WHAT IS IT: LeNoir is a cirque-style entertainment show featuring acrobatic acts and carefully designed stage sets courtesy of creative producer Simon Painter. The show aims to explore emotions through the color transformations from the purity of white, the passion of red and the darkness of black.
WHO ARE THEY: Magic! is a reggae/pop band from Canada led by lead vocalist and producer Nasri Atweh. The group released its debut single “Rude” in 2013 and it proved to be a big hit in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Magic! was featured on Shakira’s song “Cut Me Deep” from her self-titled album. The band’s brand new debut LP is titled “Don’t Kill the Magic.”
Lady Gaga is getting arty for her latest “ball.” The headline-generating hitmaker behind songs such as “Bad Romance” and “Born This Way” is currently touring in “artRave: The Artpop Ball,” which will be performed 8 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
For her fifth album, Avril Lavigne wanted to try something less, well, complicated.
WHO IS HE: Yakov Smirnoff is a comedian who was born and raised in the former Soviet Union and emigrated to the U.S. in the late 1970s. His career took off in the 1980s and he began appearing in films and television shows including his own sitcom “What a Country!” Ironically, the eventual fall of the Soviet Union hurt Smirnoff’s career as much of his act was based on humorous comparisons between life under communism and capitalism. Eventually the comic retooled his act to focus on different topics. Smirnoff also went on to become a professor at Missouri State University and Drury University.
WHO ARE THEY: Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, The Isley Brothers first emerged in the late 1950s with a string of doo-wop singles and went on to become one of the most influential R&B groups of all time. Led by the expressive voice of lead vocalist Ron Isley, The Isley Brothers forged new territory in the soul, funk and rock ‘n’ roll genres over the years. Hits by the group include “This Old Heart of Mine,” “Twist and Shout,” “It’s Your Thing,” “That Lady, Pt. 1” and “Fight the Power Pt. 1 & 2.”
WHO ARE THEY: In 1994 when the rock world was still immersed in the grunge sounds that continued to emanate out of Seattle, Counting Crows emerged with the hit single “Mr. Jones.” The song was in stark contrast to much of the darker music present on the band’s 1993 debut album “August and Everything After” and helped propel Counting Crows to the top of the charts. “August and Everything After” went on to sell 7 million copies, and the band got to open for the Rolling Stones on their 1994 “Voodoo Lounge Tour.” The band released “Recovering the Satellites” in 1996, followed by the double album “Across a Wire: Live in New York” in 1998. Subsequent albums include “This Desert Life,” “Hard Candy” and “New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall February 6, 2003.”
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 their way with their debut album “Lost in Love,” which sold over two 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.” In 1982, the “Now and Forever” album featured the hit single “Even the Nights are Better.”
WHO IS HE: Bob Newhart is an actor and comedian who is best known for his television work on the “The Bob Newhart Show” during the 1970s and “Newhart” during the 1980s. More recently he has appeared in the Will Ferrell Christmas comedy “Elf” in the role of Papa Elf. Newhart’s comedy career was initially launched through a series of comedy albums in the 1960s. As a stand-up he became known as the world’s first solo straight man.
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.”
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: “Impractical Jokers” is a hidden camera television show that premiered on TruTV in December of 2011. The premise is that four guys compete with each other on hilarious random tasks with unassuming people. One cast member performs the prank while the other three in the troupe are feeding them lines via an earpiece. The show has over 60 million viewers and has recently featured Rosie O’Donnell and Imagine Dragons. The TruTV Impractical Jokers Tour features The Tenderloins who are a comedy troupe comprised of four high school friends from Staten Island that formed in the late 1990s as a live improv act. They gained success on the road and on the internet in comedic sketches before starring on Impractical Jokers.
WHO ARE THEY: Brass Transit is a Chicago tribute band from Toronto, consisting of Neil Donnell on lead vocals, Tony Carlucci on trumpet, Don Breithaupt on keyboards and backup vocals, Paul Delong on drums, Doug Gibson on trombone, Bob McAlphine on guitar and backup vocals, Phil Poppa on saxophone and backup vocals and Jay Speziale on bass and backup vocals. The individual band members have played with legends such as The Drifters, The Marvelettes, The Mamas & the Papas, Aretha Franklin and Frankie Vallie.
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.
WHO ARE THEY: Magician Rob Lake has traveled the world performing grand illusions that have been witnessed by millions of people. He was the youngest person to win the prestigious Merlin Award as International Stage Magician of the Year in 2008, and he’s worked as a magic consultant on various network television series and films. His effects can be seen in productions such as “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Disney’s Beauty & The Beast.”
WHO THEY ARE: Theresa Caputo is a psychic medium who is best known for her TLC television show “Long Island Medium.” The show highlights Caputo’s interesting daily situations where she suddenly starts receiving messages when she is in the midst of doing ordinary everday tasks. Caputo is a certified medium who has been practicing for over a decade with the Forever Family Foundation.
George Thorogood isn’t one to wax nostalgic about his 40 years in rock.
Art Alexakis isn’t the same angry young man who broke through in the ’90s as the main creative force behind Everclear.
Ringo Starr is staying in the moment. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and former Beatles drummer is focused on his current slate, which includes touring with his All Starr Band, recording a new album and exhibiting his artwork for charity.
WHO IS SHE: Simply put, Diana Ross is one of the most successful female vocalists of all time. As both a solo artist and as a member of the legendary Motown group The Supremes, Ross has scored countless hits and has influenced a never-ending list of singers. In 1964 The Supremes scored their first No. 1 hit with “Where Did Our Love Go,” which was followed by four more consecutive number-one hits: “Baby Love,” “Stop in the Name of Love,” “Come See About Me” and “Back in My Arms Again.” The group was eventually re-named Diana Ross and The Supremes in 1967. Finally in 1970 Ross departed to pursue a career as a solo artist. Her solo hits include “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Touch Me in the Morning,” “Do You Know Where You’re Going To,” “Love Hangover,” “Upside Down” and “Endless Love,” a duet with Lionel Richie.
WHO ARE THEY: Although he’s best known as the drummer for The Beatles, Ringo Starr’s career as a solo artist has spanned over four decades. As a member of the “Fab Four,” Ringo’s singing generally took a back seat to that of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and even George Harrison, but he was featured on such notable Beatles tracks as “Yellow Submarine,” “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Octopus’s Garden.” Following the band’s breakup in 1970, Starr scored top ten hits with “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Back off Boogaloo,” “Photograph,” “You’re Sixteen” and “Oh My My.”
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 ARE THEY: Real Diamond is a Neil Diamond tribute band dedicated to delivering note-perfect performances of all of Diamond’s classic hits. Singer Curt Di Domizio is the Real Diamond founder and fronts the group with his passionate, soulful voice. The rest of the lineup includes Kevin Crandall, Pam Carbonara, Larry Bergman, Fred Segal, Mike Pollack, Debbie Fossile and Sharon Stirling. The band routinely performs at casinos, theaters, and clubs throughout the country.
WHO IS HE: Eric Kearns is a vocal impressionist who is capable of performing in the styles of over 40 famous entertainers. He maintains a schedule that is comprised largely of private corporate events and senior functions, but also performs occasional public shows at casinos and other venues. On occasion he performs along with the 18-piece Todd Sullivan Orchestra.
WHO ARE THEY: During the 1960s and 1970s singer B.J. Thomas scored a string of hit songs both with The Triumphs and as a solo act. In 1966 Thomas and the Triumphs had a hit with a cover of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” Mainstream success came to Thomas in 1968 with the huge hit “Hooked on a Feeling” as well as “The Eyes of a New York Woman.” In 1969 Thomas sang “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” for the soundtrack of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and it became a No. 1 hit. As the 1970s progressed, Thomas kept the hits coming with “I Just Can’t Help Believing,” “Everybody’s Out of Town,” “Rock and Roll Lullaby” and “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.”
WHO ARE THEY: Hailing from York, PA, Live rose to stardom in 1994 with the chart-topping album “Throwing Copper,” which included the singles “I Alone,” “Selling the Drama,” “Lightning Crashes,” “All Over You” and “White, Discussion.” The album sold eight million copies in the United States alone. Live followed it up in 1997 with “Secret Samadhi” which debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 and contained the songs “Lakini’s Juice,” “Turn My Head,” “Freaks” and “Rattlesnake.” The band continued to tour and release albums until 2009 when lead singer Ed Kowalczyk split with the band. Live re-emerged in 2012 with Chris Shinn as the new lead singer.
WHO ARE THEY: Frank Marino is a Las Vegas legend, having been named the city’s “Entertainer of the Century” in 2009 after having performed in front of an estimated 10 million people throughout his 25 year career. The multi-talented Marino has worked as an actor, emcee, newscaster, columnist, spokesperson and male actress. He stars as Joan Rivers alongside cast of female impersonators in “Divas Las Vegas.”
WHO IS HE: Being the son of Boogie Kings’ guitarist Ted Broussard, Marc Broussard had music surrounding him since he birth. Growing up in Lafayette, Louisiana, Broussard inhaled the Cajun-flavored R&B, jazz and soul and delivered his own music with a rough voice that’s reminiscent of Dr. John and John Hiatt. Broussard released his debut independent album “Momentary Setback” when he was just 20 years old. In 2003, Broussard’s rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Back in Your Arms” appeared on the tribute album “Light of Day.” Throughout the 2000s Broussard released a series of critically acclaimed albums including “S.O.S.: Save Our Soul” and “Keep Coming Back.”
WHO IS HE: Robby Krieger is a Rock 'n’ Roll Hall of Famer who made his mark on music history as the guitarist and co-songwriter for The Doors. In the late 1960s the band emerged as one of the most innovate groups on the L.A. music scene. Their music captured the dark side of the hippie generation with hits such as “Break on Through,” “Light My Fire” and “L.A. Woman,” while Krieger’s guitar playing was a huge part of their unmistakable sound. His unforgettable guitar solo in “Light My Fire” took what could have been just a simple pop song to new heights.
Although he will turn 67 years old next month, Carlos Santana’s soul is as young and energetic as the 22-year-old version who stepped on stage at Woodstock more than four decades ago. Inspired, positive and enlightened with an almost Zen-like calmness, Santana finds inspiration under every rock.
Some two decades after Fox’s “In Living Color” went off the air, the groundbreaking sketch comedy series still resonates with audiences, according to former cast member Tommy Davidson.
Along with The Beatles, Michael Jackson stands out as one of the most revered and celebrated musicians of the 20th Century. His body of work, both as a solo artist and with his siblings in The Jackson 5, continues to populate dance floors across the nation.
WHO ARE THEY: Emerging from the legendary Asbury Park, N.J. rock n’ roll scene of the 1970s, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes gained national attention in the wake of the success of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” album. Led by producer/songwriter/guitarist “Miami” Steve Van Zandt and featuring a full horn section, the Jukes released their debut album “I Don’t Wanna Go Home” in 1976. It featured the classic title track along with the Springsteen standout “The Fever” and a duet with Ronnie Spector on “You Mean So Much To Me.” A year later the band released the more-muscular “This Time It’s For Real” and in 1978 the masterpiece “Hearts of Stone.” After a rough patch in the 1980s, Southside returned to form with the stellar “Better Days” in 1991. Though they never reached the commercial heights attained by Springsteen, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes have continued to release albums and tour consistently throughout the U.S. and Europe to a legion of dedicated fans.
WHO IS HE: Country singer Phil Vassar started his career as a successful songwriter before securing a recording deal for himself in 1998. The following year he was named ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year. Vassar’s self-titled debut album was released in 2000 and featured the hit singles “Charlene” and “Just Another Day in Paradise.” Vassar’s follow-up album “American Child” was released in 2002 and “Shaken Not Stirred” followed in 2004. In April of 2008 Vassar’s single “Love is a Beautiful Thing” reached No. 2 on the country charts.
WHO IS HE: Jeff Foxworthy is a stand-up comedian, author, actor and game show host who became famous in the early 1990s with his catchphrase “You might be a redneck if…” His 1993 debut comedy album sold three million copies and in 1995 the comic got his own sitcom “The Jeff Foxworthy Show.” In the early 2000s Foxworthy starred alongside fellow comics Ron White, Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall on the very successful “Blue Collar Comedy Tour.” It led to “Blue Collar TV,” a show on the WB. Foxworthy began hosting “Are Your Smarter than a Fifth Grader” in 2007.
WHO IS HE: Howie Day is a singer/songwriter whose self-financed and self-released album “Australia” came out in 2000. He signed with Epic two years later and released the album “Stop All the World Now,” which eventually went gold. The singles “She Says” and “Collide” were both hits. “Sound the Alarm” was released in 2009 after extensive touring and the EP “Be There.” Day’s most recent release was the 2011 EP “Ceasefire.” Despite his solid recording efforts and busy touring schedule, Day has managed to receive a decent amount of negative publicity to go along with it thanks to high-profile arrests for locking a woman in a bathroom and for being verbally abusive and intoxicated aboard a flight.
WHO IS HE: Comedian Mike Birbiglia began playing the comedy clubs of New York City immediately following his graduation from Georgetown University. In 2002 the comic made his debut on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and has been a regular on the late-night talk show circuit ever since. In 2004 Birbiglia starred in his first “Comedy Central Presents” special which proved to be a big hit. His CD/DVD “Two Drink Mike” was released in February of 2006 on the Comedy Central Records label and was followed by his “Medium Man on Campus” tour of colleges all over the country.
WHO ARE THEY: Based out of Branson, Mo., The Cat’s Pajamas are a five-piece vocal harmony group founded by Brian Skinner that has toured the world, making a name for themselves over the course of the past seven years. The group appeared on the third season of “The Sing-Off” and didn’t take home the crown, but they didn’t let that dissuade them and they’ve managed to achieve success on their own since then. The Cat's Pajamas performed on cruise ships and at the Music City Centre Theatre in Branson, attracting a loyal following.
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian announced the lineup for the city’s annual Free Summer Concert Series held at Gardner’s Basin.
The hottest tickets in Atlantic City this week are the ones that were scooped up within minutes for free summer beach concerts by Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum. But those 120,000 tickets disappeared so quickly that many fans were hot too — at being left out.
When The Avett Brothers band makes its Atlantic City debut this weekend, Cardiff native Bob Crawford should be easy to spot on stage.
Fitz and the Tantrums didn’t want to get pigeonholed as a retro act.
WHO IS HE: Trace Adkins is a country music artist who released his debut album “Dreamin’ Out Loud” in 1996 and since that time has had numerous hit singles and albums. Adkins scored number one hits with “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing,” “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “You’re Gonna Miss This.” In addition to his music career, the Louisiana native has also made television appearances, the most well-known of which was as a finalist on “The Celebrity Apprentice.” In 2007 Adkins authored the book “A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Free-Thinking Roughneck.”
WHO IS HE: Terry Fator is a ventriloquist and impressionist who utilizes puppets in his act and is able to do over 100 impersonations. His career began as the singer for the band Freedom Jam, where he would do impressions of famous singers. But it was later on when he combined his abilities with impersonations and ventriloquism that things started to click. The Texas native was the winner of season two of “America’s Got Talent” in 2007 and became a headliner at The Mirage in Las Vegas. In 2009 Fator released the DVD “Terry Fator: Live from Las Vegas.”
WHO IS HE: Paul Oakenfold is a producer and trance DJ from England who worked as a record company A&R man, signing the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince as well as Salt-n-Pepa, before forming Electra with Steve Osborne in the late 1980s. Under the alias “Perfecto,” the duo began remixing songs by various artists. The remix of U2’s “Even Better Than the Real Thing” actually charted higher than the original released version of the song and it led to Oakenfold working on the Zoo TV world tour. In 1995 Oakenfold became the first DJ to play on the main stage at the Glastonbury Festival, performing in front of over 90,000 people.
WHO THEY ARE: The Purple Xperience is a five-piece band that offers up a tribute to Prince and The Revolution that is second to none. Like Prince himself, the band hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been making a name for itself by touring the country since 2011. Led by Matt Fink, who was an actual member of The Revolution for 13 years, the band’s goal is to share the love of the music with all generations.
WHO ARE THEY: Formed in 2011 by The Black Crowes’ front man Chris Robinson, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood was originally conceived as a fun side project that would remain local to California. But with a 118-date tour in 2011 and the album “Big Moon Ritual” in 2012, it became apparent that the band was more than just a good time. “The Magic Door” was released just three months following the band’s debut album. In September of 2013 CRB released the vinyl-only “Betty’s S.F. Blends, Volume One,” which was a collection of songs recorded over the course of five nights in San Francisco. The band released its third studio album titled“Phosphorescent Harvest” in 2014.
WHO ARE THEY: Singer/guitarist Al Jardine is best known as a founding member of The Beach Boys. He sang lead on songs such as “Help Me Rhonda,” “I Know There’s an Answer” and “Then I Kissed Her.” In 2010 Jardine released “A Postcard from California,” his debut solo album. The album includes cameo appearances by Neil Young, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Steve Miller, America and John Phillips.
The remainder of Morrissey's US Tour, including the June 22 show at Revel’s Ovation Hall, has been cancelled. The respiratory infection Morrissey contracted in Miami has worsened, and in the interest of making a full recovery, all further touring plans have been halted. Morrissey thanks his fans for their compassion, understanding, and well-wishes during this difficult period as he recuperates.