Acclaimed jazz pianist-singer Diana Krall has been keeping a low profile for the past six months, due to a lingering case of pneumonia that kept her out of the spotlight.
The Eli Young Band is ready to “Turn It On” in concert. The country group, which appears 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Tropicana's Showroom, has just released the title track from its forthcoming EP on Republic Nashville.
WHO IS SHE: Newark native Gloria Gaynor began her career in the mid 1960s, but it was a decade later when she became a superstar, helping usher in the disco era with dance hits such as “Honey Bee,” “Never Can Say Goodbye,” “Reach Out, I’ll Be There,” “Casanova Brown” and “Let’s Make a Deal.” In 1978 Gaynor released her signature track, the smash hit “I Will Survive.” In 1980 the song won a Grammy for Best Disco Recording. In the early 1980s, Gaynor scored hits with “Let Me Know (I Have a Right)” and “I am What I Am.”
WHO ARE THEY: Comedy Crapshoot 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 Al Caz along with “The Jersey Outlaw” Jimmie Lee and Foul Mouth Al. Also on the bill are special guests Matt Bridgestone and Chris Williams. Caz, who was once a casino dealer, entered an employee talent show, won the contest and his career as a stand-up was born. In addition to being a national touring act and a real estate agent by day, Caz has written for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn” and “Saturday Night Live” and “Politically Incorrect.”
WHO IS HE: Athens-born Themis Adamantidis began singing as a teenager, performing with the likes of Anna Chrisafi, Rena Esenazi and Spiros Kalfopoulos. He appeared on the television show “Na I Efkaria” and, when he was 21, was able to secure a recording contract with EMI records. Adamantidis has released more than 30 albums over the course of his career.
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.
“I’m the kind of musician that’s happy to perform for even one person,” says David Earl, who currently performs solo under the name The David Earl Experience. At 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, Earl will bring his talents to the second Blizzard de Fromage festival at Le Grand Fromage in Atlantic City, hosted and orchestrated by Jerry Ryan.
1 Cielo, meaning “sky” in Italian, is Resorts’ newest addition. The beautiful spot, located at the entrance of Capriccio at Resorts Hotel Casino, is a renovated wine bar and lounge. “Sky” refers to the bar’s new ceiling, painted with cumulus clouds and featuring an overhead trellis. The eye-catching bar is made out of poured concrete, and guests sit on cushy leather chairs. The Capriccio and Cielo logos hang on the lounge’s wall, made of wood and decorated with white waves. A large barrel tap, from which four different wines are poured — two red and two whites — is the centerpiece of the main bar area.
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.
“I’ve been involved since the beginning of time,” jokes Dr. Scott Fuerman of his participation in the annual “Men R’ Cookin’” fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City.
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.
If you must freeze your tush off this winter, at least make it worthwhile. On Saturday, Feb. 28, surfers will suit up and take to the frigid waters of the Atlantic to raise funds for the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation’s 6th annual Freeze for a Cause.
While we all tend to make mistakes at work on a regular basis, there are some professions where mistakes are simply not an option.
Spun from a series of children’s books by Stan and Jan Berenstain intended to impart lessons on good moral character, the Berenstain Bears became hugely popular worldwide across multiple mediums.
If you're an IMAX fan, you will want to head to the Tropicana Casino and Resort to catch its latest 3D release, "Humpback Whales."
If you are a child of survivors or active members of law enforcement agencies, fire departments and rescue squad personnel who reside or work in Atlantic or Cape May counties, more than $27,500 is available in higher education scholarships to qualified applicants by the 200 Club.
If you didn’t know, February is Heart Month, and the Tropicana Casino and Resort is not only creating awareness but celebrating with specials all month long,
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.