Josh Turner at Harrah's
WHO IS HE: Josh Turner is a country singer from South Carolina whose deep voice, gospel influences and dark lyrics are a bit of a throwback to country stars of days past. Turner's debut album, "Long Black Train," was released in 2003 and contained the hit title track as well as "She'll Go on You." Turner's second album, "Your Man," was released in 2006 and made it to No. 2 on the charts. "Everything is Fine" came out a year later.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Turner will take the stage for a performance featuring songs from each of his stellar albums. Turner burst onto the scene in 2003 with "Long Black Train," a song he wrote after listening to a healthy dose of Hank Williams. Concertgoers can expect to hear this song as well as tracks such as "She'll Go on You," "Your Man," "Would You Go with Me," "Firecracker," "Another Try," "Everything is Fine" and "Why Don't We Just Dance." Fans can also expect to hear the new single, "Time is Love," as well as other tracks from Turner's upcoming album, "Punching Bag."
WHAT'S NEW: "Punching Bag," Turner's fifth studio album, is due in June. The lead single is called "Time is Love."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $35 and $50, and the show begins 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Harrah's Resort's Concert Venue.
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 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 that was associated with the death of Sublime lead singer Brad Nowell was that many of the people who became 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 band which has logged many miles under their belts on the road.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $18 and $25, and the show begins 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the House of Blues at Showboat Casino-Hotel.
Ronnie Wood at Golden Nugget
WHO IS HE: Ronnie Wood is a legendary musician who is best known as guitarist for The Rolling Stones. His career initially got a jumpstart in the late 1960s as bassist in the Jeff Beck Group along with Beck and a young, raspy singer named Rod Stewart. Both Wood and Stewart eventually left Beck to join The Faces, a band which was immensely successful as a live act. Along with Stewart, Wood co-wrote "Stay With Me," a song which proved to be the band's biggest hit. When Stewart began a solo career, Wood remained in the fold as a frequent co-writer, helping to pen such classics as "Gasoline Alley" and "Every Picture Tells a Story." Wood released his first solo album, "I've Got My Own Album To Do," in 1974. A year later, he joined The Rolling Stones. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 as a member of the Stones and again in 2012 as a member of The Faces.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Wood has managed to have one of those unique careers in rock 'n' roll where he has was part of not one, not two, but three legendary bands in addition to his work as a solo artist. A versatile guitarist known for his fantastic slide work, Wood has proven to be the perfect side man. Joining one of the biggest rock 'n' roll bands in history and sharing guitar duties with the iconic Keith Richards would be a daunting task for any guitarist regardless of how talented they may be, yet Wood managed to make it all seem natural and easy. Wood will perform a lot of the songs he's released on his own throughout the years. Although his solo work is less well known than some of the songs he penned with Stewart or the lead lines he's contributed to the Stones' catalogue, it's an impressive body of work. Fans won't want to miss a chance to see this living legend of rock 'n' roll.
WHAT'S NEW: Wood was inducted this month into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the second time, this time as a member of The Faces. His previous induction was as a member of The Rolling Stones.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $75 and $100, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Golden Nugget's The Grand.
Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas at Caesars
WHO ARE THEY: Alison Krauss emerged in the late 1980s with her blend of bluegrass and folk music. Her 1995 album "Now That I've Found You" put her on the map commercially and helped introduce her music to the mainstream. She continued to release critically acclaimed albums throughout the decade. In 2007, she teamed up with legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant for the album "Raising Sand." In 2011, Krauss teamed up with Union Station for the album "Paper Airplane." It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard country chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Krauss has won an incredible 26 Grammy Awards, which is the most in history for a female and third most for any performer in history.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Krauss continues her successful tour with Union Station with a stop at Caesars Atlantic City. Her album and tour with Robert Plant was immensely popular. Now, with Union Station, Krauss is proving once again what a fantastic collaborative artist she is. Although she is known primarily as a country singer, Krauss is equally adept at tackling roots, rock and pop music. Concertgoers can expect to hear tracks from the "Paper Airplane" album as well as some older material.
WHAT'S NEW: "Paper Airplane" is Krauss' most recent album and it debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55 and $95, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Caesars Atlantic City's Circus Maximus Theater.
Merle Haggard at Harrah's
WHO IS HE: Merle Haggard is a country music legend famous for creating the Bakersfield sound along with his band The Strangers. He began gaining success in the mid-1960s with hits such as "(My Friends are Gonna Be) Strangers" and "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive." In 1969, Haggard scored another hit with "Okie From Muskogee." As the 1970s dawned, Haggard continued to be a hitmaker with songs such as "Always Wanting You," "Carolyn," "The Roots of My Raising" and "Grandma Harp." Over the course of his career, Haggard scored an amazing 38 No. 1 country hits. In 2010, the singer was honored with a prestigious lifetime achievement award from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Country outlaw Haggard managed to make the incredible transformation over his life from common criminal to Kennedy Center Award winner. On Saturday night, Haggard takes his guitar, his band and his amazing collection of hit songs to Harrah's for a performance that is not to be missed. Fans can expect to hear classics such as "Okie From Muskogee," "Always Wanting You," "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive," "(My Friends are Gonna Be) Strangers" and "Grandma Harp." He may be older now and has suffered with his health in recent years, but Haggard has proven to be resilient and has yet to lose his edge.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $45, $55 and $65, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Harrah's Concert Venue.
Kozak the Magician at Tropicana
WHO IS HE: Kozak the Magician began his career as a street performer in Pittsburgh and quickly rose to become a successful comedian and magician. Kozak headlined comedy clubs for years, eventually branching out to performing at casinos, colleges and corporate functions. Kozak even got an opportunity to perform for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the Palladium Theater in London. He is currently the host of "Atlantic City Plugged In."
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. "I bring these to the table along with a razor-sharp wit honed from years of improvisational experience in comedy clubs." Kozak is the type of performer who is always looking to exceed people's expectations. "I never promise more than I can deliver and I always deliver more than I promised," Kozak adds. "My greatest joy is performing the magic I love so much and bringing people laughter."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 for the show only and $35 for show and dinner. The shows begin 6:15 p.m. Mondays to Sundays at the Tropicana's Comedy Stop.
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 include "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 is also 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.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55, $75 and $85, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Caesars' Circus Maximus Theater.
Legends in Concert at Bally's
WHO ARE THEY: Since beginning in Las Vegas in 1983, Legends in Concert has been one of the most successful and longest-running tribute shows around. With an enormous revolving cast, Legends has offered tributes to just about every major entertainer you can think of. Everyone from Elvis to Bruce Springsteen to Cher to Madonna have been represented. The show has always included top-notch musicians, costumes and theatrics.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Throughout the course of the year, there will be five different lineups of performers, including several new acts. "We are honored to be invited to bring our show back to Atlantic City and begin our 21st season in the market with an unprecedented array of unique commitments from Bally's to improve and extend our fan's experience," says Brian Brigner, chief operating officer for On Stage Entertainment, which produces the show. "There is no better venue for our production in Atlantic City than Bally's intimate Palace Theater." The first cast will feature tributes to Tina Turner, The Blues Brothers, Liza Minnelli, Ray Charles and Elvis Presley.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32.50, and the shows begin 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and Sundays, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Wednesdays in Bally's Palace Theater.
Avalanche Tour featuring Shinedown at House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: Shinedown is a melodic hard rock band similar to Creed and Nickelback, hailing from Jacksonville, Fla. Their platinum-selling debut album, "Leave a Whisper," was released in 2003 and featured the single "Fly From the Inside." In 2004, the band opened for Van Halen. The band's sophomore album, "Us and Them," was released in 2005. The first single from the album, "Save Me," became the theme song for "WWE No Mercy." Amaryllis was released in 2012.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Shinedown will bring its brand of hard rock to the House of Blues on Saturday night to the delight of the group's dedicated South Jersey fan base. The band has sold more than 8 million albums since its debut album came out in 2003 and will be performing all of the hit songs that made their albums a success. Fans can expect to hear all of their favorites plus tracks from the band's brand new album, "Amaryllis," such as the single "Bully."
WHAT'S NEW: "Amaryllis" was released in late March. The first single is "Bully."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $35 and $50, and the show begins 6 p.m. Saturday April 21, at the House of Blues.
Disco Dance Concert with Thelma Houston, Evelyn King and Maxine Nightingale at Resorts
WHO ARE THEY: Thelma Houston is an R&B singer who scored a No. 1 hit in 1977 with her version of "Don't Leave me This Way." The song earned Houston a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Evelyn "Champagne" King is an R&B singer born in the Bronx, N.Y., and raised in Philadelphia who found success upon the release of her debut album "Smooth Talk" in 1977. It included the hit song "Shame," which reached No. 9 on the Billboard 100. The album, which wound up going gold, also contained the hit "Betcha She Don't Love You." In 1982, King scored a hit with the song "Love Come Down."
Maxine Nightingale is a British soul and R&B singer who scored several hits during the 1970s including "Right Back Where We Started From," "Love Hit Me" and "Lead Me On."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Disco fans won't want to miss the Disco Dance Concert at Resorts Casino Hotel featuring Houston, King and Nightingale. Concertgoers will be treated to Houston singing her signature hit "Don't Leave Me This Way," King songs such as "Shame" and "Betcha She Don't Love You," and Nightingale performing the classics "Right Back Where We Started From," "Love Hit Me" and "Lead Me On."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Resorts.
Canta Napoli E Si Ride Con La Sicilia at Trump Taj Mahal
WHO ARE THEY: Presented by Princeton International Artists, Canta Napoli e Si Ride Con La Sicila is a show featuring live performances from Mauro Nardi, Francesco Merola, Maryam Trancredi and Vincenzo Belfiore.
SHOW INFO: The show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Trump Taj Mahal's Xanadu Theater.
'Believe.' at Resorts
WHO ARE THEY: "Believe. Divas in a Man's World" is a show presented by Steven Andrade which features seven talented celebrity impersonators performing their takes on Cher, Prince, Liza Minelli, 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.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25. The shows, held inside Resorts' Screening Room, begin 8 p.m. Mondays, 9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $25.
Trapt at House of Blues Party Pit
WHO ARE THEY: Trapt is a hard rock band out of Los Gatos, Calif., that hit it big in 2002 with the single "Headstrong" from its debut self-titled album. The song went on to become the official theme song of WWE Bad Blood for June 2003, while the album hit platinum status. Their latest release, "Only Through the Pain," shows the band playing to its strengths.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Once again the House of Blues Party Pit plays host to a free concert, this one featuring the hard rock band Trapt. Fans can expect to hear older hits such as "Headstrong," "Still Frame," "Echo" and "Stand Up," along with newer favorites including "Who's Going Home With You Tonight?" "Sound Off," "End of My Rope" and "Bring It." The band will also be performing the new song "Bring It" from their upcoming release, "Reborn." There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but nobody ever said anything about a free concert. Trapt fans as well as curious folks looking for a night of music without doing serious damage to their wallets will want to check this one out.
WHAT'S NEW: "Reborn" is due out later this year.
SHOW INFO: The show is free and begins 11 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the House of Blues Party Pit at Showboat Casino-Hotel.
'Voices in My Head' starring Stephen Sorrentino at Trop
WHO IS HE: Stephen Sorrentino is a musical comedian who has been referred to as a "comedic tour-de-force." He has performed alongside Patti LaBelle, Dana Carvey, Debbie Reynolds and Dennis Miller, and is the cousin of rock icon Bruce Springsteen. Sorrentino earned Las Vegas' "Male Entertainer of the Year" honors three years in a row while headlining sold-out shows at the Riviera, MGM and Paris hotels.
WHAT TO EXPECT: With showgirls, dancers, lavish costumes and comedy routines, "Voices in My Head" combines a typical Las Vegas show with a classic television variety program. Sorrentino's musical impressions run the gamut from Frankie Valli to Lady Gaga to Cher.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25. The show runs March 26 through June 22 at the Tropicana Showroom. Showtimes vary.
Darin McDonald's 'Ivory Kings' at Resorts
WHO IS HE: Darin McDonald is a singer and pianist from New Zealand. He has entertained audiences all over the world and now takes up residency in New Jersey. In "Ivory Kings," McDonald pays tribute to some of pop music's most influential piano players.
WHAT TO EXPECT: While the guitar heroes are constantly debated and vocalists both amateur and professional are celebrated in America's most popular television shows, pop music's great piano players are often forced to take a back seat. But with McDonald's "Ivory Kings," the legendary ticklers of the ivory get their chance to shine. Greats such as Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Barry Manilow, Billy Joel and Elton John are represented in this tribute show. McDonald brings a great energy and enthusiasm to the performance while celebrating icons who are not only among the best piano players, but are also among the most successful singers and songwriters of our time.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the show begins 3:30 and 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. Thursdays and select dates on Tuesdays and Sundays through May 10 at Resorts Casino Hotel's Superstar Theater.