Go for guitar this week with classic, alternative and hard rock from the ‘70s through the ‘90s. Add in a twist of Broadway and jazz for good measure and you’ve got the live Top Five:
HARBOR JAZZ FEST
Don’t miss The Jazz Loft’s all day 5th annual outdoor jazz jam as the Frank Vignola Duo plays with Houston Person at 1 p.m. followed by a 4 p.m. performance from the Champian Fulton Quartet and a set from the Nicole Henry Quintet at 7 p.m. There will even be an “instrument petting zoo” for kids from noon to 2 p.m.
WHEN/WHERE Noon-9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, Stony Brook Village Green, 111 Main Street ,Stony Brook (in case of inclement weather all performances will be held inside The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Avenue, Stony Brook)
INFO $20-$30,,631-751-1895, thejazzloft.org
After years of being in bands (Brother Cane, Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders), vocalist/guitarist Damon Johnson is flying solo.
“It’s a new chapter,” says Johnson. “I go on stage and really bring it. The audience recognizes that from the very start.”
In concert, Johnson plays tracks off his latest release, “Memoirs of an Uprising” plus songs that span his entire career.
“My music has classic rock roots. I’ve never been ashamed of how much I love ‘70s to early ‘80s music,” says Johnson. “I like to interact with the crowd and I feed off their smiles.”
WHEN/WHERE 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Road in Amityville
INFO $23, 631-264-7712, revolutionliny.com
Spend the evening with Tony Award-winning Broadway star Laura Benanti who will perform her one woman show, “Tales from Soprano Isle.” Her set will feature songs from her career such as “Vanilla Ice Cream” from “She Loves Me,” “I Could Have Danced All Night” from “My Fair Lady” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from “The Sound of Music.” She will even offer some humorous anecdotes.
WHEN/WHERE 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, LIU Post’s Krasnoff Theater in Tilles Center, 720 Northern Blvd. in Brookville
INFO $79, 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org
The guitar licks of the Eagles’ “Hotel California” are almost as recognizable as the National Anthem.
“I had doubts it should have been a single,” recalls former Eagles guitarist Don Felder. “It’s over six minutes long, you can’t dance to it, it has a one-minute intro and stops in the middle with a two-minute guitar solo in the end. It’s just the wrong format for radio. But, I’ve never been so happy to have been so wrong in my life.”
Felder will play Eagles classics as well as old solo hits (“Heavy Metal [Takin' a Ride]”) and material from his new album, “American Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
WHEN/WHERE 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, Patchogue Theatre, 71 East Main Street, Patchogue
INFO $45-$85, 631-207-1313 patchoguetheatre.org
Songwriting is Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland’s main focus.
“I’m always looking for the best song I can write,” says Roland. “It’s why I get up in the morning.”
The band’s new album, “Blood” is well represented in their current live set (“Right as Rain,” “Observation of Thoughts,” “Now’s the Time”) along with hits (“Shine,” “Gel,” “December”) and a cover of R.E.M.’s “The One I Love.”
“We are Georgia boys so R.E.M. are huge heroes of ours,” says Roland. “It’s a salute to them.”
WHEN/WHERE 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2, The Paramount, 370 New York Avenue, Huntington
INFO $25-$45, 631-673-7300 paramountny.com