WHO IS HE: Chris Daughtry’s career came about as a result of his popularity while competing on “American Idol.” The rock singer’s raspy voice in the competition made him become a quick fan favorite. After being eliminated from the FOX television show, Daughtry was offered to be the new lead singer for Fuel. He turned them down and started his own band, Daughtry, and released a self- titled debut album in 2006. Led by the single “It's Not Over,” the album was a huge success, remaining in the Top 10 of the Billboard charts for several months. Other hits from the album included “Home,” “What I Want” and “Over You.”
WHO ARE THEY: Since their debut in 1975, Sister Sledge has released 10 studio albums and are best known for the single “We Are Family,” one of the most iconic disco tracks ever released. The pop group from Philadelphia is made up of four daughters of famed Broadway tap-dancer Edwin Sledge and actress Florez Sledge. The title track to their 1979 album “We Are Family” was a giant smash hit all over the world and peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart. This pushed the album into a Top 3 spot on the Billboard 200 and it was eventually certified Platinum in the U.S. and Gold in the United Kingdom. Other hit songs include “He’s the Greatest Dancer” and “Frankie.”
The surprise success of Fox hit television series “Glee” in 2009 made the school choir seem cool again.
Nova Rockafeller performed at Aqua Fridays at The Pool after Dark in Harrah's Resorts Friday, April 10, with DJ Greg Lopez and Johnny B.
WHO ARE THEY: The Neverly Brothers are a national touring act that trace the history of rock ’n’ roll’s roots from the pioneering 1950s through the excitement of the 1964 British Invasion. The band performs the music of Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Dave Clark Five. The Neverly Brothers lineup consists of Kevin Giragosian on vocals, guitar and harmonica, Kegham Giragosian on drums and vocals and Craig Gigstad on vocals and stand-up bass.
WHO IS HE: Peter Lemongello became famous in January 1976 when he began a television ad campaign to promote his album “Love ’76.” Prior to the ad campaign, Lemongello was a virtual unknown but after it, he was selling out Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall and was front page news in all of the major newspapers. In 1989, after having no success landing an Atlantic City gig, Lemongello rented a billboard on the Expressway claiming that he was coming soon. Two months later the Showboat took over the billboard and booked him for a sold-out three-night engagement.
Iconic pop group, Culture Club, has announced its North American tour dates for the summer. The band – now in its fourth decade together – will stop at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, March 27.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is once again doing something that makes you think, “Why isn’t anyone already doing this?”
The Eagles have added an Atlantic City date to the band’s summer 2015 “History of the Eagles” tour. The band will perform at Boardwalk Hall starting 8 p.m Friday, July 17.
After about a six-month hiatus on headliners — Rod Stewart was the last notable headliner at the end of last summer — it looks like the entertainment will be a major factor once new owner Carl Icahn officially takes over.
1 They’re the kings of rock. Hard Rock Cafe inside Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort is the 62nd restaurant in the international chain of 180.The restaurant offers amazing American food in a unique, rock ’n’ roll atmosphere. Every Hard Rock location is like a music museum and as such, A.C.’s is filled with authentic memorabilia from several legendary artists such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Grateful Dead and Red Hot Chili Peppers. So while waiting for your food, get up and browse through all the guitars, costumes, concert posters and music memorabilia of all kinds strewn throughout the restaurant. Wanna buy a souvenir while you’re there? The “Rock Shop” gift store sits at the restaurant’s entrance, where you can buy all the items you crave.
Pizza and beer don’t seem like the most mind-blowing concept for a Jersey Shore restaurant upon first hearing it, but one trip to Bocca Coal Fired Bistro in Margate will make you rethink your attitude. One thing is for sure, you’ll be glad you went.
There are really only two types of Fishbone fans in this world: those who are ardent, revering devotees, and those who are about to become one.
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1 Get a little goofy at Planet Rose Karaoke Bar. Located on the second floor of The Quarter at Tropicana Casino and Resort, this quirky karaoke lounge is filled with loads of high energy and a punk rock vibe.
There is a certain type of bar that instantly makes you feel at home when you walk in, producing an invisible but palpable sense of comfort and familiarity without even trying. Hammonton’s West End Grill is just such a place.
1 Oh, how happy those hours are! From 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Nero’s Italian Steakhouse at Caesars has a great happy hour.
There are a lot of places at the shore that were built for the crowd that likes to party. One can choose from a plethora of hot spots from A.C. to Wildwood, but very few are year-round establishments, and just about none offer the level of service that Nardi’s Tavern & Grille in Long Beach Island does — that is to say, none of them have The Pink Bus.
1 A steakhouse with character — and caricatures. The Palm, located inside The Quarter at Tropicana Casino and Resort, praises their local visitors. The restaurant is known for its “Wall of Fame,” caricatures of their favorite regular customers. The wall art tradition started when the original owners, Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi, had no money to decorate 85 years ago. As of today, there are 2,276 painted caricatures on the restaurant’s walls. And if ya want on it, just ask General Manager Paul Sandler and you could be next.
Buffalo wings are pretty much standard grub at most local bars these days. But peanut butter and jelly wings? Now THAT is something that will turn heads. We figure any place with the guts to put something like that on their menu is worth checking out at least once. In the case of Country Club Tavern, however, once won’t do — repeat visits are in order.
If you’re looking to escape with your significant other for a night in Atlantic City before summer gets here and the prices go up, you should definitely check out The Chelsea’s “Date Night” packages available for a limited time this spring.
Before rapper/singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc, kicked off Sunday’s Wrestlemania in California by singing “America the Beautiful,” he performed the night before at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort. That’s a busy weekend.
1 They kept the menu old school, but couldn’t resist adding a happy hour. Starting April 1, The Twenties in The Claridge Hotel will add a daily happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. that includes a drink of the week. Their new drink, Rum Punch ($6), made with Real McCoy Rum, is first in line to kick off happy hour. If you’re not into that, happy hour also introduces specials on cocktails such as the Tuxedo No. 2 (made with dry gin, vermouth and absinthe, $6), and bar snacks are half price. Philly cheesesteak eggrolls ($6), three types of sliders ($1.50 each), three types of deviled eggs ($1 each) and their Texas burger with applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, onion rings and BBQ Twenties sauce ($7) are among them.
With the amount of places at the Jersey shore making no effort to stand out amongst the crowd, it’s nice to find a place where the phrase “cookie cutter” doesn’t apply. Welcome to Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro.
1 More music, more beer, more fun at BoneYard Bar and Grill. BoneYard hosts THE official afterparty for Atlantic City Beer and Musical Festival. Get there early as tickets are sold first come, first served for $8 each night immediately after the Friday and Saturday sessions, March 20 and 21. The kitchen will be open until 5 a.m., serving house favorites including the Mondo burger, BoneYard tacos, fresh-baked pizza and wings ($3 to $10). BoneYard is home to 18 taps and nearly 40 beers in total such as Budweiser, Coors Light, Miller Lite and Yuengling ($3 to $7). The bartenders will also serve “secret drink specials,” but you have to attend to find out what they are. Local band Keep This Close and NULL band from Houston will perform on Friday. Come back for more on Saturday to hear bands Aspiga from Collingswood and Twin Coves from Atlantic City.
It’s nice to find a spot that focuses just as much on making its nightlife great as it does making its food great. The Crab Trap in Somers Point is one of these gems.
If you have ever visited Stone Harbor, you have likely seen more than one of the locals bumming around town in a “Fred’s Tavern” T-shirt. The shirt, like the bar itself, is something of a classic. And once you visit Fred’s, it’s not hard to see why.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This summer, Atlantic City hosts what is billed as the East Coast’s largest oceanfront festival
In 1978 the first legal casino in the nation outside the state of Nevada sprang to life in Atlantic City from architecture representative of a bygone era. To this day, Resorts Casino Hotel still maintains the restored façade of the stately hotels that once lined the Boardwalk decades ago.
The summer 2013 announcement that Bass Pro Shops was tabbed by the Cordish Company to represent the fourth and final phase of Atlantic City's Tanger Outlets The Walk will come to fruition Wednesday, April 15, during a grand-opening ceremony.
On Thursday, April 2, “Furious 7” hits theaters around the country, including the IMAX at Tropicana Casino and Resort.
When Vic & Anthony’s opened in 2011 as the Golden Nugget Atlantic City began its transformation into the amazing property it eventually became, it was immediately one of the best steakhouses in Atlantic City.
There was a time when every casino property offered great brunches and other restaurants outside the casinos offered some, as well.
There is no better feeling than being welcomed to Stuffed Burgers and Deli by two smiling children. Seven-year-old Audrey and 6-year-old Paulie, children of owners Paul and Stacy Simmerman, are the restaurant’s welcome wagon and decorators — their drawings are featured throughout the store’s two main rooms.
“I did not want my name on the restaurant,” says Sofia Papastamelos of her namesake restaurant Sofia of Margate. “I had more mythical names in mind. But my brother wanted a nice female name. ‘I know what I want to name it,’ he said. Since then it (the name Sofia) has become so popular. So many little girls come in with the name. It’s come back.”
Compared to the gas station and neighboring department stores, Rio Station Restaurant and Bar radiates personality in this section of Route 9.
Among the dangling baskets and Frank Sinatra photos at Mazza’s Market and Coffee House, a small ceramic tile on the wall reads, “Come as strangers, leave as friends.” Customers come to Mazza’s and feel as if they are stepping into owner Corina Clemente’s home and personal garden.
Classically elegant restaurants have for the most part, sadly, become a thing of the past, replaced instead by eateries with a slant toward convenience, heavy on quick and casual, light on charm and sophistication.
Melinda Schriver was a Borgata Babe since the casino opened in 2003. The mother of three, who for a while also had a second job as a cocktail server at Tropicana, didn’t want to miss any more of her children’s events.
Mary Reyes loved Tre Figlio so much that she bought it. Well, it wasn’t that simple, but it’s accurate.
When longtime friend and business associate Paula Giordano approached Chef Rosaria Conti about opening her own restaurant, Conti was faced with a very difficult decision.