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Stepping Out

Classic Albums Live takes on Tom Petty


In Concert

Rockin’ on Tom Petty-style

Classic Albums Live returns to the area with its ensemble of acclaimed studio musicians performing classic rock albums live note for note, cut for cut. This time it’s Tom Petty’s “Damn The Torpedoes.” They’ll deliver a completely faithful rendition of the celebrated album, without gimmickry, plus additional hits from Petty’s celebrated catalogue. The band’s founder Craig Martin is fond of saying that his shows are all about the music, no costumes, fake accents, etc. Relying only on the music, using what Martin refers to as ‘the world’s best musicians’, Classic Albums Live has defined itself as a mainstay, as it performs its renditions of memorable albums, The Heartbreakers’ third album, “Damn the Torpedoes,” would be their breakthrough. After two albums of heartland rock spiked with some tempered punk fury and classic rock ‘n’ roll drive, Petty and his band of Florida rockers took admiral David Farragut’s legendary Civil War declaration of “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” as their personal call to arms in 1979. And from the opening, ringing riff that ushers in “Refugee,” “Damn the Torpedoes” became an instant rock classic. The songs remain cornerstones of the band’s catalog: “Refugee,” “Here Comes My Girl,” “Even the Losers” and “Don’t Do Me Like That” remain classic rock staples. And almost immediately “Damn the Torpedoes” — which was released within days of Petty’s 29th birthday in October 1979 — became the yardstick on which Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers albums were gauged.

Friday, July 5, 8 p.m. $39.50, $30, $29.50, $20. The Paramount,

370 New York Ave., Huntington. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com

or www.paramountny.com.

Family Fun

Artistic Inspirations

Enjoy a summer day at Nassau County Museum of Art, indoors and out. Take the kids on a guided walk through of the current exhibition,” “That 80s Show,” now in its final weekend. Explore new art materials, vocabulary and ideas in the museum’s studio, drawing inspiration from the varied works on view in the exhibit, a look at one of the most dynamic eras in American art history, beginning at 1:30 p.m. This celebration of the decade’s culture and colors features paintings, photos and memorabilia. Also enjoy the summer blooms in NCMA’s sculpture park, which includes over 50 pieces, of all sizes. For more outdoor fun, stroll along a nature trail among the museum’s 145 acres, ideal for family hikes.

Sunday, July 7, 1 p.m. Free with museum admission. $12, $8 seniors 62 and older, $4 children 12 and older. One Museum Dr. (off Northern Blvd.), Roslyn Harbor. (516) 484-9338 or www.nassaumuseum.org.