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DESTINATIONS & DIVERSIONS
NOTHING BUT THE HITS AT FAKEFEST
This weekend, the music of Led Zeppelin, Billy Joel, Heart, Van Halen, Kiss, Foreigner, Green Day and Red Hot Chili Peppers will rock fans as part of a three-day festival at Golden Nugget. It won’t be the real deal, but the next best thing as the annual Fakefest returns to The Deck for a weekend of classic hits. Fakefest is one of the few elements of the old Trump Marina that the Golden Nugget retained. “We looked at the history of Fakefest, saw how popular the event had become, and elected to continue,” said Kevin Scull, the director of food and beverage for Golden Nugget. “A lot of our customers have been coming to this event for years. They look forward to seeing a live concert without being in a big arena. We want to make it fun and different. A thank you to our customers.” Many of the bands played Fakefest before, and that was by design. “We consulted with booking agents and tried to hit various genres and demographics,” Scull said. Long before he fronted the Billy Joel tribute band 52nd Street, Dan Vechesky met the performer when he worked on the stage crew as a freshman at Albright College in Reading, Pa. “I was so taken aback by his performance,” said Vechesky, whose band is named after one of the singer’s albums. “I was a piano player, and this was the first time I saw a piano player rocking in the spotlight. I connected immediately. I learned all his songs. That’s why I do this tribute now.” 52nd Street plays Atlantic City a lot, especially Fakefest. “It’s a great draw and a great energy. Fakefest is unique. It’s great for us,” said Vechesky. “We do not get to see other tribute bands that often.” The band plays as close to the records as possible. “That’s been my philosophy from the beginning,” said Vechesky, a Burlington City native who moved back to the area in 2007 after almost 20 years in North Jersey.
MORE ABOUT FAKEFEST n Drink specials throughout the three-day event. Companies such as Absolut and Captain Morgan will have reps talking about drinks. n There will be interactive games. Friday features a flip cup competition. On Saturday, watch for a beer pong contest. Winners have a chance at prizes such as a Caribbean cruise. The food menu will add pizzas for the weekend. n Fakefest 12 takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday on The Deck at Golden Nugget Atlantic City, Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard. Times are as follows: Friday: Unchained (Van Halen tribute), 7 and 9 p.m.; KISS Army (KISS tribute), 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday: 52nd Street (Billy Joel tribute), 3 and 8 p.m.; Head Games (Foreigner tribute), 4:30 and 9 p.m.; Dookie (Green Day tribute), 6 and 10:30 p.m. Sunday: Queen of Hearts (Heart tribute), 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. ; Black Dog (Led Zeppelin tribute), 4 and 9 p.m.; The Other Side (Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute), 5 and 10 p.m.
With Dan Vechesky at the keyboards, 52nd Street pays tribute to the Piano Man himself, Billy Joel. PHOTO PROVIDED
Heart of the matter Queen of Hearts played Fakefest last year. “It’s fun to play on the deck,” said Lisa Coppola, lead vocalist for the Heart tribute band. Queen of Hearts copies the original band “note for note.’’ “We do costuming from the 1970s and switch to the 1980s for the late show. We’re trying to do a Heart show. We try to give that experience to folks in the audience. We studied videos and watched the moves,” said Coppola. The Heart cover band is a labor of love, she said. “I got a bunch of people together who
love the Wilson sisters. We only do a few shows a year. But this is a fabulous, fabulous band.”
Hail Zeppelin Black Dog, a Led Zeppelin tribute, played Fakefest a few times in the past. “We tip our hat to them (Golden Nugget). I’m glad they remembered us,” said Rob Malave, who sings lead for Black Dog. “We do a lot of A sides and plenty of B sides,” said Malave. “We’ll switch it up for both sets. The idea is to capture their energy by playing like they did live. Everyone is trying to do their thing to replicate the sounds.”
Because there are other acts, Black Dog has time limitations which affect the play list of a band known for long songs and long jams such as “Stairway to Heaven” and “Whole Lotta Love.” So what’s the appeal of being in a tribute band, anyway? “The great thing about a tribute band is people know what the music is and they love to play music I play. It takes a lot of guess work out of it,” said Ricky M’Coy, who fronts Unchained, a David Lee Rothera Van Halen band. Unchained played two previous Fakefests.
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FLASHBACK FUN Borgata offers unusual double bill with Squeeze, B-52’s
The B-52’s and Squeeze could not be more different as rock bands. The former came out of Athens, Ga. with a collection of hit party songs such as “Rock Lobster, “Love Shack” and “Roam.” Squeeze came from the Deptford area of London and brought a British rock sensibility to songs such as “Tempted,” “Cool for Cats’’ and “Up the Junction.’’ So it may seem like an odd pairing to bring these two groups together at Borgata tomorrow night for a general admission show. Then again, both acts have toured with other groups before. And both have a 35plus year track record. “We’ve done twin bills with the Go Gos and The Pretenders,” said Cindy Wilson, a founding member of the B-52’s. “We enjoy this kind of tour. We trade who opens up. And Squeeze is awesome. We love touring with them.” “There’s usually camaraderie, a rapport,” Chris Difford, founding member of Squeeze said by phone. Difford said the audience will get a show full of songs and another full of grooves. “Enjoy the difference,” he said. Concert goers will hear the hits from both groups. “It’s a mixed show where everyone goes home extremely happy,” he said.
Squeeze play In 2010, Squeeze recorded “Spot the
Difference,” which consisted of their hits, but reworked. Asked whether the band will do the reimagined versions or the original, Difford said to expect a combination. “We’ll play it the way we feel comfortable. It will fit the show. The set list seems to find its own space for the rest of the tour.” And don’t be surprised if you hear new material, said Difford. As a young teenager, Difford latched onto music as an outlet. “I was not interested in anything else,” he said. “There’s nothing more intriguing than hanging out with blokes playing musical instruments.” And you can get the girls, he said. “I said to my mom and dad that’s the job I want. They were not impressed. But eventually they came around.” Difford put an ad in the paper seeking a guitar player to begin a band. And that’s how he met Glenn Tilbrook. “He was the only one who called. I expected hundreds. Thank God there was only one choice.” According to Squeeze’s website, Difford and Tilbrook earned the title of the new Lennon and McCartney. The band’s name comes from a poorlyreceived Velvet Underground album. Squeeze became a fixture of the burgeoning New Wave movement. Indeed, Velvet Underground’s John Cale produced the debut EP, “Packet of Three.” With albums “Argybargy” and the Elvis Costello-produced “East Side Story,”
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Squeeze is psyched to share a bill with the B-52s. The bands trade off sets while on the road together, taking turns opening. DANNY CLIFFORD/ANCHOR AND HOPE MUSIC
The B-52's and Squeeze perform tomorrow[July 13] in The Event Center at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, One Borgata Way. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets for the general admission show are $55 and can be purchased by calling (866) 900-4849, visiting www.the borgata.com or stop by Borgata’s box office.
The whole shack shimmies: The B-52’s are ready to invade the Borgata. PHOTO PROVIDED/JOSEPH CULTICE
Squeeze started making inroads in the U.S. Squeeze disbanded in 1984, but reformed the next year for “Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti.” Over the next 12 years, Difford and Tilbrook remained the only constant element as Squeeze continued to release albums and tour. Another break-up occurred in 1999, but Difford and Tilbrook continued to make music and gig with each other and in solo projects. They returned in 2007. The current Squeeze line-up also includes John Bentley, Simon Hanson and Stephen Large. Now the subject of a major BBC documentary in the works, Difford and Tilbrook also are working on the first new Squeeze material in more than 15 years. Difford credited their solo interests for the continued success, despite the occasional break-up. “It’s good to have outside interests. You realize how lucky you are.”
Ready to ‘Rock Lobster?’ “We do the classics, the hits and maybe a couple of newer songs,” Wilson said by phone of the show at Borgata. “We’ve done ‘Eyes Wide Open’ on tour for the first time. It’s a lot of fun.”
This marks the 35th anniversary of the group, an important milestone. The group recorded a live anniversary show with a CD and DVD. “It’s been a good year for us,” said Wilson, who left the group to have her two children, only to return. Her kids — a boy and a girl — are now teenagers with a band of their own, called Already Taken. “They’re a neighborhood group who’ve done lots of shows. They give off a good vibe. We are tickled.” Wilson got into music through her older brother, Ricky. “He played guitar and we’d write songs and do harmonies. I was his little sis and he told me what to do.” Eventually, Ricky and Keith Strickland got together and formed the B-52’s in 1976. “Ricky really had a vision,’’ she said of her brother, who passed away in 1985. “He was one of the strongest elements of the B-52s from the beginning." Naming themselves after Southern slang for exaggerated “bouffant’’ hairdos, the newly-christened band — Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Strickland and the Wilsons — began weekend road trips to New York City for gigs at CBGB's and a handful of other venues.
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FITNESS FESTIVAL Caesars hosts ‘Sweat AC’ with health gurus
The temperature reached 100 during July’s extended heat wave. Just taking a walk in that kind of weather will work up quite a sweat. But sweating is the whole idea behind an event at Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City that runs Sept. 21 to 23. Caesars has teamed up with some of the world’s most prominent names in health and fitness for the inaugural Sweat AC festival. The celebs include fitness guru Tony Horton of the boot-camp style P90X homefitness program; celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels, formerly of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser;” Zumba instructor, Kass Martin; nutritionist and NBC “Today” Show corresponden, Joy Bauer; mixed-martial arts championand New Jersey native Frankie Edgar; and more. The festival will include a variety of more than 50 classes and activities including yoga, boxing, spinning, Zumba and various wellness seminars. In addition, Sept. 22 and 23 features a sweat expo showcase that sells the newest products, offers live demonstrations and a talent booth where guests will get a chance to meet all of Sweat AC’s celebrity trainers. “With an ocean perfect for surfing, a beach optimal for exercising, and miles of boardwalk ideal for jogging, few cities in the country, much less the world, offer visitors such a wealth of health and wellness amenities like Atlantic City,” said Don Marrandino, eastern division president for Caesars Entertainment. Here is the schedule: Sept. 21, 6 to 10 p.m. » An expo preview with live entertainment Sept. 22 classes, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. » Judo kickboxing with U.S. Olympic Judo Coach Jimmy Pedro » Beach boot camp with lifestyle expert Owen McKibbin » Zumba fitness party with Kass Martin » Kettle bells workout with Steve Cotter » UFC workout simulation with Frankie Edgar » Warm-up activity and extreme makeover workout with Jillian Michaels » Aerobic fitness dance with Denise Warren » AERO boxing with Michael Olajide » Healthy cooking demo by Joy Bauer » Brazilian glutes workout with Leandro Carvalho Sept. 23 classes, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: » Meditation and yoga with Sadie Nar-
A warm-up activity and extreme makeover workout with Jillian Michaels will be part of the festival. PHOTO PROVIDED
Zeds Dead, a group that shares its name with a line from ‘Pulp Fiction,’ performs July 13 at House of Blues. PHOTO PROVIDED
IF YOU GO Sweat AC takes place Sept. 21 to 23 at Caesars, Bally’s, Harrah’s Resorts and Showboat. Times vary. Cost is $49 to $99 per class and $39 for the Sweat Expo and can be purchased at the various box offices, by visiting www.sweatac.com, all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 736-1420.
Healthy cooking demo will be hosted by Joy Bauer. PHOTO PROVIDED
dini » Spinning with Anthony Musemici » Yoga with Tricia Donegan » Six-pack abs with Jennifer Nicole Lee » Zumba fitness party with Tanya Beardsley » Full-throttle spinning with Ray Wallace » P90X workout with Tony Horton » Jade of Spades with Jade Alexis
Zeds Dead brings genre to life
Toronto duo plays electronic music at HOB Since 2004, DC and Hooks have made beautiful music together. Electronic music, that is. The Toronto natives created the duo of Zeds Dead in 2009, and will bring their sounds to the House of Blues on July13, a show Hooks describes as “insanity.” First, the name. “Zeds Dead” is taken from the first letters of Hooks’ and DC’s real first names, Zack and Dylan. The name also refers to a line from the film “Pulp Fiction.” Rather than using their real names, they go with fictitious monikers, DC and Hooks, as a tip of the hat to their solo careers prior to 2004, Hooks said. In less than four years, Zeds Dead has produced a number of EPs. Hooks said he and his partner contribute evenly toward their projects and performances. “I don’t think it would work if we didn’t each pull our weight,” he said. Hooks said he just gravitated toward electronica. “I guess for much of my life I was never exposed to the ‘good stuff’ and I thought it was all like Darude (the Finnish producer and DJ known for the hit
single ‘Sandstorm’). Also, especially for drum and bass, which was some of the first stuff I got into, it seemed like a real challenge to make and I respected the production a lot because I wasn’t advanced enough to make those sounds yet.” Hooks says he was never strong in traditional instrumentation. “I used to dabble in piano at home a bit. Later, I played guitar but never very well. With my friends eventually we started recording music and layering it. That led to wanting to layer things together and make my own beats in their entirety.” And will there ever be a full album? “We’re working on it but don’t tell anyone,” Hooks said. “It’s a secret.”
IF YOU GO Zeds Dead performs with Space Jesus July 20 at the House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk. Show time is 9 p.m. Tickets are $24.50 to $32.50, and can be purchased at the House of Blues box office, all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 736-1420.
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KATHY GRIFFIN Aug. 26 at Borgata’s Event Center. Tickets, $55-$75. GANNETT NEWS SERVICE
JABBAWOCKEEZ Aug. 7 to Sept. 2 at Harrah’s Concert Venue. Tickets, $40-$65. GANNETT FILE
7 PM, Bally's >> DJ Micah spins records while The Verdict offers live music. TOGA BAR 10 PM, Caesars >> DJ Miz spins the music until midnight with DJ Self taking over at 1 PM. RUSH 8 PM Golden Nugget >> 24/7 performs in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 7 PM, Golden Nugget >> Bryan Clayton celebrates country night by the bay LIVE 8:30 PM, Golden Nugget >> Eleven 11 rocks the room 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music in this new lounge off the casino floor.
Friday, July 13
AZIZ ANSARI 8 and 11 PM, Borgata >> Sitcom star and stand-up comic does two shows in The Music Box. $49.50-$55 ZEDS DEAD 9 PM, House of Blues >> Canadian electronic music duo plays the Music Hall. $24.5032.50 BLUE MAN GROUP 9 PM, Caesars >> Blue guys bring their How to be a Megastar Tour 2.1 to Circus Maximus Theater SQUEEZE & B-52S 8 PM, Borgata >> Two blasts from the past rock The Event Center. $55.
Thursday, July 19
Saturday, July 14
VINNIE FAVORITO 9 PM, Harrah's >> Quick-witted comedian and roaster takes The Concert Venue stage. $19.99 JERRY SEINFELD 8 PM, Borgata >> Star of the funniest show on TV continues exploring his roots in stand-up in The Event Center. $95-$155 BLUE MAN GROUP 5 and 10 PM, Caesars >> Blue guys bring their How to be a Megastar Tour 2.1 to Circus Maximus Theater. $45-$95
Sunday, July 15
STEVIE NICKS 8 PM, Borgata >> Ethereal member of Fleetwood Mac performs solo in The Event Center. $85-$140 BLUE MAN GROUP 5 and 10 PM, Caesars >> Blue guys bring their How to be a Megastar Tour 2.1 to Circus Maximus Theater. $45-$95 LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 CELTIC THUNDER 9 PM, Harrah's Resort >> Irish quintet plays the Concert Venue. $35-$65 BLUE MAN GROUP 7 PM, Caesars >> Blue guys bring their How to be a Megastar Tour 2.1 to Circus Maximus Theater. $45-$95 STEVIE NICKS 8 PM, Borgata >> Ethereal member of Fleetwood Mac performs solo in The Event Center. $85-$140 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 >> Sensamotion rock the afternoon away. MIXX SUNDAYS 10 PM Borgata >> S.K.A.M. Artist Sundays with Ob-One and Paul Castro in this bi-level lounge with plush seating and private table service areas. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 2 PM, Bally's >> Hyjinx 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 2:30 PM, Golden Nugget >> Fakefest continues with Queen of Hearts, a Heart tribute plays two sets. So does Black Dog, a Led Zeppelin tribute and The Otherside, a Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute. LIVE 10 PM, Golden Nugget >> Idol Kings rock the house. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music in this new lounge off the casino floor.
Monday, July 16
mur.mur 10 PM Borgata >> Jesse Marco spins the music in this upscale club with PS1. RUSH 8 PM Golden Nugget >> Beth Tinnon performs in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 7 PM, Golden Nugget >> Mellow Mondays by the bay. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 9 PM, Bally's >> Latin night bar. EDEN LOUNGE 8 PM, Harrah’s >> Band showcase puts on a four-hour show. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music in this new lounge off the casino floor. GYPSY LOUNGE 9 PM, Borgata >> Modern Bliss rock the tequila bar.
Tuesday, July 17
LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 BLUE MAN GROUP 7 PM, Caesars >> Blue guys bring their How to be a Megastar Tour 2.1 to Circus Maximus Theater. $45-$95 DUSK TUESDAYS Caesars >> DJ Jazzy Jeff, Will
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. JAMIE MCCARTHY/GETTY IMAGES
Smith’s one time partner in rap, provides the music. GYPSY LOUNGE 9 PM, Borgata >> 52 Pick Up 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 Rhiannon. RUSH 8 PM Golden Nugget >> Generation Next 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.
Wednesday, July 18
LEGENDS IN CONCERT 3 and 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 BLUE MAN GROUP 7 PM, Caesars >> Blue guys bring their How to be a Megastar Tour 2.1 to Circus Maximus Theater. $45$95 GYPSY BAR 9 PM Borgata >> Kristen & The Noise play 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 and Hugh Jeffner SAMMY'S BEACH BAR
BLUE MAN GROUP 7 PM, Caesars >> Blue guys bring their How to be a Megastar Tour 2.1 to Circus Maximus Theater. $45-$95 TOGA BAR 10 PM, Caesars >> DJ Star spins the music until midnight when DJ Webstar takes over. EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> Motown Revue with a tribute to Motown music. 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 >> All Souled Out performs in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 7 PM, Golden Nugget >> Joe B by the bay
Friday, July 20
BLUE MAN GROUP 7 PM, Caesars >> Circus Maximus Theater. $45-$95 KENNY LOGGINS 9 PM, Borgata >> Rocker plays his catalogue of hits in The Music Box. $49.50$59.50 SANTANA 8 PM, Borgata >> Guitarist extraordinaire and his Latin-influenced rock band fill The Event Center with music. $76-$135.50 FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE POOL AFTER DARK 10 PM, Harrah’s >> DJ Earwaxxx hosted by Jonathan Lipnicki
Saturday, July 21
LEGENDS IN CONCERT 7:30, 10 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 SANTANA 8 PM, Borgata >> Guitarist extraordinaire and his Latin-influenced rock band fill The Event Center with music. $76-$135.50 DREAM THEATER WITH CRIMSON PROJECT 7:30 PM, Caesars >> Stellar group of musicians featuring Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Markus Reuter, Julie Slick and Tobias Ralph rock the Circus Maximus Theater. $39.50-$69.50 HOWIE MANDEL 9 PM, Borgata >> The ubiquitous funnyman gets really wacky with his improvisational humor in The Music Box. $65-$75 COMEDIANS FROM CHELSEA LATELY 9 PM, Golden Nugget >> Brad Wollack, Heather McDonald, Morgan Murphy and James Davis keep you laughing all night. $28.20-$41.76 ROBIN THICKE 8 PM, Harrah's >> Blue eyed soul singer rocks the Concert Venue $39-$69 MATISYAHU WITH THE DIRTY HEADS 8 PM, House of Blues >>Jewish rapper does the beats in The Music Hall. $27-$42 SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 2 PM, Bally's >> DJ Xtina opens the day spinning records and is joined at
MUSIQ SOULCHILD Aug. 16 at Harrah’s Music Hall. Tickets, $29-$49. FILE PHOTO
2 PM by Daddy Pop. Total Whiteout and DJ Patrice McBride take over beginning at 7 PM. ROBIN THICKE 8 PM, Harrah's >> Blue eyed soul singer rocks the Concert Venue $39-$69 HOWIE MANDEL 9 PM, Borgata >> The ubiquitous funnyman gets really wacky with his improvisational humor in The Music Box. $65-$75 MATISYAHU WITH THE DIRTY HEADS 8 PM, House of Blues >>Jewish rapper does the beats in The Music Hall. $27-$42
Sunday, July 22
LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 BAYWALK 2 PM, Harrah’s >> Cort Farris and Passport rock the afternoon away. MIXX SUNDAYS 10 PM Borgata >> S.K.A.M. Artist Sundays with Vice and Paul Castro in this bi-level lounge with private table service areas.
Monday, July 23
SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 9 PM, Bally's >> Latin night bar. EDEN LOUNGE 8 PM, Harrah’s >> Band showcase puts on a four hour show. GYPSY LOUNGE 9 PM, Borgata >> Liquid A rocks the tequila bar.
Tuesday, July 24
DUSK TUESDAYS Caesars >> Guests DJs provide music GYPSY LOUNGE 9 PM, Borgata >> Big Bang Baby rocks the tequila bar. TOGA BAR 10 PM, Caesars >> DJ Get On Up spins the music until midnight with DJ Bobby Trends taking over at 1 PM.
Wednesday, July 25
SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 7 PM, Bally's >> DJ Micah spins records while Sons of Jah offer live music. THE DECK 7 PM, Golden Nugget >> Hawkins Road celebrates country night by the bay LIVE 8:30 PM, Golden Nugget >> Eleven 11 rocks the room
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.
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 >> Sitcom and ‘The Soup’ host does his stand-up in the Music Box. $55-$65
Saturday, July 28
SETH MEYERS 9 PM, Borgata >> SNL's Weekend Update anchor returns to The Music Box. $49.50$55 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
Don’s stand back: Come see Stevie Nicks’ solo show Sunday at Borgata’s Event Center. Tickets are $85-$140. FILE PHOTO
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EARL OF SANDWICH TAKES RIGHTFUL PLACE AT SHOWBOAT
What better name for a sandwich shop than the Earl of Sandwich, named after the first person who slapped meat between two pieces of bread? The restaurant chain, which also has locations at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and at the Philadelphia airport, has arrived at Showboat, replacing Canal Street by the entrance to the lobby. “It was a matter finding the right brand more so than anything,” Anthony Frabbiele, director of food and beverage for Showboat Atlantic City said about the switch. The brand proved successful at Planet Hollywood, and as it is there, the Earl of Sandwich in Showboat will be open 24/7. Showboat flew in the Earl team from Planet Hollywood to look at the space to see if it fit. The space underwent a full makeover, with state-of-the-art equipment, video and new awnings. Guests can watch the kitchen staff work.
PILE IT ON A sandwich doesn’t contain sand and has nothing to do with witches. But has everything to do with John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, or so the story goes. In 1762, Montagu had his hands full. As First Sea Lord, he commanded the British Navy, as well as a noted explorer and a gambler with a fondness for day-long card games. This meant little time for food, so Montagu came up with the ingenious idea — some say at the card table — of putting meat between two slices of bread. Thus was born the sandwich … as legend has it.
The chain was founded in 2003 by Robert Earl — making the name doubly suit the place — who founded Planet Hollywood. The chain also has locations in Florida, New York City and Texas. “We focus on four key categories: hot sandwiches, salads, desserts and breakfast. One of the more popular items is the
Original 1762, supposedly created by the Earl of Sandwich “We re-created that,” Frabbiele said. It features roast beef, cheddar and creamy horseradish on an artisan loaf. Other signature selections include Earl’s Club Turkey, with bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, Roma tomatoes and a special sandwich sauce; The Full Montagu, which in-
cludes roasted beef, turkey, Swiss and cheddar cheese, lettuce, Roma tomatoes and mustard sauce; and Cannonballs, with meatballs, mozzarella and parmesan cheese and marinara. “I think we’ll be a big hit,” Frabbiele said. The menu is standard throughout the chain. But breakfast is not available everywhere. Earl of Sandwich serves fruit smoothies in the morning, as well as breakfast sandwiches. “They have daily soup specials and different sandwich specials,” said Ryan Coppola, Showboat’s food and beverage manager. The Earl of Sandwich is a great new addition to Showboat, Frabbiele said. “We have a new lineup that’s very competitive, with Aaron Sanchez’ Crossroads, the Worship Surf Bar, the buffet. We feel good that the Earl of Sandwich added to these components.”
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In addition to the skyline and the breezes, parasail riders get to see dolphins, sea turtles and other creatures of the sea from a different perspective. PHOTO PROVIDED
Atlantic City parasail offers fun in the sun
By WILLIAM SOKOLIC
The sight of one or two people strapped to a parachute as they coast 400 feet over the ocean has become ubiquitous up and down the Jersey Shore. So it’s no surprise that Atlantic City has its own parasailing venture. Atlantic City Parasail at Historic Gardner’s Basin offers several trips a day. “Most people do not know the area back here,” said Eric Redner, captain and owner of the company, now in its third season. Redner fills a void in the seashore resort. Atlantic City has a lot of visitors and not enough water activities to accommodate these visitors, he said. What people come away with, besides 12 to 15 minutes of exhilaration, is literally a bird’s-eye view of the skyline of Atlantic
City, something other parasailing companies can’t offer. “It was a perfect day, so seeing the skyline was gorgeous,” said Renee Angelastro of Lower Township, who recently took a ride with a friend. In parasailing, the crew sets riders up in a harness attached to a parachute. Both the launch and landing will happen directly off the back of the boat, on a carpeted launching pad. “We do all the work. You just sit on the back deck of the boat and take off.” Riders have the option of having the chute lowered by the crew so they can dip into the ocean, Redner said. Angelastro screamed when they dunked her in the water. “It was a really hot day, so it was refreshing,” she said. A parasailing parachute contains more vents than the chutes used for jumping
Going mobile? Casino bill could have guests using hand-held gaming devices By WILLIAM SOKOLIC Courier-Post Staff
A bill sits on Gov. Chris Christie’s desk. If signed, guests will be allowed to play blackjack on a hand-held gaming machine from the swimming pool at Caesars, from Bill’s Bar & Burger at Harrah’s, and from the Spa at Borgata. The mobile casino, as it were, won’t be the golden goose, but it is another avenue that gives Atlantic City a leg up on its competition. “We are pleased that the legislature provided us the option to be able to present mobile gaming as an additional gaming amenity to our customers,” said Joe Lupo, Borgata’s senior vice president of operations. “We would expect this to be marginally additive to our current gaming revenues as it presents additional gaming options, for instance while lounging at the pool or in a hotel room, that currently do not exist.” The new technology reflects on our modern world, said State Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, a sponsor of the bill. “There is a generation of younger people used to having the world in the palm of the hand. This is how they communicate. It reflects the reality of where we
are culturally.” This won’t deter visitors from coming to the casino floor, Lupo said. “The primary reason our gaming customers come to Atlantic City is to engage in table games or slot play on our casino floor. We do not see that changing,” he said. Some of the fun of a casino experience on the floor is the interaction with other patrons at table games, Whelan said. “I do not see losing that because of mobile gaming,” he said. Before that option comes into play, Christie has to sign the bill, which Whelan says is not expected to be a problem. At this point, there is no indication when Christie will sign the bill, said spokesman Kevin Roberts. “We worked closely with the Governor’s office on this bill, so I have every reason to believe he will sign it,” Whelan said. The bill went through significant amendments in the Assembly and returned to the Senate for final approval. The bill barred use of the mobile devices in parking lots or garages. Once signed into law, the Division of Gaming Enforcement has to create the operating regulations. “There are so many enjoyable things to do at the casinos and hotels, it just makes sense to allow guests to take their games along with them,” said Assemblyman John Amodeo, R-Atlantic.
from an airplane. If Redner were to cut the rope connecting the chute to the Ocean Pro 31, a custom parasail boat, the riders would float down to the water as if wearing a regular parachute, he said. “Some people are nervous until they get up in the air and realize how easy it is,” Redner said. Angelastro admitted she was a bit nervous the first time. But the staff helped her allay any fears. “It was one of the most awesome experiences I ever had. It was so much fun,” she said. Depending on wind direction, Redner, a 10-year parasail veteran, stays as close to the shoreline as possible. If the wind is westerly, the boat ventures a little farther out. In addition to the skyline and the breezes, riders get to see dolphins, sea turtles and other creatures of the sea from a
IF YOU GO Atlantic City Parasailing is located at Historic Gardner’s Basin, 800 N. New Hampshire Ave. There are morning and afternoon excursions. Cost is $70 a person, $55 for the 8:30 a.m. trip and $60 for the 10 a.m. To make reservations, call (609) 3451212. For more information, visit www.atlanticcityparasail.com
different perspective. The boat is on the water for about 90 minutes, carrying up to 12 passengers, who take turns going up in the parasail. “Whoever is bravest goes up first,” Redner said. Most flights are done tandem. Participants must be at least 6 years old, and anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a liability waiver. In order to fly, the riders’ total weight must exceed 100 pounds. If a single person is less than 100 pounds, she will fly with someone else. On the upper end, 450 pounds is the maximum. Weather conditions could change these figures.
Beach blanket films ‘The Princess and the Frog’ will be screened at Atlantic City’s ‘Movies Under the Stars’ film festival. GANNETT/DISNEY ENTERPRISES
‘Movies Under the Stars’ delights families By WILLIAM SOKOLIC Courier-Post Staff
Free outdoor movies returned to Atlantic City last week. Presented by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, residents, the film series invites families and visitors to bring their beach chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. Films begin at dusk and are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Films will be screened: Sundays at Brighton Park (Indiana Avenue and the Boardwalk), Mondays at Historic Gardner's Basin (800 N. New Hampshire Ave.) and Fridays at Bartram Place and the Boardwalk. All movies, with the exception of Avatar (PG-13), are rated either G or PG.
July 13: ‘Puss in Boots’; July 15: ‘Singin’ in the Rain’; July 16: ‘The Karate Kid 2010’; July 20: ‘The Karate Kid 2010’; July 22: ‘Avatar’; July 23: ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’; July 27: ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’; July 29: ‘Bollywood Beats’; July 30: ‘Puss in Boots’; Aug. 3: ‘The Muppets 2011’; Aug. 5: ‘Alvin & the Chipmunks’; Aug. 6: ‘Despicable Me’; Aug. 10: ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’; Aug. 12: ‘Cinderella’; Aug. 13: ‘Tangled’; Aug. 17: ‘Smurfs’; Aug. 19: ‘Hairspray’; Aug. 20: ‘Soul Surfer’; Aug. 24: ‘Rango’; Aug. 6: ‘Rio’; Aug. 27: ‘How to Train your Dragon’; Aug. 31: ‘Alvin & the Chipmunks’; Sept. 2: ‘The Princess and the Frog.’