Oct 2

Recap: Tiesto at Borgata’s Festival Park Labor Day Weekend

TiestoThere 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.

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Sep 22

The Band Perry at Borgata Festival Park September 26

The Band PerryFestival 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.

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Sep 11

Rick Springfield at Borgata’s Festival Park September 12

Rick SpringfieldThere 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.

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Aug 30

Counting Crows at Borgata Festival Park September 5

Counting CrowsIf 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.

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Aug 18

Jeff Foxworthy at Borgata’s Event Center August 23

Jeff FoxworthyLooking 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.

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Aug 14

Darius Rucker at Borgata’s Festival Park August 15

Darius RuckerYou 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.

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Aug 12

Human Nature brings its Motown Show to Borgata for Five Shows in August

Human NatureWhen 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.

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Aug 5

Free Festival Friday Concerts at Borgata’s Festival Park

Festival FridaysAugust is the time of year when a lot of homeowners take a look at their backyards and think, “You know, if we put in a nice patio or deck out here, we could have some great outdoor parties.”

That’s kind of what we here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa were thinking when we put in our new outdoor concert venue Festival Park in time for summer 2015.  Ok, it was probably more complicated than that and involved architects and technicians and plumbers and stuff, but that was basically the idea.

What we do know, is that the party hasn’t stopped since we opened the place in Borgata’s beautiful bay-side backyard. In fact, we’re still coming up with party ideas for Festival Park including Festival Fridays.

Basically, every Friday from now through Labor Day weekend we are having a big old free outdoor party presented by our friends at 100.7 WZXL radio, the best rock radio station in the Atlantic City area.

There are two words that best describe the line-up for Festival Fridays. Free—‘cause these are free parties—and tribute, because we’re talking about a line-up of great rock tribute bands.

We can say that now that we launched Festival Fridays on July 31 with Philbilly, a fantastic contemporary country music band. So basically we started with a hootenanny.

But the rest of the schedule is devoted to tribute bands for some of the greatest classic rock bands ever.

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Jul 28

Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga Triumph at Borgata

Tony Bennett and Lady GagaBorgata Hotel Casino & Spa has always been committed to its role as the leader in Atlantic City’s live concert and entertainment offerings. And we’ve made providing resort visitors with the best in summer entertainment a priority.

So we were pretty proud of ourselves to have presented Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett at Borgata’s Event Center on Friday, July 24.

This was a show that sold out in minutes back in February, and the two great entertainers did not disappoint.

Performing with a full orchestra, they opened the show with the classic, and fairly appropriate, “Anything Goes,” followed by their smash hit “Cheek to Cheek.”

It’s a rare thing to see an 88-year-old singer in Bennett hold his own with a 29-year-old singer in Gaga, but the reviews are in and Bennett’s voice was as smooth and pure as if he were 29 as well.

As Billboard Magazine said in its review:

“Even though Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga’s “Cheek to Cheek” duets album has been with us for nearly a year, nothing quite prepares you for the startling contrast and sheer delight of seeing the 88-year-old vocal legend and the 29-year-old pop icon onstage together, singing material written before Gaga’s father was even born.”

“So when a dapper Bennett and shimmery Gaga took the stage at Borgata’s Event Center on Friday night in Atlantic City, the novelty of the unlikely-yet-organic pairing didn’t wear off until after they’d finished a one-two-three punch opener of “Anything Goes,” “Cheek to Cheek” and “They All Laughed.”

For modern music fans, the idea of two star singers sharing a stage and swapping banter and mixing together classic song stylings might seem a little foreign, but it was much more common when Bennett started his career.

With Lady Gaga, Bennett has undoubtedly brought the idea back.

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Jul 14

Miguel at Borgata Music Box August 8

MiguelYou 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.

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