The brightest light of the Jersey shore is Atlantic City. Home to casinos such as the Chelsea, the brand new Revel, Borgata, and Caesar’s just to name a few. And let’s not forget Boardwalk Hall, Johnny Rocket’s, the Shops at Caesar’s, and the outlets. But what if you don’t want to gamble, shop or lay on the beach? Why not catch some Atlantic City shows, either at Boardwalk Hall or one of the many casinos? Let’s preview some of the upcoming shows for the rest of 2012.

Country Cutie

American Idol’s first country music champion takes over Boardwalk Hall November 9th at 7:30pm.  This won’t be Carrie Underwood’s first time here. She graced the stage back in 2010 as part of her “Play On” tour where she reenacted her entry into the Grand Ole Opry. This time around she will be making a stop in AC for her aptly named “Blown Away” tour. If you are ready to rock with Carrie, get your tickets now, and be prepared to be blown away.

Lady Madonna

If you want to see her Madgesty, get your tickets for Madonna at Boardwalk Hall on September 15th. Shooting to stardom in the early 1980s, she has not stopped rocking 20 some years later. She is still performing to sold-out crowds, whether it’s at a venue in Atlantic City, for millions of people at sold out shows or on TV at the Superbowl. This is truly one show you will not want to miss this year.

Acrobats Galore

Boardwalk Hall won’t be home to only concerts this year. Arriving at the end of August will be Cirque du Soleil – Dralion. This show draws inspiration from Eastern philosophy and the never-ending journey for harmony between humans and nature. Dralion is taken from two symbolic creatures, the dragon of the East and lion of the West. If you can’t make it to any other Cirque du Soleil show in the country, be sure to see this one.

Laugh the Night Away

If you don’t want to venture to historic Boardwalk Hall, there are plenty of other shows you can see at the casinos. Stop by the Music Box at the Borgata or the Comedy Stop at the Trop for some laughs. Artie Lange will be at the Music Box while Adam Carolla will be at the Trop at the end of August. Stellar names in comedy are always coming to AC, and they’ll keep you in stitches.

Going to one of the many Atlantic City shows is a fun experience. You can go down for the day, just for the show, or you can make a weekend out of it. Stop by one of the many fine dining establishments before the show, then hit the table games and slots afterwards. No matter what show you see this year, the memories will last a lifetime.

For more Atlantic City show information, contact Jeana Olchowy. Follow her @jolchowy25.