Music can aid immune system, lower stress

Music can improve your physical and mental health,

Music can improve your physical and mental health, according to a new study from McGill University in Montreal. Researchers said listening to music can boost the immune system while lowering stress levels. (Credit: iStock )

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Want to feel better without using drugs or supplements? Take note.

Music can improve your physical and mental health, according to a new study from McGill University in Montreal. Researchers said listening to music can boost the immune system while lowering stress levels.

If you're going to the hospital for an operation, bring a music player and earphones with you. Researchers noted that listening to music was "more effective than prescription drugs in reducing anxiety prior to surgery."

The study also found that listening to music in community settings can help social bonding because you are sharing an enjoyable experience with like-minded people -- something anyone who has ever attended a concert knows.

Long Island is loaded with summer music events, so test the research yourself. Here are a few upcoming concerts with music geared toward older crowds. These concerts are all free, so you can improve your health for a song.

Tomorrow The Beach Boys sang about sunny California, but for generations of Long Islanders, those songs struck a chord that resonated here. too. The Driftwoods (thedriftwoodsband.com), a Beach Boys tribute band, bring good vibrations to the North Shore. Morgan Park, Glen Cove, 7:30 p.m.; morganparkmusic.org, 516-671-0017

Tuesday (Suffolk) Do you remember that round yellow plastic thingy you put on your 45 rpm records so you could play them on your family's hi-fi? Then this concert is for you. The aptly named 45rpm Band (45rpmny.com) explores the '70s songbook with radio earworms like "I Think I Love You" and "Half-Breed." Nesconset Gazebo at Nesconset Plaza, 7:30 p.m.; nesconsetchamber.org, 631-724-2543

Tuesday (Nassau) The North Shore Pops (northshorepops.org) swings out the show tunes, rousing Sousa marches, big band music, classics from the 1940s and '50s. Clark Botanic Garden, Albertson, 7 p.m.; clarkbotanic.org/events .html, 516-484-2208.

Thursday From Duke Ellington to Count Basie, swing-era music gets the royal treatment from the Swingtime Big Band (swingtimeny.com), a 20-piece orchestra with two vocalists. Westhampton Beach Village Green Gazebo, 7:30 p.m.; whbcc.com, 631-288-3337.

Saturday (Aug. 3) Tony Orlando (tony orlando.com) and Dawn had more than 20 top-100 hits in the 1970s. Orlando takes the stage at Eisenhower Park without Dawn, but he's far from alone. He'll be backed by the USO troupe singers in this "Salute to Veterans Concert." There's a $10 parking fee for non-Nassau County residents. Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, 6:45 p.m.; nassaucountyny. gov/parks, 516-572-0200.

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