Omar Sheika vs. Yusaf Mack at Resorts
WHO ARE THEY: Omar Sheika is a 35-year old professional boxer from Paterson who has amassed a pro record of 32-11 with 21 victories coming via knockout. In January, Sheika won his first title by defeating Charles Hayward in a unanimous 10-round win to capture the inaugural "Bad and Mean" Cruiserweight title.
Yusaf Mack is a 32-year old fighter from Philadelphia who holds a pro record of 29-4-2 with 17 KOs. Mack held several titles over the course of his career, including the USBA super middleweight title, the UBA light heavyweight title, the NABA light heavyweight title and the NABF light heavyweight title. In June 2011, Mack took on Tavoris Cloud for the IBF light heavyweight title, but wound up losing by TKO in the eighth round.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Two veteran fighters will square off when Sheika takes on Mack (29-4-2, 17 KOs) for the USBA Light Heavyweight championship. Sheika's pro career began with 14 straight wins as he established himself as one of the premier fighters in the super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions with victories over former champions Simon Brown and Glen Johnson. Meanwhile, Mack went undefeated in his first 24 fights with big wins against Shannon Miller, Richard Grant, Christian Cruz, Juan Vasquez, Daniel Judah and Otis Griffin. When Sheika and Mack go head-to-head, it is bound to be a thrilling bout.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50 and $80, and the event begins 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Resorts Casino Hotel's Superstar Theater.
Yiannis Ploutarhos at Resorts
WHO IS HE: Yiannis Ploutarhos is a Greek singer who released his debut album, "Mono Esi," in 1998. The album contained the standout tracks "Mipos Ertheis" and "Enas Theos," but it wasn't until 2000 and the release of the album "Ipirxan Orkoi" that Ploutarhos' career truly took flight. His career continued to soar in 2001 with the release of "Mikres Fotografies," which sold more than 150,000 copies. The album wound up winning several awards at the 2002 Arion Music Awards. "Den Einai O Erotas…Paidi Tis Logikis," which proved to be yet another hit for the Greek singer, was also released in 2002. In 2005, Ploutarhos embarked on his first overseas tour. The albums "Ola se sena ta vrika" and "Krimena mistika" were soon to follow and both wound up going double platinum.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Since the release of his debut album in 1998, Ploutarhos has built a sizeable following, has won many awards and sold a ton of albums in both his native Greece as well as internationally.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $85 and $185, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Resorts.
Mike Marino at Borgata
WHO IS HE: Mike Marino is a stand-up comedian and actor known as "New Jersey's Bad Boy." The Jersey City native has appeared in more than 200 television commercials as well as on television shows including "As the World Turns," "One Life to Live," "Becker," "Frasier" and "Party of Five." He has also starred on the big screen in films like "Crooks," "Lucky Quarter" and "Pizza with Bullets."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Marino's comedy revolves around life as an Italian-American in New Jersey. The mafia, big Sunday dinners and everyday life are common topics as is his assessment of what the world would be like with an Italian-American from New Jersey as president. The show is being filmed for a future DVD, so fans in attendance can expect not only a night of big laughs, but may also get a chance to appear in the future release.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's The Music Box.
Ring of Combat 40 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: Friday night's Ring of Combat features 14 exciting matchups. Uriah Hall (6-2) takes on Trevor Smith (6-1), while Carlos Brooks (3-1) fights Danny Babcock (8-4), and Marvin Eastman (17-14) battles Dmitry Zabolotny (5-2). Other key bouts include Daniel Akinyemi (2-1) vs. Brett Linebarger (2-1), Ryan Vaccaro (5-3) vs. Billy Vaughan (11-11), Chris Wade (1-0) vs. Maykon Santos (3-0) and Pat Defranco (1-1) vs. David Jordan (8-1).
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $40 and $125, and the event begins 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Tropicana Casino and Resort's Showroom.
Third Eye Blind at Golden Nugget
WHO ARE THEY: Third Eye Blind released their self-titled debut album in 1997 during the height of the post-grunge melodic pop/rock era. The San Francisco-based band scored hits with "Semi-Charmed Life," "How's it Going to Be" and "Jumper." In 1999, Third Eye Blind released "Blue," which sold 150,000 copies in its first month of release, but didn't receive the same sort of critical acclaim or commercial success of its predecessor. The group waited four years before releasing its next album, "Out of the Vein," in 2003.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Third Eye Blind has been playing their brand of non-threatening modern pop/rock since the American post-grunge wasteland of the late 1990s. While British bands like Radiohead, Oasis and Blur were pushing rock music to greater, yet riskier heights, domestic bands like Third Eye Blind took the opposite approach. With a mainstream, female-dominated fan base, the band relies on catchy hooks, sing-along choruses and upbeat rhythms. Concertgoers are sure to hear old favorites such as "Semi-Charmed Life" and "How's it Going to Be," along with a smattering of songs from the group's other three studio albums.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $40 and $55, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Golden Nugget's Grand.
Chicago at Caesars
WHO ARE THEY: Believe it or not, the soft rock group Chicago is statistically the second most successful American band of all time. Only the Beach Boys have sold more albums and singles. Chicago was formed in the late 1960s in the city that bears their name. The goal of the musicians was to blend classical, jazz, R&B, pop and rock, and they managed to do so incredibly successfully. The group's first album, "Chicago Transit Authority," was released in April 1969 and went on to sell more than two million copies. The band never looked back, recording hits throughout every decade since.
WHAT TO EXPECT: With their romantic lyrics, slick production, pop sensibilities and mainstream appeal, Chicago was practically tailor-made for adult contemporary and soft-rock stations across America. Fans can expect to hear a good deal of Chicago hits spanning the group's entire history. Prepare to sing along to such hits as "Make Me Smile," "Saturday in the Park," "Hard Habit to Break," "You're the Inspiration" and "Look Away," as well as newer tracks like "Feel" and "Love Will Come Back."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $56, $76 and $86, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Caesars Circus Maximus Theater.
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. The series will run for six weeks and will take place every Thursday at the Top of the Trop. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the CBBHFI Youth Jazz Camp.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The Tropicana's Top of the Trop will play host to the six-week Spring Jazz Concert Series, where some of the finest musicians around will get to dazzle audiences with their virtuosity. "We're going to bring some well-known and some up-and-coming jazz artists to this beautiful venue," organizer Henrietta Shelton says. "I can't think of a more amazing view to accompany the music." This week's performance features Eddie Morgan & REK'D 4 Jazz.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $10, and the show begins 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Tropicana's Showroom.
The Machine at Golden Nugget
WHO ARE THEY: There's no better way to experience the magic of a classic Pink Floyd concert than by checking out The Machine. The New York-based tribute act combines great musicianship, a killer light show and an attention to detail that leaves even the most die-hard Floyd fans impressed. Generally regarded as the most authentic Pink Floyd tribute around, The Machine has been featured in Rolling Stone and Spin magazines, and their popularity has managed to spread overseas. The lineup consists of Todd Cohen on drums, Joe Pascarell on guitar and vocals, Ryan Ball on bass and vocals and Scott Chasolen on keyboards and vocals.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Whether or not you're a die-hard Floyd fan, a performance by The Machine is still something to behold. With a dazzling light show, incredible reproduction of the original music and an obvious passion for performance, this band delivers the goods night after night. The Machine plays just about every Pink Floyd song that exists, so you never know what you might hear next. They routinely take requests from audience members and often perform entire albums as part of the show. The band is also known to take off on a psychedelic jam when the mood strikes.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $22.55 and $30.46, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Golden Nugget.
Kozak the Magician at Tropicana
WHO ARE THEY: 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.
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. "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.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 for the show only and $35 for show and dinner. The shows begin 6:15 p.m. Mondays to Sunday, Tropicana's Comedy Stop.
Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson at Boardwalk Hall
WHO ARE THEY: Bernard Hopkins is a fighter from Philadelphia who has put together one of the most impressive careers in boxing history. The reigning Ring Magazine and WBC light heavyweight champion became the oldest boxer to ever capture a world title, doing so last year at the age of 46 with a win over Jean Pascal. Hopkins is also the former undisputed world middleweight champion and the first fighter who managed to win all four world titles of each of the major boxing sanctioning bodies in addition to The Ring belt in the same fight. In addition, Hopkins defended the world middleweight title a record 20 times. He's compiled a pro record of 52 wins, 5 losses, 2 draws and 2 no contests with 32 knockout wins and continues to be a force in the sport.
Chad Dawson is 29-year-old boxer from South Carolina who is the former WBC and IBF light heavyweight champion. His professional record consists of 30 wins, 1 loss and 2 no contests with 18 knockout victories. Dawson's only defeat came at the hands of Jean Pascal in August of 2010. Currently Dawson is ranked as the No. 4 light heavyweight boxer in the world.
WHAT TO EXPECT: In a highly-anticipated rematch following a controversial no decision in October 2011, Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins and "Bad" Chad Dawson will square off at Boardwalk Hall on Saturday night for the WBC and Ring Magazine light heavyweight world championship. "Chad Dawson can say whatever he wants, but I am not going to trash talk this one," Hopkins says. "Everyone knows what I am capable of in the ring. They have seen it over 50 times before in the last 20 plus years." Dawson seems equally as determined to prove a point in this rematch. "The first fight did not go as planned, but I'm confident I was going to win that night. Hopkins is going to have to face his fears. Bernard tried to run away from me, but here we are again. I'm thrilled about the whole situation. I'm very excited to fight on the East Coast because a lot of my fans will be there to see me live. I know I'll be ready come fight night." Hopkins, who last year became the oldest fighter to capture a world title at 46, seems determined to show he can handle the much younger Dawson. "I absolutely want to prove that I can beat Chad Dawson, another guy that is almost two decades younger than me and I am confident I will on April 28."
WHAT'S NEW: LSA Suites and Tickets, which is known for offering luxury suites and hard-to-find tickets for concerts and sporting events across the country, is offering a package for the Hopkins vs. Dawson fight. The package, put together by LSA President and CEO Phil Matalucci, will include a pre-party at an Atlantic City casino, food, beverage and shuttle to and from the fight via a brigade of rolling chairs, plus a lower-level ticket. Prices range from $250 to $375. Matalucci also promises a few celebrities will be in attendance for photo ops. For more info, go to www.LSAus.com or call 856-845-1766.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, $50, $100, $200 and $300, and the event begins 6 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Three's Company at Trump Taj Mahal
WHO ARE THEY: Singer Martin Nievera released his first album, "Martin…Take One," in 1982. The album was a platinum-selling success and cemented Nievera's status as a star right out of the gate. He also began to branch out right away, co-hosting the TV show "Penthouse Live!" along with his future wife, Pops Fernandez. Over the years, Nievera has appeared in numerous films and television shows in addition to continuing to release albums. After his marriage failed, he wrote and recorded music specifically for the purpose of winning back his wife.
Fernandez began her career at age 16 and has gone on to become one of the most famous and sought-after female entertainers in the Philippines. In 2000, she received the Star Award for Best Musical Variety Show. Fernandez is known as the "Concert Queen" for her ability to draw huge crowds at her concerts.
Ai-Ai de las Alas is known as the "Queen of Comedy" and has been honored for her achievements several times over the course of her career. In 2010, she won an award at the Metro Manila Film Festival and recently took home her second trophy after being voted "Best Actress" for her role in the comedy film "ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last Na 'To)."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Nievera has been entertaining audiences for over 25 years with his relaxed crooning vocal style and affable personality. A truly international star, Nievera was raised in Hawaii, returned to the Philippines and went on to tour throughout the United States, Canada, the Middle East and Guam. His wife, Fernandez - the "Concert Queen" - has been performing since the age of 16 and is always a very popular draw. Rounding out the trio is Ai-Ai de las Alas, one of the premier comedic actresses.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $68 and $108, and the show begins 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort's Mark G. Etess Arena.
Whoopi Goldberg at Golden Nugget
WHO IS SHE: Whoopi Goldberg is an actress, comedian and talk-show host who is one of only 13 people in history to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award. In 1985, Goldberg's abilities as a dramatic actress were highlighted in the first starring role of her career in "The Color Purple." In 1990, Goldberg won the Oscar for "Best Supporting Actress" for her portrayal of the character Oda Mae Brown in the film "Ghost." A year later, Goldberg let her comedic side shine through in the movie "Sister Act." In 1994, Goldberg became the first African-American female to host the Academy Awards. Goldberg replaced Rosie O'Donnell on "The View" in September 2007.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Goldberg has always been the type of entertainer who has no problem telling it as it is. Her career has taken quite a few different twists over the years, but Goldberg is known as a Hollywood legend. The New York City native's abilities as a stand-up comedian were brought to the forefront in the late 1980s in numerous "Comic Relief" specials. Fans attending her show can expect an honest, heartfelt, humorous and insightful performance.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $59, $77 and $89, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Golden Nugget's The Grand.
The Oak Ridge Boys at Golden Nugget
WHO ARE THEY: The Oak Ridge Boys are a country and gospel group that began as the Oak Ridge Quartet way back in 1945. They became popular in the 1950s and continued to make gospel music until the 1970s, when their style shifted to more country and pop. In 1978 they won an Academy of Country Music Award for Top Vocal Group. Three years later, they won another for the Single of the Year, "Elvira." In 1982, the Oak Ridge Boys won a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The current lineup is comprised of Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Sixty-seven years after they formed as the Oak Ridge Quartet, the Oak Ridge Boys are still going strong, performing more than 150 shows a year and delighting their fans with their beautiful harmonies and country and gospel tunes with a pop feel. Concertgoers can expect to hear hits such as "Elvira," "Bobbie Sue," "Dream On," "Thank God For Kids," "American Made," "I Guess it Never Nurts to Hurt Sometimes," "Fancy Free" and "Gonna Take a Lot of River," along with a couple new tracks from their latest album, "It's Only Natural," such as the latest single "What'cha Gonna Do."
WHAT'S NEW: In September 2011, the Oak Ridge Boys released their latest album, "It's Only Natural." It contains a re-recording of the band's hit "Elvira" along with six other hits and five new tracks. The band was also recently inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32, $44 and $55, and the show begins 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Golden Nugget's The Grand.
'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.
WHAT TO EXPECT: "Believe. Divas in a Man's World" is a dream come true for Steven Andrade, who put the show together and stars as Cher. "I have entertained nationally and internationally," says Andrade. "Our show ... is a homage to the legendary divas who shaped the entertainment landscape ..."
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
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.
WHAT'S NEW: Legends in Concert will be featured at Bally's on an ongoing basis throughout the entire year.
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' starring Steven Sorrentino at Trop
WHO IS HE: Steven 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. "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.
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 all represented in this tribute show at the Superstar Theater. 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 shows begin 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.
Cake Boss Buddy Valastro at Golden Nugget
WHO IS HE: Buddy Valastro is a fourth-generation baker from Hoboken who began decorating cakes at a young age. He runs Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken and he makes thousands of wedding cakes, specialty cakes and pastries each week with his staff. Valastro's cake designs have been featured in numerous publications and television shows. "The Cake Boss" reality show premiered in April 2009 and is currently in its fourth season.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Fans of the "The Cake Boss" won't want to miss Valastro's show at the Golden Nugget. Valastro will be telling stories about his Italian family as well as tales from his hit television show and will be answering audience questions. Volunteers from the audience will participate in decorating contests and will have a chance to win prizes. Valastro will also give a live demonstration highlighting the techniques that have helped him become one of the most respected and well-known cake artists in America. This is a show that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $34.95, and the show begins 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Golden Nugget's Grand Ballroom.