Borgata 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.
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.”
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.
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.”
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has made a major commitment to bring a wide range of live acts to our concert venues ranging from the most current to some of the most classic artists in music. And we’re always glad to talk them up here on the Borgata Blog.
But, sometimes, an artist comes to Borgata whose impact on music is so diverse, even we wonder if we can cover it all.
That’s the case with Alan Parsons, who plays Borgata’s Music Box June 5 in a concert dubbed Greatest Hits.
Hearing the name, your mind might instantly go to the Alan Parsons Project, his progressive rock band of the 70s and 80s that churned out hits such as “I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You”, “Games People Play”, “Damned If I Do”, “Time” and “Eye in the Sky.”
But to say simply that Parsons formed a band with partner Eric Woolfson and a string of revolving studio musicians that churned out some hits, well, that hardly does it all justice.
For Parson’s you have to start with the Beatles with Parsons working as an engineer at Abbey Road Studios. As an engineer, Parsons worked not only with the Beatles, but also Paul McCartney as a solo act, the Hollies and most famously with Pink Floyd on the album “Dark Side of the Moon,” one of the greatest rock albums of all time.
He then moved into producing, including for the band Ambrosia.
The Alan Parsons Project came about in 1975 when he teamed up with songwriter and musician Woolfson to get a little more control of the music without interference from those pesky musicians. Through the late 70s and 80s the Alan Parsons Project put out 10 albums, but never toured live in support of them (as the band members revolved constantly). Parsons usually played keyboards on these albums, but really you can add vocalist, keyboardist, bassist, guitarist and flutist to his resume.
That next step—that of a live performer—came in the 90s.
Things have been going pretty well for comedian Billy Gardell, these last few years.
You know him as Mike, from “Mike & Molly“, his hit sitcom with Melissa McCarthy which just celebrated its 100th episode and is picked up for a sixth season.
And you may have seen him recently as the host of the syndicated “Monopoly Millionaire’s Club“, a new game show that premiered in March.
Yep, that’s not bad for a Pittsburgh boy who started out as a simple stand-up comic. He’s an overnight sensation.
Well, if you consider “overnight” to mean better than 20 years playing at, as he puts it, “every small town lounge, military base and comedy club along the way.”
Though Gardell coming to Borgata’s Music Box on May 23 for a one-night stand-up show as a big star riding high, you can be pretty sure he won’t land far from the working class routes that kept him in the biz all those years waiting for that “overnight” success.
“You always think that you’re going to make it big,” Gardell recently told the Allentown Morning Call. “At some point, you’re in too far to quit.”
It’s in the trenches of all those comedy rooms and small theaters where Gardell learned how to be a very important thing—funny.
Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season.
But then you knew that.
For us here in Atlantic City, however, it’s so much more. Summer is everything in these parts—the start of a three-month party of sun, surf, great music, great food and just constant entertainment.
Of course, we do party 365 days a year at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, but when summer comes, well, we really party. And forget about June 21, summer starts this weekend at Borgata and we’ve got the line-up to welcome the season like it’s never been welcomed before.
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