Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt at Harrah’s
WHO ARE THEY: Country music star Lyle Lovett has been recording music since his 1986 self-titled debut album and has been wowing critics and fans ever since. Lovett has won four Grammy over the course of his career and has also starred in films such as “The Player,” “Short Cuts,” “Pret-a-Porter” and “Cookie’s Fortune.” In 1993, Lovett became a household name when he married actress Julia Roberts. The Texan has six gold albums to his name including “Pontiac,” “Lyle Lovett and His Large Band,” “Joshua Judges Ruth,” “I Love Everybody,” “The Road to Ensenada” and “Step Inside This House.”
John Hiatt is a renowned singer/songwriter who has had a career which has spanned more than 40 years. He began as strictly a songwriter for other artists and eventually earned a recording contract after his song “Sure as I’m Sitting Here” became a hit for Three Dog Night. Hiatt finally found breakthrough success on his own during the late 1980s with the album “Bring on the Family,” which included the track “Have a Little Faith in Me.” Over the years Hiatt’s songs have been covered by Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, B.B. King and others.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Lovett is definitely one of the genre’s most prolific songwriters. Not resigned to playing just straight-up country, Lovett incorporates elements of jazz, blues, folk, swing and gospel into his style. He is also known for employing some of the finest musicians available. Also on the bill is Hiatt, whose distinct gruff vocals and brilliant lyrics have defined his career.
WHAT’S NEW: In 2013 Lovett appeared on an episode of “The Bridge” on the FX network portraying a lawyer.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $39 and $59, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Harrah’s Resort.
Ring of Combat at Tropicana
WHO ARE THEY: Ring of Combat is a mixed martial arts competition organized by world kickboxing champion Louis Neglia. 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: Ring of Combat rolls back into town with its 47th installment. The event features 12 stellar matchups including Kenny Gaudreau vs. Gregor Gillespie, Jim Boudourakis vs. Gil Isabel, Mike Elshamy vs. Oluwale Bamgbose, Darren Mima vs. Merab Dvalishvilli and Jonathan Hughes vs. Stephen Regman. Also on the bill are matchups between Mike Santiago and Frankie Perez, Leodegario Muniz and Jose Villanueva, Elijah Harshbarger and Chris Cope, Adam Kantaev and James Jenkins and Keith Berish and Ariel Sepulveda. MMA fans will also get to see Jason McLean take on Julio Arce and Pat DeFranco battle Chris Wade.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50, $60, $75 and $125, and the fights begin 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Tropicana Casino and Resort’s Showroom.
NBCSN Fight Night at Resorts
WHO ARE THEY: Curtis Stevens is a 28-year-old middleweight boxer from Brooklyn, N.Y., who was the National Amateur Light Heavyweight champion in 2002. As a pro, Stevens holds a record of 25 wins with 4 losses and 18 knockouts.
Patrick Majewski is a Polish fighter who holds a professional record of 21 wins, 2 losses and 13 knockouts. The 34-year old turned pro in 2006 and reeled off 17 straight wins without a loss, taking the vacant WBO NABO Middleweight title in 2011. He won the vacant NABF Middleweight title in July of 2012 with a fifth round knockout victory over Chris Fitzpatrick.
WHAT TO EXPECT: NBCSN Fight Night series comes to Resorts Casino Hotel Friday, Jan. 24, with a stellar fight card of headliners and undercards. The main event is a middleweight matchup between Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (25-4, 18 KOs) and Patrick “The Machine” Majewski (21-2, 13 KOs). Both fighters are looking to bounce back after recent defeats with Majewski having lost to Patrick Nielsen in September and Stevens suffering defeat at the hands of Gennady Golovkin in November. The night’s co-feature is a NABF cruiserweight title fight between Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (14-1, 10 KOs) and Olanrewaju “God’s Power” Durodola (15-1, 14 KOs), which is scheduled for 10 rounds. Both fighters are coming off of big wins, with Durodla having won eight straight via knockout, so this bout looks to be a high-energy affair. Friday’s undercard is stellar with a fight featuring Ilshat “The Sheriff” Khusnulgatin (10-0, 6 KOs) and a matchup between Sevdail “The Illyrian” Sherifi (9-2-3, 18 KOs) and Venroy July (15-1-2, 6 KOs).
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50 and $75. and the event begins 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Resorts.
Andre and Cirell at Resorts
WHO ARE THEY: Andre and Cirell are a duo of singers, dancers, impressionists, storytellers, mimes and comedians. Their show is remiscent of the legendary nightclub days of the 1950s and features talented musicians backing them up.
WHAT TO EXPECT: For those who can’t decide whether they’d like a night out seeing a great singer, a great dancer, a great comedian or a great impressionist will want to check out Andre and Cirell at Resorts Casino Hotel, where they’ll be able to enjoy a duo that’s able to do all of the above. A lighthearted, fun affair, Andre and Cirell’s show is entertaining for all types of audiences and you never know what celebrity might turn up in one of their impressions.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $15, and the show begins 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Resorts.
Derric Rossy vs. Joey Dawejko at Golden Nugget
WHO ARE THEY: Derric Rossy is a 33 year old heavyweight fighter from Medford, N.Y., who holds a professional record of 28 wins, 7 losses and 14 knockouts. His most recent fight was a 10-round unanimous decision defeat to Fres Oquendo.
Joey Dawejko hails from Philadelphia and has a pro record of 8-3-2 with three knockouts. In January 2008, Dawejko won the Junior World Amateur in Guadalajara, Mexico. He went on to win his first six bouts as a professional.
WHAT TO EXPECT: It will be a big night of boxing at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City Saturday as Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum presents a fight card topped by a heavyweight bout between Derric Rossy (28-7, 14 KOs) and former amateur world champion Joey Dawejko (8-3-2, 3 KOs). The scheduled 10-round fight will feature two boxers coming off losses who are anxious to get back to their usual winning ways. Rosie Pierri of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” will make a special appearance in support of Fight to K.O. Malnutrition of Children. Former heavyweight title challenger Gerry Cooney will also make an appearance at the event. The fight card includes a six-round co-feature as undefeated heavyweight Natu Vasinia (9-0, 8 KOs) takes on Jon Bolden (6-7, 5 KOs). Also stepping into the ring will be Atlantic City’s own Isiah Seldon (7-1, 3 KOs), son of former heavyweight champ Bruce Seldon, taking on an opponent to be named later in a middleweight bout.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50, $75 and $125, and the event begins 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Golden Nugget.
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. The Atlantic City native has performed around the world on cruise ships, at amusement parks and corporate events and has even performed for the U.S. military in China, South Korea and Japan.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Those looking for a show that the whole family can enjoy will want to check out Joe Holiday at the Comedy Stop. Holiday amazes audiences with sleight of hand and stage magic tricks and creates a fun-filled atmosphere that engages children and lets them participate in the show. The magician, who is an Atlantic City native and South Jersey resident, is excited about the opportunity to perform in his hometown after years on the road.
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 Cafe and Cabaret inside the Tropicana.
Eric Kearns at Resorts
WHO IS HE: Eric Kearns is a vocal impressionist who is capable of performing in the styles of more than 40 famous entertainers. He maintains a schedule that is comprised largely of private corporate events and senior functions, but also performs occasional public shows at casinos and other venues. On occasion he performs along with the 18-piece Todd Sullivan Orchestra.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Those looking to do some one-stop shopping to fulfill all their vocal impersonation needs won’t want to miss Kearns when he brings his “Voices of Legends” show to Resorts Casino Hotel for a limited engagement. With a repertoire of more than 40 impressions in his pocket, this vocal master is able to wow audiences with impersonations of artists such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, Dean Martin, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Vinton, Perry Como and Louis Armstrong. Kearns designed the show to be fast-paced and lively.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20.25, and the show begin 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at Resorts’ Superstar Theater.