It’s been nearly two decades since Alanis Morissette burst onto the U.S. music scene with “Jagged Little Pill” (Maverick), a critical and commercial hit that helped usher in a new era of alternative, female singer-songwriters.
In recent years, Mick Jones has frequently gone missing from Foreigner’s lineup due to heart problems, but the group’s sole remaining original member is pretty much guaranteed to take the stage this time around.
Brody Jenner, best known for appearing on reality series such as “The Princes of Malibu” and “The Hills,” showed off his DJ skills at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort last weekend, the night after singer/songwriter J. Holiday, best known for his hit “Bed,” performed to kick the weekend off.
WHO ARE THEY: NBC’s “Last Coming Standing Live” tour is an offshoot of the popular comedy competition television show that features the Season 8 winner along with the Top 4 finalists. One hundred of the best comedians in America were invited to audition and, out of that group, the judging panel — consisting of Roseanne Barr, Keenan Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters — narrowed it down to the group of five that will be performing on the tour.
WHO ARE THEY: Little Anthony and the Imperials emerged from Brooklyn, N.Y., in the late 1950s with a classic style of doo-wop and R&B. The group’s first hit was “Tears on My Pillow,” which rocketed all the way to No. 5 on the pop charts. In 1960s The Imperials returned to the pop charts with “Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko Bop.” After several lean years, the group struck gold again in 1964 with the hit single “I’m on the Outside (Looking In)” which was followed by the even bigger hit “Goin’ Out of My Head.” In 1965 Little Anthony and the Imperials had a Top 10 hit single with the dramatic “Hurt so Bad.”
WHO IS HE: Umberto Tozzi is an Italian pop singer-songwriter who began performing as a teenager in the late 1960s and released his first album “Donna Amante Mia” in 1976. A year later Tozzi scored a No. 1 hit with “Ti Amo,” which remained on the charts for seven months and became one of his most well-known and enduring hits. In 1979 the singer scored another big hit with “Gloria,” a song that eventually ended up being a hit in the U.S. for singer Laura Branigan in 1982. Over the course of his career, Tozzi has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide.
WHO IS HE: Brian Regan is a stand-up comedian who released his first CD “Brian Regan Live” in 1997. He has had two hour-long Comedy Central specials, both of which have been released on DVD. Regan first appeared on “The Late Show With David Letterman” back in 1995 and has appeared on the show more than 20 times since. In 2010 Regan released the comedy CD “All by Myself.” Constantly on tour, Regan has performed in more than 80 cities each year since 2005.
WHO IS HE: Eric Kearns is a vocal impressionist who is capable of performing in the styles of more than 40 famous entertainers. He maintains a schedule that is comprised largely of private corporate events and senior functions, but also performs occasional public shows at casinos and other venues. On occasion he performs along with the 18-piece Todd Sullivan Orchestra.
WHO ARE THEY: Glen Tapia is a 24-year-old boxer from Passaic who began his pro career in 2008. The junior middleweight fighter has a professional record of 20-1 with 12 knockouts.
WHO IS HE: Michael McGeehan’s career as a singer began only 8 years ago, but since his days at the Whitemarsh Valley Inn in Lafayette Hill, Pa., he’s gone on to record four albums and has headlined his own show at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. His self-titled release featured original material while the other three albums feature popular covers.
WHO IS HE: Tony Pace is known as “The Man with the Voice … Who Just Happens to Be Funny.” For more than 25 years Pace has been entertaining audiences with his combination of music, comedy and audience participation. Impressions are another one of Pace’s many talents. The Tony Pace Show was featured at Resorts in 2004 where he was billed as “The First Signature Artist of Atlantic City.”
1 Austrian-born Wolfgang Puck and India-inspired Taj Mahal go German. The fabulous Wolfgang Puck American Grille in Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is offering an Oktoberfest menu all month long. Get a mouthful of these mouthfuls: sauerbraten mit serviertenknoedel rotkohl, sour-braised beef with bacon dumplings and cabbage ($36); leberkaes mit bayrischem kartoffelsalat, Bavarian-style meatloaf with potato salad ($17); speckpfannkuchen, savory pancake with bacon ($16); and schweinshaxe mit sauerkraut, slow-roasted pork knuckles with sauerkraut ($35). Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort will host weekend-long Oktoberfest noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. Guests can enjoy nonstop entertainment direct from Germany and feast on authentic German food such as grilled bratwurst, Hungarian goulash, pork loin, frankfurters, linzer torte and apple strudel. Sip German beers and stroll the shopping marketplace. Listen to tunes by Bayrische 7, Die Blaue Zipfel, Kay Doerfel, Joe Maloy and Johanna Teubner Prussak & Her German Singers, among others. Admission is $5 and open to the public. Free admission with a Trump One Card. Visit any kiosk to print an entry slip. Plus, Trump One card holders can earn entries through Oct. 25 for a chance to win a luxury German Audi A3.
At the Jersey Shore, most nightlife spots do their best to try and please everyone. Maybe they put the big game on and are mindful enough to also turn up the jukebox for those who prefer to listen to some music. In other words, they like to have all the bases covered. At Watering Hole Café in Mays Landing, they take the concept of covering the bases literally — as in they have their own softball field. It doesn’t matter how many flat screens you put in your bar, you just can’t beat that.
These days, more and more live acts have been bemoaning the influx of DJ culture and its rising prominence on the stages and dance floors of South Jersey. Rather than crying about it, the duo known as Hand Over Fist has decided to do something about it. They’re fighting fire with fire and have infused cutting-edge DJ tactics into the traditional, live acoustical set.
BORGATA HOTEL CASINO & SPA
1. Learn some American history from Tun Tavern. The original Tun Tavern dates back to pre-Revolutionary War days.
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.
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.
1 For something daring, the Continental. If you love martinis, The Continental is the place for you. Boasting a menu of 24 variations, you can imbibe for as little as one person to as many as six, as their party shakers can serve and satisfy your whole table. Faves still include the Continental Cosmo, which is Tito’s, peach schnapps, pomegranate and lime juices; and the ever-popular Astronaut, comprised of Peachka and Tang and served in a Tang-rimmed glass. A $5 happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Drinks include select beers, wine and some cocktails. Munchies include a vegetarian hummus platter and buffalo chicken meatballs. This swanky bar has a real “Rat Pack feel,” and you’ll receive a $5 voucher for Caesars self-park garage. More info call 609-674-8300 or go to ContinentalAC.com.
It’s a fact — hybrids are all the rage these days. Like any trend, after a while they can start to become annoying. Oh sure, you can try and place blame on your neighbor with the Prius or your sister-in-law who just HAD to have a $1,500 labradoodle, but why get yourself all worked up? It’s time to find the silver lining here — ladies and gentlemen, presenting Westy’s Irish Pub, an Irish pub with an outdoor deck and a great views. Now that is the type of hybrid anyone can get behind.
1 Enjoy happy hour in the middle of the night. Boneyard in Atlantic City is open 24/7 and they have two happy hours each day.
As the introductory days of autumn greet us with crisp breezes and football-packed Sundays, somehow those beach bars and sugary island drinks suddenly seem less appealing.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … bivalve? LBI’s 26th annual Chowderfest Cook-Off Classic takes place 11 a.m .to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Taylor Avenue ballfield at 9th Street and Taylor Avenue in Beach Haven (across from Schooner’s Wharf and Bay Village). This year’s theme? “Clamic Con,” a spoof, if you will, of the exceedingly popular global comic book convention Comic Con.
“Fall” into fun at the second annual Fall Festival in Hammonton — which has been expanded to a weekend-long event this year — noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5.
If you thought seafood festivals were done for the year, think again. The seventh annual Seafood and Music Festival will take place11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in Wildwood along Atlantic Avenue between Wildwood and Schellenger avenues.
The Cape Shore Chorus, an all-female barbershop chorus, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a special concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Middle Township Performing Arts Center.
Seniors can re-live their hippie days with the music of the 1960s during the ultra groovy show “Shout: The Mod Musical,” 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at Dante Hall in Atlantic City. This high-energy musical will take audiences back in time when peace signs, flower power and mini skirts were all the rage. The show is a free event for seniors.
The Bay-Atlantic Symphony will celebrate the 350th anniversary of New Jersey as a British colony with a chamber concert 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Dante Hall Theater, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City.
The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is hosting its 19th annual Energenic Golf and Sporting Clays Invitational, 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.
The Tropicana Casino and Resort is doing its part through October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by hosting special events and programs while offering promotions to increase awareness and benefit local cancer support charities.
If you’re a Denzel Washington fan, you’re probably pretty excited for “The Equalizer,” which opens at the IMAX at the Tropicana Casino and Resort with a special screening 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25.
Guilt, innocence and influence and how they are bought and sold are explored in East Lynne Theater Company’s latest drama “Within the Law,” which runs through Sunday, Oct. 12.
They’re back — all of them! One of the greatest culinary weekends of the year — Savor Borgata — returns Nov. 7 and 8, and unlike last time, this year’s main event will feature all of the casino resort’s famed signature chefs, including Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Geoffrey Zakarian and Wolfgang Puck.
Atlantic City saw great new restaurants open all over town this year: Guy Fieri’s Chophouse and Buca di Beppo at Bally’s Atlantic City; Wingcraft and Perfectly Innocent Amusement Company outside of casinos … just to name a few.
Atlantic City Restaurant Week may not return until March, but Caesars Entertainment doesn’t want to make you wait that long, so it’s holding its own version of Restaurant Week from Friday, Oct. 3, to Thursday, Oct. 9.
It’s time to get the “Best of the Wurst” for Oktoberfest at Gregory’s Restaurant and Bar in Somers Point Friday.
Some of the best BBQ in the country can be had this weekend at Golden Nugget Atlantic City as it hosts the two-day, $200,000 DO AC Smokin’ Hot Atlantic City BBQ Championship noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 and 5.
Since 1969, people living and visiting the Wildwoods have enjoyed the Chiarella family’s food, whether it was the seafood and roast beef from their original Chiarella’s menu or the old-school Italian dishes inspired by their heritage.
Fred and Stephanie Puggi moved from Egg Harbor Township to Laureldale 16 years ago. Even then, there was something about the little bar restaurant in the woods that was called Martha’s Bar at the time.
Meat lovers who always wanted to try real Japanese Wagyu, that prized beef that never leaves Japan, may be able to do so at The Old Homestead Steakhouse in New York and at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Tanya Dixon and Thurmond Wakefield are family. The sister and brother are also former casino workers who reinvented themselves in the form of T. Wake’s Smoked BBQ and Shrimp Shack in the Cardiff Circle Plaza in Egg Harbor Township.
Another major celebrity chef is coming to Atlantic City, and this one may be the biggest yet.
When Christopher Lare and David Seitz were growing up, they knew they would be friends for life. But had no idea they would also become business partners.
John Durie, a Philly boy born and raised, got his restaurant experience early when he worked as a busboy for Skinny D’Amato at the famous 500 Club in Atlantic City.
Prior to opening each day, the staff at the new Delaney’s Irish Pub and Grille in Cape May get together to discuss techniques for providing quality customer service — from the basics to overextending.
Sometimes, a food and beverage concept pops up in South Jersey — particularly Atlantic City — that seems like it could be ahead of its time.
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Laugh out loud at the annual AC Comedy Fest at Boardwalk Hall!