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Groovin' to the vibe of Jon Batiste


In Concert

Jon Batiste

The innovative jazz percussionist and charismatic bandleader for Stay Human, the house band for CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” shares his virtuosic music style during an ntimate performance. The concert highlights his new solo album “Hollywood Africans,” set to drop this month. With this recording, the New Orleans-bred, New York-based Batiste dives deep into his own personal and cultural heritage, weaving an intimate and emotional tapestry out of original material and American standards that carries the listener from the early jazz of New Orleans to the present day. The album’s classic songs include the New Orleans standard “Saint James Infirmary,” “Smile,” “The Very Thought of You,” and Louis Armstrong’s iconic “What a Wonderful World,” slowed down to a soothing crawl.

Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m. $55. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Route 25A, Brookville. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com or www.tillescenter.org.

On Stage

Stage Door

Journey back to the era of classic radio drama at radio-style production adapted from the iconic 1937 film “Stage Door.” The script is inspired by the RKO film starring Katherine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers, which critics have called “one of the most genuinely feminist films that the Hollywood studios ever made” and “the real masterpiece about women and the theater,” as well as the Lux Radio Theater coast-to-coast radio broadcast of February 20, 1939. The show includes creatively produced sound effects, period commercials and songs between acts. Though “Stage Door” is set decades ago, its themes are as current as today’s headlines. It tells the story of young women striving to make it in show business, an industry in the grip of powerful men. Engaging characters and witty dialogue set the tone for a timely retro theatrical experience.

Sunday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m. $10. Landmark on Main Street, Jeanne Rimsky Theater, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.