The Who is saying farewell one last time.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame outfit, which helped lead the mid-’60s British invasion and charted new ground with its experimental rock operas, use of synthesizers and wild stage antics, is marking its 50th anniversary with a final tour that stops at Boardwalk Hall 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 22.
Wayne Brady will walk the improv high wire once again.
Talk-show host Wendy Williams performed at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, and our friendly neighborhood Mayor Don Guardian invited her to gain a new perspective on Atlantic City. So the two took a tram tour of the Boardwalk and the city, and he even dedicated a bench in her honor. It paid off as the celebrity talked about her great experience on her syndicated talk show, pointing out the nightlife and dining options rank among her favorites.
WHO ARE THEY: Michael Che is a comedian, writer and actor who grew up in New York City and began a career as a stand-up in 2009. In 2013 he began writing for “Saturday Night Live” and in the spring of 2014 worked as a correspondent on “The Daily Show.” In September 2014 Che became an anchor on SNL’s Weekend Update alongside Colin Jost. In addition to television work, Che has appeared in films such as “Chinese Puzzle,” “Lyle” and “Top Five.”
WHO IS HE: Russell Peters is a Canadian-born comedian who has performed all around the world and has been nominated for four Gemini Awards. He’s been featured at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. In August 2006 Peters’ comedy special “Russell Peters: Outsourced” aired on Comedy Central. Since then he has had several other specials including “Red, White and Brown,” “The Green Card Tour: Live from the O2 Arena” and “Notorious.” In 2010 he released the autobiography “Call Me Russell.”
WHO IS HE: Billy Gardell is a stand-up comedian and actor who is best known for starring on the television show “Mike and Molly.” He has also starred in “Lucky,” “Yes, Dear,” “Judging Amy,” “My Name is Earl,” “The Practice,” “Monk” and “Gary the Rat.” Gardell has also appeared in several films including “You, Me and Dupree” and “Bad Santa.” In 2006 he released the comedy album “Billy Gardell: Throwback.” In 2011 he released the stand-up DVD “Halftime.”
It's said emotional people wear their heart on their sleeve. Well, Florida Georgia Line fans wear their country music fandom on their bodies.
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 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.
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Anyone who thinks you can’t improve on a classic is dead wrong. Take Kix McNutley’s in Sea Isle City for example. This mainstay of the South Jersey nightlife scene celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and in honor of that milestone, they have done a complete overhaul, adding a new interior, a granite bar top, a state-of-the-art sound system, a stage and more, proving you can in fact teach an old dog new tricks.
In the 1980s, gods — commonly called “rock stars” — walked the earth. Top pyrotechnics, intense dance moves and flashy wardrobes and hairstyles were all common sights during that time. While that era may seem long gone, if the members of Garden State Radio have their way, it will come back with a vengeance.
There are so many good options for happy hour in Atlantic City, it can become quite a quandary deciding which is the best place to get an early buzz and eat on the cheap.
The longest-running outdoor casino party spot — The Deck at Golden Nugget — celebrates its summer grand opening this weekend, just in time for the big holiday.
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1 Step back in time at the Chelsea Pub and Inn. People may assume the Chelsea Pub and Inn building is only 30 years old, since the 24-hour pub and grill only opened in 1985.
This week, we head down to the southern tip of the state, to a local hangout tucked in a classic hotel that is equal parts bar, restaurant and music venue: The Mad Batter in Cape May.
1 No, you don’t have to travel to Maryland. Tony’s Baltimore Grill is about as Atlantic City as it gets. Located on Atlantic Avenue since 1966, no one that currently works at the restaurant and bar actually knows how it got its name, but if you ask, you’ll get two different answers — either because the seafood they serve came from a Baltimore-based vendor or because the original owners were from Baltimore. But it was entrepreneur Anthony Tarsitano who took over the now-pizza joint, which replaced an Irish piano bar. Since then, it’s become a local landmark that has provided families and friends with many fond memories.
1 All the beer you’ll ever need. You can find a lifetime’s worth of brews all under the same roof at Firewaters.
This week our nightlife travels take us deep into the Pine Barrens, just outside Leeds Point, home to one of South Jersey’s most enduring legends — the Jersey Devil. It seems that despite his fear-inducing reputation, this notorious horse-faced, bat-winged monster is just a down-to-earth local who likes to put down a few craft beers and a top-notch cheesesteak once in a while. After we spent a night out at his namesake bar, JD’s Pub and Grille, we can’t blame him.
Sundays just got a lot more fun. Especially if you like clubbing.
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.
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.
If you’re ready to show off your red, white and blue, South Jersey is the perfect place to have an epic Memorial Day weekend. Whether you just want to stroll in a parade, experience a concert or “pig out” at a roast, you'll have more than enough to keep you busy throughout the weekend.
As much of a talented entertainer and conductor as she is, it may have been Linda Gentille’s love for animals that was most responsible for her founding the Jersey Shore Pops in 2009 — with the help of Dr. Nick Holland.
The longest-running professional sports event in Atlantic City — the annual ShopRite LPGA Classic — returns to Stockton Seaview Golf Resort from Monday, May 25, through May 31. Look for an exciting competition among more than 140 world-class athletes vying for a $1.5 million prize.
Following in the Hulk-sized footsteps of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Tomorrowland” opens in IMAX at the Tropicana casino and Resort Friday, May 22.
Nils Lofgren has had an enviable musical career. The guitarist has played with everyone from Neil Young to Robert Plant to Ringo Starr, but he is perhaps best known as Bruce Springsteen’s guitarist and back-up vocalist in the E Street Band.
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.
Brothers Nick and Antonio Ballias took a chance 10 years ago, but they had a gut feeling that their idea to start a creperie and cafe would pay off in the long run.
If you’ve ever been to Wildwood, you know that there are plenty of pizza and sub shops, so when restaurant owner George M. Karavangelos wanted to try something different, he knew exactly what to do.
Anyone with a television knows Gordon Ramsay can hurl insults and fling F-bombs, but any foodie knows he’s an even better chef.
When a group of friends from Pennsylvania realized they shared an affinity for New England food, they decided to bring some Maine to the Main Line.
It’s about time. After doing great brunches for special events such as Caesars Entertainment’s Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, Phillips Seafood inside The Playground, formerly The Pier Shops at Caesars, is finally offering brunch 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
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.
Surf’s up, dudes and dudettes!