America at Borgata
WHO ARE THEY: With its smooth, relaxed, light folk-rock sound, America made its mark during the first half of the 1970s with several top 10 hits and successful albums. The sound and style of the music was reminiscent of the acoustic material released by Neil Young, and ironically America's first No. 1 single "A Horse With No Name" knocked Young's "Heart of Gold" off the top of the charts in spring 1972. The group's second single, "I Need You," was another top 10 single that summer. America's self-titled debut album reached the top of the charts and in 1973 the band won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. In fall 1974, the George Martin-produced "Holiday" reached No. 3 on the charts and included the hits "Tin Man" and "Lonely People."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Despite being accused of blatantly copying the style of Neil Young and Crosby, Stills, Nash, America managed to carve out a niche for itself during the 1970s with catchy, melodic soft-rock hits. In concert, you can always count on the duo to cover all of its classic hits from the '70s, so fans should expect nothing less at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on Friday night. This isn't exactly the type of show to pump your fists or get your groove on, but if you're looking for a relaxing way to spend an evening, then humming along to "Sister Golden Hair" and "A Horse With No Name" might just be the way to go.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55 and $59.50. The show begins 9 p.m. Friday, June 28, at Borgata's Music Box.
Sheena Easton at Atlantic Club
WHO IS SHE: Scottish singer Sheena Easton landed a record deal with EMI in 1980 after appearing on the BBC television show "The Big Time: Pop Singer." This exposure helped her debut the singles "Modern Girl" and "9 to 5" to reach the U.K. Top 10 simultaneously, a feat never before accomplished by a female artist. Easton's self-titled debut album was released in 1981, and "9 to 5" was reissued in the United States as "Morning Train," so as to not be confused with the Dolly Parton hit of the same name. The single reached the top of the charts. A year later, Easton won a Grammy for Best New Artist. Her 1983 duet with Kenny Rogers, "We've Got Tonight," was a smash hit and Easton followed it up with another hit, "Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)," later that year. After a brief acting stint on "Miami Vice," Easton scored a No. 2 hit in 1989's "The Lover in Me."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Easton was the first artist to score Top 5 records on five different Billboard charts, including pop, R&B, country, adult contemporary and dance. This statistic shows the kind of crossover appeal Easton has been able to enjoy throughout her career which has spanned more than 30 years. This veteran of the stage is still going strong despite a lack of recent chart hits. Fans can expect to hear a little bit of all her styles and a plethora of hits such as "Morning Train," "For Your Eyes Only," "We've Got Tonight," "U Got the Look" and "The Lover in Me" during her run at the Hilton.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20 and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, June 28, at Atlantic Club Casino Hotel.
Doobie Brothers at Caesars
WHO ARE THEY: The Doobie Brothers was one of the most popular California pop/rock bands during the 1970s. Its initial sound was a mellow, post-hippie boogie, but they wound up becoming a more slick, pop and soul-influenced band as the decade was coming to a close. The Doobie Brothers broke though with its 1972 album, "Toulouse Street," which featured the hit singles "Listen to the Music" and "Jesus is Just Alright." The group's follow-up album "The Captain and Me" was released in 1973 and yielded the hit singles "China Grove" and "Long Train Runnin'." The Doobie Brothers scored its first No. 1 single with "Black Water," which was featured on the band's 1974 album, "What Were Once Vices are Now Habits."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Over the course of its incredible career, the Doobie Brothers have managed to sell more than 50 million albums and have scored 16 Top 40 hits. The band keeps on rocking with its eclectic blend of pop, soul, rock and R&B. Fans can look forward to hearing hits such as "China Grove," "Rockin' Down the Highway," "Listen to the Music," "Long Train Runnin'" and "Takin' it to the Streets" Saturday night at Caesars Atlantic City.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50, $70 and $80. The show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Caesars' Circus Maximus Theater.
Ron White at Trump Taj Mahal
WHO IS HE: Ron White is a standup comedian who rose to fame as a member of The Blue Collar Comedy Tour. White, who is nicknamed "Tater Salad," is known for drinking scotch and smoking a cigar during performances. White's solo comedy debut, "Drunk in Public," was released in November 2003. His comedy specials include "They Call Me Tater Salad," "The Ron White Show" and his latest "You Can't Fix Stupid."
WHAT TO EXPECT: The popularity of blue collar comedy helped to launch the careers of performers such as Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall. Ron White is another comedian who has seen his fortunes rise as the result of his association with this popular genre of comedy. His deadpan delivery and blunt, straight-forward style have endeared him to fans all over the country. Past Atlantic City performances have been a success for White and he returns ready to shake things up and leave the audience in fits once again.
WHAT'S NEW: During the past five years, White has been among the top three highest-grossing comedians on tour.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50 and the show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort's Mark G. Etess Arena.
Divas Do AC at Resorts
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.
MINI REVIEW: If there's a star of this show, it's Joan Rivers, played by Gary Dee. As MC, Dee warms up the crowd between numbers and delivers the crude humor everyone is used to seeing on E!'s 'Fashion Police,'" says At The Shore critic Lauren Kohout. "Dolly Parton also was a crowd-pleaser for all the country lovers in the audience. Dancing along to hits such as '9 to 5,' Jason Cosmo certainly looked the part in bright pink dresses and Dolly's famous big hair. Prince is one of the crowd's favorites during the show. Yes, it's true, Prince is a man and doesn't quite fit into the drag queen genre, but he certainly is a diva. And Frank Moore shows he belongs by doing an epic job of portraying the artist."
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.
Theresa Caputo Live: The Experience at Tropicana
WHO IS SHE: Theresa Caputo is a psychic medium who is best known for her TLC television show "Long Island Medium." The show is currently in its third season and highlights Caputo's interesting daily situations where she suddenly starts receiving messages when she is in the middle of doing ordinary tasks. Caputo is a certified medium with the Forever Family Foundation who has been practicing for 10 years.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Those with a curiosity about the possibility of life beyond the grave or anyone who enjoys the reality TV show "Long Island Medium" won't want to miss Theresa Caputo at Tropicana Casino and Resort Saturday night. Caputo will be giving interacting readings to audience members and also will be sharing personal stories of her own. Her career has been based on attempting to help individuals find closure by connecting them with departed loved ones and she has become quite well known as a result of the success of "Long Island Medium."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $78.82, $90.11 and $101.42. The show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29, and 7 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Tropicana's Showroom.
Fat Pack at Resorts
WHO ARE THEY: The Fat Pack consists of Ernie Bruno, Johnny Dell and Bobby Parrella. The show is a mixture of music and comedy presented by the three portly entertainers as they stroll down memory lane.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The Rat Pack may be but a memory, but on Sunday afternoon Resorts Casino Hotel will play host to a chubbier version as the Fat Pack rolls into town. Ernie Bruno, Johnny Dell and Bobby Parrella are a talented trio that performs in a style reminiscent of the greats of old.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 and the show begins 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Resorts.
Tim Allen at Borgata
WHO IS HE: Tim Allen is a comedian and actor who became a household name in the 1990s thanks to his sitcom "Home Improvement," which ran on ABC from 1991 through 1999. Prior to that, Allen built his career as a stand-up comic, performing regularly at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Thanks to the success of "Home Improvement," Allen starred in "The Santa Claus" in 1994 and a year later he starred as the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the animated blockbuster "Toy Story." Since that time Allen has lent his voice to the film's two sequels. In 2011 Allen began starring in the ABC sitcom "Last Man Standing."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Allen comes to Borgata on Saturday night aiming to have the crowd barking his trademark testosterone laugh all night. Allen went from stand-up favorite to television superstar virtually overnight in the early 1990s thanks to his hit television show "Home Improvement," which portrayed Allen as a bumbling Bob Vila-type. Since that time Allen has acted in films and provided noticeable voiceovers for animated features. The comic will return to his stand-up roots on Saturday and will display the easygoing manner and wit that made him a success.
WHAT'S NEW: Allen's film "Crazy on the Outside," which stars Sigourney Weaver, Ray Liotta, Julie Bowen, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Kelsey Grammer and J.K. Simmons, is available online at all major retailers.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $65, $75 and $85, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Borgata's Event Center.
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. The show will present five different lineups of entertainers throughout the year.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Spring is here and with it comes a revamped Legends in Concert lineup for the season. Tributes to Katy Perry, Michael Buble, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner and Tom Jones will all be a part of the new summer lineups. But regardless of who is actually performing, the Legends in Concert show is always a hit with audiences.
WHAT'S NEW: Legends in Concert features a brand new lineup through June 30 including tributes to Katy Perry, Michael Buble, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner and Tom Jones.
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.
Joe Holiday's Family Friendly Magic Show 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. "We welcome Joe Holiday to the Comedy Stop family," Comedy Stop owner and producer Bob Kephart says in a statement. "We hope everyone will stop in to take a holiday with Holiday." The magician, who is an Atlantic City native and South Jersey resident, is excited about the opportunity to perform in his hometown after years on the road. "It's both an honor and thrill to bring the only family-friendly magic act in Atlantic City to the Comedy Stop this summer," Holiday says. "After traveling the world to entertain our troops and audiences in other countries for nearly 30 years, it will be great to come back to Atlantic City to entertain the hometown crowd and help the legendary comedy club celebrate their 30 years in the business."
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.