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Jose Feliciano, who will play the Borgata Music Box December 17, has had a long and varied career and is widely considered the first Latin artist to make the crossover to the English music market. He’s also one of the greatest pop guitarists of all time, being called “the Picasso of his realm.”
He’s been awarded more than 45 Gold and Platinum records and has won 19 Grammy nominations, earning nine Grammy Awards, including the “LARAS Award for Lifetime Achievement.
And yet, when December rolls around, Jose Feliciano becomes synonymous with one simple phrase “Feliz Navidad.” His 1970 bilingual Christmas tune has become as much a part of the holidays as “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” or “Silent Night.”
Comedian Jim Gaffigan may seem like he’s everywhere these days. He stars in a series of pretty funny commercials for Chrysler, was one of the revolving Colonel Sanders in KFC’s ongoing ad campaign and just completed a run of the second season of “The Jim Gaffigan Show” on TV Land.
But despite all this TV, when Gaffigan rolled his Fully Dressed Tour into the Borgata Event Center Saturday for two shows, it was pretty evident what got Gaffigan to where he is – namely killer stand-up. Playing before two packed houses, Gaffigan unleashed a solid hour of wide ranging stand-up which covered everything from the changing seasons, the differences between ordering steak and fish (guess which one Gaffigan prefers) to travelling with his kids…
At Borgata, we work hard to bring the best shows, concerts and live entertainment to Atlantic City and to you. And we think we do a pretty good job as our packed line-up of shows and nightlife options always show and our proud of being the leader in Atlantic City entertainment.
But when it comes to comedy, few stretches on our schedule can compare to the three weeks between August 12 and September 3. It’s enough to make us toot our own horn a little, so to speak.
Four of the biggest names in comedy will perform at the Borgata Event Center, starting with perhaps the most famous stand-up in the country, Jerry Seinfeld for shows on August 12 and August 13 respectively.
For 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.
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).
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.”
Search 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.
Borgata 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:
They 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.”
“You’re outta order. You’re outta order. This whole trial is outta order.”
And Justice for All
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
At 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.
One 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.