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Valerie June
Valerie June

June 27
Shovels & Rope/Valerie June @ the Prospect Park Bandshell
Prospect Park W. @ Ninth St., 7 p.m. Free. 800-745-3000

Purveyors of rootsy, old-timey music are highly urged to go check out this double-bill. South Carolina’s Shovels & Rope is made up of the husband-and-wife team of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. Like fellow duos The White Stripes and Black Keys, S&R have a raw punk-folk sound that uses elements of blues, country and bluegrass to great effect. And while 2012’s O’ Be Joyful was the twosome’s last foray into the studio, Swimmin’ Time is the forthcoming follow-up due to drop in August. As for Valerie June, she was a mainstay on plenty of 2013 Best of Lists thanks to last year’s Pushin’ Against a Stone, which found her working with Dan Auerbach of the Keys and Booker T. Jones and conjuring a wonderful blend of gospel, blues and Appalachian folk through the course of a dozen songs.

Tito Puente, Jr.
Tito Puente, Jr.

June 27
Tito Puente, Jr./Bernard Purdie @ The Suffolk Theater
118 E. Main St. 8 p.m. $25. 631-727-4343

Dubbed a jazz summit, this pairing features Tito Puente, Jr., the progeny of the namesake King of Salsa, who has carried on the musical tradition by playing much of his father’s repertoire. Joining the younger Puente is Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, a jazz-funk great on the traps whose résumé includes a time spent as Aretha Franklin’s musical director in the early ’70s as well as time spent playing sessions behind an array of artists such as Louis Armstrong, Gato Barbieri, James Brown and Dizzy Gillespie.

Chrisette Michele
Chrisette Michele

June 27
Chrisette Michele @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
237 West 42nd St. 7:30 p.m. $35 adv. $40 DOS. 212-997-4144

While Chrisette Michelle got her start as a hip-hop soul singer, last year saw her bouncing from Def Jam to Motown for Better, her fourth studio album. 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.

Jane Monheit
Jane Monheit

June 27
Bay Shore
Jane Monheit Duo @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 W. Main St. 8 p.m. $40, $35. 631-969-1101

One of America’s most highly regarded jazz artists, Jane Monheit is touring behind her ninth and most recent studio album, last year’s The Heart of the Matter. On it, with drum-playing hubby Rick Montalbano, Monheit cast a wide net in these dozen songs that include covers of The Beatles, Mel Torme, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Joe Raposo. As such, consider this gig a sort of homecoming for Monheit who counts nearby Oakdale as her hometown.

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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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