Mac Miller at House of Blues
WHO IS HE: Mac Miller is a rapper from Pittsburgh who managed to build himself a large, dedicated following by utilizing online social networking to its fullest potential. In March of 2011, Miller released the EP “On and On and Beyond.” Despite the fact that he’s signed only to the local label Rostrum Records, Miller managed to score a No. 1 album with “Blue Slide Park,” his 2011 debut LP. The album includes the singles “Frick Park Market” and “Party on Fifth Ave.” In 2013 Miller released the followup LP “Watching Movies with the Sound Off” which debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Mac Miller has proven to be an artist determined to do right by his fans. In an age where a climb to the top of the ladder of success appears trickier than ever, Miller has thrived by embracing sites like Facebook and Twitter and using them to make a real connection with his fans. It was obvious that this connection helped his debut LP “Blue Slide Park” debut at the top of the charts back in 2011, and the success has continued with his most recent release “Watching Movies with the Sound Off.” Fans at the House of Blues can expect to hear tracks such as “Frick Park Market” and “Party on Fifth Ave.” as well as songs from his last album including “S.D.S.,” “Watching Movies,” and “Goosebumpz.”
WHAT’S NEW: “Watching Movies with the Sound Off” was released in June, debuting at No. 3 and garnering critical praise.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32 and $42 and the shows begin 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, and Saturday, Dec. 28, at the House of Blues inside Showboat Casino Hotel.
Jill Scott at Caesars
WHO IS SHE: Jill Scott’s career as a performer began with poetry readings and quickly progressed to include guest collaborations with the Roots, Eric Benet, Will Smith and Common. The Philadelphia native released her debut album “Who is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1” in July of 2000. In 2003 Scott earned a Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Performance for the song “A Long Walk.” The singer released “Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Vol. 2” in 2004 and “The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3” in 2007. “The Light of the Sun” was released in 2011.
WHAT TO EXPECT: A rare talent whose abilities extend to poetry and songwriting in addition to possessing an exceptional voice, Jill Scott has been amazing audiences since her career began back at the turn of the century. Caesars will play host to Scott’s performance on Sunday night. Fans can expect to hear songs from throughout her career including her most recent release “The Light of the Sun.”
WHAT’S NEW: Scott is currently working on two upcoming albums.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $65, $85 and $125 and the show begins 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at Caesars Atlantic City.
Slightly Stoopid at House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: While they were still in high school, Slightly Stoopid’s Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald were able to secure a recording contract with Brad Nowell’s Skunk imprint. They released two albums under the label, “Slightly Stoopid” in 1996 and “Longest Barrel Ride” in 1998. The initial sound of the band was skate punk with elements of thrash, but over the years it has evolved to include elements of reggae, pop, hip hop, ska and rock. “Live and Direct: Acoustic Roots” was released in 2001 and illustrated the band’s maturity. “Everything you Need” was released in 2003 and “Closer to the Sun” followed in 2005.
WHAT TO EXPECT: As one of the hardest working rock acts in the business, Slightly Stoopid plays an average of 200 shows a year much to the delight of their hardcore fan base, known as “Stoopidheads” or “ese loco” (crazy person). In fact it is these fans who are directly responsible for the continued success of Slightly Stoopid, who rely on attendance at gigs and heavy word of mouth, rather than big hits on the pop charts. At a Slightly Stoopid performance concert-goers can always expect a heavy dose of improvisational jamming. The band is also known for getting the audience involved in the performance, so it’s more like a communal event and not just a band playing to an audience. Fans at this show can look forward to hearing songs from the band’s latest album “Top of the World.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $27.50 and $30 and the show begins 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at the House of Blues inside Showboat Casino Hotel.
Louis Prima Jr. at Resorts
WHO ARE THEY: Louis Prima Jr. is the son of the legendary New Orleans swing showman Louis Prima. Prima Jr. began learning to play music as a child, but following high school he decided to pursue a career in management rather than music. Throughout the years Prima Jr. has switched gears several times, fronting a rock band in the late 1980s and taking a stab at his father’s music for the first time in the mid 1990s. It wasn’t until recently that Prima Jr. decided to give it another go.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Fans of Louis Prima will appreciate his son’s jump jiving tribute to his father’s musical legacy. It wasn’t until Prima Jr. was able to assemble to perfect band that not only had the chops, but had the appreciation and enthusiasm for the music that he was willing to put on a show that mirrors his father’s. Prima’s goal was to bring the legendary show back for people to enjoy and this has definitely accomplished. The set list includes favorites such as “Jump, Jive an’ Wail,” “I’ve Got you Under my Skin,” “Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody,” “Old Man River, “Kansas City,” “As Time Goes By” and “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home.”
WHAT’S NEW: Prima is working on new album which is scheduled for a release in 2014.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $40 and $50 and the show begins 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Resorts Casino Hotel.
The Family Stone at Tropicana
WHO ARE THEY: Sly and the Family Stone were a groundbreaking, highly influential funk, psychedelic soul and R&B band which formed in the late 1960s. Their most famous songs include “Dance to the Music,” “Everyday People,” “Sing a Simple Song,” “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” “Family Affair” and “Stand!” Eventually heavy drug use, infighting and erratic behavior led to the band’s demise. Sly Stone has been a recluse for some time now, but The Family Stone carries on the musical legacy. The current lineup features original founding members Jerry Martini, Cynthia Robinson and Greg Errico.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Sadly Sly Stone no longer fronts the group that he helped make famous, but thankfully The Family Stone has done an admirable job of carrying on the tradition. The band continues to perform the groundbreaking songs that made them superstars in the late 1960s and early 1970s. With original members Jerry Martini, Cynthia Robinson and Greg Errico along with the vocals of Alex and Trina Johnson, the band is well-equipped to handle the entire catalogue. Fans at the Tropicana can look forward to hearing all their favorites such as “Everyday People,” “Dance to the Music,” “Stand!,” “Family Affair,” and “Sing a Simple Song.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $36 and $46 and the show begins 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 at Tropicana Casino and Resort’s Showroom.
The Burlesque Show at Borgata
WHAT IS IT: The Burlesque Show is a production at Borgata that offers up a tribute of sorts to the burlesque style of the 1940s. The show debuted at Borgata this past summer and features entertainers from around the globe in vaudeville skits and provocative dances.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Those looking to transport themselves back in time to the 1940s when burlesque shows featured beautiful women in rhinestone trimming and tassels will want to check out “The Burlesque Show” at Borgata’s Music Box.” After a successful summertime run, a special Holiday-themed show returns for a limited engagement. Those looking to celebrate the holidays with a show that features gorgeous scantily-clad women performing seductive dances as opposed to the tired old antics of Santa, Rudolph, Frosty won’t want to miss “The Burlesque Show.”
WHAT’S NEW: The Burlesque Show returns to Borgata for special holiday performances.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 and the shows begin 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, to Monday, Dec. 30, and 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Music Box.
David Cook at House of Blues Party Pit
WHO IS HE: David Cook became famous during the seventh season of “American Idol,” where he competed and eventually took home the crown. He had released an independent album “Analog Heart,” prior to his “Idol” run, but his major label self-titled debut came in November of 2008. It featured the hit singles “Light On,” “Come Back to Me” and “Bar-ba-sol.” In 2011, “This Loud Morning” was released and included the singles “The Last Goodbye” and “Fade Into Me.” In May of 2012 Cook performed a new song “The Last Song I’ll Write For You” on the eleventh season of “American Idol.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: Former “American Idol” champ David Cook comes to the House of Blues Party Pit on Friday night for a special free performance. He’ll be performing all of his hits like “Light On,” “Come Back to Me,” “Bar-ba-sol,” “The Last Goodbye,” “Fade Into Me,” “The Last Song I’ll Write For You” and the new single “Laying Me Low.” Cook fans will no doubt be in attendance, but even those who aren’t familiar with his music may want to check him out because it’s not every day that you get to see a free concert.
WHAT’S NEW: In April Cook released a new single “Laying Me Low.”
SHOW INFO: The show is FREE and begins 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at the House of Blues Party Pit inside Showboat Casino Hotel.
Legends in Concert at Bally’s
WHO ARE THEY: Legends in Concert began in Las Vegas in the 1980s and has been running strong ever since as the world’s most successful tribute show. The show has been so successful in fact that Bally’s Atlantic City renovated the Palace Theater and renamed it Legends in Concert Theater in order to host the show on an ongoing basis long term. It features new seats, more booths and cocktail tables and walls of memorabilia. The show will present five different lineups of entertainers throughout the year.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Bally’s Legends in Concert holiday show is on now and runs through through Dec. 31, 2013. No performances will be held on Dec. 24 and 25, but a special Monday, Dec. 30, show has been added. Joining Johnny Cash and Elvis for this legendary presentation are fan favorites Michael Jackson, Adele, The Blues Brothers. through Dec. 18. Justin Timberlake also returns Dec. 19 through Dec. 31, replacing The Blues Brothers.
WHAT’S NEW: Legends in Concert presents a new holiday show running through the end of 2013, featuring Johnny Cash, Elvis and many of your favorite superstars.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32.50, and the shows begins 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Legends in Concert Theater, Bally’s.
Joe Holiday’s Family Friendly Magic Show
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. “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. “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 Tropicana Casino and Resort.