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Conklin comedy and music at Parx

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Philadelphia sports fans are known as some of the most passionate and brutally honest human beings on the planet.

So, who better to pay tribute to this rowdy portion of the population than Philadelphia’s own Joe Conklin? Conklin, a Cardinal Dougherty High School graduate and longtime radio personality, will return to the City Rhythm Orchestra for a night of comedy and music at Parx Casino’s Xcite Center in Bensalem on April 14 at 8 p.m.

Conklin will take the audience on a nostalgic journey featuring all of his celebrity voice impressions, an eight-piece orchestra and a cast of singers, which includes his brothers John and Jim, along with Tricia Gozzi, Debra Toscano, Joanne Farrell and surprise guests.

“The show brings together the finest musicians, singers and entertainers in the business,” said Conklin. “The fact that they are all named Conklin is pretty coincidental.”

The one-night-only performance will celebrate the history of Philadelphia sports and the people who have given their undying support through the thick and thin of wins and losses.

The show is directed by Vince Valentine, hosted by SportsRadio 94WIP’s Joe DeCamara and presented by Baldini Communications. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and tickets are on sale for $45-$65 at www.parxcasino.com. Complimentary self-parking is available on site.

Conklin, known for his spot-on impressions of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Barack Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Allen Iverson and Charles Barkley, will lead a show that blends together music and comedy and highlights the topics of family, loyalty and everything Philly – including all the jingles from growing up, including Schaefer Beer, Schmidt’s and Ballantine’s Beer.

There will be all the sounds and all the nostalgia surrounding Philadelphia sports – including old songs from the ballpark. Music will be inspired by The Stylistics, Delfonics and the O’Jays.

A portion of proceeds from this show will be donated to The Ben to the Shore Bike Tour, a charity bike ride that raises money to provide necessary financial relief for the families of fallen or critically injured first responders and cultivate positive relationships and interactions between police officers and the children in the communities they serve. ••

Mark Zimmaro
Mark Zimmaro
Mark Zimmaro is a reporter for the South Philly Review. Follow him on Twitter @mzimmaro or email at mzimmaro@newspapermediagroup.com
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