Jamie Foxx at Revel
WHO IS HE: Jamie Foxx is an actor, comedian and musician who has had a diverse and very successful career since first making a name for himself in the sketch comedy television show “In Living Color.” He’s starred in films such as “Toys,” “Any Given Sunday” “Ali” and “Collateral,” and won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 film “Ray.” His performance in the film helped expose his abilities as a singer and, in 2005, Foxx’s album “Unpredictable” reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The title track from the album made it to No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2008 Foxx followed up with “Intuition,” which was another hit album, reaching No. 3 on the charts. It contained the singles “Just Like Me,” “She Got Her Own” and “Blame It.” The album “Best Night of My Life” was released in 2010, debuting at No. 6 on the Billboard 200.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Foxx is a rare talent who has managed to achieve major success in comedy, acting and as a recording artist. On Friday, March 7, at Revel Casino Hotel, Foxx will not only entertain the crowd by performing his hit songs, he’ll also be peppering the show with his unique brand of comedy. Foxx has never put limits on himself in his career so it makes sense that he wouldn’t limit himself in his live performances either. Fans can expect to hear songs such as “Unpredictable,” “Blame It,” “She Got Her Own” and “Just Like Me.”
WHAT’S NEW: Foxx will star in the upcoming film “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” in May, as the villain Electro.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $40, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Revel’s Ovation Hall.
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.
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.
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 Tropicana.
Zappa Plays Zappa at House of Blues
WHO IS HE: Zappa Plays Zappa is a project that was put together by the late Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil Zappa. For more than a year, Dweezil Zappa locked himself away in a studio, meticulously studying every nuance of his father’s music from its complex arrangements to its subtle tonalities in an attempt to fully understand the fundamentals of the music. When assembling the touring band, Zappa went out looking for a group of younger musicians who could help translate this music to the next generation of fans. Dweezil Zappa has released numerous albums, beginning in 1986 with “Havin’ a Bad Day” and continuing on through 2006’s “Go With What You Know” and the recent “F.O.H.3- Out of Obscurity.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: In 2006, Dweezil Zappa took the road performing his father Frank’s legendary music. If you’re a die-hard fan, this is the type of show that you dream about. Dweezil Zappa has put in an incredible amount of time and effort to ensure that this project is a top-notch representation of his father’s work, leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of musical perfection.Nine years after he first began the project, Zappa continues to perform for ecstatic, sold-out crowds.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29, $39 and $49, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the House of Blues inside Showboat Casino-Hotel.
WHO IS HE: Jeffrey Ross is a stand-up comedian, actor and director who is well known for his appearances on celebrity roasts. Some of his most well-known roastees include Hugh Hefner, Pamela Anderson, Jerry Stiller, Drew Carey, Donald Trump, William Shatner, Emmitt Smith, Flavor Flav and Rob Reiner. His also made numerous appearances on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show,” “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Ross also competed on the seventh season of “Dancing With the Stars.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: Known for his hilarious roasts and insult style of comedy, Ross is simply one of the funniest comedians around. He’s an equal-opportunity roaster, destroying just about everybody and he has audiences in stitches gasping for air as he works. No topic is off limits and nobody is safe when it comes to Ross’ brand of comedy. His willingness to push the envelope is part of what has made him so successful along with his fresh, original take on things.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $24.50, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Music Box.
WHO ARE THEY: The Flamingos are a doo-wop group that originally formed in Chicago in the early 1950s. After achieving success on the local scene, the group eventually scored R&B hits with “A Kiss From Your Lips” and “I’ll Be Home.” It was in 1959, however, when The Flamingos achieved true national fame with their hit “I Only Have Eyes For You.” The success helped pave the way for more hit songs such as “Mio Amore,” “Your Other Love,” “Nobody Love Me Like You” and “I Was Such a Fool.” In 2001 The Flamingos were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Early rock ’n roll and doo-wop pioneers The Flamingos will strut their stuff Thursday, March 6, at Harrah’s Resort. The group comes armed with a collection of hit songs including “A Kiss From Your Lips,” “I’ll Be Home,” “I Only Have Eyes For You,” “Mio Amore,” “Your Other Love,” “Nobody Love Me Like You” and “I Was Such a Fool.” Fans will be treated to the beautiful, lush harmonies and precise choreography that The Flamingos are famous for.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29.50, and the show begins 8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Harrah’s.
WHO IS HE: Johnny Winter is a Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist and singer who made a name for himself in the late 1960s. He’s also known for his production work, having produced several albums for Muddy Waters. Winter was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 2003 and is regarded as a world-class guitarist.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Legendary bluesman Winter comes to Revel Casino Hotel Friday, March 7, set to light The Social on fire with his blazing guitar solos and killer licks. The Blues Foundation Hall of Famer rose to prominence in the late 1960s thanks to his intense live performances and he quickly landed a recording contract. Fans can expect to hear a night of blues and rock ’n’ roll from the Texas native who hasn’t lost a step despite having recently turned 70 years old.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $35 and $55, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Revel’s The Social.
The Texas Tenors at Golden Nugget
WHO ARE THEY: The Texas Tenors are a classical/country music hybrid which gained notoriety and exposure in 2009 as finalists on “America’s Got Talent.” The trio released its self-titled debut album in 2009 and a year later they began an extended engagement at the Starlite Theater in Branson, Mo., in December 2013, The Texas Tenors released “You Should Dream,” which featured two original songs and covers of “God Bless America,” “Unchained Melody” and “Wild Horses.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: What do you get when you mix three guys with cowboy hats, operatic vocals and a song repertoire that includes everything from showtunes and country hits to classic rock songs and patriotic hymns? No, it’s not a big, stinking mess, it’s The Texas Tenors. This trio of singers made a name for themselves on “Americas Got Talent” back in 2009 and since that time have been entertaining audiences with their unique take on music of various genres. Fans can expect to hear a little bit of everything this weekend when the Texas Tenors perform at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City.
WHAT’S NEW: The Texas Tenors’ latest album “You Should Dream” was released in December 2013.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $69.75, and the shows begin 9 p.m. Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, at the Golden Nugget.
C + C Music
Factory at Trop
WHO ARE THEY: Formed in 1989 by producers David Cole and Rober Civilles, C+C Music Factory is a hip-hop dance group which achieved huge success with their debut album “Gonna Make You Sweat” in 1990, which featured rapper Freedom Williams. The single “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” topped the charts and has endured over the years as a dance staple. The album also contained the hits “Things That Make You Go Hmmm,” “Here We Go (Let’s Rock & Roll)” and “Just a Touch of Love.” 1994’s “Anything Goes!” was a less successful affair, peaking at No. 106 on the Billboard 200. Cole passed away in January 1995. After a long hiatus C+C Music Factory re-emerged in 2010 with Eric Kupper replacing Cole.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Those wishing to re-live the glorious hip-hop and dance days of the early 1990s won’t want to miss C+C Music Factory at Tropicana Casino and Resort’s Boogie Nights on Saturday night. The show features rapper Freedom Williams, reprising his role as shirtless frontman and MC. The dance floor will no doubt be packed as fans groove to the sweet sounds of “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” “Things That Make You Go Hmmm,” “Here We Go (Let’s Rock & Roll)” and “Just a Touch of Love.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $15, and the show begins 12:15 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at Tropicana’s Boogie Nights.
Disco Lady Starring Maxine Nightingale
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.”
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.
WHO IS SHE: Comic veteran Joan Rivers has enjoyed a diverse and immensely successful career which has spanned four decades. “The queen of the one-liners,” as she is sometimes referred, has won a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Talk Show Host and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording in 1985. She was also nominated for a Tony Award in 1994 for her lead role in “Sally Marr…and Her Escorts.” The Brooklyn, N.Y., native is also famous for her runway interviews and commentaries at major award ceremonies.
WHAT TO EXPECT: With her gravely, unmistakable voice permeated by a heavy New York accent, Joan Rivers has been entertaining audiences on the comedy circuit for years. In the early years, Rivers’ act often revolved around self- deprecating humor, but some of this has faded with time and been replaced by Rivers’ ability to critique others, especially celebrities. Her blunt, off-the-cuff style has enamored her to millions. Fans can expect to see a show riddled with sarcasm and wit.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $44.50 and $49.50, and the shows begin 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Borgata’s Music Box.
The Golden Boys
at Golden Nugget
WHO ARE THEY: Frankie Avalon was one of the first rock ’n’ roll teen idols to achieve popularity in the years in between Elvis Presley’s rise to fame and The Beatles arrival in America. The South Philadelphia native scored his first No. 1 hit “Venus” in 1959 and wound up scoring six more Top 40 hits that same year.
Fabian became a teen sensation thanks in part to a series of performances on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand.” He scored hits with “I’m a Man,” “Turn Me Loose” and “Tiger” before being questioned by Congress in regards to a payola scandal.
Bobby Rydell began performing in Philadelphia clubs at the age of 7 and never looked back. In 1959 “Kissin’ Time” made him a star at the age of 17. Other hits include “Wildwood Days,” “We Got Love” and “Sway.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Philadelphia was home to some of the most popular teenage singers. Dick Fox’s Golden Boys puts three of the biggest stars of the era — Avalon, Fabian and Rydell — on stage together for an unforgettable performance of pop and rock ’n’ roll music. While the show puts the spotlight on each individual performer and their classic hits, Rydell, Avalon and Fabian also share the stage on several numbers, creating the ultimate 1950s teenage fantasy lineup. Fans can expect to hear Avalon hits such as “Venus,” “”De De Dinah” and “Bobby Sox to Stockings,” Fabian hits including “Turn Me Loose,” “Tiger” and “I’m a Man,” and Rydell classics such as “Volare,” “Wild One” and “Kissin’ Time.” Their teenage years may be well behind them, but you’d hardly know it based on The Golden Boys’ on-stage exuberance and the rabid responses they get from audiences.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $35.50 and $65.50, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City.