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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 owns it place as the largest hotel in New Jersey and is also currently the top-grossing casino in Atlantic City. 

Needless to say, Borgata’s opening came with quite a bit of negative chit-chat as many in the gaming industry were concerned about the resort’s staying power, much due to the fact that fifteen years ago 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 began to either shut their doors or be sold off. But also needless to say, the grand resort has certainly withstood the 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 and has no doubt added more flair to the name that is Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

But what is indeed a grand fifteenth anniversary celebration like the East Coast has never seen, is also a rebirth of sorts thanks to the grand openings of Atlantic City’s latest endeavorsOcean Resort (formerly Revel) and Hard Rock Cafe Atlantic City (formerly Taj Mahal)–which have both already driven tourism way up this summer, a feat that could only help Borgata as well, especially for those who haven’t trekked down to AC in a while.

With that being said, the time is right now to let loose and party, and naturally, this weekend’s entertainment journey begins with lots and lots of delicious food and five-star culinary extravaganzas. If you’re heading down to celebrate life and everything that comes with it this weekend, (really, who isn’t?), you might want to get the party started with Savor Borgata Culinary Series, which will be starring some of your favorite celebrity chefs taking over Borgata’s staple restaurants. On Friday, July 6th, The Old Homestead Steak House will be a delish home to get the festivities started properly, with a commemorative multi-course dinner prepared by Executive Restaurant Chef Romeo DiBona, which will be mercifully paired with a selection of fine wines. However….there’s only a few tickets left to tonight’s second seating, so you and your hungry stomach better go here…now. 

This only kicks all of the carbs off as this Saturday, July 7th, Chew co-host and Angeline Chef/Partner Michael Symon will be taking over Borgata’s Surface Lot for an outdoor food festival featuring culinary takes from around the globe. But the best part is that this event is designed for the whole family and will feature loads of fun group activities including a mechanical rock wall, dunk tank, photo booth, and it’s all while Atlantic City Police and Fire Departments participate to make it that much more special for the kids in all of us, So, come hungry, get happy and have a blast! For ticket info on all of this weekend’s impending deliciousness (plus don’t forget about Wolfgang Puck’s American Grille, Bobby Flay Steak, you get it), be sure to dive in right here, 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 lively venues, including The Music Box and their grand Event Center. So, where do we begin with all of this top-notch entertainment that’s taking over the stages this weekend and beyond? How about with the legendary Barry Manilow, who’ll be taking over the Event Center to make this weekend’s celebration that much more classic. Magician and stand out improv artist Michael Carbonaro will be taking over the Music Box to give your weekend to give it a little more spark…as if it really needs it.  

Oh, and you might want to mark your calendars and get those tickets because Halsey, Huey Lewis, Britney Spears (!!), Camila Cabello, Brit Floyd, Kings of Leon, 3 Doors Down, Jerry Seinfeld, Collective Soul and the one, the only Cher (although both of her shows are sold out already ) will be stopping by to show the Borgata some entertainment love one love from now until Labor Day. Get ready. 

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 Tyga and RL Grime stopping by to celebrate with us this Friday and Saturday night, while Jowell & Randy, Mustard, Play & Skillz and many more will be owning the Borgata spotlight this summer to give it to you proper. 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 and shopping 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) goodness you could ever want (plus, there’s tons of stuff for the boys), kick up those heels right here to plan a most fabulous Borgata shopping/spa 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 this weekend’s fifteenth birthday bash is truly a landmark celebration…..and it’s one that’s certainly going to last all summer long and beyond. 

Let’s party! 

Cover photo courtesy of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa 

 

 

 

 


SPECIAL CONCERTS AND STAND-UP: Our entertainment lineup has something for everyone this 4th of July weekend in Atlantic City. Whether you like comedy or classic soft rock, Borgata has you covered. Sebastian Maniscalco is coming back to Borgata with 10 sold-out shows and will bring you laughs all night long. Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Barry Manilow brings his iconic artistry to The Event Center on July 6-7 in a series of performances that are sure to delight “fanilows” of all ages. Funny man Michael Che will be in the house at The Music Box on June 29 as well!

NIGHTLIFE: Whether you prefer to dance in the club, party at the bar or relax in the beer garden, Borgata has nightlife for anyone. Enjoy two-floors of party in Premier Nightclub with the best DJs in the industry or grab your friends and hang out in our Rock ‘n Roll tequila bar, Gypsy Bar and listen to the best Live Bands in the area. You can also step out by our Outdoor Pool and enjoy the Beer Garden’s great menu and music.

The Borgata has a number of world-class restaurants, a 2,400 seat event center, a 1,000-seat theater and a selection of Atlantic City’s hottest nightlife spots. There is also a 54,000-square-foot spa, indoor and outdoor pool areas, gardens, retail boutiques and a second boutique hotel tower.

 

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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 

 

 

 

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Groove of the Day/Iggy Azalea/MØ/”Beg for It”

Get ready to live like it’s 2014 all over again because the one-and-only “Fancy” rap diva from down under herself (sit down, Ms. Ora) Ms. Iggy Azalea, is about to….take a hold of the stage at the Borgata event center tonight. 

Now, while we could easily straight up break our fine Lennox tea mugs about “Pretty Girls,” this, that and the other mighty oak grown shade about...it all, but since it will and always will be all about those grooves here (if you’re down for that, as you should, because get over it and just listen), we’re going to press play on “Beg For It,” Ms. Iggy’s collaboration with “Cold Water” co-conspirator, MØ,  who’ll on a lil’ Danish pop diva side note, will be stopping by Union Transfer just in time for the holidaze. 

Served up as the lead single from the re-issue of Iggy’s debut set, The New Classic (hey there, “Black Widow” and Reclassified), the song stumbled a bit on the Billboard charts (and hey there, that SNL performance) and went on to only peak at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

But the real mystery is..why?

Iggy’s flow is quite pussy powered up and fierce, MO’s vocals will get you in a delightfully weird way, and that produced beat just simply get to werk. 

Okay, so, let’s face it (there goes one mug), we may never, ever know if Mizz Iggy will strike back on those charts like she (sort of) did just two years ago, but what we do know is that if “Beg For It” is on fleek this evening at the Borgata this evening then a big ol’ yas Iggy queen. 

Just listen and then get those tickets…and then dance, bitch, because it’s the weekend and we need to live it up….because why wouldn’t you? 

Go. 

Cover photo courtesy of www.d3bris.de