How You Can Qualify For A Spot In The WSOP National Championship at Bally’s Atlantic City This May!

The new World Series Of Poker Room at Bally’s Atlantic City is about to get true to its name, folks! The WSOP National Championship will take place right there on May 22nd to 24th.

WSOP National Championship

One to two hundred of the country’s best poker players will duke it out for a coveted WSOP gold bracelet and share of $1 million!

To qualify for this event, most must rack up the most points for a “large bid” at circuit tournaments being held in North Carolina, Iowa, Philly, Colorado and NOLA. If you’re having trouble doing this, listen up!

Four winners will also be selected online via WSOP.com! Two winners will come from online free roll tournaments on WSOP.com – one for Nevada (5/10) and one for New Jersey (5/17). All ya gotta do to qualify is make a deposit this  month, so…get crackin’! The other two online champs will come from the Knockout Series Championships also hosted on WSOP.com (again, one for Nevada, one for the Jerze) that will run from April 20th to May 3rd. All you have to do for this one is enter one of the nightly tournaments. At the end, the 14 winners will go head to head in the Knockout Series Championships Freeroll on May 4th.  Get it!

And if you suck at life and miss ALL of that, get your booty to Bally’s Atlantic City May 19th and/or May 20th. A Live Tournament Freeroll will go down on May 19th at 6 p.m. while a Two-Limit Hold ‘Em Tournament will happen on May 20th. Winner from this one gets the majority of the $1,125 pot and a spot in the mac daddy of tourneys.

(Psst – for planning purposes, click here to book a special $39 Bally’s weekday poker rate!).

Big wig players are of course eligible to buy-into the Championship for $10,000 based on WSOP gold bracelet performances within the past two years.

Boo-yah. And if all else fails, the WSOP Championship at Bally’s will be televised on ESPN. So get your poker faces on and get to it! We want to see you at The WSOP Room at Bally’s this May! Click here to learn more about the room and good luck!

 

Happy Dyngus Day From Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City

Happy Dyngus Day!

What the heck are you talking about, Total AC Blog?! We always knew you were weird. (Probably even weirder now that we are legit asking ourselves questions and answering them).

Anyway, yes. Happy Dyngus Day. Dyngus Day is a day for boys to meet girls. This can not happen any day but today apparently. According to the credible source of holidayinsights.com, “When exploring the roots of Dyngus Day, Historians point to the baptism of Polish Prince Mieszko I in 966 A.D. Baptism with water signifies cleansing, fertility, and purification.”

And Dyngus Day was born, folks. In honor of this amazing holiday, we wanted to give you the Top Dyngus Spots at Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City.

Caesars Atlantic City

Dusk

Dusk Nightclub. I see you baby, shakin’ that thang….

 

Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

Pool After Dark

The Pool After Dark. Lots of boys and girls have met here. Some even make the news! You can also meet celebrity boys and girls here. Sometimes Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City even makes it easy for you to do this by winning our SMS text to win meet and greets! Opt in at The Pool!

 

Showboat Atlantic City

House Of Blues Music Hall

House Of Blues Atlantic City, baby! Nothing says hey girl, nice to meet you like a good mosh pit. The couple that moshes together, stays together.

 

Bally’s Atlantic City

Jim Beam Wild West Bar

Mountain Bar is the most affordable way ever to meet a lady, fellas. A 24 hour happy hour with $2 drafts, $2 shots and $3 bottles. Buy her a drink or two, won’t kill ya!

Now that we showed you where they’re at, get to it!

The Countdown Is On For the 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival!

Forget spring, it’s been feeling like summer a little bit lately, right?! And when you think of summer in Atlantic City, what do you think of? Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City‘s Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival! That’s right! Coming back ‘atcha for the sixth consecutive year July 25 – 27, 2014! And the 2014 Festival is already looking like it could be the best yet!

Why, you ask? No, let us ask you something first. What was your favorite new event from 2013? We KNOW it was the Beach Soirée! Well guess, what? The 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival is going to be one, big, fabulous and delicious Beach Soirée, because the majority will be hosted on the Atlantic City Beach! This just makes everything even better!

What else are you just itching to know? The celeb chef factor?

Well, our favorite Chef Robert Irvine will be back in the mix this year, of course!

Robert Irvine

Robert will be hosting Lunch By The Sea, Dinner By The Sea and Blues, Brews and BBQ this year and will also be in attendance yet again for the popular Beach Soirée.

Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City is also happy to welcome Chef Marcus Samuelsson to Atlantic City Food And Wine this year! You know him from Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef,  Chopped and Chopped All Stars as well as his famed New York City restaurant, Red Rooster.

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You can catch Chef Samuelsson at his Breakfast By The Sea or Lunch By The Sea events as well as the Clam Bake and Beach Soirée.

A third culinary superstar will be announced in May, so keep checking back for the big reveal!

In the meantime, take a look at the schedule of events and start planning your 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine itinerary!

  • Friday, July 25th: Dining By The Sea: Dinner with Robert Irvine – 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 25th: Rooftop Cocktail Party – 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

 

  • Saturday, July 26th: Dining By The Sea: Breakfast at Bally’s Courtyard – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 26th: The Grand Market – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26th: Blues, Brews & BBQ with Robert Irvine at Bally’s Beach Tent – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26th: Dining By The Sea: Lunch with Marcus Samuelsson at Bally’s Courtyard – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26th: Burger Beach Bash at Caesars Beach Tent – 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26th: The Grand Market at Bally’s Park – 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26th: Clam Bake with Marcus Samuelsson at Bally’s Beach Tent – 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26th: The Grand Market at Bally’s Park – 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26th: Dining By The Sea: Dinner at Bally’s Courtyard – 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26th: Beach Soirée at Caesars Beach Tent – 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

 

  • Sunday, July 27th: Dining By The Sea: Breakfast with Marcus Samuelsson at Bally’s Courtyard – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, July 27th: Dining By The Sea: Lunch with Robert Irvine at Bally’s Courtyard – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Click here to get the low down on every one of these exciting events including ticket prices!

Tickets for the 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival go on sale THIS FRIDAY, April 18th at 10 a.m. Click on the Buy Tickets link on www.acfoodandwine.com to purchase.

NOTE: There will also be some special packages available for you to choose from! Like the Total AC Food And Wine Festival Experience for $250 that includes one ticket to all of the Saturday General Tasting Events, as well as Early Entry Tickets, Chefs Table Seating at Eat, Greet & Stay Packages at Caesars Atlantic City and/or Bally’s Atlantic City coupled with tickets for individual events. Read up on all of the packages, here.

So the summer 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival countdown is officially on, folks! May the ticket buying Gods be with you on Friday. Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City can’t wait to see you again for another memorable foodie’s dream this July!

Get To Know Your Savage Man: Allyn

We’re in the mood for a little something smooth today…know what we mean? And we’re not talking about liquor. We’re talking about a little GQ…AKA Allyn from the Savage Men Male Strip Show at the Blue Martini at Bally’s Atlantic City.

Atlantic City male strippers

We mean, it IS prime bachelorette party season and if you’re looking for bachelorette party ideas in Atlantic City, look no further. If you’re looking for special birthday party ideas, you’ve come to the right place. And if you’re just looking for a wild and crazy night with your best girls, we so got it right here.

Allyn and the rest of his Savage Men comrades play out your favorite inner fantasies every Friday and Saturday night. We have Magic Mike, The Cowboy, The Italian Stallion, The Navy Fighter Pilot and more. And now we give you, GQ. Get to know him a little more, below.

TAC: How did you get into doing male revues?

Allyn: I was in the gym working out and I was approached by a company. They asked how I felt about doing some entertaining and I asked them to explain, so they gave me a quick explanation of what the guys did and how they entertained on Fridays and Saturdays, and invited me to one of the shows. If I liked it, they would come up with an act, a name and go through a routine process. I showed up to one of the shows and enjoyed it. I liked the interaction with the crowd, came up with a name and act and now it’s been about a year and a half. It’s been great.

TAC: How did you come up with your GQ act?

Allyn: I came up with my name and my act because in my day job I wear a suit and they said that they needed someone who could come in and be smooth and sensual with the girls. We brainstormed and came up with GQ and that’s the name that we used.

TAC: Do you do anything to pump yourself up before the show? Any pre-performance rituals?

Allyn: I definitely pray before I go out on stage to get the nervousness out, but my pre-performance ritual is 20 push-ups, 20 sit-ups, 20 squats and I drink a Red Bull before I go out on stage.

TAC: How would you describe your GQ act for those who haven’t seen it yet?

Allyn: My GQ act is a smooth act. It’s not too hard, it’s not too soft, it leaves you wanting more. The music that plays along with my act is very smooth and it kind of goes along with the theme of the music.

TAC: In your “real life” you wear a suit. Are you smooth too?

Allyn: (Laughs). Yes, I am smooth in real life, but my day to day activity is laid back, more relaxed, more smooth. I do dress up very well when I go to work. I do wear a suit and tie Monday through Friday, nine to five. I try to make my style of dress a little outrageous but very smooth at the same time.

TAC: Alright, alright! Do you have a crazy or funny performing story?

Allyn: I was doing a performance on stage and I did a trick with the woman and I flipped her and her pants ripped which was very interesting. Another funny one was when I was on stage performing my act and I did another flip with a woman and her wig came off! She laughed about it, put it back on and we continued with the show.

TAC: The show must go on! What is something about you that people wouldn’t know from watching you on stage?

Allyn: What’s not apparent in my act that people don’ t know is that I do a lot of community service and I do a lot of charity work in my neighborhood. I also have a Master’s degree in finance. A lot of people wouldn’t know that about me from seeing my act, but I do enjoy the charity work and I do enjoy a lot of the work I do with kids in the neighborhood.

TAC: And what do you like most about this little side job of yours?

Allyn: The best part about this side job is meeting a lot of interesting people – allowing them to come to the show and have a great time and great experience. You don’t want someone to come to the show for the first time and they have a bad experience and leave with a bad taste in their mouth. You want them to have a good experience and come back again. That’s why I like doing this.

TAC: What is your life like when you’re not doing this? You have a 9 to 5 and are involved in charity work. What else? rience and come back again. That’s why I like doing this.

Allyn: My life outside of entertaining is that I have a day job. I’m also in school. I do my charity work and community service. I go to the gym faithfully.  You definitely have to be in good shape to do this job. And I like to read. It’s something that I don’t get the chance to do often but when I do, I sit down and do a lot of autobiography reading. I think that also helps me find myself and it also helps me on stage as well.

And there you have it, ladies…Mr GQ. The Savage Men hit the stage at 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday at Blue Martini at Bally’s. Both General Admission and VIP Admission can be purchased in advance OR at the door. We think it’s time for a Girls’ Night Out. What about you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drink AC, Round 2 at Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Bally’s & Showboat Atlantic City!

Remember those new Drink AC Cocktails you voted on back in December on the Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Showboat and Bally’s Atlantic City Facebook pages? They are now available & ready to be filled into your mason jar!

If you don’t already have one of these bad boys, you can pick up the Drink AC Cocktail glass for $10 at Caesars Atlantic CityHarrah’s Resort Atlantic CityShowboat Atlantic City and/or Bally’s Atlantic City and then receive $6 on refills at any of these properties, any time, anywhere.

Let’s have a little refresher on the new winning cocktails:

Absolut Mandarin Imperator 

Atlantic City Bars 1

  • 1.5 oz Absolut Mandarin
  • Triple Sec
  • Melon Liqueur
  • Banana Liqueur
  • Raspberry Liqueur
  • Pineapple Juice


Available at Toga Bar at Caesars.    

 

Absolut Citron Goodtimes  

Atlantic City bars 2

The red beauty with the lemon garnish

  • 1.5 oz Absolut Citron
  • .5 Peach Schnapps
  • Cranberry Juice

 

Get it at Eden Lounge and X-Bar at Harrah’s Resort!

 

 

Cruzan Fire Punch 

Atlantic City bars 3

  • 1.5 oz Cruzan Rum
  • .5 oz Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
  • Ginger Ale
  • Cranberry
  • Orange Juice


Fill up your glass with this winning mixture at FREEZE Bar12 Bar and Spirit Bar at Showboat!  

 

 

Hornitos South Of The Border 

Atlantic City bars 4

  • 1.5 oz Hornitos Silver Tequila
  • .5 oz Ginger Syrup
  • Lime Juice
  • Bitters
  • Ginger Ale

       

 

Enjoy at Lobby BarMountain Bar, and Blue Martini at Bally’s!

And per usual, if you’re not in mood for a bar crawl of sorts, any bartender at any of the offering outlets at CaesarsHarrah’s ResortShowboat and Bally’s will be able to provide you with whichever new Drink AC Cocktail you’d like! Bottoms up, bottoms up, hey!

 

The Dirty Heads Are Headed to the Dirty Jerze for the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival!

If you really need one last ploy to get you to the 2014 Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival, we have it for you: the Dirty Heads, kids!

These guys are the kind of band that turns heads (of all kinds) for the right reasons. Their sound is fresh, unique and so much more. Their mix of reggae, hip hop, alternative, rock and other little things here and there made people take notice from the beginning which in turn made those big record execs realize what’s up!

Backed by an even larger following than ever before, the Dirty Heads are planning to release their third studio album this July, but before all that, they’ll be macking a stop at the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival this Saturday. We spoke with vocalist/guitarist Jared “Dirty J” Watson earlier in the week. Check out what he had to say, below.

dirty heads

TAC: What are you most looking forward to about playing the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival on April 5th?

Jared Watson: I’m just looking forward to getting back on the road and playing shows. We’ve been off recording our new album coming out in July, so we’ve actually had about three months off without playing any live shows. It’s going to be really fun just to get back out and play some shows on the stage.

TAC: Do you think you’ll do anything fun on social media while you’re there like your “what should the birthday boy drink next” thing you did with your fans on your birthday? Perfect environment…

Jared Watson: We kind of let that stuff grow organically, so we’ll see how Atlantic City treats us and we’ll see what we can get into! We might do a little scavenger hunt for some tickets or something.

TAC: You guys seem to be extremely dedicated and disciplined during the writing period and really seem like you want to connect with people through music in maybe ways others haven’t as of yet. Does playing live add a different dimension to this?

Jared Watson: Of course it does. You get to play songs that you’ve written that you think are special. We kind of start off in a selfish way and write songs that we think are great and songs that we really like. Then we get to play them live and see if they really work. On this album, we made a bigger album: a bigger sound sonically, more exciting and a lot more hype. We kept in mind the live show a little bit more. We wanted to make some stuff where you’re going to go to the show and rage. It’s going to blow your face off. We really did think about the live show on this album a lot. Even if we weren’t necessarily thinking about it at the time, when we listened to it back, we were just like wow, I can’t wait to play this live. When you take songs from the studio, it’s interesting to see how the fans will react and now that we have this killer, core group of fans, it’s really fun rather than when you’re just starting and have new music and are trying to get people to come to your show and listen to your music for the first time. It’s a little different now because we know we have awesome fans who are going to come and be listening. It’s nice to try out new music on them before they’ve heard it, but I don’t know if we’re going to be ready in Atlantic City because we’re still finishing up the album now. We might be playing some new stuff, we might not be.

TAC: Taking it back to the beginning a bit – what’s the real story regarding how you guys got your name? There’s a couple different stories floating around.

Jared Watson: I don’t know if anybody will ever know because we constantly lie about it! We are just constantly making up new things. It’s such a frequently asked question and after a while we just decided to make up things because we didn’t feel like answering it anymore, so I’m not going to answer it for you today! As much as I’d love to, you’re not getting the real answer.

TAC: Fine, fine. We get it! You guys gained popularity very organically which is pretty difficult these days. What do you think it was about your band that people liked & started spreading the word about?

Jared Watson: I would like to think that it is because of the vibe we bring and the originality of the music. We were different at the time we came out and started getting recognition and airplay. I really think that there wasn’t anything like this on the radio at the time, so hopefully maybe we were refreshing or we do really try and talk about real things and affect people in a positive way, so I’m hoping that’s why people were drawn towards our music.

TAC: A lot of people seem to listen to your music when they are in a happy mood or relaxing. Is that something you’re consciously aware of when you’re in the studio or writing?

Jared Watson: Yeah, it definitely was and this last album we wanted to do a very backyard, river, I’m on my boat, I’m at the beach, I’m on vacation type feel. We really honed in on that for Cabin By The Sea, but this album is a little different. It’s a little less California, it’s more just a big hype album. It’s more international. We have everything from ballads to hip hop. It’s something you would listen to more if you were partying, not just chilling.

TAC: You’ve said that this album closely aligns with what you did on your first album, Any Port In A Storm. Why are these sounds specifically something you wanted to get back to?

Jared Watson: It’s similar in the way that we used a lot more hip hop elements in the first album and we have a lot more up tempo on the first album and that’s why I think it’s similar. We really wanted to tap into that super chill and organic vibe that we had on Cabin By The Sea and the acoustic album and this one is in your face. It’s something totally new in my mind. I think it’s something that not a lot of people have heard the elements that we’re bringing in. It’s similar to Any Port In A Storm because with that album, we were taking elements we liked from other music and bringing them into our songs. In Cabin By The Sea, we condensed two or three – our more acoustic, our more reggae, more folky and chill and kind of condensed it. This one is a hip hop album with alternative style hooks. Hip hop and rock has been done and hip hop and alternative has been done, but this one is different in the way that we’re doing it. We’re taking stuff you would hear on a Florence And The Machine song and putting hip hop beats over that with reggae and Dirty Heads stuff. We’re pulling elements from different music that you might not think would match up together and that’s why I think it’s more similar to Any Port In A Storm.

TAC: You’ve also said that you feel like you’ve grown as a singer on this album. How were you able to take yourself to that next level, vocally?

Jared Watson: It’ s something that I just consciously try and work on and I don’t necessarily go to a vocal coach and sit there and do my la la la’s and di di di’s and that kind of stuff, I just sing. Whether I’m in my car or pissing my fiancé off, out, or writing, the whole vocal coach sitting down and warming up thing is very boring to me and it gets really repetitive so I try and find songs I really like, and maybe it’s weird songs you really wouldn’t think like that song “Stay” by Rihanna. I was singing the crap out of that because it was an amazingly written song and I knew that there were notes in that song that I couldn’t hit. So I’ll sit in my car and I’ll sing the f*ck out of that song and I know it’s out of my range. But it’s just something I do. It’s the same mentality I have when I skateboard. If you’re going to learn a new trick or if you’re skating with better people, you’re going to step your game up and get better. So I listen to songs that are out of my range and try to sing them. It might sound like shit, but after a couple weeks, I’m hitting that note. I just do little things like that throughout the day and I just love to sing. I don’t think I’m a great singer and I have a lot of work to do, but I’m excited that I’m progressing.

TAC: What else can your fans look forward to besides the new album?

Jared Watson: We’re going over to the east coast for a small run where we’re going to see you guys so it will be fun to play shows again and kind of get our feet wet again in spots that we know will go absolutely bonkers. So we’ll get back in, knock the dust off, and come back. Everything will be done for the new album and we’re going to sit down in the rehearsal studio and rehearse the new stuff, so we’ll be playing a lot of the new stuff when we go out in July on a big summer tour.

Sounds awesome! Catch Dirty Heads at the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival this Saturday, April 5th Session 2! Might as well make a day of it and book a special room package at Bally’s Atlantic City that includes an overnight stay, a $20 food and beverage credit and two tickets to this session of the festival! And as usual, be sure to like the WSOP.com Facebook page for chances to win your way in!

Saves The Day’s Chris Conley Chats Upcoming Hometown Show at Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival and More!

The 2014 Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival is upon us! In just two days, you’ll sipping, guzzling, loving on, etc. over 100 different beers and rocking out to our Jersey homeboys, Saves The Day!

saves the day

If you don’t know them from around the Garden State, you know them from pop punk hits like “At Your Funeral” and “Freakish” in the early 2000′s. The band has endured many members, changes in sound, and the music industry since then, but frontman and leader Chris Conley has somehow kept the Saves The Day train on the tracks with their fans (old and new) right alongside.

We recently caught up with Chris to talk about coming home this Friday, the music and the future of the band. Check out the interview below.

TAC: What are you most looking forward to about playing the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival on April 4th?

Chris Conley: The beer! That’s definitely the tongue and cheek answer. I’m excited to be playing the Beer Festival, but I’m also just excited to be playing to our New Jersey fans because we have such great hometown fans.

TAC: You grew up not too far away in Princeton! Do you have any fun memories of coming to the shore while going up or playing in AC in the early days?

Chris Conley: Absolutely! I used to go to The Stone Pony all the time to see The Bouncing Souls play. It was a great location to go and hang out with your friends on Friday nights.

TAC: What is something your live shows offer that fans can’t get anywhere else?

Chris Conley: I think we are one of the only bands that plays 30 songs a night. In our world of music, and we’re not in the same world of music as Phish or someone like that, but they’ll play for an hour and put on a great show. We like to really beat and play for an hour and a half and cover at least 30 songs a night because we have so much released music at this point. We have over 100 songs out there, so we like to play as many of them as we possibly can without wearing ourselves out. I think that’s a unique experience for Saves The Day fans.

TAC: You’ve been the permanent fixture of Saves The Day for the past 20 years. How have you been able to keep the integrity of the band consistent?

Chris Conley: It’s always just been songs that come from my heart. I’ve always been honest and that sincerity has helped in keeping that thread of cohesion. So although the music has changed and gone through evolution, it’s always coming from the same honest source. I think that really helps. For me, I’ve just been having fun.

TAC: What has been your proudest moment as the leader of this band so far?

Chris Conley: I think my proudest moment is whenever I get to meet those really die-hard fans. When the music has really connected for them and helped them get through a particularly hard period of time, that is a real joy for me. It’s sort of like communion. It’s coming together in this shared experience and it’s triumph over the pain of life together.

And if I were to say a career high, it was opening for Green Day and Blink 182 on their Pop Disaster Tour in 2002 – the Madison Square Garden concert. That was just insane. Playing Madison Square Garden sold out was a dream come true.

TAC: You released your 8th studio album, self-titled Saves The Day, back in September. How is this different from anything else you’ve done before?

Chris Conley: I think this album is the happiest Saves The Day album yet. If you really listen to the lyrics of Saves The Day, I’ve been dealing with existential turmoil for my entire life. I crossed the threshold into a more peaceful way of being and the music reflects that. It’s definitely a more buoyant, bouncy record and the lyrics are optimistic. I’d say it’s easily the most optimistic Saves The Day record out there.

TAC: What was the switch for you in this new attitude?

Chris Conley: I think that over the last ten years, I’ve been trying to get better at living so that I’m not frustrated or confused at the various twists and turns. I think that it was important for me to learn how to be more at peace especially because I was very sensitive and dealing with a lot of inner turmoil. It was a natural process of trying to find that peace inside myself because I didn’t want to be that way anymore. At some point I realized that the world is a messy place and being angry at it wasn’t really the most effective way to respond. Instead, I did a lot of reflection and wrote a trilogy as I went through this process. This new album is the first album on the side of that trilogy. I did the trilogy specifically to get to the root of my troubles. I just kind of dug myself out of the depths by exploring my feelings and it was amazing because I found this great source of strength there and now I’m back and writing happy songs. It’s great.

TAC: You also worked with the same mixer from your 2003 release In Reverie – does this album share any similarities with In Reverie that your others don’t?

Chris Conley: I think there are some more intricate chord progressions on this album like we heard on In Reverie, but it’s probably most like Stay What You Are just because the songs are straight forward, upbeat and poppy. Stay What You Are was written when I was at a pretty good point in my life and I was only just beginning to wrestle with these existential dilemmas and so the music was at least still sonically happy even if the lyrics were starting to go the other way. But now that I’m good, the music is happy and the lyrics are happy, but it’s more of that punchy sound like Stay What You Are. And the mixer who did this record actually did mix and produce In Reverie and Stay What You Are.

TAC: What did you learn from your Pledge Music campaign that you took with you while creating this album?

Chris Conley: Gosh, I learned that we have the best fans in the world! We were able to raise the money for our goal in a couple of days and then the experiences we had with our fans like having people come to spend a day with us in the studio or getting to have someone hang out with us backstage all day at a concert has been absolutely incredible. We get to know each other as people and then we really appreciate one another. It’s kind of like a symbiosis. We appreciate each other equally when you really get to know someone face to face instead of people’s comments on the message boards or something. It’s really a wonderful experience. This Pledge Music campaign was a really intimate experience for us and our fans. I feel like we’re family now. We played in people’s backyards like when their moms and dads were flipping burgers up on the deck. We were playing to these college kids and their friends who were all drinking out of a keg and we were playing on their lawn in their backyard. Those shows were some of the most fun shows I’ve ever played in my life. I learned that that honest, spontaneous connection between fans and musicians never went away in the MySpace age. It was always there, you just had to find a way to get back to it.

TAC: What else is in the works for Saves The Day?

Chris Conley: We’ll be out on Warped Tour for the whole thing and then we’re going to be doing another tour this fall but I can’t say too much about it yet. It’s going to be rad.

Sweeeeeet! Catch Chris and Saves The Day at the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival this Friday. Be safe and stay over by booking a Bally’s Atlantic City room package this Friday night which includes an overnight stay at Bally’s, a $20 Food And Beverage Credit and 2 tickets to the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival Friday night session! And if you would prefer a chance to win tickets to this event, like the WSOP.com Facebook page!

Less Than Jake’s Chris Demakes Talks Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival & More!

You know how we told you that we’re really looking forward to April, one of the reasons being the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival? And we talked with Jon from Restorations who got all all psyched up? Well, now we have even more reason to look forward to this event because we just spoke with Chris Demakes from Less Than Jake who will be performing on Saturday, April 5th (Session 3).

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Most commercially known for hits like “The Science Of Selling Yourself Short” and “She’s Gonna Break Soon”, these guys have been going at it for 22 years! In an ever-changing musical industry, they keep finding ways to defy the odds and their fans have been with them every step of the way.

We talked with Chris about all this good stuff and more, below. Check it out!

TAC: What are you looking most forward to about playing at the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival on April 5th?

Chris Demakes: We as a band have never played Atlantic City before, so it’s a first for us which is kind of odd considering we’ve been a band for over 20 years and played every nook and cranny in New Jersey. It’s a crazy scene! I saw some photos from last year and it was just nuts!

TAC: What will be something fans will see about your performance there that might surprise them from the last time they saw you guys live? Did anything new come out of playing live from your recent European tour?

Chris Demakes: Our jokes have gotten even worse and we’re not as good looking as the last time they saw us!

TAC: Aw, says who?! What have been the pluses and minuses for you guys with the changes in the industry since when you first started as a group?

Chris Demakes: We started out pre-internet so we’ve seen just about every change come through. You have to steer your ship and navigate through technology. You have to embrace it rather than shun it because it will pass you by. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of balancing that.

TAC: All of you guys wrote everything from your current release, See The Light, together. What have you learned over the years are the components to a successful song that works for your band?

Chris Demakes: Every band has a certain sound and sometimes when you try to put a square into a round box, it doesn’t necessarily work. We know the parameters of our band and what’s going to work and usually the ideas come and we know pretty quickly between the five of us whether they’re going to work or not in the context of our band.

TAC: How have you guys been able to stick together and endure all the bumps over the years?

Chris Demakes: The band is bigger than any one of the five of us. It’s the sum of all its parts and it’s become a thing where it’s been over half of our lives now that we have put into it. We still work hard at it and we have a lot of people that follow us. We’ve always delivered in a concert setting and never let people down. At the end of the day we’re all still friends, but we fight like hell. We’re a band of brothers and we always fight for the greater good of the band. We’ve been able to make it work.

TAC: You will also be a part of the Warped Tour this summer. What kind of show are you working on putting together for that?

Chris Demakes: Other than me having to have an oxygen tank on stage with me because it will be 95 degrees every day, I haven’t really thought much of it yet! It’s amazing that we’re still being invited to it. We’ve played the Warped Tour more than any band in existence and we’re also the only band to play in all three decades of the Warped Tour: the ‘90s, 2000’s and 2010’s.

TAC: Nice! Little fun fact for everyone out there. How is touring together different these days than it was in the mid to late ‘90s?

Chris Demakes: We didn’t’ used to have baby wipes on the bus, but now we do!

TAC: Ah, the kids. They happen. What’s something you still haven’t done over the 22 years or so as a band that is still on your bucket list?

Chris Demakes: We haven’t played Atlantic City and here we come! We’ll be roaring in on April 5th.

TAC: Woop, woop! Your bio says you are obsessed with interacting with your fans both online and after shows. What is one of the coolest fan interactions you’ve had so far?

Chris Demakes: There’s all kinds. It seems like every time we do an appearance or in store signing or something, people show up with our logos tattooed on them and they want us to sign their arm or their leg or their stomach and you know what they’re getting ready to do that that point…they’re going to go get our signatures tattooed on their body. We appreciate it, but what do you say to that? It’s crazy! I wouldn’t tattoo my name on me!

TAC: What else do you guys have in the works?

Chris Demakes: We’re busy for pretty much the rest of the year. We’re going to busy pretty much starting from Atlantic City on until the end of August. We’re looking at doing something in Canada in September, October and Europe is on the cards for November this year.

Less Than Jake has still got it goin’ on, kids. And Chris was also sure to tell us they started practicing for Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival by drinking already. Perfect. Again, catch them there on April 5th! Click here to book a special rate at Bally’s Atlantic City on Friday and here to book a special rate at Bally’s on Saturday. To win tickets now through, give the WSOP.com Facebook page a like!

World Series Of Poker Room at Bally’s Now Open!

Have you found yourself at the new World Series Of Poker Room at Bally’s Atlantic City yet?! You have no excuse not to because there is a 24 hour cage and rooms to fit all limits!

Low Limit 

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High Limit 

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Tournament Area 

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The Wild Wild West is all spruced up!

Other perks of playing at the World Series Of Poker Room at Bally’s include:

  • Free Parking with a minimum of 2-hour play
  • Free WiFi
  • 20 HDTV’s
  • Carted Food

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This right here is the Helen Of Troy Roast Beef Sandwich. Click here to check out the rest of the menu.

But enough about all that. You want to hear about the tournaments, right?! Tournaments are scheduled at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily. The 11 a.m. tournaments have a $3K Guarantee and a 62+13 Buy-In while the 3 p.m. Tournaments have a $1K Guarantee with a 30+13 Buy-In on week days. Friday and Saturday nights are when the stakes are raised! Enjoy a $10K Guarantee on Friday & Saturday nights at 7 p.m.!

Another reason to play at the WSOP Room at Bally’s is for the special room rates just for poker players! Score $39 rooms Monday through Thursday and a $149 room rate on the weekends. PLUS, ask your poker manager how you can earn FREE rooms too!

Keep checking back here for all the news at the World Series Of Poker Room at Bally’s as well as the Total AC Poker Facebook page and the new Total AC Poker twitter account!

Philadelphia Natives Restorations To Perform At 9th Annual Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival

Psst, people! The Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival is going down at the Atlantic City Convention Center on April 4th and 5th! That’s 15 days and the perfect time to plan a trip down to good ‘ol AC! This event is going on nine years strong and will not only showcase 100 different breweries worldwide, but some of your favorite bands too! One of which is Restorations!

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Philly boys Jon Loudon, Dave Klyman, Ben Pierce, Carlin Brown and Dan Zimmerman have been a breath of fresh air onto the scene over the past couple years. Their self-titled album was created from the ground up at Philadelphia’s Miner Street Studios and their second work, LP2 followed. Their sound has been described as anything from punk rock to psychedelia and the band has been enjoying a steady climb in the right direction.

We sat down with vocalist/guitarist Jon Loudon earlier today to talk about all this and more! Check out the interview, below.

TAC: What are you most looking forward to about playing at the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival on April 4th?

Jon Loudon: I’m interested to poke around! We’re all sort of beer nerds at heart. I actually work for a brewery in New Jersey, River Horse in Ewing, and they’ll be there actually which is kind of cool, but I like these kinds of events where you can poke around at stuff you can’t get anywhere else. And the music is good too! I’m really excited. Saves The Day is a band that I’ve liked for a very long time, so putting that all together, it should be a good time!

TAC: What can fans expect from your show?

Jon Loudon: We might be playing a little bit of new material. We’ve been recording for the past week and have another two weeks ahead of us. The only other thing we are doing this month other than recording is playing the show, so we’ll play a couple of new songs and a couple of old things. Mix it up a little bit!

TAC: You guys are from Philly, obviously not too far away. Do you have any good memories of coming to Atlantic City?

Jon Loudon: The shore in general has always been very good to us. We play in Asbury Park quite a bit. We have friends and family in AC and we all come down there to hang out and relax. It will be cool to come down and play. It will be our first time there; our first proper Atlantic City show. I’m looking forward to it.

TAC: Is Philly still your home base?

Jon Loudon: Yeah! We all live in Center City Philadelphia more or less.

TAC: Sweet! You all have been in serious bands before. What makes this one different for you?

Jon Loudon: It’s been a little more focused for all of us. We’ve all had the benefit of being in bands for a long time and learning a lot of lessons; really screwing up and getting better because of it. Being in a band where we’ve all had that much experience and focus makes this one a lot more enjoyable to be in because we’re able to be a band and not worry about the technical stuff that really screwed us over previously.

TAC: Ah, the ‘ol live and learn. Was there any kind of pivotal moment for you that made you realize that this one would be different and be bigger?

Jon Loudon: We got to play a festival down in Gainesville, it’s called The Fest, and they do that every October on Halloween. We got asked to play around three years ago and we really didn’t play much or tour a whole lot. We went down and there were people from all over the country that knew our band and we had a really good time. The show was big and at that point we decided that we should try and play out a little bit more since we realized that people had heard about us. It was really cool.

TAC: Your bio states that you have an unlikely set of influences. What are some of them specifically?

Jon Loudon: We listen to a really wide range of music. We like everything from Coldplay down to obscure punk rock. Noise music, classical, you name it, someone in our band is into it. Particularly in the genre we play in, I feel like we have a wide variety of influences too. Our drummer and bass player were in punk bands, and for me and Dave, hardcore and post rock. All over the map.

TAC: It’s been made kind of a big deal that your music is supposedly made for “grown up punks”. What does this mean to you?

Jon Loudon: It was just a joke from the internet because most people that come to see our band are about 30 or so. Everyone is happy to see a show that’s over early cause they have to go to work the next day! That’s where that came from. It’s getting beat to death.

TAC: Your fan base has grown a great deal over the past couple years. How would YOU describe them?

Jon Loudon: It’s gotten a little bit broader. I was just saying earlier today that a lot of couples come to see our band play. It’s kind of nice. Normal people, good people. They’ll come up and talk to you after the show and it’s a very communal, positive environment. They’re people who I would feel comfortable being around and hanging out with. To be able to make music and feel like it connects with people who you feel like you have a lot in common with is a really big thing for us to come across in our travels recently. It’s nice to be somewhat connected with like-minded people.

TAC: Sounds like a winning combo! What’s next for you guys?

Jon Loudon: We leave for Europe on April 12th. We’ll be there for six weeks. We’re starting in the UK and then playing a rock festival in Belgium and then we’ll go into Germany for a couple weeks. And a bunch more stuff in the works that I can’t quite talk about yet! We’ll be busy.

Busy, indeed! But before all this good stuff, don’t miss Restorations at the 9th annual Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival (sponsored by Bally’s Atlantic City) on Friday, April 4th at 8:15 p.m. Click here to purchase advanced tickets!

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