The sounds of the bayou make their way north when The Subdudes are joined by BeauSoleil for a powerful evening of foot stomping tunes. Over the course of 25 years and 10 albums, The Subdudes have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures. Led by singer/guitarist Tommy Malone and accordionist, John Magnie, The Subdudes draw most of their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans, blending blues, gospel, funk, and R&B with their own harmony vocals; their sound is also notable for the band’s substitution of a tambourine player, Steve Amedée, for a drummer. Tim Cook rounds out the band on bass. Adding to this potent evening of music making, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet captivates audiences, led by Doucet’s spirited fiddle playing and soulful vocals.
Friday, March 8, 8 p.m. $58, $53 and $48.Landmark on Main Street, Jeanne Rimsky Theater, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.
The arrival of Hofstra’s annual Shakespeare Festival means that spring will soon follow. Asl always, the event includes the Festival Musicale, performed by the Collegium Musicum. The Collegium Musicum, one of the longest running performing groups at Hofstra, celebrates its 50th anniversary with , “Dive Thoughts: Down to My Soul,” a program of Renaissance and early Baroque songs, madrigals, and instrumental music. “Dive Thoughts,” directed by Dr. Christopher Morrongiello. features songs from the 16th and early 17th centuries that talk about, or address, one’s innermost thoughts. Works by Elizabethan lutenist-songwriter John Dowland [1563–1626, along with music by Pierre Sandrin, Thomas Campion, Francis Pilkington, William Corkine and Claudio Monteverdi will be performed. There is also a companion play, “What Fools,” a one-hour adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which is an excellent introduction to the Bard’s works suitable for young theatergoers.
Saturday, March, 9, 2 p.m.; “What Fools” follows the concert. $10, $8 seniors. Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse, South Campus, Hempstead. (516) 463-6644 or www.hofstratickets.com.