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The world is full of songs that are hard to get out of your head. Once you hear them, they stay with you all day, in the back of your mind, in the front of your mind, taking over your mind.
And for those who come to Borgata’s Music Box on November 28 to see singer and “Dancing With the Stars” star Andy Grammer, we guarantee you’ll know what we’re talking about.
Shortly after the concert, we envision a few thousand Grammer fans walking around Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa softly singing “Nah, nah, honey I’m good. I could have another but I probably should—Not.”
And maybe not all that softly. That’s what happens when a singer hits on a relationship anthem that touches the public’s heart, and has a great musical hook.
The success of the single took even Grammer by surprise, but not because of the subject matter.
“I think anyone in a relationship has to deal with temptation, if they’re being honest with themselves,” the married Grammer recently told radio.com. “People don’t talk about it very much but it’s very honest. Guys and girls both have temptation.
Looking through the upcoming concerts at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, you might think that an Evening with Alan Cumming on November 14, at Borgata’s Music Box might make for a peaceful, pleasant evening with the Broadway star.
Especially if we tell you that Cumming himself bills the evening as “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.”
Doesn’t that sound like a peaceful event?
Only if you’re not familiar with Alan Cumming—at least on stage. Since he sprang on the scene playing the master of ceremonies in the 1998 Broadway re-adaption of “Cabaret,” Cumming has been one of the most energetic and unpredictable stage presences in American theater.
Sappy songs huh? Here’s a description of the show from the NY Times review.
“Nothing, however, prepared me for the emotional firestorm that Mr. Cumming detonated at Tuesday’s opening-night performance of his nightclub show ‘Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.’ ‘Have a hankie ready,’ he advised early in the evening while flashing a subversive Mephistophelean grin whose message read: You know and I know that underneath our decorum, we’re all ravenous sexual beasts and hooray for that!”
That’s Alan Cumming, one of the hardest actors/singers to pin down into a neat stereotypical role. The Scottish born performer has been seen on American film screens (starting in 1997 with “Romy and Michelle’s Wedding“) and TV screens in a host of roles from “Spy Kids” to his current role on “The Good Wife.”
When stand-up comic Brian Regan returns to Borgata’s Event Center October 10, he’ll be fresh off making history with the first live comedy broadcast in Comedy Central’s history.
“Brian Regan: The Epitome of Hyperbole” live from Radio City Music Hall aired September 26, and set a new standard for the comedy channel.
With all the taped specials they’ve done with comics over the years, there’s never really been a live broadcast. Regan said he pitched the idea to Comedy Central, but admits there were some risks involved.
“With a live broadcast, obviously, there’s no safety net,” he told splitsider.com before the show. “If you hit the stage and the crowd’s not good, well, that’s what’s happening. That’s what’s going out. That’s part of what I am excited about: that it’s an unknown. Every time I do standup, it’s live. Every time I do a show in front of an audience, that’s live.”
Though for Regan, a veteran of more than 35 years in standup, you do have to wonder how much risk there really was. Regan’s funny, plain and simple, and he has been for a long time.
Like many comics, Regan is known for observational humor. But in his case, it’s very relatable and clean observations.
There are two things we here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa discovered this Labor Day that really go together.
Namely the music of Tiesto and our outdoor venue Festival Park.
This Labor Day Weekend, Tiesto returned to Festival Bark for a packed daytime concert that rocked the Atlantic City bay-side like never before and created a bit of EDM heaven in the sun, check out the video below to see the party.
Tiesto took a break from a long late summer series of gigs in Vegas to play Borgata’s Festival Park.
And he’s become a bit of a sage (the smart guy, not the spice) about EDM and its beginnings, of which he, of course, was a huge part.
Festival Park, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s new outdoor venue, has had an amazing summer. And a versatile one as well as we’ve staged rock concerts, techno dance shows, industry parties and some great country music artists at our new party venue.
So there’s really no reason to stop the magic at Festival Park just because the calendar says it’s fall. And that means we’re having another great country show—with help from our friends at Cat Country 103.7—on September 26 with The Band Perry. Also appearing is country star Brett Eldredge.
One of the brightest young bands on the country circuit, Grammy winning The Band Perry—comprised of siblings Kimberly Perry (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Reid Perry (bass guitar, background vocals) and Neil Perry (mandolin, drums, accordion, background vocals)—burst onto the scene in 2010 with their self-titled debut album that contained the No. 1 country hit “If I Die Young.”
They scored two more No. 1 songs on their second album Pioneer with “Better Dig Two” and “DONE.”, plus the Top 10 hits “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” and “Chainsaw.”
And as always, Borgata’s timing is impeccable as the group just dropped their first single”Live Forever” off their upcoming third album.
If the band’s track record is any indication, the song should be high on the charts by the time they perform at Festival Park.
There was a time, back in the early ’80s, when Australian singer and actor Rick Springfield seemed to rule the world. Not only was he the singer behind the mega-hit “Jessie’s Girl,” he also played Dr. Noah Drake on the soap “General Hospital,” which back in the ‘80s had a following with young women—not to mention older women—that, looking back, is a little hard to explain. But trust us, it was big. Very big.
So you would think that when Rick Springfield takes the stage at Borgata’s Festival Park September 12—with guests Loverboy and The Romantics—that it would be a night of nostalgia for the 66-year-old Springfield.
Not exactly. This is the Rick Springfield currently starring in the film “Ricki and the Flash” with Meryl Steep and coming off a notable spin as Dr. Irving Pitlor on “True Detective.” And it’s the same Rick Springfield with an upcoming new album “Rocket Science.” He’s also the author of the novel “Magnificent Vibration” and his 2010 memoir ”Late, Late at Night” is considered one of the best rock memoirs of all time (though we don’t expect any dramatic readings at Festival Park, just music.)
Could it be that Rick Springfield is trying to put the classic “Jessie’s Girl” and Noah Drake behind and rule the world again?
“Hopefully, some of the new work I’m involved in is changing that perception,” Springfield recently told the Miami Herald. “If not, I’m good with the “Jessie’s Girl”/Noah Drake thing.”
When Springfield takes the stage at Festival Park, it will be a mixture of new and old.
If you’ve never been to a Counting Crows concert, you might innocently ask something like “What can I expect when the Counting Crows play at Borgata’s Festival Park Labor Day weekend?
Ha, you really have never been to a Counting Crows show. What to expect? Who knows?
Oh, sure, there will be Counting Crows music sung by Adam Duritz, but that’s about all you can say for sure.
A set list? They don’t use one.
Exact performances of their songs to match their recorded versions so you can sing along? Nope, they change them—and usually the lyrics—every show.
You’ll hear the band’s signature hits like “Mr. Jones,” “Round Here” and “Accidentally in Love”. Well, yeah on that one, but after that, there’s about 80 other Counting Crow songs they choose from.
The bottom line is that the Counting Crows have always been known for their live performances and their improvising on stage. It makes every Counting Crows show unique.
Take the set list. Duritz will work it out right before they take the stage September 5 at Festival Park by sending some text messages.
“It goes to the band, the crew and the opening band, if we’re good friends,” he tells USA Today in a recent interview.
At Festival Park, the opening band is Citizen Cope.
Looking at the line-up of veteran stand-up comedians that perform here on the big Event Center stage at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, it’s pretty easy to see what the typical stand-up is shooting for.
And that’s a multi-faceted, multi-media career. Seems veteran stand-ups always have books to sell, TV shows to promote and manage to play great rooms like the Event Center.
Of course, it’s not just handed to them. First they have to make a connection with America.
And few comics have ever made the connection as well as Jeff Foxworthy, who plays Borgata’s Event Center August 23.
Just hearing the name, you’re mind goes to “You might be a redneck if…” Or maybe it was “Are you smarter than a fifth grader?” Or you’re thinking of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Or maybe it’s the “American Bible Challenge.”
Whichever one comes to mind, chances are you’ve spent a few very funny, down-home minutes with Foxworthy on your TV somewhere. Foxworthy even presents himself as a three-pronged attack—comedian, outdoorsman and just a plain old down-home “guy.”
He’s the largest-selling comedy-recording artist, a multiple Grammy Award nominee, and bestselling author of more than twenty-six books. He’s even launched a line of merchandise based around his “You might be a redneck” routines.
But for all his success as a TV host and unofficial spokesman for the south, Foxworthy has always made his stand-up—including the year’s with Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall and Ron White on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour—his main career focus.
You may know Darius Rucker as the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish, the mellow rock band of the 90s that put out a string of hits and one of the most successful American rock albums of the decade in “Cracked Rearview Mirror.”
Sixteen times platinum, the album featured four signature hit singles “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry,” “Only Wanna Be with You” and “Time.”
And that would be plenty for any musician’s career. Really, we could stop now and just say that Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish will be playing Borgata’s Festival Park August 15, so c’mon out and party like its 1994.
Except that’s not the Darius Rucker who’ll be playing Festival Park. Well, it is—same guy—but Darius Rucker is now a bona fide country music star.
And by bona fide, we mean he has four consecutive hit country albums with a string of six No. 1 hits on the country charts — the first No. 1’s for an African American artist since Charlie Pride in 1983. He’s a member of the Grand Ol’ Opry and he has pulled off one of the greatest musical transitions in history.
In retrospect, the transition isn’t so shocking since Ruckus is from South Carolina and formed Hootie & the Blowfish while a student at the University of South Carolina.
Proud to call himself a southerner, his 2014 album “Southern Style” sums up a lot about how Rucker looks at life and music.
When it comes to music, it’s always a good idea to listen to a guy like Smokey Robinson. When it comes to Motown, well, listening to what Smokey says isn’t just a good idea—it’s the law.
Really, look up Motown law and it says “Just listen to Smokey.”
Last August, Smokey Robinson brought the Australian Motown group Human Nature to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa for a series of successful shows. So this August, again with Smokey’s blessing, we’re presenting another series of shows from Human Nature August 14, 15, 16, 21 and 22 at Borgata’s Music Box.
Hardcore Motown fans have known about Human Nature for better than 20 years. Formed by four friends from Sydney—brothers Andrew and Mike Tierney, Phil Burton and Toby Allen—who had a love for gospel, soul and harmony, they’ve topped the charts in Australia with classics such as “I’ll Be There” and “Baby, I Need Your Loving.”
Firmly ensconced it Las Vegas these days, the group announced in June it would play an East Coast tour, mostly centered on its five dates at Borgata’s Music Box.
“Although our Motown Show is in residence in Las Vegas, we have an amazing fan base across America and always enjoy our tours here.” says Andrew Tierney. “It was in Atlantic City where our Motown show was first embraced by American audiences, and we are thrilled to tour the U.S. every chance we get.