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Stepping Out

The other side of John Oates


In Concert

John Oates

After a storied career as one half of the highest selling duo in music history, Hall & Oates, John Oates has reinvigorated his career as a musical troubadour. With the Good Road Band, a band of Oates’ friends and fellow musicians that he’s assembled for an intimate performance of music from his recent album “Arkansas,” Oates shines a light on music from America’s past long before the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Oates calls his latest effort “Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass, and salted with Delta blues.” Fresh interpretations include the Emmett Miller classic “Anytime” from 1924 as well as the Jimmie Rodgers tune, “Miss the Mississippi and You,” from 1932. Reimagined traditional Delta, country blues and ragtime selections salute legendary artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Blake. The title track “Arkansas” and “Dig Back Deep” — both Oates original compositions — blend seamlessly with the traditional roots material. Taken together, this record becomes a retrospective of American popular song.

Saturday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m. $56, $48, $42. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.

Adventures in Art

Nassau Museum’s Family Day

Converse, collaborate and create together when Nassau County Museum of Art welcomes families for one of its special museum days. Explore the current exhibition, “Wild Kingdom: 100 Years of Animal Art,” along with supervised art activities. Take part in exhibit-based gallery conversations and explore new art materials with a museum educator. Start off the New Year by exploring your family’s creative side, drawing inspiration from the “Wild Kingdom.” This exuberant show assembles a circus parade of the wild and the woolly, from the big cats (lions, tigers, leopards and others) to the sheep and bunnies beloved by all (including the cats). The roll call of major talents represented in the show whose paintings, drawings, and sculpture have immortalized the wild kingdom include Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, John James Audubon and Jeff Koons, among many others.

Sunday, Jan. 6, 1 p.m. family tour; art activities start at 1:30 p.m. Free with museum admission. $12, $8 seniors, $4 12 and older. One Museum Dr. (off Northern Blvd.), Roslyn Harbor. (516) 484-9338 or www.nassaumuseum.org.