Also Good Bets: Today-Sept. 16

Photo by Joshua Priestley

Today we had Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank in the DNTV studio, playing "A Long Time To Be Gone," which Ian Alexy called autobiographical. Their CD release show for "Travelling Show" is tonight at 9:30 p.m. at Pizza Luce. Check out the full video here.

Singer/songwriter Joe Carey has a show at Beaner’s Central on Friday night. The St. Paul musician’s most-recent CD is "Sunflower Soul," and got a thumbs up from John Ziegler in a recent review. Joe Carey and I went to Lourdes High School together in the mid-1990s, so I feel secure in telling you that he is not mean at all. Go Eagles!

Todd Eckart has been cropping up for shows in the area lately, and his final one is at 7 p.m. Monday at Black Water Lounge. He will be performing mostly Dean Martin, with a bit of Sinatra thrown into the mix. Get your lounge on. This also seems like a good reason to have a martini rimmed with Pop Rocks, which, luckily, they make a mean one over there next to Greysolon.

It’s closing time at Big Top Chautauqua, and they’re bringing down the tent with a night billed as "A night of a thousand laughs." Check out Wisconsinites Mike Mercury, a comedien who claims to be a good kisser on his Web site, and author Michael Perry, the author of "Population 485." Also in the lineup: Circo Comedia, a duo that does physical comedy and schtick schtuff. (Whenever I hear the phrase "physical comedy," I always think of John Ritter). There will be music from the Blue Canvas Orchestra. Tickets are $18-$28.

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Also Good Bets, a companion to the Wave’s Best Bets section, is a weekly feature that includes additional ways to fill your entertainment schedule for the next week.