Mel DeBarge, who is DJing at MIXX on Sunday, March 15 and a household name on the international party scene, recently sat down with Borgata to answer some questions.
The New York-based DeBarge has emerged as a fixture at exclusive film, music, fashion, philanthropic and private events with clients including Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, GQ, Calvin Klein, Nike, Jennifer Lopez, Missy Elliott, Heidi Klum, Kimora Lee Simmons, NBC and Vogue. He’s also a regular at some of America’s most recognizable nightclubs including Avenue and PH-D at The Dream Downtown (New York City), LIV (Miami) and, of course, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
He has an encyclopedic knowledge of music that allows him to draw on a myriad of influences as he seamlessly merges hip-hop, rock, soul, funk, disco and reggae.
“I make sure my personality comes across in my performances,” he explains. “The personal connection with the audience is not only what I enjoy most about deejaying, it’s also the reason I keep the dance floor full.”
Here’s our interview with Mel DeBarge.
Everyone has their own idea on what’s the most amazing invention in human history. You’ve got your traditionalists who vote for the wheel, your internal combustion engine enthusiasts and a lot of more current people who think it’s the app that allows you to order pizza anywhere in the continental U.S. 24/7.
But have you ever considered the simple Mason jar?
Yes the jar — or roughly a jar that can be tightly sealed with a screw-on top — invented by Philadelphia Tinsmith John Landis Mason in 1858.
From delicious jellies and preserved veggies to some good old down-home moonshine, what don’t we get out of jars? They let us transport food safely, keep food in the pantry for decades and give us a container to hold spare nails after we eat whatever was inside of them to begin with.
And now, we get desserts in a jar. No, not desserts we make out of stuff that comes from jars, but actual individual desserts made up of several ingredients served in jars.
If you haven’t heard of this new trend (well, relatively new as it’s been going on for a couple of years) it’s become all the rage and has been highlighted on a number of your better morning TV network talk shows.
There’s cake in a jar, pies in a jar, cupcakes in a jar, parfaits in a jar, a bunch of desserty stuff in a jar … it can be pretty much whatever you want.
For many music fans—especially female fans—hearing a song by an artist like Sarah McLachlan can be like stepping into a time machine. Not a time machine that travels through history. No, it’s much more personal than that.
Who that’s had their heart broken in the 90s and on, or suffered some terrible loss, hasn’t found solace in McLachlan’s ballads? From “In the Arms of an Angel” to “I Will Remember You,” McLachlan’s mezzo-soprano can take you back to the most vulnerable, but also sentimental times in your life.
And at 47, McLachlan is marking a new phase in her life with her Shine On Tour which comes to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in the Event Center on March 13. The world tour is in support of her 2014 album “Shine On,” her eighth studio album which was written after McLachlan’s father passed away.
“It’s about going through your 40s and all the changes,” McLachlan tells CNN. “We don’t get to that point in our lives unscathed. We’re losing our family members. I lost my brother last November to bowel cancer so there are so many big changes that happen in our 40s, and it’s sort of that tipping point of I’m in the second half of my life.
“To a certain degree I get to choose what this is going to look like,” she says. “How do I want it to look? And it’s sort of a reassessing of everything and I thought, I’m so lucky, I’m so blessed. I have so many amazing things that have happened to me. I have my health, I have my kids’ health, I have great friends and family. I just want to suck the marrow out of every day that I have left because you just don’t know. You don’t know when your time is and I want every day to count.
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The weather has been pretty cold lately here in the Garden State (more like the ice garden state), so it’s been the perfect time to hunker down, bundle up and look for some heat at BorgataCasino.com and BorgataPoker.com.
A stretch? Not really. Hey, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City is open, well-heated, and everyone is having a great time, so come on down. But let’s not forget that Borgata’s online casino and poker tables are always just a click away and ready to heat up your day wherever you are.
OK, again with the silly heat metaphor, (trust us, nobody thinks the concept of heat is silly right now in New Jersey), but check out the big online winners for the week of February 9 – February 15 to see why we keep going there.
– On February 11, Paul from Old Bridge, New Jersey, turned his $10 bet on Double Double Bonus Poker into a $4,000 win at BorgataCasino.com.
– On February 14, Karthik from Jersey City, New Jersey, hit a $7,235 jackpot playing Cleopatra at BorgataCasino.com.
– On February 15, Robert from Egg Harbor, New Jersey, won $16,505 in jackpots playing the White Orchid slots game at BorgataCasino.com.
– Birdz1981 took home first place and $2,597 in the Monday, February 9 $10K Guaranteed daily tournament, outlasting 134 players at BorgataPoker.com.
– And BorgataPoker.com player hud cashed in four tournaments this week totaling over $4,365 in winnings, which included a first place in the Wednesday, February 11 $5K Guaranteed daily tournament for $1,095.
See? Plenty of heat to go around at Borgata.
Grab some cat treats and get ready to scratch your dog behind the ear. It’s Love Your Pet Day (yes, this is a real holiday) and it’s time to show them a little extra affection. But while this holiday is all about your pet, we think you deserve a little extra love, too.
So we’re celebrating with a $20 Bonus Dollars giveaway. Just sign in to your BorgataCasino.com account on February 20th between 12:00pm and 11:59pm. Make sure you stay logged in because we’ll randomly give away $20 Bonus Dollars to 20 players throughout the day.
Prefer online poker? There’s a lot to look forward to this Sunday. On February 22nd, our weekly Sunday Major comes with a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. That’s double the regular $50K, with no increase in the buy-in.
For everything you need to know about Love Your Pet Day, go here. For info on the big Sunday $100K, head to our tournaments page.
Even as the Borgata Deep Stacks Challenge is under way, Borgata Poker is already planning its next big event for March.
Introducing the Borgata Poker Player’s Series. It’s a three-tournament set of events designed to give poker players what they most want—plenty of long-term table action.
OK, maybe what players most want is to win it all, but after that it’s the long-term table action. The Borgata Poker Player’s Series features structures designed to give players the best experience: longer levels and bigger starting stacks.
The three tournaments start March 13, 20 and 27 respectively with buy-ins starting at $500 to $1,500. Each is a multiple day tournament with two starting days.
Here’s the schedule:
PLAYER’S SERIES 500 NLH DOUBLE PLAY $500 + $60
DAY 1A – FRI, 3/13 11am
DAY 1B – SAT, 3/14 11am
DAY 2 – SUN, 3/15 12pm
DAY 3 – MON, 3/16 12 pm
At Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, we love it when local boys make good. Well, local as in “from New Jersey” as the EDM group Cash Cash—from Roseland, New Jersey—makes its way onto the stage at MIXX February 28 as part of its Surrender Tour.
No, they’re not giving up, but rather touring on the strength of their latest chart topper “Surrender”, featuring Julia Michaels, the follow up to their hit “Take Me Home.”
“Surrendering is usually seen as something negative or like a sign of defeat, but this song shows a completely different side of it,” band member Jean Paul Makhoulf recently told RyanSeacrest.com. “Sometimes it’s the fight that kills you, sometimes you don’t even know what you’re fighting for, sometimes surrendering is what sets you free. And I think this song is definitely a great example of that.”
The song is definitely putting the group—comprised of brothers Jean Paul and Alex Makhoulf and Samuel Frisch—on the fast track for 2015 as it climbs the charts (hitting No. 1 on Dance Radio), backed by the recent release of a its slightly NSFW new video.
Chocolate may be the unofficial flavor of February as about a gazillion pounds of it are sold each Valentine’s Day, but what may surprise you is the unseen health effects the old fruit of the cocoa bean can give you.
To quote our buddies at Wikipedia, in general chocolate and cocoa is considered to be a rich source of antioxidants such as procyanidins and flavanoids, which may impart anti-aging properties. Chocolate and cocoa also contain a high level of flavonoids, specifically epicatechin, which may have beneficial cardiovascular effects on health.
Well’ our experts at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Toccare and Immersion spas knew (Not to mention The Salon and Barbershop). Just check out our spa specials for February.
There’s the Hot Chocolate Wrap with Marshmallows, a Cherries and Chocolate Facial and a Chocolate and Strawberries Pedicure, just to name a few.
Sounds delicious doesn’t it?
Of course, most people think chocolate’s main health effect is that if you eat a lot of it, you gain weight.
Eat it? Hey, we think way too far out of the box at Borgata’s spas to just leave it at that.
Here’s a look at the February Spa Specials at Borgata.
One of the great things about jackpots is watching a small bet—say about $10—turn into a nice little pile of cash. It’s even better when you start with, say $4.50.
You’ve probably figured out where we’re going with this as we look at the top online winners at BorgataCasino.com and BorgataPoker.com for February 2 – 9.
It just goes to show you, it doesn’t take much to make a jackpot dream come true.
And one other thought. This week’s big BorgataPoker.com winner has one of the greatest online handles we’ve ever seen. Good going Grandma.
One other, other thought. The Loot’EnKhamun slots are at it again.
Here’s a look at the big Borgata Online winners for February 2 – 9.
– On February 3, Richard from Bayville, New Jersey, bet $10 playing the Loot’EnKhamun slots game and won $3,701 at BorgataCasino.com.
– On February 6, Scott from Newton, New Jersey, made a $10 bet on the Loot’EnKhamun slots game and won $6,144 at BorgataCasino.com.
– On February 8, Susan from Park Ridge, New Jersey, bet $4.50 playing the Money Boat slots game and won $3,397.50 at BorgataCasino.com,
– Grandma won $2,400 by outlasting 144 players in the Monday, February 2 $10K Guaranteed daily tournament at BorgataPoker.com. This is Grandma’s largest cash to date, surpassing her previous week’s fifth place finish for $801.