The Musical Box at Harrah's
WHO ARE THEY: The Musical Box is a Genesis tribute band that always has covered music from the Peter Gabriel era of the band and, in the last several years, began incorporating the Phil Collins era as well. The band formed in Montreal, Quebec, in the early 1990s utilizing visual effects and costumes as part of the show. Initially covering "Nursery Cryme," "Foxtrot" and "Selling England by the Pound," The Musical Box eventually purchased the rights to "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway." With full cooperation from Gabriel and Genesis, the Musical Box was granted access to the original slides and album master tapes in order to better re-create the album. In 2008, The Musical Box began the "Trick of the Tail" tour where the group took on the task of covering this period of the Phil Collins era of Genesis. The Musical Box has been able to successfully tour the world with its amazing Genesis tribute.
WHAT TO EXPECT: It's very rare that a tribute band is granted the full support and backing of the artist they are paying tribute to, but such is the case with The Musical Box. Not only has Peter Gabriel come to see them live and Phil Collins sat in with the band playing drums, but they've also given The Musical Box access to original master tapes and have mentioned and plugged the group numerous times in interviews. To The Musical Box's credit, the members of the band have fully immersed themselves in covering every aspect of Genesis in order to recreate a show exactly as it was during the 1970s. Concert-goers at Harrah's will be amazed at what they're seeing as The Musical Box re-creates "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" at the Concert Venue.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $27.50, $37.50 and $47.50. The show begins at 9 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Concert Venue, Harrah's.
Bellator 68 at Caesars
WHO ARE THEY: Bellator Fighting Championships is a mixed martial arts organization which formed in 2008 and organizes its events into different seasons. The fights are broadcast live on MTV2 and Tr3. Past champions include Hector Lombard, Eddie Alvarez, Pat Curran, Alexander Shlemenko and Cole Konrad.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The highlight of Bellator 68 is a featherweight tournament final matchup between Marlon Sandro and Daniel Straus. The winner earns a guaranteed title shot for the Bellator Featherweight World Championship. Another exciting match on the main card features Marcos Galvao vs. Travis Marx in the bantamweight tournament semifinal. The main card also features Seth "The Kimbo Killer" Petruzelli vs. veteran Carmelo Marrero in a catchweight bout. Marius "The Whitemare" Zaromski will fight Waachiim Spiritwolf in a long-awaited welterweight rematch. In addition to the four main card fights, the preliminary card includes six exciting matchups.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $45, $85, $125 and $150. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Circus Maximus Theater, Caesars.
MMG Invasion Tour featuring Rick Ross, Meek Mill and French Montana at Boardwalk Hall
WHO ARE THEY: Rick Ross is a rapper who managed to reach the top of the charts with his debut album "Port of Miami" in 2006. The album featured the single "Push It." Two years later Ross was back at the top of the charts with his second album "Trilla." Singles included "Speedin'," "The Boss," "Here I Am" and "This is the Life." Ross continued his prolific pace, releasing "Deeper Than Rap" in 2009 and "Teflon Don" in 2010.
Meek Mill is a rapper from Philadelphia who released his first single "Tupac Back" in 2011 on the "Self Made Vol. 1" compilation album. "Ima Boss" was released later in the year and reached No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 11 and No. 1 on the Heatseekers Songs chart. Meek Mill's debut album "Dreams & Nightmares" is scheduled for release Aug. 28.
French Montana is a rapper and singer originally from Morocco. After founding Cocaine City Records, he went on to sign with Diddy's "Bad Boy Records" and his debut album "Excuse My French," which is being produced by Rick Ross, is scheduled to be released on June 17, 2012.
WHAT TO EXPECT: During the six-year stretch since rapper Rick Ross released his debut album "Port of Miami," he has managed to release three more, with a fourth on its way. He's racked up number one albums and hit songs along the way, allowing for the 36-year-old to have an abundance of material to choose from when he rocks Boardwalk Hall along with Meek Mill and French Montana as part of the MMG Invasion Tour Summer Fest on Friday night. Fans can look forward to hits such as "9-Piece," "Push It," "The Boss," "Here I Am" and "Super High" along with some new tracks from the upcoming album "God Forgives, I Don't."
WHAT'S NEW: Ross's new album "God Forgives, I Don't" is scheduled for release July 31.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $40 and $75. The show begins at 7 p.m. May 11 at Boardwalk Hall.
Mothers Day Music Fest: Featuring Charlie Wilson, Patti Labelle and Johnny Gill at Boardwalk Hall
WHO ARE THEY: Charlie Wilson was the lead singer of the legendary R&B group The Gap Band. Over the course of the band's history they managed to score two gold and three platinum albums. The Gap Band scored number one R&B hits with "Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)," "Early in the Morning," "Outstanding" and "Addicted to Your Love." Wilson's most recent solo album "Uncle Charlie" was a smash, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 200. The singer was nominated for two Grammy Awards for the album and was named Billboard Magazine's 2009 Top Urban Adult Contemporary Artist.
Philadelphia native Patti LaBelle began singing in her church as a child, formed the girl group Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles in the 1960s and eventually went on to stardom as a solo artist in the 1970s. LaBelle possesses a four-octave voice which helped propel her to the top of the charts as a pop vocalist. Her hit song "Lady Marmalade" became an anthem of the disco era. In addition to music, LaBelle also is famous for her support of charitable causes including the fight against diabetes, a disease which she possesses and which took the life of her mother.
Johnny Gill is an R&B singer who has maintained a successful solo career in addition to being a member of New Edition and LSG. His 1990 self-titled album included the hits "My, My, My," "Wrap My Body Tight," "Rub You the Right Way" and "Fairweather Friend." The album was a hit, reaching No. 8 on the charts. Three years later Gill released "Provocative," which was another success.
WHAT TO EXPECT: It will be a grand day of R&B at Boardwalk Hall on Saturday night as Charlie Wilson, Patti LaBelle and Johnny Gill headline the Mother's Day Music Fest. Wilson comes to the stage armed with plenty of hits and favorites that are sure to have the crowd swaying and singing along. Fans can expect to hear Gap Band hits as well as songs from the singer's solo career including "There Goes My Baby," "Can't Live Without You," "Charlie, Last Name Wilson," "Sprung on Me" and "Magic." With her dynamic stage presence and impressive vocal range, Patti LaBelle will take the audience by storm with hits such as "Lady Marmalade," "Own My Own" and "New Attitude." Rounding out the trio is Johnny Gill, who will make the ladies scream with songs like "My, My, My," "Wrap My body Tight" and "Rub You the Right Way."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $44 and $93. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Boardwalk Hall.
Fares Karam, Rouwaida Attieh and George Dfouni at Resorts
WHO ARE THEY: Fares Karam is a Lebanese singer whose style is best described as Dabke. He has scored hit singles in the Middle East with the songs "El Tanoura," "Shefta" and "Neswanji." Karam is very popular at Lebanese clubs and has taken part in concerts, festivals and public celebrations around the globe.
Rouwaida Attieh is a Syrian singer who released her debut album "Min Nazra" in April of 2004. She won the "best rising singer" award from Tunisia that same year and also won the "best Arab singer" award in both 2004 and 2005. The album "Khisamak Mur" was another hit as was "Ma Tmalekny Eldny." 2008 saw the release of "Hayati Melki" and "Ana Andi Lezzi" and concerts in Dubai, Algeria, Qatar, Syria, Lebanon and Tunisia. Attieh's latest album was 2009's "Esma'ani."
George Dfouni is a Lebanese entrepreneur, hospitality expert, musician and entertainer. He released his debut album "Just Like That" in 2004. Dfouni scored a number one hit single with "Icharat."
WHAT TO EXPECT: An impressive lineup of Middle Eastern singers will take to the stage at Resorts on Saturday night with Fares Karam, Rouwaida Attieh and George Dfouni all on the bill. Karam will be singing his hits "El Tanoura," "Shefta" and "Newswanji" as well as the new song "Wa3andi." The gorgeous Rouwaida Attieh will be performing the hits that earned her several "Best Arab Singer" awards, while Dfouni will have the crowd singing along to his hit single "Icharat."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $85 and $225. The show begins at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Resorts.
La Explosion Salsera featuring Tito Nieves and Jose Alberto at Trump Taj Mahal
WHO ARE THEY: Tito Nieves is a Puerto Rican salsa singer who initially sang with the group Orquesta Cimarron and later with Hector Lavoe before beginning his solo career in the mid-1980s. He made a name for himself by singing Salsa in English and scored hits with "El Amor Mas Bonito," "Sonambulo" and "I Like it Like That."
Jose Alberto is a Dominican salsa singer who received his first shot of fame in the late 1970s as bandleader of Tipica 73. In 1983, Alberto formed his own band and became a star with albums including "Noches Calientes" and "Dance With Me."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Salsa fans will dance the night away at the Taj on Saturday night with La Explosion Salsera. The show features several performers including big names such as Tito Nieves and Jose Alberto. Concert-goers will be shaking their stuff to hits like "I Like it Like That," "Sonambulo" and "El Amor Mas Bonito."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $58 and $98. The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Mark G. Etess Arena, Trump Taj Mahal.
Sleigh Bells at House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: Sleigh Bells is a duo from Brooklyn, N.Y., comprised of vocalist Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Edward Miller, that came together in 2008 and released a self-titled EP a year later. The full-length album "Treats" came out in May 2010 and contains songs including "Tell 'Em," "Crown on the Ground" and "Rill Rill." In February 2012, just prior to the release of their second album "Reign of Terror," Sleigh Bells appeared as the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live," performing "Comeback Kid" and "End of the Line."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Sleigh Bells combines a variety of musical styles to arrive at a sound that is both fresh and very familiar at the same time. Their music is instantly catchy and the vocals and stage presence of singer Alexis Krauss propel this band to tremendous heights. Concert-goers can expect to hear songs from "Treats" as well as from the new album "Reign of Terror." This show provides a great opportunity to see an act that is just beginning to come into its own.
WHAT'S NEW: Sleigh Bells' new album "Reign of Terror" was released in February.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $37.50 and $42.50. The show begins at
8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at House of Blues.
The Go-Go's at Golden Nugget
WHO ARE THEY: The Go-Go's were at the forefront of the new wave movement in the early 1980s, as their debut album "Beauty and the Beat" topped the charts in the US for six weeks in 1982. It contained the hit singles "Our Lips are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat." The Go-Go's received a Grammy nomination for "Best New Artist." In August 1982 the all-girl group released the album "Vacation." The title track was a hit that summer. The group's third album "Talk Show" was released in January of 1984 and contained the hit singles "Head over Heels" and "Turn to You."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Although the Go-Go's initial run in the 1980s was short-lived, the band has managed to tour regularly since the late 1990s. Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the group's debut album "Beauty and the Beat," and the Go-Go's decided to celebrate with the Ladies Gone Wild tour. On Saturday night at the Golden Nugget they'll be performing all of their hits including "We Got the Beat," "Vacation," "Head Over Heels," "Turn to You" and "Our Lips are Sealed." Hearing these ridiculously catchy pop songs sung live will likely take any fan in attendance right back to the '80s where it all began.
WHAT'S NEW: In August of 2011 the band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $40, $55 and $70. The show begins at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Grand Ballroom, Golden Nugget.
Keith Sweat at Caesars
WHO IS HE: After working in the commodities market in the New York Mercantile Exchange for several years, Keith Sweat decided to switch gears completely and signed a recording contract with Elektra Records in 1987. His debut album "Make it Last Forever" was released in November of that same year and sold three million copies. The R&B album featured the No. 5 pop hit "I Want Her." In 1990 Sweat released "I'll Give All My Love to You," which reached No. 6 on the Billboard charts and featured the hit singles "Make you Sweat" and the title track.
WHAT TO EXPECT: As a multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer, Keith Sweat was at the forefront of the New Jack Swing era, and has remained an important influence in the world of R&B and soul music. Sweat has always been a passionate performer, capable of making the females shriek and nearly pass out when he chooses to turn up the heat. But what else would one expect from a man named Sweat? Fans can expect to hear all of his classics, including "I Want Her," "I'll Give All My Love to You," "Make it Last Forever," "Keep it Comin'," "Twisted" and "Nobody."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55 and $65. The show begins at
4 p.m. May 13 at the Circus Maximus Theater, Caesars.
Spring Jazz Concert Series at Tropicana
WHAT IS IT: The Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation along with Tropicana Casino and Resort are partnering to present the Spring Jazz Concert Series. The series will run for six weeks and will take place every Thursday at the Top of the Trop. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the CBBHFI Youth Jazz Camp.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The Tropicana's Top of the Trop will play host to the six-week Spring Jazz Concert Series where some of the finest musicians around will get to dazzle audiences with their virtuosity. "We're going to bring some well-known and some up-and-coming jazz artists to this beautiful venue," organizer Henrietta Shelton says. "I can't think of a more amazing view to accompany the music." Tonight's performance features the Sonny Keaton Quartet.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $10 and the show begins 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Top of the Trop, 20th Floor, North Tower.