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Casino Scene: A guide to this week's entertainment [Press of Atlantic City (NJ)]

June 13, 2013

YellowBrix

Free Beach Concert with Wilson Phillips

at Resorts

WHO ARE THEY: Andy Grammer became the first male pop star since John Mayer to reach the adult pop radio Top 10 with his first two singles. The song "Keep Your Head Up" has been certified gold and is on its way to achieving platinum sales status. After a tour supporting Train, Grammer is now set to headline his own tour this year.

Mac McAnally was the Country Music Association's Musician of the Year for five years straight and has long been a partner of Jimmy Buffett as a songwriter, musician and producer. McAnally penned the Alabama song "Old Flame," which was a No. 1 hit in 1981.

Wilson Phillips, a next generation supergroup of sorts, features the daughters of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and the Mamas and the Papas' John and Michelle Phillips. The trio had a hugely successful debut album and string of pop hits in 1990. Wilson Phillips' No. 1 hit singles include "Hold On," "Release Me" and "You're in Love."

WHAT TO EXPECT: On Saturday, Resorts will play host to a free, all-day concert on the beach featuring headliners Wilson Phillips, Andy Grammer and Mac McAnally. Celebrating the launch of the new Margaritaville complex, Resorts invites the public to park a chair or beach blanket in the sand and soak up the rays while listening to some top-notch entertainers. Wilson Phillips will be performing hits such as "You're in Love," "Hold On" and "Release Me" that made them breakout superstars in the early 1990s, while Andy Grammer sings "Keep Your Head Up" and "Fine By Me," which helped launch his career. Mac McAnally will be a treat for all of the country fans in attendance.

SHOW INFO: The show is free and open to the public and begins at 1 p.m. on the boardwalk at Resorts Casino Hotel.

Lou Neglia's

Ring of Combat 45

at Tropicana

WHO IS HE: Ring of Combat is a mixed martial arts competition organized by world kickboxing champion Louis Neglia. The events have proved to be quite popular and successful in Atlantic City. Past events have been set up as a Tournament of Champions, with the winners receiving cash prizes. Several top fighters including Matt Serra, Frank Edgar, Josh Koscheck and Kurt Pellegrino began their careers with Ring of Combat.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Ring of Combat XLV comes to Tropicana on Friday night with an exciting 13-match fight card. The lightweight title is up for grabs as former UFC fighter Phillipe Nover (7-5) takes on Michael Santiago (10-6). Andre Harrison (5-0) will battle Matias Vasquez (10-2), while Julio Arce (2-0) takes on Dennis Dombrow (5-2). Meanwhile Frankie Perez (5-0) will square off against Adam Townsend (4-0), while Eddie Lenoci (6-1) battles David Rohn (1-1). Other bouts include Fikret Darzanoff (2-1) vs. Oluwale Bamgbose (2-1), Willie Hosch (2-0) vs. Pat Defranco (2-2) and Robert Plotkin (1-1) vs. Imanali Gamzathanov (5-2)

WEBSITE:

RingofCombat.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50, $60, $75 and $125, and the event begins 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Tropicana Casino and Resort's Showroom.

Jo Koy at Borgata

WHO IS HE: Jo Koy is a Filipino-American comedian who began his career in 1994 in Las Vegas. Within no time he had secured a regular gig at "Catch a Rising Star" at the MGM Grand Casino. Koy's first television appearance was on BET's "Comic View," and the comedian also went on to appear on "Showtime at the Apollo," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Chelsea Lately." Koy starred in his own Comedy Central special "Don't Make Him Angry," which was subsequently released on DVD.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Funny man Koy comes to Borgata Friday night for an evening of top-notch stand-up. After leaving audiences rolling in the aisles in comedy clubs throughout America, Koy became a familiar face on television, becoming a regular on "Chelsea Lately." Koy possesses a tremendous amount of energy on stage and his routines often involve humorous rants about his family.

WEBSITE: JoKoy.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $35, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Music Box.

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.

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.

La Explosion Salsera II at Trump Taj Mahal

WHO ARE THEY: The lineup of La Explosion Salsera II features Group Niche, Tito Rojas, Domingo Quinones, N'KLABE, Jose Alberto "El Canario," Michael Stuart and Hector Trioche.

Group Niche was founded in Bogota, Colombia, in 1978 and has been a popular salsa group in Latin America ever since. Their hits include "Buenaventura y Caney," "Cali Pachanguero," "Mi Pueublo Natal" and "Del Puente Pa'lla."

Tito Rojas is a Puerto Rican singer known for the songs "El Campesino," "Noche de Bodas" and "Quiereme Tal Como Soy." In 1995 Rojas won "Best Salsa Artist of the Year" and an ACE Award for "Por Propio Derecho."

Dominingo Quinones is a salsa singer who originally hails from Perth Amboy. His hit songs include "Tu Como Estas," "Se necesita un milago," "Mi Negrita Me Espera" and "No Voy a Dejarte Voy."

Jose Alberto is a Dominican salsa singer who received his first shot of fame in the late 1970s as bandleader of Tipica 73. In 1983 Alberto formed his own band and became a star with albums like "Noches Calientes" and "Dance With Me."

N'Klabe is a Puerto Rican salsa group that formed in 2003 and has released five albums to date. The group's song "La Banda" reached the top spot on Billboard's Latin Tropical in 2012.

Jose Alberto is a Dominican salsa singer known for the song "Sueno Contigo" and for developing a style known as salsa romantica.

Michael Stuart hails from New York City and began his recording career in 1996 with the album "Cuento de la Vecinidad." In 2005 he was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Best Tropical Contemporary Album for "Sin Miedo." He has released nine albums over the course of his career.

WHAT TO EXPECT: La Explosion Salsera was such a big hit in 2012 that it's coming back to Atlantic City for more fun this summer with La Explosion Salsera II. Salsa fans will be impressed with the lineup which features Group Niche, Tito Rojas, Domingo Quinones, N'KLABE, Jose Alberto "El Canario," Michael Stuart and Hector Trioche. Concertgoers at the Mark G. Etess Arena will be shaking their hips and strutting their stuff to the hits from all of these artists. It has the makings of a party like no other and one that salsa fans won't want to miss.

WEBSITE: ElCanario.com;

MichaelStuartny.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $58, $78 and $98, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Trump Taj Mahal Casino's Mark G. Etess Arena.

Legends in Concert

at Bally's

WHO ARE THEY: Legends in is the world's most successful tribute show.

WHAT'S NEW: Current lineup includes tributes to Katy Perry, Michael Buble, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner and Tom Jones.

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.

Air Supply at Harrah's

WHO ARE THEY: This Australian soft rock group first gained exposure in the late 1970s while touring as the opening act for Rod Stewart. A record contract was soon to follow and Air Supply was on its way with its debut album "Lost in Love," which sold more than 2 million copies in the U.S. and included the hit singles "Lost in Love," "All out of Love" and "Every Woman in the World." Their sophomore album "The One That You Love" was released a year later and the title track became a No. 1 hit. The album also contained the hit songs "Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You)" and "Sweet Dreams." 1982's "Now and Forever" album featured the hit single "Even the Nights are Better."

WHAT TO EXPECT: These soft rockers supplied the soundtrack to many high school dances in the 1980s with hits such as "Lost in Love," "Even the Nights are Better" and "All out of Love." Despite the fact that they were never exactly the hippest duo around and it's been years since their last big hit, Air Supply still maintains a rigorous touring schedule. If you're looking for a mellow night out with that special someone, this is the show for you.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $30, $40 and $50, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Harrah's Resort's Concert Venue.

The Ultimate Elvis

Contest at Bally's

WHAT IS IT: The "Legends in Concert" tribute artist production, teaming with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., brings the 6th annual preliminaries of the "Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest" to Bally's on Saturday evening. The show features more than a dozen Elvis tribute artists competing for the title of "Elvis Tribute Artist of the Year." Each contestant will perform one song with the Legends in Concert band with finalists getting a shot at a second song. The winner receives a $2,500 cash prize, a Graceland getaway prize package and qualifies for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis during the 35th Anniversary Elvis Week in August.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Elvis Presley fans, impersonators and tribute artists from all over have found a new place to hang Saturday night, and it's at Bally's for the sixth annual "Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest." If past contests are any indication, showgoers are in for quite an evening. "Having toured with Elvis Presley up until his untimely death in 1977, it is an honor to be hosting such a highly-regarded contest and collaborating with Elvis Presley enterprises for the sixth straight year," says Mark Kogan, manager of Legends of Concert Atlantic City in press release. "Elvis fans of all ages will love this contest." Performers will sing live accompanied by the band and array of dancers with a state-of-the-art set as a backdrop.

WEBSITE:

LegendsInConcert.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32.50, and the show begins 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Bally's Atlantic City's Legends Theater.

Lakis Lazopoulous - Sorry ... I'm Greek at Tropicana

WHO IS HE: Lakis Lazopoulous is a Greek actor and playright who decided to pursue a career in the arts after earning a law degree first. Lazopoulous' first script was "Something's Cooking in Gipsyland" in 1979, and from there he went on to succeed with "Say Goodbye, It's all Over Now," "Why People are Happy" and "Change and Craze." In 1986 Lazopoulous starred in "Lysistrata" and toured all of Greece's major theaters. The late '80s saw more success with "Greece After Heart Surgery" and "There Was a Small Ship." In the early 1990s he explored the world of television, writing and interpreting 15 character roles in "Deka mikroi Mitsoi," which was the most successful Greek television show to date. Lazopoulous assumed a supervisory role for the Disney film "Hercules," and in 2004 became the first Greek actor to host his own television show, "Al Tsantiri News."

WHAT TO EXPECT: Esteemed Greek playright Lazopoulous stars in "Sorry ... I'm Greek" at the Tropicana on Saturday. In the show Lazopoulous assumes the roles of 10 different characters and delves into the hearts and minds of people who feel that the identity of their native land is disappearing. The comedy has been a major hit and fans of Lazopoulous won't want to miss it. The show will feature subtitles for the non-Greek speaking audience members.

WEBSITE:

LakisLazopoulos.de

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $65, $85, $100 and $125, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Tropicana Casino and Resort's Showroom.

Supreme Reflections

at Trump Taj Mahal

WHO ARE THEY: "Supreme Reflections" is a show which pays tribute to Motown's legendary group The Supremes. It was written and directed by independent Motown producer and creative consultant George Solomon along with producer/director Michael Chapman and choreographer Paul Holmquist. "Supreme Reflections" features an exciting cast with experience on both Broadway and television.

WHAT TO EXPECT: The Supremes were one of the most successful and influential groups ever to come out of Motown, and their music and legacy will be celebrated Tuesday night at the Taj Mahal's Xanadu Theater with "Supreme Reflections." This musical comedy revue transports concertgoers back to the 1960s with classic hits such as "Baby Love," "Stop! In the Name of Love," "You Can't Hurry Love," "Love Child," "Where Did Our Love Go," "Come See About Me," "Someday We'll be Together" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." The show not only has great music, but also tells the story of The Supremes and illustrates their effect on pop culture.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $35, and the show begins 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort's Xanadu Theater.

ZZ Ward at Revel

WHO IS SHE: ZZ Ward is a singer originally from Abington, Pa., who released her debut EP "Criminal" in May 2012, followed by her debut LP "Til the Casket Drops" in October 2012. Ward's first single "Put the Gun Down" made it into the Top 40 on the Billboard Alternative chart in early 2013. Ward has performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Conan" and "Good Morning America" and she's been compared to R&B and soul legends Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Etta James.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Rising Star ZZ Ward comes to The Social at Revel on Friday to show off the voice, stage presence and attitude that has led critics to compare her to the likes of Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Tina Turner. Her music is a combination of blues, hip-hop, soul and pop and has been featured on various television shows. Concertgoers will be treated to a free concert at The Social, where Ward will perform songs from her debut album "Til the Casket Drops," including the single "Put the Gun Down." Fans won't want to miss this unique opportunity to see such a talented artist performing in an intimate venue free of charge.

WHAT'S NEW: Ward launched her "365 Days of ZZ Ward app," which includes Facebook status updates, photos and videos.

WEBSITE: ZZWard.com

SHOW INFO: The show is free via Ticketmaster and begins 8:30 Friday, June 14, at Revel's The Social.

Divas Do AC at

Resorts Casino Hotel

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.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Everywhere you look these days it seems like somebody is doing A.C., and apparently the divas are no exception. The female and celebrity impersonator show Divas Do AC is back at Resorts Casino Hotel with a revamped show that is sure to have concertgoers laughing out loud and singing along. Host Joan Rivers kicks things off and keeps things lively and entertaining as other legendary stars from past and present make their appearances.

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.

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