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Gospel Fest in Atlantic City

The 2012 Gospel Fest comes to Atlantic City on Saturday, Aug. 4, when Kurt Carr and The Kurt Carr Singers headline the next free city concert at Historic Gardner's Basin.

The concert, which begins 1 p.m., also features The John Howard Gospel Caravan and a number of local choirs opening the show.

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The city of Atlantic City and Atlantic City Free Public Library sponsor the concert, which is part of a five-show series. Headliners take over at 4 p.m. and play until dusk. The concerts are free and open to the public. The rain date is Sunday.

Historic Gardner's Basin is located at New Hampshire Avenue and the bay in Atlantic City. For more information, call the city of Atlantic City's Recreation/Community Affairs Department at 609-347-5643.

Stockton Concert honors Ricky Nelson

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Nelson's life and music touched millions. Now, his twin sons, multi-platinum recording artists Matthew & Gunnar Nelson, relive the music and memories in their multimedia event, Ricky Nelson Remembered, on Monday, Aug. 6, at Cape May Convention Hall.

Featuring hit songs such as "Hello Mary Lou," "Poor Little Fool," "Travelin' Man," "I'm Walkin'," "I Gotta Feeling" and "Teenage Idol," RNR showcases his life with never-before-seen interviews from artists he influenced, including Paul McCartney and Chris Isaak.

Ricky Nelson is the only artist to have a No. 1 song, No. 1 movie and No. 1 TV show in the same week. He is considered to be one of the first teen idols and he is credited with pioneering the country rock sound.

Ricky Nelson Remembered is part of the ongoing Stockton Goes to the Beach summer concert series. The show begins at 8 p.m. All tickets are $30. Call 855-708-9699 or visit

Orrin Evans plays Chicken Bone Beach

Pianist Orrin Evans will headline the next concert in the ongoing Chicken Bone Beach Jazz on the Beach Series, presented by the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation and Atlantic City Free Public Library.

The show takes place on the Kennedy Plaza stage on the Atlantic City Boardwalk from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. The show is free and open to the public.

Evans has toured with the evolutionary Wallace Roney, Stefon Harris and Antonio Hart. He is also a teacher and musical commentator, having conducted workshops, clinics and master classes both in the United States and abroad. The Chicken Bone Beach Youth Jazz Ensemble is the opening act.

Kennedy Plaza is located on the Atlantic City Boardwalk between Mississippi and Georgia avenues. Call 609-441-9064, 609-841-6897 or visit for more information.

Murder mystery at The Palm

Unexpectedly, someone stumbles down the stairs into the cellar at the Sunset Hotel. Is it an accident or a murder? The atmosphere reeks of foul bouquet, intrigue and deceit, and it will be investigated over a three-course gourmet meal

The Palm Atlantic City will present "A Very Noir Pinot" - a murder mystery dinner theater - beginning Sunday, Aug. 5, at 5:30 p.m. Additional dinner theater dates take place on Aug. 12 at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 20 and 27 at 6 p.m. and Sept. 9 and 23 at 5 p.m.

Cost is $75 per person plus 15 percent gratuity and 5 percent service fee. For details, call Barbara Bermel at 609-344-0483.

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