WHO ARE THEY: Crosby, Stills and Nash was a super group of sorts when it formed in 1968. David Crosby had been a member of The Byrds, Graham Nash was with The Hollies and Stephen Stills came from Buffalo Springfield. Together they became both a musical and culturally important band singing songs that helped define the times. The group became known for their beautiful harmonies, catchy melodies and innovative arrangements. Over the years the group would occasionally include Neil Young who managed to maintain a highly successful solo career simultaneously. Crosby, Stills and Nash’s most well known songs include “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Wooden Ships,” “Teach Your Children,” “Woodstock,” “Carry On,” “Our House,” “Long Time Gone” and “Helplessly Hoping.”
WHO IS HE: Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience is a tribute show that features the son of the late, great Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Over the years, Jason Bonham has performed with numerous rock ’n’ roll luminaries including his father’s old band mates Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones — most famously at Led Zeppelin’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and again in 2007 at the Led Zeppelin reunion concert in London.
WHO IS SHE: Wendy Williams is a media personality and New York Times bestselling author who refers to herself as “The Queen of All Media.” Her daytime talk show “The Wendy Williams Show” debuted in July 2008. In 2009 Williams was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Her books include “Wendy’s Got the Heat” and “The Wendy Williams Experience.”
WHO ARE THEY: Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, The Isley Brothers first emerged in the late 1950s with a string of doo-wop singles and went on to become one of the most influential R&B groups of all time. Led by the expressive voice of lead vocalist Ron Isley, the group’s hits include “This Old Heart of Mine,” “Twist and Shout,” “It’s Your Thing,” “That Lady, Pt. 1” and “Fight the Power Pt. 1 & 2.”
WHO ARE THEY: Comedy Crap Shoot is a show that allows comedians to perform in a free-style format where they will have the opportunity to interact with the audience. This week’s show features headliner BUDA as well as show producer Matt Bridgestone and Max. The show is hosted by Chris Williams. BUDA is known for his impressions and characters and has worked with the likes of Chris Tucker and Lil Wayne.
WHO IS HE: Yiannis Parios is a Greek singer and songwriter who began his career in the late 1960s and released his debut self-titled album in 1971. One of the bigger hits of his career was “Tora pia,” which was a take on Alain Barriere’s song “Tu t’en vas.” The song helped usher in a trend of pairing Greek lyrics with melodies from abroad. Parios’s 1982 album “Nisiotika” sold nearly a million and a half copies which was a Greek record. Over the course of his career Parios has performed all over the world and released a huge catalogue of music.
WHO IS HE: Freddie Jackson was born and raised in Harlem, N.Y., where he began singing gospel music at a young age before switching over to soul. After playing with several groups, he landed a recording contract and released his debut album “Rock Me Tonight” in 1985. The title track was a hit and paved the way for the second single “You Are My Lady” which reached No. 12 on the Billboard 100. “A Little Bit More,” a duet with Melba Moore, was a No. 1 R&B hit in 1986. Jackson’s second album “Just Like The First Time” contained the hits “Tasty Love,” “Have You Ever Loved Somebody,” “I Don’t Want to Lose Your Love” and “Jam Tonight.”
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?”
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.
Nancy Malcun knows just how hard it is to get to the upper levels of the music industry, and she’s determined not to let any of the usual pratfalls prevent her from getting there. She’s been performing in overtime lately, bringing both her talent and work ethic to many local establishments. She’s already garnered many accomplishments to her name, but feels as if this is just the beginning.
Sundays just got a lot more fun. Especially if you like clubbing.
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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.
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.
If you like to paint but maybe need some guidance, The Playground, the soon-to-be-transformed Pier Shops at Caesars, will host Sips & Strokes.
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.
Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, nor is it even a nationally recognized holiday for the county.
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.
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.