Mom always liked them best
It hardly seems possible that the Smothers Brothers are coming up on their 50th anniversary in show business. They have always seemed at once contemporary and old-timey, though. They were ultra-hip when they premiered their goofball, song-parody-with-a-little-stand-up act at San Francisco's Purple Onion in 1958. They managed to rile network executives with semi-political rantings on their late-1960s TV show. (Steve Martin and Rob Reiner got their writing starts there.) In the 1970s, they bought a winery in California. In the 1990s, they unretired.
Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort, Boston and Pacific avenues, 7 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday, 2 p.m. Monday, 9 p.m. Thursday, $30, 609-340-7160, www.hiltonac.com.
South Philly style
Bobby Rydell, Fabian and Frankie Avalon give a Rat Packian show, Philly Style, when they come to A.C. more or less every six months as Dick Fox's Golden Boys. In these days of rockers releasing an album every three years, it is hard to remember how much they - especially Rydell - dominated the local and national charts in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Rydell had more top 25 hits than anyone except Elvis in those years. Their old hits alone could fill up a show, but they add some Sinatra/ Darin/Dean-o touches, with enthusiasm and panache.
Harrah's Atlantic City, 777 Harrah's Blvd., 9 tonight and tomorrow, $40, 609-441-5786, www.harrahs.com.
Steve Tyrell was a producer, writer and arranger working with such diverse folks as Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, LL Cool J and Alice Cooper, when someone heard his voice on a demo record and got him to sing "The Way You Look Tonight" in the movie "Father of the Bride." In the 16 years since then, he's been performing standards in club rooms and casinos around the world. Tyrell's a Sinatra buff, so casino-goers who are still ga-ga for Frank should treat themselves to his respectful interpretations.