Disco dandies from South Beach to Staten Island are expected to converge on Revel this weekend as HQ, Revel’s multi-million-dollar nightclub, begins a limited operational schedule running up to its September grand opening.
Beginning tonight, the main, second-level dance floor of what will ultimately be a 40,000-square-foot, four-story glass-tower complex will be open Friday through Sunday. Providing the tuneage for this weekend’s revelries (pun intended) will be such world-class DJs as A-Trak, Calvin Harris, Chromeo and Roger Sanchez.
During a recent interview, HQ’s top dog proclaimed the danceteria to be on a par with any in the world. “The nightclub would compete in any market, anywhere,” bragged Neil Moffitt, CEO of Las Vegas-based Angel Management Group, the company that oversees all of Revel’s entertainment strategies. “If you put it in Vegas, it would be a ‘Category-A’ nightclub.
“It has four different looks and feels. It can be open as one [giant club] or narrowed down depending on demand and occupancy. We can have a huge DJ there and do 2,000 people, or close down floors and do an intimate event for 500.”
Moffitt, an Englishman who rules a nightlife empire that spans the globe, promised HQ will offer a dancehall experience heretofore unknown in Atlantic City. “You’re probably not going to see anything you’ve seen before,” he said.
“We might have a DJ on the second floor, and huge celebrity host on the third floor. But it will be one admission price. Once you’re in, you’re in.”
HQ’s hours of operation are 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Admission is TBD. For reservations and more info, go to www.revelnightlife.com.
Obviously recognizing HQ as serious competition, the folks who run The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City have introduced several upgrades to ensure the disco-under-glass maintains its Major League status.
The improvements include floating go-go boxes for dancers, new water fixtures, improved lighting displays, multiple DJ booths, tweaked sound systems, and a Plexiglass stage for musical performances. In addition, permanent banquets have been added to the VIP area’s five hot tubs, and the cabanas all boast new bedding, drapery and pillows. A new menu of pricey VIP cabana packages are also part of the new game plan.
Pretty fab four
If you're looking for a sure bet in AyCee, Trump Plaza is the place to be. That's where "Beatlemania Now" is playing through Sept. 2.
The Delaware Valley-based musicians who portray the Four Moptops from Liverpool comprise as solid a Fab Four tribute band as you'll find anywhere--musically and physically.
The group surveys most of The Beatles' groundbreaking career, from the earth-shattering epoch of "She Loves You" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand," to the end days of "Hey Jude" and "Let It Be."
Curiously, the Beatles' middle-period output (contained on the "Revolver" and "Rubber Soul" LPs, which together formed a crucial bridge between the innocence of "Yeah, Yeah Yeah!" and the groundbreaking--and mind-blowing--adventurism of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band") is totally ignored. We must assume this is due to time constraints.
Nonetheless, "Beatlemania Now" is one of those rare casino shows that will delight folks who remember exactly where they were when John, Paul, George and Ringo changed the world with their first apperance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," as well as their children and grandchildren.
Show times are 8 p.m. Saturday and Tuesday through Thursday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $32.50. For tickets, call 800-736-1420, or go to www.ticketmaster.com.
Fuel-ish behavior at the 'Boat
Fuel is the latest band to offer their services for free at the Party Pit at House of Blues Casino inside Showboat Atlantic City. The show begins at 11 p.m. Saturday, but as always, those interested in getting a seat on the Party Pit furniture are advised to get their a lot earlier.
Free flicks al fresco
Thursday, Caesars Atlantic City kicks off its third annual Tribeca Cinema Series on its Arkansas Avenue beach just west of The Pier Shops at Casears.
The film fest features four motion pictures, all of which were screened at New York’s prestigious Tribeca Film Festival: “The Runway” (Thursday); “Stella Days” (July 13); “The Giant Mechanical Man” (July 14) and “388 Arletta Avenue” (July 15).
All four screenings begin at 8 p.m. For more info, go to www.caesarsac.com.