Aaron Lewis at Borgata
WHO IS HE: Aaron Lewis is best known as the lead singer for the popular hard rock band Staind. The group came to prominence in the late 1990s with the release of its "Dysfunction" album and soared to greater heights with their first hit single, "Outside." Staind's 2001 album, "Break the Cycle," sold more than 8 million copies to date. In addition to being the frontman, Lewis is the primary songwriter in the group. In March 2011, he released the solo country EP, "Town Line."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Lewis will be taking a back-to-basics approach by performing stripped-down versions of his most loved songs such as "It's Been Awhile," "Home" and just about anything else the audience yells out. Lewis will also be performing songs from "Town Line," such as "Country Boy." In addition to his own songs, the singer has also been known to throw in covers by Neil Young, Pink Floyd and Bob Seger.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55 and $60, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Music Box.
Chris Botti at Harrah's Resort
WHO IS HE: Chris Botti is a trumpeter who is nearly as well known in the world of pop music as he is in contemporary jazz. He has recorded with Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Thomas Dolby. In 1990, Botti joined Paul Simon's band. The trumpeter released his debut solo album, "First Wish," in 1995, and scored the film "Caught" the following year. Botti's second album, "Midnight Without You," was released in 1997. In 2001, he joined Sting as a featured soloist on his Brand New Day world tour. Botti continued to release more solo albums throughout the decade
WHAT TO EXPECT: From the second he blows his first note, Botti's talent is immediately evident. What separates Botti from the legions of other talented instrumentalists is his ability to combine graceful, melodic, jazzy hooks with a pop sensibility. It is this ability that has made him such a well-rounded musician, and has resulted in him being one of the most sought-after session trumpeters. Fans can look forward to hearing several tracks from Botti's new album, "This is Chris Botti," in addition to pop standards and other songs from his vast catalog.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32.50, $42.50 and $52.50, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Harrah's Resort's Concert Venue.
Real Diamond at Resorts
WHO ARE THEY: Real Diamond is a Neil Diamond tribute band dedicated to delivering note-perfect performances of all of Diamond's classic hits. Curt Di Domizio fronts the 12-piece group.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Real Diamond puts on a Neil Diamond show that's as good as any you've ever seen … unless, of course, you've seen Neil Diamond. The band thrives on the opportunity to perform the timeless hits that they love, and they do it with a gusto that the music deserves. Concertgoers can expect to hear all of the big hits such as "Sweet Caroline," "America," and "Hello Again."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Resorts.
Eddie Money at House of Blues
WHO IS HE: This Brooklyn, N.Y., native's original dream was to follow his father's footsteps and become a police officer. In fact, Eddie Money went so far as to attend the New York Police Academy in the early 1970s, but at night he sang rock music in local bars. Eventually he decided to quit the police academy and pursue music full-time. His early hits include "Baby Hold On" and "Maybe I'm a Fool." In the early 1980s, Money became a staple on MTV with hits such as "Shakin'" and "Think I'm in Love." After battling several addictions and a brief career slump, Money returned in 1986 with "Take Me Home Tonight," a hit duet with Ronnie Spector.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Expect to hear all of his staple hits such as "Two Tickets to Paradise," "Baby Hold On," "Take Me Home Tonight" and "Shakin'." An Eddie Money show will get you shaking and snapping your fingers.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $10.07 and $20.14, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the House of Blues at Showboat Casino-Hotel.
Foreigner at Borgata
WHO ARE THEY: Foreigner's self-titled debut album went platinum five times and featured the hit singles "Feels Like the First Time," "Long, Long Way From Home" and "Cold as Ice." The band's second album, "Double Vision," sold even better and contained the massive hit single "Hot Blooded," along with the title track. Foreigner's success continued into the 1980s with its hit album, "4," which featured the hits "Urgent," "Jukebox Hero" and the power ballad, "Waiting For a Girl Like You." In 1984, the band released another hit ballad, "I Want to Know What Love Is," off of the "Agent Provocateur" album.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $65 and $75, and the show begins 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at Borgata's Music Box.
Little Anthony and the Imperials at House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: Little Anthony and the Imperials emerged from Brooklyn, N.Y., in the late 1950s with a classic style of doo-wop and R&B. The group's first hit was "Tears on My Pillow," which rocketed all the way to No. 5 on the pop charts. In 1960, The Imperials returned to the pop charts with "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko Bop." After several lean years, the group struck again in 1964 with the hit single "I'm on the Outside (Looking In)," which was followed by the even bigger hit, "Goin' Out of My Head." In 1965, Little Anthony and the Imperials had a Top 10 hit single with "Hurt So Bad."
WHAT TO EXPECT: With his unmistakable falsetto vocals, Little Anthony helped the Imperials become one of the most legendary doo-wop groups in history. The current lineup consists of original members Anthony Gourdine, Clarence Collins and Ernest Wright, along with Harold Jenkins, John DiGuilio and Michael Raye, who sing the sweet melodies and soulful harmonies as if it were 1958 all over again.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29 and $45, and the show begins 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the House of Blues at Showboat.
Legends in Concert at Bally's
WHO ARE THEY: Since beginning in Las Vegas in 1983, Legends in Concert has been one 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: Following a successful six-month run at Bally's Atlantic City and Harrah's Resort, Legends in Concert returns for what will now be a year-round schedule at Bally's Palace Theater with eight performances each week. 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.
Kozak the Magician at Tropicana
WHAT TO EXPECT: A comedic night of magic is what one can expect from Kozak the Magician. "Magic is a blend of art, science, history, philosophy, theology and psychology," says Kozak. "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 Mondays to Sundays at the Tropicana's Comedy Stop.
'Believe. Divas in a Man's World' 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. All tickets for all shows are priced at $25.