For music fans of a certain era, popular music was once dominated by one instrument above all others – the electric guitar. Sure, disco wasn’t that far removed from today’s EDM, and pop singers are always with us just like Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber are today.
But for these fans, music – real rock and roll music – comes from an electric guitar – not to mention blues and honky-tonk country music.
So it was with some nostalgia that several thousand old-school fans packed the Borgata Event Center Saturday to see two of the electric guitars most established and influential masters take the stage as blues legend Buddy Guy and rock legend Jeff Beck performed a double bill. Either one could have performed as a solo headliner, but to have both on the same bill resulted in about 2-and-a-half hours of guitar bliss – not bad for two septuagenarians.
The show started with an hour-long set by Guy who was appearing one week shy of his eightieth birthday. Considering that Guy began his career in the late 50’s, that’s a lot of shows under his belt.
For many music fans, Bob Dylan is a legend. The 76-year-old Dylan has had a career that’s hard to quantify into words. Folk music pioneer, socially influential protest singer, pop music star and rock music star (you know, when he went electric).
His recording career, spanning more than 50 years, has explored the traditions in American song—from folk, blues, and country to gospel, rock and roll, and rockabilly to English, Scottish, and Irish folk music, embracing even jazz and the Great American Songbook.
This is one guy we’re talking about here.
When Bob Dylan rolls into the Borgata Event Center Sunday July 10, you can expect a true master to embrace his latest incarnation – that of the Great American Songbook. That’s because his last two albums – the 36th and 37th studio albums of his career – were Shadows in the Night, featuring ten songs written between 1923 and 1963 and recorded by Frank Sinatra and Fallen Angels, which was described as “a direct continuation of the work of ‘uncovering’ the Great Songbook that he began on last year’s Shadows In the Night.”
Who would have imagined Boy George and Cyndi Lauper singing a ten-minute duet of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” while Rosie O’Donnell played the drums?
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.
They say imitation is the purest form of flattery, and if that’s true, then movie legend Al Pacino may be the most flattered guy in history.
Everybody has a favorite Al Pacino movie quote and most of us are ready to break into a Pacino imitation at the drop of the hat – or at least when the quote fits.
Consider these classic lines:
“Just when I thought that I was out, they pull me back in.”
The Godfather, Part III
“Say hello to my little friend.”
“You’re outta order. You’re outta order. This whole trial is outta order.”
And Justice for All
Dog Day Afternoon
“On any given Sunday you’re gonna win or you’re gonna lose. The point is – can you win or lose like a man?”
Any Given Sunday
Vanity. My Favorite Sin.
The Devil’s Advocate
When it comes to classic rock, with all due respect to modern music artists, some things are just too cool to ever be equaled.
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.
Diana Ross had one goal during her sold-out Friday evening concert at Borgata‘s Event Center: to slay.
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.
Ms. Diana Ross needs no introduction: The legendary diva has belted iconic tunes for decades, and has starred in countless movies and television shows. She’s been honored numerous times, including a 2012 Lifetime Achievement Grammy as well as a 2007 Kennedy Center Honors. Now an intimate crowd of a few thousand guests have the lucky chance to see Ms. Ross live and in person at Borgata’s Event Center during a one night only, SOLD OUT show on Friday, April 1. To prepare for all of her musical glory, we rounded up five of our all-time favorite Diana Ross videos for your viewing pleasure.
It you paid attention in your high school Italian class, Sophia Loren made it pay off this past Friday at Borgata.
The iconic star of countless films made no qualms at her appearance at Borgata’s Event Center that she’s not only more comfortable speaking her native language, but that she loves it. In fact, there were numerous times when the red-clad Ms. Loren, 81, broke into long passages of Italian and had to be reminded by the evening’s moderator that her audience was English-speaking.
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 and Buddy Guy
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 could pick one person in history to spend an evening talking with, who would you pick? Einstein, Churchill, Martin Luther King?
Now let’s refine the game. If you could speak to one Hollywood legend, who would it be? Cagney, Bogart, Orson Welles?
One last question, if you could speak to one acting legend and the sexiest, most exotic creature to ever grace a cinema screen, who would it be?
There’s only one answer – Sophia Loren. The first two questions were a fantasy, but thanks to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, an evening with Sophia Loren can be very real as she comes to Borgata’s Event Center for an intimate onstage conversation and Q&A.
That’s right, the Sophia Loren, Oscar winner, international star and Hollywood legend will be on the Event Center stage answering questions about her legendary career. The appearance is part of a limited tour Loren is making in the U.S. titled “”An Evening with Sophia Loren.”
“She’s doing a small run throughout the country,” Joe Lupo, Borgata’s senior vice president of operations recently told Atlantic City Weekly. “We’re very fortunate to have her, and we’re really looking forward to this event.”
Who wouldn’t? Just trying to run down Loren’s better than five-decade career is like preparing a term paper on film history.
Loren’s career as an international film star started in the late ‘50s after a successful run in Italian films when she signed with Paramount pictures in 1958. Among her films at this time were “Desire Under the Elms” with Anthony Perkins, based upon the Eugene O’Neill play; “Houseboat,” a romantic comedy co-starring Cary Grant; and George Cukor’s “Heller in Pink Tights.”