WHO Jill Scott's Summer Block Party
WHEN | WHERE 7 Friday night, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
THE DETAILS Scott's latest record, "The Light of the Sun," is indicative of her growth, both personal and musical. Since her last release, 2007's "The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3," Scott went through a divorce, had a child and signed with a record label. Tonight, she'll display her new maturity with her mix of spoken word poetry and song.
STICK AROUND FOR Scott tends to finish sets with "A Long Walk" or "Golden," both from her first album, "Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds, Vol. 1."
RENAISSANCE WOMAN In addition to music, Scott is an accomplished actress and poet. She has appeared in the Lifetime movie "Sins of the Mother" and had the lead role in the HBO adaptation of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency."
THE BLOCK PARTY Scott will be joined by a few friends, including R&B star Anthony Hamilton and Mint Condition. Doug E. Fresh, whose nickname is "the Human Beat Box," will perform throughout the set. DJ Jazzy Jeff, another hip-hop pioneer, will emcee.
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WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. tomorrow, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
THE DETAILS This will be one of two shows where Weezer and The Flaming Lips will share the stage, alternating songs. Weezer is known for hit records "The Blue Album" and "The Green Album," which feature such hits as "Buddy Holly" and "Undone -- The Sweater Song." The Lips are best known for "Do You Realize??" -- the official rock song of Oklahoma.
SPIKY SITUATION Weezer originally planned to release "The Blue Album" without any singles, but quickly decided to make videos for "Undone -- The Sweater Song" and "Buddy Holly." Both videos were directed by "Where the Wild Things Are" director Spike Jonze. The video for "Undone," which was filmed in one take, features a pack of dogs running across the stage while the band plays.
COYNE FLIP Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne is known for his antics during shows, which include walking across the crowd in a giant bubble and pointing lasers at the audience from a giant hand.
WHO Def Leppard, Heart
WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
THE DETAILS Def Leppard is touring on the release of "Mirrorball," a live album that also features three new studio tracks. The band will be joined by Heart, which released "Red Velvet Car" last year.
STICK AROUND FOR Def Leppard tends to play "Rock of Ages" as its encore. The song begins with the nonsense German-sounding words "Gunter glieben glauben globen." The words were made up after producer Mutt Lange got sick of saying "One two three four" before each new take.
MATTER OF THE HEART A furious Ann Wilson wrote "Barracuda," one of Heart's biggest hits, after a reporter suggested she and her sister, Nancy, were lesbian lovers. The band's label, Mushroom Records, capitalized on the rumor by running an ad in Rolling Stone with their pictures and the caption, "It was only our first time!"