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    Former “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips is ready to show he’s more than a one-hit wonder.

    Phillip Phillips

    When Johnny Carson hosted “The Tonight Show,” he could make a comic’s career by giving them a feature spot.

    Louie Anderson

    WHO IS HE: Allen Edwards, the man known as “The Voice of Branson,” began singing in public at age 6 at church, and by the time he was in college at Purdue University was performing regularly in clubs and restaurants throughout northwest Indiana. After graduating, Edwards maintained dual careers as a singer and policemen, eventually moving to Houston, where he scored local hits with the songs “Walk Out Backward” and “Houston Just Ain’t Big Enough.” The success of the song “Could We Please Stay in Love for a While” led to an engagement in Branson, Mo., where Edwards wound up being a hit. He was able to open at the Roy Clark Celebrity Theater and a year later was opening his own breakfast show at a local hotel. Fifteen years later, Edwards headlines his own breakfast, lunch and dinner shows at the Allen Edwards Dining Showroom.

    Allen Edwards at Resorts

    WHO ARE THEY: In a brilliant marketing ploy, Quality Records released The Guess Who’s 1965 debut album with a plain white cover with only the question “Guess Who?” written on it. Record buyers were intrigued, and the album wound up selling 2 million copies. The Canadian band’s 1968 album “Wheatfield Soul” contained the hit single “These Eyes.” The Guess Who also scored hits with “Laughing” and “Undun” from the album “Canned Wheat.” In 1970 the band released their signature song, the No. 1 hit “American Woman.” The album of the same name also contained the hits “No Time” and “No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature.”

    The Guess Who at Tropicana

    WHO IS HE: Jeffrey Ross is a stand-up comedian, actor and director who is well known for his appearances on celebrity roasts. Some of his most well-known roastees include Hugh Hefner, Pamela Anderson, Jerry Stiller, Drew Carey, Donald Trump, William Shatner, Emmitt Smith, Flavor Flav and Rob Reiner. His also made numerous appearances on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show,” “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Ross also competed on the seventh season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

    Jeff Ross at Borgata

    WHO ARE THEY: Savage Men is a male revue that has been featured on “So You Think You Can Dance,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Today Show,” “Mob Wives” and “Jerseylicious.” The show features male model dancers as well as male ensemble dancers.

    savage men

    This will certainly be music to the ears for all you Fleetwood Mac fans out there.

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    1 Cavort in Cape May. Cape May, one of the most haunted towns in the country, is hosting two mega cool Halloween events.

    Halloween Tropicana Quarter

    With the amber moon of Halloween creeping within a footstep, the thoughts of the local townfolk turn toward imagery of the macabre — witches … ghouls … and most curiously, a rustic old tavern where the monstrous green eyes of a demonic black cat gaze down forebodingly on all who enter below it (cue the “ominous crack of thunder” and “blood-curdling scream” sound effects). OK, OK, so it’s not exactly Dracula’s Castle, but judging from its popularity, Absecon’s Black Cat Bar and Grill is certainly worth taking a peek at anyway.

    black cat bar and grill

    Carlos Martinez from Miami, Fla., competed against nine other contestants and came out victorious in Haven Nightclub’s DJ Competition recently. Martinez won $500 cash and a future gig at Haven.

    Golden Nugget DJ contest


    Comedy Clubs

    1 You’ll find unique concoctions. Guy Fieri and his people must have had a lot of fun coming up with their list of 10 signature cocktails. You’ll find tasty and amusing drinks such as “Not Your 8th Grade Punch,” which is a twist on an island-style rum runner with Captain Morgan and Kraken rums and peach tea for $11, or $7 more gets you the “go big” version, as they like to say. Then there’s the “Cadillac Margarita” with El Jimador tequila, Cointreau and Grand Marnier ($12). Or try the “Oriental Expression” that’s comprised of Hendrick’s gin, yuzu syrup and sparkling sake ($14).

    ATS/Guy Fieri's Chophouse

    With 40 years of history behind it, Egg Harbor Township’s Library III is the type of place that oozes welcoming charm. Eschewing trendiness in favor of friendliness, this South Jersey institution attracts everyone from locals to those willing to drive far and wide for a top-notch steak and beer. Both can be found right here.

    Patty Blee

    If you are gay, or want to celebrate the LGBT community, there will be no better place to be on Sunday, Oct. 26, than Boogie Nights as it hosts The Big Gay Ball, the first of a monthly event that will occur the last Sunday of each month.

    ATS Boogie Nights

    1 Ducktown did Happy Hour before anyone. According to Ducktown Tavern's owner John Exadaktilos, no other entity in A.C. had happy hour until Ducktown announced in 2005 they were having it.

    ATS/Ducktown Tavern

    When it comes to local watering holes, simplicity beats flashiness every time. Few things provide a more deeply satisfying experience than the combination of a reasonably priced beer in one hand, a 35-cent chicken wing in the other and a nail-biter of a football game on the TV. Caffrey’s Tavern in Forked River nails this classic American tradition from top to bottom.

    Caffrey's Tavern

    1 The Quarter is getting pump(kin)ed up. Many of your favorite bars and restaurants at The Quarter at Tropicana Casino and Resort are getting pumped for fall with a wide range of pumpkin and seasonal beers.


    In an area where every bar owner is bending over backwards attempting to cater to every whim of the summer tourist, it’s nice to know that there are still places that haven’t forgotten about the locals.


    Margate resident Teddi Fusco is living proof that, as Sinatra once sang, “Fairy tales can come true.” She’s served as a cast member for Disney’s “Broadway Revue,” toured with the national production of both “Evita” and “West Side Story” and spent time on Broadway’s rendition of “Beauty and the Beast.” For the past several years, she’s served as a soccer mom, choirmaster and entertained thousands of nightclubgoers throughout the Atlantic City area.

    Robert's Steakhouse

    1. Learn some American history from Tun Tavern. The original Tun Tavern dates back to pre-Revolutionary War days.

    Tun Tavern

    The name “Bobby Dee’s Rock ’N Chair” implies two things — there will be rock music and there will be at least one seat. Not the most ambitious of aspirations, perhaps, but achievable ones. And indeed the bar went 2-for-2 on these promises. Not a bad start.

    Bobby Dee's Rock n Chair

    1 The name is devised from one part wings, one part craft beer. Part one: The wings. Knowing that their customer would primarily consist of men, particularly football-watching men, the guys at Wingcraft in Tanger Outlet The Walk — brothers Nick and Antonio Ballias — developed a menu of 13 different styles of wings. Naturally, they have traditional, Buffalo blue and hot ’n honey style, but they also have finger-licking, lip-smacking wings such as roasted red pepper sriracha, chipotle BBQ and even Greek style — made with their mom’s own homemade tzatziki sauce. Order eight wings for only $8.99. Ask for extra napkins.


    Now that September is in full swing, you can be certain of a few things — the stores will become flooded with Halloween merchandise, the Eagles will begin another unsuccessful season of pro football and the Pitney Pub in Galloway will become flooded with Stockton students all looking for the perfect place to unwind for the night.

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