Editor’s Picks: Select Summer Concerts

It’s the high-season for music: You could see a great show almost every night of the week. But if you must choose, these shows are sure to please even the most fickle music lovers.


Nikon at Jones Beach Theater,
Wantagh
(516) 221-1000
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Santana/Steve Winwood, July 18, 7:30pm, $143.50, $89.90, $69, $57.85, $47.35, $35
John Mayer/Train, July 21-22, 7:30pm, $79.50, $49.50
Sting, July 27, 8pm, $233.50, $107.50, $73.50, $43.50

Sting’s tour, which began in early June, is in support of his new Symphonicities CD. The album features symphonic reinterpretations of some of his most popular solo and Police songs. A battery of arrangers was enlisted to come up with the orchestral setting for these new recordings, including Michel Legrand. The tour will feature Sting’s long-time guitarist Dominic Miller, bassist Ira Coleman, percussionist David Cossin, and vocalist Jo Lawry, along with The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

Maroon 5/Owl City/VV Brown, August 11, 7:30pm, $89, $59, $39, $25
Phish, August 17-18, 7:30pm, $50
David Gray/Ray LaMontagne, August 19, 7pm, $75, $55, $35, $25
Crosby, Stills and Nash, August 20, 8pm, $151, $86, $51, $28.50, $20.75
Jimmy Buffett, August 31, 8pm, $156, $96, $56


The Theatre at Westbury
(516) 334-0800
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Hot Tuna/Steve Earle, July 17, 8pm, $50 (see our interview with Jorma Kaukonen on page 56)
Dion/Kenny Vance, July 24, 8pm, $50, $40
Little Feat/New Riders of the Purple Sage, July 30, 8pm, $44.50
Counting Crows/Augustana, August 4, 8pm, $80.50, $60.50


YMCA Boulton Center,
Bay Shore
(631) 969-1101
boultoncenter.org
Mat Kearney, July 25, 8pm, $22
Moya Brennan, August 5, 8pm, $35, $30
Dan Hicks, August 19, 8pm, $40, $35


Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
(631) 288-1500
whbpac.org
Amos Lee, July 2, 8:30pm, $50, $40, $30
Joan Armatrading, July 10, 8:30pm, $95, $80, $65
Rufus Wainwright, July 11, 8:30pm, $140, $100, $60

Rufus Wainwright continues to challenge himself and his latest project may be his most ambitious yet. Wainwright is touring behind All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu (Decca); a Shakespearean concept album that draws from a theatrical production for which Wainwright wrote songs and was produced by Robert Wilson in Berlin in 2009. Wainright keeps expanding his appeal beyond being a singer-songwriter and, with albums such as Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall and Milwaukee At Last!!!, he is fast becoming one of the most electrifying performers in music today.

Diane Birch, July 16, 8:30pm, $35, $25, $15
Brandi Carlile, August 1, 8:30pm, $70, $55, $40
Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, August 14, 8:30pm, $200, $150, $125


The Great South Bay Music Festival
July 9-11
Shorefront Park, Patchogue
(631) 331-0808
greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com
Confirmed acts: Robert Randolph & the Family Band, War, The Felice Brothers, James Maddock, John Gorka, Maura Kennedy, Anton Fig, Artimus Pyle, Susan Cowsill, Aztec Two-Step, Kerry Kearney Band and many more.


Madison Square Garden,
NYC
(212) 465-6741
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Jack Johnson/G. Love & Special Sauce/Animal Liberation Orchestra, July 14, 7pm, $70, $49.50, $35
Tom Petty, July 28, 7:30pm, $134.50, $103.50, $79.50, $54
Tom Petty keeps trying to retire from the road, but he just can’t seem to do it. Rejuvenated by the 2008 Mudcrutch side project, Petty quickly ventured back into the studio and recorded Mojo, an album of stripped-down rock, released in June, that is a perfect record to take on the road. Easily one of the best live American rock bands of all time, Petty and the Heartbreakers may at some point soon call it quits, so catch them now, while you still can.


Radio City Music Hall,
NYC
(212) 307-7171
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Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, July 7, 8pm, $84.50, $69.50, $54.50, $44.50
Widespread Panic, July 22, 8pm, $59.50, $44.50
Willie Nelson/Levon Helm, July 28, 8pm, $129.50, $89.50, $69.50, $59.50, $49.50
MGMT, August 17-18, 8pm, $39.50