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.”
For a lot of would-be bakers, icing—as in the icing on the cake—is one of the simplest parts of creating a baked dessert.
After all, you just pop open a can of ready-made frosting.
Guess what. That’s not baking. That’s just spreading stuff around.
Nope, bakers make their own frosting and see cake decorating as an art form all its own.
And to be sure, there are plenty of frosting types to choose from. There’s butter cream, royal, cream cheese, ganache, glazes and several others.
But we’re not here today to talk about any of those. Nope, we’re here to talk to you about fondant.
The actual bakers in the house just shivered. Fondant—often used on wedding cakes—has traditionally been seen as one of the hardest types of icing to work with.
Poured fondant is a sweet, creamy paste that can be used as a filling or icing for pastries such as éclairs and Napoleons, but rolled fondant is almost like a very sweet dough that is rolled out flat into sheets which can then be colored and used to decorate cakes. Fondant can be used to both cover cakes, or to make decorations such as flowers.
Fondant can be seen as a true cake decorators master icing. Its satiny finish and its moldability make it the perfect choice for cake decorating, but most home bakers tend to leave its use to the pros (and a lot of them are scared of it too).
Well, fear no more, thanks to Borgata Pastry Chef David Krzewinski who presents Fun with Fondant June 13 in Studio 2 of the Borgata Event Center as part of the Savor Borgata Series.
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.
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.
Where does the time go? It was just last year at this time that Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa announced the opening of the Borgata Baking Company.
And what a time it was, complete with chocolate sculptures and displays, all to mark the $1.5 million venue where Borgata’s award-winning Executive Pastry Chef, Thaddeus DuBois would unveil his best and brightest confections.
A former Executive Pastry Chef at the White House—during George W. Bush’s second term—Dubois’ mastery is seen throughout Borgata as he oversees pastry and bread production for both the AAA Four-Diamond Borgata and The Water Club hotels including its in-room dining programs, banquets, catering and special events, in addition to the award-winning Borgata Buffet, Bread + Butter and Metropolitan Café.
But that wasn’t enough for us. Chef Dubois needed his own signature space at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and Borgata Baking Company was born.
Immediately, Chef Dubois and Borgata Baking Company began serving up favorites such as classic desserts like Napoleons and Eclairs; fun pastries like Cake Pops, Whoopie Pies and French Macarons; Pullman Sandwiches and warm breakfast pastries such as Cheese steak Croissants; fresh-pressed juices and fresh gelato flavors prepared in-house by Chef DuBois’ team of culinary talents.
And by serving up, we mean serving up a lot. Borgata Baking Company has sold hundreds of thousands of items in its first year of existence, quickly becoming one of Borgata’s favorite eateries for our guests.
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.
Flash is one of those great words in the English language. It’s just a really neat way to say fast.
After all, the DC comics hero The Flash wouldn’t sound as cool if his name was “That Fast Guy in the Red Suit.” We flash smiles, flash back to the past, flash forward and flash into view.
And sometimes, here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, we have Flash Sales.
Right now, Borgata’s spas are having a flash sale, which means you have to move quickly—you know, in a flash. Book any of these spa specials at Spa Immersion and Spa Toccare between now and May 22. Appointments are available from May 26 to June 25. Call 609.317.7555 for reservations.
Here’s the specials with not a flash in the pan among them.
FLASH SALE SPECIALS
Go Coconuts for Massage ($110/50 min)
Indulge yourself in the scent of summer – coconut will fill the air as hydration engulfs your skin. Using real coconut, we’ll exfoliate your back at the end of this relaxing massage. Treatment includes complimentary Epicuren Kukui Coconut travel size lotion (retail value $15).
Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season.
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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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What is it about Dutch DJs?
We only ask because Borgata Nightlife is proud to present another of the hottest DJs on the House Music scene when Fedde Le Grand plays MIXX with Borgata DJ Carlos Melange May 23.
And he’s Dutch. And it’s, like, the third Dutch DJ we’ve had at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa this year.
Ok, maybe that’s not that many.
But even Le Grand knows what we’re talking about when he outlined why Dutch DJs have so much success in an old 2009 interview.
“Well we have a long history of dance music in Holland, it first started with the trance guys being successful, then the progressive guys and now house which is quite funny when you think about it. The trance guys started to have a lot of success so people were like – oh it’s a way to get across the borders and develop further afield.”
“For bands it’s extremely hard, almost impossible to build up an international notoriety other than in Belgium or Germany. However with dance music, artists proved you could go global and I think that appeals to a lot of young people. That’s why they get involved with dance music. But the other thing is now there are so many kids and young people producing so the competition is really high and you really have to stand out if you want to break through.”
Le Grand stood out.