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STAIND FRONTMAN MAKES OWN MARK Aaron Lewis brings classic country sound to Harrah’s in Pa.
Aaron Lewis always has separated his life with Staind from his life as a solo artist. In the band, he’s the frontman of a rock group. Solo, he’s country. It’s solo time again and unlike his last such tour, he comes to Harrah’s Philadelphia Saturday night with a band behind him, not just lugging his acoustic guitar. “Now that I have a record out and a second about to be delivered, it’s time to start playing the way they sound on the record,” he said in a phone interview. “I always felt odd having a record out and never playing the way they sounded.” The acoustic route came long before Lewis recorded any of these songs. He added other instruments little by little, including a Dobro, a pedal steel guitar, designed to enhance the country flavor. The upcoming album leans more to traditional country than the previous one, Lewis said. Think George Jones country. “My inspiration is not new country. It’s Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, stuff my grandfather listened to. That is the country soaked into my whole being. It’s intertwined into all my childhood memories,” he said. In addition to original music, fans can look for two country covers over a 90-minute show. In 2011, Lewis released “Town Line,” a country EP. Lewis will release his first full solo album, “The Road,” in September. Its debut single, “Endless Summer,” has made the country charts. When you front a popular rock group, it’s difficult to change directions as a solo artist, especially in another genre, Lewis said. But he’s adamant about this element of his career. “I leave so many songs on the table that people really want to hear,” he said. “I’m choosing not to play them in fa-
Aaron Lewis will play songs from his first full solo album, ‘The Road,’ at his Harrah’s Philadelphia show on Saturday. PHOTO PROVIDED vor of the new country stuff. I’m committed to country. It’s tough if you don’t want to hear the new material.” In a 15-year career, Lewis has enjoyed Top 10 and No. 1 hits. “I can play an entire set of big radio songs and get a huge response, but it’s not serving the purpose of what it is I do now,” he said. “I want to break into and be embraced by the country genre.” The response has been great so far. “We play huge country festivals outside, and it’s crazy when I play them,” he
said. “It’s a natural crossover without me even knowing it.” He hopes the country music establishment accepts him as one of its own. “I want to get the industry to dismiss thoughts to whether I’m committed to country or just dipping my toes in the water to see how cold it is. I try not to care, but I do. I want to get recognized,” he said. To those fans who don’t want Aaron Lewis, country star, fear not. “I will be back with an acoustic and with Staind. Those two facets aren’t going anywhere.”
IF YOU GO Aaron Lewis plays Saturday night at Harrah’s Event Center, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., in Chester, Pa. Show time is 9 p.m. Tickets are $39 to $59, and can be purchased at the box office or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or calling (800) 745-3000.
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FASTBALL FINDS Sister-brother act ITS OWN ‘WAY’
If they could, Fastball would change its name to something else, something with a little more spark to it. “We couldn’t get together for a good name. We picked a name from a list,” said Tony Scalzo, a founding member of the Austin, Texas,-based trio. Still, the name got them a gig at the first ESPY awards, playing to a packed house of celebrities at the sports event years ago. On Aug. 3 and 4, the band, which had two hits in “The Way” and “Out of My Head” in the late1990s, will play to a smaller crowd with a pair of free gigs, the first at Sammy’s Beach Bar, the second at the House of Blues Party Pit. The band hasn’t decided what it will play where, said Scalzo, the lone non-Texan in the group. Fastball will deliver the hits and other tunes that will sound familiar to concertgoers. Look for at least a third of the sets devoted to “Little White Lies,” Fastball’s most recent record (2009). Look for some covers, as well. The band likes to perform Dylan songs, especially those that aren’t as well known. “We’ll mix it up stylistically, but still within the realm of pop rock. We have a lot of fun. We’re enjoyable to watch and listen to. We don’t take ourselves so seriously.” Scalzo, who grew up in Tustin, Calif., has performed in bands since age 14, playing keg parties and high schools in the early days. His interest in music stemmed from his mother and grandmother, who played instruments. An uncle went to high school with guitar legend Duane Eddy. “Mom got me into it early. I played piano when I was 6. I learned music theory.” His rock tastes ran from Yes to Frank Zappa to punk. Fastball was formed in 1994 by Scalzo, Joey Shuffield and Miles Zuniga. They released their first full-length album, “Make Your Mama Proud,” in 1996. A second album, “All The Pain Money Can Buy,” released in 1998, included the catchy, “The Way.” Songs such as “Sooner or Later”, “Fire Escape” and “Out Of My Head” followed, and the band toured the world. The hits stopped coming after that. “We had a meteoric success and burned out in three years. We worked too hard and listened to too many people who were spreading us thin,” Scalzo said about
Donny and Marie Osmond finally perform together in A.C.
Fastball was formed in 1994 by Tony Scalzo, Joey Shuffield and Miles Zuniga. PHOTO PROVIDED
those years. Ego among the two songwriters didn’t help. What keeps them going without a string of hits is that they play in other bands in between Fastball gigs. “Miles and I after 2004 went on a national tour as an acoustic duo, including (playing) the North Star in Philadelphia.” Gigs at casinos offer a better payday than a string of club dates on the road, he said. “It’s too expensive to tour in support of an album. If there are no guarantees, it’s not worthwhile,” he said. And the three guys get along better these days. “We work together a lot better now. We’re planning an EP with three songs.”
Donny and Marie have become such an iconic duo, their names just roll off the tongue as one word: Donnyandmarie. After all, Donny and Marie Osmond have had their own TV variety show. They have a long-running show in Las Vegas. And now the act comes to Atlantic City as “Caesars presents the Donny and Marie Show’’ Tuesday through Aug. 5. After the New Year, they will tour Europe. While Donny and Marie have soloed in Atlantic City, they haven’t done Atlantic City as an act. Those who saw Donny & Marie in Las Vegas can expect something different in Atlantic City, Marie said in a phone interview. “Of course, there are elements of that. People want to see the standard acts. Everyone comes from the last place they remember you. They may love newer songs like ‘Meet Me in Montana’ or ‘Soldier of Love.’ ” Or songs they did on their TV show in the late 1970s. Look for Donny to reach back to his early days with the Osmond Brothers with songs such as “One Bad Ap-
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‘Not many acts can say they worked for five decades,’ Marie Osmond says of performing with her brother. FILE PHOTO ple.” Donny and Marie still do the little bit country and little bit rock ‘n’ roll thing. And audiences can expect a lot of laughs, she said. “We’re unique. Not many acts can say they worked for five decades. I hope people leave and have a wonderful time,” she said. As for the sibling act’s resurgence, Marie said, “We always knew we’d do something together again. We had no idea it would be something so lovely. Donny has the top billing. But I get the last word.” Indeed, Marie has a life beyond her brother. She will be launching a new talk show on the Hallmark Channel. “I’m taking Martha Stewart’s time slot.”
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Fastball will perform Aug. 3 at Sammy’s Beach Bar at Bally’s Atlantic City, Park Place and the beach. Show time is 10 p.m. Admission is free. The band also performs at the Party Pit at the House of Blues in Showboat, 801 Boardwalk. Show time is 11 p.m. Admission is free
Donny Osmond will stir ’70s memories with his set list at Caesars. GANNETT NEWS
Donny and Marie will perform Tuesday through Aug. 5 in the Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave. Show times vary. Tickets are $30 to $95, and can be purchased at the Caesars box office or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or calling (800) 7453000.
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Thursday, July 26
LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 THE OFFSPRING 8 PM, House of Blues >> Southern California rockers invade the Music Hall, $39,50-$59.50 GYPSY BAR 10 PM Borgata >> Mayday, Mayday perform in this eclectic setting noted for its tequila selections. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 2 PM, Bally's >> Lefty Lucy kicks off the music for the afternoon. DJ B Lee takes over at 7, alternating with Rockstar Karaoke with Emily’s Toybox. XHIBITION BAR 10 PM Harrah’s >> DJ Ed Smooth provides the musical entertainment EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> Strawberry Fields with a Beatles tribute. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 8 PM, Showboat >> DJ Xtina starts the evening off, with Steamroller Picnic coming on at 9 PM RUSH 8 PM Golden Nugget >> Juicy performs in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 7 PM, Golden Nugget >> B Street does Bruce by the bay LIVE 8:30 PM, Golden Nugget >> Laura Lea & Trip Fabulous entertain in the lounge. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> DJ provides music in this lounge off the casino floor.
Friday, July 27
LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 BILL COSBY 8 PM, Harrah's >> Iconic Philadelphiaraised actor and funny storyteller tells funny stories in The Concert Venue $55-$95 MEAT LOAF 8 PM, House of Blues >> Bombastic singer of bombastic songs plays the Music Hall. $44.50-$69.50 JOEL MCHALE, 8 PM, 11 PM Borgata >> Sit com and Soup host does his stand up in the Music Box. $55-$65 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> DJ provides music in this lounge off the casino floor. DUSK Caesars >> Global Fridays. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 8 PM, Bally's >> DJ Q Ball alternates with Laura Lee and Tripp Fabulous. DJ Sonatra provides tunes at 3 PM. FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE POOL AFTER DARK 10 PM, Harrah’s >> Beatclan Takeover hosted by Melissa Gorga from Real Housewives of NJ 7400 CLUB 10 PM, Caesars >> DJ Gabor spins the music till the early hours GYPSY BAR 7 PM Borgata >> Shake Shake Shake and then Joe Bachman & The Crew rock the house of tequila throughout the evening. TOGA BAR 10 PM Caesars >> VJ Bryan B plays the music with the Toga Dancers providing the visuals. MIXX 10 PM Borgata >> Carlos Melange plays the music in this bi-level lounge provides an intimate experience with plush seating and private table service areas. mur mur 10 PM Borgata >> Eli Escobar provides the music. EDEN LOUNGE 8:15 PM Harrah’s >> Lefty Lucy and then The Loop share the music duties till the wee hours. XHIBITION BAR 11:30 PM Harrah’s >> DJ Hannah Red does the music. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 9 PM >> DJ Sonatra kicks off the evening of music, with Mr. Greengenes providing live rock at 10 PM, with dancers as an added attraction. MOUNTAIN BAR 9 PM, Wild Wild West, Bally's >> DJ Kyle Sweeney spins the records. Shorty the Sheriff and Vixens entertain from 10 PM RUSH 6 PM Golden Nugget >> Richie Balin performs early in this intimate lounge with Big City coming on at 10 PM. THE DECK 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Don’t Call me Francis play by the bay. LIVE 10 PM, Golden Nugget >> Second Majesty rocks the house BLUE MARTINI 11 PM Bally’s >> DJ Nick D provides entertainment for the evening.
Saturday, July 28
SETH MEYERS 9 PM, Borgata >> SNL's Weekend Update anchor returns to The Music Box. $49.50$55 LEGENDS IN CONCERT 7:30, 10 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50
Melissa Gorga of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” fame will host Friday Night Live at the Pool After Dark at Harrah’s on July 27. FILE PHOTO
EPIC SATURDAY AT THE POOL AFTER DARK 9 PM, Harrah’s >> Beatclan Takeover hosted by Jamie Kennedy featuring DJ Hollywood and the Beatclans DJ's SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 1 PM, Bally's >> DJ Xtina opens the day spinning records and is joined at 2 PM by The Replicants. Speaker City and DJ Dnial alternate sets from 7 PM 7400 CLUB 10 PM, Harrah’s >> DJ Johnny Looch spins the music till the early hours. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music in this new lounge off the casino floor with DJ Be-Easy until 5 AM. BOARDWALK BEER GARDEN, Caesars >> DJ provides music. GYPSY BAR 7 PM Borgata >> Star 69 followed by Lost in Paris rock the house in this eclectic setting just off the casino floor. MIXX 10 PM Borgata >> Special performance by the popular Jay Sean with DJ Riz and DJ DL serving up the music. mur mur 10 PM Borgata >> DJ Kiss spins the music with Doug Grayson EDEN LOUNGE 8:15 PM Harrah’s >> John Eddie opens the music with No Standards taking over at midnight. LOBBY BAR 10 PM Bally’s >> Erika Schiff Duo provides entertainment. BAYWALK 2 PM, Harrah’s >> Kabudi rocks the afternoon away. XHIBITION BAR 10 PM, Harrah’s >> DJ Hannah Red and DJ April divide musical duties till 5 AM. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 8 PM >> DJ Aiden Scott plays an eight hour shift with Gypsy Wisdom coming on at 10 PM playing their hits. MOUNTAIN BAR 9 PM, Wild Wild West, Bally's >> DJ Cool Jon Sprang spins the records. Shorty the Sheriff and Vixens entertain from 10 PM BLUE MARTINI 9 PM Bally’s >> Please Please Me play live with DJ Prefer spinning records between sets. TOGA BAR 10 PM, Caesars >> DJ Ernesto spins the music with the Toga Dancers providing the visuals. RUSH 6 PM Golden Nugget >> Joe & Daryl perform in this intimate lounge followed by 10 PM with DC Duo. THE DECK 2 PM, Golden Nugget >> No Pressure opens up with Funktion at 8 PM LIVE 10 PM, Golden Nugget >> Seven Stone rocks the room AFTER HOURS FOUNDATION ROOM 10 PM, Showboat >> DJ Jason E and Joey the Hatt. On the outside terrace: DJ Yan and guest.
Sunday, July 29
LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> Big City rocks the room. GYPSY BAR 8:30 PM Borgata >> Lifespeed rocks in this eclectic setting with all manner of tequila. BAYWALK 2 PM, Harrah’s >> Space Camp rocks the afternoon away. MIXX SUNDAYS 10 PM Borgata >> S.K.A.M. Artist Sundays with Sky Nellor and Paul Castro in this bi-level lounge with plush seating and private table service areas. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 2 PM, Bally's >> The Vigilantes rocks the afternoon, with DJ Alisha Monique alternating between sets. Guest DJs pick up the music at 8 PM for Industry Night. RUSH 8 PM Golden Nugget >> Doug Jennings performs in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 2 PM, Golden Nugget >> The Exceptions rock the afternoon away.
Tuesday, July 31
LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 DONNY AND MARIE 9 PM, Caesars >> Brother and sister act still do a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll at the Circus Maximus Theater. $30-$95 DUSK TUESDAYS Caesars >> Guests DJs provide music GYPSY LOUNGE 9 PM, Borgata >> 3 AM rocks the tequila bar. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Music in this new lounge off the casino floor. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 9 PM, Bally's >> DJ Chris Rivera offers up music till the wee hours alternating with DJ Freezie. RUSH 8 PM Golden Nugget >> All Souled Out performs in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 7 PM, Golden Nugget >> Golden Voice Karaoke entertains by the bay. TOGA BAR 10 PM, Caesars >> DJ Get On Up spins the music until midnight with DJ Bobby Trends taking over at 1 PM.
try and a little bit rock 'n' roll at the Circus Maximus Theater. $30-$95 CARNIVAL OF MADNESS 6 PM, House of Blues >> The annual touring rock extravaganza, will make its roaring return with rock titans Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm and New Medicine in the Music Hall. $49.50-$54.50 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> DJ provides music in this lounge off the casino floor. DUSK Caesars >> Global Fridays. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 8 PM, Bally's >> DJs alternate with a live band from the after noon on. FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE POOL AFTER DARK 10 PM, Harrah’s >> Hot DJs and guest stars help dance the night away. 7400 CLUB 10 PM, Caesars >> A DJ spins the music till the early hours GYPSY BAR 7 PM Borgata >> A pair of bands rock the house of tequila throughout the evening. TOGA BAR 10 PM Caesars >> A DJ plays the music with the Toga Dancers providing the visuals. MIXX 10 PM Borgata >> Mayhem Fridays with Carlos Melange playing the music in this bi-level lounge provides an intimate experience with plush seating and private table service areas. mur mur 10 PM Borgata >> Eli Escobar provides the tunes. EDEN LOUNGE 8:15 PM Harrah’s >> Music and DJs till the wee hours. XHIBITION BAR 11:30 PM Harrah’s >> A DJ does the music. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 9 PM >> A DJ and a live band alternate throughout the night, with dancers as an added attraction. MOUNTAIN BAR 9 PM, Wild Wild West, Bally's >> DJ Kyle Sweeney spins the records. Shorty the Sheriff and Vixens entertain from 10 PM RUSH 6 PM Golden Nugget >> Music early and late in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Live bands play by the bay. LIVE 10 PM, Golden Nugget >> As the name implies, live music rocks the house . BLUE MARTINI 11 PM Bally’s >> DJ provides entertainment for the evening.
Wednesday, August 1
LEGENDS IN CONCERT 3 and 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 DONNY AND MARIE 9 PM, Caesars >> Brother and sister act still do a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll at the Circus Maximus Theater. $30-$95
Thursday, August 2
DONNY AND MARIE 9 PM, Caesars >> Brother and sister act still do a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll at the Circus Maximus Theater. $30-$95 GYPSY BAR 9 PM Borgata >> Live music in an eclectic setting known for its variety of tequilas. XHIBITION BAR 10 PM, Harrah’s >> DJ Kay Jay provides the entertainment. EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> Rock Star Karaoke with Big Ragu THE POOL AFTER DARK 10 PM Harrah’s >> Sindustry Wednesday featuring DJ Vito G SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 7 PM, Bally's >> DJ spins records while Sons of Jah offer live music. TOGA BAR 10 PM, Caesars >> DJs spin the music throughout the night. RUSH 8 PM Golden Nugget >> Generation Next performs in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 7 PM, Golden Nugget >> Live music by the bay
Friday, August 3
LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 FRANK CALIENDO 9 PM, Borgata >> Comic impressionist plays The Music Box. $55-$65 DONNY AND MARIE 9 PM, Caesars >> Brother and sister act still do a little bit coun-
Sitcom and ‘Soup’ host Joel McHale does his stand up in the Music Box at Borgata July 27. Tickets are $55-$65. FILE PHOTO
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A double bill pairing Chicago with the Doobie Brothers makes good sense. And the two iconic rock bands perform together Aug. 4 at the Borgata. “We’ve been friends for 40 years. We come from a similar era, so we are complementary to each other,” said Doobie founding member Patrick Simmons. The Doobie Brothers go on first, and after the Chicago set, the bands share the stage, playing each other’s songs, Simmons said. Most people coming to the show know what to expect from the Doobie Brothers — singles like “China Grove,” “Listen to the Music,” “Black Water’’ and “Long Train Runnin.' ’’ “We play rock pretty hard and do some acousIF YOU GO tical things,” Simmons said. “Most of the songs Doobie Brothers Live with Chipeople are familiar with. cago, Aug. 4 at Borgata’s The We play stuff from the Music Box, One Borgata Way. Go different eras. We’ll do to www.theborgata.com for an oddball tune people information. do not expect to hear, album tracks people may not be as familiar with.” The band also will play a couple of tunes from its 2010 album, “World Gone Crazy.” The 2012 incarnation of the band has had to adapt, particularly when it comes to songs once sung in the distinctive voice of former member Michael McDonald, now a solo artist. “We do one of Mike’s tunes, pay tribute to him as a member,” Simmons said. “Taking It To the Streets” is a likely candidate, more so than “What a Fool Believes,” a song very much idenfied with the former frontman. Simmons can’t believe the Doobie Brothers have lasted all this time. “We’re pretty fortunate. I never would have guessed that after 40-plus years, we’d still be doing gigs. It’s a little surreal.” Simmons learned piano and then guitar From left: John McFee, Tom as a child growing up near San Jose, Calif. Johnston, Patrick Simmons. The “I played all through grade and high Doobie Brothers perform with school. At15, I started getting paid and getChicago Aug. 4 at the Borgata. ting gigs. I still get paid for something I PHOTO PROVIDED love doing. It’s a dream come true. “As long as we can play and do it well, we’ll continue to do it. The band is tighter than ever. And we’re singing well.”
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N.J.’s tall ship offers seaworthy excursions from Gardner’s Basin
The A.J. Meerwald is a Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner, one of hundreds constructed in an era when oyster fishing was one of the backbones of the region's economy and culture. PHOTO PROVIDED By WILLIAM SOKOLIC Courier-Post Staff
New Jersey’s official tall ship, the A.J. Meerwald, has docked at Historic Gardner’s Basin to the delight of weekend and wannabe sailors, and visitors can set sail on various excursions through July 29. (For a complete schedule, visit www.ajmeerwald.org.) The ship, built as an oyster vessel in 1928, heads out the inlet into the ocean and the route depends on which way the winds are blowing as it reaches speeds of 6 mph. “People like to get out on the water. There’s a romantic image of historic tall ships,” said Janis Traas, outreach program
coordinator of the Bayshore Discovery Project. The Meerwald has sailed each summer since it was restored in 1996. The Meerwald travels to ports all over the state to offer anyone the opportunity to sail. Atlantic City offers exposure to a wide crowd, Traas said. Each sail comes with a history lesson of the boat, including its time as a fire boat during World War II and its days as a clammer. The vessel carries a lot of local history relating to the oyster industry. The A.J. Meerwald is a Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner, one of hundreds constructed in an era when oyster fishing was
one of the backbones of the region's economy and culture. The vessel, commissioned by the Meerwald family of South Dennis, consists of oak planks laid on oak frames. Just as in the original specs, the Meerwald comes with a small engine for emergencies or to leave the dock and return. “This is the only one still sailing of that group,” Traas said. It was on the brink of being scrapped when Meghan Wren, founder of the Bayshore Discovery Project, got control of the boat in 1987. She and others in the preservation group based in Bivalve, Cumberland County, restored the Meerwald to its original condition as a sailing vessel.
IF YOU GO: Trips aboard the A. J. Meerwald take place Thursday through Sunday at Historic Gardner’s Basin, 800 N. New Hampshire Ave. Times are July 26 to 28: 1:30 to 4 p.m.; 6 to 8:30 p.m.; July 28 family sail: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; July 29: 1:30 to 4 p.m. Tickets are from $15 to $45 and may be purchased at www.bayshorediscovery.org or by calling Bayshore Discovery Project, (856) 785-2060. For more information about Historic Gardner’s Basin, call (609) 348-2880.
On the air with DJ Micah
IF YOU GO Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will perform Aug. 4 at Boardwalk Hall, Mississippi Avenue and the Boardwalk. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $68 to $228 and are available at the Boardwalk Hall box office, at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000. For more information on Jimmy B, visit www.buffettworld.com and www.buffettnews.com.
Jamie Foxx, the name behind Foxxhole Radio on Sirius, has offered DJ Micah a weekly gig as one of a stable of DJs. Micah will be on the air starting in August. PHOTO PROVIDED
South Jersey disc jockey joins Foxxhole Radio By WILLIAM SOKOLIC
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will perform Aug. 4 at Boardwalk Hall, Mississippi Avenue and the Boardwalk. PHOTO
Welcome back, Buffett Parrotheads to celebrate return of all things Margaritaville By WILLIAM SOKOLIC Courier-Post Staff
He’s baaaaack! The head Parrothead returns for his fourth go-round at Boardwalk Hall Aug. 4. Jimmy Buffett’s Lounging by the Lagoon tour marks the B-man’s first visit to the hall since 2009. “We are thrilled to welcome Jimmy Buffett back to Boardwalk Hall,” said Greg Tesone, general manager of Boardwalk Hall. “There’s no better place to enjoy Jimmy Buffett and the thousands of Parrotheads than at the beach in Atlantic City this summer.” Expect Buffett to put on a long show, like the 26 numbers he and the Coral Reefer Band performed in Chicago earlier this month. The performance included a couple of encores. He’ll do the big hits of course: “Margaritaville,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Come Monday,” “Son of a Son of a Sailor,” and “It's Five O'Clock Somewhere.” And
new stuff such as “Knee Deep,” which he recorded with Zac Brown. A sprinkling of covers too: Chicagoans got to hear versions of “Southern Cross,” “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Another Saturday Night.” Buffet has a live CD/DVD out this summer on his Mailboat Records label, recorded in Las Vegas last October. His very first digital album release, “Volcano — Live 2011,” is now available for download through iTunes, and contains new live versions of the songs from this classic album. Additionally, the game “Margaritaville” is now available online. It's an island virtual world filled with music, adventure and the Margaritaville lifestyle. Speaking of Margaritaville — and when you talk Jimmy Buffet, Margaritaville is ubiquitous — talk is Buffett’s brand might be coming to Resorts Casino Hotel. Word has it, the casino wants to not only put the Margaritaville name to a café in the hotel, but to resurrect the Steeplechase Pier and put the name all over it.
Micah Harris sees stardom in his future. The Galloway Township disc jockey known as DJ Micah begins a weekly gig as one of a stable of DJs on Jamie Foxx’s Sirius XM network, Foxxhole Radio in August. He gets a 3 p.m. slot on Wednesday. “Last year when Jamie came to Atlantic City, I did one of his events. His program director called two weeks later. He said ‘I like what you do. Make a mix.’ I made the mix. Then it was one of those ‘we’ll call you.’ Ten days later, I called them.” The Foxx team emailed Micah and asked him to be part of the crew. He heard his first mix on the air. When Foxx brought his program back to Atlantic City this year, Micah worked live events on Thursday and Friday. He says there’s a huge difference — and some similarities — between the live appearances in Atlantic City and elsewhere, and being on the air in the studio. “You deal with people listening at home, in the car at work or on the computer. At a nightclub, you see people and their reactions. It’s personal on both ends,” Micah said DJ Micah — actually short for micahphonechecka — began his career as a DJ on the radio, taking over for his older brother on the high school radio station in Delaware. In his time slot on the air, he played R&B, hip-hop and reggae. After high school, he attended the Broadcast Institute of Maryland, where he interned at a
big band station. From radio gigs, he gravitated toward spinning records at nightclubs, and at weddings and other events. He expanded to Pennsylvania and South Jersey. “Now I mix everything from rock ‘n’ roll to house to old school to funk. It’s all connected in one big musical puzzle. I put together what goes where. I play hip-hop one minute and the next minute a rock song,” Micah said. On a recent week, Micah worked at Nardi’s on Long Beach Island, Sammy’s Beach Bar at Bally’s, the Royal Jelly Burlesque Club in Revel and a brew pub in Manayunk. “I’ve been from New York to D.C. I’m still trying to make it to Florida.” At Nardi’s, he featured mostly ’70s and ’80s music. The beach bar focused on Caribbean with a lot of Latin and reggae music. Royal Jelly was high energy. “You’re walking into a party atmosphere,” he said. “The brew pub is also high energy, but slightly different. In Manayunk, it’s more college kids looking for a place to party. It’s more hip. Revel is more open and more diverse. You have to be on top of playing everything to get the crowd’s attention.” Micah puts in long days. At Sammy’s he started at 7 p.m., alternating with a live band until midnight, when he took over until 3 a.m. “The crowd wanted to stay.” Micah considers himself old school when it comes to technology. He has crates of vinyl records. “I use turntables, but with laptop programs compatible with it. Depending on the event, I sometimes bring my own setup. Other times, I just plug in my laptop,” he said.