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

July 3, 2013

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Jackson Browne at Borgata

WHO IS HE: By the time Jackson Browne signed his first recording contract with Asylum Records in 1971 he was already known as a great songwriter with artists such as Linda Ronstadt and the Byrds having recorded his songs. Browne's self-titled debut album was released in 1972 and contained the hit single "Doctor in my Eyes." Several more albums followed to expand Browne's cult following, but it wasn't until the 1976 release of "The Pretender" that the singer truly achieved a commercial breakthrough. The album went platinum the following year when Browne was on the road touring. 1977's "Running on Empty" was an even bigger success, reaching No. 3 on the album chart and containing the hit singles "Stay/The Load-Out" and "Running on Empty." Brown released "Hold Out" in 1980, which was reached the top spot on the charts. A single from the soundtrack of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" called "Somebody's Baby" became Browne's biggest hit in the summer of 1982 when it reached No. 7 on the charts.

WHAT TO EXPECT: During the 1970s Browne was the quintessential laid-back California singer-songwriter. As the years have passed he has become known as an outspoken champion of various civil and political causes, yet his abilities as a songwriter never faltered. Browne takes his songwriting and singing skills to Borgata's Event Center on Independence Day. Fans will not want to miss this chance to see this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee performing hits such as "The Pretender," "Stay" and "Running on Empty."

WEBSITE:

JacksonBrowne.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $56, $66 and $76, and the show begins 8 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Event Center.

Gretchen Wilson

at Tropicana

WHO IS SHE: Hailing from the small town of Pocahontas, Ill., Gretchen Wilson hit the big time quickly in 2004 when her debut single "Redneck Woman" spent six weeks atop the Billboard country chart. Wilson's debut album "Here for the Party" sold 227,000 copies in its first week, landing at No. 1 on the country album chart and No. 2 on the pop charts. The album went on to sell more than 5 million copies. "All Jacked Up" was released in 2005 and hit the top of the charts, reaching platinum sales status. "One of the Boys" was released in 2007 and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and at the top spot on the country chart. "I Got Your Country Right Here" followed in 2008. In addition to winning a Grammy, ACM, CMA and AMA awards, Wilson's autobiography "Redneck Woman: Stories From my Life" was a New York Times Bestseller.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Wilson's dedicated fans are expecting to get a high-energy show with down-home music that tells stories from the pickup trucks and trailer parks of America, and that's exactly what they should get on Friday night at Tropicana. Concertgoers can expect to hear hits such as "Redneck Woman," "Here for the Party," "When I Think About Cheatin'," "Homewrecker," "All Jacked Up" and "Don't Do Me No Good." Wilson will also be performing songs from her latest original album, "Right on Time," as well as songs from her new album of covers "Under the Covers."

WHAT'S NEW: Wilson released two albums in 2013: "Right on Time," an album of original material; and "Under the Covers," which featured all covers.

WEBSITE:

GretchenWilson.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $40, $50, $60 and $75, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, July 5, at the Showroom at the Tropicana Casino and Resort.

Trentino at Tropicana

WHO IS HE: Trentino is a DJ from Chicago who has made a big splash on the club scene, performing with a live drum kit and bringing crowds to a state of euphoria with his intense sets. His music has been featured on MTV, VH1, Oxygen, ESPN and Style Networks and in 2013 he won the Red Bull Thre3Style Us Championship.

WHAT TO EXPECT: One of the things that has set Trentino apart from the competition is that he approaches being a DJ like a musician would, including a live drummer at his shows and treating the turntable as if it were an instrument. He's done well on the Beatport charts and recently took home the Red Bull Thre3Style title adding to his growing legacy. Trentino is not exactly bashful about his abilities or success, declaring on his website, "There is no one I have ever met that brings as wide a breadth of experience and knowledge to the turntables as me." His show at Tropicana's Club Providence on Friday night is free, so there's no excuse to go check him out and see if he can live up to his own hype.

WHAT'S NEW: In April, Trentino won the 2013 Red Bull Thre3Style US Championship.

WEBSITE: DJTrentino.com

SHOW INFO: The show is free and begins 10 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Club Providence at Tropicana.

Lee Brice at Resorts

WHO IS HE: Lee Brice is a country music artist who initially saw success as a songwriter, penning the 2007 Garth Brooks single "More Than a Memory" along with Billy Montana and Kyle Jacobs. After securing his own recording contract, Brice released his debut single "She Ain't Right," which reached No. 29 on the country chart. Several singles followed as Brice continued to work as a songwriter for other artists. In 2009 Brice released the single "Love Like Crazy," which reached No. 3 on the country charts. The song was contained in Brice's debut album of the same name. In 2011 the single "A Woman Like You" became Brice's first No. 1 hit, and a year later the title track of his sophomore album "Hard to Love" became his second. The album reached No. 2 on the country charts.

WHAT TO EXPECT: With two hit records and numerous hit singles under his belt, Brice has proved to be just as successful as a recording artist as he's been as a songwriter for other artists. The 32-year-old's latest album "Hard 2 Love" cracked the Top 5, making it to No. 3, and concertgoers at Resorts can look forward to hearing plenty of cuts from it like "A Woman Like You," "Hard to Love" "I Drive Your Truck" and "Parking Lot Party." Fans will also enjoy hearing older favorites such as "Love Like Crazy" and "Beautiful Every Time."

WHAT'S NEW: Brice's latest single is "Parking Lot Party."

WEBSITE: LeeBrice.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25 and $35, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Resorts Casino Hotel.

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.

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.

MINI?REVIEW: If there's a star of this show, it's Joan Rivers, played by Gary Dee. As MC , Dee warms up the crowd between numbers and delivers the crude humor everyone is used to seeing on E!'s 'Fashion Police,'" says At The Shore critic Lauren Kohout. "Dolly Parton also was a crowd-pleaser for all the country lovers in the audience. Dancing along to hits such as '9 to 5,' Jason Cosmo certainly looked the part in bright pink dresses and Dolly's famous big hair. Prince is one of the crowd's favorites during the show. Yes, it's true, Prince is a man and doesn't quite fit into the drag queen genre, but he certainly is a diva. And Frank Moore shows he belongs by doing an epic job of portraying the artist. He also may have the best robot moves in all of Atlantic City. When it's time for Moore's dance break, you'll understand why this is a show worth seeing."

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.

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 will all be a part of the new summer lineups.

WHAT'S NEW: Legends in Concert features a brand new lineup through June 30 including 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.

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. "Borgata has always been committed to introducing our customers to the most diverse and innovative entertainment in Atlantic City," says Borgata Senior Vice President of Operations Joe Lupo in a press release. "With the commencement of 'The Burlesque Show' every Thursday throughout the summer, we look forward to presenting yet another exciting, unique entertainment option for our clientele to enjoy."

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the shows begin 9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 29, at Borgata's Music Box.

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