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    Mike Rutherford’s return to the U.S. with The Mechanics after a 25-year absence can’t exactly be called a reunion.

    Mike and The Mechanics

    Eddie Money will bring plenty of Brooklyn-style swagger to Atlantic City this weekend.

    Eddie Money

    Don’t cry for me Atlantic City.

    Madonna 09.16

    WHO IS HE: Michael Bolton’s blend of blue-eyed pop and soul landed the singer at the top of the charts throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s. Bolton became a household name with his fourth album “Soul Provider” which sold 4 million copies and included the hits “How am I supposed to Live Without You,” “How Can We Be Lovers” and “When I’m Back on My Feet Again.” His fifth album “Time, Love and Tenderness” was even more successful, reaching No. 1 on the pop charts and selling more than 6 million copies. The album featured the hits “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “Love is a Wonderful Thing” and “Time, Love and Tenderness.”

    Michael Bolton

    WHO IS HE: Dwight Yoakam became one of the most respected artists of the country genre by refusing to stick to the rules of the genre. Influenced by Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and Hank Williams, Yoakam carved out a style for himself and released his debut album “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc.” in 1986. The album was a hit and the single “Honky Tonk Man” reached No. 3 on the country charts. Yoakam’s 1987 album “Hillbilly Deluxe” contained even more hits with “Little Sister,” “Little Ways,” “Please, Please Baby” and “Always Late With Your Kisses” all reaching the Top 10. “Streets of Bakersfield,” off of the “Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room” album was Yoakam’s first No. 1 hit. In 1990 the country singer released “If There Was a Way,” an album that was his first since his debut to reach platinum sales status.

    Dwight Yoakam

    WHO IS SHE: Brandi Carlile is a singer/songwriter who released her self-titled debut album in July 2005 and hit the road, touring in support of acts such as Chris Isaak, Tori Amos, Indigo Girls and The Fray. Carlile’s sophomore album “The Story” was released in spring 2007 and was produced by T Bone Burnett. The songs “Tragedy,” “What Can I Say” and “Throw it All Away” were featured on the television show “Grey’s Anatomy.” In October 2009 Carlile released “Give Up The Ghost,” which was produced by Rick Rubin and reached No. 26 on the Billboard 200. It included the track “Caroline,” which was recorded with Elton John. In 2012, “Bear Creek” reached the top spot on the U.S. Billboard folk albums chart in addition to reaching No. 10 on the Billboard 200 and No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard Rock Albums chart.

    Brandi Carlile

    WHO ARE THEY: Canzonissima was a landmark Italian television musical variety show that ran from 1958 until 1974. Canzonissima 2015 brings the show to the United States with a cast of talented performers including Fausto Leali, Orietta Berti, Gianni Nazzaro and Manuela Aureli.

    Manuela Aureli

    Peter Frampton — one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history — will co-headline a concert at the Tropicana Casino and Resort with fellow classic rockers Cheap Trick, the Trop recently announced. The show is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, July 31, at The Showroom.

    Peter Frampton to perform in AC July 31

    Singer Ricky Martin announced the dates for his “One World Tour” in support of his new album, A Quien Quiera Escuchar, which was released Feb. 10.

    Ricky Martin

    It’s rare for a 28-year-old pop star to hang out with an 88-year-old jazz singer, but these Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are the exception. Ever since Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett teamed up to perform “The Lady Is a Tramp” on Bennett’s album Duet II in 2011, the duo have become close friends and collaborators.

    Gaga and Bennett at the 57th Grammy Awards

    So what’s the coolest entertainment booking so far this year? The Who? Can’t wait, but no. Paramore and Florida Georgia Line? No way.

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    Al Pacino

    1 Who can resist a cold slushy with alcohol? Wet Willie’s at The Quarter at Tropicana is sure to give you a brain freeze after a few sips of their signature daiquiris. They have 20 daiquiri machines with drinks sized small ($10), medium ($11) or large ($12). Popular mixtures include Monkey Shine, banana flavor and Bacardi rum, and Bahama Mama with vanilla, banana, coconut, raspberry flavors, Bacardi rum and Bacardi select. Some of Wet Willie’s most famous drinks are a combination of their 18 flavors. For instance, Call-A-Cab and Shock Treatment mixed together makes a Superman. And a Bob Marley is a combination of strawberry, sour apple and mango flavors.

    Wet Willie's

    For Debra Lynn Kavky, singing isn’t only a profession; it’s a passion. The versatile performer, who is currently holding a residency in Egg Harbor Township’s Library III every Sunday, says her musical roots date back to her early childhood.

    Debra Lynn Kavky

    TVs, sports, food and drink — it would be hard to find many people in America who don’t enjoy just about all of these things. So by that logic, it would also be nearly impossible to find anybody who wouldn’t enjoy Clancy’s By The Bay in Somers Point, because they specialize in all of them.

    Clancy's By the Bay bartender


    Comedy Clubs

    1 It’s the perfect combination of a bar and a lounge. For those who can’t make up their mind as to what type of venue they feel like hanging out at, Gypsy Bar at Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa is the place for you.

    ATS/Gypsy Bar

    For all its shimmering, beachfront beauty, when it comes to bars and restaurants, the Jersey Shore can get a little … well … repetitive at times. Anyone who travels the coast of this state will inevitably be greeted by a mind-numbing conveyer belt of indistinct “bar and grill” type establishments which, while occasionally satisfying, leave little to distinguish themselves from the pile. What one will not run into on a regular basis, is an endless parade of waterfront, Bavarian-themed venues, rich with lederhosen and more than six decades of family history. For that type of unique nightlife experience there is but one option — The Dutchman’s Brauhaus in Manahawkin.

    Dutchman's Brauhaus

    Apparently Virginia is no longer the only place for lovers. For those looking for a bit of a romantic twist to their traditional night out, there really is only one obvious choice in South Jersey. And that is The Ram’s Head Inn.

    Ram's Head Inn

    It seems these days that every new bar that opens gets a bunch of flat screen TVs, throws them up on the wall and thinks it can call itself a “sports bar.”

    Crest Tavern

    1 It’s very ‘underground.’ When the folks over at Harrah’s Resort began to conceive the idea for this new lobby bar, they wanted it to seem mysterious and underground.


    A Jersey Shore restaurant with an old-time train station theme? Sure, why not? With all the generic bars and grills popping up on every block, it’s nice to find a bit of a change of pace from a thematic standpoint. Rio Station nails it from the minute you walk in the door.

    Rio Station

    1 Happy hour? Try “happy day!” From Mondays through Fridays, the Atlantic City Bar & Grill, a local favorite, has happy hour from noon to 6 p.m. with martinis such as the Orange Crush — fresh-squeezed OJ, triple sec and 7-Up — cosmos or the Key Lime for only $5 (regularly $10), wines priced at $4 and beers at $2. You can also take advantage on deep discounts on their seafood — their house specialties — such as clams, mussels, snow crabs and oysters. Or maybe try one of their most popular items, crab pizza ($9) with a homemade scampi sauce, cheese and crab meat, a huge seller during happy hour. If you’re really hungry, go for the $25 lobster dinner — which is the price whether it’s happy hour or not. It’s a whole 1¼ pound lobster that includes a house salad, veggie and bread.

    ATS/AC Bar & Grill

    It’s 5:30 a.m. on a Friday. You suddenly awake with a profound and desperate thirst, the kind that can only be quenched by a parade of ice-cold Budweisers straight out of the tap. Only trouble is, you live in Absecon and can’t seem to muster up the desire to schlep all the way into A.C. at this time of night. The solution? Skelly’s Hi Point Pub.

    Skelly's Hi Point Pub

    1 “Lights go down, music comes up and inhibitions disappear.” This phrase, found on their website, perfectly sums up the experience at MIXX. With a dance floor that can hold about 500 revelers, two bars, plush seating and private table service, MIXX is a high-energy, two floor, extra large nightclub that makes you feel as if you are in the middle of a hip, urban metropolis and nowhere near the breezy Jersey shore. It’s a place where you can let yourself go wild while having the time of your life.


    When you think of nightlife on Long Beach Island, images of wild summer revelers downing frosty margaritas in the warm summer breeze may immediately pop into your head. Fair enough. That is summer at the shore, after all. But for many, Long Beach Island is more than just a summer getaway, it’s home — and like most great hometowns, it boasts a great local watering hole: The Gateway Restaurant and Lounge.

    The Gateway continues to be an  iconic LBI hot spot

    Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has been a leader in nightlife not just in the city, but the East Coast since it opened more than 10 years ago.

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