Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat XXXIII at Tropicana
WHO ARE THEY: Ring of Combat is a mixed martial arts competition organized by world kickboxing champion Louis Neglia. The events have proven to be quite popular and successful in Atlantic City. Past events have been set up as a Tournament of Champions, with the winners receiving cash prizes. Several top fighters, including Matt Serra, Frank Edgar, Josh Koscheck and Kurt Pellegrino, began their careers with Ring of Combat.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Another exciting Ring of Combat mixed martial arts event comes to Atlantic City on Friday night. Fourteen fights are scheduled. Undefeated Tom DeBlass (6-0-0) will battle the taller, heavier Randy Smith (13-9-1), while Jeff Lentz (8-3-1) takes on Giovanni Moljo (4-4-0). Other exciting matchups feature Pete "Drago" Sell (9-6-0) vs. Mitch Whitsel (16-20-0), Uriah Hall (5-2-0) vs. Daniel Akinyemi (2-0-0), Lester Caslow (7-4-0) vs. Duane van Helvoirt (0-0-0) and Jarred Mercado (4-0-0) vs. Rafael Fagundes (1-1-0)
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $40, $60, $75 and $125, and the event begins 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the Tropicana Casino and Resort's Showroom.
Marsha Ambrosius with Carl Thomas at House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: Marsha Ambrosius first achieved fame as a member of the R&B group Floetry before pursuing a solo career. The Liverpool, England, native signed with J Records and released her debut solo album, "Late Nights & Early Mornings," in March 2011. The first single was "I Hope She Cheats on You (With a Basketball Player)." The album also contained the single "Far Away." Ambrosius has collaborated with artists such as Styles P, The Game, Busta Rhymes and Jamie Foxx at various points throughout her career.
Carl Thomas is an R&B singer who was discovered by Sean "Puffy" Combs in 1997. He scored a hit in 1999 with "I Wish," a song that topped the R&B charts for six weeks straight. Thomas released his debut album, "Emotional," in 2000, and it proved to be a platinum seller. Since that time he has released three more albums: "Let's Talk About It," "So Much Better" and "Conquer."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Those looking to spend a romantic Valentine's Day with their mate enjoying some fine R&B music will want to check out Ambrosius and Thomas at the House of Blues on Tuesday night. After having success with the group Floetry, Ambrosius went solo and is currently touring in support of her hit album, "Late Night & Early Mornings." Fans can expect to hear songs like "I Hope She Cheats on You (With a Basketball Player)" and "Far Away." Another excellent R&B singer, Thomas will open the show, making for a fabulous one-two punch.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29 and $45, and the show begins 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the House of Blues at Showboat.
Sing Swing Sinatra featuring Brandon Tomasello at Resorts
WHO IS HE: Brandon Tomasello is an up-and-coming performer who has been heavily influenced by the music of Frank Sinatra since he began raiding his grandfather's record collection at the age of 8. He built up a reputation following performing at the Whiskey Bar at Resorts.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Fans of old blue eyes won't want to miss Tomasello performing his 75-minute "Sing Swing Sinatra" show. "When I first discovered Brandon singing I was blown away by his talent and knew he was destined to be a star," says Dennis C. Gomes, owner, president and CEO of Resorts. "His performances in The Whiskey Bar at Resorts have grown over the past few months with rave reviews from our guests, and we are thrilled to bring him to the Superstar Theater in 2012." The show brings audience members on a musical journey through Sinatra's career and includes personal stories and anecdotes from Tomasello along the way.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20. Showtimes are 3:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 16, at Resorts' Superstar Theater.
Kozak the Magician at Tropicana
WHO IS HE: 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. Kozak even got an opportunity to perform for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the Palladium Theater in London. He is currently the host of "Atlantic City Plugged In."
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." Kozak is the type of performer who is always looking to exceed people's expectations. "I never promise more than I can deliver and I always deliver more than I promised," Kozak adds. "My greatest joy is performing the magic I love so much and bringing people laughter."
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.
'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.