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Meyers update SETH MEYERS “Saturday Night Live’’ Weekend Update anchor Meyers - a native of Bedford, N.H., and a Red Sox and Celtics fan - will have a homecoming of sorts when he plays Hampton Beach Saturday while “SNL’’ is on break. Aug. 20, 8 p.m. Tickets: $29-$39. Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach, N.H. 603-929-4100, www.casinoballroom.com Meyers update

SETH MEYERS “Saturday Night Live’’ Weekend Update anchor Meyers - a native of Bedford, N.H., and a Red Sox and Celtics fan - will have a homecoming of sorts when he plays Hampton Beach Saturday while “SNL’’ is on break. Aug. 20, 8 p.m. Tickets: $29-$39. Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach, N.H. 603-929-4100, www.casinoballroom.com
(Dana Edelson/NBC)
August 18, 2011

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NIGHTLIFE

PHRENOLOGY Music Ecology, the weekly Tuesday party at Wonder Bar, heads across the river to Central Square on Saturday for this new 18-plus party. Phrenology performers this week include downtempo headliner KiloWatts. “One of the most prolific artists of the era, KiloWatts has worked with some of the greatest minds in the industry,’’ explains organizer Alex Russo. Beam&Deem join in with their “diverse, thoughtful, melodic, glitchy, warbly soundscapes.’’ Also on hand are local breaks talent JSB, glitch-hop and downtempo act DSub, and Deph, who’ll bring the tech/house. Aug. 20, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. 18+. Middle East Upstairs. 617-864-3278. www.mideastclub.com

IDENTITY FESTIVAL The biggest festival tour of the summer is this cavalcade of electronic music stars and hot up-and-coming acts, including Crystal Method, DJ Shadow, Avicii, and Rusko. “Electronic is here to stay alongside all other genres,’’ says Swedish club-chart-topper Avicii. “The fact that it has crossed over to a commercial scene might last and it may not, but either way I believe that it will have its hold on a loyal fan base forever.’’ Aug. 20, 1 p.m. Tickets: $62.85-$116.80. Comcast Center. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

SUBSTANCE 2.0 This new monthly party at the Phoenix Landing is “a showcase of quality electronic music by the best producers and DJs from Boston and the world,’’ explains Carlos Perez De Anda of the electronic music collective Elecsonic. On Tuesday they’ve got a “ground-shaking lineup’’ of Berklee musicians, including New York’s Matt Lange, Boston’s Kerry Leva, and resident DJ Balian, for a night of house and techno. Aug. 23, 9 p.m. Cover: $5. 19+. Phoenix Landing. 617-576-6260. www.phoenixlandingbar.com

NOW PLAYING This party at the Good Life combines two of life’s greatest pleasures that go perfectly together: playing video games and listening to hip-hop. The Good Life is holding a Mario Kart tournament; no, not that newfangled stuff for the kids, but rather the real 1996 version for the Nintendo 64. “Boston DJs El Amado and Thaddeus Jeffries provide the soundtrack alongside Somerville-based video game mashup producer Team Teamwork,’’ explains Good Life’s Jeff Gilbride. “ And on top of that, the good people at Sapporo beer are hosting a beer-sampling party during the whole thing.’’ Aug. 24, 9 pm. Free. 21+. The Good Life. 617-451-2622. www.goodlifebar.com

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COMEDY

“BAD DADDY: THE MUSICAL’’ This dark musical comedy is traveling after its premiere in Santa Barbara last year. The plot revolves around the communication breakdown between a father and daughter, standing in for their respective generations in a clash of eras, set to an alternative rock score. Aug. 19, 21, 23-25, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-496-8004, www.cluboberon.com

THE SECOND CITY: LAUGH OUT LOUD TOUR Second City has been an amazing source for comic talent since its inception in Chicago in 1959, training John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey, among countless others. If you see the touring production at the Wilbur, take note of the players. You may see them again. Aug. 19, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849, www.thewilburtheatre.com

JAY PHAROAH As a featured player on “Saturday Night Live,’’ Pharoah gets to show off his impressions of Will Smith and Denzel Washington, but the impression that got him noticed on YouTube, Barack Obama, is handled by Fred Armisen on the TV show. You may get to see it in his act at the Wilbur. Aug. 20, 7 p.m. Tickets: $25. Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849, www.thewilburtheatre.com

NICK A. ZAINO III