You don't have to go all the way into the city to enjoy world-class performances in concert venues. The island boasts wonderful performing arts centers and theaters where you can hear celebrities as well as up-and-coming musicians. Here's a sampling of these venues.
AU PAC - Adelphi University Performing Arts Center
From string quartets to the Adelphi Symphony Orchestra, jazz piano and opera, the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center offers a wide variety of entertainment. Dance and theater are also performed here.
Garden City, NY
The YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts of the Great South Bay YMCA features a wide range of programs including music, dance, film, and the spoken word. Constructed within a renovated movie theater from the 1920s, the Boulton Center center opened in 2003 as a 261-seat, stadium-style theater. Performers from Richie Havens to Marvin Hamlisch and Rockapella has all stood on the stage at Boulton. For more information and their performance schedule, please go to Boulton Center.
Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 West Main Street
Bay Shore, NY
The outdoor amphitheater seats 7,000 and even more on its sprawling lawn. Performers here have included Blondie, Steppenwolf, Led Zeppelin and Eagles tributes bands, Alice Cooper, Pat Benatar and others.
In addition, to live concerts, the Brookhaven Amphitheater also features family-friendly Movie Nights on its huge screen during select summer nights, while visitors relax on the great lawn.
The Brookhaven Amphitheater Arts & Cultural Center at Bald Hill
South Bicycle Path Drive
The Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts at Five Towns College offers everything from Broadway musical to jazz concerts, piano recitals, and stand-up comedy. The 500-seat theater features special pricing for children and seniors at most shows.
Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts
in association with The John Lennon Center for Music & Technology
Five Towns College
305 North Service Road
Dix Hills, NY
Dolphin Cafe, Port Washington
This tiny cafe, housed within the Dolphin Bookshop, features FREE concerts every Friday night in their Cafe Music Series. You can order soups, sandwiches, desserts, coffee, tea and more while you enjoy music that ranges from folk to classical to opera, jazz to rock, and much more.
The Dolphin Cafe
299 Main Street
Port Washington, NY
Eisenhower Park's Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre offers free summer concerts and film screenings. The theater overlooks the park's Salisbury Lake. Programs are FREE and open to the public.
The Lakeside Theatre at Eisenhower Park is located near parking fields numbers 6 and 6A.
Merrick and Stewart Avenues
East Meadow, NY
For more information, call Nassau County Parks at (516) 572-0200 or the Special Events Line at (516) 572-0223.
From gospel to pop, to plays and dance performances, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater at Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington offers a wide variety of entertainment.
Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street
Port Washington, NY
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
With over 18,000 seats, the Nassau Coliseum can accommodate large, happy crowds of music lovers as well as visitors to sporting events, expos, family events and more.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1255 Hempstead Turnpike
From bluegrass to hard rock, jazz, Latin, hip-hop, family-friendly performances and more, the Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury has something for everyone.
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Road
From a chamber music series to concerts in the park at Coopers Beach and Agawam Park, and other programs, the Southampton Cultural Center brings live music and more to visitors and residents of Southampton.
Southampton Cultural Center
Levitas Center For The Arts
25 Pond Lane
The reincarnation of the former Inter-Media Arts Center (IMAC), the Paramount opened in 2011 and can accommodate an audience of 1500. They also feature a private Founder's Room where members can interact with performers and more. The venue hosts the likes of ZZ Top, LeAnn Rimes, Elvis Costello, and many others.
370 New York Avenue
Originally a theater built in the 1920s, today's venue in Patchogue has been restored to its former opulence. With over 1,000 seats, the theater has been the backdrop for everything from concerts to dance performances and more.
Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street
Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts seating chart
With world-class performances, every September through May and the Stony Brook Film Festival each July, the Staller Center for the Performing Arts has hosted concerts ranging from classical to cool jazz.
Staller Center for the Performing Arts
Stony Brook University
100 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY
Located on the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Brookville presents concerts and shows ranging from classical music to Broadway favorites and children's musicals. World class performers have appeared here, from Yo-Yo Ma to the MET Orchestra with James Levine, as well as local talent including the Long Island Philharmonic and the Eglevsky Ballet.
Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
C.W. Post Campus - Long Island University
720 Northern Boulevard
From songwriters' showcases to musicals and the annual Riverhead Blues & Music Festival, the historic Vail-Leavitt Music Hall has much to offer.
Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue