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Keith Sweat has soul R&B singer performs Mother’s Day show
Keith Sweat perfoms a special Mother’s Day concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Caesars Circus Maximus Theater. Tickets are $55 to $65. ADRIAN ALBRITTON
Keith Sweat admits he’s never done a solo afternoon show. But he promises that when he takes the stage at Caesars Maximus Theater on Mother’s Day, he won’t change a thing about his performance. “The time has no relevance to what songs I’m doing,” he said in a phone interview. Neither does the fact the concert is on Mother’s Day. “The audience will hear the same favorite songs from back in the day and current ones. I’ll play somebody’s favorite song,” said the Harlem native, who grew up influenced by artists such as Luther Vandross, The O’Jays and Babyface. Back in the day for Sweat began in 1987, with the release of his debut album “Make It Last Forever,” which sold 4 million copies. The biggest hit from this album was "I Want Her," which went to No.1on the R&B charts and No. 5 on the pop charts. And he’s been a hit machine ever since. His latest album, “Til the Morning,” premiered in November. He also formed the R&B super group LSG with Gerald Levert and Johnny Gill, and released their self-titled debut in 1997. That album featured the hit "My Body." In 1992, Sweat added another dimension to his career when he got into producing. He discovered the group Silk and helped craft its debut album, “Lose Con-
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trol,” which hit No. 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart. He also discovered the female R&B group Kut Klose, producing its debut album “Surrender.” Sweat doesn’t favor one side of the control booth or the other. “They are equal. At various times, one stands up more than the other.” He produces material for others along the same lines as his own music. “That’s why they come to me. They want the similarities of what I put out,” he said. While he has no target for the next album, he’s always working on new music, even in the struggling music industry environment. He is not immune to the changes in the music industry resulting from downloading and other technological advances. But that’s beyond his control. “I still write great songs,” he said. “I have a fan base that expects me to put out music they enjoy.”
IF YOU GO Keith Sweat performs Sunday in Caesars Circus Maximus Theater, 2100 Pacific Ave. Show time is 4 p.m. Tickets are $55 to $65 and can be purchased at Caesar’s Box Office, ticketmaster.com and (800) 7453000.
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Pamper Mom with a specially designed spa package from one of the four Caesars resorts. Several packages include massages. THINKSTOCK
Bally’s hosts boxing matches on May 19 IF YOU GO The Yorgey-Davis and MussachioBailey fights headline a seven-bout card May 19 at Bally’s Atlantic City, Boardwalk and Park Place. First fight is at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $50 and $75 and can be purchased through www.peltzboxing,com, all Ticketmaster outlets, www. ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000 and at the Bally’s box office.
Make Mom’s day Find spa, restaurant and hotel deals If Mom wants to spend Mother’s Day in Atlantic City, Caesars Entertainment wants to accommodate her. Each of its four hotels offers ways to celebrate. » » Harrah’s Resort is offering three packages at the Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden. Choose between Beautiful Mom, with a facial or massage, manicure, pedicure and makeup refresher; A Day She Deserves, with a facial, massage, manicure, pedicure, collagen eye add-on, and makeup refresher; or the over-the-top Ultimate Gratitude, with a facial, massage, manicure, pedicure, shampoo, blow dry, spa lunch and makeup refresher. » Also at Harrah’s, Sammy D’s is serving up special strawberries and cream Belgian waffles. The Steakhouse has a Mothers’ Day three-course tasting menu . » Showboat’s Vive Day Spa and Salon offers a special gift to guests who purchase a $150 gift card by Friday. Scarduzio’s features house-made chocolate truffles to all mothers at its brunch this holiday. » Bally’s Atlantic City has its impressive Sunday Brunch at The Reserve . The Spa at Bally’s includes Mom-focused packages: the Many
Thanks package features a Swedish massage or body scrub and lunch; the One on the Way package for expecting mothers consists of a pre-natal massage and lunch; and the Marvelous Woman package involves a full-body ocean sunset scrub, hot stone massage and lunch. » Caesars Atlantic City has three special packages at Qua Baths and Spa. No. 1 Mother includes a full body scrub, massage, organic facial and spa lunch; One + One, features a mother-daughter experience with massage or facial and spa lunch for two; or for expecting mothers, Qua’s One On The Way Package includes a prenatal massage, scalp massage and lunch. » Nero’s at Caesars will serve its legendary brunch . Café Roma at Caesars gives a flower to all mothers and a three-course prix fixe menu . Atlantic Grill offers a special three-course menu for Mom . » The Atlantic City Country Club hosts its annual Mother’s Day Brunch . The ACCC is also offering $25 golf for women. » The company also features weekend holiday room packages.
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Wildwood light-heavyweight Chuck Mussachio takes on Bill Bailey in a scheduled eight-round contest May 19 at Bally’s. PHOTO PROVIDED
Wildwood native to fight A Jersey Shore guy steps back in the ring May 19 when Wildwood light-heavyweight Chuck Mussachio takes on Bill Bailey in a scheduled eight-round contest in the Grand Ballroom of Bally’s Atlantic City. Mussachio, 32, will be making his first start since Nov. 19 when he lost to Philadelphia’s Garrett Wilson after 12 rounds of a cruiserweight fight. The fight was up for grabs after 11 rounds with Mussachio ahead on two of the three scorecards. “I still think about that 12th round,” said Mussachio, who is determined to stay at light-heavyweight (175 pounds) rather than cruiserweight (200 pounds). “I only weighed 183 against Wilson. I’m a natural 175.” A pro since 2005, Mussachio is 17-2-2, 5 K0s, with 18 fights in New Jersey. Bailey, 33, of Bakersfield, Calif., has an 11-14 record with 4 knockouts since turning pro, also in 2005. Only one of the 25 men Bailey boxed had a losing record at fight time and seven men he faced were unbeaten. Topping the seven-fight card is a sched-
Bill Bailey gets in the ring on May 19. PHOTO PROVIDED
uled 10-round junior middleweight contest between Harry Joe Yorgey, of Bridgeport, Pa., and Jamaal Davis, of Philadelphia. Gofightlive.tv will televise the action. Five additional bouts complete the card.
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Go-Go’s keep the beat ’80s rockers regroup at Golden Nugget
Since the early days of rock ’n’ roll, girl groups have carved a niche in what is traditionally a man’s world. From The Chantels to The Shirelles, from the Ronettes to Destiny’s Child, these groups have made a lasting mark. But few come in a complete package, playing their own instruments and writing their own songs. The Go-Go’s are one of the exceptions. The five-piece band has performed for the past 30 years. The group, including all five original members, plays Golden Nugget on Saturday night. The Go-Go’s created hit records without the aid of outside composers, session players or creative compromise. When Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wiedlin met, they weren’t even musicians. But since nearly everyone in their circle of friends was forming bands, they conceived the Go-Go’s in the same Los Angeles atmosphere that gave rise to X, The Germs and The Weirdos. Two months in, real musician Charlotte Caffey joined. By 1979, with the addition of Gina Schock on drums, the Go-Go’s were playing clubs and parties throughout L.A. They even recorded a rough version of “We Got The Beat.” Kathy Valentine joined in early 1981, and the band signed with IRS records. That summer, they released “Beauty And The Beat” and the single “Our Lips Are Sealed.” The Go-Go’s website describes them as a mixture of the timeless song craft of The Beatles, the punk attitude of The Ramones, the allure of Blondie, and the personalities of The Monkees. In other words, ’60s garage-band grit, good-girl wall-of-sound schmaltz, and a touch of ’70s glam. The double-platinum “Beauty And The Beat” reached No. 1 and begat “Vacation” in 1982 and “Talk Show” in 1984. But most good things either end or take a hiatus, and The Go-Go’s splintered in various directions with solo projects and real life. The group reunited for a charity show in the ’90s and recorded three new songs for a greatest hits collection, “Return to the Valley of The GoGo’s.” In 2000, the group became the subject of a VH-1 “Behind the Music” piece. The women released another compilation – “Behind the Music: The Go-Go’s Collection” – which still sells well. On the strength of the VH-1 special, they released a collection of new material, “God Bless the Go-Go’s,” in 2001.
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All five original members of the 1980s girl group Go-Go’s are back on stage Saturday at Golden Nugget. Tickets start at $42.50. PHOTO PROVIDED
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PENN & TELLER May 18 and 19 at Harrah’s. Tickets, $45 to $75.
SARAH SILVERMAN July 7 at Caesars. Tickets, $65 to $105. GANNETT FILE
Xtina spinning records on breaks from 3 to 8 PM. Crazy in Stereo plays live until midnight. DJ Ed Smooth spins until 3 AM when the band isn't on. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 10 PM >> Steamroller Picnic rocks with DJ Aiden Scott on deck from 9 p.m.
Sunday, May 20
LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists. $32.50 EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> Lefty Lucy rocks. GYPSY BAR 8:30 PM Borgata >> 3 AM performs in this eclectic setting with all manner of tequila. RUSH LOUNGE 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Doug Jennings performs.
Thursday, May 10
LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return. $32.50 GYPSY BAR 10 PM Borgata >> Modern Bliss performs. XHIBITION BAR 10 PM Harrah’s >> DJ Ed Smooth provides the musical entertainment EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> Sounds of Society: A Chicago tribute 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music in this new lounge off the casino floor. RUSH LOUNGE 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Rockets rocks this intimate lounge. LIVE BAR 8:30 PM, Golden Nugget >> Dollar Drinks rock the room. LUKE PALLADINO’S 8 PM Harrah’s >> Love and Branca play.
Friday, May 11
‘WEIRD AL’ YANKOVIC 9 PM, House of Blues >> The king of parodies shows he still has it. $25-$45 LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return. $32.50 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music. DUSK Caesars >> Global Fridays. FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE POOL AFTER DARK 10 PM, Harrah’s >> DJ Suss One, DJ Girl 6 and Milky Mike all entertain. GYPSY BAR 7 PM Borgata >> The Rockets rock the house early followed by Lifespeed. TOGA BAR 10 PM Caesars >> DJ Ed Smooth plays the music. MIXX 10 PM Borgata >> The bi-level lounge provides an intimate experience. mur mur 10 PM Borgata >> Eli Escobar OKs the music for a club that may keep you up all night. FRIDAY NIGHT SUPPER CLUB 6-9 PM, Foundation Room, House of Blues >> Choose from four seatings, a four-course dinner, wine and admission to a live music show at 10 p.m. $50. EDEN LOUNGE 8:15 PM Harrah’s >> Juliano Brothers open the night with No Standards coming on at midnight. XHIBITION BAR 10 PM Harrah’s >> Music provided till 5 AM by DJ K Styles and DJ April LOBBY BAR 10 PM Bally’s >> Erika Schiff Duo entertain. HOUSE OF BLUES PARTY PIT 10 PM >> The Loop rocks with DJ B. Lee on deck from 9 PM with dancers as an added attraction. MOUNTAIN BAR 9 PM, Wild Wild West, Bally's >> DJ Nicky D spins the records. Shorty the Sheriff and Vixens entertain from 10 PM BLUE MARTINI 9 PM Bally’s >> The Benderz rock the house with DJ B. Lee joining in at 10 PM. RUSH LOUNGE 6 PM, Golden Nugget >> Scream opens up with Jagged appearing at 10 PM LIVE BAR 10 PM, Golden Nugget >> No Pressure performs. MIA 10 PM, Caesars >> DJ Lu'AP spins the music.
Saturday, May 12
Friday, May 25
The king of parodies, Weird Al Yankovic, goes for laughs Friday at the House of Blues at Showboat. NEW JERSEY PRESS MEDIA FILE
music with PS-1, $20 RUSH LOUNGE 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Beth Tinnon performs. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music. EDEN LOUNGE 7 PM Harrah’s >> Quizzo entertains.
Tuesday, May 15
LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return. $32.50 DUSK TUESDAYS Caesars >> An adult playground awaits. DJ Tony Tone provides the music. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Music in this new lounge off the casino floor. RUSH LOUNGE 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Drew Stevyns provides mellow music. EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> Jeremiah Hunter rocks the room.
Wednesday, May 16
LEGENDS IN CONCERT 3 and 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists. $32.50 GYPSY BAR 9 PM Borgata >> Melanie and Tony play in an eclectic setting. XHIBITION BAR 10 PM, Harrah’s >> DJ Kay Jay provides the entertainment. BLUE MARTINI 10 PM, Bally's >> Latin Night with Party Boy and Ovy EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> Rock Star Karaoke with Big Ragu SINDUSTRY WEDNESDAY 10 PM Harrah’s >> The Pool After Dark features DJ Vito G. RUSH LOUNGE 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Slamm plays in this intimate lounge. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music.
Thursday, May 17
LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return. $32.50 GYPSY BAR 10 PM Borgata >> Modern Bliss performs. EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> Strawberry Fields: A Beatles tribute band performs. RUSH LOUNGE 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Karma rocks this intimate lounge. LIVE BAR 8:30 PM, Golden Nugget >> Loop rocks the room.
GO-GO'S, Golden Nugget >> 1980s girl group brings its cheeky hits to The Grand. $42.50-$79.10 FLORENCE & THE MACHINE 8 PM, Borgata >> Ethereal British Band rocks the Event Center. Sold out. MOTHER’S DAY FEST 7:30 PM, Boardwalk Hall >> Charlie Wilson, Patti LaBelle and Johnny Gill. $44-$93 SLEIGH BELLS 8 PM, House of Blues >> Brooklyn hard-rock duo rolls into the Music Hall. $27.50$42.50 EPIC SATURDAY AT THE POOL AFTER DARK 10 PM, Harrah’s >> DJ Konflikt and Patrice McBride. Hosted by Scott Disick
PENN & TELLER 9 PM, Harrah's >> Witty Penn and silent Teller do their magic act in The Concert Venue. $45-$75 CHICKENFOOT 8 PM, House of Blues >> Metal rockers play the Music Hall. $57-$71. SAMMY’S BEACH BAR 8 PM, Bally's >> Beach bar opens for the season with Crushing Day playing until midnight. DJ Sonatra spins records from 3 to 8 PM, with DJ Q Ball taking over until 3 AM. FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE POOL AFTER DARK 10 PM, Harrah’s >> DJ Vito G and 10 Supreme entertain.
Sunday, May 13
Saturday, May 19
KEITH SWEAT 4 PM, Caesars >> R & B crooner serenades the Circus Maximus Theater. $63-$73.50. LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return. $32.50 EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> Lefty Lucy rock the room. GYPSY BAR 8:30 PM Borgata >> Stellar Mojo performs. MIXX SUNDAYS 10 PM Borgata >> DJ Scene with Paul Castro providing the music. RUSH LOUNGE 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Doug Jennings performs.
Monday, May 14
mur.mur 10 PM Borgata >> DJ Enferno spins the
Friday, May 18
JOAN RIVERS 6 PM, Borgata >> Legendary comedian brings her barbs to The Music Box. Sold out. JOAN RIVERS 9 PM, Borgata >> Legendary comedian brings her barbs to The Music Box. Sold out. BEACH BOYS 9 PM, Borgata >> All the remaining boys of summer reunite for sweet harmonies and rock in The Event Center. Sold out. PENN & TELLER 9 PM, Harrah's >> Witty Penn and silent Teller do their magic act in The Concert Venue. $55-$75 EPIC SATURDAY AT THE POOL AFTER DARK 10 PM, Harrah’s >> featuring Eric Forbes and DJ Vito G with a live performance by Breathe Carolina. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 2 PM, Bally's >> The Replicants do an afternoon gig until 6 PM, with DJ
PITBULL 9 PM, Borgata >> The rapper takes the stage at The Event Center. Sold out. GARBAGE 8 PM, House of Blues >> The eclectic rockers with Shirley Manson out front return to prominence in The Music Hall. $29.50-$39.50 STEVE WINWOOD 9 PM, Borgata >> Classic rocker plays his catalog from Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith,Traffic and his solo career in the friendly confines of The Music Box. $95. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 10 PM, Bally's >> The legendary Wailers kick off the holiday weekend. DJ Sonatra spins records from 3 to 8 PM, with DJ Aiden Scott taking over till 3 AM when the band isn't on. THE DECK 7 PM, Golden Nugget >> The Rockets rock the room. FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE POOL AFTER DARK 10 PM, Harrah’s >> Beat Clan Takeover featuring DJ Hollywood and the Beatclans DJs. LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return. $32.50 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music. GYPSY BAR 7 PM Borgata >> Sleeveless Hearts opens the evening, with Joe Bachman & The Crew arriving later. MIXX 10 PM Borgata >> DJ Alesso shows why Borgata loves house music. $25. mur mur 10 PM Borgata >> Ross One provides the music. Free admission with ticket from Pitbull concert. EDEN LOUNGE 8:15 PM Harrah’s >> Don’t Call Me Francis open the night with Hyjinx coming on at midnight. XHIBITION BAR 11 PM Harrah’s >> Music provided by DJ Freezie LOBBY BAR 10 PM Bally’s >> Beth Tinnon Duo entertain. HOUSE OF BLUES PARTY PIT 10 PM >> Kristen and The Noise rocks with DJ Sonatra on deck from 9 p.m. with dancers as an added attraction. MOUNTAIN BAR 9 PM, Wild Wild West, Bally's >> DJ Nicky D spins the records. Shorty the Sheriff and Vixens entertain from 10 PM BLUE MARTINI 9 PM Bally’s >> Star 69 rocks with DJ B. Lee joining in at 10 PM. RUSH LOUNGE 6 PM, Golden Nugget >> Jim Shaw opens up with Juicy at 10 PM LIVE BAR 10 PM, Golden Nugget >> Spoiled Rotten performs.
TRACY MORGAN June 30 at Borgata. Tickets, $59.50 to $65. GANNETT FILE
Concert Venue. $60-$105 AFROJACK 10 PM, Borgata >> Duck music producer and DJ entertains in The Event Center. $65 EPIC SATURDAY AT THE POOL AFTER DARK 10 PM, Harrah’s >> Beat Clan Takeover featuring DJ Hollywood and the Beatclans DJ's. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 2 PM, Bally's >> Daddy Pop does an afternoon gig until 6 PM, with DJ Xtina spinning records on breaks from 3 to 8 PM. Shake Shake Shake plays live from 7 to 2 AM. DJ Patrice McBride takes spins until 3 AM when the band isn't on. LEGENDS IN CONCERT 7:30, 10 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return. $32.50 DUSK Caesars >> Hip bar features DJs from around the country. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music in this new lounge with DJ Be-Easy until 5 AM. GYPSY BAR 7 PM Borgata >> 2Twenty2 kicks off the evening, followed by Lost in Paris. mur mur 10 PM Borgata >> DJ Jesse Marco and Doug Grayson spin the music EDEN LOUNGE 8:15 PM Harrah’s >> MBO opens the evening's entertainment with The Loop coming in at midnight. LOBBY BAR 10 PM Bally’s >> The Girls Next Door entertain. BAYWALK 2 PM, Harrah’s >> Soul Messengers rock the afternoon away. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 10 PM >> Lucky You rocks with DJ Aiden Scott on deck from 9 p.m. with dancers as an added attraction. BLUE MARTINI 9 PM Bally’s >> Sideways entertains with live music, DJ Micah joins in at 10 p.m. TOGA BAR 10 PM, Caesars >> DJ Sonatra spins the music with the Toga Dancers providing the visuals. RUSH LOUNGE 6 PM, Golden Nugget >> Richie Balin plays with DC Duo coming on stage at 10 PM THE DECK 2 PM, Golden Nugget >> Karma makes positive musical vibes while Seven Stone takes over at 7 PM AFTER HOURS FOUNDATION ROOM 10 PM Showboat >> Afterhours DJ Competition with 5 DJs; on the Ocean Terrace: DJ Yan and DJ Chris Costanzo .
Sunday, May 27
JOHN PINETTE 9 PM, Borgata >> Heavyweight comic does his self-deprecating humor in The Music Box. $29.50-$35 COLLECTIVE SOUL 8 PM, Harrah's >> Rockers do their hits and more in The Concert Venue. $35-$55.
Saturday, May 26
GOLDEN BOYS WITH FRANKIE AVALON, FABIAN AND BOBBY RYDELL 9 PM, Golden Nugget >> Former teen idols from Philadelphia sing the old songs and maybe some new ones. $32.77-$55.37 BIG AND RICH WITH COWBOY TROY, 8 PM, House of Blues >> Country guys perform in the Music Hall. $45-$105 JOHN PINETTE 8 PM, Borgata >> Heavyweight comic does his self-deprecating humor in The Music Box. Sold out. PAUL ANKA 9 PM, Harrah's >> The legendary rock crooner performs the hits in The
Patti LaBelle joins Johnny Gill and Charlie Wilson for Mother’s Day Fest on Saturday at Boardwalk Hall. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. GANNETT NEWS SERVICE FILE
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Sample sake, Izakaya’s food at intimate gathering
Vintage, in the Shoppes at the Water Club, is home to the Vintage Wine Discovery Series, where Borgata chefs pair their food with wines (or sake as the case may be) available at the shop. PHOTO PROVIDED
IF YOU GO A Distinctive Experience with Sushi and Sake takes place May 19 at Vintage, in the Shoppes at the Water Club, One Borgata Way. Time is 4 to 5 p.m. Cost is $49 and can be reserved at www.theborgata.com/dine/Events/ schulson-vintageevent
Vintage, in the Shoppes at the Water Club, has become more than a wine boutique. It has evolved into the home of the Vintage Wine Discovery Series, where Borgata chefs offer samplings of their food paired with wines available at the shop. The latest in the series runs May 19 and features Izakaya chef and partner Michael Schulson. Billed as a distinctive experience with sushi and sake, the late afternoon gathering will feature Schulson’s sushi and robataki (skewers of meat, fish or vegetables), paired with both wine and sake, chosen by Borgata's Wine Director Anjoleena Griffin-Holst. “This gives chefs a chance to mingle with the guests, while the tastings provide a chance to see what each restaurant is about,” Schulson said of the event. Because of the sake, this tasting is a bit different than the others, which just stick to wine and champagne, Schulson said. The event, which expects to draw around 15 guests, offers the opportunity to munch and meet and be finished in an hour, providing the chef a chance to return to the kitchen before the dinner crowds build up. “It’s kind of fun for us,” Schulson said. “The chefs enjoy the intimate experience. You can actually talk to someone one on one. The wine is nice to pair and a great thing, but I hope people ask me more about the food.”
The core Beach Boys (from left) — Bruce Johnston, Al Jardine, Mike Love, Brian Wilson and David Marks — are back together, both on stage and for an upcoming new album. MATT SAYLES/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Boys are back On “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” Monday, Al Jardine sang lead on the Beach Boys classic “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” What elevated the performance was his surrounding cast of Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, David Marks and Brian Wilson, the surviving members of the Beach Boys . Jardine split from the group years ago, and until this year, Wilson hadn’t performed live with the band since 1996. The five are on a 50th anniversary tour that stops at Borgata on May 19. Founding member Jardine takes the blame for the smashingly successful tour this year. “It’s my fault,” he said in a phone interview from California. “I told everyone last year we should get together.” Truth is, the group had its first hit in late 1961 with “Surfin,’” said Jardine, the only original member not part of the Wilson clan. Love is Brian’s cousin, and the late Carl and Dennis Wilson were Brian’s brothers. Jardine also got requests from fans of his own band. “I started saying sure, of course we are getting back together. All of us talked about it in the past. But I jumped the gun a little early in 2011.” Despite separate tours among the members, Jardine said it made for good vibrations. All the positive thinking became infectious. “Everyone had to give up something to make it happen because we all had indi-
vidual careers. This was presumptuous of me, so I’m glad it worked out.” And because the Rolling Stones chose not to tour for their 50th, the Beach Boys filled a void. The band first performed live before an audience at the Grammys in February. In addition to the tour, The Beach Boys recorded an album of new material. Look for “That’s Why God Made the Radio” in early June. They performed the title song on Fallon’s show and “In My Room.” Jardine held out the possibility that the record and tour will lead to something more substantial in the future. “I tend to think we will know toward the middle or end of the tour to see if we get along,” he said. After all, the boys are not getting any younger. Jardine turns 70 this year. “I am enjoying life,” he said. “As long as I remain creative, I think I am fine. I don’t feel like same guy I see in the mirror.”
IF YOU GO The Beach Boys play The Event Center at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, One Borgata Way, on May 19. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are sold out, but call (866) 900-4849, visit www.theborgata.com or stop by Borgata’s box office to see if any turn up.
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It’s easy to spot an Atlantic City Ambassador in the bright shirt and olive cargo pants. They offer visitors directions, advice and alert police to any problems. PHOTO PROVIDED
Ambassadors aim to make A.C. a friendlier place By WILLIAM SOKOLIC Courier-Post Staff
“Where’s the ocean?” Yes, someone on the boardwalk asked Ambassador Terry Hose that very question. And Hose, who celebrates her oneyear anniversary as an Atlantic City Ambassador next month, answered the query without a snicker. “We are there to let them know. There’s no such thing as a stupid question,” said Hose, who deals with a wide range of issues on the job, from getting help for the homeless to informing public works that trash cans need to be emptied to recommending restaurants. Thanks to funding through the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the ambassador program went from 22 people in 2011 to 60 by Memorial Day, and not just on the boardwalk, said Ambassa-
dor Manager Tom Burns. Ambassadors, who work as late as 2 a.m. some nights, will have a presence on Pacific and Atlantic avenues and around The Walk outlet center. The CRDA allocated nearly $1.6 million toward this program in funds from the Special Improvement Division budget and the Atlantic City Tourism District. “This program provides a great opportunity to show what a great city we have,” said Hose, who worked as a supervisor in room service at Trump Taj Mahal before becoming an ambassador. “And every day is an adventure. Every day is different. “ Hose works a 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. shift. Other duties on her plate include communication with police to help ensure the boardwalk is safe for visitors. She also points out where the restrooms are, and where family activities can be found. “I give (visitors) a rundown of things I would do with my own kids,” she said.
IF YOU GO The Shirley Mae Run & Michael J. Walk take place Saturday on the boardwalk at Iowa Avenue. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Fees are $35 for the 5K run; $30 for the 1.5 mile walk; $20 students 18 and under; and $15 for children 12 and under. For more information, call Wilma at (609) 457-0380 or wilma hanna68@gmail .com
About 3,000 runners and walkers are expected Saturday for the 10th annual Shirley Mae Run and Walk on the boardwalk. PHOTO PROVIDED
Saturday’s Shirley Mae Run benefits cancer funds By WILLIAM SOKOLIC Courier-Post Staff
For the last nine years, the Shirley Mae Run and Walk has been a staple on Mother’s Day weekend. The event has attracted thousands of participants to the boardwalk. The 10th version will be no different this Saturday. But this year, a new element has emerged. The Michael J. Walk, named after Michael J. Neustadter, who succumbed for pancreatic cancer earlier this year. Neustadter was the brother-in-law of Roy Goldberg, who established the walk. The money raised benefits the Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Fund, the Michael J. Neustadter Pancreatic Cancer Fund and Gilda's Club South Jersey. There were about 2,700 participants last year, raising $125,000, Goldberg said. “We expect around 3,000 walkers and runners this year,” he said. “The growth is a testament to the good work these organizations do.” This year, the staging area has moved from Trump Taj Mahal to Tropicana, which will also host a breakfast for breast cancer survivors at 7:30 a.m. Participants can enter a 5K run, 1.5 mile walk and the Kids Fun Run. The morning also includes live entertainment, health screenings, food, bever-
ages and more. Registration runs from 7:30 to 9 a.m. when a 10-minute aerobic warm-up precedes the 9:10 start. Awards will be presented at 10 a.m. to various finishers. The run will begin at Morris Avenue and head south to Suffolk Avenue and return. The kids run will also head south to Lincoln Avenue in Atlantic City. The walk goes north from Iowa Avenue to the Dennis Courtyard at Bally’s before turning around. The Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Fund began with a gift from Roy Goldberg, a local businessman and philanthropist. He created the fund after experiencing the determination and inspiration of his mother, Shirley Mae Goldberg, a breast cancer survivor. Funds raised provide financial assistance for those with a need to offset the cost of medication, surgery, therapy and other needs. The Michael J. Neustadter Pancreatic Cancer Fund was established in 2012 to provide financial support for individuals showing financial need and to fund medical and scientific research related to the treatment, diagnosis, prevention and cure of pancreatic cancer. Gilda’s Club offers cancer patients and their families a place to meet for emotional and social support.
Ambassador uniforms consist of bright shirts and olive cargo pants with a green stripe. “You can see us coming a mile away,” Hose said. The germination for the ambassadors began in 1993 when the Special Improvement District opened four small gazebos on the boardwalk to provide tourism information. “Over the years, they became the eyes and ears of police as much as providing information for visitors,” said Don Guardian, executive director of the SID. Six months ago, the Tourism District brought on consultant Rick Santoro to come up with suggestions to expand the numbers and the range. The result is that at peak times, there will be approximately 20 Ambassadors on duty. The headquarters is in the newly refurbished Boardwalk Operations Center on The Boardwalk at Indiana Avenue.
“This Ambassador program exceeds the scope of the typical program model across the country. Because of the partnerships and resources available, the Atlantic City Ambassador team is trained and empowered to be pro-active and to make a difference,” said John Palmieri, CRDA executive director. The new program also requires a minimum of an associate degree to participate, Guardian said. Half of those hired have bachelor’s degrees. “To have additional people within the Tourism District serving the tourists who come to Atlantic City will benefit the experience and make our town friendlier,” said Assemblyman Chris Brown. “It will be a better experience and the visitors are more likely to come back to the city and visit again.”
Dante Hall welcomes jazz greats By WILLIAM SOKOLIC Courier-Post Staff
Sonny Fortune got the booking of his young career in 1965 when he played in the legendary Club Harlem for the summer in the late Chris Colombo’s band. “It was my first extensive gig out of town,” the Philadelphia native said in a phone interview. “We’d go to work at 11 at night. When the sun hit the drum kit, Chris said it was time to go home. “ Fortune hasn’t played Atlantic City much since, but his connection to Club Harlem earned the Sonny Fortune Quartet a date May 19 at Richard Stockton College - Dante Hall Theater, the first in a series of monthly jazz concerts planned with the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation, Inc. The theater also booked the Marc Cary Quartet for June 16. “The concept is to find masters in jazz with an affiliation on Kentucky Avenue or those who studied under people who did. Sonny was among the giants,” said Henrietta Shelton, chairwoman of the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation. Chicken Bone Beach refers to a section of beach on Missouri Avenue popular with African Americans, especially residents who lived on the city’s north side. (The organization also sponsors the 13th annual free jazz concerts at Kennedy Plaza on the Boardwalk .) “It’s exciting to see how much the jazz scene has grown in Atlantic City. We’re looking forward to bringing more jazz concerts to the city and having a beautiful, intimate venue like Dante Hall hosting some of the top artists in the field,” Shelton said. Kentucky Avenue was the focal point for black entertainment in Atlantic City back in the day and Club Harlem was the most well-known haunt. “I was so excited to be in the middle of all that. It was starry eyed for me,” said Fortune, who was surrounded by artists such as Sammy Davis Jr. and Lola Falana that summer. Fortune, who plays soprano, tenor and baritone sax, as well as clarinet and flute, has since earned high praise for his recordings. He also played with music legends McCoy Tyner, Buddy Rich, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. For the last decade, Fortune has run his own label, Sound Reason. The recordings are more a labor of love than a
Sax man Sonny Fortune brings his jazz quartet to Dante Hall on May 19. PHOTO PROVIDED
quest for commercial success. His latest album, “Last Night at Sweet Rhythm,” was recorded at a now-defunct club some 18 months ago. He cut back touring in the last 18 months. “Traveling is not as fun as it used to be,” said the musician, who picked up the sax as a teenager. His father bought him the instrument at 18. Fortune turns 73 the day of the Dante Hall concert. “I’m proud to turn 73 and I’ll be prouder turning 74 and then 75. The longer you stay, the greater the experience,” said Fortune. A birthday cake with light refreshments will be served following the performance. Alex Marino, director of operations for Dante Hall Theater said, “We are excited to bring jazz back to Dante Hall Theater, and look forward to a great relationship with Chicken Bone Beach. ”
IF YOU GO The Sonny Fortune Quartet plays May 19 at Dante Hall Theater, 10 N. Mississippi Ave. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. The Marc Cary Quartet performs June 16 at Dante Hall. Show times are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets for each show are $30 and can be purchased at www.ticketleap.com by searching Dante Hall, by calling (609) 347-2167 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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