The Moody Blues at Caesars
WHO ARE THEY: Hailing from Birmingham, England, The Moody Blues went through several stylistic and personnel changes before truly reaching their stride in 1967 with their landmark album “Days of Future Passed.” The psychedelic album was a hit in both England and the United States, as was the single “Nights in White Satin.” In 1968, the group released “In Search of the Lost Chord,” which featured the track “Legends of a Mind.” Another successful album, “To Our Children’s Children’s Children,” followed and was another innovative, orchestral and progressive masterpiece.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Though they started out as a simple R&B outfit, The Moody Blues grew to become one of the most revered progressive rock bands in history. Its cult fan base started building in the mid-1960s as the band experimented with psychedelic and orchestral arrangements to go along with their soothing melodies. As the years went on, The Moody Blues became known as a stellar live act and remain so to this day. Fans can expect to hear a plethora of classic songs from a group which shows no signs of slowing down, despite the fact that they’ve been at it for more than 40 years.
WHAT’S NEW: Next month, The Moody Blues will appear on the second annual Moody Blues Cruise along with The Zombies and Lighthouse.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $65, $95 and $115, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Caesars Atlantic City’s Circus Maximus Theater.
Joe Holiday’s Family Friendly Magic Show at Comedy Stop
WHO IS HE: Joe Holiday is a magician who takes a family-friendly approach to magic and entertainment. Holiday amazes audiences with sleight of hand and stage magic tricks and creates a fun-filled atmosphere.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Add dinner to your show at 5:30 p.m. for $10 per adult, $5 per child. The show begins 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through Tuesdays at The Comedy Stop at the Trop.
The Platters and Danny and the Juniors at Harrah’s
WHO ARE THEY: The Platters were known as the most romantic doo-wop group of the era. The Los Angeles-based group released an impressive string of hit singles including “Only You,” “The Great Pretender,” “My Prayer,” “Twilight Time,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and “Harbor Lights.” In 1990 The Platters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Over the course of their career, the group has sold more than 100 million records.
Danny and the Juniors are a doo-wop group formed in Philadelphia in 1955. They are best known for their 1957 hit song “At the Hop.” After signing with Dick Clark’s Swan Records label, Danny and the Juniors released the single “Twistin’ USA.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: It will be a night of doo-wop at Harrah’s Resort when The Platters and Danny and the Juniors take the stage at the Concert Venue. This year marks the 60th anniversary of The Platters’ monumental hit single “Only You (And You Alone),” and they’ll be celebrating by performing it as well as a slew of their other hit songs including “The Great Pretender,” “My Prayer,” “Twilight Time,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and “Harbor Lights.” The Juniors may have lost Danny Rapp more than 30 years ago, but the group carries on with Joe Terry taking over the lead vocal spot.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $34.50, and the show begins 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Harrah’s Concert Venue.
Tony Orlando at Borgata
WHO IS HE: With the help of his backup duo Dawn, New York native Tony Orlando became one of the biggest pop stars during the early 1970s. His hit singles include “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree,” “Halfway to Paradise,” “Bless You” “Happy Times (Are Here to Stay),” “Knock Three Times,” “Candida” and “He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You.)” Orlando announced his retirement in 1977, and Dawn disbanded. The retirement proved to be short lived, however, and Orlando went back to work as a solo artist, although he never again achieved the same level of success he did with Dawn.
WHAT TO EXPECT: With his polished pop sound and likeable personality, Orlando has continued to entertain audiences at his concerts years after his commercial fortunes peaked in the mid-1970s. Concertgoers at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa can expect to hear hits such as “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree,” “Knock Three Times,” “Sweet Gypsy Rose” and “Candida.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $35 and $39, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Borgata’s Music Box.
The Spinners at Resorts
WHO ARE THEY: The Spinners are a pop, soul and R&B group from Detroit which scored its first hit in 1961 with “That’s What Girls Are Made For.” Four years later they had a hit in “I’ll Always Love You.” Greater success came for The Spinners in the 1970s with hits such as “It’s a Shame,” “I’ll Be Around,” “Could it Be I’m Falling in Love,” “One of a Kind (Love Affair),” “Then Came You,” “The Rubberband Man” and “They Just Can’t Stop it (Games People Play).”
WHAT TO EXPECT: The sounds of Motown will fill the air at Resorts Casino Hotel’s Superstar Theater as The Spinners take the stage. Original member Henry Fambrough leads a lineup consisting of Charlton Washington, Jessie Peck and Marvin Taylor. The Spinners will be performing hits such as “That’s What Girls Are Made For,” “I’ll Always Love You,” “It’s a Shame,” “I’ll Be Around” and “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Resorts’ Superstar Theater.
Disco Lady Starring Maxine Nightingale at Resorts
WHO IS SHE: British soul singer Maxine Nightingale became a star during the 1970s during the disco era. Her big hit was “Right Back Where We Started From,” a song which was released in the United Kingdom in the fall of 1975 and reached No. 8 on the charts. The following spring it was released in the U.S. and did even better, making it all the way to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1977 Nightingale scored another U.K. hit with “Love Hit Me.” The singer saw more success in the states with the album “Love Lines” and the 1979 single “Lead Me On,” which reached the top spot on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart. Nightingale teamed with singer Jimmy Ruffin in 1982 for the single “Turn to Me.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: Nightingale comes to Resorts Casino Hotel for an extended run with “Disco Lady,” a show she’s produced exclusively for the casino hotel. The British disco diva will be performing her own hits such as “Right Back Where We Started From,” “Love Hit Me” and Lead Me On,” as well as other hit songs which helped define the era. For those looking to get down and groove to the music, while re-living all of the magic of the 1970s dance scene, this show is a must-see.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the show begins 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Monday, Feb. 10, through April 27, at Resorts’ Superstar Theater.