Darlene Love’s Valentine Tour
Darlene Love is feeling the love — and shares it with her audience during this Valentine’s-themed concert. For more than 50 years, she’s been making rock and roll’s world go ‘round Since the early ‘60s, as part of Phil Spector’s wall of sound hit factory, this songstress has done it all — from movies like the highly successful “Lethal Weapon” series to Broadway hits like “Hairspray” and “Grease.” She even starred as herself in “Leader Of The Pack,” credited as Broadway’s first ‘jukebox musical.’ Love’s career and legacy has reached new heights, as a result of being featured in 2013’s award-winning documentary “20 Feet from Stardom, when she became the best known “unknown” in rock history. She continues to captivate audiences with her warm, gracious stage presence and dynamic performances. Her timeless, soaring voice remains as powerful as ever.
Friday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. $85, $77, $67. Landmark on Main Street, Jeanne Rimsky Theater, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or
The celebrated jazz guitarist-singer-bandleader puts his innovative spin on Paul McCartney. In a concert devoted to the ex-Beatle, Pizzarelli performs tunes from his celebrated 2015 album “Midnight McCarthy.” Pizzarelli introduced the solo work of McCartney to his fans through this release, an album The New Yorker said “may be the best collection of McCartney covers ever recorded.” The challenge, according to Pizzarelli, is lining up the lesser-known McCartney songs alongside the works of Gershwin, Berlin and Rodgers — the repertoire for which he is known. “It’s not out of the realm to say, ‘Here are some excellent songs. What you just enjoyed and maybe thought was Johnny Mercer, is really Paul McCartney.’ I think they can all stand next to each other.” “Midnight McCartney” has its origins in McCartney’s Grammy-winning 2012 album, “Kisses on the Bottom.” Pizzarelli played guitar on 10 of the album’s 14 tracks and backed Sir Paul at an iTunes concert at Capitol Records Studios, the Grammy Awards and the Recording Academy’s annual MusiCares Person of the Year Gala. Fifteen months after those gigs, McCartney wrote to Pizzarelli to consider recording some of his lesser-known songs in a jazz style. “It’s a take on songs within a style we’re comfortable with,” Pizzarelli says. “There’s a lot of thought given to them and they’re fun to play and challenging. We’ve always been McCartney fans and I feel that the audience we play for now grew up with Paul McCartney as well. These songs are as familiar as ‘Polka Dots and Moonbeams.’” The concert is a benefit for HELP International Uganda. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to HELP International to build a permanent school building for HELP Primary School in Uganda.
Saturday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. $45-$130. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 323-4444 or www.madisontheatreny.org.