His heyday may have been the ’80s and ’90s, but Bryan Adams has continued to spread his creative wings considerably, even if he’s found his name used to rankle alt-country icon Ryan Adams at concerts by mischievous fans. The Canadian Adams has most recently found work as a high fashion photographer, shooting for an impressive array of publications including British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Interview Magazine. And while last year saw the Ontario native touring behind The Tracks of My Years, a collection of favorite covers originally recorded by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson and Creedence Clearwater Revival, this year he’s giving some love to his fourth studio outing and 1984 breakthrough album Reckless, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.

John Fogerty (Photo by Nela Koenig)
John Fogerty
(Photo by Nela Koenig)

June 24
NYC
John Fogerty @ Radio City Music Hall
1260 Sixth Ave., 8 p.m. $159.50, $109.50, $79.50, $69.50. 866-858-0008
www.radiocity.com
No denying that John Fogerty’s career path has gone through quite a number of significant peaks and valleys. The highs (Creedence Clearwater Revival and an equally impressive solo career) have definitely outweighed the lows (his bitter parting with Fantasy Records and the equally acrimonious split of his group) and at the age of 70, he’s still creating the kind of magical roots rock synonymous with his time leading CCR. The old master hasn’t lost anything off his fastball—there’s plenty of chooglin’ rhythms, twang-o-riffic guitar and the kind of socially-outraged songwriting reminiscent of “Fortunate Son” that’s ironically found him back with Fantasy Records, CCR’s original label that Fogerty had been feuding with up until ownership changed and he was invited back. And with an October memoir due to be released later in the year, expect a reinvigorated interest in all things Fogerty.

Rhett Miller
Rhett Miller

June 24
NYC
Rhett Miller @ The City Winery
155 Varick St., 8 p.m. $35, $32, $28, $25. 212-608-0555
www.citywinery.com
Within the confines of his group The Old 97’s, Rhett Miller dives headlong into the twangy, y’alternative side of the pool. Venturing out on his own, Miller has had a penchant for gorgeous, melodic alt-pop that’s hinted at in his main gig. For the recently released The Traveler, the native Texan has reembraced his country music roots and brought Black Prairie (a group featuring members of The Decemberists) along for the ride. With Nicole Atkins.

 

Madeleine Peyroux
Madeleine Peyroux

June 24
Bay Shore
Madeleine Peyroux @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 W. Main St. 8 p.m. $65, $60. 631-969-1101
www.boultoncenter.org
Blessed with a smoky phrasing that seems like she’s channeling Billie Holiday, Madeleine Peyroux has been languishing in Norah Jones’ shadow despite preceding Jones by a few years. Six albums into her career, she’s interpreted Holiday, Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith and Serge Gainsbourg, while her own song “Don’t Wait Too Long” was at the centerpiece of a long-running Dockers ad. With 2013’s The Blue Room being her last foray into the studio, attendees can only hope that the Georgia native is out road-testing new material. (Also appearing on June 29 at The City Winery, 155 Varick St. NYC. 212-608-0555. www.citywinery.com.)

Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams

June 25
Prospect Park
Lucinda Williams @ Celebrate Brooklyn @ the Prospect Park Bandshell
Prospect Park W. @ Ninth St., 7:30 p.m. Free. 800-745-3000
www.bricartsmedia.org
The passing years have been kind to Lucinda Williams, be it in the deepening resonance of her newer material or how great she looks for a 62-year-old chick. Currently on an independent label and loving life, the rootsy Americana queen is out in support of her most recent project, the 2-CD set Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, a collection of songs that further cement her legacy of ascending to the rare strata inhabited by modern-day Dylan. With Jason Walker.

 

Buster Poindexter
Buster Poindexter

 

June 25
NYC
Buster Poindexter @ The City Winery
155 Varick St., 7:30 p.m. $32, $28, $25, $22. 212-608-0555
www.citywinery.com
The pseudonym of iconic New York Dolls frontman David Johansen, Poindexter is the quintessential lounge lizard, complete with martini glass, Borscht Belt patter and a deep well of songs that embrace everything from Rat Pack standards to the soca anthem “Hot, Hot, Hot.”

Chrisette Michelle
Chrisette Michelle

June 25
NYC
Chrisette Michelle @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
237 West 42nd St. 7:30 p.m. $39.50 adv. $45 DOS. 212-997-4144
www.bbkingblues.com
While Chrisette Michelle got her start as a hip-hop soul singer, 2013 saw her bouncing from Def Jam to Motown for Better, her fourth studio album. And while last year saw her drop the EP The Lyricists’ Opus, in recent years, she’s taken a break from numerous guest shots on hip hop albums and returned to her jazz roots. During this night of the Blue Note Jazz Festival, Michelle will undoubtedly be paying tribute to her three biggest influences: Ella Fitzgerald, Holiday and Sarah Vaughan.

Bette Midler
Bette Midler

June 25 & 26
NYC
Bette Midler @ Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza. 8 p.m. $312, $162, $87, $47. 212-707-3131
www.thegarden.com
If there’s anyone capable of swooping into town and playing a trio of huge arena shows within the span of a week without batting an eyelash, it would be the Divine Miss M. Inbetween juggling work in film and touring, Midler manages to squeeze out records and achieve milestones be it via her work on the soundtrack to The Rose or hitting the quintessential one-two punch of schmaltz via “The Wind Beneath My Wings” and her reading of Julie Gold’s “From a Distance.” Last year saw the Hawaiian native dive deep into the world of girl groups and emerging with It’s The Girls, where she tackled numbers associated with the likes of The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Supremes, The Shangri-Las, The Marvelettes, Martha & the Vandellas, The Chordettes and even TLC. Appropriately enough, this set of shows is part of the 2015 Divine Interpretation Tour. (Also appearing on June 29 at Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn. 917-618-6700 www.barclayscenter.com.)

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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).

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