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You have to love it when serendipity kicks in and the timing is right here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Grammy award winning singer Miguel Pimentel comes to Borgata’s Music Box this August 8 playing with L.A. rock band Dorothy. And that means Borgata will host one of his first concerts after his new album “Wildheart’ drops. The single “Coffee” is already out.
And it’s much anticipated album, coming off the success of 2012’s “Kaleidoscope Dreams”, which made the Los Angeles native a star and earned him a Grammy for the single “Adorn”. The album set off a slew of live performances on TV, including a pretty controversial one at the Billboard Music Awards in 2013 (Google it).
Throw in his hit duet with Mariah Carey of “Beautiful” and it finally made Miguel a star, but as he recently told Rollingstone.com, he wasn’t exactly and overnight success.
“It was just like pushing a boulder up and up and up a hill and then you finally get to the top,” he says.
Well, he’s at the top now and describes “Wildheart” as “an ode to love of self … the ongoing infatuation with whatever you’re f—ing into.”
The album mixes rock, soul and post-Prince freakiness into stark, atmospheric territory.
At this point, you have to give comedian George Lopez his due as a pioneer.
Lopez—who brings his stand-up act to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in the Event Center July 11—was the first Mexican American to headline a TV show (two actually) and the first Latino host of a late-night talk show.
Lopez is best known for his six-season run on the TV show George Lopez, which is still a hit in syndication. He also spent two years as the host of Lopez Tonight on TBS. He’s produced and acted in the movie Spare Parts and appeared in several others and is the author of “I’m Not Gonna Lie and Other Lies You Tell When You Turn 50.”
If it sounds like we’re rattling off his resume, well, … it’s a pretty impressive resume. As Lopez often says, not bad for a poor kid from Los Angeles.
Of course, for Lopez it all started with stand-up more than 30 years ago—he returned to it a few years ago—which eventually brought him success.
“It means a lot in that I always felt invisible, and I was louder in my own head than I was verbally, … I was torturing myself, wanting to say things and not knowing how to be.” Lopez says. “The stand-up was a way out but it never came easy. So to have something that’s named after me make it, and that has history tied to Desi and Freddie and now Freddie Jr., it’s unbelievable to me because I never really thought anything good would happen to me.”
Still, success hasn’t softened Lopez—at least not on stage—and he still can bring it to a stand-up audience.
In American pop culture, few things are as much fun to watch as when a singer explodes on the music scene and becomes the hot star of the moment.
A case in point is Meghan Trainor. Ever since Trainor’s “All About the Bass” rocketed to No. 1 on the charts last year, everything Trainor does, says and sings about gets tweeted, blogged and discussed.
So when doctors advised the “Dear Future Husband” singer that she had to rest her voice due to a vocal cord hemorrhage and she began cancelling shows on her new tour—including her July 3 scheduled appearance at Borgata Festival Park—a lot of concern was expressed in cyberspace.
And the ton of “get well soon” messages that flooded Twitter and Instagram may have helped as the 21-year-old singer has gone on Instagram to say she’s recovering.
“But there is good news! I’m feeling much better,” Trainor wrote after announcing a couple more cancellations.
“Thank you Dr. Kessler for seeing me immediately and being so helpful and thank you guys for all the edits/get well posts you made. You made me feel a lot better about this crappy situation. I love you all so much.”
After cancelling her July 4th weekend shows, Trainor said “Right now the doctors want me on complete vocal rest until they are healed. I have never missed a tour date before so this is killing me.”
You’ve probably heard of Moet & Chandon champagne makers.
They were established in 1743 in Champagne France and are the label behind Dom Perignon, the most famous champagne in the world.
And now they’re teaming up with Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
This Sunday, June 28, Borgata Nightlife hosts an industry Champagne Sunday Brunch Party at 2pm at our new Festival Park sponsored by Moet & Chandon.
We think it’s the perfect way to introduce our new venue to the casino and nightlife industry here in Atlantic City. Music will be provided by Borgata House DJ Doug Grayson. $5 Mimosas, $5 Bloody Marys and bottle service specials will be available.
We think our Festival Park is pretty special. So some on out, relax and enjoy.
Table reservations for the Moet & Chandon Champagne Sundays Brunch are available by calling 609.317.7249.
Here are some quick definitions for you:
Mania – excessive enthusiasm.
Electronic – Runs on electricity, especially noticeable in dance beats employed by EDM DJs.
Festival – A period of celebration often organized around a series of concerts, plays, movies—and sometimes a great line-up of DJs—held in the same place.
Circus – A collection of diverse and energetic performances in one show.
Mania Electronic Festival Circus – the July 5 show at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s new Festival Park outdoor concert venue features music by The Chainsmokers, DJ Ikon, Dallas K, Grand Theft and DSK CHK.
Or in other words, a big ol’ outdoor EDM party at Borgata on the July 4th weekend.
It’s not every day that you see a concert so filled with energy and great DJs that we’re confident enough to call it a mania, a festival and a circus all in one.
But consider this:
The Chainsmokers are an American, New York City-based, disc jockey/producer/songwriter duo consisting of members Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. The duo rose to fame with their 2014 hit “#Selfie”.
We’re pretty excited about Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s new outdoor concert venue at Festival Park and we’ve already announced a star-packed line-up of concerts and events for its inaugural summer.
But most of all, we want you to be there.
So we’re also offering the Borgata Festival Park Social Challenge to celebrate the opening of Festival Park and give you a chance to win amazing prizes over the next six weeks.
By completing some simple, fun tasks, you can compete in the Challenge by sharing with friends, answering fun trivia and other activities. Prize packages include Festival Park concert tickets, overnight stays at Borgata, meet and greets with top artists and more.
All you have to do is earn 1,000 points during an entry period to be included in the random drawing. As an added bonus, accumulate the most points between now and July 26 to win the Bonus Leaderboard Prize, which includes two tickets to three Festival Park shows of your choice and an overnight stay.
Some of the ticket packages up for grab include:
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa presents some of the best comics in the world at Borgata’s Event Center and Borgata’s Music Box. Just in the next couple of months you’ll be able to see Jim Norton (July 10 & 11), George Lopez (July 11), Howie Mandel (July 17), Margaret Cho (July 18), Impractical Jokers (July 30 & 31), Jerry Seinfeld (August 7 & 8), Jeff Foxworthy (August 23), Lisa Lampanelli (August 28), Jim Gaffigan (August 29) and Gabriel Iglesias (September 4).
Check out the full comedy lineup.
That’s some serious comedy, but it might leave you with the impression that comedy shows are a special headliner only event here at Borgata.
Au contraire my little chickadee. We do comedy all the time. In fact, most weeknights you can find a show at Borgata’s Comedy Club.
The Borgata Comedy Club—staged at Borgata’s Music Box—offers shows featuring three stand-up comedians on nights we don’t have a headliner on the bill. That’s three comics performing for just $20.
And don’t think these are run-of-the-mill comics. These budding young stars and veteran comics can hold their own with any headliner on the circuit.
Tritonal—the American DJ duo of Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed that have become a rising star in the EDM world—hits Borgata’s MIXX Nightclub June 27 and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
With their recently dropped track “Untouchable,” done in collaboration with another Multiple DJ force Cash Cash, the duo is back on the cutting edge—as if they’d ever been off. Collaborations between vocalists and DJs are always noted, but lately more and more DJs themselves have been working together producing a string of EDM hits.
“Untouchable” is a melodic, big room anthem that features James Abrahart, also known as J Hart, on vocals.
Tritonal previously remixed Cash Cash’s “Surrender,” but this time the two DJ teams hit the studio together.
“The song came from such an inspirational place,” Reed and Cisneros told Billboard.com, calling the week-long collaboration a year highlight. “Upon finishing, we all felt we’d written a special one.”
It’s all pretty normal for the Texas-raised DJs who have been putting out hits since they formed their duo in 2008 after meeting in an online music chatroom. Of course, back then they were known as producers of trance, but they’ve spent the last six years moving steadily into the EDM scene with a progressive house sound.
“We came up as trance artists and we still love trance,” Cisneros told edmsauce.com in a recent interview. “It just got to a place where it felt like we were starting to do the same thing. At the end of (the album) “Piercing the Quiet” we were doing that electro-trance thing and we were just kind of done with it.”
When we at the Borgata Blog first told you about Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s new Festival Park outdoor concert venue we promised that we’d open the new facility with a big-time, multiple band show.
Then we delivered, announcing an amazing South Jersey-centric line-up for the inaugural, June 13 concert of The Hooters, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes and G. Love and Special Sauce.
Now that’s how you open up a festival stage.
The Hooters, of course, are one of the great bands to come out of Philadelphia charting major hits such as “All You Zombies”, “Day by Day”, “And We Danced” and “Where Do the Children Go” in the ‘80s.
Borgata has a special bond with The Hooters, as we were one of three venues to host the band on their return to live performing after nearly a decade off in 2006.
Since then, The Hooters have been a staple in the Philly and South Jersey areas. Not bad for a band that’s been playing together for more than 30 years.
“There’s an amazing bond and respect and appreciation,” Rob Hyman tells Philadelphia Weekly. “And there are some real differences, which make it what it is. It’s that smush, how the molecules bounce into each other. We kind of ebb and flow, and that keeps it fresh.”
Also on the bill is Jersey Shore giant Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, one of the pioneers of the Jersey Shore sound championed by Bruce Springsteen in the 70s and best known for their summer anthems “We’re Having a Party” and “I Don’t Want to Go Home.”
Turning out to see a two-girl DJ act named KIM KAT—for Kim Lee and Kat Nova—might leave you thinking that maybe, just maybe, their show will be a little girly.
Not a chance.
“We’re just wild and a lot of fun,” explains Lee to ballerstatus.com. “It’s all about energy. I guess ’cause we’re girls people, at first, think, ‘Oh their set is probably girly.’ But, we’re far from that (laughs).”
Ok sure, Lee has done some modeling for Maxim and other magazines and appeared in small roles in films like “Hangover 2.” They’re both alluring, beautiful women. But together they’re DJ KIM Kat and they’ll play mur.mur tonight with Borgata House DJ PS1.
The bond between them is based on a shared passion for music, they explain.
“Kat and I been friends for over 10 years now,” Lee says. “We used to do music videos back then and we met on her second day in LA. She’s got this cool vibe about her and she hustles like me. We both share the same vision with work.”
Since meeting in 2007, DJ KIM KAT have toured across the United States from Scottsdale to New York and internationally from Korea to Vietnam, captivating crowds with their unique electro sets. Infusing EDM, Hip-Hop, Trance, and Top 40, DJ KIM KAT grace any venue that they play at with unrivaled energy and compelling music selection, not to mention a pretty good aesthetic.
Currently, DJ KIM KAT is working on their debut album, but until then, they say they can always be found doing what they excel at—delivering sets to fans across the globe.
“We usually go back to back or I would MC while she’s deejaying,” Lee says. “We just freestyle it and we always get our fans involved at our shows. There’s definitely a lot of alcohol at our shows (laughs), but it’s all fun.”
Advance tickets for KIM KAT with PS1 at mur.mur are $25 and available here.