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.
Rap star Flo Rida has been riding high in the music world since 2007 when he dropped the seven times platinum “Low (Feat. T-Pain) and he’s stayed there right up to his August 16 appearance on the Teen Choice Awards with Robin Thicke on their new hit “I Don’t Like it, I Love it.”
He’s a hard guy to Google—there’s like this whole state named after him—but an easy guy to find on the radio with his EP “My House” in heavy rotation.
“Basically, I wanted to show the fans some love and let them know that I definitely love the support they have given me since the start of my career,” Flo Rida recently told The Desert Sun while appearing recently in the Coachella valley. “I feel, like I want to be very hospitable to the fans, so I just named it “My House.” You are welcome to my house. My house is your house.”
And that means his house will be Festival Park’s on September 11, where the rapper appears for a one-night show.
The Miami-based rapper has unleashed an amazing string of record-breaking, multi-platinum singles, including the worldwide No. 1 favorite, “Right Round” (Feat. Ke$ha) (15x Platinum), “Good Feeling” (10x Platinum) and “Wild Ones” (Feat. Sia) (9x Platinum). He has also been featured on several hit singles, namely “Running Back” by Jessica Mauboy, “Bad Boys” by Alexandra Burke and “Troublemaker” by Olly Murs.
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.
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.
You have to love it when serendipity kicks in and the timing is right here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Grammy award winning singer Miguel Pimentel comes to Borgata’s Music Box this August 8 playing with L.A. rock band Dorothy. And that means Borgata will host one of his first concerts after his new album “Wildheart’ drops. The single “Coffee” is already out.
And it’s much anticipated album, coming off the success of 2012’s “Kaleidoscope Dreams”, which made the Los Angeles native a star and earned him a Grammy for the single “Adorn”. The album set off a slew of live performances on TV, including a pretty controversial one at the Billboard Music Awards in 2013 (Google it).
Throw in his hit duet with Mariah Carey of “Beautiful” and it finally made Miguel a star, but as he recently told Rollingstone.com, he wasn’t exactly and overnight success.
“It was just like pushing a boulder up and up and up a hill and then you finally get to the top,” he says.
Well, he’s at the top now and describes “Wildheart” as “an ode to love of self … the ongoing infatuation with whatever you’re f—ing into.”
The album mixes rock, soul and post-Prince freakiness into stark, atmospheric territory.
In American pop culture, few things are as much fun to watch as when a singer explodes on the music scene and becomes the hot star of the moment.
A case in point is Meghan Trainor. Ever since Trainor’s “All About the Bass” rocketed to No. 1 on the charts last year, everything Trainor does, says and sings about gets tweeted, blogged and discussed.
So when doctors advised the “Dear Future Husband” singer that she had to rest her voice due to a vocal cord hemorrhage and she began cancelling shows on her new tour—including her July 3 scheduled appearance at Borgata Festival Park—a lot of concern was expressed in cyberspace.
And the ton of “get well soon” messages that flooded Twitter and Instagram may have helped as the 21-year-old singer has gone on Instagram to say she’s recovering.
“But there is good news! I’m feeling much better,” Trainor wrote after announcing a couple more cancellations.
“Thank you Dr. Kessler for seeing me immediately and being so helpful and thank you guys for all the edits/get well posts you made. You made me feel a lot better about this crappy situation. I love you all so much.”
After cancelling her July 4th weekend shows, Trainor said “Right now the doctors want me on complete vocal rest until they are healed. I have never missed a tour date before so this is killing me.”
We have to admit that here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, we get a little crazy about the Fourth of July.
It is the perfect summer holiday and when you’re in Atlantic City at the Jersey shore, well, that makes it the perfect holiday period. And when Fourth of July happens on the weekend—it’s a Saturday this year—and considering that every summer weekend is a party at Borgata … well, that’s just more perfect.
How can something be more perfect? Well, check out this lineup for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Fourth of July celebration this year.
We start with Meghan Trainor at Festival Park on July 3, offer up the best view for the traditional 4th of July Marina Fireworks Show (again from Festival Park) on July 4 and finish it off with … well, a bunch of stuff from a full entertainment schedule at Borgata’s Nightclubs to great promotions in our casino.
Of course, fireworks are the first thing people think of for the 4th, and our new outdoor venue at Festival Park is the perfect place to view this year’s show.
Atlantic City is putting on two shows this year, with a Boardwalk show July 3 and a marina show July 4.
These unique and brilliant fireworks shows are being created by one of the country’s largest fireworks companies, Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, the presenter of pyrotechnic displays and shows around the world including the Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular in New York City.
There’s something cool about the fact that this year Father’s Day and the first day of summer—aka the summer solstice—fall on the same day this year.
After all, it’s appropriate to take the longest day of the year to really honor Dad, who is always there for us with his gentle wisdom, his infinite patience and his never-ending support.
And for those of you who don’t live in a 1950s family sitcom, he’s the one yelling at you to stop texting all the time and keeps filling up the DVR with John Wayne movies.
Yes, you got to love Dad. It takes a long day to really honor dad.
Of course we at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa are going a step further and taking the whole weekend from June 19-21 to honor dad with a line-up of promotions and events that will just make your father sit up and take notice and possibly, finally come out of the bathroom.
But since it’s also the start of another summer season in Atlantic City—and you know how we love summer here at Borgata— the weekend is just doubly blessed. Not only can Dad try out his latest socks and sandals combos, he can also check out Borgata’s new outdoor venue at Festival Park, featuring The Killers, or see Huey Lewis and The News in the Borgata Event Center.