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.
There’s the exciting nightlife and clubs, the casino action, the relaxing and rejuvenating spa experiences and the great shows and dining. In short, Borgata is a great place to party.
But you may not realize that Borgata is also a great place for one of the most elegant and important events of your life. Namely, your wedding.
Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa along with The Water Club Hotel offers a uniquely Atlantic City ambiance for your special day—sophisticated, modern and with style that knows no equal.
Weddings at Borgata are custom-crafted by a dedicated team, with our wedding specialist providing personal attention to even the minutest detail.
Borgata and The Water Club provide spaces for ceremonies, cocktail hours and receptions, including the lavish Water Club Indoor Pool. A complimentary pre-ceremony room is also available to you on your wedding day.
Weddings at The Water Club feature signature wedding menus crafted by The Water Club’s culinary consultant, Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, and custom-designed wedding cakes by Borgata’s Executive Pastry Chef, Thaddeus DuBois.
And with the long-awaited passage of marriage equality in New Jersey, Borgata and The Water Club are excited to plan and host weddings for our LGBT guests.
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.
August 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.
There are a lot of ways to describe the great DJs Borgata Nightlife brings to our nightclubs at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
House DJs are electro, tribal, progressive, tech.
Dillon Francis adds a category that you rarely hear—social media comedian.
Francis, who plays MIXX August 2 has made quite a name for himself as a comedian both on his website and through social media.
Really. The guy’s funny with posts about Doughnut Awareness week, the enormous pickle he likes to tour with and his top five sexiest Electric Daisy Carnival moments (1. Showing Off His Pickle In Front Of A Helicopter – Warning: HIGHLY DANGEROUS), among a million other topics.
“People always ask me about my social media antics and where I get my ideas. But that’s just how my crazy brain works,” Francis said in a recent essay he wrote for medium.com.
Even his new EP that’s about to drop is humorously named “This Mixtape is Fire,” after all of the fire mixtape memes around the web (he advises you not to handle it without protective equipment).
New mixtape you ask?
Yes, once again, Borgata Nightlife’s timing is perfect.
Francis has just unveiled the details for his much-discussed EP, a project that’s been a year in the making. It’s a seven-track that features some of the biggest names in electronic music including Skrillex, Calvin Harris and Chromeo.
You have to love the marketing genius that came up with the Christmas in July concept. Here it is like 101 degrees outside, and people are buying holiday lights, little Santa ornaments, Christmas hams, special spa treatments at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
What? You didn’t know about the special Christmas in July Flash Sale going on at Spa Toccare and Immersion Spa?
Yes, it’s a holiday bonanza and there’s still time to take advantage as you can book a special session at our spas through July 31—the session itself can be scheduled anytime Monday through Thursday through September 30. It’s everything you love about Christmas without the cold weather
Here’s what’s on the Flash sale menu:
Christmas in July Spa Flash Sale
Christmas in July Body Wrap: $110/50 minutes
Allow your body to drink in our fully hydrating wrap that takes you to the point of complete relaxation. We’ll prepare your journey with a full body dry brush exfoliation, massage your scalp while you’re wrapped in the scents of cardamom and spice, and then luxuriate your body with vanilla hydrating lotion.
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.
Seaside eating is pretty awesome when you are home to restaurants by some of the most talented chefs in the country. We put together a roundup of our 20 favorite things to eat and drink this summer at Borgata. Can you get through this yummy bucket list before Labor Day?
||Lobster Crab Cake│Bobby Flay SteakNamed one of the best crab cakes in the U.S. by Food & Wine magazine, Iron Chef Bobby Flay’s modern twist on a classic seaside favorite is complete with green-onion vinaigrette and lemon-habanero tartar sauce.
||Salmon Tiradito│Izakaya Modern Japanese PubChef/Partner Michael Schulson just recently unveiled a new menu, including items like Short Rib Rice Balls, Korean BBQ Buns, and Gulf Shrimp Ceviche, but as yummy as they all are, our new favorite is the deliciously light and refreshing Salmon Tiradito with Lime, Yuzu, and Scallions.
We love our sandwiches at the Jersey Shore, and Borgata’s restaurants are no exception. The flourishing sandwich culture in our “little village” gives us a variety to choose from every day. It was hard to limit our favorites, but we narrowed down the top 10 Borgata sandwiches for your eating pleasure. Enjoy!
||Six Hour Porchetta│Fornelletto Cucina & Wine Bar
This slow-roasted pork sandwich is only available on the restaurant’s weekly Wine Down Wednesday menu, but it’s totally worth a mid-week visit. Served with pan gravy, marsala wine mustard, and aged provolone, we are counting down the hours until we eat it again.
||New Jersey-style Sloppy Joe│Borgata Baking Company
Ciabatta bread piled high with corn beef, pastrami, roast beef brisket, Swiss cheese, provolone cheese, cole slaw, and Thousand Island dressing; Borgata’s version of a “Sloppy Joe.”