May 13

Fedde Le Grand at MIXX May 23

fedde-le-grandWhat 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.

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May 12

Loni Love at Borgata’s Music Box May 29

loni-loveYou know how everyone is always waiting for a bona-fide star to emerge from shows like “American Idol” and “The Voice”? Mostly they watch because every once in a while it actually happens — a Carrie Underwood or Katharine McPhee emerges.

Well back in the day—way back in the 80s—there was another kind of show like that, but this one covered all the bases and all the different types of showbiz acts. It was called “Star Search” and it pumped out a bunch of big stars like, uhm, teen star Tiffany and country group Sawyer Brown.

Ok, that’s about it, but the show did much better for comedians, with the likes of Ray Romano and Rosie O’Donnell launching their careers from the “Star Search” stage.

Of course the show eventually flamed out in the 90s, but did make a brief return in 2003 hosted by Arsenio Hall.

So why the long “Star Search” history lesson?

Simple. The 2003 “Star Search” comedy champ, Loni Love, is playing Borgata’s Music Box May 29.

Yes, Love had one shot in the revamped “Star Search” in 2003 to grab a title and she did, parlaying that into a career as a stand-up comic and TV personality. Not bad for a women who has worked on an auto-plant assembly line and also had a career as an electrical engineer.

And while that’s fine, honest work, let’s face it, you know Loni Love from her co-hosting duties on “The Real” talk show or her about fifty million appearances as a panelist on “The Chelsea Handler Show.” Or maybe you saw her in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 or her Comedy Central Special “American Sister.”

Then again, maybe you’ve read her best-selling advice book “Love Him or Leave Him, But Don’t Get Stuck with the Tab.” Or as the host of Café Mocha Radio, where she’s interviewed President Obama.

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May 6

Wayne Brady at Borgata’s Music Box May 22

Wayne BradyThere are times when you are watching television that it can feel like you’re being invaded by comedian and improv-master Wayne Brady.

There he is in his Emmy-winning stint as host of “Let’s Make a Deal” every day. There he is again on the syndicated improv show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” which seems to have been a staple on TV for about 50 years. Or maybe he’ll show up in his recurring role on “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” or any of the other about 1,000 TV shows he’s made a guest appearance on.

Why even the character of Clover on Disney’s “Sofia the First” sounds just like him.

Yes, sometimes, Wayne Brady seems to be everywhere.

One place you’ll be sure to find him is at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Music Box on May 22 at 9pm.

There, you can expect Brady to do what he does best—improvisation. In fact, Brady calls his show an “improv rock concert.”

“I take suggestions from the audience and nothing is off limits,” he tells the Providence Journal. “That said, there’s no accounting for taste sometimes,” he says laughing. “I like building themes, having conversations with the audience, getting more one-on-one contact with them. It’s the purest form of improv.”

For Brady, there is only one way to describe a pure improve approach to stand-up—be fearless.

“If I really let myself sit there and think about how I don’t know what’s going to happen during the show, I could really get sick to my stomach,” he says. “But I move beyond that. It’s not that I don’t care because I do. If you stop caring, the audience will know.

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Apr 30

May Spa Specials at Borgata

May Spa SpecialsWhen it comes to months of the year, there’s no month quite like May.

Unless you live in the southern hemisphere, where May is like November. But we don’t.

Nope, here in Atlantic City, May is the ultimate spring month marching itself towards Memorial Day and another glorious summer season at the Jersey Shore. Not that anyone is all that anxious to get through May, of course.

May is the month of May Day, the Kentucky Derby and the Indy 500. It’s also a month of flowers, warm breezes (with any luck) and rejuvenation.

Yes, there’s that word again—rejuvenation—which means May spa specials at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

This month our relaxation experts give you a May Day Get Away, European style facials and pedicures using apple blossoms and kumquats. Look, folks who can get kumquats into a pedicure are absolutely experts.

So in this very merry month, why not take a much-deserved break, brace yourself for the upcoming summer season and basically indulge yourself with a Borgata spa treatment?

I mean really, it’s not like it’s November.

May Spa, Salon & Barbershop Promotions

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Apr 29

Steve Angello at Borgata’s MIXX May 16

Steve AngelloThere was a time when the only place to hear dance music was in a dance club. Sounds simple enough.

But then came groups like Swedish House Mafia, who took dance music the festival route and proved a dance music show could fill American arenas—make that big American arenas.

But for DJs like Steve Angello—the former Swedish House Mafia member who plays MIXX May 16 with Sebjak and opening and closing sets by Borgata DJ Carlos Melange—those old club days never left him.

And Borgata Nightlife is proud to be part of his current North American club tour.

Angello has always worked apart from Swedish House Mafia and produced a string of club hits that stretches back to 2004 when he released his remix of the classic Eurythmics’ tune “Sweet Dreams.”

He’s a Greek-born, Swedish raised DJ that also produces and owns his own record label. From there, it’s hard to keep track of absolutely everything he has produced—sometimes using different names—and put out.

It’s easier to keep track of Swedish House Mafia, which was composed of him, Sebastian Ingrosso and Axwell. Together they have produced hits such as “Save the World”, “Antidote”, “Greyhound”, “One”,”Miami 2 Ibiza” and “Don’t You Worry Child”.

Of course, the group has split, but Angello downplays any rumors of a rift between the mates.

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Apr 28

Woodford Reserve Barrel-Aged Cocktails Savor Borgata Event May 16

Woodford Reserve Barrel-Aged CocktailsThis is a tale of two amazing things that when put together, result in a Savor Borgata event that’s going to blow your mind.

First up is the barrel. Yes, the simple barrel of the roll out the, over the, and barrel through variety.

Sure it may seem like some simple construction of wood slats and metal bands, but once constructed—and combined with liquor—it’s one of the most important flavoring agents in the distilling and brewing industry.

Think about it. They age whiskey, bourbon, scotch, rum, tequila, beer, wine and sherry in barrels to add to the spirit’s distinctive taste, color and body. Hey, they even age Tabasco sauce and vinegar in barrels (but that’s another story).

Next up is the simple bartender, the mixologist, the cocktail slinger. These humble purveyor of drinks are always looking to find that edge, that extra ingredient or element that puts their cocktails over the top into new territory.

So it’s not surprising that some of those wily bartenders—including ours here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa—hit on the idea of finding some old whiskey and wine barrels and aging their own cocktails in them.

Thus another trend was born—the barrel-aged cocktail. And on May 16 in Long Bar, the Savor Borgata Series will present a Woodford Reserve Barrel-Aged Cocktails Lunch. Specially made cocktails featuring Woodford Reserve whiskeys will be aged in Woodford Reserve barrels and pared with a menu by Borgata’s Executive Chef Thomas Biglan.

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Apr 27

Watch Mayweather vs. Pacquiao at Borgata May 2

Mayweather vs. PacquiaoThe boxing world is all abuzz these days as we count down to the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight May 2 from Las Vegas.

And rightly so. A fight this big hasn’t come around in years.

Call it the “Fight of the Century” (Hey, we’re 15 years into the century now), as this welterweight championship fight between eight-division world champion Pacquiao and undefeated, five-division world champion Mayweather is a boxing fan’s dream—one that’s been stewing for more than five years as details of the fight were worked out.

And while the super fight may have been banished to the dusty confines of Nevada, Borgata and Atlantic City are right on top of the action. In fact, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa offers up the best viewing package you’ll see on the East Coast.

Tickets to our private big screen viewing at The Music Box on fight night went fast, but that hardly leaves fight fans out in the cold.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is transforming itself into Mayweather vs. Pacquiao land as the fight will be on our screens all over Borgata.

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Apr 23

Borgata’s Water Club Hotel – An Exercise in Elegance

The Water ClubAtlantic City regulars have made Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa the number 1 casino hotel destination in the area since 2003. And it’s easy to figure out why. With Borgata’s headliner shows, great nightlife, first class dining, casino and poker room, how could anyone doubt it would become the leader in Atlantic City?

But Atlantic City insiders also know that it was in 2007 when Borgata truly became a complete destination with the opening of The Water Club Hotel.

Just check out the amenities at The Water Club, which completed the $600 million master plan for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

The 43-story, $400 million hotel features 800 guestrooms and suites; Immersion, a two-story spa on the 32nd floor, 18,000 square feet of meeting and event space; three Residences modeled after chic, urban lofts; five heated pools – indoor and outdoor, each offering a distinct experience; and boutique retail shops including Hugo Boss, Just Cavalli and Fixation, while offering direct access to and from Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.

That’s straight out of the brochure, but anyone who regularly stays at The Water Club will tell you there’s so much more to the experience than a simple list can convey. In a word, it’s elegance.

The Water Club offers two room styles—the Vista Room and the Club Room.

Check out this resume for a Vista room:

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Apr 22

Tony Orlando at Borgata’s Music Box May 15

tony-orlandoWhen push came to shove, even Geraldo Rivera knew who to turn to when he needed to pack in an audience during the final challenge of “Celebrity Apprentice.”

He went with Tony Orlando.

Because really, who doesn’t love Tony Orlando?

If you were around at all in the 1970s, the mere mention of Orlando’s name starts the tune “Knock Three Times” playing in your head.

Of course, that’s just one of the hits Orlando, now 71, will bring with him to Borgata’s Music Box for a May 15 concert (not to mention one of the great mustaches in entertainment history).

Orlando’s run with two different incarnations of Tony Orlando and Dawn (most famously with Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson) produced a number of hits that have a way of sticking in your head such as “Candida,” “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” and “He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You).”

From there it was a successful TV run with “The Tony Orlando and Dawn Show” and 70s super-stardom.

Not bad for a former singer who had found a career in the business and producing side of music before being lured back to performing.

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Apr 21

Margarita Madness at Gypsy Bar May 2

Margarita MadnessHere’s a quick riddle, appropriate for the fast approaching Cinco de Mayo celebration at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

What do former Zeigfield dancer Marjorie King, ambassador’s daughter Margarita Henkel and Dallas socialite Margarita Sames have in common?

Never heard of them you say? Yet, you may regularly imbibe their namesake every time you have a Margarita.

Yep, all three are said to be the inspiration for the tequila cocktail the

Don’t miss our Margarita Madness event at Gypsy Bar this Cinco de Mayo.  Gypsy Bar Tequila bar offers an immense menu of tequilas and Margaritas.

Don’t miss our Margarita Madness event at Gypsy Bar this Cinco de Mayo.  Gypsy Bar Tequila bar offers an immense menu of tequilas and Margaritas.

argarita at various times and at various Mexican bars in the late 30s and early 40s.

Even singer Peggy Lee (Peggy being a nickname for Margaret) can stake her claim to one of the many origin stories—this time in Galveston, Texas—that surround this cocktail consisting of tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice.

And who’s to say who’s right or wrong and which Margarita started it all?

What we do know, is that there’s no better celebration of the Margarita than at Borgata’s Gypsy Bar, where the Savor Borgata Series will offer up Margarita Madness at 4pm Saturday, May 2. For $39, the event features Casamigos Tequila at Borgata’s rock n’ roll Tequila bar where you can mix and mingle while sipping on Margaritas and noshing on small bites.

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