When legendary folk music icon Arlo Guthrie took to the road to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his seminal song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” he was incredibly moved by the feedback from enthusiastic fans. He now brings his “Alice’s Restaurant: Back By Popular Demand Tour” to Long Island. Folk songs enduring many decades of change only become classics when storylines remain just as relevant today as they were when originally composed. “Alice’s Restaurant” is of this ilk; it’s now weaved into the fabric of American society. Guthrie is joined on stage by his son Abe and longtime collaborators Terry “A La Berry” Hall (drums), Steve Ide (guitar, vocals) and Carol Ide (vocals, percussion) of his former acclaimed band Shenandoah. Guthrie’s daughter Sarah Lee Guthrie, a lauded singer-songwriter in her own right, also appears, opening the show.
Friday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury. (800) 745-3000 or www.livenation.com.
Tower of Power
Tower of Power has been a staple on the R&B scene for over five decades. They share a bill with the soul-funk powerhouse the Average White Band, for a memorable evening of funk combined with a whole lot of soul. Hailing from Oakland, Calif., Tower of Power’s bold horn section and experimental style still resonates. In 1972, TOP gained national fame for “You’re Still a Young Man.” Nu Since then, and numerous lineup changes later, the band — still led by founding member and saxophonist Emilio Castillio — is going strong. Their horn section is a force in and of itself. They’ve shared the stage with Grateful Dead, Elton John, Little Feat, Rod Stewart, and Aerosmith, among others, thanks to their powerful brass talents. Today, the band includes 10 members who combine trumpets, guitar, sax, and more for an outstanding show. Average White Band adds to the lively concert, bringing some funk from across the Atlantic. This Scotland-based band defined the ‘70s with their disco hits and continue to treat audiences to their timeless music. Like TOP, Average White Band has been a perennial favorite among R&B fans for nearly half a century. Together they meld jazz, funk, rock and soul in a powerful performance.
Sunday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. $73, $58, $43. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Rte. 25A, Brookville. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com or www.tillescenter.org.