Scores of stars coming out in July

Posted: June 28, 2013

WHAT WOULD you call something that includes Beyoncé, Jerry Seinfeld, Steely Dan, the Roots, Don Rickles and Bill Maher?

How about, July in Atlantic City? As the summer heats up, so does the headliner action as a nonstop parade of top entertainers make their way to town.

There's no doubt the biggest booking of the month is Beyoncé, who last year christened Revel with three still-talked-about concerts. This time, Queen Bey will be strutting her stuff at Boardwalk Hall, on July 26. But that gig is but the tip of an impressive iceberg.

Perhaps most impressive of all is the weekend of July 19-20. In the space of two days, the following acts will perform: B.J. Thomas (July 19 and 20, Atlantic Club); Steely Dan (July 19, Revel); Tank/Ginuwine/Tyrese (July 19, House of Blues at Showboat); Hank Williams Jr. (July 19, Caesars); Bob Saget (July 19, Borgata); Lyle Lovett (July 19, Golden Nugget); Seinfeld (July 20, Borgata Event Center); Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks, of the Beach Boys (July 20, Golden Nugget); Alice Cooper (July 20, House of Blues); Rickles (July 20, Trump Taj Mahal); and Jim Jefferies (July 20, Borgata Music Box).

This Monday, Borgata is having a bash for its 10th anniversary. Philly's musical ambassadors to the world, the Roots, will be joined on stage by R&B powerhouse Jill Scott, '80s guitar god Slash (of Guns N' Roses fame) and, just for laughs, stand-up guy Aziz Ansari.

As for the rest of the month, the roster looks like this:

Boy bands and teen idols. Regardless of what musical era you hail from, you can find a "boy band" or teen idol to call your own the last week of the month.

The fun starts with '70s heartthrob David Cassidy (July 26, Tropicana), millennial faves the Jonas Brothers (July 26, Borgata) and '90s phenoms New Kids On the Block/98 Degrees/Boyz II Men (July 26, Taj Mahal) and continues with '70s icons the Jacksons (July 27, Borgata) and Donny & Marie (Caesars, July 29-Aug. 11).

Funny folks. Among the stand-up comics set to perform: Whitney Cummings (July 6, Borgata); Kevin James (July 13, Borgata) and Jeff Dunham (July 14, Taj Mahal).

Et al: Country artists Gretchen Wilson (July 5, Tropicana) and Lee Brice (July 5, Resorts); classic-rock troubadour Jackson Browne (July 5-6, Borgata); '80s titan (and recent Tony Award winner) Cyndi Lauper (July 6, Taj Mahal); and Grateful Dead acolytes Dark Star Orchestra (July 26, House of Blues).

To which we can only add, if you can't find something you like this month, then you probably don't like anything!

Four on the Fourth. Why do one Independence Day fireworks display when you can do four?

That's the question the folks in A.C. obviously asked when planning Thursday's celebration of Uncle Sam's 237th birthday. At 9:30 p.m. the skies over the city will be ablaze with the lights from four 20-minute fireworks presentations staged simultaneously at the beach near New Hampshire Avenue, Martin Luther King Boulevard, Hartford Avenue and MGM Resorts Boulevard, in the Marina District.

The pyrotechnic extravaganzas will be conducted by the famed Grucci Family, with the musical soundtrack broadcast on WAYV-FM (95.1).


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