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Casino Scene: A look at this weekend's entertainers [Press of Atlantic City (NJ)]

May 28, 2013

YellowBrix

Bill Burr at Borgata

WHO IS HE: Comedian Bill Burr is one of the hardest working men in show business, performing more than 300 shows a year and co-hosting his own Sirius/XM radio show "Uninformed." In 2005, Burr's HBO special "One Night Stand" aired. He has often sat in for Jim Norton on "The Opie and Anthony" radio show and has released four comedy albums. Burr has recently done some acting, playing Detective Walsh in "Date Night" and appearing in AMC's "Breaking Bad" as the character Kuby.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Burr's subject matter ranges from relationships and dating to political correctness, religion and politics and is prone to rant. There is little that the comedian won't say to get a laugh. Thanks to recent film and television roles Burr is more visable than ever yet he remains true to his stand-up roots.

WHAT'S NEW: Burr is set to appear in the upcoming comedy film "The Heat" starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. He also has a very popular podcast.

WEBSITE: BillBurr.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $39.50 and $45, and the shows begin 8 and 11 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Borgata's Music Box.

Savage Men Male

Revue at Tropicana

WHO ARE THEY: The Savage Men is a male revue of model exotic dancers that has been featured on "America's Got Talent" and "Jerseylicious."

WHAT TO EXPECT: Bachelorettes and just about anybody else who enjoys a hot steamy night of male flesh will want to run - not walk - to the Tropicana Casino and Resort's Boogie Nights.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $28, and the shows begin 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at the Tropicana's Boogie Nights.

Peltz Boxing: Teon Kennedy vs. Carlos Vinan at Bally's

WHO ARE THEY: Teon Kennedy (17-2-2) is a junior lightweight boxer from Philadelphia who previously held the USBA and North American super bantamweight titles. Kennedy won the USBA belt in November 2009 with a knockout over Francisco Rodriguez in the 10th round. Although it was an exciting victory for Kennedy, the night took a tragic turn as Rodriguez collapsed in his corner and eventually died. In September 2010, Kennedy defeated Alex Becerra to win the vacant NABA title. In August 2011, Kennedy lost both titles to Alejandro Lopez in a 12-round bout.

Carlos Vinan is a 33-year old fighter with a 10-9-5 record. Vinan is originally from Ecuador, but lives in Newark, and has had impressive victories over Eric Hunter and Victor Vasquez.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Philadelphia junior lightweight Kennedy hopes to return to his winning ways Saturday night when he takes on Vinan in a scheduled 10-round bout at Bally's Atlantic City. It's been a year since Kennedy (17-2-2) has stepped into a ring, with his last fight being a tough loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux in Las Vegas. Meanwhile Vinan (10-9-5) has fought world-class fighters throughout his 8-year pro career, so he's more than up to the challenge of taking on Kennedy. The evening's fight card also includes a scheduled 8-round semifinal featuring Camden lightweight Jason Sosa (8-1-3), who has won his last three fights by knockout. There will also be five preliminary fights, the first of which begins at 7:30 p.m.

WHAT'S NEW: Saturday night's fight will be Kennedy's first since June of 2012 when he suffered a defeat at the hands of Guillermo Rigondeaux in a WBA super bantamweight title match.

WEBSITE: PeltzBoxing.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50 and $75, and the event begins 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Bally's.

Gov't Mule

at House of Blues

WHO ARE THEY: Current and former Allman Brothers Band members Warren Haynes and Allen Woody teamed up with drummer Matt Abts in 1994 to form Gov't Mule. Combining Southern rock with a bluesy, psychedelic sound, Gov't Mule released their debut self-titled album in 1995. Two live albums and three more studio albums would follow before the band was hit with a tragedy in August 2000 when Woody was found dead in a New York City hotel room. After some time, the band eventually decided to carry on and they've been going strong ever since.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Over the years Gov't Mule has always been able to keep things interesting by playing a mixture of their older stuff along with some covers and newer material. Like any great jam band, Gov't Mule switches up setlists dramatically from night to night, so every show is unique and you never know what song you're going to hear next. Recent setlists have included songs such as "Get Behind the Mule," "Are You Experienced?," "When Doves Cry," "Dear Mr. Fantasy," "Hunger Strike" and "There's No Way Out of Here." Music fans who appreciate gritty, nasty classic rock 'n'roll with bluesy guitar solos and jam-friendly beats will love this band live.

WEBSITE: Mule.net

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $35 and $45, and the show begins 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the House of Blues at Showboat Casino-Hotel.

Divas Do AC

at Resorts

WHO ARE THEY: Divas Do AC is a female and celebrity impersonator show which features a rotating cast of characters including Dolly Parton, Prince, Patti Labelle, Liza Minelli, Marilyn Monroe and Madonna. Joan Rivers serves as the show's impersonator host.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the shows begins 8 p.m. Mondays, 9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Resorts Casino Hotel's Screening Room.

Sinbad at Tropicana

WHO IS HE: Sinbad began his career in 1983 on a bus tour of comedy clubs across the country. After being discovered by comedic legend Redd Foxx, Sinbad made appearances on television shows such as "Star Search" and "The Redd Foxx Show." The comedian hosted his own talk show called VIBE and also served as host on Showtime at the Apollo. In the late 1980s Sinbad played Walter Oaks on "A Different World," which was a spin-off of "The Cosby Show." More recently he has appeared in the Showtime series "Resurrection Blvd." In addition to comedy and acting, Sinbad is also a humanitarian who has dedicated his time and money to many notable charitable causes including the Children's Defense Fund, the Omega Boys Club and various AIDS awareness groups.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Sinbad's comedic style revolves around telling real-life stories without a written script. He has an explosive delivery and relies on his strong improvisational skills. Sinbad gives a clean comedy show that is suitable for all ages and he is no stranger to the stages of Atlantic City, performing in the resort city several times a year. Despite his success, Sinbad is one of those comics who appears to have as many people who strongly dislike him as he does those who think he's hilarious.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $65, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Tropicana Casino and Resort's Showroom.

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 that Bally's renovated the Palace Theater and renamed it Legends in Concert Theater in order to host the show on an ongoing basis. 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: Spring is here and with it comes a revamped Legends in Concert lineup for the season. Tributes to Katy Perry, Michael Buble, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner and Tom Jones are all currently offered.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32.50. The shows begin 3, 7:30, 8 and 10 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the Legends in Concert Theater at Bally's Atlantic City.

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 in China, South Korea and Japan.

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. "We welcome Joe Holiday to the Comedy Stop family," Comedy Stop owner and producer Bob Kephart says in a statement. "We hope everyone will stop in to take a holiday with Holiday." The magician, who is an Atlantic City native and South Jersey resident, is excited about the opportunity to perform in his hometown after years on the road. "It's both an honor and thrill to bring the only family-friendly magic act in Atlantic City to the Comedy Stop this summer," Holiday says. "After traveling the world to entertain our troops and audiences in other countries for nearly 30 years, it will be great to come back to Atlantic City to entertain the hometown crowd and help the legendary comedy club celebrate their 30 years in the business."

WEBSITE: JoeHoliday.com

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 and Cabaret inside Tropicana Casino and Resort.

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