Bellator MMA at Revel
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 often broadcast live. Past champions include Hector Lombard, Eddie Alvarez, Pat Curran, Alexander Shlemenko and Cole Konrad.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Bellator MMA returns to Atlantic City with a great fight card from top to bottom. The main event is the featherweight championship match between reigning champion Pat Curran and Season 7 tournament winner Shahbulat Shamhalaev. "He's a great counter striker, as am I, and I see a lot of openings with Shabulat," Curran says in a statement on the Bellator official website. "Shabulat brings one-punch knockout power, and with my style, it's going to be a swing-for-fences fight." The middleweight tournament finals match features Brett Cooper vs. Doug Marshall, while the featherweight tournament finals features Mike Richman vs. Frodo Khasbulaev. The main card also includes a welterweight feature fight between Rick Hawn and Karo Parisyan. "I'm really excited to be back fighting so soon," Hawn says. "I have a tough opponent in Karo, but I'm looking forward to the challenger." The Garden State will battle the Empire State as New Jersey's Tom DeBlass squares off against New Yorker Carlos Brooks in a middleweight bout on the preliminary card. "I'm very excited to be fighting for Bellator right in my backyard," DeBlass says. "All of my friends, family, students and many fans will get to see me live. I'm coming back and making a statement, you can count on that."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $35, $55, $75, $175 and $275, and the event begins 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at Revel's Ovation Hall.
Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat 44 at Tropicana
WHO ARE THEY: Ring of Combat is a mixed martial arts competition organized by world kickboxing champion Louis Neglia. The events have proven to be quite popular and successful in Atlantic City. Past events have been set up as a Tournament of Champions, with the winners receiving cash prizes. Several top fighters including Matt Serra, Frank Edgar, Josh Koscheck and Kurt Pellegrino began their careers with Ring of Combat.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat XLIV features 13 action-packed bouts. Deividas Taurosevicus (16-5) takes on Guillermo Serment (4-5) while Mike Massenzio (13-8) battles Ariel Sepulveda (5-6). Silvio Santos (2-0) will fight Brendan Barrett (7-5-1), while Levan Makashvili (3-0) squares off against Anthony Facchini (3-1). Other matchups include Ryan Contaldi (8-7-1) vs. Noah Faunce (2-1), Aaron Freedman (4-1) vs. Willie Hosch (1-0) and Jared Platt (0-00) vs. Mitch Whitesel (16-23).
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50, $60, $75 and $125, and the event begins 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Tropicana Casino and Resort's Showroom.
Matt & Kim at House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: Matt & Kim is an indie duo from Brooklyn, N.Y., comprised of Matt Johnson on vocals and keyboards and Kim Schifino on drums. The band's self-titled independent debut album was released in 2006 and was a modest affair. For its follow-up "Grand," Matt & Kim signed on with the label FADER. A video for the track "Lessons Learned" featured the duo stripping naked in Times Square. which became a viral hit, eventually winning the Breakthrough Video award at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. The album "Sidewalks" was released in November 2010 and Matt & Kim headlined two separate U.S. tours in support of it, in addition to supporting blink-182 and My Chemical Romance in fall 2011. In June 2012, the duo released "Lightning," which included standout tracks such as "Let's Go," "It's Alright" and "Now."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Matt & Kim is a duo that has taken a creative, amusing and sometimes daring approach with its visual image through music videos, and the result has been greater exposure for its music. The Brooklyn indie band comes to the House of Blues Friday in support of its latest album, "Lightning." Fans can expect to hear songs such as "Lessons Learned" and "Daylight" along with newer tracks such as "It's Alright," "Let's Go" and "Now."
WHAT'S NEW: A music video for the song "It's Alright" was released in late February.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the show begins 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the House of Blues at 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.
WHAT TO EXPECT:The show is a hybrid of the classic Chippendales show combined with the elements of a male strip club.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $28, and the shows begin 7:30 p.m. Saturdays at the Tropicana's Boogie Nights.
Brian Regan at Borgata
WHO IS HE: Brian Regan is a stand-up comedian who released his first CD, "Brian Regan Live," in 1997. He has had two hour-long Comedy Central specials, both of which have been released on DVD. Regan first appeared on "The Late Show With David Letterman" in 1995 and has appeared on the show more than 20 times since. Constantly on tour, Regan has performed in more than 80 cities each year since 2005.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Although he doesn't have any major TV or film roles to his credit, Regan managed to make the leap from clubs to theaters and hasn't looked back, maintaining a rigorous touring schedule. Regan's style is self-deprecating at times and he relies on observational humor. He offers a clean show that isn't likely to offend many.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $46.50, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Event Center.
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.
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.
Keyshia Cole with Chrisette Michele at Borgata
WHO ARE THEY: After appearing on recordings by MC Hammer, Messy Marv and Tony! Toni! Tone!, Keyshia Cole released her debut solo album, "The Way It Is," in 2005. The album featured a collaboration with Kanye West on the single "I Changed My Mind" and other collaborations with DaRon, Chink Santana and E-Poppi. Cole worked with Eve on a song for the "Barbershop 2" soundtrack called "Never." The album "Just Like You" was released in 2007 and included the singles "Last Night," "I Remember," "Shoulda Let You Go" and "Heaven Sent." In December 2008, "A Different Me" was released and was certified platinum. Cole also starred in her own reality show on BET called "Keyshia Cole: The Way it Is." The album "Woman to Woman" was released in 2012.
Music was always a part of Chrisette Michele's life as the singer began performing at church when she was only 4 years old. At age 17, she discovered jazz and musical legends including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Michele was signed to Def Jam in 2006 and wrote and sang the hooks on Jay-Z's "Lost Ones" and Nas' "Can't Forget About You." Michele wrote all of the songs for her debut album, "I Am," which was released in summer 2007. Since that time, she has released the albums "Epiphany" and "Let Freedom Reign" and won a Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the song "Be OK."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Cole is one of the most exciting young artists in R&B music. The Oakland, Calif., native's music has more of an edge and urban feel than contemporaries such as Brandy, Beyonce and Monica. Fans can look forward to an exciting, energetic performance featuring hits from all of her albums, including "Heaven Sent," "I Changed My Mind," 'Let it Go," "Trust," and "Calling All Hearts," along with tracks from her latest album "Woman to Woman," including the hit "Enough of No Love" and "Trust and Believe."
Blessed with a marvelous voice and talent for songwriting, Michele went from college kid to selling more than 500,000 copies of her debut album "I Am" in just a couple of years time. The Grammy Award-winning vocalist stands out in the world of R&B because of her distinct jazz influences, but her penchant for performing can be traced to her days singing gospel music in church as a child. Her talents will be on display at the House of Blues where she'll be performing hits such as "Be OK," "Epiphany" and "Best of Me."
WHAT'S NEW: Cole's latest album, "Woman to Woman," was released in November 2012 and features the hit single "Enough of No Love" featuring Lil Wayne.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55 and $65, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Music Box.
Johnny Mathis at Caesars
WHO IS HE: Johnny Mathis has sustained one of the longest-running and most successful careers of any male singer in the adult-contemporary genre. The singer tailored his musical approach by concentrating on romantic renditions of pop and jazz standards. He was initially successful on the singles charts during the late 1950s, but soon switched his focus to albums, a dozen of which reached gold or platinum status. By the 1970s, Mathis began incorporating soft rock into his repertoire and managed to score the No. 1 single "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" in 1978.
WHAT TO EXPECT: This legendary crooner has been performing on stages for 50 years now and shows no signs of slowing down. Mathis is a veteran casino performer, and concertgoers can expect a laid-back, relaxing evening of mellow pop standards. With his romantic renderings of pop and jazz standards, Mathis is one of those timeless artists who found his niche and has been riding it out for all it's worth. Hits such as "Misty," "Chances Are" and "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" are sure to please. Over the years, Mathis has sung for presidents and heads of state, and on Saturday he'll be singing for an intimate crowd at Caesars Atlantic City.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55 and $95, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Caesars' Circus Maximus Theater.
Sunidhi Chauhan & Ali Zafar at Revel
WHO ARE THEY: Sunidhi Chauhan is a playback singer from India whose songs have been featured in numerous Bollywood films. Chauhan sang the hit song "Ruki Ruki Si Zindagi" in the film "Mast," which served as her breakthrough. She has won three Filmfare Awards, having been nominated for 12 over the years.
The multi-talented Ali Zafar is a Pakistani singer, songwriter, actor, model and painter who made a big splash with the hit song "Channo" from his debut album "Huqa Pani." The single, which was released worldwide in 2005, went on to sell more than 5 million copies while the album became one of Pakistan's best all-time sellers. In 2010, Zafar debuted as an actor in the Bollywood film "Tere Bin Laden." In 2012, Zafar was named as Asia's runner-up sexiest man alive.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Fans of Indian playback singer Chauhan won't want to miss this opportunity to see the star perform at Revel on Friday night. Chauhan's songs have been featured prominently in a great many Bollywood films and her abilities as a singer are highly regarded by fans and critics alike. Concertgoers can expect to hear all of the songs that have made her famous. Also on the bill is Asia's second sexiest man, Ali Zafar. The Pakistani singer will be performing hits such as "London, Paris, New York."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $49, $69, $89, $109, $149 and $199, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Revel's Ovation Hall.
Stone Sour with In This Moment and Hell or Highwater at House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: Stone Sour is making its first appearance in Atlantic City in more than five years as the headliner of an alternative metal bill. The Des Moines, Iowa-based outfit will release "House of Gold & Bones, Pt. 2" (Roadrunner), the conclusion of a two-part concept album, on Tuesday, April 9. The first installment came out in 2012.
The records tell the story of a man who is at the crossroads of a mystical journey, but the storyline doesn't get completely resolved on the second release, according to guitarist Josh Rand. "For us it was about doing something we've never done," Rand says of the ambitious, two-disc project. "We try to do that with every record. We try to evolve –– some people might say for better or for worse."
The band worked with producer David Bottrill (Tool, Muse) to add more heft to its sound. "It was really important to have a grittiness the first two records had," Rand says. "We get thrown in with active-rock bands. I can't tell them apart, to be quite honest. I'm convinced it's the same group - and maybe it is. We wanted to make sure that we didn't sound like that, and that's why we took this approach."
Opener In This Moment is a Schenectady, N.Y-based alt-metal band founded by singer Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howarth that has been through several lineup changes since making its 2007 debut with "Beautiful Tragedy" (Century Media).
Second opener Hell or Highwater is a newly formed alt-metal group fronted by ex-Atreyu drummer-singer Brandon Saller.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Stone Sour plans to program about a half dozen songs from the new album, as well as material from its four previous records, including its self-titled 2002 debut, "Come What(ever)" and "Audio Secrecy." "Our goal eventually is to play ("House of Gold & Bones") in their entirety, but that would be sometime next year with a bigger production," Rand says.
In This Moment is building its set around its fourth album, "Blood," (Century Media), including the title track, "Rise With Me" and "Whore." Hell or Highwater similarly will be working material from its recently released debut record, "Begin Again" (Pavement Entertainment).
WHAT'S NEW: Stone Sour, after it wraps up its current North American tour, will hit Japan and Europe through the early summer. In This Moment is touring behind "Blood," which came out in August. Hell or Highwater is also on the road in support of its new record, which came out in February.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29 and $39, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 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."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Wyrick has been amazing audiences for years now with a style of magic all his own. He'll be bringing a brand-new multimedia show to the Golden Nugget Atlantic City, complete with interactive videos designed to engage the audience even more. The show also features a full-sized airplane right on the stage. But what truly makes a Wyrick show great is the illusionist's ability to dazzle an audience with his natural charisma, showmanship, sleight of hand and storytelling. This is a great show for the whole family to enjoy.
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. Sunday, at the Golden Nugget's Showroom.
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 Atlantic City renovated the Palace Theater and renamed it Legends in Concert Theater.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Spring is just around the corner and with it comes a revamped Legends in Concert lineup for the season. The latest installment will feature tributes to Elton John, Shania Twain, Madonna, Stevie Wonder and The Blues Brothers. Elton John will be performed by Mitch Adams, Shania Twain will be performed by Stacy Whitton, Madonna will be performed by Coty Alexander, Stevie Wonder will be performed by Terry Forsythe, and Eric Martin and Carmen Romano will portray the Blues Brothers.
WHAT'S NEW: Legends in Concert features a brand new spring lineup including tributes to John, Twain, Wonder, Madonna 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.