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

December 4, 2013

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Lewis Black at Borgata

WHO IS HE: Lewis Black began his career as a playwright after earning a Master's Degree in Fine Arts at the Yale School of Drama in 1977. While working as the artistic director of a Hell's Kitchen theater, bar and restaurant, he also acted as the master of ceremonies and began doing stand-up comedy routines as an opening act. Black eventually left and began working as a full-time comedian, as well as doing bit parts in television and film. In 2004, Black starred in his own HBO stand-up special "Black on Broadway." Another HBO special, "Red, White and Screwed," aired in 2006 and was released on DVD later that year. The comic is perhaps best known for his weekly "Back in Black" segment on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and for his show "Root of All Evil."

WHAT TO EXPECT: Black is one of the most original comedians to become successful in quite some time. With his biting, sarcastic wit, astute political commentaries and unique delivery, Black has a style all his own. His topics are wide ranging, and his humor is smart, yet easily relatable for many types of audiences. Due to his appearances on "The Daily Show," Black finally received the necessary exposure and credit he deserves. The comic is no stranger to the stages of Atlantic City, and his past performances here have garnered quite a bit of attention.

WEBSITE: LewisBlack.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $75 and $85, and the shows begin 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Music Box.

Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds at

Harrah's Resort

WHO IS HE: Few artists had as big an impact on the 1990s as Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, yet despite the multi-platinum sales of his solo albums, his most successful and memorable work has been as a writer and producer rather than as a performer. Bobby Brown's "Every Little Step," Whitney Houston's "I'm Your Baby Tonight," Madonna's "Take a Bow," Eric Clapton's "Change the World" and Boyz II Men's "End of The Road" are just a few of the major hits produced by the Grammy Award winner throughout his illustrious career. As a solo artist, Babyface broke through with 1989's double platinum "Tender Lover" album and reached even greater heights with 1993's "For the Cool in You," which went triple platinum and featured the Top 5 pop hit "When Can I See You Again."

WHAT TO EXPECT: Babyface is the Smokey Robinson of his generation. Equally talented as a singer, songwriter and producer, this 10-time Grammy Award winner was one of the major forces behind the resurgence of R&B in the 1990s. Whether he was writing a song for Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, TLC or for himself, Babyface has always known how to craft a perfect pop hit. For those looking for an evening of smooth, romantic melodies, this show is tough to beat. Fans can expect to hear hits from throughout Babyface's career including "It's No Crime," "Whip Appeal" and "When Can I See You."

WHAT'S NEW: Babyface's upcoming duets album with Toni Braxton is scheduled for a February 2014 release.

WEBSITE:

BabyFaceMusic.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $49, $69 and $89, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Harrah's Resort's The Concert Venue.

Paul Revere

and the Raiders' Rockin' Christmas Holiday Show at the Atlantic Club

WHO ARE THEY: Paul Revere and the Raiders were formed in Idaho in the late 1950s, released their debut album "Like, Long Hair" in 1961 and began scoring hits shortly thereafter. The band took advantage of the exposure that television offered, appearing on shows such as Dick Clark's "Where the Action is," "Happening '68" and "It's Happening." Their hits include "Kicks," "The Great Airplane Strike," "Good Thing" and "Him or Me-What's It Gonna Be?"

WHAT TO EXPECT: Paul Revere and the Raiders are one of those bands that were mainstream hitmakers in the 1960s, but over the course of time have been somewhat forgotten and overshadowed by numerous enormous acts that were scoring hits simultaneously and went on to leave a permanent mark on both music and culture. This does not diminish the band's accomplishments however, nor does it take away from the fact that more than 50 years since their debut album, Paul Revere and the Raiders are still on the road performing. Fans can expect to hear all of the group's big hits such as "Like, Long Hair," "Kicks," "The Great Airplane Strike," "Good Thing" and "Him or Me-What's it Gonna Be?" as well as Christmas classics with a twist, including "Jingle Bell Rock," "Blue Christmas," "Run, Run Rudolph," and more.

WEBSITE:

PaulRevere

AndTheRaiders.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20 and the shows begin 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel.

Top Rank Boxing: Rigondeaux vs.

Agbeko at

Boardwalk Hall

WHO ARE THEY: Guillermo Rigondeaux is a Cuban two-time Olympic Gold Medal-winning boxer who holds a perfect record of 12-0 with 8 knockouts since defecting from Cuba and turning pro in 2009. The 33-year old currently holds the WBA, WBO and "The Ring Magazine" super bantamweight belts.

Joseph Agbeko is a 33-year-old fighter from Ghana who holds a pro record of 29-4 with 22 knockouts and is currently ranked No. 10 in the bantamweight division by The Ring Magazine. He is a former two-time IBF bantamweight champion.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Fight fans will be flocking to Boardwalk Hall on Saturday night as undefeated WBA and WBO champion "El Chacal" Rigondeaux attempts to defend his title against former two-time world champ "King Kong" Agbeko. "I'm very excited to get back in the ring," Rigondeaux says. "Joseph Agbeko is a great champion, and I believe all fans will be pleased with the type of performance we will both exhibit to end a great year of boxing." Agbeko, too, was excited about the matchup. "This is going to be a great fight," he says. "I'm extremely motivated. I plan to make my country proud by becoming world champion again after I defeat Rigondeaux." The event, which will be broadcast live on HBO Boxing After Dark, will also feature local undefeated standout "Glen "Jersey Boy" Tapia going up against hard-punching James Kirkland in a 10-round junior middleweight bout.

WHAT'S NEW: In March, Agbeko won a unanimous decision over Luis Melendez. Rigondeaux won a unanimous decision over Nonito Donaire in April.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, $50, $100 and $200, and the event begins 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Boardwalk Hall.

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.

WHAT TO EXPECT: The current 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.

Joe Holiday's

Magic Show

at Comedy Stop

WHO IS HE: Joe Holiday is a magician who takes a family-friendly approach to magic and entertainment.

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 inside the Tropicana.

The Fat Pack

at Resorts

WHO ARE THEY: The Fat Pack is a mixture of music and comedy presented by three portly entertainers as they stroll down memory lane.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the show begins 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 18 at Resorts.

Tropicana Holiday

Extravaganza

WHAT IS IT: The Tropicana Holiday Extravaganza is a lavish yuletide production featuring two singers, 10 dancers, hundreds of costumes and elaborate set designs. The show features classic Christmas songs everyone knows and loves.

WHAT TO EXPECT: . Those who enjoy big, lavish holiday productions with all the trimmings will want to ride their sleigh over to the Tropicana this season.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25.50 for adults and $15 for children, and the shows begin 7 p.m. Sundays, and 3:30 and 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, inside Tropicana Showroom.

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