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Ace Frehley at House of Blues
WHO IS HE: Ace Frehley became famous as the lead guitarist for Kiss. The Bronx native joined the group after answering an ad for a guitarist in the "Village Voice," and wound up designing the band's famous double lightning bolt logo. Frehley was one of the most influential guitar players of the 1970s with his atmospheric style and "Spaceman" costume. He began a solo career after leaving the band in 1982, releasing the album "Frehley's Comet" in 1987. Frehley returned to Kiss in 1996 for the band's reunion tour and remained with the group until 2002.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Although casual Kiss fans may have a difficult time recognizing Frehley without the makeup and spaceman costume, his distinctive playing style and on-stage performance should leave no doubt as to his identity. Never averse to theatrics, Frehley comes armed with a bag of tricks such as the smoking guitar and rocket set up. Fans can expect to hear plenty of Frehley's solo tracks, especially songs from his most recent album, "Anomaly," as well as some old Kiss favorites. Although the rocker became famous for rocking out arenas and stadiums, he's just as powerful at a smaller venue such as the House of Blues.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 and $30. The show begins 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the House of Blues inside Showboat Casino-Hotel.
Frank Sinatra Jr. at Borgata
WHO IS HE: The son of Ol' Blue Eyes got his professional start at the age of 21, performing with the Elliot Brothers Band, and soon was singing with The Tommy Dorsey Band. In 1963, Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped at Harrah's Lake Tahoe and held for ransom, which his father paid in the amount of $240,000. From the mid-1960s through the mid-1980s, Sinatra Jr. appeared regularly in Las Vegas as an opening act in the showrooms, and as a headliner in the lounges. In 1984, Sinatra Jr. made his Atlantic City debut at Caesars, sharing a bill with George Burns. In the late, 1980s Sinatra Jr. became the musical director for his father's shows.
WHAT TO EXPECT: While many children of famous musicians have struggled with stepping out of their parents shadows and establishing their own identities, Sinatra Jr. managed to establish an entire career by riding his father's coattails. While working as his father's musical director, Sinatra Jr. studied his father's vocal delivery, timing, mannerisms and stage presence to the point where he became, essentially, the ultimate tribute act.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 and $25. The show begins 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Music Box.
Willie Nelson at Caesars
WHO IS HE: Willie Nelson's career began in the 1960s, but it wasn't until the mid-1970s that he became a bona-fide country and pop star. His 1975 album "The Red Headed Stranger" was his breakthrough hit, helping to usher in the genre known as "outlaw country." Nelson's most successful year was 1978, when he released the album "Waylon and Willie" with Waylon Jennings; it featured the hit song "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys." That same year, Nelson released "Stardust," which was a successful album of pop standards. Nelson experienced crossover success in the early 1980s with a remake of the Elvis Presley hit "You Were Always on my Mind."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Nelson is an American icon whose dedication to social causes is almost as impressive as his musical career. He's a true living legend who continues to influence younger generations of musicians. Despite the fact Nelson has been at it since the 1960s, this outlaw country star is still one of the best in the business.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55, $65 and $85. The show begins 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Caesars Atlantic City's Circus Maximus Theatre.
The Turetsky Choir at Trump Taj Mahal
WHO ARE THEY: Directed by Mikhail Turetsky, The Turetsky Choir is an all-male a-capella vocal group that sings in 10 different languages. The group began in the late 1980s performing at the Moscow Choral Synagogue; by 1992, its members were performing at Congress' Chanukah celebration in Washington, D.C. By the mid-'90s, The Turetsky Choir was touring Europe and the United States. Throughout its history, the group has released numerous albums and DVDs and toured throughout the world.
WHAT TO EXPECT: With an amazing repertoire of music spanning centuries, and vocals are able to replicate the full sound of an orchestra, The Turetsky Choir has been entertaining audiences around the world for more than two decades. This 10-man group includes a full range of voices, from the low bass profundo up to the high tenor altino.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50, $60, $75, $100, $125, $200 and $250. The show begins 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort's Mark G. Etess Arena.
Duran Duran at Borgata
WHO ARE THEY: With their melodic choruses, pinup looks and glamorous music videos, the members of Duran Duran dominated MTV in the early to mid-1980s and helped bring new wave music to the masses. The leaders of the New Romantic movement scored a Top 10 hit with "Girls on Film" in 1981, which helped the band's self-titled debut album reach No. 3 on the charts. The band's follow up, "Rio," reached No. 2 in spring 1982 and featured the hit singles "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Save a Prayer."
WHAT TO EXPECT: The synthesizers will be turned up to maximum volume at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa when Duran Duran takes the stage for a night of upbeat pop music. This British new-wave group dominated MTV during its early years and produced some of the most catchy, memorable and decade-defining hits of the 1980s.
WHAT'S NEW: "All You Need is Now" was released earlier this year and is Duran Duran's 13th studio album.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $65 and $75. The show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Event Center.
Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman at Tropicana
WHO ARE THEY: Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman are the former lead singer and keyboard player of the progressive rock band Yes. Anderson was a founding member, having started the group back in 1968 with bassist Chris Squire. Wakeman joined the band in 1971 for the successful "The Yes Album." The band went on to sell close to 50 million albums during its lifetime. Anderson and Wakeman left Yes in 1980 due to creative differences, but Anderson re-joined several years later, and Wakeman returned in 1990. Both musicians have maintained solid solo careers in addition to their work with Yes and other groups.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Yes fans won't want to miss Anderson and Wakeman when they perform at Tropicana Casino and Resort. Both men have been integral members of the group, especially Anderson, who was a founding member and vocalist. Both men have been in and out of the group several times, but have come together for this tour.
WHAT'S NEW: Anderson and Wakeman released the album "The Living Tree" in 2010.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $45 and $65. The show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Tropicana Casino and Resort's Showroom.
Oktoberfest at Trump Taj Mahal
WHAT TO EXPECT: A Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort tradition since the 1990s, the 18th-annual Oktoberfest is a celebration of food, drink and music. Attendees can enjoy bratwurst, sauerbraten, Hungarian goulash and frankfurters, washing it all down with draught beer and Jagermeister. The live German music lineup includes performances from Axel Brecker, Bayrische 7 and Arnold Schwarzenegger's cousin Karl, performing with his band Spitze. Also on the bill are Pfaelzer Buam, the German American Chorus of N.J., Joe Maloy, HSV Bavaria Schuhplattler Dancers and Donauschwaben Tanzgruppe. The German marketplace also features clothing, linens and crafts.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $5 and the event takes place noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Taj Mahal's Grand Ballroom.
Legends in Concert at Harrah's
WHAT IS IT: Legends in Concert is an award-winning celebrity tribute show that has been entertaining audiences for years. Legends in Concert has traveled to 15 different countries on five continents, entertaining more than 10 million people.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Always an Atlantic City favorite, the Legend in Concert Series has been bringing its lineup of talented impersonators to stages since the early 1980s. For this run at Harrah's Resort, performances will feature impersonations of Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and more.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 and $30. The show begins 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturdays, 8 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays. The show runs through Nov. 17 at Harrah's Resort's Concert Venue.
'The Price is Right' - Live Stage Show at Bally's
WHAT IS IT: "The Price is Right" is one of the most beloved and well-known television game shows of all time. It originally debuted in 1956 and later received a makeover, re-launching in 1972 with Bob Barker as the host. Barker's remarkable run as host lasted until late 2007 when Drew Carey took over.
WHAT TO EXPECT: "The Price is Right" is back at Bally's by popular demand after a successful run earlier this year. This live version of the legendary television game show offers contestants a chance to win cash and prizes by playing games such as The Big Wheel. The show is hosted by TV personality Todd Newton.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20 and $25. The show begins 7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays. The show runs through Nov. 16 at the Palace Theater at Bally's Claridge Tower.
'Believe, Divas in a Man's World' at Resorts
WHAT IS IT: "Believe, Divas in a Man's World" is a show presented by Steven Andrade that features seven celebrity impersonators performing their takes on Cher, Prince, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, Patti LaBelle and Joan Rivers. In addition to Andrade, the cast includes Frank Moore, Phyl Craig, Jimmy Electra, Eddie Summers, Jay Sanchez and Gary Dee.
WHAT TO EXPECT: "Believe, Divas in a Man's World" is a dream come true for Andrade, who put the show together and stars as Cher. "I have entertained nationally and internationally (and) so has the rest of the cast," Andrade says. "Our show, through song, dance and dazzling costumes, is an homage to the legendary divas that have shaped the entertainment landscape for the past several decades."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20. The show begins 9 p.m. on Thursdays, 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 8 p.m. Sundays. The show runs through the fall at Resorts' Screening Room.
Kozak the Magician at Tropicana
WHO IS HE: Kozak the Magician began his career as a street performer in Pittsburgh and quickly became a successful comedian and magician. Kozak headlined comedy clubs for years, eventually branching out to performing at casinos, colleges and corporate functions. Kozak performed for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the Palladium Theater in London.
WHAT TO EXPECT: A comedic night of magic is what one can expect from Kozak the Magician, who performs at the Tropicana Casino and Resort's Comedy Stop for an extended engagement. "Magic is a blend of art, science, history, philosophy, theology and psychology," says Kozak on his official website.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 and $35; the $35 tickets include dinner. Dinner is 5:30 p.m. daily, with the show following at 6:15 p.m., at the Comedy Stop in The Quarter at Tropicana Casino and Resort.
'The Accused: Nightlife on Trial' at Tropicana
WHAT IS IT: "The Accused: Nightlife on Trial" is a theatrical, acrobatic show produced and co-created by Bob Pereira and Tad Emptage and written by Eric Walton. The cast comes from Cirque-tacular Entertainment, and the line-up features performers who have worked on Broadway, on "American's Got Talent," at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem and Cirque.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The audience gets to decide the fate of the characters in "The Accused: Nightlife on Trial," a new production at Tropicana Casino and Resort's Providence Nightclub. The cirque and burlesque cast is accused of outrageous crimes and it's up to those in attendance to determine their guilt, innocence and possible punishment. The show is for those older than 21 and will feature a rotating cast.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $30 for general admission and $50 for VIP seating. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show begins 8:45 p.m. Saturdays at Providence.
Los Vivancos at Resorts
WHO ARE THEY: Vivancos is a flamenco fusion dance company consisting of seven brothers from Spain who all attended the Professional Conservatory of Dance in Barcelona, Spain. Their career highlights include performing for Princess Stefania De Manaco and making an appearance on "Dancing with the Stars." The Vivancos brothers include Elias, Josue, Josua, Aaron, Isreal and Judah.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Those looking for an exciting, high-energy dance show will want to check out Los Vivancos during its run at Resorts Casino-Hotel. The 115-minute performance is a breathtaking display of artistry and passion. "These artists are a perfect example of what family, creativity, dedication and talent can achieve when fostered appropriately," says Dennis C. Gomes, owner, president and C.E.O of Resorts. "The show is an amazing blend of dancing, music and raw emotion, and we are proud to be the first casino in Atlantic City to bring in the Vivancos."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 and $35. The show begins 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, through Monday, Oct. 31, at Resorts' Superstar Theater.