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Marco Penta Wins Haven DJ Competition

Monday, April 21st, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — New York City-based DJ Marco Penta (pictured below) was crowned champion of Haven Nightclub’s inaugural DJ Competition, winning $500 cash and a headlining gig at the Golden Nugget hot spot on Thursday, May 1. DJ Marco Penta

Opening the show will be the contest runner up, DJ Menace. Each were among an elite list of emerging club DJs invited to showcase their mixing skills in front of hundreds of partygoers during Haven’s MisBeHaven Thursday industry night on April 17.

Judge DJ Turbulence selected DJs Penta and Menace to go head-to-head in a final face-off that had Penta getting the edge with an eclectic blend of hip-hop, pop, electro, house, rock, trap, funk, and indie.

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.

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.

The Backyard Bar: Boardwalk Beer Garden at Caesars Gets New Name

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

BACKYARD-BAR-LOGOThe former Boardwalk Beer Garden, located outside Dusk at Caesars Atlantic City on the Boardwalk, is getting a new name.

Atlantic City Weekly has learned that the new name is The Backyard Bar.

The Boardwalk chill spot — with awesome people-watching opps, ocean breezes, the Pier at Shops across the wooden way, drinks, of course, and more, including live music in season — opened in the summer of 2011. Looking at the new logo (see above), it appears that there will be a distinct difference between the two venues (see former BBG below).


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.

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.

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

‘A Night At The Speakeasy’ Dinner Show Friday, April 4, at the Rams Head Inn

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

imageGALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Last winter’s production of A Night At The Speakeasy — a Musical & Educational Journey Through the 1920s wowed a capacity crowd in Atlantic City to such an extent that show creator and singer/songwriter Beth Tinnon (pictured left; photo by Patty McCaffery Sanders) was inspired to bring the show back in the form of a dinner theater production.

On Friday evening, April 4, at the historic Rams Head Inn in Galloway Township (9 W. White Horse Pike), A Night At The Speakeasy will return with Tinnon performing the songs of Fannie Brice, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Al Jolson, Louis Armstrong, Cole Porter and several other big names from the era of the Roaring ‘20s.

There will be three costume changes that reflect the whirlwind fashion trends of the era, and an authentic stage set and a video backdrop with a 74-image slideshow complementing the dialogue in between songs that musically entertain and educate the audience about the entire 1920s era chronologically. A four-piece showroom band will accompany Tinnon’s vocals, including Jeff Turner on piano, Andy Lalasis on upright bass, Harry Himles on drums, and John Guida on tenor sax, clarinet and flute. 1890985_10152115707009962_138290707_n

Tickets are $65 (plus tax and gratuity) per person and include a gourmet three-course dinner beginning 6:30pm, and the show starting at 8pm. RSVP is required. Call (609) 652-1700 to make reservations.

Tinnon has enchanted audiences with her unique blend of “class and sass,” and the “roaring ‘20s,” as they were called, inspired her to write and produce this show. Go to for more.

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 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 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

Gridiron’s Best Shine @ Revel

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

The 77th Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala included a cast of current and future football stars at Revel’s Ovation Hall on March 14.

Paying tribute to the game of football, all it does to hone character and teamwork applicable to most facets of life, and the people who play the game at every level has been the Maxwell Football Club’s mission statement since its inception 77 years ago. It is the oldest club of its kind in the country and has recently taken the game worldwide, creating an arena-style football league in China.

Maxwell Awards NFL Player of the Year Peyton Manning at Revel Friday night, March 14

Maxwell Awards NFL Player of the Year Peyton Manning at Revel Friday night, March 14

On Friday night, March 14, the club — which first hosted its gala awards presentation in Atlantic City 10 years ago in a move spearheaded by its president, former Eagles standout and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski — found a new home in Revel’s Ovation Hall. A sold-out crowd marveled at the new digs, as did all the awards recipients (100 percent of which attended the gala) from National High School Player of the Year Will Grier (a senior at North Carolina’s Davidson Day School bound for the University of Florida) to this year’s professional player and coach of the year, the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning and the Eagles’ Chip Kelly, respectively.

For the entire story and a video slideshow of the event, click here.