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Casino Scene: Your guide to upcoming casino entertainment [Press of Atlantic City (NJ)]

October 2, 2013

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Hall & Oates at Borgata

WHO ARE THEY: During the second half of the 1970s and throughout the 1980s, Hall & Oates assaulted the masses with their blue-eyed Philadelphia soul and pop sound, scoring six No. 1 singles and six platinum albums in the process. Their hits from the '70s include "Sara Smile," "She's Gone" and "Rich Girl," but it was during the '80s that the duo really took off commercially. "Kiss On My List" became Hall & Oates' second No. 1 hit in 1980. In 1981, they released the album "Private Eyes," which contained two more No. 1 hits, the title track and "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)." Hall & Oates continued to ride the wave of success and released "H20" in 1982, which sold more than 2 million copies and contained their biggest hit single, "Maneater," along with other hits such as "One on One" and "Family Man." 1984's "Big Bam Boom" contained the No. 1 hit "Out of Touch."

WHAT TO EXPECT: With their infectious pop melodies, soulful rhythms and straight-ahead approach, Hall & Oates were among the most consistent hit makers of the late 1970s and early to mid-1980s. In addition to lighting up the pop charts, the duo proved to have great crossover appeal and consistently scored big on the R&B charts. Fans at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa can look forward to a show containing "Maneater," "Rich Girl" and "Kiss On My List." Concert-goers can expect to engage in plenty of sing-a-longs and dancing in the aisles.

WEBSITE:

HallAndOates.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $69, $79 and $89, and the show begins 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Borgata's Event Center.

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.

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.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the shows begin 9 p.m. Thursdays, at Borgata's Music Box.

Bill Engvall at Trump Taj Mahal

WHO IS HE: Comedian Bill Engvall is best known as a member of the Blue Collar Comedy group along with Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White. Engvall's initial success came in the late 1980s when he starred in the hit television sitcom "Designing Women." He also went on to star in the short-lived comedy "Delta" in 1992. After several years of relative inactivity, Engvall's career was revived when he turned his famous line "Here's your sign" into a hit song by country star Travis Tritt. Engvall went on to star in the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour" film, its sequels and television show. In 2007 he began starring in his own TBS sitcom "The Bill Engvall Show." He has released several successful comedy albums including "Here's Your Sign," "Dorkfish," "Cheap Drunk" An Autobiography," "Now That's Awesome" and "Here's Your Christmas Album."

WHAT TO EXPECT: Engvall's comedic style can be best described as down to earth and straightforward. He finds humor in everyday things and is famous for his "Here's Your Sign" routine. The premise of "Here's Your Sign" is that whenever a person makes an unintelligent statement or asks a stupid question, they are to be brandished with a sign alerting other people not to rely on them for anything. An example of one of these jokes is: "I was walking my dog the other day and my neighbor saw me and asked, "You walking your dog?" I said, "Nope, I was walking the leash and the dog ran into it. Heeeeere's your sign!" If you enjoy your comedy with a blue-collar twist, Engvall's show is for you.

WHAT'S NEW: Engvall is part of the current cast of "Dancing With the Stars."

WEBSITE:

BillEngvall.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $19, $29 and $39, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Trump Taj Mahal's Mark G. Etess Arena. Use the code SIGN and receive 20 percent off tickets online only.

Celtic Thunder

at Caesars

WHO ARE THEY: Celtic Thunder is an Irish group comprised of five male vocalists: Damian McGinty, Keith Harkin, Paul Byrom, Ryan Kelly and George Donaldson. They've released seven albums in a short period of time, beginning in 2008 with their self-titled debut. The vocalists of Celtic Thunder perform as both soloists and as an ensemble during their performances.

WHAT TO EXPECT: With their five-man vocal ensemble backed by the Celtic Concert Orchestra, Celtic Thunder is one of the hottest acts in Irish music. The live shows include dramatic lighting, an incredible stage set and great choreography. The current show is called "Mythology" and tells the story of Celtic people, legends and cultures. It includes songs such as "The Isle of Inisfree," "Scarlet Ribbons," "Katie," "Carolina Rua," "Carrickfergus," "The Rocky Road to Dublin" and "The Star of the County Down," as well as originals "Hunter's Moon" and the dramatic opener "Voices" along with the finale "My Land."

WHAT'S NEW: Celtic Thunder's new album "Christmas Voices" is being released this month.

WEBSITE:

CelticThunder.ie

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $45 and $75, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Caesars Atlantic City's Circus Maximus Theater.

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: Fall is here, and with it comes a brand-new Legends in Concert lineup. The current cast includes tributes to Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, Justin Timberlake and Elvis Presley. A live orchestra and dancers back the impersonators who are dead ringers for the artists they portray. Legends in Concert has been a hit for more than 30 years.

WHAT'S NEW: The new cast includes tributes to Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, Justin Timberlake and Elvis Presley.

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.

Bassnectar at House of Blues

WHO ARE THEY: Bassnectar is an electronic artist from Santa Cruz, Calif., which developed a sound by combining the melodies of mainstream pop with vocal and rap samples, switching tempos and adding a heavy bass line. Bassnectar's first album was 2001's "Freakbeat for the Beatfreaks," and since that time has released six more LPS along with four EPs. In late 2010 Bassnectar headlined the Bass Center Festival in Broomfield, Colo., which featured circus performers in addition to musical acts such as Brother Ali, Emancipator, Nosaj Thing, That 1 Guy and Dan Deacon. A second festival was held in February 2011 in Asheville, N.C.

WHAT TO EXPECT: The House of Blues will be rocking on Wednesday night as the electronic music of Bassnectar fills its interior. The electronic artist's concerts are known for fantastic light shows as well as intense music with throbbing beats. Bassnectar has a strong cult following who will no doubt be out in full force. Fans can expect to hear songs from throughout Bassnectar's catalog, including plenty from the most recent album "Vava Voom."

WHAT'S NEW: Bassnectar's most recent album "Vava Voom" reached No. 34 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

WEBSITE:

Bassnectar.net

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50, and the show begins 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the House of Blues inside Showboat Casino-Hotel.

Buddy Guy

at Harrah's

WHO IS HE: Buddy Guy began his career in the Baton Rouge, La., area and moved to Chicago in 1957 when he began to make a name for himself hanging with blues legends such as Muddy Waters, Otis Rush and Magic Sam. Guy's first two singles were "This is the End" and "Try to Quit You Baby," which were both released in 1958. Guy signed on with Chess in 1960 and stayed on until 1967, recording what many consider his strongest body of work. Songs from this period include "Let Me Love you Baby," "Ten Years Ago," "Stone Crazy," "My Time After Awhile" and "Leave my Girl Alone."

WHAT TO EXPECT: On Saturday evening, Harrah's Resorts presents Mr. Buddy Guy, one of the greatest bluesmen and guitarists who ever lived. While his studio work is impressive, Guy is truly amazing in concert, connecting with audiences right away. He has even been known to venture into the crowd and invite concertgoers on stage to play his guitar on occasion. Simply put, the man is a master. Fans can expect to hear classics such as "Ten Years Ago," "Stone Crazy," "Leave My Girl Alone," "Let Me Love You Baby," "My Time After Awhile," "This is the End" and "Try to Quit You Baby," as well as songs from Guy's new album "Rhythm & Blues."

WHAT'S NEW: Guy's new album "Rhythm & Blues" was released in July and reached the top spot on the Blues Album chart. It features guest performances from Kid Rock, Keith Urban and Beth Hart.

WEBSITE:

BuddyGuy.net

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $39 and $49, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Harrah's.

Joe Holiday's

Family Friendly

Magic Show

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.

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 inside the Tropicana.

T. Fox at Resorts

WHO IS HE: T-Fox was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.. but made a name for himself in Las Vegas, where was initially hired for a two-week engagement at the Tropicana in 1999, performing on a small sitting booth as his stage. Within a year, Fox has built up such a rabid following that he had his own lounge and stage constructed for him. In 2002 he was presented with a key to the city from Mayor Oscar Goodman as well as a day honored in his name. Eventually T-Fox came to Atlantic City, where he began generating the same sort of excitement among audiences that he did in Las Vegas.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Renowned entertainer T. Fox returns to Atlantic City for a two-month residency at Resorts Casino Hotel. Fox is a true showman who knows how to start a party and keep it going. His lush, distinctive, six-octave voice is adept at handling material including pop, soul, R&B and standards, and he even incorporates props into his act, keeping concertgoers smiling as they dance and sing along. His past residencies at Resorts have been hugely successful, and he's an artist who fans tend to come out to see time and again.

WEBSITE:

T-FoxMusic.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32.75, and shows begin 8 p.m. Tuesdays, 3:30 and 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 16, with additional shows 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and 27 at Resorts' Superstar Theater.

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