Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CRDA Board Approves Funding for Additional Entertainment and Enhancements throughout Atlantic City Tourism District

CRDA Board Approves Funding for Additional Entertainment and Enhancements throughout Atlantic City Tourism District

Special Events, Lighting and Beautification Projects Included

(Atlantic City, NJ, August 19, 2014) – Continuing their program designed to provide more entertainment options and a fresh, comfortable environment for visitors and residents, the Board of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) today approved several funding measures.  “CRDA and our marketing and business partners are committed to ensuring that Atlantic City has a bright future as we guide its evolution to an entertainment-based resort destination,” said CRDA Board Chairman James Kehoe.

The success of the summer’s expansive schedule of free concerts and Movies Under the Stars prompted a $75,000 supplemental fund reservation for events to be held through the balance of the 2014.  Likewise, the Board approved a program grant of $25,000 to DelMo Sports, Inc., for production of the 2014 Atlantic City Triathlon, which is expected to draw more than 1,000 athletes for a variety of running, swimming and paddling events on September 14. 

A $33,209 supplemental fund reservation was also approved to address additional manpower, material and security costs for Tony Mart Productions, LLC, producer of nine summer concerts on the beach and Boardwalk. 

CRDA also approved a supplemental fund reservation of $83,000 for the conversion of street lights from Pacific Avenue to the bay along Bellevue, Texas, Florida and Georgia avenues.  This expands the project that originally was only along Pacific Avenue and cross streets to the Boardwalk. 

The ramp on Montpelier Avenue leading to the Boardwalk will be rebuilt and expanded to provide additional open space at the street end.  CRDA awarded a bid to L. Feriozzi Concrete Company, Inc., in the amount of $130,400 to complete the project.

The Board also approved a resolution to expand the Atlantic Avenue Fa├žade Program to the entire Atlantic City Tourism District.  The next step is to design criteria to determine which areas of the Tourism District qualify for new facades. 

Additionally, the Board approved a $19,800 intergovernmental grant requested by the City of Atlantic City for a study to research the best practices in taxi codes and recommend updates to the current codes.

According to John Palmieri, executive director of the CRDA, “The actions taken today are another step in keeping Atlantic City relevant for visitors.”

all of Fame Flagship Musem at Boardwalk

Board actions will take effect following the expiration of the Governor’s statutory review period. 

Cyril Neville / Devon Allman Royal Southern Brotherhood To Play Free Concert in Atlantic City

On Monday night, August 25th, one of the greatest soul singers alive, Grammy Award winning Cyril Neville, the fiery prophet of the legendary Neville Brothers Band, will appear alongside the hot, young blues rock star, Devon Allman, son of legendary Gregg Allman, in one of the world’s most popular new jam bands, Royal Southern Brotherhood.  

Returning from extensive European touring to play this date for the CRDA Summer Concert Series-Mardi Gras AC, Royal Southern Brotherhood is one of the new super groups on the Roots and Jam music scene with the electrifying Mike Zito on guitar and vocals, one of New Orleans top bassists, Charlie Wooten; and Yonrico Scott, formerly of the famous Derek Trucks Band.

Lovers of New Orleans and Southern Jammin’ Rock ‘n Roll and Rhythm and Blues will want to mark all of these FREE concert dates on their calendar.

Laissez les Bon Temps Roulet!  

Tony Mart Presents the CRDA Summer Concert Series Mardi Gras AC Summertime 2014!



Seven Dates Confirmed, Beginning on November 29th, 2014 

Atlantic City, NJ (August 19, 2014) - Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is pleased to announce the addition of seven shows with Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning comedian Jerry Seinfeld, performing at Borgata's intimate 2,500-seat Event Center. Seinfeld will continue his series through 2016, with tickets on sale this Friday (August 22nd) for his first show scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend - Saturday, November 29th, 2014.

"I've been coming to Borgata for four years now, and it has become one of my favorites," said Jerry Seinfeld. "You put people from New York, New Jersey and Philly into a great room, at a well-run place, and it's always fun. I'm happy to come back as often as they will have me."

"As host to some of the biggest names in music and comedy, Borgata could not be more excited to extend our relationship with one of the most seminal and groundbreaking comedians of the past 30 years," said Senior Vice President of Operations, Joe Lupo. "Jerry Seinfeld continues to delight audiences with his world-renowned, sold-out stand-up routine; one that we are ecstatic to continue to offer our customers as they come to the preeminent destination for entertainment in Atlantic City."

About Jerry Seinfeld
Entertainment icon Jerry Seinfeld's comedy career took off after his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1981. Eight years later, he teamed up with fellow comedian Larry David to create what was to become the most successful comedy series in the history of television: Seinfeld. The show ran on NBC for nine seasons, winning numerous Emmy, Golden Globe and People's Choice awards, and was named the greatest television show of all time in 2009 by TV Guide, and in 2012 was identified as the best sitcom ever in a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll.

Seinfeld has also starred in, written and produced movies (Comedian, Bee Movie), directed and produced a Broadway hit (Colin Quinn Long Story Short), and even wrote a best-selling book (Seinlanguage) and a children's book (Halloween).

Seinfeld's latest project is the Emmy-nominated web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, seen exclusively on Crackle and comediandsincarsgettingcoffee.com. Now in its fourth season, the series has garnered critical acclaim, having been described by the New York Times as "impressively complex and artful."

Seinfeld currently resides in New York with his wife and three children.

Tickets for this performance are priced at $165, $145, $125 and $95. They can be purchased through theborgata.com, or by calling 866-900-4TIX (4849).

About Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Located at Renaissance Pointe in Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa features 2,000 guest rooms and suites; 161,000 square feet of gaming; 182 gaming tables; 3,094 slot machines; an 80+ table poker room; 10 retail boutiques; 5 acclaimed fine dining restaurants by renowned chefs; 8 casual dining options; a 54,000 square foot spa; 70,000 square feet of event space; 4 signature nightlife experiences; and parking for 7,100 cars. The market-leading resort also features Atlantic City's first cosmopolitan hotel experience, The Water Club at Borgata, with 800 guest rooms and suites; a 36,000 square foot spa; 18,000 square feet of meeting space; 6 designer retail boutiques; and 5 heated indoor and outdoor pools. Borgata also offers online gaming within the state of New Jersey through its real-money gaming sites BorgataCasino.com and BorgataPoker.com



Radio Stations AC 102.7, 103.7 WMGM, KOOL 98.3 and News Talk 1400AM WOND To Host Back-to-School Donation Drive with Boscov’s, WMGM TV 40 and the Community Food Bank, August 19th through 29th
Linwood, NJ (August 19, 2014)Four of South Jersey’s premier radio stations, together with The Community Food Bank of New Jersey, WMGM TV 40 and Boscov’s, will launch the area’s first back-to-school donation drive, supporting children in need of essential items for the start of the new school year.  The inaugural “Stuff the Bus” event will kick-off  Tuesday, August 19th, outside Boscov’s department store (Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Twp), where supplies such as pens, pencils, backpacks, notebooks, lunchboxes and other school necessities, as well as cash donations, will be accepted through August 29th. 
A school bus “stuffed” with donations will distribute the items on behalf of The Community FoodBank to families  in need before the start of the school in September.
            Longport Media stations AC 102.7, Kool 98.3, 103.7 WMGM and News Talk 1400AM WOND will be broadcasting live throughout the event outside Boscov’s.  Additionally, local businesses such as Atlantic Auto Group, One-Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Island Gym, Outback Steakhouse (Egg Harbor Twp), Staples (Cape May Courthouse) and Wingcraft Kitchen & Beer Bar will serve as secondary drop-off sites for donations.             
The Community FoodBank and Longport Media have previously partnered together for South Jersey’s annual “Operation Help” event, now in its 7th year, which benefits the FoodBank in an effort to raise much-needed food and cash donations during the holiday season.  Last year’s Operation Help raised a record-breaking 2.2 tons of food and $12,735 in cash donations for residents in the local area.
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s Southern Branch serves 260 partner agencies including pantries, shelters and feeding programs in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Southeastern Burlington counties.  In 2013, the FoodBank distributed a record-breaking 7.7 million pounds of food and groceries– the highest in its history -- throughout the four counties it serves. 


Source: Longport Media

Tuesday, August 12, 2014



Atlantic City, NJ (August 12 8, 2014) - The Atlantic City Ballet.

Join the Atlantic City Ballet as they kick off their season with a special matinee performance of Sleeping Beauty on August 16th. Audiences will get swept away into a sublime world of kings, queens, fairy godmothers and storybook creatures.

The tale of Sleeping Beauty comes to life in the most majestic classical ballet of all time. Set toTchaikovsky's fabulous and familiar score and combined with Artistic Director, Phyllis Papa’s stunning choreography, Sleeping Beauty is a timeless classic you can enjoy with the entire family. With special appearances by fairy tale favorites like Puss-In-Boots and Little Red Riding Hood and of course, that kiss from the handsome prince, Atlantic City Ballet’s, Sleeping Beauty will create a memory to cherish happily ever after. Children attending the performance will have the opportunity to meet and take a picture with Sleeping Beauty after the performance.

The Atlantic City Ballet consists of professional dancers representing the countries of United States, Latvia, Japan, Spain, Hungary, Romania, Brazil, France, England and Italy. Miss Papa, the Founding Artistic Director of the company, has been a Principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Stars of the American Ballet. She is also the recipient of the 1998 Brazilian Gold Medal of Honor.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through Ticketmaster, the Celebrity Theater box office and the Atlantic City Ballet web site. Senior and group discounts are available.

Saturday August 16th-Sleeping Beauty 2pm
Prices: $40-$55-Adults    $20-Children 12 & under (all seats)
Senior Discount 15% (must call box office for discount)
Groups of 10 or more receive $10 off adult ticket

www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000
The Celebrity Theater box office-609 348-0031www.acballet.org
For a complete list of performances visit www.acballet.org or call 609-348-7201/7202 for more

Source: ACBallet

Here Come the Revel I Told You So's and Monday Morning Quarterbacks

Hey kids it's that time again for the Monday morning quarterbacks on why Revel is closing.

I'm already getting hit with, "Didn't I tell you it would never work before it was ever built syndrome from some" personally and the newspaper will be filled with them.

Sure everyone embraced the thought of a multi-billion dollar project with two towers and amenities never before seen in Atlantic City. It was going to be the savior of Atlantic City maybe the entire country, ok I've gone to far.

My excitement started when I was there for the ground breaking, with video camera in hand, there were goose bumps going up and down my body this was awesome.

I would drive or walk uptown frequently to check on Revel's progress and before long it began to take shape.

The plans and drawings planned for two towers as we see only one was built.

As things progressed on the outside the media was kept from the inside no one was privy to the secrets held within the glass structure until the big media day.

There was promotion prior and talk of amenities, what they had and didn't not have for players and patrons leaked out slowly.

Part of the excitement was Ovation Hall entertainment showroom 5000+ capacity for concerts, sports and production shows.

We heard of the dining. names you must know if you're from Baltimore/DC, Philly, New York.

For total relaxation not just a spa but a 32,000 square foot spa.

Then there was the nightlife and daylife,  an agreement with Angel Management group to open HQ nightclub and day-club. We were told four floors and saw the plans only two ever materialized.

As a member of the media I was taken to NY with 6 others where the chefs from the different restaurants offered a tasting and it was spectacular.

I was there for the media opening took the tour and met the interior designers, staff and many more.

So what happened?

For me to comment as someone who has all the answers would be wrong at this point, So, I won't comment from a professional in the luxury travel industry and has been around the world.

However I will comment, as a resident who is a slot player.

My wife Susan plays more than I do but we look for the same things our favorite machines and new ones we has never seen, Revel has all that.

Prior to opening Revel told the public more of what they didn't have than what they had or at least that's the way it seemed to us but more Susan I was receiving press releases.

 Players Club, NO, Buffet, NO Comps, NO for her that was it, she went back back to the Tropicana and Atlantic Club for us convenience gaming since that's our neighborhood and there was nothing to keep us, Atlantic Club has great new machines.

We've stayed there, rooms great but we never were able to grasp no floors everything was judged by sea-level.

They also had no smoking, we're not smokers but it was another no. So for us it was like hearing the Human Beinz song Nobody But Me that starts out with No, No ,No,  No...Etc

And she did not go back until comps were offered but she never embraced it and now plays at Trump Taj Mahal and Tropicana. I went back from time to time. And that's from a slot players perceptive.

Here are some of the amenities I enjoy at Revel

The tacos at Distrito and other Garces restaurants that I was already very familiar with from Philly. I thought the Burger at Mussel Bar was one of the best I have ever had.

For me HQ is exciting seeing Calvin Harris, Tiesto and other EDM superstars.

Ovation Hall for concerts is amazing.

This is not a eulogy but hopes the incredible structure that occupies Revel Blvd will be purchased by a group that will nurture it like they just bought the car of their dreams and they sit it in their backyard listening to the mega sound system, playing with the bells and whistles.

Trump Taj Mahal presents Culture Club, Friday, November 28

Tickets to go on sale, Saturday, August 16 at 10am

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – August 12, 2014 – Trump Taj Mahal announces that Legendary UK band Culture Club will perform in the Arena on Friday, November 28, 2014. Show time is at 9pm.  Ticket are priced at $95, $44 & $24 and will go on sale Saturday, August 16 at 10am. Tickets can be obtained by either calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420, on line at www.ticketmaster.com

The tour is set to commence in November on the west coast and, for the first time in 14-years, all the original Culture Club band members - Mikey Craig (bass guitar), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), Jon Moss (drums and percussion) and flamboyant front-man Boy George (lead vocals) - will perform together.

With a career spanning over 30 years, the GRAMMY® Award-winners first shot to international stardom in the 1980’s as one of the UK’s biggest exports of the 20th Century. A multi-racial band, with an openly gay front-man, Culture Club was ahead of the curve. They went on to become the first group since The Beatles to have three Top Ten hits in the United States from a debut album alone, selling in excess of 100 million singles and over 50 million  albums worldwide, with top 10 hits in every country.

Hot on the heels of their tour announcement, the band also entered the recording studio with legendary producer Youth (The Verve, Killing Joke, The Cult, Crowded House, Primal Scream) and have started working on a highly anticipated new album due for release in 2015. 
Source: Trump Entertainment