August 19, 2015 |
Willie Nelson is an extraordinary octogenarian. The 82-year-old Red Headed Stranger - still ponytailed, though now mostly gray - played outdoors Sunday at the Borgata Festival Park in Atlantic City, and he was frisky and inventive all night long. The tour stop with openers Old Crow Medicine Show was billed as a "Willie Nelson & Family" concert, but with Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah off backing up Neil Young this summer, the only family member on stage throughout the briskly paced 90-minute set was his piano-playing older sister Bobbie.
August 11, 2015 |
During a recent interview Drew Carey, the former sitcom star, was asked why he doesn't do stand-up anymore. "It's too much heavy lifting," Carey admitted. There are former stand-ups who, like Carey, graduated to TV and never looked back, and then there are such entertainers as Jerry Seinfeld, who performed over the weekend at the sold-out Borgata. Seinfeld, 61, capped his hour-plus concert noting that he felt compelled to return to stand-up after his nine-season Seinfeld run. But the explanation was superfluous.
July 26, 2015 |
Boz Scaggs is on a tour for his new album, A Fool to Care . He comes to Atlantic City's Borgata on July 31. He has a taste for travel. "I always wanted to be somewhere else than where I was," Scaggs says in that familiar voice. "Restless, I guess you'd call it. " During his teens, Scaggs busked throughout Europe, playing the blues and country songs of his Texas youth, tunes such as his new album's title track, penned by Ted Daffan in 1940; or Dorothy LaBostrie and McKinley Millet's "Rich Woman," also on A Fool to Care . "Growing up, when I wasn't listening to the radio," Scaggs says, "my dad was a traveling salesman, but he had a nice console stereo and a great record collection at home.
July 22, 2015 |
The whole rap-metal/punk-hop thing is a fragile musical ecosystem. One overstep - too much thumb-popping bass, guitars crunching too clearly - threatens to turn you into a '90s dinosaur. No one wants to be tragically tagged as a Limp Bizkit wannabe, not even Limp Bizkit. So why did 311 - the 25-year-old Omaha ensemble - work so well when they raged Sunday across the AstroTurf lawn of Borgata Park in Atlantic City? Well, singer/guitarist Nick Hexum is still one of pop's best, most-underappreciated vocalists, and guitarist Tim Mahoney is a king of crisp garage fuzztones.
June 28, 2015 |
Sunday OCEAN CITY Travel the globe through song with the Ocean City Pops and pianist Joseph Mohan. The orchestra's "Pops Goes Around the World!" concert starts at 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Selections will take listeners to cities such as Paris, Moscow, and Madrid. Tickets are $20 for auditorium seats ($15 for solarium seating) and can be purchased online at ocnj.us/boxoffice. For more information, call 609-399-6111. Monday MARGATE Start the week off on the right foot with tai chi, a gentle Chinese martial art, at the Margate Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave. Instructor Gerri Medoff leads the class, which meets at 6:30 p.m. in the library park through September.
June 27, 2015 |
Atlantic City is one step closer to getting a PILOT to steer it through rough economic seas. On Thursday, the New Jersey Senate passed a rescue package, including the long-awaited PILOT - Payment in Lieu of Taxes, a new casino taxation system - and other bills aimed at stabilizing the city's dire finances. The bills, stalled since December amid political wranging and an unsettled labor situation at Trump Taj Mahal, now go to Gov. Christie. The bills have been endorsed by both the casino industry and elected officials, including Mayor Don Guardian, who has said the stabilized tax system under the new PILOT was better than defending against repeated tax appeals that have put the city near bankruptcy.
June 16, 2015 |
While Atlantic City's casino-hotel scene is at a troubled moment, two events - growth spurts, really - point toward better days. At the very least, July 4's opening of developer Bart Blatstein's Playground at Caesars, with music venues booked by Bonfire Entertainment, and Saturday's unveiling of Borgata Festival Park, booked by Live Nation, prove AC won't play dead. And what better hopeful celebration than the locally based troika of the Hooters, G. Love & Special Sauce, and Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes?
May 21, 2015 |
Atlantic City is attempting today to sell $40.56 million in bonds to repay a state loan issued in December when the financially beleaguered city was shut out of the bond market over concerns that the city would default. This time Atlantic City is using a New Jersey program established by the Municipal Qualfied Bond Act that diverts state aid into a fund to repay bonds. Moody's Investors Service said in a note that the state backing "should improve the city's market access," but warned the city still faces numerous financial challenges, including a $101 million deficit this year and thousands of property-tax appeals.
May 16, 2015 |
Atlantic City is the new home of the BeachGlow Festival. On June 27, the fourth annual EDM fest will debut in A.C. after previously taking place in Wildwood. "Atlantic City welcomed us with open arms," co-organizer Gerard Kunkel said about the switch. BeachGlow is a nonprofit and all-volunteer. Last year, the fest donated $40,000 to the Red Cross. This year's charity is Little Kids Rock, an organization that raises money for music programs in public schools. An extra $10 donation, in addition to the ticket, is suggested.
May 2, 2015 |
The parent company of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa boosted its 2015 earnings target for the Atlantic City property to $165 million from $160 million after a strong first quarter. Boyd Gaming Corp., of Las Vegas, on Thursday reported first-quarter net revenue for Borgata of $182.6 million, up 9 percent from $167.3 million in the same period a year ago. The market-leading casino's operating profit nearly doubled to $37.8 million from $20.5 million, thanks in part to a property tax benefit.