Nick DiPaolo at Harrah’s
WHO IS HE: Nick DiPaolo is a comedian and actor who has had a varied career, doing a little bit of everything. DiPaolo has starred in three “Comedy Central Presents” specials, has participated in several Comedy Central roasts, has appeared in films such as “Beer League” and co-hosted a radio show with Artie Lange. The multi-talented DiPaolo wrote for “The Chris Rock Show” for two years and was nominated for two Emmy Awards in the process. He also has released four comedy albums.
WHAT TO EXPECT: With Dipaolo, what you see is what you get. There is no put-on persona, no gimmicks, just straight-talking comedy from a guy who feels that political correctness is one of society’s great ills. Over the course of his career, DiPaolo has starred on television and in films, has had success as a writer and also as shock jock. It is on stage doing stand-up, however, where many would argue that DiPaolo does his best work.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29.99, and the show begins 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at Harrah’s Resort’s The Concert Venue.
Joe Holiday’s Magic Show at Comedy Stop
WHO IS HE: Joe Holiday is a magician who takes a family-friendly approach to magic and entertainment.
WHAT TO EXPECT: 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. “We welcome Joe Holiday to the Comedy Stop family,” Comedy Stop owner and producer Bob Kephart says in a statement. “We hope everyone will stop in to take a holiday with Holiday.” 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.
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 Julio Iglesias at Revel
WHO IS HE: During the 1970s and 1980s, there was no Latin star bigger than Julio Iglesias. The singer has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide throughout his career and has maintained a broad appeal by singing in various languages including Spanish, English, Italian and French. Some of his hits include “Manuela” and “Begin the Beguine.” Iglesias also became well known for his duets including “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” with Willie Nelson, “All of You” with Diana Ross and “My Love” with Stevie Wonder.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Before Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony and Enrique Iglesias, there was Julio Iglesias, who became a massive international star during the 1970s and 1980s thanks to his magnificent voice, good looks and crossover appeal. At 70 years of age, Iglesias is still going strong and will no doubt deliver a top-notch performance at Revel Casino Hotel on Saturday night. Fans can expect an intimate performance chock-full of Iglesias’ hit songs from his entire career including “Manuela,” “Quijote,” “Me olvide de vivir,” “Hey1,” and “El amor.”
WHAT’S NEW: Last year Iglesias was inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55, $75 and $85, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Revel’s Ovation Hall.Casino and Resort.
Bellator MMA at Revel
WHO ARE THEY: Bellator Fighting Championships is a mixed martial arts organization which formed in 2008 and organizes its events into different seasons. The fights are broadcast live on MTV2 and Tr3s. Past champions include Hector Lombard, Eddie Alvarez, Pat Curran, Alexander Shlemenko and Cole Konrad.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Bellator MMA returns to Revel Casino Hotel Friday night with an exciting fight cared highlighted by the main event, a Bantamweight World Title match between Eduardo Dantas (16-3-0) and Joe Warren (10-3-0). The card also features a Welterweight Tournament semifinal match between Andrey Koreshkov (15-1-0) and Sam Oropeza (11-2-0). Liam McGeary (6-0-0) will take on Mike Mucitelli (6-0-0) in a Light Heavyweight feature fight and in a Bantamweight feature fight Marcos Galvao (15-6-0) will take on Thomas Vasquez (7-0-0).
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $45, $55, $80, $100, $250 and $300, and the event begins 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Revel’s Ovation Hall.
Oh What a Night of Doo-Wop and Rock ’n Roll, Vol. II at Trump Taj Mahal
WHO ARE THEY: Oh What a Night of Doo-Wop and Rock ’n Roll, Vol. II features a lineup including Larry Chance & The Earls, The Harptones Cleveland Still and The Dubs, Eugene Pitt & The Jive 5 and Jimmy Gallagher and the Passions.
Larry Chance & the Earls formed in the Bronx, N.Y., in 1961 and a year later scored a hit with “Remember Then.” The group followed it up with “Life is But a Dream,” “Never” and “I Believe.”
Doo-wop pioneers The Harptones were established in Manhattan in the early 1950s and reached the charts with the hits “Sunday Kind of Love,” “Why Should I Love You?,” Life is But a Dream” and “The Shrine of St. Celia.”
The Dubs were a successful and influential doo-wop group known for the hit songs “Could This Be Magic,” “Don’t Ask Me To Be Lonely” and “Chapel of Dreams.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: Last summer “Oh What a Night of Doo-Wop and Rock ’n Roll” was a big hit with concertgoers at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, so this year the show returns with an all-new lineup of stellar acts. Larry Chance & The Earls will get the crowd going with “Remember Then,” while The Harptones perform their hits “Sunday King of Love,” “Why Should I Love You?” and “Life is But a Dream.” Concertgoers will sing along to Cleveland Still and The Dubs performing hits such as “Could This Be Magic,” “Don’t Ask Me To Be Lonely” and “Chapel of Dreams.” Rounding out the bill is Eugene Pitt & The Jive 5 and Jimmy Gallagher and the Passions.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $45 and $55, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Trump Taj Mahal’s Xanadu Theater.
Ultimate Doo-Wop Show at Golden Nugget
WHO ARE THEY: The Ultimate Doo Wop Show features a lineup of doo-wop acts such as Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners, The Vogues featuring Bill Burkette, The Marcels, The Cookies, Barbara Harris, original lead singer of The Toys, Randy & the Rainbows featuring Randy Safuto and the Blue Suede Orchestra.
The Skyliners were formed in Pittsburgh in the late 1950s and scored a hit in 1959 with “Since I Don’t Have You.” Other hits include “This I Swear” and “Pennies From Heaven.”
The Vogues reached No. 4 on the charts in September 1965 with “You’re the One.” It was immediately followed by another No. 4 hit, “Five o’Clock World.” Several years later the group scored hits with “Turn Around, Look at Me” and “My Special Angel.”
Pittsburgh’s The Marcels sold more than a million copies of their 1961 No. 1 hit “Blue Moon.” Additional hits included “Heartaches” and “Melancholy Baby.”
Formed in Brooklyn in the mid 1950s, The Cookies were an R&B girl group that achieved success backing artists such as Neil Sedaka and Carole King as well as on their own. Their hits include “Don’t Say Nothing’ Bad (About My Baby)” and “Chains,” and they were featured on hits such as “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” “The Loco-Motion,” “Let’s Turkey Trot” and Comin’ Home Baby.”
The Toys hailed from Queens, N.Y., and featured lead singer Barbara Harris. The group scored a No. 1 hit with “A Lover’s Concerto.”
Randy and the Rainbows formed in 1962 and a year later scored a Top 10 hit with “Denise.” The group’s only other chart entry was “Why Do Kids Grow Up,” which pealed at No. 97.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Doo-Wop fans won’t want to miss the Ultimate Doo-Wop Show at Golden Nugget Atlantic City Friday night. Concertgoers will sing along with Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners on their hits “Since I Don’t Have You” and “I Swear” and will listen to The Vogues performing hits such as “Five O’Clock World” and “You’re The One.” The show also features the Marcels performing the hits “Blue Moon,” “Heartaches” and “Melancholy Baby” and The Cookies performing “Don’t Say Nothin’ Bad (About My Baby)” and “Chains.” Those attending the show can also look forward to hearing “A Lover’s Concerto” performed by Barbara Harris of the Toys and “Why Do Kids Grow Up” performed by Randy & The Rainbows featuring Randy Safuto.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $35.50 and $55.50, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Golden Nugget Atlantic City.
Tracy Morgan at Tropicana
WHO IS HE: Tracy Morgan began his career as a stand-up comedian in the mid 1980s and before long had landed a role as Hustle Man on the television show “Martin.” In the early 1990s, Morgan was also a regular on the sketch comedy show “Uptown Comedy Club.” In 1996, Morgan joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live,” where he became a popular cast member for the next seven years. Morgan got his own show “The Tracy Morgan Show” in 2003, but it only lasted a year before being canceled. Morgan also starred in the NBC sitcom “30 Rock.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: As illustrated during his days on “Saturday Night Live,” Morgan is a hilarious and multi-talented comedian with a style all his own. His deadpan delivery and facial expressions are part of his trademark and are sure to elicit laughs. Although Morgan is better known for his television work, he started his career as a stand-up comedian, and it is something he excels at. His shows are known to be on the raunchy side, so those who are offended easily should probably sit this one out. That aside, Saturday night’s show at Tropicana Casino and Resort looks to be one that fans won’t want to miss.
WHAT’S NEW: Morgan stars in the film “Rio 2” as the voice of the character Luiz.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $49.50 and $59.50, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Tropicana’s Showroom.
Wayne Brady at Borgata
WHO IS HE: Wayne Brady has found success as both a dramatic actor and talk-show host, but it is with improvisational comedy that Brady stood out from the pack. In 1998, Brady became a regular on the ABC show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” which was an American re-make of the popular British show of the same name. Hosted by Drew Carey, the show enabled Brady to showcase his improvisational skills in front of a live studio audience. The Florida native was always quick on his feet and excelled at the singing and dancing events. In 2001, Brady landed his own ABC talk show, “The Wayne Brady Show,” which lasted for two seasons and earned four Daytime Emmy Awards. Brady has served as host of “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” and currently is the host of “Let’s Make a Deal.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: A Brady performance is not the typical microphone wielding, ranting experience you’d expect from a stand-up comic. Much of Brady’s act relies on his amazing improvisational skills along with his humorous song parodies. Audience participation adds a tremendous amount to his shows and help add a special uniqueness to each performance. It’s not uncommon for audience members to shout out words that Brady will then masterfully incorporate into a song he’s making up on the spot. You’re not just watching a performer recite the same old jokes night after night, you’re actually a part of comedy being created live. This sort of spontaneity is welcome breath of fresh air in the world of stand-up comedy and makes for a unique and entertaining night out.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $39.50, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Music Box.
The Machine at Golden Nugget
WHO ARE THEY: There’s no better way to experience the magic of a classic Pink Floyd concert than by checking out The Machine. The New York-based tribute act combines great musicianship, a killer light show and an attention to detail that leaves even the most die-hard Floyd fans impressed. Generally regarded as the most authentic Pink Floyd tribute around, The Machine has been featured in Rolling Stone and Spin magazines, and their popularity has managed to spread overseas. The lineup consists of Todd Cohen on drums, Joe Pascarell on guitar and vocals, Ryan Ball on bass and vocals and Scott Chasolen on keyboards and vocals.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Whether or not you’re a die-hard Floyd fan, a performance by The Machine is still something to behold. With a dazzling light show, incredible reproduction of the original music and an obvious passion for performance, this band delivers the goods night after night. The Machine plays just about every Pink Floyd song that exists, so you never know what you might hear next. They routinely take requests from audience members and often perform entire albums as part of the show. The band is also known to take off a psychedelic jam when the mood strikes. The Machine are no strangers to Atlantic City, and past shows here by the band have been highly regarded. For the Pink Floyd enthusiast, this is a show that you absolutely do not want to miss.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $22 and $32, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Golden Nugget.
Merle Haggard at Harrah’s
WHO IS HE: Merle Haggard is country music legend, famous for creating the Bakersfield sound along with his band The Strangers. He began gaining success in the mid-1960s with hits such as “(My Friends are Gonna Be) Strangers” and “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive.” In 1969, Haggard scored another hit with “Okie From Muskogee,” and as the 1970s dawned, Haggard continued to be a hitmaker with songs such as “Always Wanting You,” “Carolyn,” “The Roots of My Raising” and “Grandma Harp.” Over the course of his career, Haggard has scored an amazing 38 No. 1 country hits, and in 2010 the singer was honored with a prestigious lifetime achievement award from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Country outlaw Haggard is a living legend who managed to make the incredible transformation over his life from common criminal to Kennedy Center Award winner. On Saturday night Haggard takes his guitar, his band and his amazing collection of hit songs to Harrah’s Resort for a performance that is not to be missed. Fans can expect to hear classics such as “Okie From Muskogee,” “Always Wanting You,” “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive,” “(My Friends are Gonna Be) Strangers” and “Grandma Harp.”
WHAT’S NEW: In January Haggard performed “Okie From Muskogee” at the Grammy Awards with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Blake Shelton.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $45, $55 and $70, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Harrah’s Concert Venue.
Zach Sang’s 21st Birthday Bash at Borgata
WHO ARE THEY: Zach Sang is a 20-year old nationally syndicated radio disc jockey who is host of “Zach Sang & The Gang.” The show focuses on pop culture and can be heard on evenings on WWAC-FM 102.7.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Nationally syndicated radio disc jockey and local southern New Jersey talent Sang will celebrate his 21st birthday in style at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Friday night. The event includes a live remote from mur.mur nightclub, giveaways on 102.7-FM and a national sweepstakes. The show will feature music by Anthony Pisano with DJ Renzo. The guest of honor is gearing up for the event and expects a great night.
SHOW INFO: The event begins 10 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Borgata’s mur.mur.