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Rooney with Hanson

August 23 • Moonlite Gardens

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Named for a character in an ’80s movie (the inept principal in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), you might assume that the band’s music has an old-school New Wave twinge to it. While that's correct, their influences run much deeper. Listen closely and you can also hear the Power Pop of the ’60s.  

Comedy: Dan Cummins

0 Comments · Monday, August 16, 2010
Though he was an admitted class clown, Dan Cummins never had a burning desire to become a stand-up comedian. "I was more like back-of-the-room smart-ass," he says. "I have one memory in the fourth grade of some classmate saying, 'You're like Bill Cosby.' I didn’t even listen to (Cosby), which was funny." Ironically, this past year, that same classmate attended the taping of Cummins’s special in Spokane, Wash., the adopted hometown of both.  

Music: Rooney with Hanson

0 Comments · Monday, August 16, 2010
Named for a character in an '80s movie (the inept principal in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'), you might assume that Rooney's music has an old-school New Wave twinge to it. While that's correct, the band's influences run much deeper. Listen closely and you can also hear the Power Pop of the '60s. "Yeah, I think in the beginning that ('80s style) was definitely the main thing," says Rooney drummer Ned Brower. They open for Hanson Monday at Moonlite Gardens.  

Comedy: Jimmy Pardo

0 Comments · Monday, August 9, 2010
While you can make a good living doing stand-up, it's not always rock steady work; just ask Jimmy Pardo. While he's never had trouble filling clubs across America, it was that very success that helped get him a permanent gig warming up the crowd for Conan O'Brien's 'Tonight Show.' The fact that he hosts a popular podcast, 'Never Not Funny,' helped as well. When Conan was shown the door, another one opened for Pardo.  

Comedy: Vince Morris

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 3, 2010
What’s new with Vince Morris? “I just got out of prison and my life has changed,” he says, laughing. Quite the opposite, actually — the Columbus native is now a father, living outside of Dayton. Almost every week, though, the Comedy Bat Signal calls and he returns to his role as one of America’s sharpest stand-up comics. Balancing career and family has been a challenge. “I’ve got a place in L.A., but it’s a catch-22,” he explains. “I don’t like L.A. I never liked it, but you have to be there for the career. But you don’t want to raise a family in Los Angele  

The Beach Boys

July 30-31 • Grand Victoria Casino

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 27, 2010
When discussing the greatest Rock bands of all time, The Beach Boys are often mistakenly dismissed as a mere vocal group. “There are some bands that have a lead singer and maybe some harmonies that are iffy,” explains Mike Love, The Beach Boys lead singer. “The thing that distinguishes The Beach Boys from any other Rock band is the sophisticated harmonies and arrangements.” They play Friday and Saturday nights at the Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun.  

Comedy: Sebastian Maniscalco

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 27, 2010
"My act is primarily based on the disgust of human behavior," says comedian Sebastian Maniscalco. "I saw that a lot while waiting tables. I worked at a big end hotel…in Beverly Hills and I would get a very snooty type of clientele. I never really brought that on stage, but I did have an angst (about) how people act especially when they're getting waited on." The Chicago-native actually didn’t attend his first open mic until arriving in Southern California.  

Music: The Beach Boys

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 27, 2010
When discussing the greatest rock bands of all-time, The Beach Boys are often mistakenly dismissed as a mere vocal group. "There are some bands that have a lead singer and maybe some harmonies that are iffy," explains lead singer Mike Love. "The thing that distinguishes The Beach Boys from any other rock band is the sophisticated harmonies and arrangements." Indeed, early on people thought of them as a surf band, and a commercialized one at that. Love and friends perform Friday and Saturday at Grand Victoria Casino.  

Comedy: Donnell Rawlings

0 Comments · Monday, July 19, 2010
"I started as professional heckler," says comedian Donnell Rawlings when asked about how he got into stand-up. "I was working at a grocery chain as a security guard." Co-workers invited him to go to a comedy club. "I started heckling the comedians on stage and I started becoming pretty popular as a heckler. The club owner didn't really appreciate it too much and he challenged me to go on stage, so I did. I lit it up, and haven't looked back since." Rawlings performs at Go Bananas Thursday-Sunday.  

Comedy: Steve White

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 13, 2010
"I almost think in jokes," says comedian Steve White. "Either that or it's the flip side and very spiritual and majestic. Sometimes it's both. I look up and see a beautiful dove and it craps on my forehead." After 24 years of doing stand-up, he explains, your mind starts to work a certain way. "I see the fat lady in the bikini bottom she shouldn't be wearing. It’s almost like the comedy gods are playing tricks on me." White performs Thursday-Sunday at Newport's Funny Bone on the Levee.