With tourist season fully kicking in, South Florida's casinos are amping up their entertainment with big-name acts heavy on comedy, classic rock and golden oldies.
I previously reported that upcoming performers at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com) include groundbreaking comedians Jerry Seinfeld (Feb. 24-25/$80-$180) and Chris Rock (March 29/$65-$180) as well as singing legend Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (Jan. 27-28/$40-$80).
Comic Lisa Lampanelli will tell insult jokes (Feb. 4/$40-$60), and America and Three Dog Night will play their classic rock (Feb. 18/$50-$75). "Dancing With the Stars" will glide across the stage (Dec. 29/$45-$85), and Don Henley of the Eagles will soar (Jan. 25/$71-$156).
And as the Go Guide's Ben Crandell says of singer and songwriter Bryan Ferry (March 9/$40-$85), "They don't make pop virtuosos like [him] anymore."
Hard Rock Live, which seats 5,500 visitors, will also host "The Last Waltz 40 Tour" (Jan. 21/$60-$190), a tribute featuring a variety of folk rockers honoring the Band's farewell concert in 1976.
Classic pop icon Paul Anka will sing his hits (March 17-18/$70-$105), and standup comic Jim Jefferies (April 1/$20-$65) will bring laughs toward the end of tourist season.
Also at the Seminoles' complex is the Improv, a comedy club that will feature Shawn Wayans (Dec. 29-31/$25-$47).
The tribe's other big casino in South Florida, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St. Coconut Creek, 954-977-6700, CasinoCoco.com), is bringing marquee shows to its 1,200-seat entertainment venue. Former teen idols Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell will sing (Jan. 13/$65-$100) their greatest hits, and then will share the stage for several more.
And international starlet Sophia Loren will tell stories from her colorful life (Feb. 10/$70-$250).
Giving the tribe competition for live acts is the year-old stage at the renovated Casino at Dania Beach (301 E. Dania Beach Blvd., 954-920-1511, CasinoDaniaBeach.com), which currently seats 800. Upcoming performers include Southern rockers Atlanta Rhythm Section (Jan. 7/$15-$45) and J. Anthony Brown, who is being billed as a "titanic comedic force" (Jan. 14/$20-$30).
Other shows will feature jazz-rockers Blood, Sweat & Tears (Jan. 28/$25-$55), comedian Dave Coulier (Feb. 11/$20-$30), Little River Band (Feb. 24/$25-$45) and comedian Sandra Bernhard (March 11/$25-$35).
Soft rockers Air Supply will return for an encore performance (March 23-24/$55-$90). The duo first played at Dania Beach in April.
In Miami, Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000, MagicCityCasino.com) will host Jeff Ross, aka "the Roastmaster General," for two shows (Feb. 18/$30).