Upcoming nightlife events around Boston

Clubs & Dance Nights

PAUL VAN DYK A pioneer in his genre, the German-born trance, electronic, and dance music DJ was one of the first to ever be nominated for a Grammy Award in the best dance/electronic album category. Aug. 30, 10 p.m. Tickets: $20-$35. 21+ Royale Nightclub, Boston. 617-338-7699,

BENNY BENASSI The Italian techno and house music DJ, perhaps best known for his 2002 club-thumping dance hit “Satisfaction,” will perform in Quincy on Friday. Aug. 31, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40. 21+ The Ocean Club at Marina Bay, Quincy. 617-689-0600, www.oceanclub

NETSKY The Middle East Downstairs will play host to a night of electronic dance music when entertainers such as Dynamite MC, Lenore, and headliner Netsky take to the stage. The Belgian-based producer and DJ is known for melding drum and bass with what’s been called “liquid funk.” Sept. 1, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 - $30. 18+ Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-492-9181,


ROGER SANCHEZ This Grammy Award-winning DJ who performs all over Europe primarily spins house music with a bit of a tribal influence. Roger Sanchez will make a stop in Quincy Sunday as part of his world tour. Sept. 2,
8 p.m. Tickets: $20. 21+ The Ocean Club at
Marina Bay, Quincy. 617-689-0600, www.ocean

Nicole Cammorata


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JM RODNEY’S MEDICINE SHOW: HOW THE GODS KILL Ignore the scary moniker. This is a comedy show, named for Rodney’s Bookstore, where the show started. Andrew Durso subs for usual host Ryan Douglass, and welcomes Mehran, Sean Wilkinson, Ted Pettingell, Cam MacNeil, Chris Braiotta, and Brendan Thomas Crowley. Aug. 30, 9 p.m. $6. Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-354-2685,

ZOLLOPALOOZA! Every so often, Don Zollo comes back to Boston, where he got his start, to showcase some of his funniest friends in “Zollopalooza!” This time, he’s got Dan Boulger, Brian Glowacki, and Nick Peine. Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 8:30 p.m. $20. Nick’s Comedy Stop, Boston. 617-438-1068, www.nickscomedy

JOSH GONDELMAN Having released his debut CD, “Everything’s the Best,” in November, Gondelman is back from New York to top the bill at the Comedy Studio, along with Mike Pincus, Don Zollo, and others. Sept. 2, 8 p.m. $8. Comedy Studio, 1238 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-661-6507, www.thecomedystudio

BOSTON COMEDY ARTS FESTIVAL Formerly the Boston Improv Festival, this is not to be confused with the Boston Comedy Festival, which starts Sept. 13. The Boston Comedy Arts Festival features stand-up, sketch, and improv and kicks off Tuesday with the British troupe the Cambridge Footlights. Sept. 4-9, various times and ticket prices.ImprovBoston,
40 Prospect St., Cambridge, and Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253,

Nick A. Zaino III