Thursday, May 11
WHO IS HE: Lou Christie grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh studying music and by the time he was 20 years old, had scored his first hits “The Gypsy Cried” and “Two Faces Have I.” The singer’s career was put on hold for a couple of years as he served in the US Army, but in 1966 on his 23rd birthday he reached the top of the pop charts for the first time with the single “Lightnin’ Strikes.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: Singer Lou Christie had a fantastic run during the 1960s, scoring hits throughout the decade during a time period where the competition for the top of the charts was fierce. Christie brings his sweet falsetto and string of hits to Harrah’s Resort on Thursday night for a performance at the Concert Venue. Fans can expect to hear all of their favorites including “Two Faces Have I,” “The Gypsy Cried” and “Lightnin’ Strikes.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20.
Saturday, May 13
ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH MAZE FEATURING FRANKIE BEVERLY, GLADYS KNIGHT, KEM & CAROL RIDDICK
8 P.M. BOARDWALK HALL
WHO ARE THEY: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly combined the Philadelphia soul sound with the sweet R&B style of Marvin Gaye and became one of the top R&B acts of the late 1970s and 80s. Beverly is the group’s founder, lead singer, producer and songwriter. The band’s self-titled debut album was released in 1977 and went gold and earned the band a devoted following.
Along with her group The Pips, Gladys Knight became one of the most successful soul singers of the 1960s and 70s. Knight wound up achieving superstar status with the number one smash “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Other hits such as “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination” and “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” were soon to follow.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Now in its ninth year, the show features an impressive lineup headlined by Maze and featuring Frankie Beverly, Gladys Knight, Kem and Carol Riddick. Due to the fact that Maze is not generally regarded as a household name, the band has become known as “the best kept secret in the industry.” Anyone who has ever seen the band perform however knows that it’s no secret that this is an immensely talented group of musicians who bring the soul and rhythm in great doses. Knight brings to the stage charisma and hits such as “Friendship Train,” “It Should Have Been Me,” “If I Were Your Woman” and “The End of the Road.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $67.
9 P.M. GOLDEN NUGGET’S
WHO IS HE: John Tesh is pianist, composer, television news anchor and radio host. Over the course of his career he has won six music Emmy Awards and has four gold albums to go along with two Grammy nominations. Tesh became well known as the co-host of “Entertainment Tonight” for ten years from 1986 to 1996. He currently has a syndicated radio show “Intelligence For Your Life.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: Jon Tesh took a most unusual route to a career in contemporary pop music by working as a television news reporter and later co-host of “Entertainment Tonight” for ten years. But he had begun playing music at the age of six, and in the late 1980s decided to get back into the game. He carved a niche for himself and has released a slew of albums over the course of the past thirty years, which has evolved from pop into Christian music. Fans will get to hear it all Saturday night at the Golden Nugget.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $45