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DOM IRRERA When: 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8

Where: Tropicana

What to expect: South Philadelphia’s own Dom Irrera is a comedian whose material is honed largely from growing up in a multi-generational Italian Philly household. Family represents the path that first led Irrera to the comedy stage and remains a core topic of any performance he delivers. His comedy blends a regular-guy presence and relaxed delivery with an array of colorful characters and one-man sketches. His first big break came in the late 1980s when he performed on Rodney Dangerfield’s “Nothing Goes Right” comedy special for HBO. He has gone on to perform on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and others. His stand-up act will be in the Showroom at Tropicana.

How much: Tickets, priced at $51, $61 and $71, are available at Ticketmaster.com

More info: DomIrrera.com, Tropicana.net

BELL BOTTOM BLUES BAND

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8

Where: The Landis Theater in Vineland

What to expect: The Bell Bottom Blues Band was formed in 2007 as a tribute to one of the greatest guitar players and rock icons of all time, Eric Clapton. The band recreates Clapton’s incredible stage presence and awe-inspiring performances from his days with the Yardbirds, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos and an incredible solo career that spanned decades. Performing some deep cuts as well as all of Clapton’s hits, showgoers can expect to hear such songs as “Layla, “Wonderful Tonight,” “Tears In Heaven,” “Bell Bottom Blues,” “I Shot The Sheriff,” “Tulsa Time,” “Lay Down Sally,” Let It Rain,” “After Midnight” and “Cocaine.”

How much: Tickets, priced at $30, are available at Etix.com

More info: TheBellBottomBlues.com, TheLandisTheater.com

AN INTIMATE EVENING

WITH DAVID FOSTER

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8

Where: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

What to expect: David Foster is a 16-time Grammy Award winner who was the chairman of Verve records, which was one of the first major record labels for many early rock ’n’ roll bands and artists. Foster is a former studio-musician and keyboardist who would go on to become one of the most successful songwriters and record producers in history, overseeing the production of albums that sold in the hundreds of millions. He created hits for Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, and he co-wrote with Chicago band member Peter Cetera on such hits as “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” “You’re the Inspiration” and “Glory of Love.” In 2008, Foster first stepped out as performer in his own right, and in 2018 he began touring behind a show he calls “An Intimate Evening with David Foster: Hitman Tour” that catalogs much of his greatest work throughout the years. His show takes place at Borgata’s Music Box theater.

How much: Tickets, priced at $79 and $89, are available at Borgata.MGM Resorts.com

More info: DavidFoster.com, Borgata.MGMResorts.com

38 SPECIAL

When: 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8

Where: Ocean Casino Resort

What to expect: A band that helped pioneer the Southern rock explosion of the 1970s, 38 Special was founded in Jacksonville, Fla., by guitarist/vocalists Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant, the latter of whom is the younger brother of the late Ronnie Van Zant, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s original lead singer. 38 Special released 15 studio albums since 1976. Barnes remains the band’s lone original member, and its current ensemble also includes keyboardist Bobby Capps, drummer Gary Moffatt, bassist Barry Dunaway and guitarist Jerry Riggs. Among 38 Special’s biggest hits are “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Chain Lightnin’” and “Second Chance.” Their show takes place at Ocean Casino’s Ovation Hall.

How much: Tickets, priced at $29, $39 and $59, are available at Ticketmaster.com

More info: 38Special.com, TheOceanAC.com

KIM PETRAS

When: 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8

Where: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

What to expect: Kim Petras is a German-born pop singer and songwriter who shot to the top of the online dance-pop music charts with her song “Fade Away” when she was only 16 years old. She followed that up with Billboard-charting singles “I Don’t Want It At All,” “Feeling of Falling,” “Heart to Break,” “If U Think About Me” and “1, 2, 3 Dayz Up.” In 2020, Petras saw continued success with her electronic-dance-music singles “Malibu,” “Reminds Me” and “Broken Glass.” She lists among her many musical inspiration artists such as Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Madonna and the Spice Girls. Her show takes place at Hard Rock’s Sound Waves theater.

How much: Tickets, priced at $59 and $89, are available at Ticketmaster.com

More info: KimPetras.com, HardRock HotelAtlanticCity.com

THE BAND OF NOTHING

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8

Where: Anchor Rock Club

What to expect: The Band of Nothing, more commonly referred to as Nothing, is a Philadelphia quartet that bills itself as a blend of shoegaze — a fusion of indie- and alternative-rock influences — with grunge and hardcore. The band is touring behind its fourth full-length album of 10 original songs entitled “The Great Dismal,” which, according to the band’s website, “explores existentialist themes of isolation, extinction, and human behavior in the face of 2020’s vast wasteland.” Also performing at Anchor Rock Club on Friday night is a Philly funk band called Soul Glo and a northern New Jersey indie-punk band called Noun. The Anchor Rock Club is located at 247 S. New York Ave., Atlantic City.

How much: Tickets, priced at $15, are available at AnchorRockClub.com

More info: BandOfNothing.com, Anchor RockClub.com

ROBERT KELLY

When: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8 and 9

Where: Atlantic City Comedy Club at the Claridge Hotel

What to expect: Raised in a three-bedroom house with 13 family members in suburban Boston, Robert Kelly’s comedy repertoire is deeply rooted in his own life and relationships. It is a brand of humor that has been labeled honest, abrasively funny, yet refreshingly vulnerable. When not touring, he hosts a top-rated podcast called “You Know What Dude?” on iTunes. Kelly was arrested as a teenager in 1987 and spent time in a youth detention center. He has since been clean and sober for more than 30 years, and before taking on stand-up comedy full-time, Kelly worked with juvenile delinquents. It was while attending a conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous that Kelly discovered his gift for making people laugh.

How much: Tickets, priced at $25, $29 and $39, are available at AtlanticCity ComedyClub.com

More info: RobertKellyLive.com, AtlanticCityComedyClub.com

THE WAR OF THE

WORLDS RADIO DRAMA

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10

Where: Levoy Theatre in Millville

What to expect: A 1938 Halloween night radio broadcast called “The War of the Worlds,” which was directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles, is infamous for having created a panic among listeners who thought that our planet was actually being invaded by Martians. The radio broadcast was an adaptation of H. G. Wells’ novel “The War of the Worlds,” written in 1898. It was performed and broadcast live as a Halloween episode over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Welles read a prologue that was closely based on the opening of H. G. Wells’ novel, and modified it slightly to move the story’s setting to 1938. Welles’ broadcast was delivered in a “breaking news” style of storytelling, leading many listeners to believe that a Martian invasion was actually taking place. The broadcast led to an outcry against CBS radio, and calls for reform of Federal Communications Commission regulations. The episode also strengthened and secured Welles’ fame as a dramatist.

How much: Tickets, priced at $12, $18 and $25, are available at Etix.com

More info: Levoy.net

JC COLE & FOLSOM ’68

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9

Where: The Landis Theater in Vineland

What to expect: JC Cole has been hailed as the premier impersonator of the late, legendary country music singer/songwriter Johnny Cash. Cole and his five-man backing band, Folsom ’68, pay particular attention to recreating the Man in Black’s early material, with a particular focus on Cash’s career-defining prison concerts at Folsom Prison and San Quentin, held in 1968 and ’69, respectively. During the 90-minute show, fans will hear such Cash classics as “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Give My Love To Rose,” “25 Minutes To Go,” “I Walk the Line,” “The Ballad of San Quentin,” “Starkville City Jail,” “Wanted Man,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Ring of Fire” and others.

How much: Tickets, priced at $25, are available at Etix.com

More info: TheFolsom68.com, The LandisTheater.com

MAGIC ROCKS!

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9

Where: Tropicana Atlantic City

What to expect: Starring extraordinary illusionist Leon Etienne, who has been hailed by show critics as “America’s Rock Illusionist,” Magic Rocks! will wow the audience with some of the most mind-bending sleight-of-hand tricks and grand illusions the world has ever seen. Born and raised in Utica, N.Y., Etienne’s interest in magic began at age 12 when, according to his website, his mother sent his to his room for disciplinary reasons. Out of boredom, he picked up a book about magic tricks that he was given as a gift, but never before used. He quickly became smitten by magic, and evolved into one of the best magicians and illusionists anywhere on the planet. His show takes place at the Showroom at Tropicana.

How much: Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45, are available at Ticketmaster.com

More info: MagicRocks.com, Tropicana.net

ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9

Where: Harrah’s Atlantic City

What to expect: In a career spanning more than 50 years, British-born singer and romantic crooner Engelbert Humperdinck has been nominated four times for Grammy Awards, and generated sales in excess of 140 million records. He is best known for his romantic ballads, but his songs also cross into the categories of pop and soft rock. Humperdinck’s unique voice and stage charisma have charmed millions of fans worldwide over the years. His singles “The Last Waltz” and “Release Me” were major hits in the 1960s, with the latter setting a record at the time for having spent 56 consecutive weeks on the pop charts. Humperdinck also had major hits with the songs “There Goes My Everything,” “After the Lovin’,” “Spanish Eyes,” “This Moment in Time,” “Wonderland by Night,” “Ten Guitars,” “Am I That Easy to Forget,” “The Way It Used to Be,” “I’m a Better Man (for Having Loved You)” and “Winter World of Love.” His show takes place at the Concert Venue at Harrah’s.

How much: Tickets, priced at $64.50 and $89.50, are available at Ticketmaster.com

More info: Engelbert.com, Caesars.com/Harrahs-AC

FURY VS. WILDER III

When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9

Where: Bally’s Atlantic City

What to expect: Two of the top heavyweight boxers in the world are set for a third title showdown, as undefeated champion Tyson Fury puts his WBC heavyweight belt on the line against former longtime champion Deontay Wilder in a matchup billed as “Once and for All.” The bout takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, but fight fans can see it in real time on Bally’s FanDuel Sportsbook’s 25-foot-wide state-of-the-art LED video wall. The 32-year-old Fury, from England, is 30-0-1 with 21 knockouts. Wilder, 35, from Alabama, is 42-1-1 with 41 knockouts. Wilder’s only loss is against Fury in February of 2020 — a seventh-round TKO in which Wilder was knocked down twice before his team threw in the towel. The tie on both fighters’ records is against each other in 2018, with Fury getting knocked down twice before rallying for what was deemed a controversial draw. Both are very tall, even for heavyweights, with Fury standing 6-foot-9 and Wilder 6-7. The undercard starts 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (1:30 p.m. Las Vegas time). The main event will start at approximately 9 p.m. EST.

How much: FanDuel Sportsbook may charge an entry fee, as seating is limited. Call 609-289-5441 for more information on pricing.

More info: BallysAC.com/Sportsbook

ARNEL PINEDA AND BAMBOO

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9

Where: Bally’s Atlantic City

What to expect: Two of the best-known Filipino singers in the world, Arnel Pineda and Bamboo Mañalac, make a stop in Atlantic City during their first-ever U.S. tour together. Pineda’s story is a classic one of rags to riches. He was the lead singer for various cover bands in the Philippines when, in 2007, guitarist Neal Schon of the band Journey saw a YouTube video of Pineda and contacted him. Journey had been looking for a new lead singer to replace the departed Steve Perry, and Pineda’s style and vocal range fit the bill. He quickly gaining popularity within the American public and has been touring with Journey ever since. Bamboo Mañalac, known better as just Bamboo, was the frontman for two Filipino bands before striking out on his own in 2011, releasing his first solo album, “No Water, No Moon,” to much acclaim. He has become famous for his smooth vocals and energetic style during live performances, and is considered a rock icon in the Philippines. Their show, billed as “First Light,” takes place at Bally’s Grand Ballroom.

How much: Tickets, priced at $98, $128 and $150, are available at TicketWeb.com

More info: BallysAC.com

ATLANTIC CITY COMEDY FESTIVAL

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10

Where: Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City

What to expect: Since 2009, the Atlantic City Comedy Festival has brought bushels of laughs to Boardwalk Hall on back-to-back nights, featuring some of the nation’s best stand-up comedians. Each night features a completely different group of comics. The New Jersey-born Sommore is among Saturday night’s headliners and is billed as the “Diva of Contemporary Comedy.” Her style is described on her website (Sommore.com) as “biting sarcasm and frank discussions about money, sex, and equality between the sexes.” She first gained fame as the first female host of the long-running BET stand-up showcase ComicView, and has also appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Showtime at the Apollo, ComicView, and BET’s Live from L.A. She will be joined Saturday by comics DC Young Fly, Lavell Crawford, Kountry Wayne and Karlous Miller. Comedian Mike Epps is among the headliners on Sunday night’s bill. Epps has had numerous TV and film roles over a comedy career that dates back to the late 1980s. Satire and observational comedy are his specialties, as he masterfully finds the humor in all aspects of everyday life. He will be joined on Sunday’s stage by Bruce Bruce, Arnez J, Desi Banks and Earthquake.

How much: Tickets, priced at $59, $75, $89 and $99, are available at Ticketmaster.com

More info: ACComedyFestival.com, BoardwalkHall.com

THE RAT PACK: BACK IN TOWN

When: 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10

Where: Hard Rock Casino & Hotel

What to expect: The Rat Pack: Back in Town pays tribute to three renowned entertainers whose careers were all deeply rooted in the Atlantic City entertainment scene — Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. The cast impersonates the late legends’ voices, styles and mannerisms in impressive fashion. The show also includes a Marilyn Monroe impersonator singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” The show takes place at Hard Rock’s Sound Waves theater. Rat Pack fans can expect to hear such hit renditions as “Amore,” “Ain’t That A Kick In the Head” and “Everybody Loves Somebody” by Martin; “The Candy Man,” “I’ve Gotta Be Me,” “That Old Black Magic” and “Mr. Bojangles” by Davis; and “New York, New York,” “My Way,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Fly Me to the Moon” and “It Was A Very Good Year” by Sinatra.

How much: Tickets, priced at $24 and $29, are available at Ticketmaster.com

More info: HardRockHotelAtlantic City.com

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