I just got back from a long weekend in Florida. FUN! But I also picked up a head cold. NOT FUN! Will be back when my brain stops draining through my nose.
The hits just keep on coming.
The organizers of The Bamboozle, which is putting on that big Asbury Park show in May, have announced that they're ALSO putting on a two-day festival of pop and country acts in Wildwood. It'll be held on August 24 and 25 (the Wild Half is August 26 if you're considering both events)
Doesn't look like they've named any acts yet. I'll keep you posted.
Good a time as ever to remind you about two more events:
1. Tomorrow is the every wonderful and lovely Miss'D America Pageant in Atlantic City (unfortunately can't go this year).
2. The Cape May Singer Songwriter Festival will be held on March 30 and 31 in Cape May. First time I can remember that it's not also the same weekend as the Ocean Drive races. Bummed about that too. Ah well.
Completely missed this one when I wrote the last post: Phish will be playing Bader Field in Atlantic City (which was first used as a concert last summer for the DMB Caravan) on June 22, 23, and 24. Pinky Kravatiz, the all knower about Atlantic City, also says that Bader Field will be playing host to Metallica in June and Kenny Chesney in September.
I was in Asbury Park on Friday as, yes, Bruce Springsteen was filming a music video. News came out shortly after this that his next album, Wrecking Ball, will be out in March. Here's "We Take Care of Our Own," the first single from that album:
Chills. Seriously - chills. Great song (side note: think he sent it to Obama for his 2012 campagin yet?)
Here's the full album song list.
He also did a surprise jam session at the Light of Day Festival in Asbury on Saturday night. Wish I'd been there.
But the music news doesn't end there.
The full lineup for The Bamboozle was announced this week, to ALSO take place in Asbury Park. This'll be a three day show - May 18 to 20. Highlights: Foo Fighters, Incubus, Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World, Bouncing Souls, BON FREAKING JOVI! Here's everyone.
Three-day passes are on sale now for $216. Single day passes will go on sale on Saturday. They're $65 for Friday, &75 for Saturday and $75 for Sunday.
That doesn't seem to pricey to me (though of course these prices are before you add in Live Nation fees, which can range from $14 to $24, according to a story about the prices. Yikes. That story also said that three day passes would be $190, but that's not what I saw when I logged into Ticketmaster to see).
The trick with this one is going to be where to stay. I did a quick search of my favorite places and they're all blacked out except for the Majestic in Ocean Grove, which has one room open on May 18. The festival is offering hotel combo packages, which is probably the reason for the black outs. If you are going to do one of those packages, I recommend the Berkeley just because it's right there in the middle of everything, and you won't need to take a shuttle.
My only beef with The Bamboozle is that they're saying it takes place at North Beach, Asbury Park. What the heck is that? It's Jersey Shore folks. Deal with it.
If I go, it'll probably be to the Saturday show, and I'll be begging to stay on someone's couch. Hey, a girl's got to pay to go to the Chicago Marathon this year. I'll take all the free couches I can get!
I'll be in Asbury Park again on Monday, and then next Friday, I'm flying to Tampa. Gee, I wonder which one will be warmer...
Jamie Marcone and Brian Martinez were SUPPOSED to get married in Atlantic City the weekend that Hurricane Irene hit. The wedding venue cancelled on them five hours before the ceremony was supposed to start.
This could have been disaster. Instead - well - read my story about it in New Jersey Bride.
I'd seen them on the news, and was thrilled when my editor emailed me and asked if I'd write about them. GREAT couple. Great happy ending.
I have a piece in today's Philadelphia Inquirer about Jersey Shore Polar Plunges. It covers events up and down the coast but focuses on Wildwood's event, which is tomorrow.
I feel bad for you guys - wrong time for a cold front to roll in, eh?
I'm headed to Asbury Park this afternoon and will be bundled up from head to toe. No plunging for me!
Tonight, I'll be on Sirius/XM Radio talking about my struggles with eczema, which I wrote about for the New York Times.
I'll be on Doctor Radio, which is channel 81, at 6:30pm EST. Tune in if you can!
Posted by Jen A. Miller at 9:09 AM
Finally - Atlantic City casino revenue is NOT sliding down. For the first time in 40 months, those numbers have turned up.
Is it enough? PA is still outpacing AC in gambling revenues.
FOODIES! This one's for you. On January 21, the Washington Inn in Cape May is hosting the Slow Food Fourth Annual Winter Feast, which is put on by Slow Foods South Jersey Shore.
For $50 per person ($70 if you want wine pairings), you'll get a five course meal of local and in season (yes, in winter) foods, including lamb, a local fisherman's stew with roasted garlic aoili, shaved winter root salad and beach plum cheesecake.
Slow food doesn't mean snails (though that's the group's logo). It means eating local and fresh foods - I know a lot of readers do this anyway, which is why I think some of you might enjoy this dinner.
I'm so bummed I can't go.
If YOU want to go, get your tickets soon. Last year's dinner sold out.
I share this for two reasons:
1. It's funny.
2. It's my brother, and if you're ever wondering where some of the weirder blog posts come from, now you know it runs in the family.
Mike's started a Tumblr about his quest to lose weight before his wedding. Check that out here.
Posted by Jen A. Miller at 8:24 AM
Hello from winter hibernation! I know I've been posting less, but I've been a busy bee in other areas of my work and professional life. Oh and the holidays completely zapped me.
But I'm back. Hooray!
So some news. I pledged before that I'd be running the Ocean Drive Marathon. I started the training in late December and realized that my heart wasn't in it. My body wasn't in it, either. I only had two weeks off between the Philadelphia Marathon and starting training for the next one. My body was tired. I needed a running break.
So I took it and, instead, signed up for the Ocean Drive 10 miler. So this will be my fifth year in a row running that race.
I'm not taking it easy, though. I'm setting a lofty goal: I'd like to run the race in one hour and 18 minutes.
On January 5, you can snap up great deals at Congress Hall and Star Inn in Cape May. But you can only get them ON JANUARY 5.
I know a bunch of you have taken full advantage of this sale before (some of you for a few years now). So if you want in, click in on Thursday and book away.
You can book dates between January 5 and April 5. Some exclusions apply.
Want to get a good deal at the Chelsea in AC? Book now - their sale is running today, January 5.