Chickenfoot at House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: Chickenfoot is a rock 'n' roll super group consisting of former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. The band released their self-titled debut album in June 2009 that reached No. 4 on the charts. A tour of the United States and Europe followed. In September 2011, Chickenfoot released its second album, "Chickenfoot III."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Rock fans love the concept of the super group because it's essentially a touring all-star team, Avengers or Justice League. Although Smith isn't on the road with the band due to commitments with the Chili Peppers, Hagar, Anthony and Satriani continue to rock it every night, along with the talents of drummer Kenny Aronoff, who has worked with a plethora of artists including Bob Seger, Elton John, The Smashing Pumpkins, John Mellencamp, Jon Bon Jovi, Cinderella, John Fogerty and Stryper. Fans can expect to hear songs from both of Chickenfoot's albums performed in the cozy confines of the House of Blues.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $54.50 and $62.50, and the show begins 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the House of Blues at Showboat Casino-Hotel.
Penn and Teller at Harrah's
WHO ARE THEY: Penn & Teller are an illusionist duo who began working together in the late 1970s and have been mainstays in Las Vegas and on television for years. In 1985, Penn & Teller starred in the off-Broadway show and PBS special, "Penn & Teller Go Public." During the 1990s, the duo toured the country and appeared on a plethora of television shows such as "Saturday Night Live," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Today," "The Drew Carey Show," "Hollywood Squares," "The Bernie Mac Show," "Fear Factor" and "The Simpsons." In 2003, their own documentary show, "Bulls--t!," premiered on Showtime and ran for eight seasons. The show highlighted the duo's political and atheist views exploring topics such as psychics, religion, conspiracy theories and the paranormal. Penn & Teller has authored several books about magic such as "Penn & Teller's Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends" and "Penn & Teller's How to Play with Your Food."
WHAT TO EXPECT: For more than three decades, Penn & Teller have achieved a tremendous level of success and notoriety for their illusion, magic and comedy act. Their formula involves the vocal Penn delivering witty monologues while performing tricks as the silent Teller often does the dirty work by hanging upside down in a straightjacket or being run over by a truck. One of the keys to their success has been that the act has always remained edgy and fresh, never old and stale. They have managed to stay on top of their game and have maximized their act to the fullest by not only performing sold-out shows across the country, but by also appearing on countless television shows as a means of always remaining in the public eye. Their shows are guaranteed to both amaze and amuse.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $75, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, at the Harrah's Resort's Concert Venue.
Maroon 5 at Revel
WHO ARE THEY: Pop rock band Maroon 5 experienced success upon the release of its debut album, "Songs About Jane," in 2002. It contained the hits "Harder to Breathe," "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved" and achieved multi-platinum sales status with 2.7 million copies sold by the end of 2004. It was a long road to get to this point, however, as the original band members met in high school in Los Angeles and spent years honing their craft in bands such as Kara's Flowers before making the big time. The success of "Songs About Jane" and the subsequent tour paved the way for the band's next release, "It Won't Be Soon Before Long," which debuted at No. 1 and ended up selling more than 3 million albums worldwide. It contained the hit "Makes Me Wonder." Lead singer Adam Levine made the jump to network television in 2011, taking a job as a coach on "The Voice." The album "Hands All Over" was released in July 2011 and contained the No. 1 hit "Moves Like Jagger," which featured "The Voice" co-star Christina Aguilera.
WHAT TO EXPECT: If Maroon 5 has proven one thing over the course of its career, it's that the band knows how to make a catchy pop song that's guaranteed to get stuck in your head. Their 2011 No. 1 smash "Moves Like Jagger" is a perfect example of this, and fans will no doubt have it stuck in their heads following Maroon 5's performance at Revel on Friday night. The band has numerous hit songs they'll be bringing to the stage such as "Makes Me Wonder," "Harder to Breathe," "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved." They will also be performing the new song "Payphone" and others from their upcoming album, "Overexposed." Concertgoers can expect a super-charged sing-along affair at this show.
WHAT'S NEW: Maroon 5 will christen Revel's Ovation Hall, becoming the first band to play a public show there. Maroon 5 is scheduled to release a new album, "Overexposed," on June 26. The first single is "Payphone."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $75, $85 and $125. The show begins 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Revel's Ovation Hall.
Joan Rivers at Borgata
WHO IS SHE: Comic veteran Joan Rivers has enjoyed a diverse and immensely successful career that has spanned four decades. "The Queen of the one-liners," as she is sometimes referred, has won a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Talk Show Host, and she was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording in 1985. She was also nominated for a Tony Award in 1994 for her lead role in "Sally Marr … and Her Escorts." The Brooklyn, N.Y., native is also famous for her runway interviews and commentaries at major award ceremonies.
WHAT TO EXPECT: With her gravely, unmistakable voice permeated by a heavy New York accent, Joan Rivers has been entertaining audiences on the comedy circuit for decades. In the early years, Rivers' act often revolved around self-deprecating humor, but some of this has faded with time and been replaced by Rivers' ability to critique others, especially celebrities. Her blunt, off-the-cuff style has enamored her to millions. Fans can expect to see a show riddled with sarcasm and wit.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $39.50 and $45, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Borgata's Music Box.
Boyz II Men at Resorts
WHO ARE THEY: In the 1990s, this Philadelphia-based quartet became the most commercially successful R&B group of all time. They exploded out of the gates in 1991 with the hit single "Motownphilly" off of their debut "Cooleyhighharmony" album. In 1992, the single "End of the Road" from the "Boomerang" soundtrack spent a record-breaking 13 weeks at the top of the pop charts. Amazingly, the group was actually able to top themselves with the success of the single, "I'll Make Love to You," from their album, "II," which spent 14 weeks at No. 1. Their next single, "On Bended Knee," replaced "I'll Make Love to You" on the top of the charts, a feat only previously accomplished by Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
WHAT TO EXPECT: It's hard to believe it's been more than 20 years since Boyz II Men first took the world by storm with their hip-hop doo-wop. The group's song repertoire features some of the biggest hits in recorded music history. These Philadelphia natives will display their impressive vocal styles and soulful harmonies as they perform hits such as "Motown Philly," It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday," "I'll Make Love to You" and "On Bended Knee." They will also be performing songs from their most recent release, "Twenty." Here's a chance to see them in an intimate venue where their talent is truly evident.
WHAT'S NEW: In January, Boyz II Men was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $45 and $55, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Resorts Casino Hotel.
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. "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. I never promise more than I can deliver and I always deliver more than I promised."
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.
Jamaal Davis vs. Eberto Medina at Bally's
WHO ARE THEY: Jamaal Davis is junior middleweight boxer with a professional record of 12-8-1 with 6 knockouts. The 30-year old hails from Philadelphia and has come close but has yet to crack the world rankings after losing to top fighters such as Gabriel Rosado, Joel Julio and Peter Quillen.
Eberto Medina is a fighter from Newark who is 6-7-1 with 1 KO. He recently scored the biggest win of his career with an upset over previously unbeaten Przemyslaw Opalach in a six-round decision.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Junior middleweights Davis and Medina will square off for the second time on Saturday night at Bally's Atlantic City's Grand Ballroom. In their last meeting at Bally's in July 2011, the fight ended in a draw after six rounds. Fight fans are hoping for just as competitive of a bout as was the first one. The fight card includes six additional bouts, one of which is an eight-round light heavyweight matchup between Chuck Mussachio of Wildwood and Bill Bailey of Bakersfield, Calif.
WHAT'S NEW: Davis was originally scheduled to fight Harry Joe Yorgey. However, Yorgey is unable to box due to a torn rotator cuff.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50 and $75, and the show begins 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Bally's Grand Ballroom.
'Believe' 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."
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. $25.
KC and the Sunshine Band at Tropicana
WHO ARE THEY: During the mid- to late-1970s, the racially integrated KC and the Sunshine Band scored some of the decade's biggest disco hits. With the exception of the Bee Gees, there was no bigger disco group at the time. Hits such as "Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty)," "Boogieman," "Keep it Comin' Love," "Do You Wanna Go Party," "Please Don't Go" and "Boogie Shoes" all shot to the top of the charts. The group was nominated for nine Grammy Awards during this period and won three. By the early 1980s, KC and the Sunshine Band's album sales started to drop and the band split up. They re-formed in the 1990s as a touring act.
WHAT TO EXPECT: What is one to expect from a KC and the Sunshine Band performance? Well, you do a little dance, make a little love and get down tonight, of course. These 1970s hitmakers have a plethora of hits to keep fans on their feet all night long. This is not the kind of show you'll find too many people sitting back listening and reflectively pondering meaningful lyrics. This is a band that is all about partying and getting your butt out on the dance floor. Fans can expect to hear all of their favorite hits such as "Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty)," "Boogie Shoes" and "Do You Wanna Go Party."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55 and $75, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Tropicana Casino and Resort's Showroom.
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.
'Voices in My Head' starring Steven Sorrentino at Trop
WHO IS HE: Steven Sorrentino is a musical comedian who has been referred to as a "comedic tour-de-force." He has performed alongside Patti LaBelle, Dana Carvey, Debbie Reynolds and Dennis Miller, and is the cousin of rock icon Bruce Springsteen. Sorrentino earned Las Vegas' "Male Entertainer of the Year" honors three years in a row while headlining sold-out shows at the Riviera, MGM and Paris hotels.
WHAT TO EXPECT: With showgirls, dancers, lavish costumes and comedy routines, "Voices in My Head" combines a typical Las Vegas show with a classic television variety program. Sorrentino's musical impressions run the gamut from Frankie Valli to Lady Gaga to Cher. "I have been humbled by the overwhelming response to my show and am excited to open the show in the Tropicana Casino and Resort Showroom," says Sorrentino in a press release. "It is truly rewarding to entertain thousands of fans each week with a show that I literally wrote, scored and produced from the voices in my head."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25. The show runs March 26 through June 22 at the Tropicana Showroom. Showtimes vary.