When it comes to stand-up comedians, you always kind of wonder what they’re going to talk about onstage.
You know, will it be that observational humor—What’s up with kitchen magnets?—or are they the storyteller kind of comic—One time I went to a Red Lobster with my friends and ordered chicken, well let me tell you.
With Kathy Griffin, who appears at Borgata’s Event Center March 14, you know exactly what she’s going to talk about – celebrity dirt.
It is storytelling, but storytelling with backstage celebrity buzz and gossip … you know, the good stuff.
Fans of Griffin and her gazillion Bravo comedy specials—including her 2011 special “Tired Hooker“ filmed on location at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa—get the inside dirt on everything Griffin sees, hears and experiences as she works her way around Hollywood on the D-list.
Which makes it all the more interesting that she’s been mysteriously quiet on the recent controversy at–and now her decision to leave–E’s “Fashion Police.”
We don’t want to hit this too hard on our friendly little blog—you can Google it—but we just have to wonder, how long can Griffin ever stay quiet about anything?
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.
When comic Lisa Lampanelli takes the stage—as she will February 15 at Borgata’s Event Center—she’s not exactly subtle about what you can expect.
Things are going to get rough.
Lampenelli dubs herself comedy’s Queen of Mean—though a lovable Queen of Mean—and even uses the web address insultcomic.com for her website. That’s pretty much telling it like it is.
Brash, dirty, politically incorrect, really dirty, unsettling, really, really dirty, savage – look, the chick is dirty … they’re all pretty accurate descriptions of Lampanelli’s act.
And in recent years, thanks to appearances on Howard Stern’s Sirius radio show (where he can go off uncensored) as well as a host of Comedy Central roasts and her own HBO comedy special “Long Live the Queen,” Lampanelli’s stock keeps rising. It also didn’t hurt that she was on season five of “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Lampanelli comes to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa this time out as a changed woman. Oh, she’ll still skewer anyone—including herself—but coming off a failed marriage, she’s lost about 100 pounds and has given herself a new look.
“It’s so dramatic, I don’t recognize myself. I want to get out and date properly now that my divorce is final. Those experiences will make for great stories in the future shows,” Lampanelli recently told the Las Vegas Sun.
We in Atlantic City love Philadelphia.
Oh, sure, on the Boardwalk we don’t put cheese whiz on our cheesesteaks—you know, in favor of actual cheese—but that’s just a minor regional thing between close cousins. Atlantic City is Philadelphia’s beach and we share everything from a love of the Philadelphia Eagles to a penchant for funnel cake on the boards.
And then there’s the music, from the old “American Bandstand” days to the great jazz of the City of Brotherly Love.
And who can forget Philadelphia Soul? No, not the arena football team but the great soul music of Philadelphia that came out of the 70s?
Whether you called it Philadelphia Soul, the Philadelphia Sound or just Sweet Philly, Philadelphia introduced a style of soul music that swept the country and was characterized by funk influences and lush instrumental arrangements. The sound is seen as laying the foundations for disco, quiet storm and smooth jazz.
And three of the best examples of this sound are coming to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa at the Borgata Event Center January 31 with the show The Sound of Philadelphia. On the bill are the O’Jays, Russell Thompkins Jr. & The New Stylistics and The Delfonics.
Sometimes a DJ gets big—so big that a simple club can’t hold him. And that’s pretty much why Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will present Tiesto in the Borgata Event Center on December 28.
The Dutch spinner and record producer needs the biggest room he can find. After all, the guy once opened an Olympics.
You may know him as DJ Tiesto or by his given name of Tijis Michiel Verwest or any of a bunch of other aliases. Now, he’s simply Tiesto, with a string of hits and appearances that have dominated the electronic dance music scene for more than 15 years.
In fact, Tiesto is more than a DJ and record producer. He’s his own brand. Just check out his resume—a Grammy nomination, numerous MTV awards, and performing at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Tiesto also has a globally syndicated Club Life Radio Show and his Club Life Podcast (#1 music podcast on iTunes globally) and has worked with superstars such as Kanye West, Coldplay, Gotye, Katy Perry, Nelly Furtado, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Goldfrapp and many more.
Tiesto comes to Borgata with a new album A Town Called Paradise, out and with a tour—currently in Australia—that stops only three times in the U.S. Borgata is Tiesto’s only East Coast stop.
And for Tiesto, it’s all about the live performance.
Tony Bennett is timeless.
Now on the surface that seems like a pretty standard publicist’s type of thing to say about a singer who had his first No. 1 hit, “Because of You,” in 1951 and saw his most beloved song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” released in 1962.
But Bennett—who performs November 28 in the Borgata Event Center—doesn’t need some slick code for “old” or “from yesteryear.” Not when he has the No. 1 album in the country right now in 2014.
That’s right. His No. 1 album Cheek to Cheek, featuring classic duets with the very modern Lady Gaga—you may have seen Bennett’s and Gaga’s recent live televised concert special on PBS—is being hailed by critics for introducing jazz to a new generation.
On the charts at No. 1 in 1951. On the charts at No. 1 in 2014.
Tony Bennett, at 88, is still new.
His secret? He stays true to himself and sings the standards of American music that can touch any generation. And since his revival with young audiences in the 1990s (Anyone remember Tony at the “MTV Video Music Awards” at the height of the grunge era?) he’s sung them with a litany of great artists, old and new, from Christina Aguilera to Willy Nelson to Amy Winehouse to Billy Joel and so many more.
Did you ever see one of those Magic Eye 3D posters that became so popular in the 90s? You know the images that just look like a pattern of colors, but when you look closely—deeply even—a 3D image appears within the picture.
Well, comedian Brian Regan’s comedy is something like that.
Let us explain.
You know Regan—who appears October 4 at the Borgata Event Center—from his more than 25-year career as one of the premiere stand-ups in the country. He’s a regular on late-night talk shows (more than 25 appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman) and Comedy Central and has put out several comedy CDs including “All by Myself” in 2010.
He’s known for his goofy expressions, physical comedy and his dry observational humor (which is pretty clean by the way, so bring the kids) focusing on the little things in life, from the pressures of spelling bees to how drivers wave each other into lanes.
In other words, he looks deeply at everyday things.
Fans of comedian Chris Tucker have to be a patient bunch. There’s no Kardashian-like media blitz when it comes to Tucker’s career.
His 2012 role in “Silver Linings Playbook” was his first movie role in five years since “Rush Hour 3” (a movie that briefly made him the highest paid actor in Hollywood) in 2007—a film franchise he hopes to reprise with a Rush Hour 4.
No, Tucker is too much of a perfectionist and too involved with his family life to rush his own career. But in 2011, Tucker did return to his roots by beginning to play comedy clubs again.
“I waited a long time and the right things weren’t coming to me—the roles I was offered weren’t that challenging—so I started trying to develop a bunch of projects for myself,” Tucker told The Daily Beast in 2012 (he doesn’t do a lot of interviews either). “I was always looking and hoping the right thing would come. I knew stepping back a bit and going back to my stand-up roots would help me gain perspective.”
Tucker fans can see some of that perspective when the comedian plays at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa this Saturday, August 23 in the Event Center. Tucker’s Borgata appearance is one of only three remaining shows he has scheduled for the year and the only stop on the East Coast.
It’s going to be a real Motown week at Borgata with Smokey Robinson Presents: Human Nature – The Motown Show at the Borgata Music Box August 8, 9, 10, 15 & 16.
Then, on August 17 comes An Evening of Motown in the Event Center featuring The Four Tops, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Mary Wilson and Jr. Walker’s All Star Band.
The impact of the Motown sound with its mix of doo-wop, R&B, pop, blues, rock and roll and soul changed music in America and you can relive that explosion with an Evening of Motown at the Event Center. Together, the lineup presents some of the greatest songs of the 1960s from Martha Reeves and the Vandellas’ “Nowhere to Run” to the Four Tops “Reach Out I’ll Be There.”
Tickets are $75, $65 and $55 and are available here.
Motown and Borgata, is there a better way to spend a summer night?