FLASHBACK FRIDAY WITH HOT BLOODED (FOREIGNER TRIBUTE)
GOLDEN NUGGET’S SHOWROOM // 9 P.M. FRIDAY, MARCH 31
WHO ARE THEY: Hot Blooded is a five-piece Foreigner tribute band which possesses an uncanny ability to recreate the music. The band is comprised of lead vocalist Matt Newton, guitarist Steve Kaynan, keyboardist Ron Abraham, drummer Al Lewis and bassist Eric Tuttobene.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The music of Foreigner will come to life this Friday at Golden Nugget when the tribute band Hot Blooded hits the stage. The musicianship in this band is top-notch, and the vocals are as close as you can get to Lou Gramm without actually being him. Those taking in the show can look forward to hearing all of the big hits such as “Cold as Ice,” “Hot Blooded” and “Jukebox Hero.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are free.
CHARLIE WILSON “IN IT TO WIN IT” TOUR WITH FANTASIA, JOHNNY GILL AND SOLERO
BOARDWALK HALL // 7:30 P.M. FRIDAY, MARCH 31
WHO ARE THEY: Charlie Wilson was the lead singer of the legendary R&B group The Gap Band. Over the course of the band’s history, it managed to score two gold and three platinum albums. The Gap Band scored No. 1 R&B hits with “Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me),” “Early in the Morning,” “Outstanding” and “Addicted to Your Love.” Wilson’s most recent solo album “Uncle Charlie” was a smash, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 200.
Fantasia became a household name in 2004 when she competed in and eventually won the third season of “American Idol.” Her first single “I Believe” debuted at the top of the charts and her debut album “Free Yourself” was a Platinum-selling and Grammy-nominated hit.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Charlie Wilson will headline Boardwalk Hall on Friday night with a brand new album to go along with a career’s worth of material. The show will also feature performances from Fantasia, Johnny Gill and Solero, and Wilson is more than happy to share the stage with these talented performers.
WEBSITE: CharlieWilsonMusic.com, FantasiaOfficial.com
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $38, $52.50, $72.50 and $98.
THE MANHATTANS FEATURING GERALD ALSTON
HARRAH’S CONCERT VENUE // 8 P.M. THURSDAY, MARCH 30
WHO ARE THEY: The Manhattans were formed in Jersey City in 1962 and released the single “For the Very First Time” just two years later. The Manhattans began to make an impression on the charts with the singles “There’s No Me Without You” and “Don’t Take Your Love,” before finally hitting big in 1976 with “Kiss and Say Goodbye,” which reached No. 1. In 1980 the group scored another hit with “Shining Star.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: They may be called The Manhattans, but make no mistake, this legendary R&B group hails from the great state of New Jersey and on Thursday night they’ll head down the Garden State Parkway for a performance at Harrah’s Atlantic City. Alston and the group that had hit songs in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s will bring smiles to all in attendance with performances of signature songs such as “Kiss and Say Goodbye,” “There’s No Me Without You,” and “Shining Star.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20.
BORGATA’S MUSIC BOX // 8 P.M. SATURDAY, APRIL 1
WHO HE IS: Zucchero is an Italian rock singer and guitarist who began his career writing material for other artists, but soon forged ahead with his own career, releasing his debut album “Un Po’ Di Zucchero” in 1983. His song “Donne” became a hit, and before long Zucchero was one of Italy’s biggest-selling artists, and gaining popularity throughout Europe. In 1994 Zucchero performed at the Woodstock Festival.
WHAT TO EXPECT: “The Father of Italian Blues,” Zucchero returns to Atlantic City on Saturday night with a performance at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. With over a dozen albums to his credit, Zucchero is an accomplished singer/songwriter and guitarist who has always been known for his intense, passionate live performances. Fans can expect to hear some tracks from his latest album “Black Cat,” as well as plenty of favorites from throughout his career.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $80 and $100.
MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL
CAESARS’ CIRCUS MAXIMUS THEATER // 3:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5
WHO ARE THEY: “Menopause The Musical” was written by Jeanie Linders and debuted in Florida in 2001. It became a huge hit, with various productions being staged across the country in cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Boston, Denver and Las Vegas.
WHAT TO EXPECT: “Menopause the Musical” has been a hit with audiences across America for the past 16 years, and on Wednesday afternoon it comes to Caesars Atlantic City. The premise of the show involves four women of different backgrounds and professions, meeting by chance in a department store and bonding over their common experiences dealing with menopause. The musical parody includes songs from the ’60s, ‘70s and ‘80s and filled with laughs from start to finish.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $40.
GOLDEN NUGGET’S THE GRAND // 9 P.M. SATURDAY, APRIL 1
WHO ARE THEY: The Pretenders were formed in 1978 in England by Akron-Ohio native Chrissie Hynde and were a part of the punk and new wave movements which were coming to prominence at the time. The group scored a No. 1 UK hit in 1980 with “Brass in Pocket,” while their debut self-titled album is still considered an all-time classic. Despite lineup changes, The Pretenders continued to pump out hits such as “Back on the Chain Gang,” “Middle of the Road” and “Don’t Get Me Wrong.” 1994’s album “Last of the Independents” featured the hit “I’ll Stand By You.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Pretenders have been one of the most influential bands of their generation. Through a 39-year history that’s seen multiple lineup changes, critically-acclaimed albums and multiple hit singles, Chrissie Hynde and the band are back on the road with new music and plenty of old favorites. Fans will delight at hearing classics such as “Brass in Pocket,” “Back on the Chain Gang” and “I’ll Stand By You.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $79, $89 and $99.