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    Country fans will invade Atlantic City beaches this week, and it all starts with superstar Blake Shelton, who will bring his easygoing, down-home charm to town 4 p.m. Thursday, July 31, for a free performance on the beach between The Pier Shops at Caesars and Central Pier.

    Blake Shelton

    Last summer Lady Antebellum was forced into a taking a break from the road for the most welcome of reasons — the impending birth of singer Hillary Scott’s daughter.

    Lady A

    The Dead Daisies, a rock band that opens for KISS and Def Leppard on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall, will perform a free, pre-party show at the Hard Rock Cafe at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2.

    Dead Daisies

    Earlier this year, KISS received a big dose of vindication when the original edition of the band — singer/guitarist Paul Stanley, bassist/singer Gene Simmons, guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss — were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


    WHO IS HE: Before he became a household name in the 1990s, Jerry Seinfeld was a hard-working stand-up comedian from Long Island, N.Y., whose down-to-earth, observational humor was instantly relatable. Seinfeld made his first appearance on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” in 1981, and his career took off. He became a frequent guest on the show along with the other talk shows such as “Late Night with David Letterman” and “The Merv Griffin Show.” Along with fellow comic Larry David, Seinfeld created the hilarious hit television show that bore his name in 1989. Initial ratings for the show were not good, but by its fourth season “Seinfeld” was the most popular and successful show on television. It received numerous Emmy awards and left the air while still on top in 1998. The show still airs heavily in syndication.

    Jerry Seinfeld

    WHO IS HE: Lionel Richie initially found success in the late 1970s as a member of The Commodores and penned the group’s only No. 1 pop hits — “Three Times a Lady” and “Still.” In 1981 Richie recorded the duet “Endless Love” with Diana Ross, which spent nine weeks atop the pop charts and became the most successful single in Motown history. By the end of that year, Richie left The Commodores to pursue a solo career. With his smooth, sensual voice and arsenal of love songs, Richie scored 13 consecutive Top 10 hits during the 1980s, becoming one of the most popular and successful artists of the decade. His solo hits include “Truly,” “All Night Long,” “Hello,” “Say You, Say Me” and “Dancing on the Ceiling.”

    Lionel Richie

    WHO IS HE: Sammy Hagar had a successful solo career in the early 1980s with hits such as “I Can’t Drive 55,” but it was when he replaced singer David Lee Roth in Van Halen that he instantly reached another level. Replacing a lead singer in an enormously successful band is almost always an impossible task, but when Van Halen went with Hagar they not only survived, they thrived. Hagar’s first album with the band was “5150,” which was a big success and contained the hit songs “Dreams” and “Why Can’t This Be Love.” The next two albums “OU812” and “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” were even bigger with some of the band’s most lasting anthems such as “When It’s Love,” “Poundcake,” “Right Now” and “Runaround.” After 1995’s “Balance,” Hagar’s relationship with the Eddie Van Halen began to go south, and it wasn’t long before the singer was back to doing his own thing.

    Sammy Hagar

    WHO IS SHE: Danielle Bradbery is a country singer from Texas who became known to millions when she won the fourth season of NBC’s “The Voice” at only 16 years old, becoming the youngest contestant to do so. In November she released her debut self-titled album which included the single “The Heart of Dixie.” Bradbery’s song “My Day” was featured at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    Danielle Bradbery at Resorts

    WHO ARE THEY: Straight No Chaser is a 10-piece male a cappella group that formed in the mid-1990s when the members were students at Indiana University. The group became a sensation with its two holiday albums — “Holiday Spirits” and Christmas Cheers” — and continued to find success with the 2010 release “With a Twist.” The album includes Oasis’ “Wonderwall,” The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge” and Coldplay’s “Fix You.” In May 2013, Straight No Chaser released “Under The Influence,” which included guest appearances from Phil Collins, Elton John, Dolly Parton and Stevie Wonder.

    Straight No Chaser

    WHO ARE THEY: Sergey Kovalev is a light heavyweight boxer from Russia who currently holds the WBO light heavyweight belt. He holds a professional record of 24-0-1 with 22 knockouts. Kovalev’s 2011 fight against Roman Simakov ended in tragedy after a technical knockout resulted in Simakov slipping into a coma and dying three days later. In August 2013 Kovalev won the WBO light heavyweight title with a TKO victory over Nathan Cleverly.

    Sergey Kovalev

    WHO ARE THEY: Vertical Horizon formed at Georgetown University in 1991 and spent a long time on the road playing gigs and releasing the independent albums “There and Back Again” and “Running on Ice” before finally breaking through in 1999 with the major label release “Everything You Want.” The title track topped the charts and brought the band to a whole new level of fame. Other hits from the album include “You’re a God,” “We Are” and “Best I Ever Had.” The band toured successfully for two years, but due to a lack of support from the label and delays in the release, the follow-up album “Go” was a commercial disappointment. It featured the single “I’m Still Here.” In the years that followed Vertical Horizon released two more albums and the band went through several changes, with only singer Matt Scannell remaining from the original lineup.

    Vertical Horizon

    WHO ARE THEY: Singer Matt Ryan perfected his Bruce Springsteen impression over the course of eight years as part of the “Legends in Concert” cast. Eventually in the winter of 2004, Ryan formed Bruce in the USA and took the show on the road. The talented lineup has played shows around the country and continues to be a top draw.

    Bruce in the USA

    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.”

    Lewis Black

    WHO IS HE: Comic Dom Irrera got his big break performing on Rodney Dangerfield’s HBO special “Nothing Goes Right.” Shortly after in 1989 the South Philadelphia native earned his first CableACE award for his own HBO special “One Night Stand.” Irrera won a second CableACE in 1995 for hosting the Showtime stand-up series “Full Frontal Comedy.” Over the years Irrera has appeared on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” “The Daily Show with John Stewart,” “The View” and “Oprah.” He has also appeared on sitcoms such as “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “The King of Queens,” “Seinfeld” and “Becker.”

    Dom Irrera

    It takes more than a beach and a band to put on a beach concert.

    Stage Right

    WHO ARE THEY: The Royals Burlesque show features Philadelphia drag queen celebrity Brittany Lynn and her Royal Court which consists of buff male performers. Lynn is the creator of Philadelphia’s Drag Mafia, a show which had an impressive 10-year run at several nightlife venues. She also hosted a show in the Studio Six nightclub and at Resorts Casino Hotel’s ProBar. Philadelphia City Paper declared her the “Hardest Working Drag Queen.”

    Brittany Lynn

    WHO ARE THEY: “Magique” is a family-friendly production which stars Kevin & Caruso and is directed by renowned choreographer Mistinguett. The show includes amazing illusions as well as comedy and cirque and runs through August 30 at Tropicana Casino and Resort.


    WHO ARE THEY: Beatlemania Now has performed their tribute to The Beatles before hundreds of thousands of people during their career. With multiple costume changes, authentic instruments, a big screen video presentation and over 35 songs, the group chronologically traces the Beatles’ career from their 1964 U.S. debut up until the swan song of “Let it Be.” Beatlemania Now has performed internationally at everything from intimate club performances to gigantic outdoor gatherings of more than 20,000 people and has become the premier multi-media Beatles show in the process.

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    Beatlemania Now

    1 Bungalow is one part Miami, one part Ibiza. With its crisp, white beach umbrellas and sleek yet comfy lounge chairs, Bungalow Beach Bar, located at the beach at California Avenue, makes you feel as if you’re in Miami or even relaxing on the shores of Ibiza. The setting, complete with a multitude of palm trees gently swaying in the salty breeze, is as chill as you can get in A.C. But come nighttime, it’s a different scene, as Bungalow turns into a very chic nightclub. With two levels on which to party, plus a great dance floor, this Mediterranean-style bar and restaurant is a stylish standout among all of the Key West-type beach bars around town.



    Comedy Clubs

    1 Cuba Libre has a brand new cool little “outside” bar called The Shack. OK, so The Shack is not exactly “outside,” but it is outside of Cuba Libre — right next to the IMAX Theater in The Quarter at Tropicana, in fact. It was designed to look like a beach bar in Old Havana — which is perfect for The Quarter, since that is the overall decor theme there. It’s only opened on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to close (generally 4 a.m.), but they have a neat laid-back seating area where you can nosh on empanadas or chill with a frozen mojito or frozen sangria ($8.25 each), which are served in adorable branded coconuts. You can even stroll around The Quarter with your coconut concoction.

    Cuba Libre


    Comedy Clubs

    1 Back Bay Ale House still likes to focus on beer. Back Bay Ale House opened in 2003 as just that — an ale house. While its focus is more than just beer these days, they still take pride in serving some of the best beers out there . You’ll find names such as Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy, Allagash White, Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale, Guinness and Back Bay Sunset Ale.

    Back Bay

    1 Golden Nugget Atlantic City has two fabulous outdoor party scenes — The Deck and H2O Pool + Bar. The former is a terrific spot to pull your boat up to and enjoy lunch and a cocktail or beer. It’s incredibly colorful with bright, cheerily hued umbrellas in blue, red and green and an enviable view of the marina. The latter is more of a daylife scene for relaxing with the beautiful people. It’s littered with sleek lounge chairs and chic cabanas in warm reds, oranges and yellows. Cabanas, which have their own TVs and refrigerators, can be rented for the day or week — price upon request. On Saturdays and Sundays at H2O you’ll find the hottest local DJs such as Chris Devine.

    The Deck

    1 The world’s top DJs play here. Some of the biggest names in the music world — when it comes to disc jockeys, at least — play at HQ Beach Club. We’re talking names such as American-born Armand Van Helden, Steve Aoki and Kaskade; Dutch DJs Sander van Doorn and Tiesto; Tommy Trash from Australia and so many more. The DJs get propped up in their own booth and spin international electronic music from a state-of-the-art sound system with an equally high-tech LED screen. DJs generally begin to spin in the mid-afternoon and go until whenever the party stops.

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    HQ Beach Club

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