WHO ARE THEY: The Gipsy Kings emerged from France with their self-titled album of flamenco music in 1988 and were a huge success right away. The album was a Top 10 hit in more than a dozen countries worldwide and established the group as a powerhouse in Latin and world music. The Gipsy Kings followed up their success with more hit albums including “Mosaique,” “Allegria,” “Este Mundo,” and “Love & Liberte.” The 1993 film “Fearless” featured the group’s song “Sin Ella” and in 1995 “The Best of the Gipsy Kings” provided new fans with a glimpse into what has made the group so successful. “The Best of the Gipsy Kings” also featured the hit song “A tu Vera.” Over the course of an incredible career, the Gipsy Kings have managed to sell more than 18 million albums.
WHO IS HE: Eric Kearns is a vocal impressionist who is capable of performing in the styles of more than 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 IS HE: Rob Thomas attained stardom as the lead singer for the post grunge rock group Matchbox 20, amassing a sizeable mainstream audience, selling millions of albums, scoring numerous hit singles and earning predominantly lukewarm reviews from music critics. Thomas’s first major success away from Matchbox 20 came with the song “Smooth,” which was written and sung by Thomas and featured on Santana’s “Supernatural” album. The song topped the charts in 1999 and earned three Grammy Awards including “Song of the Year.” Thomas released his first solo album “Something to Be” in 2005. The album featured the single “Lonely No More” and was more pop and dance oriented than Matchbox 20. In 2009 the singer released “Cradlesong,” which reached #3 on the charts and featured the hit single “Her Diamonds.”
WHO IS HE: In 1960, Philadelphia native Chubby Checker recorded a cover of a Hank Ballard B-side called “The Twist” that not only propelled his career to superstardom, but created a permanent dance craze. The single stayed on the top of the charts for four months in late 1960 before falling off. Then surprisingly in late 1961, the song wound up rising up the charts, hitting number one for the second time. Other Checker hits include “Let’s Twist Again,” “Do the Pony,” “The Fly,” “Slow Twistin’” “Limbo Rock” and “Popeye the Hitchhiker.”
WHO IS HE: Sinbad began his career in the 1983 on bus tour of comedy clubs across the country. After being discovered by comedic legend Redd Foxx, Sinbad made appearances on television shows such as Star Search and The Redd Foxx Show. The comedian hosted his own talk show called VIBE and also served as host on Showtime at the Apollo. In the late 1980s Sinbad played Walter Oaks on A Different World, which was a spin-off of The Cosby Show. In addition to comedy and acting, Sinbad is also a humanitarian who has dedicated his time and money to many notable charitable causes including the Children’s Defense Fund, the Omega Boys Club and various AIDS awareness groups.
Patti LaBelle is one diva who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. The Philadelphia native, who’s also the author of several cookbooks and has her own line of prepared sauces, cooked up a huge Christmas meal that included a brisket, a capon and a ham, along with stuffing, potato salad, sugar snap peas, apple pie and sweet potato pie.
Eddie Griffin knows there’s danger lurking every time he takes the stage — and that’s how he likes it.
Following the birth of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's first child, North West, Kanye is back on the touring circuit. And he's bringing his tour to A.C.
Helping found the band Traffic proved to be one of the shortest chapters in veteran guitarist Dave Mason’s long career and one of the most memorable.
There's something about the cold weather — and Atlantic City — that seems to work for Human Nature. The Australian vocal group made its U.S. performance debut here in 2008 with an extended two-month run in the winter.
Atlantic City is on the circuit. The city’s rising profile as a party stop is reflected in the impressive list of top DJs who will be in town for end-of-the-year festivities, including David Guetta and Tiesto at Borgata, Afrojack and Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano at Revel’s HQ Nightclub and DJ Five and DJ Sean Perry at Haven at the Golden Nugget.
Chazz Palminteri never gets tired of telling “A Bronx Tale.” The actor-writer, who debuted his autobiographical, one-man show 25 years ago in New York, is performing it once again locally on Saturday, Dec. 28, at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.
WHO IS HE: Mac Miller is a rapper from Pittsburgh who managed to build himself a large, dedicated following by utilizing online social networking to its fullest potential. In March of 2011, Miller released the EP “On and On and Beyond.” Despite the fact that he’s signed only to the local label Rostrum Records, Miller managed to score a number one album with “Blue Slide Park,” his 2011 debut LP. The album includes the singles “Frick Park Market” and “Party on Fifth Ave.” In 2013 Miller released the follow up LP “Watching Movies with the Sound Off” which debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200.
WHO ARE THEY: While they were still in high school, Slightly Stoopid’s Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald were able to secure a recording contract with Brad Nowell’s Skunk imprint. They released two albums under the label, “Slightly Stoopid” in 1996 and “Longest Barrel Ride” in 1998. The initial sound of the band was skate punk with elements of thrash, but over the years it has evolved to include elements of reggae, pop, hip hop, ska and rock. “Live and Direct: Acoustic Roots” was released in 2001 and illustrated the band’s maturity. “Everything you Need” was released in 2003 and “Closer to the Sun” followed in 2005.
WHO IS SHE: Jill Scott’s career as a performer began with poetry readings and quickly progressed to include guest collaborations with the Roots, Eric Benet, Will Smith and Common. The Philadelphia native released her debut album “Who is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1” in July of 2000. In 2003 Scott earned a Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Performance for the song “A Long Walk.” The singer released “Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Vol. 2” in 2004 and “The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3” in 2007. “The Light of the Sun” was released in 2011.
WHO IS HE: David Cook became famous during the seventh season of “American Idol,” where he competed and eventually took home the crown. He had released an independent album “Analog Heart,” prior to his “Idol” run, but his major label self-titled debut came in November of 2008. It featured the hit singles “Light On,” “Come Back to Me” and “Bar-ba-sol.” In 2011, “This Loud Morning” was released and included the singles “The Last Goodbye” and “Fade Into Me.” In May of 2012 Cook performed a new song “The Last Song I’ll Write For You” on the eleventh season of “American Idol.”
WHO ARE THEY: Sly and the Family Stone were a groundbreaking, highly-influential funk, psychedelic soul and R&B band which formed in the late 1960s. Their most famous songs include “Dance to the Music,” “Everyday People,” “Sing a Simple Song,” “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” “Family Affair” and “Stand!” Eventually heavy drug use, infighting and erratic behavior led to the band’s demise. Sly Stone has been a recluse for some time now, but The Family Stone carries on the musical legacy. The current lineup features original founding members Jerry Martini, Cynthia Robinson and Greg Errico.
WHO ARE THEY: Louis Prima Jr. is the son of the legendary New Orleans swing showman Louis Prima. Prima Jr. began learning to play music as a child, but following high school he decided to pursue a career in management rather than music. Throughout the years Prima Jr. has switched gears several times, fronting a rock band in the late 1980s and taking a stab at his father’s music for the first time in the mid 1990s. It wasn’t until recently that Prima Jr. decided to give it another go.
The Sing Off Tour Live, Golden Nugget, 9 p.m. March 7. $35.50, $45.50, $59.50.
Kenny G follows his instincts when trying to decide his setlist. For this latest A.C. appearance, Kenny G, backed by a five-piece band, will be adding holiday tunes to his wide repertoire, which spans pop, R&B, jazz and Latin.
WHO ARE THEY: Singer Martin Nievera grew up with music all around him as the son of Society of Seven singer Bert Nievera, so he was more than ready for the big time when he released his first album “Martin ... Take One” in 1982. The album was a platinum-selling success and cemented Nievera’s status as a star right out of the gate. He also began to branch out right away, co-hosting the TV show “Penthouse Live!” along with his future wife Pops Fernandez. Over the years Nievera has appeared in numerous films and television shows in addition to continuing to release albums. After his marriage failed, he wrote and recorded music specifically for the purpose of winning back his wife. The albums were eventually released as “Forever,” “Forever Forever” and “Return to Forever.” In 2012 Nievera became a judge on “The X Factor Philippines.”
What do comedian Rita Rudner and the late, legendary Frank Sinatra have in common? If that sounds like the set up for a joke, you’re partially right.
Gallagher’s appearance this weekend in Atlantic City might mark the “Last Smash” of his famous Sledge-O-Matic — at least, locally.
One of today's hottest pop acts has announced a show at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
WHO IS SHE: Known as “The Queen of Funk-Soul,” Chaka Kahn first made her mark in the 1970s as the lead singer of the band Rufus. “Tell Me Something Good” was the band’s breakthrough hit in 1974. Other hits like “You Got the Love,” “Sweet Thing,” “At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up) and “Do You Love What You Feel” were soon to follow. Kahn released her debut solo album in 1978 and instantly scored a hit with the disco crossover “I’m Every Woman.” She continued to perform and record on and off with Rufus for the next several years. In 1984 Khan reached new heights with “I Feel For You,” a song written by Prince, and featuring a harmonica solo from Stevie Wonder and a rap from Grandmaster Melle Mel.
WHO ARE THEY: Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong began their career performing stand-up in comedy clubs and went on to star in eight films and release nine comedy albums as the duo Cheech & Chong. Their first film, “Up in Smoke,” was released in 1978 and became a cult favorite with its hippie drug and counterculture-based humor. In 1985, the duo released the album “Get Out of My Room,” which included the hit song, “Born in East L.A.” Two years later, a film of the same name starring Marin as the lead character was released. Cheech & Chong parted ways during the 1980s and didn’t begin working together again on a regular basis until 2008.
Chances are you might have a Johnny Mathis Christmas record in your collection. The romantic crooner has just released his sixth holiday album, “Sending You A Little Christmas” (Columbia).
The Eli Young Band is no stranger to the Northeast, having opened for top Nashville acts such as Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and Rascal Flatts.
WHO IS HE: Few artists had as a big an impact on the 1990s as Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, yet despite the multi-platinum sales of his solo albums, his most successful and memorable work has been as a writer and producer rather than as a performer. Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Step”, Whitney Houston’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight”, Madonna’s “Take a Bow”, Eric Clapton’s “Change the World” and Boyz II Men’s “End of The Road” are just a few of the major hits produced by the Grammy award winner throughout his illustrious career. As a solo artist, Babyface broke through with 1989’s double platinum “Tender Lover” album and reached even greater heights with 1993’s “For the Cool in You” which went triple platinum and featured the top five pop hit “When Can I See You Again.”
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.”
WHO ARE THEY: Paul Revere and the Raiders were formed in Idaho in the late 1950s, released their debut album “Like, Long Hair” in 1961 and began scoring hits shortly thereafter. The band took advantage of the exposure that television offered, appearing on shows such as Dick Clark’s “Where the Action is,” “Happening ‘68” and “It’s Happening.” Their hits include “Kicks,” “The Great Airplane Strike,” “Good Thing” and “Him or Me-What’s It Gonna Be?”
WHO ARE THEY: Guillermo Rigondeaux is a Cuban two-time Olympic Gold Medal-winning boxer who holds a perfect record of 12-0 with 8 knockouts since defecting from Cuba and turning pro in 2009. The 33-year old currently holds the WBA, WBO and “The Ring Magazine” super bantamweight belts.
For decades following their 1972 break up, The Rascals represented one of the great, unfinished stories in the history of rock and roll.
Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell is wrapping up his fall acoustic tour this weekend with a pair of shows in Atlantic City.
WHO IS SHE: 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 tasks. Caputo is a certified medium with the Forever Family Foundation who has been practicing for over a decade.
WHO IS HE: This Queens, New York native scored his first hit in 1951 with “Because of You” and followed it up with another hit “Cold, Cold Heart.” In 1953, Tony Bennett reached the top of the charts with “Rags to Riches” and then again with “Stranger in Paradise” from the Broadway musical “Kismet.” By the late 1950s, Bennett’s string of chart-toppers seemed to be coming to an end with the competition from rock n’ roll music, however in 1962 he released “I Left my Heart in San Francisco” which remained on the charts for nine months and became Bennett’s signature song. In the early 1990s, Bennett had resurrected his career once again and his music was appealing to a whole new audience. His 1994 “MTV Unplugged” album went platinum and won a Grammy for Album of the Year.
WHO IS HE: Frankie Avalon was one of the first rock ’n roll teen idols to achieve popularity in the years in between Elvis Presley’s rise to fame and the Beatles arrival in America. The South Philadelphia native scored his first number one hit “Venus” in 1959 and wound up scoring six more top 40 hits that same year. In 1962, Avalon teamed up with Annette Funicello for a series of successful Beach Party movies.
WHO IS HE: Neil Sedaka is a legendary singer, songwriter and pianist who began as a teen pop star in the late 1950s. He wrote eight Top 10 pop hits over the course of his career including “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” “Laughter in the Rain,” “Bad Blood” and “Love Will Keep Us Together.” His songs were covered by the like of the Carpenters, Cher, Patsy Cline, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones and Wilson Pickett.
WHO IS HE: In the mid-1970s Kenny Rogers was able to combine easy listening music with a country flair and bring it to the top of the pop charts. The grey-haired, bearded Texan scored major hits with “Lucille,” “The Gambler,” “Daytime Friends,” “Coward of the County,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” “She Believes in Me” and “Crazy.” Rogers spent six weeks atop the pop charts with his cover of the Lionel Richie- penned “Lady.” In addition to his solo success, Rogers also reached the top of the charts with several successful duets including “Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer” with Kim Carnes, “We’ve Got Tonight” with Sheena Easton and “Islands in the Stream” with Dolly Parton.
WHO ARE THEY: Although he had always dreamed of forming a big band, Brian Setzer initially attained success as the front man of The Stray Cats, a 1980s rockabilly band that scored hits with “Stray Cat Strut,” “Rumble in Brighton” and “Rock this Town.” Finally after the band felt apart Setzer was able to revive his career by putting together a 17-piece band known as the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Several albums were to follow.
WHO ARE THEY: Brian McKnight grew up singing in a church choir and has gone on to sell over 16 million albums during the course of his 20-year career. He also managed to score 12 Top 20 R&B singles during that time. McKnight’s first single was “The Way Love Goes,” which peaked at number 11 on the R&B charts. “Love Is,” which was a duet with Vanessa Williams was featured on an episode of “Beverly Hills 90210” and wound up becoming a crossover hit. In addition to making music, McKnight has also starred in the Broadway hit “Chicago” and hosts “Soul Sessions” on BET.
Robert Cray has evolved into a blues musician with a message. The veteran guitarist and singer is at the point in his life where he wants to use his music to tackle big issues of poverty and war, as well as more familiar laments about heartache and love gone wrong.
WHO IS SHE: Despite the fact that Bonnie Raitt had been making critically acclaimed albums since the early 1970s, it wasn’t until her 1989 blockbuster “Nick of Time” that red-headed singer finally became a household name. “Nick of Time” featured the single “Thing Called Love” and won several Grammy Awards including “album of the year.” Raitt’s follow up “Luck of the Draw” was also a huge success, featuring the hit singles “Something to Talk About” and “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Over the course of her career Raitt has won ten Grammy Awards and in 2000 she was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame