Staind at Tropicana
WHO ARE THEY: This Massachusetts-based hard rock quartet’s big break was due in part to the band’s run-in with Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst at a show in Hartford, Conn., in 1997, when Staind was slated to open for Limp Bizkit. Backstage before the show began, the volatile Durst got into a heated exchange with the members of Staind over the cover art of their self-released CD, but after witnessing their live performance he was impressed and exchanged phone numbers with the musicians. A major record label deal was soon to follow and the rest is rock history. Staind’s breakthrough album was 2002’s “Break the Cycle,” which featured the hit single, “It’s Been Awhile”. Three of the band’s five albums have entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart” at No. 1.
WHAT TO EXPECT: These hard rockers rode the post-grunge wave of success in the early 2000s and amassed a sizeable following in the process. Staind is known for putting on a heavy show filled with a good mixture of material from all of their albums. There is not much change in the setlists from night to night, however. In recent years, singer Aaron Lewis has toured as a solo artist while the band has been inactive, but the full band finally returned to the stage late last month. Though the band is known for its hit albums more than its hit singles, fans can definitely expect to hear the band’s biggest hit “It’s Been Awhile.”
WHAT’S NEW: Staind performed its first show in two years April 27 at the Welcome to Rockville Festival.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55, $75 and $85, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Tropicana Casino and Resort’s Showroom.
Mother’s Day Music Festival Featuring Charlie Wilson, Gladys Knight, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant at Boardwalk Hall
WHO ARE THEY: Charlie Wilson was the lead singer of the legendary R&B group The Gap Band. They scored No. 1 R&B hits with “Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me),” “Early in the Morning,” “Outstanding” and “Addicted to Your Love.” Wilson’s recent solo album “Uncle Charlie” was a smash, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 200. The singer was nominated for two Grammy Awards for the album and was named Billboard Magazine’s 2009 Top Urban Adult Contemporary Artist.
Along with her group The Pips, Gladys Knight became one of the most successful soul singers of the 1960s and ’70s. Under the Motown label, Knight scored hits with “Friendship Train,” “It Should Have Been Me,” “If I Were Your Woman” and “The End of Our Road.” After scoring a No. 2 hit in 1973 with “Neither One of Us,” Knight left Motown and wound up achieving superstar status with the No. 1 smash “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Other hits such as “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination” and “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” soon followed.
Bobby Brown has been a successful singer since he was a teenager and a member of the pop group New Edition. His most lasting musical contributions were on songs such as “Mr. Telephone Man” and “Jealous Girl.” Brown eventually left the group in 1986 and began working as a solo artist. His sophomore album “Don’t Be Cruel” was a ground-breaking hit, helping define the New Jack Swing era with hits such as “My Prerogative,” “Every Little Step,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”
Johnny Gill is an R&B singer who has maintained a successful solo career in addition to being a member of New Edition and LSG. His 1990 self-titled album included the hits “My, My, My,” Wrap My Body Tight,” “Rub You the Right Way” and “Fairweather Friend.” The album was a hit, reaching No. 8 on the charts. Three years later Gill released “Provocative,” which was another success.
WHAT TO EXPECT: After years of success with the R&B group The Gap Band, Wilson’s solo career finally caught up in 2009 with the hit album “Uncle Charlie.” Wilson headlines a star-studded show at Boardwalk Hall on Saturday night. Fans can expect to hear Gap Band hits as well as songs from the singer’s solo career including “There Goes My Baby,” “Can’t Live Without You,” “Charlie, Last Name Wilson,” “Sprung on Me” and “Magic.” Knight fans can look forward to hearing hits such as “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “Neither One of us” and “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination.” R&B superstar Brown will have the crowd going nuts with hits such as “Don’t Be Cruel,” “My Prerogative,” “Every Little Step” and “Humpin’ Around.” Gill will make the ladies scream with songs such as “My, My, My,” “Wrap My body Tight” and “Rub You the Right Way.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $45, $65, $80 and $95, and the show begins 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Boardwalk Hall.
Dave Attell at Borgata
WHO IS HE: Comedian Dave Attell got his start in the late 1980s, performing at open-mic nights in Manhattan shortly after graduating from New York University with a degree in film and television. Following a 1993 appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” Attell was hired by Lorne Michaels to be a writer for “Saturday Night Live.” Attell starred in two HBO specials in 1995 and then in 1999 he became a regular commentator on “The Daily Show.” The comic landed his own show, “Insomniac with Dave Attell,” in 2001.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Attell has been described as “the comedian’s comedian,” which refers to the fact that other comics would routinely check out his act and marvel at his originality. Attell’s persona is that of a common man, but with a twist. Midgets and unusual sexual encounters often find their way into his act. He delivers his punchlines with great force and is notorious for humiliating anyone who attempts to heckle him during a show.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $39.50 and $45, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, May 9, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Music Box.
Mario Joyner at Harrah’s
WHO IS HE: Mario Joyner is a stand-up comedian who was known as the host of MTV’s Half Hour Comedy Hour in the late 1980s and early ’90s. He has made television appearances on “Seinfeld,” “The Chris Rock Show” and “Everybody Hates Chris,” and has starred in films such as “Bee Movie,” “Three Men and a Baby” and “Hangin’ with the Homeboys.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: On Thursday night, comedy veteran Joyner will bring his hilarious brand of observational humor to Harrah’s Resort. Joyner has maintained a consistent stand-up career for several decades. His material is easily relatable and his delivery is spot on. Joyner covers a variety of topics and appeals to a wide demographic.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29.99, and the show begins 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Harrah’s Resort.
Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned at Tropicana
WHO ARE THEY: Tyler Perry is a multi-talented actor, writer, producer and director who has had success on television, in films, in the music industry and on the stage. His TBS show “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” ran for eight seasons and his partnership with Oprah Winfrey on the OWN Network resulted in the hit show “The Haves and the Have Nots.” His new production “Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned” tells the story of a single woman who ends up meeting her future spouse through an online dating sight. The show stars Cheryl Pepsii Riley and Patrice Lovely.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Perry’s new comedic, yet poignant stage production “Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned” comes to Tropicana Casino and Resort Friday night. The premise of the show revolves around a woman who reluctantly steps into the world of online dating, only to find a man who treats her like gold…until things start to change. Cheryl Pepsii Riley stars alongside Patrice Lovely of the OWN show “Love thy Neighbor.” The supporting cast includes Ray Lavendar, Zebulon Ellis, Muhammad Ayers, Candice Pye and Olrick Johnson. In addition to lots of big laughs and plenty of topics to think about, the show also features great music. Tyler Perry’s “Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned” is the perfect show for a date night.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55.50, and the show begins 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, at Tropicana’s Showroom.
Craig Ferguson at Trump Taj Mahal
WHO IS HE: Scottish comedian Craig Ferguson is perhaps best known as the current host of CBS’s “The Late Late Show,” for which he received an Emmy nomination in 2006. Ferguson first gained exposure in the United States on “The Drew Carey Show” between 1996 and 2003, when he played the character of Nigel Wick. Ferguson actually began his career in show business as a drummer for the little-known punk band The Bastards From Hell in the early 1980s.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Ferguson is a master of improvisational comedy. While most late-night talk show hosts deliver their opening monologues based off a written script with prepared jokes, Ferguson uses only an outline for his. Fans can expect to hear plenty of self-deprecating remarks dealing with his experiences with alcoholism, smoking, divorces and his late-night time slot. Ferguson is also known for his impressions of celebrities such as Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Larry King, Mick Jagger, Dr. Phil and Prince Charles.
WHAT’S NEW: Ferguson recently announced that he will be leaving “The Late Late Show” and will begin hosting “Celebrity Name Game” later this year.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29, $39 and $49, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort’s Mark G. Etess Arena.
Vincent Talarico at Resorts
WHO IS HE: New Jersey native Vincent Talarico began his performing career in the 1960s with Jersey Shore groups such as The Clique and Fate. He has maintained a consistent career, performing at various types of venues and incorporating the music of classic popular singers.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Talarico is a classic casino performer in every sense of the word. Relying on audience participation and an outgoing personality to go along with smooth vocals, Talarico’s show includes songs from vocal luminaries ranging from opera singers such as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domino and Andre Bocelli to pop stars such as Elton John, Josh Groban, Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, Tom Jones and Billy Joel. He performs in multiple languages and is great at working a crowd and keeping an audience laughing and having fun.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $15, and the shows begin at 8 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays. The show runs through June 8 at Resorts.
Fatal Reunion at Resorts
WHAT IS IT: Presented by Without A Cue Productions, “Fatal Reunion” is a murder/mystery dinner show that takes place in 2006 where audience members get to join Wetfield High School’s class of 1986 as they celebrate their 20th reunion. Without a Cue Productions was formed in 2002 with productions regularly held in Pennsylvania venues.
WHAT TO EXPECT: “Fatal Reunion” is a murder/mystery dinner show with a 1980s twist. Audience members will get a chance to attend the Wetfield High School 20th reunion as members of the graduating class re-live the glory days of the decade characterized by big hair, MTV and Pac-Man. When in the midst of all the fun a murder is committed, those attending will get a chance to really be a part of the action by reviewing evidence and filling out ballots with the opportunity to win big prizes.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $66, and the shows begin 7 p.m. on May 10 and 29 and June 14 and 28 at Resorts Casino Hotel.
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.
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. “It’s both an honor and thrill to bring the only family-friendly magic act in Atlantic City to the Comedy Stop this summer,” Holiday says. “After traveling the world to entertain our troops and audiences in other countries for nearly 30 years, it will be great to come back to Atlantic City to entertain the hometown crowd and help the legendary comedy club celebrate their 30 years in the business.”
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 Casino.
Real Men of Scores at Trump Taj Mahal Casino
WHO ARE THEY: The Real Men of Scores is a male revue that is featured exclusively at the Blue Velvet Theater in Scores Atlantic City. The theater features two stages, a full bar, tableside seating, cocktail and bottle service.
WHAT TO EXPECT: For those looking to spend their evening drooling over a parade of men in various forms of undress with bodies reminiscent of The Incredible Hulk, The Real Men of Scores is the show to attend. The 90-minute performance is perfect for bachelorette parties, girls night outs or anyone who takes pleasure in observing chiseled, glistening, pumped-up men performing exotic dances in front of a rabid audience. Male revue aficionados will appreciate the brand new Blue Velvet Theater with its lovely blue atmosphere, full service bar and multiple seating options. When the show ends the party continues as the theater turns into a nightclub complete with DJs and lap dances.
SHOW INFO: General admission to the Real Men of Scores show is $60 per person and includes two drinks, and the shows begin 10 p.m. Fridays and 8 and 10 p.m. Saturdays at The Blue Velvet Theater, Scores Atlantic City, Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort.