The Mavericks at House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: The Mavericks is a country band from Miami that was founded in the late 1980s and stayed together until 2003 before breaking up. During that time period, the band released six albums and had 14 singles place on the Billboard country charts. Its biggest hit was "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down." In 1995, the band took home a Grammy award for "Best Country Performance By a Duo Or Group with Vocal." The Mavericks reunited in 2012 and released the album "In Time" in February 2013.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Fans of The Mavericks were thrilled last year when it was announced that the band would be reuniting after a nine-year hiatus. The celebration continued upon the release of the album "In Time" earlier this year. Fans will have an opportunity to see the resuscitated band Friday night at the House of Blues as it performs old hits such as "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down," "O What a Thrill," "There Goes My Heart," "What a Crying Shame," "Here Comes the Rain" and "Dance The Night Away" along with plenty of new songs from "In Time."
WHAT'S NEW: In February, The Mavericks released "In Time," the band's first album since 2000.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $22.50 and $32.50, and the show begins 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the House of Blues inside Showboat Casino-Hotel.
Savage Men Male Revue at Tropicana
WHO ARE THEY: The Savage Men is a male revue of model exotic dancers that has been featured on "America's Got Talent," "Jerseylicious" and "The Bad Girls Club." The Travel Channel recently named the Savage Men as one of the Top 5 male revues in the country. Former supermodel Tracy James is the owner and has appeared in publications such as Cosmopolitan, Vogue and GQ and has appeared in more than 1,600 romance novels.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Bachelorettes and just about anybody else who enjoys a hot steamy night of male flesh will want to run - not walk - to the Tropicana Casino and Resort's Boogie Nights for the Savage Men Male Revue Show. The Savage Men are quickly becoming household names with recent appearances on "America's Got Talent" and The Travel Channel. The show is a hybrid of the classic Chippendales show combined with the elements of a male strip club. In addition to the on-stage performances, scantily clad, muscled "Savages" parade through the club to the delight of audience members who enjoy a more personal feel to their strip shows. A comedian emcee and host keeps the festivities moving along with a light feel, while the "hot seat" is available to those celebrating birthdays and bachelorette parties who want to become a featured act on the main stage.
WHAT'S NEW: On an episode of "America's Got Talent," judge Howard Stern jumped on stage and joined the Savage Men.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $28, and the shows begin 7:30 p.m. Saturdays at the Tropicana's Boogie Nights.
Gipsy Kings at Harrah's
WHO ARE THEY: The Gipsy Kings emerged from France with its self-titled album of flamenco music in 1988 and was a huge success right away. The album was a Top 10 hit in more than a dozen countries worldwide and established the group as a powerhouse in Latin and world music. The Gipsy Kings followed up its success with more hit albums including "Mosaique" "Allegria," "Este Mundo" and "Love & Liberte." The 1993 film "Fearless" featured the group's song "Sin Ella," and in 1995 "The Best of the Gipsy Kings" provided new fans with a glimpse into what has made the group so successful. "The Best of the Gipsy Kings" also featured the hit song "A tu Vera."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Hailing from Arles, France, The Gipsy Kings helped bring a brand of pop-oriented flamenco music known as Sevillana to the masses. From humble beginnings as a group of musicians playing in the streets at festivals and at weddings, the Gipsy Kings paid its dues and was more than ready when the big time came calling. All of the years playing for pocket change kept the band from becoming complacent and it is reflected in its live performances. It doesn't matter that the band has now sold more than 18 million albums worldwide. It still plays with the same determination to win over audiences.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50, $70 and $90, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Harrah's Resort's Showroom.
Smokey Robinson at Caesars
WHO IS HE: Few personify the term "living legend" greater than Smokey Robinson. As a singer, writer, producer and music executive, Robinson had more to do with the early success of Motown than any other performer. His sweet falsetto coupled with romantic lyrics and perfectly crafted pop tunes enabled Robinson to score constant Top 10 pop hits throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s. First with The Miracles and later as a solo artist, Robinson's hits included "The Tracks of My Tears," "Tears of a Clown," "Ooh Baby, Baby" and "Cruisin." The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also wrote monster hits for The Temptations including "My Girl" and the No. 1 single "My Guy" for Mary Wells.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Robinson is equally talented at performing as he is at songwriting and singing. The pure joy in the man's face when he's on stage is infectious, and he is able to have the crowd in the palm of his hands at all times. Robinson performs the hits spanning his entire career, including those he wrote for other acts such as "My Girl." He also is a great storyteller and incorporates it into the show beautifully. Another staple of a Robinson concert is audience participation. Robinson will often have one side of a ballroom competing against the other to see who can sing the chorus to a song the loudest.
WHAT'S NEW: Robinson recently appeared on "American Idol" as a mentor to the contestants. He also announced an upcoming album of duets will be released later this year.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $65 and $85, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Caesars Atlantic City's Circus Maximus Theater.
Temptations Revue with Dennis Edwards at Resorts
WHO ARE THEY: In 1968, The Temptations faced the difficult task of replacing its popular, charismatic lead singer, David Ruffin. Thankfully for the group, it found a more-than-able replacement in singer Dennis Edwards. With Edwards at the helm, the group won its first Grammy Award and scored the hit singles "Papa was a Rolling Stone," "Memories," "Ball of Confusion," "Can't Get Next to You" and "Cloud Nine." Edwards was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of the Temptations in 1989. In addition to Edwards, the Temptations Revue features singers David Sea, Mike Patillo, Bernard Gibson and Chris Arnold.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Given the fact The Temptations had a ridiculous amount of short-term members over the years, there are quite a few groups featuring former members touring the oldies circuit. The Temptations Revue, however, is one that fans will probably want to go see since it features a genuine former lead singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in Edwards. The Temptations Revue performs all of the classic R&B Motown hits the original Temptations made famous and do so with splendid choreography and showmanship.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 and $35, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Resorts Casino Hotel's Superstar Theatre.
Divas Do AC at Resorts Casino Hotel
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.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the shows begin 8 p.m. Mondays, 9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Resorts Casino Hotel's Screening Room.
Kathleen Madigan at Trump Taj Mahal
WHO IS SHE: Kathleen Madigan is a stand-up comedian whose material includes topics such as immigration, drugs and life in small-town America. She has made numerous television appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." Currently, Madigan hosts her own show on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Madigan is a veteran of the comedy club and late-night television circuits and has seen her career start to take off in the last few years. Madigan covers a wide range of topics in her act including politics, relationships, families and everyday life. In addition to making many appearances on television, Madigan also has a strong radio presence, hosting her own show on the Blue Collar Comedy Channel on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $19, $29 and $34, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort's Xanadu Theater.
Badfish - A Tribute to Sublime at House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: Badfish is a three-piece tribute to Sublime, the innovative rock/pop/groove band whose career was cut short tragically with the death of lead singer Brad Nowell in 1996. The band incorporates the spirit of Sublime into an authentic tribute that has proven to be quite successful. Badfish maintains a rigorous touring schedule and has a dedicated following of fans who offer much support.
WHAT TO EXPECT: One of the tragedies associated with the death of Nowell was that many of the people who wound up becoming fans of the group never got to see them perform live. Thanks to Badfish, fans are able to experience the energy and emotion of what a live Sublime show was all about. This is a top-notch act that has logged many miles under its belt on the road, and Saturday's show at the House of Blues should be a rocking affair.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $19.20 and $29.20, and the show begins 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the House of Blues at Showboat Casino-Hotel.
Kathy Griffin at Borgata
WHO IS SHE: Comedian Kathy Griffin became known for her role as Vickie Groener alongside Brooke Shields on NBC's "Suddenly Susan" in the late 1990s. Prior to this, the Chicago native had guest starring roles on "ER," "Seinfeld" and "Mad About You." In the past several years, Griffin has appeared on several reality-based programs, including "Celebrity Mole," "Average Joe" and "Kathy's So-Called Reality." In 2005, she released a stand-up comedy DVD titled "Allegedly." For several years, she starred in her own reality show, "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," on the Bravo network. In 2011, she starred on Broadway in "Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony."
WHAT TO EXPECT: There's not much middle ground with Griffin. She's one of those comedians you either love or hate. Her brand of comedy is catty, edgy, opinionated and often involves the recounting of both real and embellished events involving celebrities. Typical topics at a Griffin comedy show include plastic surgery, eating disorders, drug abuse and sexual orientation. Another aspect of Griffin's act is self-deprecation, which was evidenced by the title of her since-canceled show, "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List." She also frequently talks about her admiration for gay men and the fact that she has a large gay following.
WHAT'S NEW: It was recently announced that Griffin's late-night talk show "Kathy" was not renewed for another season.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55, $65 and 75, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Borgata's Event Center.
Legends at Bally's
WHAT TO EXPECT: The latest installment of the impersonators series features tributes to Elton John, Shania Twain, Madonna, Stevie Wonder and The Blues Brothers.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32.50, $16.25 for children, and the shows begin 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and Sundays, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Legends in Concert Theater at Bally's.
Three Days Grace at House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: Post-grunge rock band Three Days Grace is a Canadian quartet that released its self-titled debut album in 2003. The album reached the Top 10 on the Canadian charts. It featured the hit single "I Hate Everything About You" and "Just Like You." In March 2006, the band released the single "Animal I Have Become," which reached No. 1 on the U.S. Mainstream rock chart. The album "One-X" reached platinum sales status and contained the hits "Pain" and "Never Too Late." 2009's "Life Starts Now" debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and contained the single "Break." The album "Transit of Venus" was released in October 2012.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Three Days Grace is a band that has followed in the footsteps of other post-grunge acts such as Staind and Nickelback. The band utilizes heavy guitar riffs and vocals that owe a debt of gratitude to Alice in Chains' Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell. The choruses are catchy and melodic and the drumming tight and powerful. Fans can expect to hear hits such as "I Hate Everything About You," "Animal I Have Become," "Never Too Late" and "Break" as well as songs from the new album "Transit of Venus."
WHAT'S NEW: Singer Adam Gontier resigned from Three Days Grace earlier this year due to health issues and has been replaced by vocalist Matt Walst.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 and $35, and the show begins 8 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at the House of Blues at Showboat Casino-Hotel.
Illusionist Steve Wyrick at Golden Nugget
WHO IS HE: Steve Wyrick is a Texas native who began performing tricks as a child and is known today as a daredevil who attempts things that have never been tried anywhere before. Wyrick is famous for his "Blades of Death" illusion and also staged the largest illusion in the world with the use of a twin-engine aircraft. He has made appearances on "The Late Show With David Letterman," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "American Chopper" and "That's Impossible."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $19.95, $29.95 and $59.95 VIP ticket includes backstage laminate, backstage meet and greet with up-close illusions, autographed photo and magic kit, and the shows begin 8 p.m. Fridays and Mondays, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays, at the Golden Nugget's Showroom.