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.”
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.
WHO ARE THEY: Jefferson Starship was one of the most successful arena rock bands during the 1970s and 1980s. In fact, the group even managed to become more commercially successful than Jefferson Airplane, the legendary band out of which it evolved. “Red Octopus,” released in 1975, was the group’s best-selling album and featured the hit single “Miracles.” The band had continued success with the album “Spitfire” in 1976 and again with “Earth” in 1978 which went platinum and featured the Top 10 hit “Count on Me.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WHO ARE THEY: The Real Men of Scores is a male revue that is featured exclusively at the Blue Velvet Theater in Scores Atlantic City. The Theater features two stages, a full bar, tableside seating, cocktail and bottle service. Various packages are available on the official website to fit every budget, party and night out.
WHO ARE THEY: Savage Men is a male revue that has been featured on “So You Think You Can Dance,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Today Show,” “Mob Wives” and “Jerseylicious.” The show features male model dancers as well as male ensemble dancers.
1 Cielo, meaning “sky” in Italian, is Resorts’ newest addition.
With the brutal, sub-zero temperatures we have been enduring lately, it would be easy for any garden-variety pessimist to focus on nothing but the frosted windshields and sore throats that have plagued us this season.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1 Enjoy happy hours Wednesdays through Sundays. On most nights that Dos Caminos, the fabulous upscale Mexican restaurant at Harrah’s Resort, is open, they have a terrific happy hour deal. It all starts with “Cinco de Wednesday,” when from 5 to 10 p.m. you can enjoy select appetizers and drink specials for $5.55. Next comes “Thirsty Thursday,” which takes place 5 to 7 p.m., where guests can take advantage of $3 tequila shots, $5 margaritas and complimentary chips and salsa at the bar. Start your weekend off at “Viva la Friday” from 5 to 8 p.m., munching on half-priced tacos and washing them down with either $4 beers, $5 margaritas or $19 Coronita buckets. Sunday ushers in “La Hora Bueno” — i.e., happy hour — with $5 margaritas and specialty cocktails and complimentary chips and salsa from 5 to 7 p.m.
With winter in full swing and a chill in the air stinging the skin, some will seek the comforts of a classic, cozy pub. With its twinkly lighting and warm atmosphere, The Anchorage Tavern and Restaurant in Somers Point hits all the marks.
If the name “Tomatoe’s,” with its oddly incorrect spelling, has you picturing one of the dozens of unremarkable “red sauce and ravioli” joints scattered throughout the Garden State, you could not be further from the mark. But who doesn’t love a good surprise? Expectation-shattering Tomatoe’s in Margate is definitely a good one.
Ahh, Millville — sure, it’s off the beaten path a bit, the type of town you might not venture to unless you had a specific reason for going there. Well, now you do: the Old Oar House Irish Pub.
Capriccio inside Resorts Casino Hotel has always been a fabulous Italian restaurant in Atlantic City. Now it has an equally impressive wine bar to complement it.
When it comes right down to it, a classic local bar needs three key ingredients to work: great drinks, great food and a great vibe. Hit all three of those and folks will keep coming back. Testa’s Good Guys Pub in Mays Landing is living proof of that.
Somers Point has always been a very jazz-friendly town, from the frequent Jazz Society events to the open-mic jams and featured performers. Tim Lekan has been a mainstay in the field and has been hosting a weekly jazz concert series at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro every Tuesday night for several years now.
If you’re a fan of DJ Pauly D, here’s some good news: the former star of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” will return as a resident DJ at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort for an unprecedented fourth year in 2015.
1 Sing along with a piano player every night. From around 6 p.m. to close daily, Dock’s Oyster House in Atlantic City has a piano player.
Every spring students at Stockton University perform “A Concert of Dance,” which features diverse contemporary and modern dance works. This year’s performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 26 to 28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in the Stockton Performing Arts Center.
Hungry for a bargain? Ravenous deal hunters throughout South Jersey wait all year long for this week. What week? Atlantic City Restaurant Week, of course.
I dare you: walk past Tazza Caffe in Caesars Atlantic City or Harrah’s Resort and don’t pause to check out their beautiful pastries and cakes, their savory selection of sandwiches and their colorful assortment of gelatos.
When Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa expanded about eight years ago, foodies’ eyes opened wide when it was announced that celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay and Michael Mina would have restaurants there.
Three years ago, Lauren Sacco — then Lauren Vito — who grew up working at Frankie’s Pizzeria in Hazelton, Pa., talked to her parents, Frank and Debbie Vito, owners of Frankie’s, about opening another location in Ocean City for her to run. They looked at a vacant space at 1050 Bay Ave. with the thought of opening it there.
Those who frequent casinos know that the Top 2 restaurants in every casino are usually the steakhouse and the Italian joint.
Barista’s Coffee House’s slogan — “Time stands still at Barista’s” — is, much like the frothy cappuccino they serve, a tall order. But when you visit this corner java joint in Linwood’s Central Square, opened by Mark and Debbie Becker just last summer, that’s really how it feels.
Roberto Diaz almost didn't relocate his restaurant El Mariachi Loco to the corner of Bellevue Avenue and South Egg Harbor Road in Hammonton. The space, on the first floor of an ornate and elaborately painted 110-year-old building, the most photographed building in town, had been vacant for a while, but the owner was taking his time deciding who to rent it to.
Ask anyone to name their favorite steakhouse in Atlantic City, and The Palm always seems to be one of their top recommendations.
Like many casino restaurant employees, Adrian Roman and his wife Olga of Egg Harbor Township were affected by the recent closures. So when the opportunity came up to open a restaurant of their own, Roman says it was quite literally “an offer we couldn’t refuse.”
When it comes to sushi in Atlantic City, it doesn’t get better than Oshi Sushi & Sake. And that credit can be placed squarely on Armiyanto “Harry” Setiyaki.
Everyone loves a good burger. So much so that you can basically find one in every restaurant.
Resorts Atlantic City’s Quick Bites food court came together slowly but surely with The Original Soupman, Famous Famiglia Pizzeria, Haagen Dazs ice cream and Dunkin’ Donuts Express, but it was missing that last substantial piece.
A kitchen supervisor from Winter Haven, Florida, is the winner of the latest season of “Hell’s Kitchen” and will be a head chef at the new Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill when it opens in February at Caesars Atlantic City.