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Family Fun Easter Weekend @ the Steel Pier is Saturday & Sunday, April 19-20!

Friday, April 18th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — The famed Steel Pier will again be entertaining the entire family on Easter weekend, beginning with a pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 19.

bunnyFor $10, children ages 12 and under will enjoy a pancake breakfast (served 11am- noon) with the Easter Bunny and unlimited rides until 5pm. The pancake breakfast for adults is $6.

On Sunday, April 20, in conjunction with Atlantic City Special Events and hosted by Jim Craine (below right) and the Atlantic City All Stars — celebrating 40 years in show business this year — the Steel Pier’s annual Best Dressed Easter Contest will start 2pm. Registration is 11:30am-craine1:30pm Sunday and free for all families.

The Easter Bunny will put in another special-guest appearance at 1pm, giving away free goodie bags to all kids.

Special Steel Pier ride ticket prices will be available at the event, including buy-one-get-one-free ticket book sales at all ticket booths, or through The Steel Pier offers more than 25 kiddie and extreme rides (including the only touring helicopter on the Jersey shore) as well as numerous food outlets, a family-style  pub and an ocean-view bar.

Call (609) 345-4893 for more details, or visit

DJ Turbulence Hosts DJ Competition @ Golden Nugget’s Haven Nightclub

Monday, April 14th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — On Thursday, April 17, Haven Nightclub at Golden Nugget is giving 11 DJs from the surrounding area an opportunity to showcase their mixing skills by hosting a DJ competition, where competitors will go head-to-head as they present their passion and commitment to their trade. The competition will run from 11pm-4am.1K6A3926-1-1024x720

DJ Turbulence (pictured right) will host as each DJ spins a 10-minute set to battle for ultimate supremacy. Guests will hear a variety of mixes and mash-ups from all different genres by DJ Reach, DJ Turbulence, and the elite list of emerging DJ’s competing in the competition.

Those selected to compete include Sammy Morales, Adam Levine, Anthony Sojo, CDJC, Nick Montone, Edward Lafontant, Andrew Niebling, Dennis Guitierrez, Marco Penta, Terrence Oliver, and Steve Tran.

Toward the end of the night, DJ Turbulence will choose the two finalists who will battle side-by-side for the determining face-off. The winning DJ will earn $500 cash and a headlining gig at Haven on a select night.

South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble to Present ‘A Touch Of Italy’ April 28

Monday, April 14th, 2014

SJAWE 2014GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble will present its 18th anniversary spring concert American Masterpieces at 7:30pm Monday, April 28, at the Performing Arts Center of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

The concert will take the audience on a musical journey through Italy with such well known and loved pieces as “The Barber of Seville Overture,” “The Anvil Chorus,”and “Trieste Overture.” Guest euphonium soloist, John Palatucci, will join the group for a rousing version of “Carnival of Venice.” Palatucci is the co-principal euphonium for the Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York city and principal euphonium for the Ridgewood Band.

The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble is a 65-member group comprised of the area’s top professional musicians, music educators and other highly accomplished musicians and has been recognized as one of the top 50 community bands in the United States.

The ensemble has a strong commitment to ensuring that the love of music is passed on to future generations.  Its members have worked closely with South Jersey’s finest student musicians, and 45 students representing 12 area high schools and the Richard Stockton College of NJ have been selected to join them on stage to play “side-by-side” for the second half of the concert.

During the performance, the SJAWE will present the “Vivace” award to recognize those individuals who have supported the live arts and the band over the years.  The honorees are Dr. Herman and Dorothy Saatkamp, Wallace and Roberta Barr, Dr. Walter and Helle DePalma, Frank and Sharon Kollman, Raymond and Gina Ciccone, and Stella Hordes.

The band will be led by conductor Keith W. Hodgson and associate conductor Ron Poorman. Frank Mazzeo, adjunct professor of music at Temple University, will join the group as a guest conductor.

Concert admission is $15. To order tickets, go here or call (609) 652-9000. Find more information at or call (609) 402-5575. Information is available to highlight specific student performers and adult musicians from Atlantic, Ocean and Gloucester counties, by calling Karen Poorman, at (609) 402-5575. The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble is a member of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance.

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.

Brigantine Concert Series Starts April 10 w/the Famed Atlantic City All Star Band

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

BRIGANTINE, N.J. — The recently announced 2014 Brigantine Concert Series, which gets into full swing during the summer with three live-music events in each of July and August, kicks things off Thursday, April 10, with area favorites Jim “The Singing Lifeguard” Craine and his Atlantic City All Stars, who this year are embarking on their “40th Anniversary Overnight Success Tour.”

Jim Craine and the A.C. All Stars

Jim Craine and the Atlantic City All Stars

“It’s an honor to be kicking off Brigantine’s annual concert series,” says Craine, whose All Star Band will be performing the songs of legends like Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Al Jolson, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond and many others.

All Brigantine Concert Series shows are free and start 7pm at the Brigantine North School Auditorium, with the exception of Family Fun Day during Fourth of July Weekend when the Original Hobo Band of Pitman, N.J. (established 1946) performs at the 15th Street Recreational Complex (6pm Saturday, July 5), and the Jack Melton Band performs at the Brigantine Beach Community Center at 7pm on July 24.

After the A.C. All Stars, the series continues with a Memorial Day Weekend concert Saturday, May 24, at the North School Auditorium with the Atlantic Brass Band — an award-winning brass ensemble now in its 26th year, and widely considered to be one of the finest brass bands in the nation. The following day, Sunday, May 25, the Atlantic Brass Band will be the opening act in the 25th annual Cape May Music Festival starting 8pm. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, the festival runs from May 25-June 14 (click here for info on last year’s event).

The full Brigantine Concert Series schedule is below. All shows are free and all ages are welcome. For more info call (609) 264-7350.

•    April 10: Jim Craine and the All Stars, North School Auditorium
•    May 24: Atlantic Brass Band, North School Auditorium
•    June 19: Bob Ferris Big Band, North School Auditorium
•    July 5: Family Fun Day, Original Hobo Band, 15th Street
•    July 17: Bubba Mac Blues Band, North School Auditorium
•    July 24: Jack Melton Band, Brigantine Beach Community Center
•    Aug. 11: South Jersey Wind Ensemble, North School Auditorium
•    Aug. 24: Tri-County Symphonic Band, North School Auditorium
•    Aug. 31: Bob Ferris Big Band, North School Auditorium
•    Oct. 9: Original Hobo Band, North School Auditorium

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.

CASA of Atlantic and Cape May Counties Hosts Go Blue For Casa Event

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

SOMERS POINT, N.J. — CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for children of Atlantic and Cape May counties will recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month with a Go Blue for CASA event on April 10 from 6-9pm at the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield.

casaThe event will include appetizers, performances by local musicians Ben Clayton, Yuni Sabatino, Geri Rizzo and John Oelkers, signature cocktails, and an auction filled with vacations, golf and dining and entertainment experiences. Participants are encouraged to come dressed down, in jeans or their bluest casual wear. All tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling (609) 601-7800.

Go Blue was created to help raise awareness of children living in foster care and the importance of CASA volunteers. Go Blue is part of a statewide CASA initiative to bring awareness to child abuse and the work of CASA volunteers to ensure these children find safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. Proceeds benefit CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May counties.

“It seemed more than appropriate to hold a community awareness event during Child Abuse Prevention Month.” said CASA executive director Angie Waters. “We hope people will come out and have a good time and also learn how and why CASA volunteers help children living in foster care.”

In addition to the event, CASA is asking business and schools to participate in Go Blue for CASA Dress Down Day on April 4. Businesses or schools can participate by donating up to $5 to dress down or wear blue in support of children living in foster care. Those who want to participate in the dress down day should call (609) 601-7800 or e-mail

All funds raised will help children in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. Find out more by following CASA on and Twitter @CASA4Children, or visiting CASA’s trained volunteers speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system and are dedicated to ensuring these children are placed in safe permanent homes as quickly as possible.

Thursday Night Swim Makes a Splash @ The Pool Starting April 3

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Starting April 3, The Pool at Harrah's will be open to the public from 8am to midnight.

Starting April 3, The Pool at Harrah's will be open to the public from 6pm to midnight for Thursday Night Swim.

ATLANTIC CITY — Guests can now cool off at one of the hottest spots in the nation — The Pool at Harrah’s — which recently announced its newest concept called Thursday Night Swim. Starting April 3, Thursday Night Swim will be open to the public from 6pm to midnight every Thursday, with entry priced at $5 for non-hotel guests and free for hotel guests.

Well known for its exotic amenities and year-round 82-degree atmosphere, the 172,000 square-foot glass dome-enclosed swimming pool allows guests to relax poolside regardless of weather conditions. Guests will be able to kick off their weekend early with today’s hottest music, delicious food and premium bar service while donning their best swim attire for the ultimate pool party experience.

“Thursday was once known for being just the day before Friday — here at The Pool we’re trying to change that,” says Howard Weiss, regional director of nightlife operations for Caesars Entertainment’s Eastern Division. “Now hotel guests and regular attendees can enjoy another night of the amazing 82-degree weather all-year-round with a swim under the stars.”

The Pool features floating water fixtures, a variety of VIP areas with drink service including some with hot tubs and others with luxurious poolside cabanas. Each cabana is equipped with a flat-screen TV, an iPod docking station and lavish couches for the ultimate poolside lounge experience.

The Pool’s daytime Happy hour is 11:30am-1:30pm and includes $6 Mimosas, $8 Bloody Marys, $6 Coors Lights, $7 BLTs, and a $6 fruit plate. It also features a 3-6pm Happy hour that includes $5 Buffalo wings, a $7 Banana or Mango Daiquiri, and $6 Miller Lites. Prices also include a $25 rental fee for cabanas with a $150 food and beverage expense, and a $25 day-bed rental fee with a $100 food and beverage expense.

The Pool
is open daily from 8am-6pm, except Thursdays when it will be open 8am-midnight starting April 3. Entry is free of charge for all hotel guests and $5 for non-hotel guests on Thursdays after 5pm, $10 for non-hotel guests Sunday through Friday 8am-6pm, and $20 for non-hotel guests on Saturdays. Visit for more.

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

Golden Nugget was Feelin’ Groovy on Saturday Night, March 22

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Ian Anderson (Gary Weinlein) of Jethro Tull

Ian Anderson (performed by Gary Weinlein) of Jethro Tull

ATLANTIC CITY — The Sixties Rock Experience visited The Showroom at Golden Nugget on Saturday night, March 22, capturing remarkably well the sights, sounds and vibes of one of the most influential times in music history.

The show delivered two hours of exceptional tributes to such Sixties’ icons as Mick Jagger, Jim Morrison, Joe Cocker, Grace Slick,  Linda Ronstadt, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull,  Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues and several others.

Mick Jagger was performed by Tommy Love

Mick Jagger was performed by Tommy Love

Read Atlantic City Weekly associate editor Lori Hoffman’s review of the show by clicking here, and click the link below to see some video highlights of Saturday’s show.

Photos by Christine Steiner