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Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival 2014

Monday, April 7th, 2014
Photo by Christine Steiner

Photo by Christine Steiner

ATLANTIC CITY — The ninth annual “Celebration of the Suds” Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival drew about 24,000 people to the resort town and Atlantic City Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, April 4-5,

The festival featured over 100 craft breweries from around the nation, three major headliners and six independent bands, seminars of all sorts and a new batch of fun stuff for folks to do, (including motorized toilet racing).

Click the link below for some highlights of this year’s festival.

Plenty o’ Ways to DO AC Free

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

A Compilation of Free Activities Provided By the CRDA
By Kaitlin Montague

ATLANTIC CITY — Everyone wants to have fun for free and during the month of April, Atlantic City is offering fun, free, entertaining events for the public to enjoy.

South Jersey's hippest party band, Don't Call Me Francis, plays The Social and Revel on Saturday, April 5.

South Jersey's hippest party band, Don't Call Me Francis, plays The Social at Revel on Saturday, April 5.

The Noyes Arts Garage, recently acquired by Stockton College, is playing host to a variety of exhibitions throughout April. “The Way We Were” exhibition offers a pictoral timeline of the Northside and Atlantic City dating back to the 1930s to the 1960s. This unique exhibition, geared specifically for Atlantic City, highlights the accomplishments and culture of notable black icons of the Atlantic City area.

In accompaniment to “The Way We Were,” “The Art of Brian Fernandes-Halloran” is also currently being featured at the Noyes Arts Garage (until June 29). This exhibition showcases the works of Brian, a multimedia sculpture artist who channels his inner creativity from significant childhood events and experiences. His works that will be featured consist of Saffron, the resemblance of a dog, Browsing, a self-portrait, and others that will embody his specific style, leaving his viewers open to interpretation. 

Also, everyone is welcome to join in for the opening reception, which includes refreshments, at 4pm.

Also currently at the Noyes Arts Garage is “Hometown Teams,” a Smithsonian exhibition which celebrates American sports through a selection of photographs and memorabilia (until May 4). This exhibit explores assorted features of sports and teams and what constitutes a fan. On Friday, April 4, the Atlantic City Free Public Library staff members, Heather Perez and Beth Ryan will conduct a free, guided tour of the “Hometown Teams” exhibition. The guided tour begins at 1pm. For more information about the tour of the exhibitions, please call (609) 626-3805.

If you’re visiting the Noyes Arts Garage this weekend, be sure to stop by Saturday, April 5 at noon for the Garden State Film Festival Welcome Reception to enjoy live music and refreshments with the filmmakers and film enthusiasts that inhabit New Jersey. Live entertainers will include: Whiskey Danger Heartache, Ryan Douglas Smith and ARGO.

Also fun and free, Atlantic City’s Don’t Call Me Francis, legendary party band, will perform their high-energy tunes at The Social and Revel on Saturday, April 5. Performing for over 25 years, Don’t Call Me Francis is one of the most requested bands in the tri-state area. They have been voted Best Band in South Jersey and the Delaware Valley by the Courier Post’s Readers Choice Awards for 12 years. The concert begins at 9pm. For additional information about the concert, please call (609) 348-0500.
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26th Annual Bayfest Returning to Somers Point on Saturday, April 26

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Somers Point anticipates about 30,000 thousand Bayfest visitors to cover 14 blocks of Bay Avenue on April 26.

Somers Point anticipates about 30,000 thousand Bayfest visitors to cover 14 blocks of Bay Avenue on April 26.

SOMERS POINT, NJ —The 26th annual Somers Point Bayfest — the largest, single-day festival in South Jersey — is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, on 14 blocks of Bay Avenue from 10am-5pm. The festival will take place rain or shine. 

The City of Somers Point and the Somers Point Bayfest Committee team with area sponsors to make this longstanding annual tradition possible. Bay Avenue will be filled with music, food, crafters and fun-filled family activities.

The city is expecting more that 30,000 thousand residents and visitors to flock to Bay Avenue this year to enjoy four live bands, 38 food vendors, over 120 crafters and plenty of children’s activities.

An aerial view of a past Bayfest

An aerial view of a past Bayfest

Profits from Bayfest help to fund projects that enhance and benefit the City of Somers Point. Some of the past projects Bayfest has supported include improvements to the Bud Kern Field, the installation of a new playground on the public beach, new banners lining Historic Bay Avenue and donations to the Mainland Region High School Commutation Arts Department.

Parking for Bayfest will be available at the Jordan Road School, located on 129 Jordan Road and Fire House #1, located on 1 Bethel Road. There are also several places for overnight accomodations such as Marriott-Residence Inn, Budget Inn and Economy Motel.

For more information on the annual Somers Point Bayfest, please visit somerspointbayfest.org

It’s Almost Time to Celebrate the Suds!

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — The ninth annual Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival, or “Celebration of the Suds,” returns to the Atlantic City Convention Center Friday and Saturday, April 4-5.

The 2014 event will be an amazing experience in taste and sound including amazing music to compliment savory brews. In 2014 Atlantic City, New Jersey is the destination to discover beer and music! Over 100 different breweries from around the corner and across the country will showcase their unique libations.

2014_Atlantic_City_Beer_FestThe focus of The Atlantic City Beer Festival is the promotion of craft beers and the brewers that create them. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker to speak to company representatives and brewers responsible for some of their favorite brews. And it’s an opportunity to discover and taste new brews and special “limited release” beers and ales.

Each year the festival organizers review the event and look to further enhance the beer lover’s experience and make each year better than the last. In nine years the festival has grown to be one of the country’s largest celebrations of beer. For 2014 festival producers will bring in a variety of indie and national artists  (click here for complete lineup).

Already one of Atlantic City’s most anticipated events of the year, the 2014 festival will have the perfect soundtrack to enjoy great brews, great tunes and thousands of great people! All bands and performers will be featured on the event web site under sounds.

The 2014 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival will also feature culinary demonstrations from area chefs; beer seminars hosted by author and television personality Gary Monterosso as well as other beer personalities and brewers, and some “off the wall” activities. Additional festival vendors will offer great food and some unique beer-related apparel and goods. This year’s festival will appeal to absolutely everyone.

With a large concern on the safety of attendees, the festival offers a “Designated Driver” price of $15 per ticket (available at the door) to encourage attendees to be responsible. There are many transportation options in Atlantic City and the surrounding areas — jitneys and cabs, as well as New Jersey Transit train arriving directly in the Atlantic City Convention Center. (See njtransit.com for a train schedule) This is one of the reasons why the Atlantic City Convention Center makes for the perfect home of “The Celebration of The Suds.”

Visit acbeerfest.com or click the video link below for more information.

Festival Sessions and times

Session #1 Friday April 4th 7pm to 11pm (last call 10:45pm) Featured act: Saves the Day
Session #2 Saturday April 5th 12pm to 4pm (last call 3:45pm) Featured act: Dirty Heads
Session #3 Saturday April 5th 6pm to 10pm (last call 9:45pm) Featured act: Less Than Jake

DO AC Boardwalk Wine Promenade Returns September 2014

Friday, February 21st, 2014
A toast from last year's event. (Photo by Craig Billow)

A toast from last year's event. (Photo by Craig Billow)

The chance to sip wine, enjoy some light bites and stroll along the Atlantic City Boardwalk will return in September. Go here for a story about last May’s debut event.

The Atlantic City Alliance announces the return of the DO AC Boardwalk Wine Promenade bringing together all 11 Atlantic City casino resorts to celebrate viniculture and the history, pageantry and energy of Atlantic City on the famed Boardwalk.

The Wine Promenade will take place September 27-28 with Food & Wine joining as the official culinary media partner.

The event features 100 wines presented at multiple destinations along a one-mile stretch of the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Insider access to rare and expensive wines and champagnes handpicked by expert and media personality Leslie Sbrocco plus gourmet bites, live music and breathtaking ocean views combine to create an only-in-Atlantic City spectacular.

The Atlantic City Alliance, the organization behind the successful “Do Anything. Do Everything. Do AC” campaign made the announcement at the destination marketing organizations’ debut at the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami, Fla.  The Alliance will return to the New York City Wine & Food Festival in October 2014.

Food & Wine showcases the breadth and depth of AC’s culinary offerings and brings our unique, outdoor wine festival to a national audience of foodies who might not have considered Atlantic City as a foodie destination,” said Liza Cartmell Atlantic City Alliance President. “We decided to make this announcement at South Beach Wine & Food Festival because it is one of the premier food events in the country.”

Caesars Atlantic City to Celebrate Year of the Horse

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
2009 Atlantic City Boardwalk Lunar New Year Parade (photo: tom briglia)

2009 Atlantic City Boardwalk Lunar New Year Parade (photo: tom briglia)

It is the year of the horse and Caesars Entertainment’s Atlantic City properties are kicking off the Chinese New Year in celebration. Events, festive dances and lavish décor as well as traditional Far East foods, will be included in Caesars’ 5th annual Lunar New Year Celebration — free and open to the public — which will take place Saturday, Feb. 8, starting at 2pm with “Wake the Lion.”

The traditional ceremony said to bring good luck and fortune will take place on the Boardwalk in front Showboat. Then, a Boardwalk Parade will embark from the Showboat down to Bally’s with floats, marching bands, Shaolin Kung-Fu demos, lion dances and other special performances. That night, two more lion dances will be presented in front of Showboat at 5pm.

PHOTOS: CLICK TO SEE THE 2009 LUNAR NEW YEAR PARADE

The parade heads inside once it reaches Bally’s where the property’s 6th floor will be transformed into a mini Chinatown, with an Asian Market Festival featuring jewelry, food, teas, and crafts for sale. From 4pm-midnight, the Chinese Market Place will feature costume characters, fortune gods, stilt walkers and more.

Each of Caesars’ three Boardwalk casinos will feature specials for the Lunar New Year celebration. Showboat’s Royal Noodle House will have $5 Curry Chicken Dumplings, $6 Cheese Steak Spring Rolls, $15 Pad Thai Chicken, $26 Walnut Shrimp, $38 Hoe See Fat Choy, $3 Sake Shots and $7 Sake Bombs.

Bally’s Noodle Village will feature $32 Braised Lamb Stew, $28 Dried Scallops with Chinese Melon in Oyster Sauce, $25 Fried Tofu and shrimp garlic sauce, $38 Stir Fried Filet Mignon with Asparagus, $28 Sliced Beef, $28 Jumbo Lump Crabmeat and Fried Rice.

Caesars’ excellent KWI Restaurant & Noodle Bar will feature $80 Salt and Pepper Lobster, $55 Steamed Whole Fish, $28 Braised Pig Trotter (over lettuce), $26 Crispy Dark Soy Chicken, $28 Braised Dried Oysters with Sea Moss, and $38 Jumbo Shrimp and Osmanthus Mussels with XO sauce.

Finally, on the following Sunday night, Feb. 16, Caesars will host a “Lunar New Year Chinese Show (The Voice of China).” Tickets for the 11pm show can be purchased at iemshowplace.com or via 718-888-3113.

PHOTOS: CLICK TO SEE THE 2009 LUNAR NEW YEAR PARADE

‘Life in Color’ Fest Returns to Bader Field Dec. 28

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

According to the organizers of the Life in Color 2014 event, which is set to take place on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Bader Field for the second year in a row click here to see pics from last year’s LIC event — the 2nd Annual Life In Color Concert will include producer Sebastian Ingrosso and EDM star Krewella as headliners.

The doors open at 7PM and tickets are on sale now at linerocket.com. Last year’s event, held in a heated tent at Bader Field, sold out quickly.

According to organizers, an announcement is going to be made soon about more entertainment for this year’s festival, which organizers want to make an annual event in Atlantic City.

Last month, the following statement was released to the media:


Life in Color is “The World’s Largest Paint Party” and is nationally recognized as a one-of-a-kind concert experience featuring cutting-edge LED production and some of the most high-profile performers in the world.

Sebastian Ingrosso is one of the most prolific musical talents across the globe. As 1/3 of the prestigious DJ trio Swedish House Mafia, Ingrosso has headlined some of the largest music festivals and performed for crowds of over 100,000 people. He is also a world famous music producer, manufacturing numerous #1 songs on Beatport including “Reload” and “Calling (Lose My Mind)”. In addition, he has produced music for some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Kylie Minogue, Usher, and Britney Spears.

In 2012, Krewella burst onto the electronic dance music circuit with their debut video Killin’ It, showcasing their innovative brand of dubstep-infused tunes highlighted by melodic female vocals. They are currently embarking on their international 55-date sold out tour on the heels of their debut album Get Wet, which charted in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 200 in its first week. Krewella recently teamed up with charity organization Dance For Paralysis to help raise money and awareness for people living with paralysis. Founder Thomas E. Smith says, “It is truly an honor to work with Krewella and together we will work towards finding a permanent cure for paralysis.” LineRocket and Dance for Paralysis have plans to bring paralyzed teens from the local hospital to enjoy the show in the front row and to meet the 3 members of Krewella backstage.

In [2012], LineRocket hosted Steve Aoki, Tommy Trash, and Adventure Club on New Year’s Eve at Bader Field. The event sold out in rapid fashion and attracted thousands to the largest heated tent in America. LineRocket CEO Josh Heffler said, “The heated tent, star-studded lineup and top notch production provided attendees with the ideal concert experience. We expect this year’s event to top the success of the last one.” The supporting acts for Sebastian Ingrosso and Krewella will be Dyro, and Bow n’ Arrow.

Stay tuned to acweekly.com for more news on this year’s Life in Color party.

Golden Nugget Whiskey Fest Nov. 15-16

Monday, November 18th, 2013
Photos by Christine Steiner

Photos by Christine Steiner

ATLANTIC CITY — Golden Nugget hosted its inaugural craft whiskey festival on Friday and Saturday, featuring several brands of bourbons, ryes and American whiskeys whose origins date back to the Revolutionary War days. The event also included a whiskey dinner Friday night and live music both days in the Grand Ballroom.

Michter’s of Louisville, Kentucky, billed as America’s first whiskey distilling company (and the whiskey that warmed General Washington’s troops at Valley Forge) was among the brands being sampled. Others were Death’s Door of Wisconsin, Clyde May’s of Alabama, Angel’s Envy of Kentucky and several others. whiskey 1

The event included a buffet spread, music by the Goodman Fiske Band (Friday) and the Mile High Club (Saturday), seminars, demonstrations and an exhibit by the Whiskey Still Company that sells copper stills for manufacturing spirits for personal consumption.

Bizarre AC at Tropicana Dec. 13-15

Monday, November 11th, 2013

bizarre_acposterWEBMarketing guru Jon Henderson of Good Time Tricycle Productions has brought us the Drawing the Wild Tattoo Expo, the revival of the Atlantic City Seafood Festival and the annual Celebration of the Suds beer extravaganza. Now he appears to want to bring us Halloween in December with a new convention concept called Bizarre AC.

Here is what the release says about this new event: For far too long, monsters, zombies, ghouls, freaks and goblins have roamed the Boardwalk, aimlessly searching, searching for a place to gather and tell their stories, and now, that day has come. The weird, the odd, the bizarre, all gather for a weekend of entertainment, education, commerce and camaraderie as we celebrate all things horror and beyond, the first weekend of its kind in the history of Atlantic City.

This Horror Expo will be hosted by Tropicana Casino & Resort Friday, Dec. 13 from 5-10pm, Saturday Dec. 14 from 12-10pm and Sunday, Dec. 15, 12pm-5pm.

Admission is $20 for a one-day pass, $30 for a two-day pass and $40 for a three-day pass. An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 16. Kids under 10 get in free with a parent or guardian. Discounts are available for purchases in advance.

Event goers will walk and shop with the unique exhibitors of the Bizarre Bazaar, while freaks and geeks from around the globe will  command the stage in Bizarre AC’s Sideshow gathering and Hall of Oddities.  Horror movie aficionados can take part in movie screenings, complete with Q&A’s, and the chance to delve into the minds of some of the up-and-coming filmmakers.

May I suggest for the movie screenings, the Tod Browning classic Freaks, which would seem to embody the spirit of this new convention concept.

Saturday’s events will also include the Bizarre AC Costume Contest offering event goers the opportunity to show off their best monster, zombie, alien or creature. There will be cash prizes — hopefully your Halloween costume isn’t buried too deep in your closet. The event is also offering a dining experience called Bizarre Bites.

For more info on Bizarre AC, check out the Web site Bizarreac.com.

Stockton Student Television Presents Stockton’s First Film Festival

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Film students from the Richard Stockton College of the New Jersey have organized Stockton’s first free film festival, which will take place on Thursday, Nov. 14. This event is open the public and will run from 5-8pm in the Campus Center Theatre on Stockton’s main campus in Galloway.

Stockton's Campus Center Theatre

Stockton's Campus Center Theatre

All videos entered into the festival were made by Stockton students, as well as students participating from other colleges and high schools. All films eligible for the festival must be no longer than 20 minutes in length. There cannot be excessive nudity or violence. The student filmmakers must keep their films to a PG-13 rating. Any music being used in the film must be copyright free, the music must be original or the student must have permission from the original composer. The use of logos is prohibited unless the student gets permission from the company.

The Stockton Film Festival is a student run project that will provide opportunity and experience for all film fanatics and those interested in Stockton Student Television (SSTV) and what Stockton has to offer. The Film Festival is an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to network with other film inspired students. This festival will also be a wonderful opportunity for the students to build their resumes and showcase their work to people who may be interested in pursuing a career in film, the public and film enthusiasts.

The Stockton Film Festival is sponsored by SSTV, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s School of Arts and Humanities’ Communications Studies Program.