Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait will perform Saturday at 7 p.m. in Sunset Station’s Club Madrid. Goldthwait was inspired by the offbeat, especially Monty Python and Andy Kaufman. "Shakes of the Clowns," a cult classic, is one of his better-known projects. His shows have a reputation for being unpredictable. Lately, he has directed music videos, voiced cartoon characters, hosted his own Improv/game show on FX and has appeared as a panelist on the television show Politically Incorrect. Tickets are $15 to $25. Guests must be 21 and over.
The Whispers at Texas Station
R&B sensation The Whispers will perform at Texas Station’s new Dallas Events Center, Saturday 9 p.m. The Whispers have been playing music for 30 years and recently recorded an album called Songbook Vol. 1/The Songs of Babyface. The new recording pays homage to Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, whom the band met during their early days at Solar Records. Edmonds and partner L.A. Reid wrote the song "Rock Steady," a top 10 pop hit and a No. 1 R&B record. In 1980, they recorded "And The Beat Goes On" which reached No. 1 on the R&B charts and broke into the top 20 on the pop charts. Other hits include "One for the Money" and a soulful cover of Bread’s "Make It With You." Tickets are $19.95 to $42.50.
Eric Burdon & New Animals to Sunset Station
Eric Burdon & New Animals will return to Sunset Station’s Club Madrid, Friday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Burdon has covered songs by American blues greats Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker. He and The Animals soon became England’s best R&B band and were selected by pirate station "Radio Caroline" for its first broadcast to the United States. The Animals are known for an "electrified" version of the folksy "House of the Rising Sun." Other hits include "Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood," "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" and "See See Rider." Tickets are $17.50 to $25.
Rock Legends at Stardust
Three notable vocal groups, The Original Drifters with Bill Pinkney, the Coasters featuring Carl Gardner, and Sonny Turner’s Platters will perform in concert at the Stardust’s Wayne Newton Theater Wednesday through Saturday. All three groups debuted in the early 1950s. The Drifters, the Coasters, and the Platters all have been inducted into the Rock ”˜n Roll Hall of Fame. The Drifters rhythm and blues hits include "Money Honey" and "Honey Love." The Coasters hits include "Charlie Brown," "Yakety Yak," and "Down in Mexico." In the 50s, Sonny Turner’s Platters had two records that reached the No. 1 spot on the national play lists, "Only You" and "The Great Pretender." Tickets are $19.95.
Debbie Reynolds to The Orleans
Living legend Debbie Reynolds will perform in the showroom of The Orleans Hotel and Casino Thursday through Sunday at 7 p.m. For 50 years, Reynolds has made more than 25 films, including "Singin’ in the Rain." She was selected by Gene Kelly to be his dancing partner in the 1952 film. Other movies in which she appeared include "Unsinkable Molly Brown," and "How the West Was Won." She received Academy Award nominations for her performance in the early 1960’s film "Unsinkable Molly Brown" and in 1996 for her role in the film "Mother." Tickets are $34.95 to $44.
"Pitter-Patter" of Little Feat at Sam’s Town
The rock and roll band Little Feat will perform in concert at Sam’s Town Live! on Friday at 8 p.m. Little Feat’s songs, which go back 30 years, include "Willin," "Hamberg Midnight," and "Strawberry Flats." The bands second album, Sailing Shoes brought now legendary songs such as "Trouble," "Cold Cold Cold" and the album’s title track. The band’s blending of blues, rockabilly, funk, folk and jazz into its own easily recognizable style of music and has been its trademark for nearly 30 years. Sam’s Town Live! is part of Sam’s Town new expansion. Tickets are $22.50.
George Carlin at MGM Grand
Comedian George Carlin, known as one of America’s keenest social critics, will be performing at MGM Grand’s Hollywood and EFX Theaters Thursday through Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 9 p.m. For more than three decades, he has honed his craft on television, regularly integrating taboo subjects into his performances. Carlin is not only distinguished by his choice of subject matter, but also his viewpoints and in-your-face delivery. Tickets are on sale for $47.50 at any MGM Grand ticketing outlet.