Stepping Out

An evening with Willie Nile and James Maddock

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In Concert

Willie Nile Band

Willie Nile and special guest James Maddock team up for a dynamic evening of inspired music. Nestled somewhere between power-pop and American folk you will find Willie Nile strumming his guitar. Nile is a true believer in rock n’ roll, and over the years has made admirers out of such names as Bruce Springsteen and Pete Townshend, who personally requested him to tour with The Who. The New York Times has called him “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years,” among the many accolades he has received. The timeless qualities of melodic craft, lyrical insight and emotional engagement that have endeared Nile to listeners around the world throughout a three-and-a-half-decade recording career continue to be prominent in his live performances. Nile and his band share the stage with Maddock, known as “the songwriter’s songwriter.” Maddock has earned the respect of masterful writers such as Bruce Springsteen and Nile, and has built his acclaimed legacy on humbly honoring purity of expression. Many albums in his beloved catalog are elegantly spare, conveying his songs and sentiments in the most direct possible way. Their pairing results in an exciting evening of roots rock.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 8 p.m. $38, $33, $28. Landmark on Main Street, Jeanne Rimsky Theater, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.

On Stage

Chris Ruben

Check out the Chris Ruben Band when the up-and-coming Long Island-based musicians rock The Space’s Lounge prior to the concert by all-female glam metal band Vixen. Their set highlights the same-day release of their new single “Stomach Coil.” With a sound that combines everything from psychedelic rock to funk streamlined into a raucous yet melodically appealing full package, the band delivers a dynamic set. After five plus years of working solo, songwriter and musician Chris Ruben founded the first of many groups in late 2014. Recently re-charged with Brendan Allan, bass/vocals; Russell Miller, drums/percussion; Eugene Iovine, keyboards/synth; and Frank Iovine, sax/keyboards, Ruben and his bandmates have rocked shows from Long Island to NYC’s Bitter End and SXSW in Austin Texas.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m. The Space, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. (516) 283-05575 or www. thespaceatwestbury.com.