Don Rickles at Trump Taj Mahal
WHO IS HE: Don Rickles made his first appearance on "The Tonight Show" in 1965 and went on to make another 100 appearances on the show. The New York City native became known as an "insult comedian," which Rickles developed after retorting to hecklers at his shows. The audience liked Rickles' insults more than his planned routine, so he decided to go with it and it paid off. Throughout his career Rickles has appeared in movies including "Run Silent Run Deep," "Casino" and "Toy Story," as well as on television shows such as "C.P.O. Sharkey." He is sometimes referred to as "Mr. Warmth," which is a satirical reference to his brand of comedy.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Nobody is safe from the wrath of "Mr. Warmth" Don Rickles. This aging insult comic has made a career out of the put-down and has ridden this success, achieving legendary status in the process. Despite the fact that Rickles is not exactly a Mr. Universe contestant, his act has centered around berating others and no one is safe from his rants. The short, bald, homely comedian has been dishing it out for years and shows no signs of slowing down or taming his act. Rickles is one of the living legends of comedy and his appearances in Atlantic City are legendary. Saturday night's show at the Taj is sure to be a hilarious affair.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29 and $69, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort's Mark G. Etess Arena.
Magique Grand Illusionists at Tropicana
WHO ARE THEY: "Magique" is a new family-friendly production which stars Kevin & Caruso and is directed by renowned choreographer Mistinguett. The show includes amazing illusions as well as comedy and cirque.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Audience members will be amazed as showgirls appear and then disappear just as easily from a puff of smoke and somehow pass through a maze of spinning blades and Lord Caruso will levitate right before everyone's eyes.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 and $10 (for children 16 and under), and the shows begin 3:30 and 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The show runs Saturday, July 20, through Aug. 30, at the Tropicana Showroom.
WHO IS HE: Howie Day is a singer/songwriter whose self-financed and self-released album "Australia" came out in 2000. He signed with Epic two years later and released the album "Stop All the World Now," which eventually went gold. The singles "She Says" and "Collide" were both hits. "Sound the Alarm" was released in 2009 after extensive touring and the EP "Be There." Day's most recent release was the 2011 EP "Ceasefire." Despite his solid recording efforts and busy touring schedule, Day has managed to receive a decent amount of negative publicity to go along with it thanks to high-profile arrests for locking a woman in a bathroom and for being verbally abusive and intoxicated aboard a flight.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Day fans and even those who have never heard of him but enjoy a night of free music will want to check out the singer at Bally's Bikini Beach Bar on Friday night. The 32-year old Day has dedicated himself to a relentless touring schedule. Concertgoers can expect to hear songs such as "Collide," "She Says," "Perfect Time of Day," "Be There," "You and a Promise," "Ghost and Sorry so Sorry."
SHOW INFO: The event is free, and the show begins 10 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Bally's Atlantic City's Bikini Beach Bar.
House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: TGT is an R&B group that was formed in 2007 and consists of the solo artists Tank, Ginuwine and Tyrese. Their first collaboration was a remix of the song "Please Don't Go" and other songs include "Can't Blame You" and "Lay Down My Life." The trio has faced difficulties due to the fact that each artist was signed to a different record label, but in late 2012 TGT was signed to Atlantic Records and the group's debut album is scheduled for release on Aug. 20.
WHAT TO EXPECT: After several stops and starts and difficulties with record labels, the R&B supergroup TGT finally is on the right track with a tour and a new album on the way next month. There has been much anticipation for the album's release and fans will get the opportunity to hear new songs from it such as "Sex Never Felt Better' and "I Need" at Friday night's show at the House of Blues. The group will also be performing "Please Don't Go" and "Can't Blame You."
WHAT'S NEW: TGT's debut full length album "3 Kings" is scheduled to be released on Aug.t 20.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55, $65 and $75, and the show begins 8 p.m. Friday, July 19, at the House of Blues at Showboat Casino-Hotel.
WHO IS HE: After several years as a relatively obscure stand-up comedian, Bob Saget became one of television's most recognizable stars thanks to his role on ABC's "Full House," which ran from 1987 to 1995. Saget became even more of a household name as host of "America's Funniest Home Videos," which ran from 1989 to 1997 and paved the way for a host of other reality-based programs. Saget's corny, clean-cut television image bears no resemblance to the raunchy comedian who performs venues across America.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Anyone going to Saget's show at Borgata Friday night needs to be forewarned. If you're expecting to see goofy cornball from "America's Funniest Home Videos" or the clean-cut, nerdy Danny Tanner of "Full House" fame, you're in for a rude awakening. In sharp contrast to his television personas, Saget's stand-up performances are ripe with obscenities and are not intended for children who have become fans of "Full House" thanks to re-runs. In fact, Saget often mocks the show and his goofy character in his act. For people who found his television one-liners intolerable, his stand-up routine is a refreshing breath of fresh air.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $39.50 and $45, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Borgata's Music Box.
WHO ARE THEY: Before he became a household name in the 1990s, Jerry Seinfeld was a hard-working stand-up comedian from Long Island, N.Y., whose down-to-earth, observational humor was instantly relatable. Seinfeld made his first appearance on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" in 1981 and his career took off. He became a frequent guest on the show along with the other talk shows such as "Late Night with David Letterman" and "The Merv Griffin Show." Seinfeld created the hilarious hit television show that bore his name along with fellow comic Larry David in 1989. Initial ratings for the show were not good, but by its fourth season, "Seinfeld" was the most popular and successful show on television. It received numerous Emmy awards and left the air while still on top in 1998.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $95, $135 and $155, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Borgata's Event Center.
at Golden Nugget
WHO IS HE: Country music star Lyle Lovett has been recording music since his 1986 self-titled debut album and has been wowing critics and fans ever since. Lovett has won four Grammy Awards over the course of his career and has also starred in films such as "The Player," "Short Cuts," "Pret-a-Porter" and "Cookie's Fortune." In 1993 Lovett became a household name when he married actress Julia Roberts. The Texan has six gold albums to his name including "Pontiac," "Lyle Lovett and His Large Band," "Joshua Judges Ruth," "I Love Everybody," "The Road to Ensenada" and "Step Inside This House."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Although he might not be the best looking country singer around, Lyle Lovett is definitely one of the genre's most prolific songwriters. Not resigned to playing just straight-up country, Lovett incorporates elements of jazz, blues, folk, swing and gospel into his style. He is also known for employing some of the finest musicians available. Fans can expect to hear songs from throughout his career including tracks from 2012's "Release Me."
WHAT'S NEW: Lovett's latest album "Release Me" came out in 2012 and features 14 tracks.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $45 and $65, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Golden Nugget Atlantic City.
Hank Williams Jr. at Caesars
WHO IS HE: During the early years of Hank Williams Jr.'s career he was borderline impersonator of his famous father, the legendary country music icon Hank Williams. However, by the mid-1970s, Williams changed direction and adopted a new look along with a style of music that combined elements of country, rock 'n' roll and blues. The change worked and Williams' career began to take off. He scored 30 Top 10 Billboard Country singles including eight No. 1 singles. His hits include "Family Tradition," "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Born to Boogie," "Old Habits," "My Name is Bocephus." His song "All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight" was redone as the theme song of "Monday Night Football," where it along with Williams became a fixture until 2011, when the singer's offensive remarks about the President of the United States resulted in he and his song being given the boot.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Sons of famous musicians often struggle with their own musical careers due to the pressures of trying to live up to expectations and from the public's often unwillingness to accept them for who they are. In the case of Hank Williams Jr., it was when he stepped out of his famous father's shadow and let his own vision shine that his career soared. Fans can expect to hear Williams perform his big hits "Born to Boogie," "Old Habits," "Family Tradition," "My Name is Bocephus," "All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight," "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound" at Caesars on Friday night. He will also be performing songs from his latest album "Old School New Rules."
WHAT'S NEW: Williams' new album is called "Old School New Rules."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $65, $85 and $115, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Caesars Atlantic City.
at Atlantic Club
WHO IS HE: During the 1960s and 1970s, singer B.J. Thomas scored a string of hit songs both with The Triumphs and as a solo act. In 1966 Thomas and the Triumphs had a hit with a cover of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." Mainstream success came to Thomas in 1968 with the huge hit "Hooked on a Feeling," as well as "The Eyes of a New York Woman." In 1969 Thomas sang "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" for the soundtrack of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and it became a No. 1 hit. As the 1970s progressed, Thomas kept the hits coming with "I Just Can't Help Believing," "Everybody's Out of Town," "Rock and Roll Lullaby" and "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song." In 1981 Thomas became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and a few years later recorded "As Long As We Got Each Other," a song which became the theme song to the television show "Growing Pains."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, July 19, and 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Atlantic Club.
WHO ARE THEY: The new wave group Wang Chung formed in England in 1980 and within a few years had managed to score several big hits. The 1984 album "Points on the Curve" included the Top 40 hits "Don't Let Go" and "Dance Hall Days." A year later Wang Chung recorded the score for the film "To Live and Die in L.A." and also recorded the song "Fire in Twilight" for the John Hughes classic "The Breakfast Club." In 1986 the group released the album "Mosaic," which contained their biggest and most recognizable hit "Everybody Have Fun Tonight." The song reached No. 2 on the charts and featured the memorable line "Everybody Wang Chung tonight." "Mosaic" also featured the Top 10 hit Let's Go!" and the Top 40 single "Hypnotize Me" which was also featured on the "Innerspace" soundtrack.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Resorts.
at House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: Alice Cooper, which was originally a band and later became a solo artist, was the originator of shock rock and a major influence on heavy metal, hard rock and industrial artists for years to come. The 1971 album "Love It to Death" included the hit single "I'm Eighteen" and helped put Alice Cooper on the map. "School's Out," which was released a year later, proved to be an even bigger success as was the hit title track. Cooper's reign continued with "Billion Dollar Babies," which included the hit single "No More Mr. Nice Guy." After several years of artistic decline fueled in part by alcohol abuse, Cooper emerged again in the late '80s with the platinum-selling album "Trash."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $40 and $50, and the show begins 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the House of Blues.
I Love Lucy
WHAT TO EXPECT: Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel will come to life on stage at Harrah's Resort during "I Love Lucy: Live on Stage." Audience members will be transported back in time to the innocence of the 1950s as they follow the hilarious domestic adventures of the zany Lucy and her beloved hot-tempered husband Ricky. The television show was a major hit during its initial run, and managed to sustain its legacy for years afterwards thanks to its success in syndication.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29, $49 and $59, and the show begins 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, and 5 and 9 p.m. Saturdays. The show runs through Aug. 4 at Harrah's.
Divas Do AC
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.
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.
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.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The revamped Legends in Concert lineup for the season includes tributes to Katy Perry, Michael Buble, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner and Tom Jones. 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.
at Comedy Stop
WHO IS HE: Joe Holiday is a magician who takes a family-friendly approach to magic and entertainment. The Atlantic City native has performed around the world on cruise ships, at amusement parks and corporate events and has even performed for the U.S. military in China, South Korea and Japan.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Those looking for a show that the whole family can enjoy will want to check out Joe Holiday at the Comedy Stop. 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.
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.
The Burlesque Show at Borgata
WHAT IS IT: The Burlesque Show is a new production at Borgata that offers a tribute to the burlesque style of the 1940s. The show features entertainers from around the globe in vaudeville skits and provocative dances.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Those looking to transport themselves back in time to the 1940s, when burlesque shows featured beautiful women in rhinestone trimming and tassels, will want to check out "The Burlesque Show" at Borgata's Music Box. "Borgata has always been committed to introducing our customers to the most diverse and innovative entertainment in Atlantic City," says Borgata Senior Vice President of Operations Joe Lupo in a press release. "With the commencement of 'The Burlesque Show' every Thursday throughout the summer, we look forward to presenting yet another exciting, unique entertainment option for our clientele to enjoy."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the shows begin 9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 29, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Music Box.
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