at House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: Owl City is the electronic music project of Adam Young, which was formed in 2007. That same year the EP “Of June” was released. “Maybe I’m Dreaming” was released in 2008 and made it to No. 13 on the Billboard Electronic albums chart. The two independent releases set the stage for the full-length, major-label release “Ocean Eyes” in July 2009. The album contained the chart-topping platinum hit “Fireflies,” which proved to be Owl City’s mainstream breakthrough. Other hits include “Umbrella Beach” and “Vanilla Twilight.” In 2011 Owl City released “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” which contained the single “Alligator Sky” and “Galaxies.” In August 2012 Young released the album “The Midsummer Station,” which contained the hit song “Good Time.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: Led by composer, singer, instrumentalist and producer Young, the electronic indie pop act Owl City comes to the House of Blues to the delight of its legions of fans. Young went from loading soda trucks to pop stardom virtually overnight and has managed to score hits with songs such as “Fireflies,” “Good Time,” “Alligator Sky” and “Galaxies.” Concertgoers can expect to hear these and many more as Owl City performs tracks from its four LPs. The 27-year-old Young may have already achieved great success thus far, but it appears that the best may actually be yet to come for this talented artist.
WHAT’S NEW: In June “The Midsummer Station-Acoustic EP” was released. The five-song album contains acoustic versions of songs from “The Midsummer Station” as well as two previously unreleased tracks.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $22 and $29, and the show begins 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the House of Blues at Showboat Casino-Hotel.
at Atlantic Club
WHO IS HE: 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.” Rydell became a hit at the Copacabana in New York City in the early 1960s, and in 1962 he began acting on the television show “Combat!” In 1963 Rydell starred in the musical “Bye Bye Birdie.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: One of Philadelphia’s teen stars of the late 1950s, Rydell possessed the looks, charisma and talent of a natural showman. He scored his first hit with “Kissin’ Time” in 1959 and never looked back. Rydell has been a fixture on the nightclub circuit since the 1960s and comes to the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel this weekend to close out the summer in style. After having his liver and kidneys replaced last year, it’s a miracle that Rydell is able to get up on stage and perform the way he does. Concertgoers can look forward to hearing hits such as “Wildwood Days,” “We Got Love” and “Sway.”
WHAT’S NEW: Last year Rydell had to have a double organ transplant to replace his liver and kidneys. In January, he made his return to the stage in Las Vegas.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20, and the shows begin 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30 and 31, at the Atlantic Club.
at Boardwalk Hall
WHO ARE THEY: The Atlantic City Comedy Festival has been a successful, annual, late-summer event which has drawn big names and big crowds. Now in its fourth year, the festival inside Boardwalk Hall includes performances from Sommore, D.L. Hughley, Bruce Bruce and Arnez J.
WHAT TO EXPECT: For the past four years the Atlantic City Comedy Festival has rolled into town with an impressive lineup of comics, and this year’s lineup is no exception. On Saturday, Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, Don DC Curry and Mark Curry will take the stage, while Sunday’s lineup features D.L. Hughley, Arnez J, DeRay Davis, Gary Owen, Tony Rock and Dominique.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $45, $60 and $80, and the shows begin 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, at Boardwalk Hall.
Magique at Trop
WHO ARE THEY: “Magique” is a new family-friendly production which stars Kevin & Caruso and is directed by renowned choreographer Mistinguett. The show includes amazing illusions as well as comedy and cirque.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 and $10 (for children 16 and under), and the shows begin 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The show runs through Friday, Aug. 30, at the Tropicana Showroom.
WHO ARE THEY: Styx is a progressive rock band from Chicago that released its self-titled debut album in 1972. Their breakthrough album was 1977’s “The Grand Illusion,” which achieved triple-platinum sales status and contained the hit singles “Come Sail Away” and “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man).” Styx continued to release hit albums such as “Pieces of Eight” and “Cornerstone” as the decade came to a close. The band’s first No. 1 hit was the ballad “Babe,” which was also their first million-selling single. Success continued into the 1980s with the concept album “Paradise Theatre,” which yielded the hits “The Best of Times” and “Too Much Time on My Hands.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: On Friday night one of the most popular and influential progressive rock bands — Styx — will take the stage at the intimate Music Box at Borgata. Fans won’t want to miss this opportunity to see the band at close range doing what they do best. Concert-goers can expect to hear all of their favorites such as “Lady,” “Show Me The Way,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Come Sail Away” and “Babe,” along with deep cuts and a few surprises.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $75 and $85, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Borgata’s Music Box.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances,” comedian John Pinette’s two performances on Saturday, Aug. 31, have been rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25. All tickets will be honored, so fans are urged to hold onto their tickets. Refunds will also be made available at point of purchase.
WHO ARE THEY: .38 Special is a rock band from Jacksonville, Fla., that formed in the mid-1970s and scored hits with songs such as “Hold on Loosely,” “Caught Up in You” and “If I’d Been the One.” The current .38 Special touring lineup consists of Don Barnes, Danny Chauncey, Larry Junstrom, Bobby Capps and Gary Moffatt.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Classic rock fans will want to head to Resorts Casino Hotel on Saturday night to check out .38 Special as they perform the big hits that made them stars in the late 1970s and the ’80s. Concert-goers can look forward to hearing hits such as “Hang on Loosely,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Caught Up in You,” “Second Chance,” “The Sound of Your Voice,” “Bone Against Steel” and “Fade to Blue.”
WHAT’S NEW: Donnie Van Zant has not been able to tour with the band due to health issues. However, he continues to write and record with the band.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $35 and $45, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, inside Resorts’ Superstar Theater.
WHO ARE THEY: Hailing from Las Vegas, the Imagine Dragons are a four-piece alternative indie-rock band that formed in 2008 and got a big break at the 2010 Bite of Las Vegas Festival, when Train singer Pat Monahan got sick and the band got the opportunity to fill in and perform in front of more than 25,000 people. Two years later Imagine Dragons released the EP “Continued Silence,” as well as the single “It’s Time,” with the band’s debut LP “Night Visions” coming later in the year. Imagine Dragons has garnered tremendous critical praise with “Billboard” naming them the “Breakthrough Band of 2013” and “Rolling Stone” declaring their single “Radioactive” to be “the biggest rock hit of the year.” The band has done the late-night talk-show circuit, appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: Imagine Dragons are one of the most exciting young bands on the scene today, and on Friday night they look to show the crowd at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Event Center just what all the fuss is about. With high praise from major music publications, plus two hit singles and a successful debut album and tour under their belt, the band has accomplished a lot and has the potential to do even more. Fans can look forward to an enthusiastic, upbeat performance from this young band as they perform songs from the album “Night Visions,” as well as tracks from their various EPs.
WHAT’S NEW: “Billboard” recently named Imagine Dragons the “Breakthrough Band of 2013.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $42.50, and the show begins 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Borgata’s Event Center.
WHO IS HE: Gabriel Iglesias is a stand-up comedian who has made appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” “Showtime at the Apollo” and the sitcom “My Wife and Kids.” Iglesias managed to win Comedy Central’s awards for “Favorite Comic” and “Special of the Year.” The comedian was a finalist in the fourth season of “Last Comic Standing” before being disqualified. In 2011 Iglesias began hosting “Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand up Revolution” on Comedy Central.
WHAT TO EXPECT: With his arsenal of impressions and voice effects, Gabriel Iglesias has been leaving audiences in stitches. He’s managed to gain a great deal of popularity through his numerous television appearances and looks to be a star on the rise. The comic, who refers to himself as “Fluffy Man,” delivers a clean show in which he engages in storytelling that feature an array of hilarious characters.
WHAT’S NEW: In 2012 Iglesias played a strip club DJ in the film “Magic Mike.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $39.50, $45 and $49.50, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Borgata’s Event Center.
Divas Do AC
WHO ARE THEY: Divas Do AC is a female and celebrity impersonator show which features a rotating cast of characters including Dolly Parton, Prince, Patti Labelle, Liza Minelli, Marilyn Monroe and Madonna. Joan Rivers serves as the show’s impersonator host.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Elaborate costumes and makeup along with accurate impersonations make audience members feel like they’re seeing the real stars all on one stage.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the shows begins 8 p.m. Mondays, 9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Resorts Casino Hotel’s Screening Room.
Wayne Newton at Trump Taj Mahal
WHO IS HE: Wayne Newton is one of a handful of artists who is virtually synonymous with Las Vegas entertainment. While he has achieved rather moderate success with his recorded works, “Mr. Las Vegas” has been a consistent live draw since the 1960s, and during his peak in the 1980s, he was earning a million dollars a month, making him the highest paid nightclub performer in history. Newton’s hits include “Danke Schoen,” “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” and “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: When it comes to casino performers, Newton is a true living legend. While he made his mark out west, earning the nickname “Mr. Las Vegas,” Newton is also a veteran of Atlantic City casinos and is right at home while sauntering the stage singing his classic hits. The years have been kind to Newton, and he has managed to maintain his cult status and popularity through all of the constantly-changing trends. If you’re looking for a laid-back night of pop standards, Newton is your man. Order yourself a tall drink and prepare to ease into the night while humming along to the sweet sounds of “Danke Schoen.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $19, $29 and $39, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Trump Taj Mahal’s Arena.
Harry Connick Jr. at Revel
WHO IS HE: This New Orleans native began playing the keyboards at age 3, performed in public for the first time at age 6 and recorded with a local jazz band when he was 10. Harry Connick Jr.’s first two solo albums, released in the late 1980s, reflected his New Orleans jazz roots, while subsequent recordings have owed a debt of gratitude to crooners such as Frank Sinatra.
WHAT TO EXPECT: With his classic good looks, suave demeanor and sensitive voice, Connick Jr. has been able to take big-band standards and jazz music and turn it into tremendous mainstream success. With an expansive catalog of music to draw from, Connick is able to craft brilliant performances that leave his adoring fans clamoring for more. Sunday night’s show at Revel Casino Resort should be no exception.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $69.25, $99.25, $109.25, $129.25 and $149.25, and the show begins 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Revel’s Ovation Hall.
Legends at Bally’s
WHO ARE THEY: Legends in Concert began in Las Vegas in the 1980s and became e the world’s most successful tribute show.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The revamped Legends in Concert lineup for the season includes tributes to Katy Perry, Michael Buble, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner and Tom Jones. But regardless of who is actually performing, the Legends in Concert show is always a hit with audiences.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32.50. The shows begin 3, 7:30, 8 and 10 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the Legends in Concert Theater at Bally’s Atlantic City.
WHO IS HE: Edgar Winter is a talented multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter who first made his mark in 1970 with the release of his debut album “Entrance” and the song “Tobacco Road.” With The Edgar Winter Group, he recorded hits such as “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride.” Winter’s 1973 album “They Only Come Out at Night” was a huge success, remaining on the charts for 80 weeks.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Texas rocker Edgar Winter has had a long and successful career, pretty much doing it all along the way. He’ll be soaking up the sun on the boardwalk in front of Revel with a concert that is free to all. Even those not familiar with Winter’s work will want to come out and see what this highly-influential legendary artist is all about. Longtime fans will no doubt come out in force to listen to hits such as “Tobacco Road,” “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride.”
WHAT’S NEW: At the SXSW Festival in March in Austin, Texas, this year, Dave Grohl cited Winter’s “Frankenstein” as the song that made him want to pick up an instrument.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are free, and the shows begins 7 p.m. Wednedsay and Thursday, Aug. 28 and 29, on the boardwalk on the beach in front of Revel. In the event of rain, the show will be moved to Ovation Hall.
and the Nocturnals at Golden Nugget
WHO ARE THEY: Formed in 2002, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are a rock band from Vermont that built its following from extensive touring and appearances at music festivals. After signing with Hollywood Records in 2005, the band went on to record and release four studio albums: 2005’s “Nothing But the Water,” 2007’s “This is Somewhere,” 2010’s self-titled release and 2012’s “The Lion the Beast the Beat.” Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have also released three live albums.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals combine elements of blues, folk rock and alternative to great effect, creating their unique sound and the result has been a band that’s amassed a sizeable, loyal following. On Saturday night they come to the Golden Nugget Atlantic City to rock the audience with songs from their catalog. The passion and improvisation they put into the performance is what keeps fans of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals coming back time and time again.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $38.84, $51.34, $63.39 and $69.75, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Golden Nugget.
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 in China, South Korea and Japan.
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.
The Burlesque Show at Borgata
WHAT IS IT: The Burlesque Show is a new production at Borgata that offers a tribute to the burlesque style of the 1940s. The show features entertainers from around the globe in vaudeville skits and provocative dances.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the shows begin 9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 29, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Music Box.
Mentalist Wayne Hoffman at Revel
WHO IS HE: Wayne Hoffman combines his psychology and illusion in his act “Mind Candy” and has performed in 45 countries throughout the world. He’s appeared on “The Howard Stern Show,” “Phenomenon” and “The Glenn Beck Show” and has won several entertainment awards.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Mentalist Wayne Hoffman displays seemingly supernatural powers in his show “Mind Candy,” which comes to Revel for a monthlong engagement. Hoffman reveals people’s innermost thoughts in a humorous us way, combing it with visual illusions which absolutely amaze audience members. The high-energy show features time travel and objects being moved only by Hoffman’s mind. “Mind Candy” is a one-of-a-kind type of show that is not to be missed.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20. The shows begin at noon and 2 p.m. and run six days a week through Sept. 22.
Beatlemania Now at Trump Plaza
WHO ARE THEY: Beatlemania Now has performed its tribute to The Beatles before hundreds of thousands of people during its career. With multiple costume changes, authentic instruments, a big-screen video presentation and more than 35 songs, the group chronologically traces the Beatles’ career from their 1964 U.S. debut up until the swan song of “Let it Be.” Beatlemania Now has performed internationally at everything from intimate club performances to gigantic outdoor gatherings of more than 20,000 people and has become the premier multi-media Beatles show in the process.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Beatlemania Now recaptures the mood and frantic intensity of a time when The Beatles were the most exciting thing to happen to music since Elvis. By playing the songs in chronological order, complete with costume changes, one really gets to appreciate the tremendous growth and output of material that The Beatles created in such a short period of time. The show features a backdrop of images from the 1960s including Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Vietnam, protests in the streets and much more. This is a show that will be appreciated by both casual and die-hard fans of the four mop-topped lads from Liverpool.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $48. The show begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and runs through Aug. 31.
Straight No Chaser at Harrah’s
WHO ARE THEY: Straight No Chaser is a 10-piece male a cappella group that formed in the mid-1990s when the members were students at Indiana University. The group became a sensation with its two holiday albums “Holiday Spirits” and Christmas Cheers,” and is finding more success with the recent release “With a Twist.” The album includes Oasis’ “Wonderwall,” The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge” and Coldplay’s “Fix You.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: Straight No Chaser has taken the simple concept of a cappella vocal harmonies and made it into a hugely successful career. The group, which has been together since its members’ college days, initially gained fame with their holiday-themed albums. Eventually however, they’ve turned to rock and pop classics as the foundation of their latest albums “With a Twist” and “Under the Influence.” Fans can expect to hear plenty of songs from “Under The Influence” at the Harrah’s shows. The group has enjoyed several successful residencies in Atlantic City and there is no doubt that this current stand will be just as popular.
WHAT’S NEW: Straight No Chaser’s new album is titled “Under the Influence.” It features guest performances from Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Rob Thomas, Seal and Dolly Parton.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $45 and $55. The show begins at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and a special performance at 3 p.m. on Aug. 24 at Harrah’s. The show runs through Sunday, Sept. 1.
Revealed at Revel
WHO ARE THEY: Founded in 1993 by Broadway director Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams has entertained more than 50 million people worldwide in theaters, casinos, theme parks, cruise lines and on Broadway. The shows feature incredible acrobatics, wonderful artistry and stylish costumes. Cirque Dreams shows have been major hits with both fans and critics alike. Cirque Dreams Revealed is a brand new show which makes its debut at Revel’s The Social.
WHAT TO EXPECT: A brand new Cirque Dreams show, Cirque Dreams Revealed comes to The Social for a two-month run and promises to be another bit hit. It’s a 60-minute cabaret revue which includes dynamic action sequences performed by sixteen featured artists. Show-goers will be amazed as performers soar high over their heads executing challenging aerial maneuvers and balancing acts with an incredible grace and rhythm that makes it all look easy. The Social provides the perfect venue for Cirque Dreams Revealed as the intimate guest seating will surround the performers. A special “VIP Living Room” lounge offers guests an even more amazing view and an opportunity to be right alongside the artists and practically in the performance themselves. The show also features a dynamic musical score and elaborate costumes.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25. The show will be performed twice a day, six days a week at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The show runs through Sept. 22 at the Social at Revel Casino Hotel.