Rock out, help vets at Bader Field music festival
What Is It: VetRock 2013 promises to bring some big names in rock 'n' roll history, plus some much younger acts, together for a long day of music. The bands include Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, The Soul Survivors, The Buckinghams, Mark Farner from Grand Funk Railroad, among others. But VetRock isn't just about the music.
What To Expect: The host is comedian Joe Piscopo, who also will play with his own band. And the keynote speaker is Oliver North, above, the retired U.S. Marine Colonel who had a high profile in Washington in the Reagan administration and now has his own Fox News show. The sponsor, Michael Merlino of Wiser Charitable Enterprises, plans to use the concert to raise money for veterans' charities and to give Vietnam vets "the welcome home (they) never received."
Event Info: The gates open
10 a.m. for VetRock 2013 at Bader Field, 501 N. Albany Ave., Atlantic City. All tickets are $25, but members of the Disabled American Veterans with ID will be admitted free. For more details, see wisercharitable.org
in West Cape May
What Is It: If you're into strawberries, this is your event. The menu at today's West Cape May Strawberry Festival includes everything from good, old-fashioned strawberry ice cream to some more new-fangled dishes - as in strawberry tacos and strawberry barbecue sauce for ribs.
What To Expect: But there's much more than food going at this popular, annual festival. There's live music from acts including Robin Hippell and Amy Hufana, the Too Trio and Mark Jacopec and his drumming troupe. Look for strawberry T-shirts, strawberry hats, strawberry jewelry - and many more crafts, plus some food that doesn't have a single strawberry in the ingredient list. Oh, and of course they'll crown a Strawberry Queen, and a King, at 3 p.m.
Event Info: The West Cape May Strawberry Festival runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in Wilbraham Park, at the intersection of Broadway, West Perry and Sunset streets. Rain date is Sunday. For more details, call Diane Flanegan at 609-884-9325.
Terry Fator brings a bit of Vegas to AC
Who Is He: Terry Fator's got talent. In fact, he won the second season of NBC's "America's Got Talent" competition show, which turned him into an instant star in Las Vegas, and he's showing why tonight at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.
What To Expect: It's hard to pigeonhole Fator, whose act has two main parts - he's a ventriloquist who also specializes in celebrity impressions. He has a collection of puppets, some of them characters in their own rights, to do his stable of impressions, ranging from Elvis to Dolly Parton to Justin Bieber, and way beyond.
Event Info: Showtime is 8 p.m. in the Mark G. Etess Arena at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Tickets are $29 and $45, available at the box office. For more details, see trumptaj.com or call 609-449-1000.
Free music fest at Gardners Basin
What Is It: Atlantic City's Multi-Cultural Heritage Festival is back this weekend, and today's main event features seven hours of music, all free, at Gardners Basin. The "Old School Concert" runs 1 p.m. to dusk.
What To Expect: The concert will feature a wide variety of music, from many cultures - Latin, calypso, reggae, soul and more. The lineup includes Midnight Star; Regina Bell; Chuck Brown's Soul Searchers, with EU; Dave Cedeno's Latin Orchestra; Ray Smith's Calypso Band; The Burnsiders, a reggae band; and Justin & Alina. Vendors will sell food, beverages and more. A "Party Under the Stars" follows 9 p.m. at Surf Stadium, which will also be the site of a gospel festival Sunday afternoon.
Event Info: The music starts 1 p.m. today at Gardners Basin, 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City. Surf Stadium is at 545 N. Albany Ave., Atlantic City. Bring your own chairs or blankets. For more details, see cityofatlanticity.org
Divas Do AC, Resorts Casino Hotel, Screening Room, 10 p.m. $25. 800-322-SHOW.
Legends in Concert, Bally's, 7:30 and 10 p.m. $32.50 adults, $16.25 children. 609-340-2709.
Joe Holiday All Ages Magic Show, Tropicana, The Comedy Stop, 6:30 p.m. $20 adults, $10 children. 609-340-4020.
Elena Vaenga, Revel, Ovation Hall, 8 p.m. $35, $60, $150, $175, $250. 866-823-4553.
Bill Burr, Borgata, Music Box, 8 and 11 p.m. $39.50, $45. 609-677-1000.
Gov't Mule, Showboat, House of Blues, 7 p.m. $35, $45. 800-736-1420.
Sinbad, Tropicana, Showroom, 8 p.m. $65. 609-340-4020.
Peltz Boxing, Bally's, 7:30 p.m. $50, $75. 609-340-2709.
Anton Shuford, Kevin Downey Jr, Karen Rontowski, Tropicana Comedy Stop, The Quarter, must be 18 or older, 9 and 11:15 p.m. $27, $25.
NJ Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory, Research & Education Center, 600 Route 47, Middle Township, and Northwood Center on Lily Lake, Cape May Point, birding trips, $10 show and go: Rea Farm (The Beanery), West Cape May, 7:30 a.m., at parking lot; Photo birding walk, Cape May Point State Park, 7:30 a.m., meet at hawk-watch platform. 609-861-0700.
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, free family nature walks, 9 a.m., Two Mile Beach Unit of Cape May NWR, Ocean Drive south of Wildwood Crest. 215-341-1044.
Cape May Point State Park, free programs: beginner's bird walk 9 a.m., live animal program 11 a.m., nature walk 2 p.m. 609-884-2159.
Delaware Bay Day Festival, noon to fireworks at 9 p.m., in and around Port Norris, with activities, exhibits, live music, fresh seafood and other food, cruises, auto and boat parades. 856-785-2060.
The Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., Harbor walk with seining, 11 a.m., $8. 609-898-8848.
Schooner Meerwald, public sails aboard the Bayshore Discovery Project's oyster schooner A.J. Meerwald, 1, 2:45 and 4:30 p.m., at the Bay Day Festival in Port Norris and its home port of Bivalve. $15 adults, $6 children. 856-785-2060.
Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, Salt marsh film and guided walk 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $8 adults, $6 ages 3 to 12, includes activities. 609-368-1211.
Annual Flower Show, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, Ocean City, free admission, donations accepted. 609-525-9300.
GreenFest, sustainable living festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain date June 2, Historic Smithville and Village Greene, Moss Mill Road and Route 9, Galloway Township, exhibits, demonstrations, live music, children's activities, free admission. GallowayGreenfest.com
Dean Martin Style Friar's Roast & Comedy Night, 8 p.m., Sea Oaks Golf Club, 99 Golf View Drive, Little Egg Harbor Township, Catch A Rising Star Comedy Club, Uncle Floyd, Jeff "Fat Rat Bastard" Pirrami, $30. 609-296-2656 or CatchARisingStar.com
Delaware Bay Day Festival, noon to 9 p.m., Bayshore Discovery Project, 2800 High St., Port Norris, parking in Port Norris with free shuttle to festival in Bivalve and East Point, historical and educational exhibits, artists and craft demonstrators, vendors, entertainment, children's activities, contests, food, lighted boat parade and fireworks. 856-785-2060 or BayshoreDiscovery.org
Gerard A. Desiderio Sr. Heart Walk, 9 a.m., along the Promenade, Sea Isle City, benefits Deborah Heart and Lung Center, $20 registration. 609-602-2406.
Blackthorn, 7:30 p.m., doors open 6:30 p.m., Community Hall, 30th and Avalon Avenue at the beach, Avalon, bring your own food and beverages, $20. 609-967-3066 or AvalonPerformingArts.org
Arts and Music Festival, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, 457 Shirley Road, Elmer, two music stages, children's village, craft fair, food vendors, $50 adult, $45 seniors, students; $5 children 3 to 12; all parking $5. AppelFarm.org
Grace Kelly Quintet, 8 p.m., Levoy Theatre, 126 North Main St., Millville, $22, $27. 856-327-6400 or Levoy.net
"The Boyfriend," comedy thriller, 8 p.m., Surflight Theater, Engleside and Beach avenues, Beach Haven, $45, $35 dinner packages available. 609-492-9477 or Surflight.org
"How to Make a Rope Swing," drama, 8 p.m., Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, Cape May, $35 adults $30 seniors, $15 students. 609-884-1341 or CapeMayStage.org
Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, 3400 Pacific Ave.: The Burger Bar, 609-340-4636 - Rob Paparozzi, 9 p.m.; The Dizzy Dolphin, 609-340-4636 - Incognito Duo, 4 p.m.; DC Trio, 8 p.m.
Bally's Atlantic City, Park Place and Boardwalk: Blue Martini, 609-340-2000 - Latin Night, 10 p.m.; The Lobby Bar, 609-340-2000 - Beth Tinnon Duo, 10 p.m.; The Mountain Bar, 609-340-2000 - DJ Cool Jon Sprang, 9 p.m.; Vixens, 10 p.m.; Bally's Bikini Beach Bar, 609-340-2000 - Aiden Scott, 1 p.m.; Reservoir Dogs, 2 p.m.; Alien Arcade, 7 p.m.; DJ Xtina, 8 p.m.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way: MIXX, 609-317-1000 - OB-One, 10 p.m.; mur.mur, 609-317-1000 - Fashen, 10 p.m.
Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave: Dusk, 609-345-3875 - DJ, 10 p.m.; 21 Bar, 609-345-3875 - DJ A-Run, 10 p.m.; Toga Bar, 609-348-4411 - DJ Ed Smooth, 9 p.m.; Toga Dancers, 10 p.m.
Harrah's Resort, 777 Harrah's Blvd.: Eden Lounge, 609-441-5165 - Jo Bonanno, 9:15 p.m.; The Pool After Dark, 609-441-5165 - Joey Lawrence and Music by Beatclan; Xhibition Bar, 800-242-7724 - DJ Iron Mike, 10 p.m. and 3:30 a.m.; DJ April, 12:30 a.m.
Resorts Casino Hotel, 1133 Boardwalk: LandShark Bar & Grill, 609- 431-4100 - Jessica Kartalis, 2 p.m.; Ben Clayton, 5:30 p.m.; Margaritaville, 609- 431-4100 - Stilwalkers, 6 p.m.; Nobs, 10 p.m.; 25 Hours, 800-336-6378 - Blanche, 2 to 7:30 p.m.; ProBar, 800-336-6378 - Music Videos, 8 p.m.; DJ, 10 p.m.; Gogo Boys, 11 p.m.
Revel, 500 Boardwalk: The Social, 609-572-6488 - Asbury Fever - A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Drama, DJ, 11 p.m.; Jason E, 11:45 p.m.; Ivan Kane's Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub, 609-225-9898 - DJs, Classic Burlesque 11:30p.m. and 1 a.m., Rock 'n' Roll Burlesque 2 a.m.; HQ Nightclub, 855-348-0500 - Fergie, 10 p.m.; HQ Beach Club, 855-348-0500 - Kaskade, 10 a.m.
Showboat Casino-Hotel, 801 Boardwalk: House of Blues Party Pit, 609-343-4000 - DJ Aiden Scott, 8 p.m., Late Night Alibi and Dancers, 10 p.m.; Foundation Room, 609-343-4000 - Pink Parlor and CZ, 10 p.m.
Tropicana, 2831 Boardwalk: Anthem, 609-576-5206 - DJ B-Easy, DJ Hook and DJ Luap and D-Sharp; Boogie Nights, 888-940-7080 - Dance Party, 10 p.m.; Providence, The Quarter, 609-345-7800 - Clinton Sparks, 10 p.m.; Ri-Ra, The Quarter, 609-348-8600 -Element K, 11 p.m.; Rumba Lounge, The Quarter, 609-340-4000 - Dancers, 10 p.m.; Cuba Libre, The Quarter, 609-348-6700 - Late Night Latin Floorshow, 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m. and midnight; Firewaters, 609-344-6699 -DJ Dance Party, 10 p.m.; Planet Rose Karaoke Lounge, The Quarter, 609-344-6565 - Karaoke, 8 p.m.; Tango's Lounge, 609-345-7800 - Jynx, 3 p.m.; Johnny & Sherena, 7 p.m.; DJ Ralph D'Amelio, 11 p.m.
Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue: Ego, 609-449-5138 - Almost Angels and DJ Joey Catz; Casbah, 609-449-5138 - DJ Xtina & DJ Dnial, 10 p.m.; The Lounge at Robert's Steakhouse, 855-500-ROBERTS - Late Night Happy Hour featuring live entertainment and drink specials, 9 p.m. to close.
Trump Plaza Casino Resort, Trump Plaza Beach Bar, 609-449-5138 - DJ, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.; DJ Tony Morris, 2-6 p.m.
Kelsey's, 1545 Pacific Ave. 609-344-2200 - Jackie Greggs.
Avalon Community Hall, 30th and Avalon Avenue at the Beach, 609-967-3066 - Blackthorn, 7:30 p.m., $20.
Bobby Dee's Rock'n Chair Restaurant, 2409 Dune Drive, 609-967-3300 - DJ Sepper, 9:30 p.m.
Jack's Place, 3601 Ocean Drive, 609-967-5001 - Pop Rox.
The Princeton, 2008 Dune Drive, 609-725-8681 - The Loop, Sidearm and DJ.
The Windrift, 80th Street and the Beach, 609-368-5175 - Jim Bannach, 6 p.m.
Lefty's Tavern, 547 North Main St., 609-607-0707 - AJ Stone, 9 p.m.
Towne Tavern, 694 N. Pearl St., 856-455-3474 - DJ.
St. George's Pub, 4282 Harbor Beach Blvd. 609-266-1001- Mike Maggio.
Boiler Room, Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, 609-884-8421 - The Billy D Light Trio, 9 p.m.
Brown Room, Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, 609-884-8421 - Darin MacDonald, 8 p.m.
Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill, Beach and Decatur avenues, 609-884-4800 - 52 Pick Up, 10 p.m.
Ebbitt Room, The Virginia Hotel, 25 Jackson St., 609-884-5700- Paul Sottile, 6:30 p.m.
Hemingway's, Cape May Grand Hotel, Beach and Philadelphia avenues, 609-884-5611 - DJ, 9 p.m.
The Rusty Nail, Beach Shack 205 Beach Ave., 609-884-0017 - Kate Delany Duo, 5 p.m., Bare Bonz, 9:30 p.m.
Mad Batter, 19 Jackson St., 609-884-5970 - Robin & Amy, 7 p.m.
The Ugly Mug, 462 Washington St., 609-884-3459 - Live music, 10 p.m.
Caffrey's Tavern Steakhouse, 440 Route 9 South, 609-693-6613 -Dr. Dave and Friends.
Bulldog's Bar and Grill, 743 White Horse Pike, 609-965-4433 - DJ Dance Party, 10 p.m.
JD's Pub and Grille, 45 S. New York Road, 609-404-9000 - Live music, 9 p.m.
Ram's Head Inn, 9 W. White Horse Pike, 609-652-1700 - John Arnett plays piano, 4 p.m.
The Smithville Inn, 1 N. New York Road, Smithville, 609-652-7777- Lenny Mitchell, 6 p.m.
Pitney Pub, 200 S. Pitney Road, 609-241-8906 - Live music.
DiDonato's Bowling Center and Cocktail Lounge, 1151 White Horse Pike, 609-561-3040 - Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Long Beach Island
Buckalew's Restaurant and Tavern, Beach Haven, 101 N. Bay Ave., 609-492-1065 - TBD.
Nardi's Tavern, 118th Street and The Boulevard, Haven Beach, 609-492-9538 - Naked Twister, 10 p.m.
The Sea Shell Resort and Beach Club, 10 S. Atlantic Ave., Beach Haven, 609-492-4611 - The Impulsives, 3:30 p.m.; Hyper Active, 10 p.m.
Bocca Coal Fire Bistro, 7805 Ventnor Ave., 609-823-3663 - Mia Bergmann, 9:30 p.m.
Sofia, 9314 Amherst Ave., 609-822-9111 - Live music and piano, 7 p.m.
Tomatoe's, 9300 Amherst Ave., 609-822-7535 - DJ Steve O.
Memories in Margate, 9518 Amherst Ave., 609-823-2196 - Jerry Blavat hosts his radio show with WTKU KOOL 98.3 FM, 9 p.m..
The Dockside Grille, The Inn at Sugar Hill, 5704 Mays Landing Road, 609-625-2226 - Local musicians Rock The Dock, 6 p.m.
Testa's Good Guys Pub, 5698 Somers Point-Mays Landing Road, 609-625-1926 - DJ, 10 p.m.
Watering Hole Cafe, 6494 Weymouth Road, 609-625-9300 - 557 Band, 6 p.m., Seven Stone, 9 p.m.
Flip Flopz Beach Bar and Grill, 300 Olde New Jersey Ave., 609-522-3350 - DJ entertainment, 9 p.m.
The Rail, Route 40 and Cedar Avenue, 856-697-RAIL - Smile in the Dark.
Sea Isle City
The Ocean Drive, 40th Street and Landis Avenue, 609-263-1000 - Lost in Paris and Stellar Mojo, DJ Freezie and Lost in Paris.
Shenanigans, 3815 Landis Ave., 609-263-3900 - DJ AJ.
Springfield Inn, 43rd Street and Pleasure Avenue, 609-263-4951 - Element K, The Juliano Brothers, Nameless Few and DJ.
800 Bay by Philippe, 800 Bay Ave., 609-926-3500 - Jazz with Shawn Ashley, 8 p.m.
Clancy's By the Bay, 101 East Maryland Ave., 609-927-6969 - DJ Nick Teti, 9 p.m.
The Crab Trap, 2 Broadway, 609-927-7377 - Just In Time.
Gregory's Restaurant, 900 Shore Road, 609-927-6665 - DJ Ralph, 10 p.m.
The Deauville Inn, 201 Willard Road, Strathmere, 609-263-2080 - Lew London & Terri Showers on the Deck, 1 p.m.
Levari's Seafood and American Grill, Route 50 and Tuckahoe Road, Petersburg, 609-628-2225 - Tony Mascara.
Yesterday's Tavern, 316 Roosevelt Blvd., 609-390-1757 - Live music, 9:30 p.m.
Luna's Outdoor Grill at Merighi's Savoy Inn, 4940 Landis Ave., 856-691-8051 - Live entertainment, 8 p.m.
Shamrock Cafe, 3700 Pacific Ave., 609-522-7552 - Pong Tournament Pong Tournament with $100 Cash Prize.