There was that, plus plenty of other unexpected surprises, this past Sunday evening at Borgata’s Event Center where the trifecta of performers played a rare Memorial Day concert, only one of seven stops on their tour of the East Coast. In some ways, the night was pretty much two full concerts in one and lasted nearly two and a half hours. Both Boy George and Cyndi Lauper played full sets, while Rosie O’Donnell served as intermission entertainment.
If you’re looking for a reason to come visit our LGBT-friendly resort, look no further: Borgata offers something for just about everyone, including ways to indulge, relax, and get your party on. We rounded up ten of our favorite reasons why our guests and friends enjoying coming out to Borgata.
Yeah, yeah, the kids are all into their Katy Perry, their Niki Minaj, their Kanye, their Drake.
You know what’s cool? Alice Cooper is cool singing Doors’ songs with Johnny Depp and Joe Perry on guitar. Yes, actor Johnny Depp. Yes, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry.
You know what’s cooler? That such a group exists and has the name Hollywood Vampires.
You know what’s cooler still? That the group grew out of a drinking club established by Cooper in Los Angeles on the Sunset Strip in 1969 for the rockers passing through the L.A. music scene. The Hollywood Vampires club was formed in an upstairs bar at the Rainbow Bar & Grill.
Cooper and Depp decided that they wanted to see the Hollywood Vampires rise from the dead (get it) and launched a band dedicated to resurrecting the music of so many singers and groups of the era who have, well, passed on to the great rock band graveyard.
And coolest of all? They’re playing Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on July 4th weekend with an appearance Sunday, July 3.
Intrigued? Hey, the coolness goes on.
And slay she did. The 72-year-old performer donned more gowns than one would find during an episode of Say Yes to the Dress during her 75 minute set and demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that she’s still got it in spades.
So what are you doing in July?
It’ll be here before you know it, with warm beach weather, barbecues and a host of great concert tours crisscrossing the country.
And as always, when it comes to concerts, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa leads the way at the Jersey Shore with tickets for five great July concerts going on sale March 18.
Our 2016 summer lineup of shows and concerts is shaping up to be another standout year for Borgata Entertainment. As always, Borgata offers a diverse lineup to suit any musical taste, whether it’s jazz with George Benson (July 23), legendary rock and blues stars Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy together on July 23, classic 80s rock with Huey Lewis and the News (July 24), traditional beloved standards with Tony Bennett (July 29) or even a-cappella madness with Straight No Chaser (July 29 & 30).
Here’s a look at the concerts going on sale March 18:
Jazz guitarist George Benson is best known for his 1976 album, the mostly instrumental album “Breezin,’” and for the vocal cut “This Masquerade,” which won the Grammy for Record of the Year. That album introduced his soulful jazz stylings to the mainstream, and set off a career that spanned decades. You’ve heard Benson playing on tracks from Stevie Wonder (“Another Star”) and his second breakthrough album “Give Me the Night” in 1980. He’s been a staple on the smooth jazz charts ever since and brings his latest tour to Borgata July 23.
Jeff beck is one of the most celebrated rock guitarists of all time. Buddy Guy is one of the all-time great blues guitarists. Beck ranks 5th on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 greatest guitarists of all time.” He’s played with a hall of fame list of artists and is one of three noted guitarists that played with The Yardbirds along with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. Guy ranked 30th on Rolling Stone’s list and is cited as a major influence for pretty much every famous rock guitarist you’ve ever heard of including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. When the two take the stage at Borgata July 23, the rock gods will rejoice.
If you liked variety, you clearly weren’t disappointed at this past Saturday’s raucous evening of drag at Borgata’s Music Box featuring the talents of Sherry Vine, Katya, Pandora Boxx, and Ginger Minj. The queens presented what can best be described as a naughty variety show for Atlantic City audiences, featuring everything from a partying Elsa from Frozen to a stripping Adele.
For anyone who can remember the 70s—if you can, you probably weren’t at too many parties though—you may vaguely recall dancing to the song “Shout” about a thousand times, which if course came from Otis Day and the Knights in the film “Animal House.”
Well, actually no. “Shout” was a 1959 release from The Isley Brothers. Otis Day was a made up band.
Or maybe you remember in the 80s dancing along with Ferris Beuller to the Beatles “Twist and Shout.” Well, again it was an Isley Brothers hit first, though in fairness they covered the song as well, which was originally recorded by the Top Notes.
Or maybe, back in the 70s again, you just danced to “Who’s That Lady,” another Isley Brothers smash.
The point is, you’ve been partying to The Isley Brothers a lot longer than you realize and on March 12 you can do it in person when The Isley Brothers Featuring Ron and Ernie Isley appear at Borgata’s Event Center with special guests The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston & Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes.
If you’re sick and tired of giving (and receiving) the same old roses and boxes of chocolate for Valentine’s Day, Borgata has plenty of unique alternatives to spice up your gift giving this February 14th. From special spa treatments to comfortable rooms to amazing eats, there’s something for every love bird on your list. We hand-picked eight signature Borgata experiences that will surely “wow” your significant other, or, if you’re single why not give yourself a little pampering?
Get a Room…Literally: No visit to Borgata would be complete without a stay in one of their clean, comfortable, and modern guest rooms. The entire hotel tower at Borgata was recently remodeled, and if you’re looking for a more “zen” experience, check out one of the deluxe rooms at The Water Club, where you’ll be able to relax and unwind with the one you love.
Work the Knots Out Of Your Relationship: Spa Toccare and Immersion Spa are offering a special “Forget Me KNOTS Massages for Two” exclusively during the month of February. Designed to get rid of the winter’s blah, the side-by-side Swedish massages include free parking and a treat for your sweet tooth.
The 2016 entertainment schedule for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is filling up and we’re announcing three upcoming shows, all of which will see tickets go on sale Friday, January 15.
Franki Valli 4/8 & 4/9 Music Box
Foreigner 5/7 Event Center
Tony Orlando 5/13 Music Box
Franki Valli, of course, is a long time staple at Borgata. Valli came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons and immediately became known for his falsetto vocals. A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Valli scored 29 Top 40 hits with The Four Seasons, one Top 40 hit under The Four Seasons’ alias ‘The Wonder Who?’, and nine Top 40 hits as a solo artist.
Valli’s number-one hits included “Sherry” (1962), “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (1962), “Walk Like a Man” (1963), “Rag Doll” (1964) and “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” (1975). As a solo artist, Valli scored number-one hits with the songs “My Eyes Adored You” (1974) and “Grease” (1978).
Tony Orlando is another regular performer at Borgata. Orlando scored solo hits in the 1960s such as “Halfway to Paradise” and “Bless You,” but rose to superstardom as part of Tony Orlando and Dawn in the 1970s. Their hits included “Candida”, “Knock Three Times”, and “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree.”