Check It Out: March 30 To April 7

 

Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden

March 30
NYC
Iron Maiden @ Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza. 7:30 p.m. $125, $99.50, $64.50. 212-707-3131
www.thegarden.com
Always one of the best live bands on the planet, this time ‘round these heavy metal icons will be hitting the road with The Book of Souls, the band’s first album since 2010’s The Final Frontier. With frontman Bruce Dickinson fully recovered from treatment for a cancerous tumor found on his tongue, the band is getting great early reviews for this world tour. Get there early for the Raven Age, a group featuring Maiden founding member Steve Harris’ son George.

Robben Ford
Robben Ford

April 2
Bay Shore
Robben Ford @ YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 W. Main St. 8 p.m. $50, $45. 631-969-1101
www.boultoncenter.org
A true guitar player’s guitar player, Robben Ford has quite the résumé including stints as a sideman for Charlie Musselwhite, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Kiss and Joni Mitchell. In addition to being a founding member of the Yellowjackets, Ford has cobbled together a respected solo career of which his latest incarnation in the past few years is as a blues player. A far better instrumentalist than songwriter, go to the show to be dazzled by the man’s chops and maybe even catch some of his newer material off his most recent effort, last year’s Into the Sun, a collection that found him playing alongside guests Warren Haynes, Sonny Landreth, ZZ Ward, Keb’ Mo’ and Robert Randolph.

Sean Watkins
Sean Watkins

March 31
NYC
Sean Watkins @ City Winery
155 Varick St., 8 p.m. $20, $18, $15. 212-608-0555
www.citywinery.com
As if progressive bluegrass outfit Nickel Creek weren’t a talented enough group on its own, each of the trio’s members has also managed to carve out critically acclaimed solo careers. Multi-instrumentalist Sean Watkins alone has banged out four solo albums and been a part of two separate non-Nickel Creek groups­—Fiction Family and Works Progress Administration. Now Watkins is back with his new album, What to Fear. Aided by special guests Benmont Tench of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers and Soul Coughing’s Sebastian Steinberg, expect to hear plenty of new fare at this album release gig at City Winery. With Petra Haden and Jesse Harris.

Joe Satriani
Joe Satriani

April 1
Greenvale
Joe Satriani @ The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
720 Northern Blvd., 8 p.m. $100, $75, $60, $45. 516-299-3100
www.tillescenter.org
Does this guy ever sleep? Starting in 2014, Joe Satriani not only put out Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings, but also simultaneously released Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir. Never mind the homegrown guitar god also partaking in G3 tours and G4 guitar clinics, which all adds up to a ton of playing. Satch is back with a new effort, Shockwave Supernova, which is part of this solo tour he’s calling From Surfing to Shockwave, Celebrating 30 Years of Mind Bending Guitar DareDevilry. And if you miss him this time around, he’ll be back in August with a G4 clinic he’ll be convening at the Glen Cove Mansion.

 

Weezer
Weezer

April 1
Brooklyn
Weezer @ Rough Trade NYC
64 N. 9th St., 6 p.m. Entry with purchase. 718-388-4111
www.roughtradenyc.com
Was it really more than 20 years ago that Weezer was singing about their sweater becoming undone and the band was releasing its self-titled debut album that was later called The Blue Album? Yes it was, and now Rivers Cuomo and his compatriots are getting ready to drop the group’s 10th studio album, which will also be self-titled and nicknamed The White Album. With producer Jake Sinclair “determined to return Weezer to their Nineties glory,” the new collection of songs is being described by him as combining the “brashness and unpredictability of Pinkerton with the summer Beach Boys grunge pop of the Blue Album.” All ages show.

 

CheckItOut_033016.DavidBowieApril 1
NYC
Music of David Bowie @ Carnegie Hall
881 7th Ave., 8 p.m. 212-247-7800
www.carnegiehall.org
David Bowie’s death back on Jan. 10 of this year understandably sent seismic waves through the worlds of music and pop culture. So it’s no surprise that a pair of tribute shows popped up in light of his unexpected passing. For both shows, the house band will be the Tony Visconti-led Holy Holy, Visconti, the Grammy-winning producer and Bowie’s long-time collaborator, will also serve as the evening’s musical director. Holy Holy features Visconti on bass and Woody Woodmansey on drums, both original members of The Spiders from Mars. The full Carnegie Hall lineup will be Pixies, Michael Stipe,, Debbie Harry and Matt Katz-Bohen,
The Flaming Lips, J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr), The Roots featuring Tariq & Bilal, Perry Farrell, Cyndi Lauper, Cat Power, Laurie Anderson, Robyn Hitchcock, Eugene Hütz of Gogol Bordello, Jakob Dylan, Bettye LaVette, The Mountain Goats, Ann Wilson of Heart, Rickie Lee Jones, Holy Holy, Choir! Choir! Choir! and New York City Youth Chorus. The Radio City Hall lineup will be Pixies, Blondie, Michael Stipe, The Flaming Lips, Mumford & Sons, Esperanza Spalding, J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr), The Roots featuring Tariq & Bilal, Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio), Perry Farrell, Ron Pope, Cat Power, Jakob Dylan, The Polyphonic Spree, Jherek Bischoff, Amanda Palmer and Anna Calvi with Kronos Quartet, Donny McCaslin Group with Mark Guiliana, Jason Lindner, and Tony Visconti, Ann Wilson of Heart, Rickie Lee Jones, Holy Holy and Choir! Choir! Choir! and New York City Youth Chorus. (This show will also be held on April 1 at Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave., NYC. 866-858-0008. www.radiocity.com.)

 

Keb' Mo'
Keb’ Mo’

April 1
Westbury
Keb’ Mo’ Band @The Space at Westbury
250 Post Ave. 8 p.m. $95, $75, $45. 800-745-3000
www.thespaceatwestbury.com
Often knocked by purists for not playing with the fire of a Buddy Guy or Albert Collins despite a knack for penning numerous soul-blues gems, Keb’ Mo’ still manages to wield a sure-handed style of guitar playing. With a laid-back style that leans more toward Steely Dan versus Son House, Mo’ will surely be teasing out that same kind of deeply tasty nuance as can be found on his last studio outing, 2014’s Grammy-nominated BLUESamericana and the forthcoming double-CD set, Keb’ Mo’ Live—That Hot Pink Blues Album. With special in-band guest Gerald Albright.

 

 

CheckItOut_033016.PattiLaBelleApril 1
Westbury
Patti LaBelle @ NYCB Theatre @ Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Rd., 8 p.m. $89.50, $69.50. 800-745-3000
www.thetheatreatwestbury.com
How do you not love Patti LaBelle? She’s got a résumé that stretches back to her early ‘60s days as a member of the girl group The Blue Belles (who influenced future longtime friend Luther Vandross), plied space-age funk with LaBelle and even had a stint on Broadway in the early ‘80s. And while the remainder of the decade found her scoring the odd MOR hit with singing partners like Michael McDonald, she’s always been a fixture on the stage. She even wound up in the studio with her old LaBelle running mates Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx back in 2008 for the reunion album Back to Now. Most recently, Miss Patti wound up with a pretty juicy role on Fox’s American Horror Story.

 

Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet
Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet

April 2
Bay Shore
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet @ YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 W. Main St. 8 p.m. $35, $30. 631-969-1101
www.boultoncenter.org
Fiddler Michael Doucet is a living and breathing font of Cajun history and culture that dates back to his being influenced to explore the roots of his culture after hearing the Fairport Convention song “Cajun Woman.” Since traveling to England and France in the early ‘70s, playing with folk group Coteau (aka “Cajun Grateful Dead”), and using a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for research purposes, Doucet has been keeping the Cajun flame burning bright. His band’s name literally means “good sun,” an appropriate moniker for a man who’s done so much to sustain this still vibrant and upbeat genre of music.

 

Michael Feinstein
Michael Feinstein

April 2
Greenvale
Michael Feinstein @ The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
720 Northern Blvd., 8 p.m. $103, $78, $53. 516-299-3100
www.tillescenter.org
Arguably the greatest keeper of the Great American Songbook flame is Michael Feinstein, whose efforts to preserve this legacy as an archivist, performer, interpreter and anthropologist are too numerous to list here. Just know that the two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer will fully be living up to his reputation as “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” for an evening’s worth of standards that will dip into the a number of rich song canons including those of the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Jule Styne, Burton Lane and Jerry Herman.

 

 

 

CheckItOut_033016.PokeyLaFargeApril 3
Williamsburg
Pokey LaFarge @ the Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 N. Sixth St. 8:30 p.m. $15 adv. $18 DOS. 212-486-5400 www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com
Yes, LaFarge’s name and sound make you think he came straight out of Boardwalk Empire, but the truth of the matter is that thanks to liberal applications of clarinet, swinging horn arrangements and banjo, the Illinois native has managed to create a soundtrack for that speakeasy you always wanted to open. With the Cactus Blossoms.

 
CheckItOut_033016.SmashingPumpkinsApril 4-6
NYC
Smashing Pumpkins @ Beacon Theatre
74th Street & Broadway. 8 p.m. $85, $70, $55. 866-858-0008
www.beacontheatre.com
As one of the totemic acts to come out of the 1990s, Smashing Pumpkins has taken quite the low profile in the first decade of the new millennium. And while creative capo Billy Corgan has slowly reentered the public eye via Teardrop Through a Kaleidoscope, a 44-track project that’s been fed to the public one song at a time through the band’s website. With 2012’s Oceania and the 2014 follow-up Monuments to an Elegy being part of Kaleidoscope, Corgan has continued at his own pace, albeit with fellow founding member Jimmy Chamberlain playing drums. This current Plainsong Tour finds the Pumpkins playing stripped-down versions of songs from the band’s entire catalog with help from guitarist Jeff Schroeder and singer-songwriters Sierra Swan and Katie Cole.

Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones
Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones

April 5
NYC
Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones @ City Winery
155 Varick St., 8 p.m. $28, $25, $22. 212-608-0555
www.citywinery.com
Top shelf musical DNA doesn’t always guarantee it being bestowed on someone’s progeny (James Jagger on Vinyl comes to mind). Such is not the case with Teddy Thompson, whose parents are English folk-rock legends Richard and Linda Thompson. But 16 years into his solo career, Thompson the younger has already established himself while still taking time to work with both his mom (co-writing much of her 2007 effort Versatile Heart) and his immediate relatives (producing the album Family by the group Thompson, which features him along with his parents and sister as part of the creative crew). This particular show is also an album release event for his sixth studio effort Little Windows, which is a collaboration with American singer-songwriter Kelly Jones.

 

The Cult
The Cult

April 6
Huntington
The Cult @ The Paramount
370 New York Ave. 8 p.m. $75, $52.50, $42.50, $35. 631-673-7300
www.theparamountny.com
At this point, The Cult is Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy the way The Who is Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. And like the latter, The Cult have experienced a number of rebirths with the latest being the recently released Hidden City, the band’s first project since 2012’s Choice of Weapon, the band’s first album in five years. Astbury and Duffy’s last major tour was a gift to diehard fans tied to 2013’s double-CD set Electric Peace, a combination of a re-release of the 1987 record Electric and the 1986 follow-up to Love called Peace that was scrapped and whose remnants have showed up on bootlegs over the years. It was during that time that The Cult played Electric in its entirety throughout the tour. Alive in the Hidden City is the current tour, so expect plenty of new material. With Holy White Hounds.

 

Randy Newman
Randy Newman

April 6
Westbury
Randy Newman @The Space at Westbury
250 Post Ave. 8 p.m. $95, $85, $75, $55. 800-745-3000
www.thespaceatwestbury.com
He may be a Left Coast guy, but given the amount of sarcasm and cynicism at the heart of Randy Newman’s best work, you’d swear he was a native New Yorker. Best known to the younger set via Oscar-nominated work in animated films like Cars and Monsters, Inc., Newman has continued down that path with his latest studio album being 2008’s Harps & Angels. On it, Newman tapped into the New Orleans musical zeitgeist and innate cinematic nuances while taking swipes at President Obama’s predecessor and what the state of our country was at the time. An avowed Obama supporter, expect some pointed between-song commentary from the California native.

 

Andrew Bird
Andrew Bird

April 7
Brooklyn
Andrew Bird @ Kings Theatre
1027 Flatbush Ave., 8 p.m. $45, $41. 929-210-8419
www.kingstheatre.com
While Andrew Bird’s initial breakthrough came as being a part of Squirrel Nut Zippers during that 1990s swing music revival, the multi-instrumentalist has cast his creative net far wider in establishing his solo career and as the bandleader for Bowl of Fire. His latest project is the upcoming release of Are You Serious, a collection of songs featuring collaborations with Fiona Apple and singer-songwriter Blake Mills. With Sinkane.

 

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (Photo by Danny Clinch)
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
(Photo by Danny Clinch)

April 7
NYC
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals @ Beacon Theatre
74th Street & Broadway. 8 p.m. $87.50, $77.50, $57.50. 866-858-0008
www.beacontheatre.com
Social activist and musical jack-of-all trades, Ben Harper has always been adept at switching musical gears going from solo artist and collaborating with backup groups like The Innocent Criminals and the Relentless7 to working with Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, gospel icons The Blind Boys of Alabama and joining up with Joseph Arthur and Dhani Harrison to form Fistful of Mercy. Harper has reteamed with The Innocent Criminals just as the new album Call It What It Is, (the group’s first release in nine years) is set to drop.

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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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