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Check It Out!: September 26, 2013

Aaron Neville —

My True Story (Blue Note) —

If there’s any one man qualified to bring forth an album chock full of doo wop songs, that would be Aaron Neville. Blessed with the voice of an angel, the New Orleans native has always professed his love of the genre citing Pookie Hudson of the Spaniels as an idol. Neville’s sole recorded nod to those songs of yesteryear was the 1986 EP Orchid in the Storm. That is until he went into the studio with producers Don Was and Keith Richards and emerged with these dozen songs. Smooth as silk but never slick, Neville slips into a bossa-nova-flavored medley of “This Magic Moment/True Love,” a soulful reading of Curtis Mayfield’s “Gypsy Woman” and a stripped-down but no less effective version of the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby.” Other artists given the Neville treatment include Hank Ballard (“Work With Me Annie” featuring inspired Hammond B-3 playing by brother Art Neville), The Drifters (a harmony-soaked “Ruby Baby” and equally effective “Money Honey”), Thurston Harris (a crackling “Little Bitty Pretty One”) and the Jive Five (the falsetto-kissed title track). My True Story winds up being a labor of love that is far more of the latter than the former.


September 27

Bay Shore

Richie Furay @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts,

37 W. Main St. 8 p.m. $50, $45.

631-969-1101 www.boultoncenter.org

Now while the average music fan might scratch their head over who Richie Furay is, what they need to know is that the man has played a significant role in shaping the direction of country-rock. As a founding member of Buffalo Springfield and Poco, Furay helped forge the bridge between the two genres that had its start with The Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo and Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding.


September 28

East Meadow

Eddie Money @ Eisenhower Park,

Hempstead Turnpike and Stewart Avenues,

4:30 p.m. Free. 516-572-0200

www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/parks/documents/FreeConcertSummer

When last we left Island Trees alum Eddie Money, he was fresh off the success of his autobiographical musical Two Tickets to Paradise that ran at Five Towns College back in 2009. More recently he appeared in a Geico commercial singing the title track of the aforementioned musical to a family at a travel agency looking to book a vacation. Practically performing in his old backyard, expect local boy Eddie Mahoney to serve up a straight-up oldies show for fans who remember chugging beers and wine coolers in the 7-11 parking lot while hearing songs like “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Shakin’” and “Baby Hold On.”


September 28

Westhampton Beach

Bruce Hornsby @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center,

76 Main St., 8 p.m. $95, $85, $75. 631- 288-1500 www.whbpac.org

Bruce Hornsby has always been overshadowed by piano-playing peers Billy Joel and Elton John, even while reaping his own pop hits, touring as a member of the Grateful Dead and exploring bluegrass, Cajun and classical music. For the past decade plus, Hornsby and the Noisemakers have continued going down an experimental path most recently culminating in 2011’s Bride of the Noisemakers. The Virginia native went back to the live album well with the newly-released Cluck Ol’ Hen, an in-concert collection recorded with longtime friend, collaborator and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs.


September 30

NYC

ZZ Ward @ Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, 7 p.m. $20 adv. $22 DOS.

212-307-7171 www.livenation.com

Part of E. Kidd Bogart’s Boardwalk Music Group, it would be easy to warily look upon Ward given the stellar musical talents Bogart has collaborated with that include Paris Hilton, Hilary Duff and Keke Palmer. But the Pennsylvania native actually has a considerably bluesier edge than the aforementioned pop tarts. And while she does toss in the occasional hip-hop beat, (up to and including a cover of rapper Freddie Gibbs’ “Oil Money”), Ward shows off plenty of soul on her 2012 debut Til the Casket Drops. Showing a range that embraces girl-group affectations (“If I Could Be Her”) and funk-flavored nuances (“Move Like U Stole Her”), she particularly shines on infectious leadoff single “Put the Gun Down.” And in case anyone was wondering, ZZ is a shortened version of Ward’s actual first name Zsuzsanna. With Wild Feathers and James Bay.


October 3

Buddy Guy @ NYCB Theatre @ Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd.,

8 p.m. $39.50. 877-598-8497

www.livenation.com

A firebrand player whose ‘90s comeback is the stuff of legend, Buddy Guy deserves all the acclaim and more given his influence on numerous string-benders whose ranks include Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robert Cray. Guy’s latest, the double-CD Rhythm and Blues, teams the septuagenarian Louisiana native with a number of contemporary artists including Keith Urban, most of Aerosmith and Kid Rock. This in-studio experiment winds up working in spite of the dismal creative track record projects like these normally wind up with.


October 4

Huntington

Robert Randolph & the Family Band @ The Paramount,

370 New York Ave. 8 p.m.

$58.50, $42.50, $35.50, $33.50.631-673-7300

www.theparamountny.com

One of the most exciting live performers around 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 recently-released third studio album 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’”). With Eric Krasno.


Westbury

Fountains of Wayne/Soul Asylum @ The Space at Westbury,

290 Post Ave. 8 p.m. $30 adv. $35 DOS.

800-745-3000, www.thespaceatwestbury.com

The inaugural show of the brand-new Space at Westbury features a pair of co-headlining bands, each with an impressive resume. Fountains of Wayne may have commercially stumbled with its 2007’s Traffic and Weather, but Adam Schlesinger and his crew bounced back impressively with the follow-up, 2011’s Sky Full of Holes, its fifth full-length release. Buoyed by character-driven songs like “The Summer Place” and “Richie and Ruben,” it appears as if FOW have rebounded with a treasure trove of rib-rock power pop. As for the band formally known as Loud Fast Rules, Soul Asylum returned last year with Delayed Reaction, which not only represents 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. The resulting songs turned out to be a kick-ass batch of material hinting at the band’s ups-and-downs without any sense of doom-and-gloom with Dave Pirner’s occasionally awkward couplets being the only misstep. The show also includes special guest Evan Dando of Lemonheads fame.