The Lone Bellow @ the Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 N. Sixth St. 9 p.m. $25. 212-486-5400
One of the more impressive acts to emerge from the hipster environs of Brooklyn is the Lone Bellow. The alt-country threesome made a decent splash thanks to its 2013 self-titled debut. These 11 songs served as an outlet for guitar playing singer-songwriter Zach Williams, whose life had been rocked by an accident his wife had that left her temporarily paralyzed from the neck down. While she’s thankfully recovered, the emotional fragility of the experience found Williams penning gems like “Two Sides of Lonely,” “You Never Need Nobody” and “Tree to Grow. ” The trio is back with its sophomore bow Then Came the Morning, which dropped back in January. With Odessa.
Neil Diamond @ Barclays Center
620 Atlantic Ave. 8 p.m. $175, $65, $30. 917-618-6700
The Jewish Elvis Presley has managed to avoid oldies status despite having a huge back-catalog of songs including “Cherry Cherry,” “Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon,” “Song Sung Blue” and “America.” While he’s had a creative rebirth while working on a trio of consecutive albums with producer Rick Rubin (who worked wonders giving the late-era career of Johnny Cash a shot in the arm), Diamond left longtime employer Columbia Records for the greener pastures of Capitol. The result was last year’s Melody Road, the Brooklyn native’s debut for his new label, 32nd studio album and first with the superstar producer combo of Don Was and Jacknife Lee.
Karla Bonoff @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 W. Main St. 8 p.m. $40, $35. 631-969-1101
Emerging from the fertile southern California soft rock scene of the ‘70s, Karla Bonoff actually predated the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles as part of the legendary folk-rock supergroup Bryndle (rounded out by the late Kenny Edwards, Andrew Gold and Wendy Waldman). Over the years, Bonoff established herself as a respected singer-songwriter, thanks to her ongoing contributions to the Rondstadt canon starting with the 1976 album Hasten Down the Wind (“Someone To Lay Down Beside Me,” “If He’s Ever Near,” “Lose Again”). Later on, Bonoff’s talents wound up on albums by Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna and Ronstadt again, who wound up winning a Grammy for her duet with Aaron Neville on Bonoff’s “All My Life.” While Bonoff’s last album was the 2007 double-CD Live, her newest project finds her as part of an array of artists that include Keb’ Mo’, Lucinda Williams, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley, Indigo Girls and David Lindley, who’ll be paying homage to Jackson Browne on the forthcoming release, Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne.
Barry Manilow @ Nassau Coliseum
Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., 7:30 p.m. $268.10, $145.30, $94.15, $32.75. 866-448-7849
The quintessential guilty pleasure, Barry Manilow may be the kind of innocuous talent who’s not only a favorite of Jewish grandmothers anywhere, but a mainstay of morning talk shows (even if Elizabeth Hasselback’s conservative perspectives caused him to beg off The View in recent years). Having played a 2-year residency at Las Vegas’ Paris Hotel in recent years, Manilow has been back out on the road and in the studio. His most recent effort was last October’s My Dream Duets, which features the Manilow-meister going into the studio with recordings of a string of deceased vocalists including Marilyn Monroe, Whitney Houston, Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, John Denver and Dusty Springfield. On a local note, his Manilow Music Foundation will also be donating a piano to the Uniondale School District during the show. To find out more about that story, please click here. With Dave Koz.
Angie Stone @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
237 West 42nd St. 7:30 p.m. $39.50 adv. $45 DOS. 212-997-4144
When Angie Stone cut The Art of Love and War, her 2007 debut for the resurrected Stax imprint, who knew she’d nab a 2008 Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals thanks to the Betty Wright duet “Baby?” In the time since, Stone has appeared in some theatrical productions, been part of the Faith Evans-produced reality show R&B Divas and dropped two more albums, including her most recent, 2012’s Rich Girl. With Bradd Marquis.
Budos Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave. 9 p.m. $17 adv. $19 DOS. 718-963-3369
While Stax had Booker T. and The MGs, Motown had The Funk Brothers and FAME Studios had the Muscle Shoals crew, Daptone Records leans heavily on the Budos Band. The Brooklyn-based funk and soul imprint, whose stable of artists includes Lee Fields, Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley, leans heavily on this nonet, which plays a self-named brand of music called Afro-Soul. Over the past decade, The Budos Band’s mix of Afro-beat, funk, jazz and soul has yielded an EP and four full-length albums including the most recent, last year’s Burnt Offering.
Galactic @ Best Buy Theater
1515 Broadway, 9 p.m. $32.50. 212-930-1950
New Orleans Jazz funksters extraordinaire will bring their new less-is-more approach of jamming to Manhattan. Galactic, led by reknowned drummer Stanton Moore, has collaborated with a wide range of collaborators ranging from hip-hop production guru Dan the Automater and the Rebirth Brass Band to Allen Toussaint and Trombone Shorty. And while 2004 saw the departure of vocalist Theryl “Houseman” DeClouet, making Galactic an all-instrumental outfit for a number of years, Living Colour’s Corey Glover has sporadically served as the group’s frontman since 2010. Galactic’s last studio outing, 2012’s Carnivale Electricos, found the band continuing its collaborative ways by working with the likes of Cyril and Ivan Neville, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and the KIPP Renaissance High School Marching Band. With The Revivalists on Friday and BoomBox on Saturday. (Also appearing on March 28.)
The Moody Blues @ NYCB Theatre @ Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Rd., 8 p.m. $96.50, $74.50, $63. 877-598-8497
One of the longest-running acts in the music industry, the Moodies went from being a 1964-era blues-based outfit and eventually became one of prog-rock’s most enduring bands thanks to seminal songs including “Nights in White Satin,” “The Story in Your Eyes,” “The Voice” and “Your Wildest Dreams.” With Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge still keeping the flame alive, the Moody Blues have managed to maintain a loyal, generation-spanning fan base and will most certainly be out in force for this trio of intimate dates at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. To read a full story on the band, please click here. To find out Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward’s favorite albums, please click here. (Appearing through March 29.)
Mary Gauthier & David Wilcox @ Landmark on Main Street
223 Main St. 8 p.m. $47, $42, $37. 516-767-6444
Landmark on Main Street has always had a reputation for booking great singer-songwriter double-bills and this is no exception. Southern chanteuse Mary Gauthier is a Massachusetts resident by way of New Orleans who only wrote her first song at the age of 35 after attending the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and opening a Cajun restaurant in Boston’s Back Bay area. Since releasing her 1997 debut Dixie Kitchen, Gauthier has put out eight studio albums (including last year’s Trouble and Love) and had her material recorded by a broad array of artists including Blake Shelton, Candi Staton, Mike Farris, Bettye Lavette and Jimmy Buffett. Wilcox is no slouch either, having spent stints on major label A&M Records and indie imprint What Are Records? while drawing comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake and John Gorka.
10,000 Maniacs @ Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
431 E. Main St. 7 p.m. $35 adv. $45 DOS. 631-208-9200
For most people, Natalie Merchant twirling in a peasant dress is the image they have when you mention the name 10,000 Maniacs. But Merchant has been gone since 1993, yet the Jamestown, NY outfit has soldiered on with founding member Steven Gustafson leading the way along with longtime fellow Maniac Jerry Augustyniak. Fast forward to 2015 and the quintet is still out on the road and have just added fellow Jamestown native and multi-instrumentalist Amanda Barton to the fold. Folks heading out to the Aquarium for this unique show will undoubtedly be getting a taste of the Maniacs’ forthcoming new album, Twice Told Tales, that features 13 traditional folk songs from the British Isles that influenced the band.
They Might Be Giants @ the Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 N. Sixth St. 8 p.m. $25. 212-486-5400
Given how They Might Be Giants have been bouncing between quirky alt-pop progenitors of hooky songs like “Don’t Let’s Start” and “Birdhouse In Your Soul” and kid’s music albums like the most recent, 2009’s Here Comes Science, it’s oftentimes hard to say which version of TMBG will be showing up at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. For this particular outing, expect playfulness and childlike wonder from the band’s two Johns, Flansburgh and Linnell, along with the intelligence and sense of humor normally found in the songs they’ll be playing off the duo’s self-titled 1986 debut, Dial-a-Song and more.
Mephiskapheles @ Revolution Music Hall
140 Merrick Rd. 6:30 p.m. $12 adv. $15 DOS.
Managing to swing that ultra rare juxtaposition of ska and ironically satanic lyrics, Mephiskapheles had its original heyday in the ‘90s up until 2001 alongside peers Reel Big Fish, Mighty Mighty Bosstones and a legion of Moon Ska Records labelmates. The band wound up reforming in 2012 and since then has toured and played in festivals alongside the Bosstones, Rancid, Bouncing Souls, TSOL and Blink-182. With The Shipwrecks, Samurai Pizza Cats, Flak Jacket & Crisis Canyons.
George Winston @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
76 Main St., 8 p.m. $50, $35, $20. 631- 288-1500
One of the most unassuming solo pianists around, George Winston made his hay as a New Age artist thanks to an array of platinum-selling albums based on seasons that include December, Winter Into Spring and Summer. Originally inspired to play by The Doors and later Fats Waller, Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson and Vince Guaraldi, Winston has paid homage to his heroes at various times by way of projects like Linus and Lucy—The Music of Vince Guaraldi and Night Divides the Day—The Music of The Doors. And while his interests includes Hawaiian slack-key guitar that he can not only play (along with harmonica and acoustic guitar) but has released on his own Dancing Cat Records imprint, his forthcoming record is Spring Carousel—A Cancer Research Benefit EP. Expect to hear that and more out on the East End.
Alt-J @ Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza. 8 p.m. $63.55, $53.30. 212-707-3131
Taking its name from the two keys pressed on a Mac keyboard to produce a delta symbol, these English indie rockers are two albums into a career that found the band’s debut, An Awesome Wave, nabbing a 2012 British Mercury Prize which is awarded for the best release from the UK and Ireland. Alt-J’s sophomore bow This is All Yours has already yielded the radio hit “Left Hand Free” and this will be Alt-J’s first time headlining Madison Square Garden. With Phantogram.