You know that Rod Stewart, rock’s perpetual bon vivant, is partial to blondes, fancy clothes and soccer — not necessarily in that order.
WHO IS SHE: Natalie Cole scored a string of number one R&B hits from 1975 to 1977 such as “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love),” “Inseparable,” “Our Love” and “I’ve Got Love on My Mind.” During the 1980s Cole switched to a jazz-based pop sound and continued her success with hit such as “Jump Start,” “I Live for Your Love,” “Over You” and a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Pink Cadillac.” Her hit albums include “Inseparable,” “Natalie,” “Thankful,” “Unpredictable” and “I Love You.”
WHO IS HE: Ne-Yo is an R&B singer/songwriter/producer who got his big break in 2004 when his song “Let Me Love You,” performed by Mario, reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for nine weeks. This led to a new record deal and the release of his debut album “In My Own Words” in 2006, which topped the Billboard 200 with sales of more than 300,000 in its first week. The album contained the No. 1 hit single “So Sick,” and two other hits in “When You’re Mad” and “Sexy Love.” A year later the singer was back with a new album titled “Because of You” which was another chart-topper. The title track reached No. 2 on the charts. Ne-Yo continued his rapid pace of releases with “Year of the Gentleman” in 2008 which contained the hits “Closer” and “Miss Independent.” “Libra Scale” followed two years later and included the hit “Beautiful Monster.” The year 2012 saw the release of Ne-Yo’s fifth studio album “R.E.D.”
WHO IS HE: Country singer Alan Jackson is one of the most successful artists of his time, having sold more than 50 million albums and scoring 35 chart-topping country hits over the course of his career. His hits include “Where I Come From,” “Drive” and “Where Were You.” Jackson is a Grammy Award-winning artist who has also won big at both the CMA and ACM Awards, taking home CMA Entertainer of the Year honors three times.
WHO IS HE: Comedian Chris Tucker first got noticed in the early 1990s after an appearance on “Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy All-Star Jam.” Roles in “House Party 3” and “Friday” were soon to follow, and Tucker was well on his way to achieving stardom. Tucker’s break out role was in “The Fifth Element,” which starred Bruce Willis. In the late 1990s he starred opposite Charlie Sheen in “Money Talks” and appeared in the Quentin Tarantino film “Jackie Brown.” Tucker is perhaps best known for his role in the 1998 action/comedy “Rush Hour” with Jackie Chan and the sequel that followed in 2001.
WHO ARE THEY: Creedence Clearwater Revisited is band featuring bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford from the legendary band Creedence Clearwater Revival. Cook and Clifford began the project in the mid 1990s with the intention of playing some private parties, but received such a positive response from fans, that they began playing upwards of 100 shows a year and even released the album, “Recollection.” Creedence Clearwater Revisited’s lineup is rounded out by singer/guitarist John Tistao, lead guitarist Tal Morris and Steve Funner on keyboard, acoustic guitar, percussion, harmonic and background vocals.
WHO IS HE: After working as a longshoreman to help support his family after the death of his father, Artie Lange decided to give showbiz a try and began to find work as a stand-up comedian. His big break came in 1995 when he starred as one of the original cast members on “MADtv.” Unfortunately Lange’s drug problems led to his dismissal from the show after just two seasons. After completing a drug rehabilitation program, Lange emerged to star in the 1998 comedy “Dirty Work” alongside Norm McDonald. While promoting the movie, Lange appeared on the “Howard Stern Show” and, after several subsequent appearances, was selected to take over for the departing Jackie Martling in 2001.
WHO ARE THEY: Eddie Bruce is popular singer and bandleader from Philadelphia who specializes in jazz standards, particularly those by Tony Bennett. Bruce’s show was a top draw at Prince Music Theater, and he’s also headlined SugarHouse Casino, performed with the Philly Pops, Hershey Symphony and the Ocean City Pops.
WHO ARE THEY: Mike Jones is a the former NABA and WBO NABO welterweight champion boxer from Philadelphia who holds a professional record of 26-1 with 19 knockouts. After amassing a perfect record over the course of seven years, Jones fell to Randall Bailey in a June 2012 bout.
Cirque du Soleil: “Varekai” is turning Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall into a virtual big top that offers something for seemingly every taste.
ATLANTIC CITY - Plenty of long-running shows come through Atlantic City every year. Magicians. Musical tribute acts. Cirque. Variety.
It will be a Latin-pop showdown with everyone turning out to be a winner when international superstars Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull perform a joint concert at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City Friday, Sept. 26.
1 It’s a great place to pre-game or hit up after the club. Sammy D’s in Harrah’s, which is owned by celeb chef Sammy DeMarco, just re-launched this summer. It’s located back by the Waterfront Shops and right near The Pool After Dark, making it a great place to get primed with a bite or cocktail before heading to The Pool or to go after clubbing to grab a bite. It’s also a fun people-watching spot to check out the crowds heading towards the nightclub. And if you meet someone special while dancing, head on over to Sammy D’s — where you’ll actually be able to conduct a conversation with the person until 5 a.m. if you like. Want some privacy? There’s an ultra cool lounge towards the back of the joint where you’ll feel as if you’re in someone’s swanky living room.
When you think of businesses that have been open for nearly 50 years, the mind tends to picture little mom and pop shops, dusty old pizzerias, local five and dimes (that are past its prime) or perhaps the kitschy ol’ general store that sells your Aunt Francie’s all-time favorite peanut brittle. What you definitely do not picture is a sprawling modern resort and nightlife hotspot that is as beautiful as it is trendy. But that’s exactly what greets you upon arrival at the Windrift in Avalon.
Philadelphia’s Audio Kings of the Third World is coming to Le Grand Fromage in Atlantic City 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, and they’ll be bringing along an eclectic mix of musical genres.
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1 The Steel Pier has two awesomely fun pubs. Maybe you didn’t know this, but the infamous Steel Pier has two really cool — and totally different — outdoor pubs for you to hang out and catch some rays. The Steel Pier Pub, which is located right at the Boardwalk, is a high-energy, fun, people-watching, family-friendly pub that features live music during the day. It’s right next door to Steel Pier Pizza, so you can grab a slice and bring it to your table while enjoying a cold beverage. As for the other bar, Ocean Reef Café, situated at the rear of the Pier, is THE place to kick back, relax and take in the sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Sometimes a little style goes a long way. Add that to expertly prepared cocktails and breathtaking sunset views and that little formula keeps everyone coming back to Water Star Grille in Stone Harbor.
According to Joe DeGennaro, vocalist for The Benjamins, one of New Jersey’s favorite cover bands, “A lot of band guys are part-timers who only do it on the weekend. But we do it for a living.”
1 They pride themselves in customer service. Bally’s Bikini Beach Bar, located on the beach in front of Bally’s Atlantic City at Park Place, takes their good ol’ time when selecting their staff. They hem, they haw, then after months of research and a considerable interviewing process, they eventually hire a group of folks who not only want to work in an environment such as this — a beautiful, open-air, tropical bar and restaurant — but who are knowledgeable, personable and live to serve. Bally’s provides extensive training for each and every staff member, just to ensure that their customers receive the best treatment possible when dining or drinking there.
In the iconic song “Jersey Girl,” Bruce Springsteen sings the famous line “’cause down the shore everything’s all right.” The mentality of that tune was the inspiration for Wildwood’s own Jersey Girl Drinks and Dining, which manages to capture the euphoric spirit of that ditty and channel it into one of the most enjoyable nightlife experiences at the shore.
1 Bungalow is one part Miami, one part Ibiza. With its crisp, white beach umbrellas and sleek yet comfy lounge chairs, Bungalow Beach Bar, located at the beach at California Avenue, makes you feel as if you’re in Miami or even relaxing on the shores of Ibiza. The setting, complete with a multitude of palm trees gently swaying in the salty breeze, is as chill as you can get in A.C. But come nighttime, it’s a different scene, as Bungalow turns into a very chic nightclub. With two levels on which to party, plus a great dance floor, this Mediterranean-style bar and restaurant is a stylish standout among all of the Key West-type beach bars around town.
1 Cuba Libre has a brand new cool little “outside” bar called The Shack. OK, so The Shack is not exactly “outside,” but it is outside of Cuba Libre — right next to the IMAX Theater in The Quarter at Tropicana, in fact. It was designed to look like a beach bar in Old Havana — which is perfect for The Quarter, since that is the overall decor theme there. It’s only opened on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to close (generally 4 a.m.), but they have a neat laid-back seating area where you can nosh on empanadas or chill with a frozen mojito or frozen sangria ($8.25 each), which are served in adorable branded coconuts. You can even stroll around The Quarter with your coconut concoction.
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1 Back Bay Ale House still likes to focus on beer. Back Bay Ale House opened in 2003 as just that — an ale house. While its focus is more than just beer these days, they still take pride in serving some of the best beers out there . You’ll find names such as Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy, Allagash White, Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale, Guinness and Back Bay Sunset Ale.
As most know by now, Revel Casino Hotel – that beautiful behemoth of a building that towered ever-so gloriously over Atlantic City - will officially close its doors 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2.
Sadly, the party is soon-to-be officially over for the Mardi Gras-themed Showboat Casino-Hotel, which will cease operations effective 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. It will, however, remain fully operational until then and honor all room reservations and events.
Celebrate the maritime culture and history of the Jersey Cape at Historic Cold Spring Village 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, and Sunday, Aug. 24.
The violin virtuoso mother-daughter team of Susan and Amina Elsayed will star in “Great Balls of Fire” with Linda Gentille & the Jersey Shore Pops 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.
The Colossal Coastal Roller Derby Expo brings together hundreds of roller derby enthusiasts for three full days of skating fun to the Wildwoods Convention Center on Thursday, Aug. 21, Friday, Aug. 22, and Saturday, Aug. 23.
The Wildwoods Convention Center will again host the Sports Card, Toys, Comics and Collectibles Show from Friday, Aug. 22, through Sunday, Aug. 24.
The Atlantic City Ballet is tired of being A.C.’s “best-kept secret.”
For nearly 25 years, At The Shore magazine has been South Jersey’s go-to-publication and source for entertainment and events stretching from Long Beach Island through Atlantic City to Cape May County and even covering Cumberland County.
Step aside, Metallica, Spinal Tap and Disaster Area, because there’s an even louder performer in town.
If you make a purchase at the Frank S. Farley Service Plaza on the Atlantic City Expressway in August, you may win $500,000.
Many people think that one of Stone Harbor’s newest restaurants is above all the rest. They mean that literally, of course.
When dining out these days, you’re lucky if you can find an entrée that doesn’t climb above $30. But with Wildwoods Restaurant Week, which goes from Sunday, Aug. 24, through Friday, Aug. 29, you can get an entire meal — four full courses — for the total price of $30.
Chef Joe Muldoon doesn’t believe in doing anything ordinary. He is a perfectionist who strives for the extraordinary.
After spending the past few decades in the casino food, beverage and catering industries, Ford Phifer was a tad hesitant to step back into the business with a small, independently run restaurant and bar. Then property owner Jimmy Schroeder made him a proverbial offer he couldn’t refuse.
There are plenty of steakhouses in Atlantic City — great ones — but Guy Fieri’s Chophouse certainly stands out as having the most attitude, which is exactly what you would expect from the star of the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
Twenty-five years ago the Concord Cafe was just a small packaged goods store with a tiny takeout section.
Many restaurants claim to be “family restaurants,” but Chris Falcone, owner and manager of The Waves Restaurant in Wildwood, wants to show you they really are.
If you haven’t been to the Hard Rock Cafe for a while, now would be a great time to check it out again since the rock ‘n’ roll themed bar and restaurant unveiled new food and beverage menus and updated its outside deck area.
If the names Dogfish Head, Stone, Weyerbacher, Troegs, Sly Fox, Left Hand and River Horse all mean something to you, then you probably will want to check out Wingcraft Kitchen & Beer Bar, the new, impressive gastropub at Tanger Outlets, The Walk in Atlantic City.
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