Taj Mahal headlining blues and gospel fest in Mississippi
CARROLLTON, Miss. (AP) — Grammy-winning guitarist and singer Taj Mahal is headlining a blues and gospel festival in Mississippi, and organizers say he chose the list of performers.
‘You call this jazz?’ Jazz Fest celebrates 50 eclectic years
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — If your tastes are eclectic, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival poses a problem: Which of a dozen acts do you want to hear? Earth, Wind & Fire, Alanis Morissette, or Taj...
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's newest hotel and casino has canceled a Pat Benatar concert minutes before the show was to start.
An "unforeseen technical issue" is blamed for the cancellation at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Thursday night.
Elvis, Beatles memorabilia items on display at Hard Rock
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Elvis Presley's Rolls Royce, the suits the Beatles wore on their first tour of America, Bruce Springsteen's sleeveless faded denim jacket and colorful headband, and Michael Jackson's famous glove are among the items of music memorabilia on display at Atlantic City's new Hard Rock casino.
Atlantic City welcomes back 2 shuttered casinos
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Movie stars lent an air of celebrity glitz to a gritty seaside gambling resort Thursday as Atlantic City reclaimed two of its shuttered casinos, and more than 6,000 of the 11,000 jobs it lost during a brutal stretch of casino shutdowns.
The Hard Rock, which was the former Trump Taj Mahal, held a mass guitar smashing ceremony inside its concert arena that holds nearly 8,000 fans. "Black Panther" star Michael B. Jordan was among those helping to christen the facility.
Things to Know about 2 Atlantic City casino reopenings
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — When four of Atlantic City's 12 casinos shut down in 2014 and a fifth followed two years later, it seemed to many that the city's gambling industry was in an irreversible death spiral.
But things have been looking up since then for Atlantic City, due in no small part to the fact that there is now less competition.
On Thursday, two of those five casinos will reopen under new owners and new names.
Atlantic City Q1 casino earnings down nearly 12 percent
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's seven casinos all remained profitable during the first quarter of this year, but those profits are shrinking even as two new competitors prepare to join the market.
Figures released Tuesday by the state Casino Control Commission show Atlantic City's casinos posted a gross operating profit of $123.6 million, down 11.7 percent from the first three months of 2017.
At 40, are Atlantic City casinos healing or courting danger?
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Having lost five of its 12 casinos over the past four years, Atlantic City will mark its 40th anniversary of casino gambling by reopening two of those shuttered properties, despite concern in some quarters that it might be repeating the same mistakes that got it into trouble in the first place.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo' and Rick Estrin are among the winners of this year's Blues Music Awards.
The annual awards celebrating blues music were handed out Thursday in Memphis. Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' won the album of the year and contemporary blues album awards for their collaboration on TajMo.
Hard Rock granted casino license in Atlantic City
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Hard Rock had an easy time with New Jersey gambling regulators on Wednesday, gaining a license to reopen a casino and begin Atlantic City's recovery from a string of gambling hall closures on a property that President Donald Trump once hailed as "the eighth wonder of the world."
Hard Rock hires 3,000th worker for Atlantic City casino
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's Hard Rock Casino is staffing up before its opening next month.
The casino formerly known as the Trump Taj Mahal hired its 3,000th employee on Wednesday, and eventually plans to hire about 3,500.
Leonard Coleman, a craps dealer who lives in Atlantic City, was honored at a ceremony Wednesday marking the casino's 3,000th hire.
The casino has thus far received over 20,000 applications.
Atlantic City’s Hard Rock casino sets June 28 opening date
NEW YORK (AP) — Hard Rock will open its Atlantic City casino resort on June 28.
Jim Allen, the global entertainment and hospitality company's CEO, made the announcement Wednesday at Hard Rock's Times Square restaurant.
The former Trump Taj Mahal casino is being rebranded as a Hard Rock property. Guests will drive past a massive electric guitar at its entrance, and will even be given their own electric guitars to play in their hotel rooms.
Music Review: Meshell Ndegeocello excels on covers album
Meshell Ndegeocello, "Ventriloquism" (Naive/Believe)
Meshell Ndegeocello strips much of the glossy production off the 11 covers on "Ventriloquism" but keeps — and sometimes boosts — the songs' emotional charge, investing them with an ethereal quality that acts as a counteragent to these accelerated times.
Hard Rock casino to flood Atlantic City with live music
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's newest casino promises to flood the city with live music.
The music-themed Hard Rock casino opening this summer promises to become an East Coast musical mecca, with over 200 nights of live music in its first year.
The global gambling, entertainment and resort company is also enlarging the concert venue at the former Trump Taj Mahal to fit 7,000 seats, up from the 5,200 it formerly held.
Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal among Blues Music Awards nominees
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal and the North Mississippi All-Stars are among the nominees for this year's Blues Music Awards in Tennessee.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Wee Willie Walker and Rick Estrin also are nominated for Blues Music Awards announced Monday.
The Blues Foundation will present the awards May 10 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. The awards honor exceptional achievements in performances, recordings and songwriting in the blues genre.
Failed Atlantic City casino is sold, could reopen in months
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's most spectacular casino flop is getting another chance under new ownership and a new name.
Colorado developer Bruce Deifik said Monday he had purchased Atlantic City's former Revel casino hotel from Florida businessman Glenn Straub for $200 million. He plans to reopen it this summer, around the same time the former Trump Taj Mahal casino will reopen nearby under the Hard Rock brand.
Gulliver’s Gate: World of tiny landmarks near Times Square
NEW YORK (AP) — A new attraction called Gulliver's Gate opens just off Times Square this week depicting 100 world landmarks in miniature.
The indoor 49,000-square-foot display includes scale models of structures, cities and landscapes from the Brooklyn Bridge and the Eiffel Tower to the pyramids of Egypt and China's Forbidden City, along with the Taj Mahal, Mecca, Niagara Falls and Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue on a hill overlooking the beach.
Guitars oust minarets as Hard Rock redoes Taj Mahal casino
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump, domes and minarets are out.
Rock 'n' roll and guitars — lots of guitars — are in as the Hard Rock chain re-does Atlantic City's former Trump Taj Mahal casino.
The company owned by Florida's Seminole Indian tribe on Wednesday unveiled its $375 million plan for the shuttered casino resort, which it bought last month from billionaire investor Carl Icahn, and plans to reopen by summer 2018.
Sale of ex-Trump Taj Mahal casino to Hard Rock is finalized
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — It's official: Atlantic City's former Trump Taj Mahal casino now belongs to Hard Rock International.
The sale of the shuttered casino opened in 1990 by President Donald Trump was finalized Friday.
The Florida-based Hard Rock, which manages gambling and resort operations for the Seminole Indian tribe, bought the casino March 1 from billionaire investor Carl Icahn.
NEW YORK (AP) — Common and Corinne Bailey Rae are set to make their debut at the Playboy Jazz Festival.
The rapper and the songstress are slated to appear at the 39th annual event in Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl. Others set to appear include Marcus Miller, Gregory Porter, the Kenny Garrett Quintet and TajMo' — the combo of Taj Mahal and the Keb' Mo' Band.
The festival will be held June 10-11. George Lopez is set to host the weekend for the fifth time.
Winners and losers in sale of former Trump Taj Mahal casino
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The sale of Trump Taj Mahal casino to Hard Rock International has left some winners and losers in Atlantic City.
The winners included a union whose members were willing to lose their own jobs to stand up to Taj owner and billionaire investor Carl Icahn. And, a Native American tribe that had been toying with the idea of expanding its gambling operations to New Jersey will finally get to the Jersey shore.
CEO: Hard Rock still wants casino near NYC after Taj Mahal
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The company that bought Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal casino still wants to build a $1 billion casino in northern New Jersey just outside New York City.
Hard Rock International CEO Jim Allen told The Associated Press on Thursday that his company remains committed to its plan to build a casino at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford if voters change the law to allow it.
Icahn selling Trump Taj Mahal casino to Hard Rock
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Billionaire investor Carl Icahn reached a deal Wednesday to sell the shuttered Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City to Hard Rock International and two New Jersey investors.
The sale comes four months after Icahn closed it amid a crippling strike.
Donald Trump’s greatest hits (and misses) in Atlantic City
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump's business relationships with Atlantic City casinos have largely been over since 2009, even though the Trump Taj Mahal casino still bore his name. But early Monday, the last vestige of Trump will vanish from Atlantic City when the new owner of the Trump Taj Mahal casino shuts it down. Some snapshots of the Republican presidential candidate's time as a casino owner in Atlantic City:
There they are: 52 Miss America contestants in Atlantic City
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — There they are: the 52 Miss America contestants, on the Atlantic City Boardwalk — and not a moment too soon for a city that could use a happy diversion.
The hopefuls were welcomed to the seaside resort Tuesday afternoon to kick off two weeks that will culminate in the crowning of the 2017 Miss America on Sept. 11.
Icahn: Union got Taj Mahal casino workers to kill own jobs
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Billionaire investor Carl Icahn wrote a letter Thursday to the soon-to-be unemployed workers of the Trump Taj Mahal casino, accusing their union of inciting them to destroy their own jobs by participating in the longest strike by Atlantic City's main casino workers union.
Icahn told the workers that officials of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union knew that the company had made its final offer, but rejected it anyway, knowing a strike would...