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Frankie Valli at Borgata

WHO IS HE:With its intricate vocal harmonies and doo-wop approach, The Four Seasons became one of the most successful groups of the 1960s. Lead singer Frankie Valli's signature falsetto became the trademark of the group, which recorded hits such as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Dawn," "Rag Doll" and "Let's Hang On." While many American groups presenting a clean-cut, somewhat corny image fell prey to the more hip British Invasion, The Four Seasons managed to survive. In fact, when The Beatles dominated the charts in 1964, The Four Seasons scored three major hit singles. Valli launched a solo career in the late 1960s, scoring a No. 2 single with "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You." Later Valli hits included "My Eyes Adored You," "Swearin' To God," "Our Day Will Come" and "Grease."

WHAT TO EXPECT: Jersey Boy Frankie Valli has been performing since his youth and shows no signs of stopping. He managed to score hit records as a solo artist and with his group, The Four Seasons, and continues to perform regularly with the Atlantic City shows always being a big success. Fans will be singing and clapping along to gems such as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and "Grease."

WEBSITE:

FrankieValliFourSeasons.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $64 and $74. The show begins 9 p.m. on Friday through Sunday, May 24, 25 and 26, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Music Box.

Allen Edwards at Resorts

WHO IS HE: Allen Edwards, the man known as "The Voice of Branson," is a performer whose vocal style is reminiscent of greats such as Perry Como, Jim Reeves, Neil Diamond and Engelbert Humperdinck. Fans can look forward to hearing Edwards' favorites including "Walk Out Backward" and "Could We Please Stay in Love For a While.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25. The shows begin 8 p.m. Tuesdays and 3:30 and 8 p.m. Wednesdays through May 29 at Resorts Casino Hotel.

Chicago at Borgata

WHO ARE THEY: Believe it or not, the soft rock group Chicago is statistically the second most successful American band of all time. Only the Beach Boys have sold more albums and singles. Chicago was formed in the late 1960s in the city that bears the same name. The goal of the musicians was to blend classical, jazz, R&B, pop and rock, and they managed to do so incredibly successfully. The group's first album, "Chicago Transit Authority," was released in April 1969 and went on to sell more than two million copies. The band never looked back, recording hits throughout every decade since.

WHAT TO EXPECT: With their romantic lyrics, slick production, pop sensibilities and mainstream appeal, Chicago was practically tailor-made for adult contemporary and soft rock stations across America. Fans can expect to hear a good deal of Chicago hits spanning the group's entire history. Prepare to sing along to such hits such as "Make me Smile," "Saturday in the Park," "Hard Habit to Break," "You're the Inspiration" and "Look Away" as well as newer tracks including "Feel" and "Love Will Come Back."

WHAT'S NEW: Chicago has been in the studio and is currently working on a new album.

WEBSITE:

ChicagoTheBand.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55, $65 and $75. The show begins 8 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Event Center.

Third Eye Blind

at Caesars

WHO ARE THEY: Third Eye Blind released its self-titled debut album in 1997, during the height of the post-grunge melodic pop/rock era. The San Francisco-based band scored hits with "Semi-Charmed Life," "How's it Going to Be" and "Jumper." In 1999, Third Eye Blind released "Blue," which sold 150,000 copies in its first month of release, but didn't receive the same sort of critical acclaim or commercial success of its predecessor. The group waited four years before releasing its next album, "Out of the Vein," in 2003.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Third Eye Blind has been playing its brand of non-threatening modern pop/rock since the American post-grunge wasteland of the late 1990s. While British bands such as Radiohead, Oasis and Blur were pushing rock music to greater, yet riskier, heights, domestic bands including Third Eye Blind took the opposite approach. With a mainstream, female-dominated fan base, the band relies on catchy hooks, sing-along choruses and upbeat rhythms. Concert-goers are sure to hear old favorites such as "Semi-Charmed Life" and "How's it Going to Be" along with a smattering of songs from the group's other three studio albums.

WHAT'S NEW: Singer Stephan Jenkins recently announced the band would begin recording its fifth album in June.

WEBSITE: 3EB.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $39 and $69. The show begins 9 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Caesars Atlantic City's Circus Maximus Theater.

Joe Holiday's Family Friendly Magic Show at Comedy Stop

WHO IS HE: Joe Holiday is a magician who takes a family-friendly approach to magic and entertainment. Holiday amazes audiences with sleight of hand and stage magic tricks and creates a fun-filled atmosphere that engages children and lets them participate in the show.

WEBSITE: JoeHoliday.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Add dinner to your show at 5:30 p.m. for $10 per adult, $5 per child. The show begins 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through Tuesdays at The Comedy Stop Cafe and Cabaret inside Tropicana Casino and Resort. This is an all-ages performance.

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at House of Blues

WHO ARE THEY: Emerging from the legendary Asbury Park rock 'n' roll scene of the 1970s, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes gained national attention in the wake of the success of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" album. Led by producer/songwriter/guitarist "Miami" Steve Van Zandt and featuring a full horn section, the Jukes released its debut album "I Don't Wanna Go Home" in 1976. It featured the classic title track along with the Springsteen standout "The Fever" and a duet with Ronnie Spector on "You Mean So Much To Me." A year later, the band released the more-muscular "This Time It's For Real" and in 1978 the masterpiece "Hearts of Stone." After a rough patch in the 1980s, Southside returned to form with the stellar "Better Days" in 1991. Although they never reached the commercial heights attained by Springsteen, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes have continued to release albums and tour consistently throughout the U.S. and Europe to a legion of dedicated fans.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes are often referred to as the "world's greatest bar band," but even that complimentary tagline doesn't give the band enough credit. In addition to the Jukes' sound - which is a magnificent combination of R&B, rock 'n' roll and blues complete with horns, the songwriting provided by the likes of Steve Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen in addition to Southside Johnny himself - has always been superb and at times has been overlooked. Southside is famous for his improvisation and for performing shows without setlists, so the audience is never quite sure exactly what they'll hear, but classics such as "The Fever," "I Don't Want to Go Home," "This Time It's For Real" and "Talk to Me" are frequently played and always have the crowd going wild. Fans also can count on some tracks from Southside's more recent albums.

WHAT'S NEW: In January, Southside released the rootsy album "Songs from the Barn," which featured The Poor Fools as his backing band.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $19.99 and $29.99. The show begins 8 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the House of Blues at Showboat Casino-Hotel.

The Duprees at the Atlantic Club

WHO ARE THEY: As one of the final doo-wop groups to make a name for themselves in the early 1960s, The Duprees scored a string of hits with its big band arrangements of pop standards. The height of the group's career came in 1962 and 1963 when it had hits with "You Belong to Me," "My Own True Love," "Have you Heard" and "Why Don't You Believe Me." When the British Invasion hit, the Duprees were relegated to the oldies circuit.

WHAT TO EXPECT: The Duprees were always at their best on interpretations of classic hits and its romantic style has helped them remain a touring act more than 50 years after it started singing on Jersey City street corners. Fans can expect to hear an extensive setlist filled with upbeat oldies such as "You Belong to Me," "My Own True Love," "Gone with the Wind," "Take Me As I Am" and "Have you Heard."

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20 and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, May 24, and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Atlantic Club Casino Hotel.

Blues Traveler at Harrah's

WHO ARE THEY: Blues Traveler released three albums - "Blues Traveler," "Travelers & Thieves" and "Save His Soul" - before achieving superstardom in 1995 with its hit single "Run-Around" off of 1994's album "Four." The album reached quintuple platinum status and the single spent nearly a year on the charts. "Straight on Till Morning" followed in 1997. The Princeton natives, who were led by the distinctive vocals and amazing harmonica playing of John Popper, had developed a large cult following and continued to make albums throughout the 2000s.

WHAT TO EXPECT: In the mid-1990s Blues Traveler shot to the top of the charts with its mixture of roots rock, blues and jam-band pop. Led by the obese, but immensely talented frontman John Popper, the group finally had achieved stardom after sweating through three previous, mildly successful albums. Although the band was never quite able to sustain the level of success brought on by its feel-good summertime hit "Runaround," Blues Traveler's devoted fan base stuck around and the group still delivers top-notch, passionate concerts. Fans can expect to hear some hits, a mixture of old and new material and some funky, jaw-dropping harmonica jams at Harrah's Resort on Friday night.

WHAT'S NEW: Blues Traveler's most recent album was 2012's "Suzie Cracks the Whip."

WEBSITE: BluesTraveler.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29, $39 and $49. The show begins 8 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Harrah's.

Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at Boardwalk Hall

WHO IS HE: Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is a Pakistani musician who sings Qawwali music. Khan began performing at 10 years old and hasn't looked back, becoming a popular star in India due to his songs being featured in Bollywood films. In 1995, Khan's music appeared on the soundtrack to the film "Dead Man Walking." His vocals also were featured on the soundtrack to "Apocalypto." In 2010, he won "Best International Act" at the U.K. Asian Music Awards.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan returns to Boardwalk Hall for the third time on Saturday night and if his past shows in town are any indication, concert-goers are in for a real treat. Khan's marathon shows have included songs made famous in Bollywood films, music of Sufism and a tribute to his late uncle Ustad Nusrat Fateh Khan. Khan's shows have always been stellar and he continues to deliver enthusiastic performances. Those attending the show can look forward to hearing songs such as "Sajda," "Dil To Baccha Hai Ji," "Tuzhe Dekh Sona" and "Tere Mast Mast Do Nain."

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $44, $63, $83, $123, $173 and $248. The show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Boardwalk Hall.

Russell Peters at Borgata

WHO IS HE: Russell Peters is a Canadian-born comedian who has performed all around the world and has been nominated for four Gemini Awards. He has been featured at Montreal's Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. In August 2006, Peters' comedy special "Russell Peters: Outsourced" aired on Comedy Central.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Although he is best known in his native Canada, Russell Peters is definitely a multi-cultural comedian. During his stand-up routines, Peters talks a lot about his Canadian upbringing and racial stereotypes he endured as the son of South Asian immigrants. Peters also incorporates a lot of impressions into the show and often engages the audience at various points, talking to audience members.

WEBSITE: RussellPeters.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $49.50, $55 and $65. The show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Event Center.

Asylum Fight League at Golden Nugget

WHO IS HE: Asylum Fight League is an amateur mixed martial arts league dedicated to nurturing, preparing and showcasing East Coast talent. Several Asylum fighters have gone on to successful professional careers. "The goal has always been that today's Asylum stars are tomorrow's UFC stars," AFL promoter Carl Mascarenhas says. "That's what the Asylum is all about."

WHAT TO EXPECT: Mixed martial arts fans are gearing up for Saturday night when Golden Nugget Atlantic City will play host to Asylum Fight League 41. The action-packed fight card features 16 matchups. Joseph Lowry (4-0) will take on Tajudin Abdul-Hakim, while Clarissa Padua (1-0) and Bryanna Fissori (2-0) square off in a women's match. Chris Santopietro (2-0) battles Bill Borawski (4-4), while Rich Ebert (3-0) fights Brandon Williams (2-4). Other matchups include Magic Mears (3-4) vs. Juan Galarza (2-0), Adam Pakiela (1-3) vs. Steve Tyrrell (3-2), Anthony Pipola (2-0) vs. Jeremy Puglia (1-0) and Jerry Walsh (2-0) vs. Cory Callendar (0-0).

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55, $75 and $100. The show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Golden Nugget.

WEBSITE:

AsylumFightLeague.com

Savage Men Male Revue at Tropicana

WHO ARE THEY: The Savage Men is a male revue of model exotic dancers that has been featured on "America's Got Talent," "Jerseylicious" and "The Bad Girls Club." The Travel Channel recently named the Savage Men as one of the Top 5 male revues in the country. Former supermodel Tracy James is the owner and has appeared in publications such as Cosmopolitan, Vogue and GQ and has appeared in more than 1,600 romance novels.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Bachelorettes and just about anybody else who enjoys a hot steamy night of male flesh will want to run - not walk - to the Tropicana Casino and Resort's Boogie Nights for the Savage Men Male Revue Show. The Savage Men are quickly becoming household names with recent appearances on "America's Got Talent" and The Travel Channel. The show is a hybrid of the classic Chippendales show combined with the elements of a male strip club. In addition to the on-stage performances, scantily-clad, muscled "Savages" parade through the club to the delight of audience members who enjoy a more personal feel to their strip shows. A comedian emcee and host keeps the festivities moving along with a light feel, while the "hot seat" is available to those celebrating birthdays and bachelorette parties who want to become a featured act on the main stage. The diverse, international cast of Savage Men is sure to please.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $28, and the shows begin 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at the Tropicana's Boogie Nights.

Divas Do AC at Resorts Casino Hotel

WHO ARE THEY: Divas Do AC is a female and celebrity impersonator show which features a rotating cast of characters including Dolly Parton, Prince, Patti Labelle, Liza Minelli, Marilyn Monroe and Madonna. Joan Rivers serves as the show's impersonator host.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Everywhere you look these days it seems like somebody is doing A.C., and apparently the divas are no exception. The female and celebrity impersonator show Divas Do AC is back at Resorts Casino Hotel with a revamped show that is sure to have concertgoers laughing out loud and singing along. Host Joan Rivers kicks things off and keeps things lively and entertaining as other legendary stars from past and present make their appearances. Elaborate costumes and makeup along with accurate impersonations make audience members feel like they're seeing the real stars all on one stage.

MINI‚ÄČREVIEW: If there's a star of this show, it's Joan Rivers, played by Gary Dee. As MC , Dee warms up the crowd between numbers and delivers the crude humor everyone is used to seeing on E!'s 'Fashion Police,'" says At The Shore critic Lauren Kohout. "Dolly Parton also was a crowd-pleaser for all the country lovers in the audience. Dancing along to hits such as '9 to 5,' Jason Cosmo certainly looked the part in bright pink dresses and Dolly's famous big hair. Prince is one of the crowd's favorites during the show. Yes, it's true, Prince is a man and doesn't quite fit into the drag queen genre, but he certainly is a diva. And Frank Moore shows he belongs by doing an epic job of portraying the artist. He also may have the best robot moves in all of Atlantic City. When it's time for Moore's dance break, you'll understand why this is a show worth seeing."

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the shows begins 8 p.m. Mondays, 9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Resorts Casino Hotel's Screening Room.

Mary J. Blige at Caesars

WHO IS SHE: Mary J. Blige has won three Grammy Awards and sold nearly 25 million albums since she burst onto the scene in 1992. Her debut album, "What's the 411?," sold 3 million copies and featured the singles, "You Remind Me" and "Real Love." Her sophomore album, "My Life," was Blige's first attempt at songwriting and was co-produced by Sean "Puffy" Combs. The album sold another 3 million copies. In summer 1995, Blige scored a hit with "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need to Get By," a duet with Method Man. Later that same year, she recorded the Babyface song, "Not Gon' Cry," for the soundtrack to "Waiting to Exhale." The single reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in early 1996. Blige's third album, "Share My World," debuted on top of the albums chart in April 1997. Her first No. 1 single came with 2001's "Family Affair."

WHAT TO EXPECT: "The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" helped pave the way for a younger generation of female artists who combined R&B, soul and hip-hop along with street sensibilities and sophistication. Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Lil' Mo and Nicole Wray are just a few of the artists who have been influenced by her style. Blige concerts feature an assortment of her hits that span the past 20 years along with impressive choreography and pyrotechnics.

WEBSITE: MJBlige.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $100 and $135. The show begins 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, at Caesars Atlantic City's Circus Maximus Theater.

Legends in Concert at Bally's

WHO ARE THEY: Legends in Concert began in Las Vegas in the 1980s and has been running strong ever since as the world's most successful tribute show. The show has been so successful that Bally's renovated the Palace Theater and renamed it Legends in Concert Theater in order to host the show on an ongoing basis. It features new seats, more booths and cocktail tables and walls of memorabilia. The show will present five different lineups of entertainers throughout the year.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Spring is here and with it comes a revamped Legends in Concert lineup for the season. Tributes to Katy Perry, Michael Buble, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner and Tom Jones will all be a part of the new summer lineups. But regardless of who is actually performing, the Legends in Concert show is always a hit with audiences.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32.50. The shows begin 3, 7:30, 8 and 10 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the Legends in Concert Theater at Bally's Atlantic City.

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