Weekends like this remind people that despite its many well-documented woes, Atlantic City has few equals as an entertainment capital.
Although it is still “off-season,” and no holiday is being celebrated, AyCee has an impressive—and impressively diverse--group of headliners visiting Saturday night.
The biggest gig of all is the Van Halen concert at Boardwalk Hall. The hard-poppers are fronted this time around by original lead singer David Lee Roth, which means the show includes a heapin’ helping of VH signatures from the late-1970s and early ‘80s, including “Hot For Teacher,” “Dance The Night Away,” “Beautiful Girls” and “Jump,” as well as the quartet’s top-selling covers of “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks and Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman.”
And in one of the more interesting booking decisions of this or any other year, the tour’s opening act is R&B stalwarts Kool & The Gang.
But if that bill doesn’t appeal to your sonic taste buds, you might find something more appealing among the following: Liza Minnelli (Event Center, Borgata); Fiona Apple (Music Box, Borgata); Toni Braxton & Babyface (Caesars Atlantic City); Kenny Rogers (Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City); Travis Tritt (Trump Taj Mahal). And for those with a more international bent, Italian pop star Toto Cutugno is at Tropicana Atlantic City.
Getting soapy at Bally’s
A gaggle of daytime drama stars will be at Bally’s Atlantic City for a Soap Opera Weekend Saturday and Sunday.
The festivities begin Saturday with Q-and-A sessions with four cast members from “The Young and the Restless:” Michael Muhney (who plays Adam Newman), Greg Rikaart, (Kevin Fisher) Michelle Stafford, (Phyllis Summers) and Stephen Nichols, (Tucker McCall). Each will meet and greet fans separately from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $40.
From 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, the quartet of actors will preside over a wine-tasting event (admission is $85).
The day concludes at 10 p.m. with a set by Port Chuck, a band comprised of four actors from “General Hospital:” Steve Burton (Jason Quartermaine), Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara), Bradford Anderson (Damien Spinelli) and Scott Reeves (Dr. Steve Webber). It’ll cost you $75, $55 or $35 to groove on the sounds.
The weekend wraps up Sunday at 10 a.m. with the “Drama Brunch,” wherein the actors will serve up favorite brunch specialties while dishing the dirt on the behind-the-scenes goings-on at their shows (admission $85).
To order tickets, call 800-736-1420, or go to www.ticketmaster.com.
Solo Stone rolls into Nugget
With all the hoopla over Revel’s announcements that its first three headliners will be Maroon 5 (May 18), The Black Keys (May 19) and Beyonce (May 25-27), Golden Nugget heralded a booking that kind of got overlooked.
April 21, the Nugget is presenting Rolling Stones’ guitarist Ron Wood, whose appearance there is especially noteworthy because it is a one-shot-deal rather than part of a full-blown tour.
No word on what Woody will be doing, or with whom he’ll be doing it (perhaps his dear friend Keith Richards will come along for the ride), but this much is known: Tickets for the 9 p.m. show are $100 and $75. To order, call 866-746-5336, or go to www.goldennugget.com/atlanticcity.