I’ve heard a lot of great singers over the years and seen some incredible comedians and impersonators.

Among singers, some of the best I’ve seen in concert were Glen Campbell, James Ingram, Alison Krauss, Trisha Yearwood, Merle Haggard, Travis Tritt, Peabo Bryson, Dionne Warwick, Engelbert Humperdinck (yes, I went with my wife but found myself surprised by what a great singer he is), Clint Black, Randy Travis, LeAnn Rimes, Michael Martin Murphey, Alan Jackson, Tanya Tucker, Pam Tillis … oh, the list could go on and on and I’m sure I’ve left out many I’ll remember tomorrow.

We used to visit the Comedy Store in Hollywood regularly, too, so we saw everyone from Rodney Dangerfield and Sam Kinison to Gallagher and Jim Carey (before anyone had heard of him). I really enjoy Paul Rodriguez and Norm McDonald, too, and one of the funniest people I ever saw was the late Marilyn Martinez, who didn’t achieve the fame she should have before dying in 2007.

It’s rare to find an entertainer nowadays who is a great singer, very funny and a fabulous impersonator, but Tom Stevens is all of that. I’ve seen him four times and still can’t believe he isn’t a household name. The Las Vegas resident has performed at several casinos on the Strip and we saw him at a club near the Stratosphere several months ago. He played to a packed house and impersonated everyone from Elton John to Al Jolson to Michael Crawford as he sang and sounded just like each of them! It was an amazing show that had everyone standing and applauding wildly.

I’ve been itching to put together a concert series for the Daily Press and when Victor Valley College Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Wagner agreed to team with us, Stevens was the first performer I thought of to bring to VVC.

So he will kick off the Daily Press/Victor Valley College Concert Series at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at VVC’s beautiful Performing Arts Center, 18422 Bear Valley Road, Victorville. Tickets are $25 and $35. The VIP ticket, the $35 one, comes with Tom’s CD, which I’m sure he’ll be happy to autograph for you.

Tom has several shows in his repertoire. This one is called “An Evening with Dean Martin & Friends.” Tom is probably the best Dean Martin impersonator in the world and in addition to sounding just like the Rat Pack crooner, he has mastered all of Deano’s moves and mannerisms.

If you come to the show — and I certainly hope you will — you can expect to hear many of Martin’s hits, from “Volare” and “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” to “That’s Amore” and “Everybody Loves Somebody.”

Stevens also will impersonate some of his “friends,” who could range from Robert De Niro and Cher to Sammy Davis Jr. and Jerry Lewis. Or he might choose to do Tony Bennett or Peter Falk. Or maybe someone new he has been working on.

Stevens spends hours perfecting the voice of these celebrities, as well as their mannerisms. But while most impersonators only do so with their speaking voices, Tom also sings like the celebrities he impersonates. It really is amazing to watch and hear.

He’ll throw in more than a few jokes, as well. It all makes for a wonderful night of entertainment and I know Tom will kick off this new concert series in style.

So jump online and order your tickets now or call me at 760-951-6270 if you don’t have a computer. We’ll get you set up with tickets.

I’m really excited about our second concert in the series, too, which is slated for Thursday, Oct. 19 at Victor Valley College. We’ve got another awesome performer lined up, but I’m going to wait a little while longer before I announce it publicly. But save the date because that will be another show you won’t want to miss. Promise!

Steve Hunt can be reached at 760-961-6270 or by email at SHunt@VVDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter at @stevehunteditor.