Rob Thomas

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Rob Thomas

RENEE OLSTEAD

DANTE HALL // 8 P.M. THURSDAYAND FRIDAY, JULY 25 AND 26; $30, $35, $45

WHAT TO EXPECT: Renee Olstead is a singer and actress who starred in the sitcoms “Still Standing” and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” At the age of 14 she signed a recording contract and has released three albums with David Foster. She will join Dave Damiani and the No Vacancy Orchestra for two shows at Dante Hall as part of the 2019 Ducktown Summer Festival. Olstead has performed with Damiani in the past and it’s always made for a great paring of jazz artists.

PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS LEAGUE MMA

OCEAN CASINO RESORT // 5:30 P.M. THURSDAY, JULY 25; $20, $35, $49, $75

WHAT TO EXPECT: The Professional Fighters League is unique amongst mixed martial arts leagues in that it contains a regular season, a postseason and championship. On Thursday night the 2019 season continues with a stellar fight card. Chris Wade (15-5-0) will take on Akmed Aliev (18-4-0) in a lightweight matchup, while Lance Palmer (17-3-0-0) battles Luis Rafael Laurentino (34-1-0) in a featherweight bout. Other exciting matches include Loik Radzhabov (11-1-0) vs. Ylies Djiroun (16-5-0) and Natan Schulte (16-3-1) vs. Ramsey Nijem (10-7-0).

40 YEARS OF THE WALL — BRIT FLOYD

BORGATA // 9 P.M. FRIDAY, JULY 26; $49, $59

WHAT TO EXPECT: Brit Floyd is a Pink Floyd tribute band whose amazing recreation of the music and impressive light show have helped them become an international touring act. The group covers the whole spectrum of Pink Floyd music from their earliest recordings in the mid 1960s up through their latest release “The Endless River.” On their current tour Brit Floyd celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic album “The Wall.” Fans can look forward to hearing tracks from this timeless rock opera as well as songs from “Dark Side of the Moon,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Animals” and others.

GLADYS KNIGHT

BORGATA // 8 P.M. FRIDAY, JULY 26; $69, $79, $89

WHAT TO EXPECT: Along with The Pips, Gladys Knight became one of the most successful soul singers of the 1960s and 70s. Under the Motown label, Knight scored hits with “Friendship Train,” “It Should Have Been Me,” “If I Were Your Woman” and “The End of Our Road.” After scoring a No. 2 hit in 1973 with “Neither One of Us,” Knight left Motown and wound up achieving superstar status with the No.1 smash “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Other hits like “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination” and “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” followed. Audiences will hear all of Knight’s greatest hits when she performs Friday night at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

SCOTT MCCREERY

OCEAN CASINO // 8 P.M. FRIDAY, JULY 26; $48

WHAT TO EXPECT: Scott McCreery is a country singer who became a superstar in 2011 when he won “American Idol.” His debut album “Clear as Day” was released in 2011 and was a hit, reaching platinum sales status and featuring the hits “I Love You This Big” and “Trouble with Girls.” In 2017 with his single “Five More Minutes,” McCreery became the only country music artist in history to have a song chart without the backing of a label. Recent set lists have included the songs “Buzzin’,” “Seasons Change,” “Five More Minutes,” “Boys From Back Home,” “Barefootin’” and “Home in my Mind.”

QUEEN FLASH (QUEEN TRIBUTE)

GOLDEN NUGGET // 9 P.M. FRIDAY, JULY 26; FREE

WHAT TO EXPECT: On Friday night Queen Flash will return to the Golden Nugget, to celebrate the grand theatrical music and performance that was Queen at its best. Those attending the show will get to sing along to anthems such as “We Will Rock You,” “We are the Champions” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Somebody to Love.”

TOMMY JAMES AND THE SHONDELLS

GOLDEN NUGGET // 9 P.M. SATURDAY, JULY 27; $25, $35, $45

WHAT TO EXPECT: Their run of chart-success and tenure as a band may have been initially brief, but from 1966 to 1970 amidst competition from some of the biggest and most lasting names in rock and pop music, Tommy James and the Shondells managed to get their piece of the pie with several big hits which have managed to stand the test of time. It will feel and sound like the 1960s when the band performs their signature hits Saturday night at Golden Nugget. Fans can look forward to songs such as “Hanky Panky,” “Mony Mony,” “Crimson and Clover,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Sweet Cherry Wine,” “Mirage” and “Crystal Blue Persuasion.”

LEGENDS IN CONCERT

HARRAHS // VARIOUS TIMES AND DATES THROUGH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

WHAT TO EXPECT: 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. With a constantly revolving cast, Legends has presented tributes to hundreds of different performers in every genre from rock and pop to R&B, hip-hop and soul. This current run of shows at Harrah’s features tributes to artists such as Bruno Mars, Donna Summer, George Michael, David Bowie and Aretha Franklin.

KIRK FRANKLIN

CAESARS // 9 P.M. SATURDAY, JULY 27; $36.50, $46.50

WHAT TO EXPECT: Gospel musician Kirk Franklin has won 13 Grammy Awards over the course of his career and on Saturday night he’ll take his talents to Caesars Atlantic City. Fans will get to hear songs from Franklin’s latest release “Long Live Love” as well as uplifting music from his impressive catalogue. Koryn Hawthorne and comedian Travele Judon will also perform at this show.

ROB THOMAS

BORGATA // 7 P.M. SATURDAY, JULY 27; $73.50, $83.50, $93.50, $103.50

WHAT TO EXPECT: Rob Thomas attained stardom as the lead singer for the post grunge rock group Matchbox 20, amassing a sizeable mainstream audience, selling millions of albums and scoring numerous hit singles. He’s also managed to maintain a successful solo career and is currently touring in support of his new album “Chip Tooth Smile.” The singer returns to Atlantic City to perform both his Matchbox 20 hits and solo songs. Recent set lists have included “If You’re Gone,” “3 A.M.,” “Unwell,” “Smooth,” “One Less Day (Dying Young),” “Lonely No More” and “This is How a Heart Breaks.”

BEATSTOCK

OCEAN CASINO RESORT // 7:30 P.M. SATURDAY, JULY 27; $37, $90, $120, $170, $252

WHAT TO EXPECT: An all-star lineup of pop, R&B, hip-hop and club artists will hit the stage at Ovation Hall Saturday night for Beatstock. Concertgoers will get to see performances from Deborah Cox, Amber, Real McCoy, Color Me Badd featuring Mark Calderon K7/TKA, Judy Torrs, Lil Suzi, Rockell, Joe Zangie, Cover Girls, Vargas Brothers and Reina. Hosting the show will be Drita, best known from “Mob Wives” and “Speedy.”

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD

BORGATA // 9 P.M. SATURDAY, JULY 27; $49, $59

WHAT TO EXPECT: When he was still a teenager, Kenny Wayne Shepherd became a star in the mid 1990s and was able to get his blues music played on commercial radio, which is not an easy thing to do. It was the start of a great career that saw Shepherd record and perform many styles including acoustic blues, rockin’ blues, Texas blues and Louisiana blues. While Shepherd is indeed a phenomenal guitarist, it is his passion and originality that set him apart from his contemporaries. Fans won’t want to miss his performance at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Recent set lists have included the songs “Woman Like You,” “Diamonds & Gold,” “Long Time Running” and “Heat of the Sun” as well as Jimi Hendrix, Joe Walsh and Elmore James covers.

CHRIS ISAAK

TROPICANA // 8 P.M. SATURDAY, JULY 27; $44.50, $59.50, $85.50, $99.50

WHAT TO EXPECT: In the early 1990s, Chris Isaak was able to take the retro sounds of Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley and California surf rock to the top of the charts. His breakout 1990 hit single “Wicked Game” featured a steamy video and an irresistible hook, which helped his “Heart Shaped World” album sell over 1 million copies. Isaak has had a successful recording career, but it is his soaring, emotional vocals that really make him stand out as a live performer. Fans can expect to hear hits such as “Wicked Game,” “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing,” “Somebody’s Crying” along with some covers.”

JON ANDERSON OF YES

OCEAN CITY MUSIC PIER // 7 P.M. MONDAY, JULY 29; $59, $76

WHAT TO EXPECT: Jon Anderson formed Yes in the late 1960s and the group went on to expand the boundaries of rock music by utilizing complex arrangements, various time changes and virtuoso musicianship. These days Anderson is touring in support of a new solo album “1,000 Hands” which he began working on 30 years ago. Fans at the Ocean City Music Pier will be treated to this new music along with plenty of Yes favorites.

BEST OF BROADWAY FEATURING THE SHARPE FAMILY SINGERS

RESORTS // VARIOUS TIMES AND DATES JULY 2 THROUGH JULY 31; $25

WHAT TO EXPECT: The Sharpe Family Singers is comprised of husband and wife Ron Sharpe and Barbara Russell as well as daughter Samantha, sons Logan, Aidan and Connor. Russell and Sharpe originally met as part of the cast of Broadway’s “Les Miserables,” and the couple brings this love of the theater and its music to the “Best of Broadway” show. Concertgoers will get a chance to hear all their favorite show tunes performed to perfection by the Sharpe Family Singers.

BAND ON TOUR

TROPICANA // 7 P.M. VARIOUS DATES JUNE 30-AUGUST 30; $15, $25

WHAT TO EXPECT: Band on Tour offers up a tribute to some of the greatest rock bands of all time. They’ll be covering AC/DC, U2, Queen, The Eagles, Van Halen, Pink Floyd, Bon Jovi and others in a show that’s great for both adults and kids. Patrick Coiteux directs this multimedia event featuring a catwalk and technical effects designed to give concertgoers the experience of being at the ultimate rock concert.

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Freelance reporter for At The Shore/Atlantic City Insiders from 2011-2015; Editor in Chief, MainStreetMarlboro.com,2014-2015; Writer for Zagat, 2013

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