War and Edgar Winter at House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: The California band War came together in 1969 with former Animals singer Eric Burdon and a sound that mixed rock, funk, jazz, reggae, Latin and rhythm and blues. War scored hits with "Low Rider," "The Cisco Kid," "Spill the Wine" and "Why Can't We Be Friends?" Over the course of their long and productive career, the band has managed to sell more than 50 million albums. While their music is laid back and funky, many of War's lyrics tend to be political in nature.
Edgar Winter is a talented multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter who first made his mark in 1970 with the release of his debut album, "Entrance," and the song, "Tobacco Road." With The Edgar Winter Group, he recorded hits like "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride." Winter's 1973 album, "They Only Come Out at Night," was a huge success, remaining on the charts for 80 weeks following its release.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The House of Blues will play host to a classic double bill on Saturday as War and Winter come to town. Both initially made their marks in the early 1970s, scoring hits and achieving critical acclaim. War fans can look forward to hearing hits like "The Cisco Kid," "Low Rider," "Why Can't We Be Friends?" and "Spill the Wine." Fans of Winter will enjoy hearing classics like "Free Ride" and "Frankenstein."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $30 and $50, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the House of Blues.
Kozak the Magician at Tropicana
WHO ARE THEY: Kozak the Magician began his career as a street performer in Pittsburgh and quickly rose to become a successful comedian and magician. Kozak headlined comedy clubs for years, eventually branching out to performing at casinos, colleges and corporate functions.
WHAT TO EXPECT: A comedic night of magic is what one can expect from Kozak the Magician, who performs at the Tropicana Casino and Resort's Comedy Stop for an extended engagement. "Magic is a blend of art, science, history, philosophy, theology and psychology," says Kozak on his official website. "I bring these to the table along with a razor-sharp wit honed from years of improvisational experience in comedy clubs."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 for the show only and $35 for show and dinner. The shows begin 6:15 p.m. Mondays to Sundays at the Tropicana's Comedy Stop.
'Divas Las Vegas' starring Frank Marino at Harrah's Resort
WHO ARE THEY: Frank Marino is a Las Vegas legend, having been named the city's "Entertainer of the Century" in 2009 after performing in front of an estimated 10 million people throughout his 25-year career. The multi-talented Marino has worked as an actor, emcee, newscaster, columnist, spokesperson and male actress. He stars as Joan Rivers alongside a cast of female impersonators in "Divas Las Vegas."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Las Vegas' longest-running headliner, Marino stars as Rivers in "Divas Las Vegas," a 75-minute show featuring impersonators of some of the biggest female stars. Fans will be dazzled by impersonators playing Beyonce, Madonna, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Britney Spears and Cher, as they each make a grand entrance in elaborate, authentic costumes. For those looking for a light-hearted, campy musical show with America's favorite divas, this is a sure bet.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Harrah's Concert Venue.
Peltz Boxing Presents Ronald Cruz vs. Allen Conyers at Bally's
WHO ARE THEY: Ronald Cruz is a welterweight fighter coming off a very successful 2011 in which he finished the year with five straight knockout victories. In November, the Bethlehem, Pa., native scored an impressive win over Anges Adjaho at Bally's Atlantic City and is currently ranked 15th in the world by the IBF. Cruz's professional record stands at 15-0 with 12 knockouts.
Allen Conyers is a 35-year-old welterweight boxer with a professional record of 12-5 with 9 knockouts. The Bronx, N.Y., native is known as a hard puncher, and he's scored impressive upset wins over Derek Ennis and James De la Rosa, which earned Conyers the nickname of "Dream Shatterer."
WHAT TO EXPECT: The main event is a welterweight bout between the undefeated Cruz (15-0, 12 KOs) and hard-hitting Conyers (12-5, 9 KOs). At age 25, Cruz will rely on youth and quickness against the 35-year old Conyers, who looks to add to his "Dream Shatterer" reputation by scoring another upset victory. The undercard includes a cruiserweight matchup between Garret Wilson and Pedro Martinez, a welterweight bout between Atlantic City's own DeCarlo Perez and Rafael Montalvo, and a welterweight fight pitting Miguel Corcino against Luis Cream. Atlantic City's Antowyan Aikens will battle Charles Kirby in a super middleweight bout, while Fred Jenkins Jr. takes on Russ Niggemyer in a middleweight bout.
WHAT'S NEW: Saturday night's fight will be Cruz's first main event in Atlantic City.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50 and $75, and the event begins 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Bally's Palace Theater.
The Duprees at Resorts
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 their big-band arrangements of pop standards. The height of their career came in 1962 and 1963, when they 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 their romantic style has helped them remain a touring act 50 years after they started singing on Jersey City street corners. The group, which is touring in celebration of its golden anniversary, will give a special performance at Resorts Casino Hotel on Saturday immediately following the Mrs. New Jersey and Mrs. Pennsylvania pageant in the official preliminary competition to the Mrs. America and Mrs. World organizations. Fans can expect to hear an extensive setlist filled with upbeat oldies. Looking to reminisce? This concert is a perfect opportunity.
WHAT'S NEW: The Duprees will host a 50th anniversary cruise to the Bahamas June 2 to 6, and they also recently released a new CD, "The Duprees: 50 Years."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $35, and the pageant begins 7:30 p.m. followed by the 9 p.m. concert on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Resorts' Superstar Theater.
Le Voci Del Futuro at Trump Taj Mahal
WHO ARE THEY: Le Voci Del Futuro is an Italian music show that features performers from "Ti Lascio Una Canzone," a popular Italian variety show. The show is centered around the golden oldies of Italian music.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Antonella Clerici hosts "Le Voci Del Futuro," which stars performers from the hit Italian show. Fans of Italian golden oldies will delight in this show that highlights not only the music, but the impressive young talent performing it. Those familiar with "Ti Lascio Una Canzone" won't want to miss this opportunity to see the stars that have made the television show such a success. Even those who aren't familiar with the show are sure to find "Le Voci Del Futuro" enjoyable.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $90 and $110, and the show begins 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Arena at Trump Taj Mahal.
'Believe. Divas in a Man's World' at Resorts
WHO ARE THEY: "Believe. Divas in a Man's World" is a show presented by Steven Andrade which features seven talented celebrity impersonators performing their takes on Cher, Prince, Liza Minelli, Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, Patti LaBelle and Joan Rivers. In addition to Andrade, the cast includes Frank Moore, Phyl Craig, Jimmy Electra, Eddie Summers, Jay Sanchez and Gary Dee.
WHAT TO EXPECT: "Believe. Divas in a Man's World" is a dream come true for Steven Andrade, who put the show together and stars as Cher. "I have entertained nationally and internationally - so too has the rest of the cast," says Andrade. "Our show through song, dance and dazzling costumes is a homage to the legendary divas that have shaped the entertainment landscape for the past several decades." Resorts Casino Hotel owner, president and C.E.O. Dennis C. Gomes is also excited about what this show has to offer. "It's a one-of-a-kind cast with remarkable talent that is a welcome addition to our entertainment calendar," says Gomes in a press release. "We believe in the show and love that we are able to bring truly top-notch entertainment back to the Screening Room at Resorts."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25. The shows, held inside Resorts' Screening Room, begin 8 p.m. Mondays, 9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Legends in Concert at Bally's
WHO ARE THEY: Since beginning in Las Vegas in 1983, Legends in Concert has been one of the most successful and longest-running tribute shows around. With an enormous revolving cast, Legends has offered tributes to just about every major entertainer you can think of. Everyone from Elvis to Bruce Springsteen to Cher to Madonna have been represented. The show has always included top-notch musicians, costumes and theatrics.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Following a successful six-month run at Bally's Atlantic City and Harrah's Resort, Legends in Concert returns for what will now be a year-round schedule at Bally's Palace Theater with eight performances each week. Throughout the course of the year, there will be five different lineups of performers, including several new acts. "We are honored to be invited to bring our show back to Atlantic City and begin our 21st season in the market with an unprecedented array of unique commitments from Bally's to improve and extend our fan's experience," says Brian Brigner, chief operating officer for On Stage Entertainment, which produces the show. "There is no better venue for our production in Atlantic City than Bally's intimate Palace Theater." The first cast will feature tributes to Tina Turner, The Blues Brothers, Liza Minnelli, Ray Charles and Elvis Presley.
WHAT'S NEW: Legends in Concert will be featured at Bally's on an ongoing basis throughout the entire year.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32.50, and the shows begin 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and Sundays, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Wednesdays in Bally's Palace Theater.