Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Golden Nugget
WHO IS HE: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy managed to accomplish a somewhat difficult task: bringing Big Band music back to prominence in the 1990s. Dressed in zoot suits and armed with Rat Pack lingo, the Los Angeles band broke through in 1996 when one of their tracks was featured on the "Swingers" soundtrack. The group released its self-titled debut album for Capitol Records in 1998, followed by "A Beautiful Life" a year later. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performed at Super Bowl XXXIII. Their music has been used in more than 60 films and television trailers.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Just try to sit still during a Big Bad Voodoo Daddy concert. Go ahead, I dare you. The Big Band swinging style of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is guaranteed to get your fingers snapping, your heart pulsing and your toes tapping. This band has been a cult favorite since the mid-1990s and continues to win over new fans with its upbeat music. The swing genre will always be safe as long as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is still on the scene bringing the magic night after night. So grab a dance partner and get ready to swing the night away.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $30.46 and $41.76, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Golden Nugget's Showroom.
Bellator Fighting Championships at Boardwalk Hall
WHO ARE THEY: Bellator Fighting Championships is a mixed martial arts organization formed in 2008 that organizes its events into different seasons. The fights are broadcast live on MTV2 and Tr3. Past champions include Hector Lombard, Eddie Alvarez, Pat Curran, Alexander Shlemenko and Cole Konrad.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The main event of Bellator 65 is the bantamweight world championship match between Zach Makovsky (14-2-0) and Eduardo Dantas (13-2-0). The fight card also includes the featherweight semifinal between Mike Corey (12-2-0) and Daniel Straus (18-4-0) and the bantamweight quarterfinal match between Ed West (17-6-0) and Marcos Galvao (10-5-1). Another bantamweight quarterfinal pits Alexis Villa (11-1-0) against Luis Nogueira (12-2-0). Lymon Good (11-2-0) will fight Levon Maynard (12-8-0) in the welterweight tournament qualifier.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50 and $150, and the event begins 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.
Sinbad at Tropicana
WHO IS HE: Sinbad began his career in 1983 on a bus tour of comedy clubs across the country. After being discovered by comedic legend Redd Foxx, Sinbad made appearances on television shows such as "Star Search" and "The Redd Foxx Show." Sinbad hosted his own talk show called "VIBE" and also served as host on "Showtime at the Apollo." In the late 1980s, Sinbad played Walter Oaks on "A Different World," which was a spin-off of "The Cosby Show." In addition to comedy and acting, Sinbad is also a humanitarian who has dedicated his time and money to many notable charitable causes including the Children's Defense Fund, the Omega Boys Club and various AIDS awareness groups.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Sinbad's comedic style revolves around telling real-life stories without a written script. He has an explosive delivery and relies on his strong improvisational skills. Sinbad gives a clean comedy show that is suitable for all ages. He is no stranger to the stages of Atlantic City, performing in the resort several times a year. Despite his success, Sinbad is one of those comics who appears to have as many people who strongly dislike him as he does those who think he's hilarious.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $40, $50, $65 and $75, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Tropicana's Showroom.
Live from Daryl's House at Borgata
WHO IS HE: Daryl Hall became famous as one half of the duo Hall and Oates, which recorded an abundance of hit songs throughout the 1970s and 1980s, such as "Sara Smile," "She's Gone," "Rich Girl," "Kiss On My List" "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)," "Maneater," "One on One," Family Man" and "Out of Touch." In 2007, Hall started "Live From Daryl's House," a free webcast where he would collaborate with other musicians. On the show he has performed with artists such as Smokey Robinson, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek of the Doors, Todd Rundgren and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Continuing on the success of his web-based show "Live From Daryl's House," Hall brings the musically collaborative show to Atlantic City. The performance will feature soul singers Sharon Jones and Allen Stone as well as Hall. The beauty of "Live From Daryl's House" is the opportunity to see talented artists lending their talents to each other's work as well as performing songs by other artists. Past shows in Atlantic City have been big crowd-pleasers.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $65 and $75, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Music Box.
Hellyeah and Clutch at House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: Hellyeah is a heavy metal "supergroup" featuring singer Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett of Mudvayne, guitarist Rom Maxwell of Nothingface, bassist Bob Zilla of Damageplan and Pantera drummer Vinni Paul Abbott. The band formed in Dallas, Texas, in 2006 and released its self-titled debut album in April 2007. The following month, Hellyeah embarked on its first tour. "Stampede" was released in July 2010 and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200.
Maryland natives Clutch released their debut album "Transnational Speedway League" in 1993 after several years of heavy gigging. Their 1995 self-titled release gave the group more mainstream exposure, as did 1998's "Elephant Riders," which was released on Columbia Records. Clutch continued to make albums throughout the next decade, and although they never quite achieved the success of hard rock contemporaries such as Korn and the Deftones, their devoted following of fans have kept them going.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The 21st century has been chock full of "supergroups" with Audioslave and Velvet Revolver leading the pack. In the spring of 2007, Hellyeah arrived with a sound that combined elements of hard and Southern rock, but was unmistakably metal in nature. Fans of the band members' respective other groups such as Mudvayne, Nothingface, Damageplan and Pantera have found the music of Hellyeah to be equally as hard-hitting and intense. Concert-goers can expect a high-energy performance from this group including some songs from the upcoming album, "Band of Brothers."
Co-headlining the bill is Clutch, a band that continues to thrive 20 years after forming thanks to a dedicated hardcore fan base. The band's musical style began in heavy metal and has progressed to hardcore punk and hard rock. Traces of funk and blues are also evident. Their lyrics feature references to religion, history and mythology. Clutch's skills as a live act are showcased in their DVD/CD release, "Full Fathom Five."
WHAT'S NEW: Hellyeah's new album, "Band of Brothers," is scheduled for a June 5 release. It is rumored to be a heavier affair.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, $30 and $35, and the show begins 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the House of Blues.
Frank Sinatra Jr. at Trump Taj Mahal
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 was soon singing with The Tommy Dorsey Band. In 1963, 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 Atlantic City, co-headlining with George Burns.
WHAT TO EXPECT: While many children of famous musicians have struggled with stepping out of the shadow and establishing their own identity, Sinatra Jr. seemed content for a career walking in his father's footsteps. 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. To his credit, Sinatra Jr. does a pretty good homage to his father, and sings many of the old favorites that Sinatra fans will definitely enjoy. Since "The Chairman of the Board" is no longer with us, seeing his offspring perform his hits is just about the next best thing.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $49, and the show begins 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Trump Taj Mahal's Mark G. Etess Arena.
Spring Jazz Concert Series at Tropicana
WHAT IS IT: The Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation, along with the Tropicana, are partnering to present the Spring Jazz Concert Series. This week's performance features the Keith Hollis Quartet.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $10, and the show begins 7 p.m. Thursdays, April 12, at the Tropicana's Top of the Trop. The shows run through May 10.
Kozak the Magician at Tropicana
WHAT TO EXPECT: A comedic night of magic is what one can expect from Kozak the Magician.
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.
'Believe.' at Resorts
WHO ARE THEY: "Believe. Divas in a Man's World" features seven celebrity impersonators performing their takes on Cher, Prince, Liza Minelli, Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, Patti LaBelle and Joan Rivers.
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.
Legends in Concert at Bally's
WHAT TO EXPECT: Since beginning in Las Vegas in 1983, Legends in Concert has been one of the most successful and longest-running tribute shows around. The Current cast features 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.
'Voices in My Head' at Trop
WHO IS HE: Steven Sorrentino is a musical comedian who has been referred to as a "comedic tour-de-force."
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. "I have been humbled by the overwhelming response to my show and am excited to open the show in the Tropicana Casino and Resort Showroom," says Sorrentino in a press release. "It is truly rewarding to entertain thousands of fans each week with a show that I literally wrote, scored and produced from the voices in my head."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25. The show runs March 26 through June 22 at the Tropicana Showroom. Showtimes vary.