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Jul 25

Concert Review: Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy Rock Borgata Event Center

Jeff BeckFor music fans of a certain era, popular music was once dominated by one instrument above all others – the electric guitar. Sure, disco wasn’t that far removed from today’s EDM, and pop singers are always with us just like Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber are today.

But for these fans, music – real rock and roll music – comes from an electric guitar – not to mention blues and honky-tonk country music.

So it was with some nostalgia that several thousand old-school fans packed the Borgata Event Center Saturday to see two of the electric guitars most established and influential masters take the stage as blues legend Buddy Guy and rock legend Jeff Beck performed a double bill. Either one could have performed as a solo headliner, but to have both on the same bill resulted in about 2-and-a-half hours of guitar bliss – not bad for two septuagenarians.

The show started with an hour-long set by Guy who was appearing one week shy of his eightieth birthday. Considering that Guy began his career in the late 50’s, that’s a lot of shows under his belt.

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Jul 7

Bob Dylan Brings Legendary Career to Borgata Event Center

Bob Dylan (2015)For many music fans, Bob Dylan is a legend. The 76-year-old Dylan has had a career that’s hard to quantify into words. Folk music pioneer, socially influential protest singer, pop music star and rock music star (you know, when he went electric).

That’s Dylan.

His recording career, spanning more than 50 years, has explored the traditions in American song—from folk, blues, and country to gospel, rock and roll, and rockabilly to English, Scottish, and Irish folk music, embracing even jazz and the Great American Songbook.

This is one guy we’re talking about here.

When Bob Dylan rolls into the Borgata Event Center Sunday July 10, you can expect a true master to embrace his latest incarnation – that of the Great American Songbook. That’s because his last two albums – the 36th and 37th studio albums of his career – were Shadows in the Night, featuring ten songs written between 1923 and 1963 and recorded by Frank Sinatra and Fallen Angels, which was described as “a direct continuation of the work of ‘uncovering’ the Great Songbook that he began on last year’s Shadows In the Night.”

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Jun 20

Toast Summer with a Pineapple Express at The Water Club

TWC Pineapple ExpressSearch the words “Pineapple Express,” and you’ll find a lot of information about a 2008 movie starring James Franco and Seth Rogan which is much beloved by fans of Judd Apatow movies and served as an inspiration  for some – shall we say farmers – who have been trying to create the fictitious – shall we say hybrid – in the film ever since.

Or, you’ll find info on a train tour through Dole’s Hawaiian pineapple plantation.

But search Pineapple Express Borgata or Pineapple Express Geoffrey Zakarian, and you’ll find this delightful summer concoction served at The Water Club here in Atlantic City. With summer here, we can’t think of a better way to welcome in the season.

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Jun 1

28 West Piano Bar at Borgata Has You Feeling Alright

28westBorgata Nightlife offers up a lot of different experiences at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, from the electric atmosphere of our new Premier Nightclub to specialties like the Wine Bar at Old Homestead or the Izakaya Sake Bar.

One of the most traditional, yet innovative experiences comes at 28 West, our European-influenced piano bar open Friday and Saturdays. Featuring specialty cocktails and craft beers by the pint and half pint, when you spend some time at 28 West you can enjoy live music while sampling its tapas style bar menu.

But the main thing about any piano bar, of course, is the piano player. To paraphrase Billy Joel, when you’re in the mood for a melody, he has you feeling alright. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa looks for the best keyboardists in the region to provide all you expect from a piano bar – from background cocktail music to full on singalong shows.

Check out 28 West’s lineup for the month of June:

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May 29

An Evening With Al Pacino June 4 at Borgata Event Center

al-pacinoThey say imitation is the purest form of flattery, and if that’s true, then movie legend Al Pacino may be the most flattered guy in history.

Everybody has a favorite Al Pacino movie quote and most of us are ready to break into a Pacino imitation at the drop of the hat – or at least when the quote fits.

Consider these classic lines:

“Just when I thought that I was out, they pull me back in.”

The Godfather, Part III

“Say hello to my little friend.”

Scarface

“You’re outta order. You’re outta order. This whole trial is outta order.”

And Justice for All

“Attica! Attica!”

Dog Day Afternoon

“On any given Sunday you’re gonna win or you’re gonna lose. The point is – can you win or lose like a man?”

Any Given Sunday

Vanity. My Favorite Sin.

The Devil’s Advocate

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May 10

The Burlesque Show Returns to Borgata Music Box Thursdays Starting May 12

Burlesque 2016At Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, we’re extremely proud to be known as the premiere destination for everything from fine dining, to casino action, to the best nightlife in Atlantic City.

So it is only appropriate that Borgata be the home of the sexiest, most ribald show to be found anywhere on the East Coast. Yes, we said ribald.

We’re talking about “The Burlesque Show,” which has become a summer staple here at Borgata and returns to the Borgata Music Box every Thursday starting May 12 through October 20.

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May 3

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Borgata’s Gypsy Bar

Cinco De MayoOne of the great things about living in the U.S. is the influence so many different cultures have had on our culture.

Like say Mexico.

Our neighbors to the south have given us some great stuff, from tequila to Mexican cuisine to one of the great unofficial holidays on our calendar – namely Cinco de Mayo.

Years ago, the fifth of May was just basically the fifth day of May for most Americans. Now, it’s time for an all-out celebration. It’s a tradition we embrace fully at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, especially at Gypsy Bar, our signature tequila bar where we’ll be holding a special Cinco de Mayo celebration.

For those of you who like to understand why we party, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Contrary to popular belief, it is not Mexico’s Independence Day, which is celebrated in September.

Now we could go all geopolitical here, but suffice to say that in the 50s and 60s the day became popular as a celebration of Mexican culture in the U.S. that spread quickly through the country and became a tradition marked by parties, music and just an all-around good time.

And we totally support that.

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Apr 19

Premier Nightlife Lineup 4/21 – 4/25

Premier Nightlife Line UpWith the preview weekend behind us and one full week under our belt, we are very excited for what’s to come. We would like to thank everyone that came out the past two weeks and making Premier’s opening a huge success. But it’s not over; we have much more to come! We continue this week with our star-studded lineup with Steve Aoki!

 

Friday Night – Steve Aoki

Steven Hiroyuki “Steve” Aoki is an American electro house DJ, record producer, and music executive. Steve Aoki founded his own label, Dim Mak Records, in 1996 but made it big internationally in 2010. Through relentless touring with an average of 250 shows a year, he gained huge support from his colleagues. Steve Aoki is widely known for his acrobatic crowd surfing stunts, throwing cake at fans, spraying champagne bottles, and riding rafts on the dance floor. Steve Aoki has headlined more than 55 cities in 60 dates across the United States and Canada.

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Tickets: Purchase advanced tickets + Admission available at the door.
Guest List: Reduced Admission Before 11PM – Register Online.
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Apr 14

Impressionist Frank Caliendo at Borgata’s Music Box April 15

Frank CaliendoIn an amazing coup for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, presidential candidate Donald Trump will be appearing at Borgata’s Music Box this Friday, April 15, with a lineup of special guests likely to include John Madden, Charles Barkley, various sportscasters from ESPN and Fox sports and possibly Morgan Freeman and William Shatner.

And that’s just for openers.

How, you ask, could Borgata pull off such an awesome show this late in the presidential campaign?

Easy, we booked one guy – comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo.

You know Caliendo from his comic stint on “Fox NFL Sunday” and his long run on “Mad TV” – which The CW just announced it is reviving – and for being one of the best celebrity impressionists anywhere.

On April 15, Caliendo brings his cast of thousands to The Music Box for a 9pm show.

Though it’s hard to pin down which of Caliendo’s impersonations is the most popular – John Madden is a good guess – given the current political climate, it’s pretty easy to guess which is the most popular right now – Donald Trump.

“People go crazy for it,” Caliendo recently said in an interview with The Salamanca Press. “It’s probably the thing people like the most right now.”

But that doesn’t mean other celebs like Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro and former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. might not show up.

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Apr 12

Hollywood Vampires at Borgata July 3

Hollywood VampiresWhen it comes to classic rock, with all due respect to modern music artists, some things are just too cool to ever be equaled.

Yeah, yeah, the kids are all into their Katy Perry, their Niki Minaj, their Kanye, their Drake.

Whatever.

You know what’s cool? Alice Cooper is cool singing Doors’ songs with Johnny Depp and Joe Perry on guitar. Yes, actor Johnny Depp. Yes, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry.

You know what’s cooler? That such a group exists and has the name Hollywood Vampires.

You know what’s cooler still? That the group grew out of a drinking club established by Cooper in Los Angeles on the Sunset Strip in 1969 for the rockers passing through the L.A. music scene. The Hollywood Vampires club was formed in an upstairs bar at the Rainbow Bar & Grill.

Cooper and Depp decided that they wanted to see the Hollywood Vampires rise from the dead (get it) and launched a band dedicated to resurrecting the music of so many singers and groups of the era who have, well, passed on to the great rock band graveyard.

And coolest of all? They’re playing Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on July 4th weekend with an appearance Sunday, July 3.

Intrigued? Hey, the coolness goes on.

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