Laugh Out Loud hosts well-established laugh conjurers and undiscovered comedic masterminds capable of leaving the audience doubled over in harmonized chuckles. Past Laugh Out Loud audience-slayers have graced the stages of HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central, and upcoming performers include musical comedian Ron Feingold, who produces a cappella backup, lead, and percussive vocals with his three separate mouths (July 28–30). Lyndel Pleasant, a former stagemate of Chris Rock, weaves anecdotes of marriage and fatherhood into his act (August 4–6), and Ward Anderson, author of The Ultimate Bachelor’s Guide, tackles audiences with his physical comedy (August 11–13). All shows last approximately two hours and showcase three comedians or one mythical hydra that wants to know what the deal is with airplane peanuts.
Since 1984, Champps Americana's kitchen has sizzled with made-from-scratch dishes, satiating sports fans and families with a comfortable atmosphere. Amid sunlit dining rooms, diners seated at wooden tabletops can root for their favorite pixels on flat-screen TVs broadcasting live sports. In the kitchen, chefs prepare pastas with grilled chicken and roasted artichokes, pile buns with barbecued pulled pork and spicy buffalo chicken, and fill soft taco shells with grilled steak. Behind the bar, bartenders whip up specialty cocktails and margaritas and fill goblets with wine and local craft beers on tap.
Formed in the glory days of heavy metal, Queensrÿche rocks audiences with songs that reveal the fierce polish of 30 years of evolving artistry. The band's distinctive mix of prog rock, metal, and subliminal messaging rocketed their Empire album up the charts, launching hits such as "Silent Lucidity," "Jet City Woman," and "Best I Can." Normally reserved only for members of Queensrÿche's fan club, a backstage meet-and-greet lets a small group of the devoted make personal connections with the four lords of loudness, shaking their lightning-fast hands and comparing headbanging techniques. With experience opening for Nickelback and Staind, opening band The Fifth's wailing guitars rally fist pumps and head thrashes as raging as a riverbed full of angry bulls.
Whipping up upscale pub grub with expertise, North Ridge Pub pairs reputable fare and a comfortable setting better than a leather couch fitted with a deep fryer. Amid a casual atmosphere that’s blanketed in lustrous wood finishes, patrons can enjoy a welcoming staff and varied dinner and brunch menus compiled with the freshest ingredients available. Hunger-addled visitors can sample specialty entrees such as the Cameron Steak, marinated with soy and pineapple ($13.95), and meatloaf with secret sauce, vegetables, and mac 'n' cheese ($8.95/$11.95). Seafaring visitors and Aquaman can opt for seafood offerings such as the shrimp picante with rice and tortilla chips ($12.95), and handy diners can test-bite a mitt-fitting crab-cake sandwich ($7.95). North Ridge Pub's fully stocked bar serves up high-octane drinks that help fuel discourse more efficiently than Socrates appearing on The Arsenio Hall Show.