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There was a time when tequila was thought of as a drink to enjoy as a quick shot—paired with lemon and salt—or in a Margarita, and that was pretty much it. Tequila wasn’t a drink you had at meals, or when enjoying hors d’oeuvres. The culinary world hadn’t yet embraced the nectar of the agave plant.
But that kind of thinking is long gone, and pairing food with fine tequila has become an art all its own.
At Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Gypsy Bar—our renowned Tequila bar—it’s also an art that Borgata has mastered, along with the equally important skill of creating Tapas.
Tapas are a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine that have become so popular, they are often combined and mixed and matched to make a full meal.
You’ve probably figured out where we’re going with this.
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.
The two-day festival, September 12 & 13 is an extravaganza of food and entertainment that celebrates the treasures of the Atlantic Ocean, while highlighting the East Coast’s favorite sea side city. More than 50 restaurants and culinary personalities are participating.
The stated goal of the festival producers is to give event attendees a reason to spend the day in Atlantic City. Whether it’s trying local restaurants, sipping Jersey beers, paddle boarding, cooking with local chefs, playing in the sand or getting a proper wine education, you’ll find yourself lost in the Atlantic City Seafood Festival and all that it offers.
The festival also includes a Chowder Cook off to benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. After an in-house contest at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Borgata Buffet Chef Angel Torres will be representing Borgata in the cook off.
There was a time when Labor Day Weekend was kind of a bittersweet holiday here in Atlantic City. Sure, as a beach resort we partied hard at the unofficial end of the summer, but it was also the end of the season and things we’re about to quiet down until spring.
Well, that quieting down part is long gone and we at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa go full blast 24/7, 365 days a year. But we still love to party on Labor Day Weekend.
So that’s just sweet, no bitter.
To celebrate the end of summer, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has put together a line-up like no other on the Jersey Shore for this Labor Day Weekend. From casino promotions to concerts and shows to the best nightclub action anywhere, we’ve got the perfect holiday celebration to see out a long summer season.
Check it out:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.