- Nicole Pensiero
Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias play at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Tickets: $49.50 to $249.50. Information: 1-800-736-1420, www.ticketmaster.com.
Freedy Johnston writes witty, carefully crafted songs that dwell at the intersection of power pop, country rock, and singer-songwriter sobriety. At their best, as on his 1993 classic Can You Fly and its 1994 successor This Perfect World (which included the hit "Bad Reputation"), Johnston's songs sound effortless and inevitable. Johnston was quiet for much of the early part of this century, before resurfacing with 2010's solid Rain on the City. This year, he partnered with Jon Dee Graham and Susan Cowsill for an album as the Hobart Brothers and Lil' Sis. He has also been moonlighting in a Steely Dan cover band, oddly enough. A new album is in the works, titled Neon Repairman, so expect some new songs when he plays a solo show upstairs at World Cafe Live on Sunday.
- Steve Klinge
Freedy Johnston plays at 8 p.m. on Sunday at World Cafe Live Upstairs, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets: $16 advance, $18 day of show. Information: 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
Chandler Travis Three-o
Chandler Travis is a founding member of the Incredible Casuals, a New England group very much in the spirit of the beloved NRBQ, with its own breezy charm and tunefully offbeat bent. The Chandler Travis Three-o, which appears Thursday at World Cafe Live, stems from one of his other groups, the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, a similarly entertaining big-band outfit that adds horns and some jazzy swing to the mix. (He's also a member of the Catbirds, who will release their rocking debut, Catbirds Say Yeah, in August.)
Also performing will be local hero and go-to guy Pete Donnelly. In addition to backing the likes of Tommy Stinson and being a member of the Figgs (who sometimes support Graham Parker), Donnelly is also part of the new version of NRBQ.
- Nick Cristiano
The Chandler Travis Three-o, with Pete Donnelly, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets: $12. Information: 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.