Starship featuring Mickey Thomas at Golden Nugget
WHO ARE THEY: From the ashes of Jefferson Starship and before it Jefferson Airplane, came Starship in 1984. Like its previous incarnations, Starship was able to score hit singles and albums beginning with “We Built This City,” which was a No. 1 hit in 1985. Another No. 1 single, “Sara,” came on its heels while the album “Knee Deep in the Hoopla” reached No. 7 on the charts and achieved platinum sales status. In 1987 the song “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from the “Mannequin” soundtrack reached the top of the charts. The album “No Protection” also featured the hit single “It’s Not Over Till It’s Over” as well as “Set the Night to Music,” which ended up becoming a hit song for Roberta Flack and Maxi Priest in 1991.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The interwoven histories of Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Starship are complex and confusing with multiple lineup changes, multiple names and often multiple versions of the band touring at the same time. On Friday night, singer Mickey Thomas will take his version of Starship to the Golden Nugget Atlantic City to perform hit songs such as “We Built This City,” “Sara” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” as well as old favorites from the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship days. The band will also be performing songs from its new album “Loveless Fascination.”
WHAT’S NEW: Starship released the album “Loveless Fascination” in September.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29.95, $39.95 and $49.95, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, March 28, at the Golden Nugget
SOJA at House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: SOJA is a reggae band from Arlington, Va., that has been performing since 1997. The band’s debut independent album “Soldiers of Jah Army” was released in 2000, and their first full-length, “Peace in a Time of War,” came two years later. In 2006, SOJA released “Get Wiser,” which debuted in the Top 10 of reggae albums on iTunes. A live DVD titled “Get Wiser Live” was released in 2007 and featured a set full of classic songs plus the entire “Get Wiser” album. SOJA’s 2012 album “Strength to Survive” topped the Billboard Reggae album chart.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Reggae band SOJA comes to the House of Blues at Showboat Casino-Hotel on Thursday ready to usher in the spring with their positive energy. For the past 17 years, SOJA has been touring the world and spreading good vibes through their music and have built up a sizeable following along the way. Concertgoers can expect to hear songs from throughout their career including some from the reggae chart-topping album “Strength to Survive.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $19.99 and $29.99, and the show begins 8 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the House of Blues.
Jay Mohr at Borgata
WHO IS HE: Jay Mohr is a comedian and actor originally from Verona who got his start on “Saturday Night Live” in 1993. Since that time, Mohr has starred in films such as “Jerry Maguire,” “Picture Perfect,” “Pay it Forward” and “The Groomsmen,” as well as on television shows such as “Ghost Whisperer” and “Gary Unmarried.” Throughout it all he has managed to maintain a successful career as a stand-up comedian. Mohr authored the book “No Wonder My Parents Drank: Tales from a Stand-up Dad.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: Mohr has seemingly done it all in show business from movies to TV to radio to books, yet it is as a stand-up comedian where Mohr truly shines. His good-natured, witty approach endears him to audiences, while his impressions of people such as Tracy Morgan and Christopher Walken are both incredible and hilarious. Fans can expect to laugh out loud for the duration of Mohr’s set at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on Friday night.
WHAT’S NEW: In January, Mohr starred in the film “Dumbbells.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29.50 and $35, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Borgata’s Music Box.
The 5th Dimension at Harrah’s
WHO ARE THEY: The 5th Dimension is an R&B, pop and soul group that became popular in the late 1960s. Their biggest hits include “Up, Up and Away,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” Stoned Soul Picnic,” “One Less Bell to Answer,” “(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All” and “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In.” The group has undergone an incredible amount of lineup changes over the years, but original member Florence LaRue still remains.
WHAT TO EXPECT: It’s been more than 40 years since The 5th Dimension first made it big with a string of hit singles, but LaRue still fronts the group, entertaining longtime fans along with some from the younger generations, as well. Concertgoers at Harrah’s Resort on Thursday will get to hear all of their favorites such as “One Less Bell to Answer,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Up, Up and Away,” “(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All,” “Stoned Soul Picnic” and “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $34.50, and the show begins 8 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Harrah’s Resort’s The Concert Venue.
Atif Aslam at Revel
WHO ARE THEY: Atif Aslam is a singer from Pakistan who has scored hits such as “Aadat,” “Who Lamhe,” “Tere Bin,” “Pehli Nazar Mein,” “Meri Kahani and “Tu Jaane Na.” Aslam’s debut album “Jal Pari” was released in the summer of 2004, and the follow up “Doorie” came out two years later. Aslam’s songs have been featured in several Bollywood films. In April 2012 Aslam became the first Pakistani ever to perform at London’s O2 Arena, when he took part in a concert to promote love, peace and unity between India and Pakistan.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Pakistani superstar Aslam comes to Revel Casino Hotel Saturday night prepared to show the American audience what all the fuss has been about overseas. Aslam has amassed a slew of hits over the course of his 10-year career and possesses the stage presence of an experienced veteran. Fans will enjoy Aslam’s vocal-belting technique and can expect to hear all of their favorite songs.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $39, $59, $79, $99 and $149, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Revel’s Ovation Hall.
Edwin McCain at Revel
WHO ARE THEY: Singer/songwriter Edwin McCain released his debut album “Honor Among Thieves” in 1995. The album featured the single “Solitude,” which gained a decent amount of airplay on VH1. “Misguided Roses” followed in 1997 and included the hit single “I’ll Be.” The Charleston, S.C. native continues to release albums and maintains a rigorous touring schedule.
WHAT TO EXPECT: McCain, a veteran singer/songwriter originally from South Carolina, will perform on Saturday night at Revel Casino Hotel. Fans can look forward to hearing hits such as “I’ll Be,” “Solitude,” “I Could Not Ask For More” and “Grammercy Park Hotel,” as well as many more from McCain’s 10 albums. McCain is also known to throw in a few covers which should keep the crowd at Revel rocking.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32 and $48, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Revel’s The Social.
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.
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 Casino and Resort.
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.
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.