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5 Ways to Prepare for Britney’s Atlantic City Takeover

Get ready, Atlantic City, because for what’s sure-to-be three spectacular nights…..it’s Britney, bitch.

Yes, that’s right, beginning tonight, July 19th, through this Saturday, July 21st, the legendary Ms. Britney Spears is bringing her Las Vegas owning Piece of Me Vegas spectacle under the spotlights at the Event Center in Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

And while indeed, there are many, many ways to prepare for our beloved Princess of Pop and all that her box office destroying show has to offer (and it’s a whole lot, folks, so grab those last few tickets while you still can), here are 5 sure fire ways to get the entire Jersey Shore and beyond more than ready for all things Brit Brit

Let’s go. 

1.Dance to the fact that “…Baby One More Time” is turning 20 this fall…..     You might want to mark October 23rd down on your calendar because it’s sure to be a national holiday as Ms. Spears legendary debut ditty (that opening keyboard riff, tho…priceless) will be celebrating twenty years of still owning our pom-pom wearin’ lives. While it’s easy to feel old at this coveted news (two decades…seriously??), you should waste no time in squeezing into those Catholic School Gurl digs and practicing that choreo because we need to party ’90s Britney-style, um, one more time and celebrate a track that legitimately changed the face of the pop music landscape forever. Like, seriously. Oh, baby, baby indeed. 

2.Watch this “Toxic” performance on repeat….    While we could spill Godney tea all day and burn our corneas out watching each and every one of her earth shattering live performances, for the sake of our general well beings, let’s just say they’re all legendary….yes, even that one. But if there’s one performance that’s sure to get you all sorts of right prior to her AC takeover, it’s this smokin’ hot take of “Toxic” that will certainly do the trick and will always get us thinking of these seven magical little words…in the zone and up all night. Anyone remember? Of course you do. Now, dance. 

3.Show ‘Glory’ a little love……     Let’s face it, you barely listened to Britney’s ninth studio offering when it was released two years ago, and you most likely haven’t listened to it recently..and no, no that certainly isn’t a question. Although it was well received by critics, Britney’s most recent-and quite excellent-set didn’t fare so well on the charts…and it’s a damn shame. Lead single, “Make Me,” still makes for a credible bedroom banger (despite the video drama), and the oh, so underrated “Slumber Party” and its Tinashe co-starring hot-as-f@#k video simply demand repeat viewings. Then you’ve got the bumpin’ “Clumsy,” then there’s, ah, well, just relive it all below and find your Glory-us moment. But by the way, when is that next album dropping, B?? 

4.Watch these slaying clips from Britney’s Vegas show…..   If there’s one thing that Ms. Britney proved to the world while her Piece of Me show was dominating the Vegas trip (besides, well, everything), it’s that she still knows how to throw down her classic choreography. From “Slave” to “Crazy” to “Oops” to “Me Against the Music,” the yaas-worthy compilation video below shows our Queen B displaying that she still knows how to get it, get it….what. Just watch and you better practice those moves before this weekend, bitch. 

5.Listen to “Work Bitch” every day of your Britney lovin’ life……    Now, you betta werk, bitch, and get those tickets to see Godney own Atlantic City this weekend. 

Cover photo courtesy of Britney Spears 

 

 

 

 

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Borgata Turns 15…..Let’s Party!

Picture it…..July 2nd, 2003…..11:45 pm…..

Atlantic City’s latest skyline addition, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, opened its glamorous doors to the public……and history was instantly made. 

A bright, bold and beaming structure, the MGM Resorts International owned Jersey Shore hot-spot features 2,002 luxurious rooms and suites (and so, so much more…keep reading), and certainly owns it place as the largest hotel in New Jersey and is currently the top-grossing casino in Atlantic City

However, needless to say, Borgata’s opening came with quite a bit of negative chatter as many in the gaming industry were concerned about the resort’s staying power. This was much due to the fact that the grand opening was right around the same time that the AC we once knew as the place to be began to falter with many, many, many favorite casinos beginning to either shut their doors or be sold off.

But as we’ve all seen, the grand resort has certainly withstood the, um, sands of time and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. And we just can’t leave out Borgata’s stunning exclusive $400 million non-gaming boutique-lifestyle hotel, The Water Club, which features 800 grand guest rooms and suites that have no doubt added more flair to the name that will always be…..Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

While the fifteenth anniversary celebration is indeed a grand occasion, it’s also a rebirth of sorts thanks to the grand openings of Atlantic City’s latest endeavors–Ocean Resort (formerly Revel) and Hard Rock Cafe Atlantic City (formerly Taj Mahal)–which have both already driven tourism way up this summer. Obviously this is a feat that could only help Borgata as well, especially for those who haven’t been to AC in a while…..now is certainly the time. 

With all that being said, it’s officially time to let loose and party, and naturally, your Borgata journey should always, always kick off with horizons of delicious food and five-star culinary extravaganzas. So, if you’re heading down to celebrate life and everything that comes with it this weekend or the rest of your summer, (really, who isn’t?), you might want to get the party started with acclaimed chef Michael Schulson’s Izakaya sushi restaurant.

Not only does Chef whip up the best Spicy Tuna Cracker you’ve ever had, but their explosive menu will start your experience off in the most delectable way possible. To make you even more hungry, the hailed restaurant is celebrating its tenth anniversary next Friday, August 3rd, and from the looks of it all right here, it’s simply not to be missed. 

But wait there’s more….

How about all of the incredible Italian dishes The Chew’s Michael Symon is serving up at Angeline? Or, how about all of those gigantic filets (seriously, though..) being carefully selected at Bobby Flay Steak and Old Homestead Steak House? Then you’ve also got Wolfgang Puck’s American Grille with its woodsy decor and out-of-this-world menu. You know what, now that all you can think about is food, you might as well go right here and make those reservations right now. 

Of course, no Borgata top-tier dining experience is complete without a follow-up show or concert (and everything on the dessert menu, naturally), and luckily for everyone, they’ve got you covered thanks to their many lively venues, which includes their grand 2,400 seating Event Center. So, where do we begin with all of this top-notch entertainment that’s taking over the stages the rest of the summer? How about with the legendary Cher, who’ll be taking over the Event Center for not one, but two spectacular sold out shows to make your summer celebration that much more yaaaas worthy. 

Oh, and you might want to mark your calendars and get those tickets because Huey Lewis, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Camila Cabello, Yanni, Brit Floyd, Kings of Leon, 3 Doors Down, Jerry Seinfeld and Collective Soul will be stopping by to show the Borgata some entertainment love from now until Labor Day. 

As you might have already guessed, after the show comes the after party, and Borgata certainly has plenty of stylish offerings for the perfect nightcap. If you’re looking to get lost in some of those chill late-night vibes, then Gypsy Lounge and Mixx are waiting just for you. And of course, Borgata and AC’s #1 night club, Premier, will see the likes of Busta Rhymes, Cash Cash, Prostyle, Bazzi, Joe Maz, Crankdat and Showtek this weekend and beyond. Plus you’ve got Borgata Beer Garden, B Bar, better yet, just dance it out right here to experience all of it. 

Now, did someone say….five-star spa treatment, shopping and swimming all day long? Yes. While we could certainly go on and on about all of those fancy and relaxing details, it would truly take up another full article. So, for all of the cucumber eye peel/boutique (Hugo Boss, Misura, it’s all here) and poolside goodness you could ever want  kick up those heels right here to plan a most fabulous Borgata shopping/spa/swimming day right this very second. 

As you can probably gather by now, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa not only has everything you could ever want in a truly fabulous and stunning resort, but that their fifteenth birthday bash is truly a landmark celebration…..and it’s one that’s certainly going to last the rest of the summer and beyond. 

Let’s party! 

Cover photo courtesy of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Happy second weekend of summer! 

Now, let’s keep those sun-kissed vibes going and get into…all of it. And newly reinvented Atlantic City….we see you and we’re comin.’ 

Let’s do it. 

Aladdin We’re heading into the final performances of this Tony Award winning darling before it flies out of Philly after what’s been a spectacular two-week run, so if you haven’t already, grab those tickets now before, well, you can’t. You should also get to know Aladdin himself, Mr. Clinton Greenspan, as he stopped by Philly Mixtape recently for a fun chat about it all. But seriously, go see this show while you can….your inner Genie will thank u. Tonight through this Sunday, July 1st/Academy of Music/240 S. Broad St. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke  What better way to kick off the start of summer other than to go sing your little heart out courtesy of the fabulous Ms. Sara Sherr and her always scorching Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which will be serving Philly all summer long at all of these fabulous locations listed below. Fri/9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St.Sat/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave Sun/9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues/9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs/9-2 Milkboy South Street/401 South St.

You Can Never Go Down The Drain If you’re looking for a truly side-splitting night out (and a place to cool off) over this weekend look no further than the final few shows of this Mr. Rogers inspired and delightfully entertaining spectacle right here. Fresh off the official Facebook page…..”Mr. Rogers always said: no matter how bad things are, “You can never go down the drain.” Using and abusing iconic songs from the program, Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret puts this idea to the test. In this performance, expect a goldfish funeral, gay romps into the land of make-believe, and some earnest questions about irony. ” Bottom line? Don’t miss it and go right here for those tickets….now. Through this Sunday, July 1st/Wilma Theater/various dates & showtimes/265 S. Broad St. 

Mamma Mia! Since there’s still over three weeks until the gayest movie sequel ever made descends into our worlds (now until July 20th is, like, forever in Cher and Meryl time) why not go see the critically acclaimed national production of the original to help pass the grueling seconds along while it’s in Philly this summer? Yes. Just a word to your bell bottoms…tickets are going quick–because as we all know this show is life within itself–so don’t delay and shimmy on over to them right here and right now. Ready, set, “Fernando.” Tonight-through July 15th/various showtimes/ticket prices/Walnut Street Theater/825 Walnut St.

DJ Jimmy DePre  If you’re looking to channel your inner yaaas dancing kween with those grooves all summer long, look no further than right here. And of course, may you forever respect the DJ. Friday & Saturday/Tavern on Camac/243 South Camac St. 

Chris Stapleton Like you don’t have your tickets already. But for those who may not, grab them right here before you head over to Camden for what’s sure to be the most rockin’ concert of the summer. Tonight/BB & T Pavilion/7 pm/1 Harbour Blvd. 

Jesse McCartney If you’re wondering if this is the former Summerland star and “Beautiful Soul” crooner we’re talking about here…yes..yes it is. Ans rumor has it there may be, like, one ticket left, so check this out and then get ready to swoon for your TRL’d life.  Tonight/TLA/8 pm/334 South St. 

Radio 104.5 Birthday Show w/Imagine Dragons/Judah the Lion  Who’s ready? Get those tickets because this summer rock spectacle is not to be missed. Saturday/BB & T Pavilion/1 pm/1 Harbour Blvd. 

Summer Block Party w/ Jill Scott/Boyz 11 Men/DJ Jazzy Jeff  What’s going to happen when classic fires like “Golden,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” “A Long Walk,” “Motownphilly” and “Summertime” take over the Mann Center stage tomorrow night? Pure bliss. Check this out for yours and get ready to reminisce in the best way possible…through those killer baby makin’ grooves. 

2018 Summer Concert Guide What do Cher, Sam Smith, Jimmy Buffett, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Pitbull, Foo Fighters, Cirque De Soleil and Shania Twain all have on common? They’re well on their way from taking over the Philly music stages this summer, which means you should waste no time in spending your hard-earned coin on it all. So, check this out and have the best summer concert season possible. What could be better than that? Absolutely nothing. 

Hard Rock Casino Atlantic City/Ocean Resort Casino You want might want to start clutching your pearls now as you start to read this because the next statement is actually very true….Atlantic City is returning to form once again and it’s all kicking off right now. With the opening of Ocean Resort Casino (the former Revel) and the Hard Rock Casino (the former Taj Mahal), the buzz is certainly hot, but what’s most important is that people checking out the new casinos are optimistic in saying that it’s all beginning…again. After losing five casinos in five years, these two new hot-spots seem to be just what the doctor ordered for a once booming Atlantic City. Plus, when you’ve got Jamie Foxx, Mark Wahlberg, Carrie Underwood, Pitbull, Tiesto and Diplo stoping by to kick things off, it’s safe to say that things are off to a rockin’ good start. So, if you’re looking to boogie down with the grand opening sounds taking over AC this weekend, check this and this out. Plus, Sam Hunt (sigh) is performing on the beach this Sunday so….yes. 

…….also on the local and legendary sun-kissed entertainment decks for your…..

Friday……

Sebastian Maniscalco @Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa(through Sunday/7 pm/One Borgata Way)……..Snarky Puppy @ The Fillmore(8 pm/29 E. Allen St.)…………Yob@Underground Arts(9 pm/1200 Callowhill St.)………..Brodinski @The Dolphin Tavern(9 pm/1539 S. Broad St.)………Pierce Brothers @Boot & Saddle(830 pm/1131 S. Broad St.)………..Rich Medina@Silk City (10 pm/435 Spring Garden St.)………Bbqt@Kung Fu Necktie(730 pm/1248 N. Front St.)…………Nick Colionne@South(8 pm/600 N. Broad St.)…………..Weller@Everybody Hits(529 West Girard Ave)……Johnny Taylor Jr. @Punchline Philly(7 pm/1004 Canal St.)………..Hype@Bourbon & Branch(7 pm/705 N. 2nd St. 

Saturday…… 

DJ Chris Urban@L’Etage(10 pm/624 S. 6th St.)………………Free In/Outdoor ’90s Dance Party @FringeArts(830 pm/140 Christopher Columbus Blvd.)………FAM Fest 2018 @Voltage Lounge (through Sunday/421 N. 7th St.)………..Tony Bennett @Sands Bethlehem Event Center (8 pm/77 Sands Blvd.)…………Good Old War@TLA(730 pm/334 South St.)………Underdog@Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm/1248 N Front St.)……….The Tins@Ortlieb’s(10 pm/847 N. 3rd St.)……….Lovelorn@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm/1201 Frankford Ave)………..Creem Circus@The Barbary(930 pm/951 Frankford Ave)……….So Far Gone @The Fillmore (9 pm/29 E. Allen St.)……..Mage Hand @Connie’s Ric Rac(9 pm/1132 S. 9th St.)………Shawn Ryan@Franky Bradley’s(10 pm/1320 Chancellor St.)

Sunday…..

DJ Chris Urban @Positano Coast (12pm-4pm/212 Walnut St.)……………..Independence Day Celebration @Musueum of the American Revolution(through Wednesday/101 S. 3rd St.)………….Sinful Sundays w/The Goddess Isis @Tabu(10 pm/200 South 12th St.)……..Showtunes Sundays @Tavern on Camac (9 pm/243 S. Camac St.)…………Blac Rabbit@Milkboy Philly(7 pm/1100 Chestnut St.)………..Tapes & Tubes@Ortlieb’s(7 pm/847 N. 3rd St.)…………PART@The Trocadero(1003 Arch St./4 pm)………..

For much more second weekend of summer shenanigans (plus, lots of fireworks!), you should check this and this out. 

Cover photo courtesy of NPR