WHO ARE THEY: Hailing from London’s West End, ABBAMANIA is a tribute show to ABBA which began in 1999. In 2002 ABBAMANIA played for 18 weeks at the Strand Theatre London and since that time has gone global, performing in Denmark, Sweden, Russia, France, Luxembourg, South America and the USA. The cast consists of Toby Boyle, Danny Gluckstein, Carly Broome and Katrina Wells and the band is comprised of drummer Mark Thomas, bassist Pablo Roberts and guitarist Chris Wright.
WHO IS HE: Thanos Petrelis is a Greek singer who released his debut album “Eihe To Hroma T’Ouranou” in 2004, which helped him win “Best New Artist” at the Arion Awards. The follow-up, “Thymizeis Kati Apo Ellada” went platinum and included the hit song “Kernao.” As the decade wore on Petrelis continued to release successful albums and hit songs. “Lathos,” “Ksipna Thanasi” and “To Paihnidi Einai Pleon Diko Mou” were just some of the hits.
Love is very much on John Legend’s mind these days. The R&B singer/songwriter married model Christy Teigen in a September ceremony in Lake Como, Italy, and has just launched a fall tour behind his new album “Love in the Future” (Columbia).
When it comes to his career, Larry the Cable Guy doesn’t like to repeat himself. Whether it’s the popular Blue Collar Comedy Tour with Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall or his recent History TV series, the comedian strives to keep things fresh.
WHO ARE THEY: Hoobastank is a post-grunge band from California that has sold over ten million albums during the course of their 19-year career. The band’s biggest hit “The Reason,” was released in 2004 and reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album of the same name made it to No. 3 on the Billboard 200. The follow-up “Every man for Himself” was released in 2006 and debuted at No. 12. Hoobastank’s most recent album “Fight or Flight” was released September 2012.
WHO IS SHE: Amy Schumer placed fourth on the fifth season of “Last Comic Standing” and placed second on “Reality Bites Back,” but she’s at the top of the heap of young female comics on the scene today. Through her frequent appearances on “The Howard Stern Show” and various Comedy Central roasts, Schumer has illustrated her willingness to tackle all types of subjects and has had the confidence to forge her own unique style. In April 2013, Schumer’s own show “Inside Amy Schumer” premiered on Comedy Central.
WHO IS HE: Gregg Allman founded The Allman Brothers Band in 1969 along with his brother Duane, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe Johanson. Allman’s soulful lead vocals and organ playing helped define the sound of the group, as the Allman Brothers Band went on to become one of the most influential and legendary in rock n’ roll history with songs such as “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa” and “Ramblin’ Man.” Not long after his brother’s death, Allman began a solo career in the mid 1970s. Over the years Allman has managed to maintain his solo career simultaneously with his work in The Allman Brothers Band.
WHO ARE THEY: Freddie Roman is a stand-up comedian who got his start playing in the resorts of New York’s Catskills and eventually went on to be a headliner in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Known as the “king of the one-liners,” Roman is the Dean of the New York Friars’ Club and the mastermind behind “Catskills on Broadway,” a show which ran on Broadway for two years in the 1990s.
Can an alternative rock band known for it silly stage antics ever grow up? Critics are pointing to a growing sense of maturity in Barenaked Ladies’ recent work, including its June release “Grinning Streak” (Vanguard Records.)
WHO IS HE: Before he became a household name in the 1990s, Jerry Seinfeld was a hard-working stand-up comedian from Long Island 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.” Seinfeld created the hilarious hit television show that bore his name along with fellow comic Larry David 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.
WHO IS HE: Machine Gun Kelly is a rapper from Cleveland, OH who is known for his rapid lyrical delivery, hence the nickname. After a series of mixtapes including “Stamp of Approval,” “Homecoming” and “100 Words and Running” he signed with Interscope and released “Lace Up which debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200.” The album featured the single “Wild Boy” and “Invincible,” which was the official theme song of Wrestlemania XXVII. MTV named him the “Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2011” and in 2012 Machine Gun Kelly ending up winning the MTVu Breaking Woodie award. In June of 2013 Machine Gun Kelly released the mixtape “Black Flag which featured performances from Pusha T and Meek Mill.”
WHO IS HE: The career path of Rick Springfield is an interesting one. The Australian-born singer got his start in the late 1960s, achieving a moderate degree of success as both a solo artist and as a member of the band Zoot. In the late 1970s Springfield’s career had stalled and he decided to pursue a career in acting. He wound up becoming a popular heartthrob for his portrayal of Dr. Noah Drake on the soap opera General Hospital in 1981. This popularity helped to garner excitement and boost sales of his upcoming album “Working Class Dog.” The album featured the smash hit single “Jessie’s Girl” and “I’ve Done Everything for You.” Later Springfield hits include Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “Affair of the Heart” and “Love Somebody.”
WHO ARE THEY: Papa Roach is a hard rock band from California who gained major success upon the release of the debut major label album “Infest” in 2000. The album contained the hit single “Last Resort” and helped paved the way for future success with the albums “Lovehatetragedy,” “Getting Away with Murder,” “The Paramour Sessions” and “Metamorphosis.” Throughout the course of their career thus far the band has sold in excess of 10 million albums and has recorded the hit singles “Scars,” “Forever” and “Lifeline.”
WHO IS HE: In the early 1990s Travis Tritt was at the top of the pack of new country stars including Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson who were dominating the charts and radio play. As the only one of the group who didn’t subscribe to wearing the stereotypic cowboy hat, Tritt established himself as a bit of an outlaw, playing southern rock and blues in addition to straight country. He scored a string of platinum albums and three number one hits along the way.
WHO IS HE: Hailing from Austin, Texas, Gary Clark Jr. is a singer, guitarist and songwriter who has made quite a name for himself releasing three albums since 2004 while also finding work as an actor. His first two albums were on independent labels, but with 2012’s “Black and Blu” Clark made the jump to the majors. The results were impressive with the album reaching No. 6 on the Billboard 200. It also made it on the list of the top-50 albums of 2012 in “Rolling Stone,” clocking in at No. 27.
WHO IS SHE: Anjelah Johnson is an actress, comedian and former Oakland Raiders cheerleader who initially gained notoriety in 2007 as a performer on “MADtv.” She won an ALMA award for her work on the show and in 2009 got her own one-hour Comedy Central special titled “Anjelah Johnson: That’s How We Do It.” Johnson starred in the films “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” and “Our Family Wedding.” Her YouTube videos “Nail Salon” and “Bon Qui Qui” have been hugely popular internet sensations. Johnson has a new comedy special “Angela Johnson: The Homecoming Show” coming to Nuvo TV.
WHO IS SHE: Nancy Ajram is a recording artist from Lebanon who released her first album at age 15 and since that time has gone on to become a platinum-seller, a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and spokesperson for Coca-Cola in the Middle East. Ajram’s breakthrough hit was the single “Akhasmak Ah” and the album “Ya Salam” which was followed up in 2004 by “Ah w Noss” which included several more hits. Released in 2008, her album “Bitfakkar Fi Eh” was another huge hit with seven singles that resulted in Ajram winning the World Music Award as Best-selling Middle Eastern artist. Ajram’s hits include “Ah w Noss,” “Lawn Ouyounak” and “Inta Eih.”
WHO IS HE: Eros Ramazzoti is an Italian singer-songwriter who has released albums in both Italian and Spanish and is popular throughout Europe as well as with the Spanish-speaking public. Since 1984 Ramazzoti has released 11 studio albums along with an EP, several live albums and compilations. Over the course of his career, the singer has managed to sell over 55 million albums and has worked with the likes of Tina Turner, Andrea Boccelli, Cher, Anastacia, Joe Cocker, Luciano Pavarotti and Ricky Martin.
Boz Scaggs wanted to tap a classic R&B sound for his latest record, so he went directly to the source: Royal Studios in Memphis, Tenn.,
Drew Carey is working a double-shift these days. By day, the veteran actor-comedian is the host of the classic game show “The Price Is Right” on CBS. Many nights, he’s on the road performing his stand-up act.
WHO IS HE: “The King of Romance,” as Engelbert Humperdinck is often billed as, has been wooing audiences since the 1950s. The smooth balladeer portrayed the image of a mysterious heartthrob and much like his contemporary Tom Jones, had female fans eating out of the palm of his hand. Humperdinck possesses a three-and-a-half octave vocal range and has excellent technique, so it’s not as if he just another pretty face. Over the course of his career Humperdinck has sold more than 150 million albums and has performed for fans all over the world.
WHO IS HE: Drew Carey is an actor, comedian and game show host who is best known for the sitcom “The Drew Carey Show” and “Whose Line is It Anyway?” His career in comedy began in the mid-1980s after winning an open-microphone contest and becoming the MC at the Cleveland Comedy Club. In 1988, he competed on “Star Search” and three years later he appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Carey wrote his own stand-up comedy special for Showtime in 1994 and a year later he landed his own sitcom “The Drew Carey Show” which ended up running for an impressive nine seasons. In 2007 Carey began hosting “The Price is Right.” His autobiography is titled “Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined.”
WHO ARE THEY: With their lush harmonies, choreographed dance moves and instantly catchy hit songs, The Temptations became one of the most successful acts of the 1960s. With hits such as “My Girl,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “Get Ready” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” The Temptations helped to define what became known as the Motown sound. In the late 1960s after the departure of singer David Ruffin, the group began incorporating elements of funk and psychedelic soul into their sound with tracks such as “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” “Cloud 9” and “Just My Imagination.” Out of what became known as the “classic five” lineup, only Otis Williams is still alive.
WHO IS HE: Charlie Manuel is a former manager of the Philadelphia Phillies who is known as “Uncle Cholly” to his fans. After a career as a player and coach, Manuel began managing the Phillies in 2005 and after an eight-year run he became the winningest manager in team history. With Manuel at the helm, the team won five straight division titles, two Pennants and a World Series in 2008.
WHO ARE THEY: “Here Come the Italians” is a comedy and music variety show featuring comedians Dick Capri and Jack Fontana and singer Johnny Petillo. Capri has worked with the likes of Tom Jones, Liza Minnelli and Frank Sinatra, has starred on Broadway and appeared on television at the Friars Club Roast of Drew Carey. Petillo is a former member of the Duprees who scored a hit with “Have You Heard.”
WHO ARE THEY: 1964…The Tribute offers up a re-creation of the Beatles that “Rolling Stone” described as “The best Beatles tribute on Earth.” The show incorporates historically accurate instruments, costumes and hairstyles to go along with outstanding musicianship.
Live has something unique planned for the band’s Atlantic City show, which also will mark its final scheduled performance for 2013.
Choral music, jazz, bebop and a classic children’s show performed in English and Spanish will all come to Atlantic City this weekend as part of the third annual Atlantic City Music Festival, a celebration of new and traditional musical styles presented by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony in partnership with Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
The horse bucks so rapidly and wildly, it seems impossible that any rider could hold on. Somehow, Ryan Gray does.
Comedian Kathy Griffin is ready to make headlines, even if they’re not true.
WHO ARE THEY: During the second half of the 1970s and throughout the 1980s, Hall & Oates assaulted the masses with their blue-eyed Philadelphia soul and pop sound, scoring six No. 1 singles and six platinum albums in the process. Their hits from the ’70s include “Sara Smile,” “She’s Gone” and “Rich Girl,” but it was during the ’80s that the duo really took off commercially. “Kiss On My List” became Hall & Oates’ second No. 1 hit in 1980. In 1981, they released the album “Private Eyes,” which contained two more No. 1 hits, the title track and “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do).” Hall and Oates continued to ride the wave of success and released “H20” in 1982, which sold more than two million copies and contained their biggest hit single, “Maneater,” along with other hits such as “One on One” and “Family Man.” 1984’s “Big Bam Boom” contained the No. 1 hit “Out of Touch.”
WHO IS HE: Comedian Bill Engvall is best known as a member of the Blue Collar Comedy group along with Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White. Engvall’s initial success came in the late 1980s when he starred in the hit television sitcom “Designing Women.” He also went on to star in the short-lived comedy “Delta” in 1992. After several years of relative inactivity, Engvall’s career was revived when he turned his famous line “Here’s your sign” into a hit song by country star Travis Tritt. Engvall went on to star in the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” film, its sequels and television show. In 2007 he began starring in his own TBS sitcom “The Bill Engvall Show.” He has released several successful comedy albums including “Here’s Your Sign,” “Dorkfish,” “Cheap Drunk” An Autobiography,” “Now That’s Awesome” and “Here’s Your Christmas Album.”
WHO ARE THEY: Bassnectar is an electronic artist from Santa Cruz, California who has developed a sound by combining the melodies of mainstream pop with vocal and rap samples, switching tempos and a heavy bass line. Bassnectar’s first album was 2001’s “Freakbeat for the Beatfreaks” and since that time has released six more LPS along with four EPs. In late 2010 Bassnectar headlined the Bass Center Festival in Broomfield, Colorado which featured circus performers in addition to musical acts like Brother Ali, Emancipator, Nosaj Thing, That 1 Guy and Dan Deacon. A second festival was held in February of 2011 in Asheville, North Carolina.
WHO IS HE: Buddy Guy began his career in the Baton Rouge and moved to Chicago in 1957 where he began to make a name for himself, hanging with blues legends such as Muddy Waters, Otis Rush and Magic Sam. Guys’ first two singles were “This is the End” and “Try to Quit You Baby” which were both released in 1958. Guy signed on with Chess in 1960 and stayed on until 1967, recording what many consider his strongest body of work. Songs from this period include “Let me Love you Baby,” “Ten Years Ago,” “Stone Crazy,” “My Time After Awhile” and “Leave my Girl Alone.”
WHO ARE THEY: Celtic Thunder is an Irish group comprised of five male vocalists: Damian McGinty, Keith Harkin, Paul Byrom, Ryan Kelly and George Donaldson. They’ve released seven albums in a short period of time beginning in 2008 with their self-titled debut. The vocalists of Celtic Thunder perform as both soloists and as an ensemble during their performances.
Nashville star Josh Turner loves bringing his brand of country music to Atlantic City.
The calendar may say it’s fall, but The Beach Boys aren’t buying it. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are bringing their 50-plus years of classic summer hits to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Liza Minnelli likes to give her devoted fans what they want, so she’s sure to include their most requested numbers –– “New York, New York,” “Liza With a Z” and “Maybe This Time” — when she hits the stage this weekend in Atlantic City.
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WHO ARE THEY: Earth, Wind and Fire were the brainchild of drummer, bandleader, songwriter and kalimba player Maurice White, who was able to take his vision to the top of the charts during the 1970s. The group became one of the most critically acclaimed and successful funk bands, incorporating elements of jazz, smooth soul, gospel, pop, rock, blues, folk and disco. Some of the group’s biggest hits include “Shining Star,” “Sing a Song,” “Fantasy,” “Best of My Love” and “Serpentine Fire.” Earth, Wind and Fire racked up eight double-platinum albums, two platinum albums and three gold albums during the course of their illustrious career. The group was inducted into the Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
WHO ARE THEY: The Edwards Twins are a duo of identical twin brothers who put on a show filled with celebrity impressions, music and comedy. They have been entertaining audiences for more than 20 years with impressions of stars such as Sonny and Cher, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Bette Midler, Neil Diamond, Barbara Streisand, Tina Turner and Elvis Presley.
Martina McBride, who first wowed Nashville about two decades ago with her traditional country vocal style, has long since added a more contemporary edge to her music — and her career.
If the title track of Toby Keith’s forthcoming album is any indication, the popular country singer-songwriter’s creative muse hasn’t dried up yet.
WHO IS HE: Jerry Lewis is a legendary comedian, actor, screenwriter, director and singer whose career began in the 1940s when he was teamed with Dean Martin as the comedy duo Martin & Lewis. The pair appeared frequently on television and eventually in films as well. Lewis began a solo career in the late 1950s starring in numerous feature films and scoring hit singles with “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody” and “It All Depends on You.” The 1960s saw Lewis directing, co-writing and starring in films such as “The Ladies Man,” “The Errand Boy,” “The Patsy” and “The Nutty Professor.” Lewis eventually became very well known for his Muscular Dystrophy fundraising telethons.
WHO IS HE: With his smooth, sensual voice and arsenal of love songs, Lionel Richie scored 13 consecutive Top 10 hits during the 1980s, becoming one of the most popular and successful artists of the decade. Richie initially found success in the late 1970s as a member of The Commodores, where he penned the group’s only number one pop hits “Three Times a Lady” and “Still.” In 1981 Richie recorded a duet with Diana Ross called “Endless Love” which spent nine weeks atop the pop charts, and became the most successful single in Motown history. By the end of the year Richie had left the Commodores to pursue a solo career. His solo hits include “Truly,” “All Night Long,” “Hello,” “Say You, Say Me” and “Dancing on the Ceiling.”
WHO IS HE: Graham Nash is a Rock ’n Roll Hall of Famer who initially achieved fame with the Hollies before teaming up with David Crosby and Stephen Stills to form the supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash. The singer has also maintained a solo career over the years. He is known for his melodic tenor voice and sweet harmonies. His most famous songs include “Teach Your Children,” “Our House,” “Marrakesh Express” and “Just a Song Before I Go.”