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JUST LIKE JANIS

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16

Where: The Landis Theater in Vineland

What to expect: The Philadelphia-based Just Like Janis prides itself in the visual and historical accuracy of the late Janis Joplin and her bands Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Kozmic Blues Band and the Full Tilt Boogie Band. Cat Manning performs as Janis Joplin, who shot to fame during the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival and also performed at Woodstock in the summer of 1969. Joplin fans can expect to hear her hits such as “Piece of My Heart,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Summertime,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Try (Just a Little Bit Harder),” “Cry Baby,” “Down on Me,” “Get It While You Can,” “Bye, Bye Baby,” “Kozmic Blues,” “Move Over” and “Ball and Chain.”

How much: Tickets, priced at $20, are available at Etix.com

More info: JustLikeJanis.com, TheLandisTheater.com

PAUL THORN

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16

Where: Levoy Theatre in Millville

What to expect: A former professional boxer turned musician, Paul Thorn’s musical style is described as a blend of blues, country and rock ’n’ roll. The singer/songwriter/guitarist has released 12 albums of original material since 1997, most recently “Never Too Late To Call” earlier this year. Thorn says on his website that no two of his live performances are ever alike. Raised in Tupelo, Miss., Thorn has opened for Huey Lewis and the News, Sting, John Prine, Marianne Faithfull, Mark Knopfler, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Jeff Walker, Toby Keith and Jeff Beck. He is backed up by bandmates Ralph Friedrichsen on bass, Jeffrey Perkins on drums and Michael Graham on keys.

How much: Tickets, priced at $27, are available at Etix.com

More info: PaulThorn.com, Levoy.net

KIM WILSON OF THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17

Where: The William Morrow Beach in Somers Point

What to expect: Hailed as the “living legend of Austin roadhouse rock,” Kim Wilson is a singer/songwriter and harmonica player best known as the lead vocalist for the Fabulous Thunderbirds. The band had a huge hit on the rock airwaves in the 1980s called “Tuff Enuff,” and scored two other Top 40 hits on the blues charts with “Wrap It Up” and “Look At That.” Wilson was influenced by blues legends Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Little Walter, James Cotton and Slim Harpo. He formed the Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1974 with guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, who left in 1990 to record with his younger brother, the late, legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan. Wilson’s voice has been described as “loaded with the textures of a full-blown horn section.” His show is part of the Somers Point Beach Concert series on the William Morrow Municipal Park Beach, located between Higbee and New Jersey avenues on Bay Avenue in Somers Point.

How much: The show is free and open to all ages

More info: FabulousThunderbirds.com, SomersPointBeachConcerts.com

AN EVENING WITH

GLADYS KNIGHT

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17

Where: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

What to expect: The Atlanta-born Gladys Knight is a seven-time Grammy Award winner and 15-time Grammy nominee, best known for the hits she recorded during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s with her group Gladys Knight & the Pips. Deemed the Empress of Soul, Knight’s biggest hit was the song “Midnight Train to Georgia,” which won the Grammy for the best R&B song in 1973 and became Knight’s signature song. Other Grammy-winning songs by Gladys Knight and the Pips were “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (subsequently remade into a hit by Marvin Gaye), “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)” and “Love Overboard.” She teamed with Dionne Warwick, Elton John and Stevie Wonder to win the Grammy for best pop performance with the song “That’s What Friends Are For” in 1986, and in 2004 won for best gospel song “Heaven Help Us All,” a duet she performed with Ray Charles. Gladys Knight and the Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Her show takes place at Hard Rock’s Mark G. Etess Arena.

How much: Tickets, priced at $69, $79 and $99, are available at Ticketmaster.com

More info: GladysKnight.com, HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com

THE PRICE IS RIGHT

When: 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19

Where: Harrah’s Atlantic City

What to expect: The Price Is Right Live is an interactive stage show that gives audience members the chance to hear their names called and — to quote former longtime, legendary television gameshow host Bob Barker — “Come on down!” to play games and possibly win prizes. Prizes can include appliances, vacations or even a new car. The games played are exactly the same as those on TV’s longest-running and most popular game show “The Price is Right,” which debuted in 1956. Harrah’s players will play the same games as those on TV, including Plinko, Cliffhangers, the Big Wheel, and the Fabulous Showcase. The show is at Harrah’s Concert Venue.

How much: Tickets, priced at $43 and $53, are available at Ticketmaster.com

More info: Caesars.com/Harrahs-AC

MARCY PLAYGROUND

When: 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17

Where: Bourré in Atlantic City

What to expect: Marcy Playground is an alternative rock band that formed in 1997 in Minneapolis, Minn. The band has released five albums, including their self-titled debut that included the hit single “Sex and Candy.” The band’s subsequent albums “Shapeshifter,” “Marcy Playground 3,” “Leaving Wonderland in a Fit of Rage” and “Lunch, Recess and Detention” include songs that are recognized as cult classics among the band’s large following. Their show is presented by WMGM 103-.7-FM, and takes place at Bourré’s High Noon Stage. Bourré is located at 201 S. New York Ave. in A.C.

How much: Tickets, priced at $15, are available at EventBrite.com

More info: MarcyPlayground.net, BourreAtlanticCity.com

THE ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN BAND

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17

Where: The Landis Theater in Vineland

What to expect: The Rock and Roll Heaven Band is a five-person band that celebrates the music of iconic stars who have “taken the stairway to Rock and Roll Heaven.” The band borrows its name from the song “Rock and Roll Heaven” that was popularized by the Righteous Brothers in 1973 and served as a hymn of praise to famed singers and musicians who died and went to the great jam room in the sky. The band pays tribute to, among many others, Chuck Berry, David Bowie, James Brown, Karen Carpenter, Johnny Cash, Kurt Cobain, Joe Cocker, Jim Croce, Marvin Gaye, Buddy Holly, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, George Harrison and Amy Winehouse.

How much: Tickets, priced at $30, are available at Etix.com

More info: RockAndRollHeavenBand.com, TheLandisTheater.com

BOOTS AT THE BEACH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

When: Noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17 and 18; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18

Where: North Wildwood Entertainment District

What to expect: The Wildwoods welcome back the three-day Boots at the Beach Festival — an annual event that is free to attend and open to all ages. Bands and artists performing include 40 North, Garrett Schultz, and the Parker Barrow Project on Friday; Steel Creek, the Wallace Brothers Band, and Triple Rail Turn on Saturday; the Cole Brooks Road Bluegrass Band, and the All-American Country Jam Band on Sunday. The event also includes many arts-and-crafts booths and food vendors. The North Wildwood entertainment district is on Olde New Jersey Avenue.

How much: The event is free and open to the public

More info: BootsAtTheBeach.com, WildwoodsNJ.com

OCEAN CITY POPS

WITH ERYN LECROY

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: Ocean City Music Pier

What to expect: Under the direction of conductor Vince Lee, the Ocean City Pops welcomes back Broadway star Eryn LeCroy, who last performed with the Pops at the O.C. Music Pier in 2019. LeCroy recently performed the iconic role of Christine Daaé in “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway and will soon join the company of the much-anticipated Broadway revival of “1776” as both Martha Jefferson and Dr. Lyman Hall. She has many other Broadway and off-Broadway roles on her resumé and also serves as a member of the nonprofit organization Broadway Heart, which brings music and entertainment to kids in the New York-area Children’s Hospital. The Ocean City Pops have brought a wide variety of music and programs for all ages since 1929, including Broadway musicals, opera, jazz, theme nights, movie scores and children’s concerts.

How much: Tickets, priced at $15 and $20, are available at OceanCityPops.org

More info: OceanCityPops.org, OCNJ.us/OceanCityPops

THE TEMPTATIONS

AND THE FOUR TOPS

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

What to expect: The Temptations and the Four Tops are Motown music legends and huge figures in the evolution of R&B and soul music. The groups will perform a night of classics from their respective, decades-long careers that both began in the early 1960s. The Temptations, renowned for their choreography, distinct harmonies and dress style, had hits with the songs “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Ball of Confusion” and “Just My Imagination.” The Four Tops, who like the Temptations, originated out of Detroit, Mich., and are known for their dance moves and sartorial splendor, had hits with “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “Standing in the Shadows of Love” and their blockbuster hit “Ain’t No Woman.” Their show takes place at Hard Rock’s Sound Waves theater.

How much: Tickets, priced at $59, $85 and $79, are available at Ticketmaster.com

More info:

HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com

PATTI LABELLE

When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: Caesars Atlantic City

What to expect: The Philadelphia-born Patti LaBelle’s 1976 debut album featured the career-defining song “You Are My Friend,” and she became a mainstream solo star in the mid-1980s following the success of the singles “If Only You Knew,” “New Attitude” and “Stir It Up.” The latter song became the soundtrack to the 1985 film “Beverly Hills Cop.” LaBelle has sold more than 50 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years. A Grammy Hall of Fame inductee, other songs by LaBelle that received plenty of radio airplay over the years include “Lady Marmalade,” “What Can I Do For You?,” “Love, Need and Want You,” “Kiss Away the Pain,” “On My Own” and others. Her show takes place at Caesars’ Circus Maximus Theater.

How much: Tickets, priced at $75.50, $99.50 and $129.50, are available at Ticketmaster.com

More info: PattiLaBelle.com, Caesars.com

THE DEAD DAISIES

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: The Landis Theater in Vineland

What to expect: Influenced by 1970s and early ’80s rock ’n’ roll, the Dead Daisies are a foursome that has released one live and five studio albums of original material since their self-titled debut album in 2013. They have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in rock, including KISS, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, Bad Company, Whitesnake and ZZ Top. The Daisies’ concerts are known for creating a special bond between the band and the audience, with their repertoire including the songs “Unspoken,” “Bustle and Flow,” “Holy Ground,” “Chosen and Justified,” “Like No Other,” “Far Away,” “My Fate” and “Saving Grace.” Also performing will be the rock trio Black Moods, and comedian/rock parodist Don Jamieson.

How much: Tickets, priced at $49, are available at Etix.com

More info: TheDeadDaisies.com, TheBlackMoods.com, DonJamieson.com, TheLandisTheater.com

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: Tropicana Atlantic City

What to expect: While extremely successful as a solo artist and consistently on Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 100 Greatest Guitarists list — renowned for his fingerpicking style of play — Lindsey Buckingham is best known as the former lead guitarist and male vocalist for the band Fleetwood Mac. He has released six solo albums and three live albums, and as a member of Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. He and his then musical and romantic partner Stevie Nicks became the face of Fleetwood Mac during its most commercially successful period, from the mid-1970s through the early ’80s. The band’s 1977 album “Rumours” is one of the best-selling albums in history featuring the hits “Go Your Own Way,” “Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” “You Make Loving Fun,” “I Don’t Want to Know” and “Gold Dust Woman.” Buckingham and his band perform at the Showroom at Tropicana.

How much: Tickets, priced at $49.50, $64.50 and $79.50, are available at Ticketmaster.com

More info: LindseyBuckingham.com, Tropicana.net

GET THE LED OUT

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

What to expect: Singer and harmonica player Paul Sinclair was a child of the 1970s and was blown away by Jimmy Page’s guitar riff on the song “Heartbreaker” from the Led Zeppelin II album. In 1984 he joined a fledgling Led Zeppelin tribute band with longtime friend and guitarist Paul Hammond, and with a few tweaks in the early lineup, Get The Led Out was born. Fans of the original rockers can expect to hear “Stairway to Heaven,” “Ramble On,” “Heartbreaker,” “Good Times Bad Times,” “Whole Lotta Love,” Kashmir,” “When the Levee Breaks,” “Immigrant Song,” “Hey Hey What Can I Do,” “Dazed and Confused” and others. Their show takes place at Borgata’s Music Box theater.

How much: Tickets, priced at $45.11 and $58.32, are available at Ticketmaster.com

More info: GTLORocks.com, Borgata.MGMResorts.com

THE ROYAL SCAM

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: Atlantic Shore Pines Campground, Tuckerton

What to expect: The New Jersey-based Royal Scam has paid tribute to the classic rock of Steely Dan and the stellar musicianship of founders Donald Fagan and the late Walter Becker since 1992. Attention to detail has garnered the Royal Scam a large and loyal following. Steely Dan fans will hear the hits “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “My Old School,” “Aja,” “Do It Again,” “Reelin’ In The Years,” “The Royal Scam,” “Dirty Work,” “Kid Charlemagne,” “Any Major Dude,” “Babylon Sisters,” “Don’t Take Me Alive” and others. The show is part of the Pavilion in the Pines music series hosted by the Lizzie Rose Music Room.

How much: Tickets, priced at $30 and $35, are available at LizzieRoseMusic.com

More info: RoyalScam.com, LizzieRoseMusic.com

MOTOWN FOREVER

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: Bally’s Atlantic City

What to expect: An accomplished cast of singers, dancers and musicians pay tribute to the many R&B and soul greats who came to define the Motown sound, when music and lyrics told stories, shared feelings, and touched lives in special ways. Along with a talented cast, Motown Forever blends stunning costumes and choreography into a highly entertaining tribute concert at Bally’s Atlantic City Grand Ballroom. The show features the music of the Four Tops, the Supremes, the Jackson 5, the Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Marvelettes and others. Tickets are available at the website below or at the Bally’s Grand Ballroom entrance starting three hours prior to each showtime. The show runs 8 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 2.

How much: Tickets, priced at $39 and $49, are available at TicketWeb.com

More info: BallysAC.com

CAP JAZZ FESTIVAL

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: Hard Rock Casino & Hotel

What to expect: The Community Action Partnership (CAP) Jazz Festival will feature some of the best jazz musicians on the planet, highlighted by esteemed jazz saxophonist David Sanborn. One of the most sought-after musicians in the genre, Sanborn is also renowned for blending instrumental pop and R&B vibes with traditional jazz. He has released 24 albums and won six Grammy awards. Also performing is composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Camille Thurman, who is considered one of the standard bearers for modern jazz; Grammy-nominated soul/jazz singer Maysa; award-winning vibraphonist Roy Ayers; and the six-man jazz band Down to the Bone. The concert takes place at Hard Rock’s Mark G. Etess Arena.

How much: Tickets, priced at $65, $90, $130 and $160, are available at Ticketmaster.com

More info: CapJazzFest.com, HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com

HIGH NOON

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: Levoy Theatre in Millville

What to expect: High Noon is a seven-member band that pays tribute to the golden age of Southern rock and the groups who pioneered the genre, among them Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers Band, Molly Hatchet, the Outlaws, .38 Special and the Marshall Tucker Band. Southern rock fans will hear their favorite anthems, including “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Ramblin Man,” “Free Bird,” “Simple Man,” “Call Me the Breeze,” “Midnight Rider,” “Whipping Post,” “Blue Sky,” “Green Grass and High Tides,” “Heard It in a Love Song,” “Flirtin’ with Disaster,” “Caught Up in You” and others.

How much: Tickets, priced at $17, $22 and $42, are available at Etix.com

More info: HighNoonRocks.com, Levoy.net

THE RAT PACK: BACK IN TOWN

When: 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19

Where: Hard Rock Casino & Hotel

What to expect: The Rat Pack: Back in Town pays tribute to three renowned entertainers whose careers were all deeply rooted in the Atlantic City entertainment scene — Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. The cast impersonates the late legends’ voices, styles and mannerisms in impressive fashion. The show also includes a Marilyn Monroe impersonator singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” The show takes place at Hard Rock’s Sound Waves theater. Rat Pack fans can expect to hear such hit renditions as “Amore,” “Ain’t That A Kick In the Head” and “Everybody Loves Somebody” by Martin; “The Candy Man,” “I’ve Gotta Be Me,” “That Old Black Magic” and “Mr. Bojangles” by Davis; and “New York, New York,” “My Way,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Fly Me to the Moon” and “It Was A Very Good Year” by Sinatra. The show runs 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 26.

How much: Tickets, priced at $24 and $29, are available at Ticketmaster.com

More info: HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com

HOP ALONG When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22

Where: Anchor Rock Club in Atlantic City

What to expect: Hop Along is an indie rock band from Philadelphia fronted by singer/songwriter and rhythm guitarist Frances Quinlan, whose voice has been described as “an abrasive snarl and a smooth croon: raggedy and raw.” Hop Along has released four albums of original music since its 2005 inception, most recently “Bark Your Head Off” in 2018. On the band’s website, Quinlan credits her older brother Andrew for introducing her to female vocalists who later influenced her, such as Fiona Apple, Ani DiFranco, Patty Griffin and Lauryn Hill. She is backed up by her brother Mark Quinlan on drums, Tyler Long on bass and Joe Reinhart on lead guitar.

How much: Tickets, priced at $20, are available at AnchorRockClub.com

More info: HopAlongTheBand.com, AnchorRockClub.com

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