WHO IS SHE: Hailing from the small town of Pocahontas, Ill., Gretchen Wilson hit the big time quickly in May 2004 when her debut single “Redneck Woman” spent six weeks atop the Billboard Country chart. Wilson’s debut album “Here for the Party” sold 227,000 copies in its first week, landing at No. 1 on the country album chart and No. 2 on the pop charts. The album went on to sell more than 5 million copies. “All Jacked Up” was released in September 2005 and hit the top of the charts, reaching platinum sales status. “One of the Boys” was released in 2007 and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and at the top spot on the country chart. “I Got Your Country Right Here” followed in 2008. In addition to winning a Grammy, ACM, CMA and AMA awards, Wilson’s autobiography “Redneck Woman: Stories From my Life” was a New York Times Bestseller.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Wilson’s fans can expect a high-energy show with down-home music that tells stories from the pickup trucks and trailer parks of America. Concertgoers can expect to hear hits such as “Redneck Woman,” “Here for the Party,” “When I Think About Cheatin’,” “Homewrecker,” “All Jacked Up” and “Don’t Do Me No Good.” Wilson will also be performing songs from her latest original album, “Right on Time,” as well as songs from her new album of covers, “Under the Covers.”
WHAT’S NEW: Wilson released three albums in 2013: an original studio album called “Right on Time,” a cover album “Under the Covers” and a holiday album, “Christmas in My Heart.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $45, $65 and $85, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Harrah’s Resort’s Concert Venue.
Joe Holiday’s Magic
at Comedy Stop
WHO IS HE: Joe Holiday is a magician who takes a family-friendly approach to magic and entertainment.
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 inside Tropicana. No show on Thursday, April 10.
‘Defending the Caveman’
WHAT IS IT: Written by comedian Rob Becker, “Defending the Caveman” holds the distinction of being the longest running solo play in Broadway history. It has been performed in more than 15 languages and in more than 30 countries. The show focuses on gender differences and is both a comedic and therapeutic exercise.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Looking for an entertaining show to see on a date night? Rob Becker’s “Defending the Caveman” explores the psychology of men and women in a hilarious, yet poignant way, defending both sexes and explaining why we tend to behave the way we do. Rob Becker’s one-man show was a smash on Broadway, has been seen by millions of people all over the world and now comes to Harrah’s Resort.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29.99, and the show begins 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at Harrah’s.
Disco Lady Starring Maxine Nightingale
WHO IS SHE: British soul singer Maxine Nightingale became a star during the 1970s during the disco era.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The British disco diva will perform her hits such as “Right Back Where We Started From,” “Love Hit Me” and Lead Me On,” as well as other hit songs from the era.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the show begins 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Resorts’ Superstar Theater.
Gavin DeGraw at House of Blues
WHO IS HE: Gavin DeGraw is a singer/songwriter who got his first taste of success in 2003 when his song “I Don’t Want to Be” became the theme song for the television show “One Tree Hill.” DeGraw’s debut album “Chariot” was released in July of that same year and featured the hit songs “Follow Through” and “Chariot,” in addition to “I Don’t Want to Be.” In 2008,the singer released the single “In Love With a Girl,” which was followed by a self-titled album that reached No. 7 on the Billboard 200. “Free” came out in 2009. Degraw’s fourth album “Sweeter” was released in September 2011 and featured the single “Not Over You,” which was a Top 20 hit.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Pop/rock singer/songwriter DeGraw will be performing his collection of catchy hits at the House of Blues inside Showboat Casino-Hotel. The New York native became popular in the early 2000s with his light, upbeat style and has released five albums. Fans can expect to hear hits such as “I Don’t Want to Be,” “Chariot,” “Follow Through” and “In Love With a Girl,” as well as material from DeGraw’s new album, “Make a Move,” such as the single “Not Over You.”
WHAT’S NEW: DeGraw’s latest album “Make a Move” was released in October 2013 and reached No. 10 on the Billboard 200. The first single from the album was “Best I Ever Had.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29 and $39, and the show begins 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the House of Blues.
Englebert Humperdinck at Trump Taj Mahal
WHO IS HE: “The King of Romance,” as Engelbert Humperdinck is often billed, has been wooing audiences since the 1950s. The smooth balladeer portrayed the image of a mysterious heartthrob and, much like his contemporary Tom Jones, had female fans eating out of the palm of his hand. Humperdinck possesses a three-and-a-half octave vocal range and has excellent technique, so it’s not as if he’s just another pretty face. Over the course of his career Humperdinck has sold more than 150 million albums and has performed for fans all over the world.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Humperdinck has been a fixture on the Las Vegas lounge circuit for decades and practically invented the genre. Fans are sure to hear his classic hits such as “Release Me,” while his devoted female following is likely to be enamored once again by his looks and charm, despite the fact that the sex symbol is now 77 years old. Humperdinck has always worked hard to give his fans the very best live show possible. In a 1992 tour book, Humperdinck was quoted as saying, “I take the job description of entertainer very seriously. I try to bring a sparkle that people don’t expect.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29, $39 and $49, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort’s Mark G. Etess Arena.
Buckcherry at House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: Singer Joshua Todd and guitarist Keith Nelson formed the hard rock band Buckcherry in 1995 after being introduced to one another through their tattoo artist. The band quickly established a strong following on the Los Angeles club scene and released their self-titled debut album for DreamWorks Records in 1999. The album featured the hit singles “Check Your Head” and “For the Movies.” After disbanding in 2002, Buckcherry re-formed in 2005 and scored the hits “Crazy Bitch” and “Sorry.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: It’s not often that bands are able to have a second life, so to speak, after having initially achieved success and breaking up, but that’s exactly what happened to Buckcherry. After splitting in 2002, the band got back together three years later and managed to score hit songs and an album right away. They’ve been consistently releasing albums and performing high-energy shows ever since. Concertgoers at the House of Blues inside Showboat Casino-Hotel should expect a hard driving, in-your-face rock ’n’ roll show. Fans can expect to hear songs such as “Broken Glass,” “Porno Star,” “So Far,” “Sorry,” “Crazy Bitch,” “Next to You,” “For the Movies” and “Litup,” as well as tracks from their latest release “Confessions.”
WHAT’S NEW: Buckcherry released the album “Confessions” in February 2013.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 and $35, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the House of Blues at Showboat.
WHO IS HE: Before he became a household name in the 1990s, Jerry Seinfeld was a hard-working stand-up comedian from Long Island whose down to earth, observational humor was instantly relatable. Seinfeld made his first appearance on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” in 1981 and his career took off. He became a frequent guest on the show along with the other talk shows such as “Late Night with David Letterman” and “The Merv Griffin Show.” Seinfeld, along with Larry David, created the hilarious hit television show that bore Seinfeld’s name in 1989. Initial ratings for the show were not good, but by its fourth season, “Seinfeld” was the most popular and successful show on television. It received numerous Emmy awards and left the air while still on top in 1998. The show still airs heavily in syndication.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Seinfeld’s ability to take simple, everyday anomalies of life and turn them into side-splitting comedy routines has made him a star. After experiencing such massive success with his hit television show, many expected Seinfeld to try to duplicate it. Instead, he retreated back into the world of stand-up comedy, which was his first love. Seinfeld is an absolute master on stage and still puts the same sort of enthusiasm into every performance, despite the fact that he is now a legend and has nothing left to prove.
WHAT’S NEW: In 2013, Seinfeld was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for his web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $95, $135 and $155, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Event Center.