Cougar country

John Mellencamp may have been the first artist to debut a hit song as a commercial since the Hillside Singers lip-synched to "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" for Coke. The artist once known as John Cougar's Silverado-commercial song, "Our Country," is the basis of his latest tour supporting his last two albums, "Freedom Road" and "The Company We Keep."

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, One Borgata Way, 8 tonight and tomorrow, $75-$125, 1-866-900-4849,

Have a Malo Christmas

Another of the country acts that have become popular among the about-40 set in Atlantic City, Raul Malo was front man for the decade-ago country group the Mavericks. Now drawing musically from his Cuban heritage, and with a slew of Christmas songs from his two holiday albums, Malo will be in the Borgata's smaller venue, the 1,000-seat Music Box.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, One Borgata Way, 8 tonight, $35, 1-866-900-4849,

They Faux fabulously

The Fab Faux is a Beatles tribute band with at least some sort of pedigree: Bassist Will Lee is in the "Late Show with David Letterman" band, and Jimmy Vivino is a guitarist on Conan O'Brien's show. At times, they even do non-Beatles stuff - stuff they think the Beatles might do if they were still on the road and performing at places like this. *

House of Blues at Showboat, Boardwalk and Delaware Avenue, 7 p.m. tomorrow, $40.50-$53, 609-343-5700,