15 picks for your hot Jersey shore summer action
10. Comics to the Rescue! — Need a good laugh after a tiring day at the beach? Luckily, many comedians are coming to Atlantic City this summer to help you out. Upcoming shows include: (Wanda Sykes, Borgata, June 15-16), (Ron White, Harrah’s Resort, June 16), (Josh Wolf and Jen Kirkman, Borgata, June 22), (Jim Gaffigan, June 23), (Mario Cantone, Atlantic Club, June 23), (Dom Irrera, Tropicana, June 30), (Tracy Morgan, Borgata, June 30), (Jamie Foxx’s Foxxhole Comedy Jam, Caesars, July 5-6). See page 48 for more comedy shows.
11. Cirque du Soleil — The Cirque du Soleil touring show Dralion, which is the fusion of ancient Chinese circus traditions and the avant-garde style of Cirque du Soleil, lands at A.C.’s Boardwalk Hall Aug. 29-Sept. 2. The international cast features 52 world-class acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, singers and comedic characters. Tickets range from $31.50-$80.
12. ‘Rock of Ages’ — The hit Broadway show, coming to movie theaters this week, will be presented Aug. 14-Sept. 2 at Caesars’ Circus Maximus Theater. Tickets range from $55-$105 and the showtimes are Tues.-Fri. and Sun. 9pm; Sat. 5 and 10pm. In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big city rocker in L.A.’s most famous rock club and they fell in love to the greatest songs of the ’80s from bands such as Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and Poison.
13. Free Concerts! — Music-lovers can enjoy tons of free shows this summer from Atlantic City down to Wildwood. Among the weekly free music series are the Somers Point Beach Concert Series (Bay Avenue, Fridays, 7-9pm, June 15-Sept. 7), Atlantic City’s International Night concert series (Kennedy Plaza, Wednesdays, 7pm, July 11-Sept. 5), the Chicken Bone Beach Jazz on the Beach free concert series (Kennedy Plaza, Thursdays, July-August, 7-10pm), the House of Blues at Showboat Party Pit’s free concerts (including Tonic on June 23, 7pm), Kenny Chesney (Wildwood, June 20, 8:30pm), Atlantic City’s city-sponsored Summer Concert Series, (Gardner’s Basin, every other Saturday through Aug. 18, 1pm start) and all of the talented acts who perform at bars, restaurants and clubs throughout the region.
14. Madonna — Seven-time Grammy winner Madonna brings her 2012 MDNA World Tour to Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, Sept. 15, 8pm. Tickets are $80, $155, $255, $355. Madonna is touring in support of her new hit album MDNA featuring the single “Give Me All Your Luvin.” Due to Madge’s recent disses, it’s unlikely Lady Gaga will check out the show as she did at last summer’s Britney Spears concert.
15. Steel Pier — Steel Pier has many major and impressive renovations in store for this summer and beyond. A lot of work has already been put into the new owners’ four-phase plan to overhaul and bring back the charm of the historic amusement pier this year, including the renovation of the enclosed sky bridge (connecting the 1,000-foot-long pier to the Taj Mahal), a food-and-beverage service court on the ground level of the main entrance, and several new rides and games. Along with a nightclub and many other plans, near the far end of the Steel Pier plans call for a beer garden and 40-by 60-foot tented area with tables and chairs serviced by a wait staff. A temporary amphitheater will host kids’ shows, concerts and other special events during the summer, while construction will begin on a permanent amphitheater in September.
What are you looking forward to this summer?
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