Wii are the RockBand Champions!


The Foundation Room at Showboat’s House of Blues will serve as site for the inaugural “Wii RockBand” competition to benefit the Atlantic County Women’s Center (ACWC) next Saturday, Aug. 15, from 6-9pm. If you’re a rock-star wannabe and/or believe you’ve mastered the popular video game — which allows up to four players to perform in a virtual band with guitar, bass, drums and vocals — contact Ellen at 601-9925, ext. 209, or go to acwc.org and click on the contest link. All equipment will be provided. The event is limited to 10 four-person bands and is co-sponsored by the House of Blues and SoJO 104.9. It will benefit all the programs supported by the Linwood-based ACWC, which was established in 1975. “The money raised by the Battle of the Bands will be used to offset costs of our Violence Intervention Program, which deals with violence and sexual assault,” says ACWC chief financial officer Caren Fitzpatrick. “Both our residential emergency shelter, counseling and services, and our non-residential counseling and services, are part of this program.” A three-person panel that includes staff members of SoJO 104.9 and the executive director of the Bay Atlantic Symphony Orchestra will judge the contest. Tickets are $20 at the door for individuals or $30 for bands. Contestants must be age 21 or over.

— Ray Schweibert

Networking for Students

Since its inception more than 16 years ago, Atlantic City’s Metropolitan Business Association (MBCA) has steadily attracted businesses and casinos into its organization, all with a goal of creating community outreach and charity programs. And that has had an impact on its ability to put on mixers and networking programs. When it first started, all of seven local midtown A.C. businesses were involved. Today, more than 350 businesses, including all of the city’s casinos, are part of the MBCA, which also boasts more than 1,000 individual members. On Wednesday, Aug. 12, the MBCA presents its summer mixer at the Chelsea’s pool area from 5-7:30pm. The event includes a silent auction, entertainment, hors d’eourves, a fajita station and more to raise money for the association’s scholarship fund, now in its sixth year. “We’ve given out more than $85,000 in scholarships, and last year gave scholarships to eight local students,” says Gary Hill, spokesman for the association. “Of course we are always looking to expand that number. We also give a $1,500 grant to an area teacher who is offering an innovative program in the classroom that might not otherwise be funded. So it’s a great cause that really helps our students.” The event also has a little A.C. glitz. “It really is a great networking event,” Hill says. “It’s just a fun event that people enjoy.” Tickets are $40 for non-members, $35 for members. Call 348-1903 or visit mbcanj.com for more info.

— Mike Pritchard

Raves and Faves

‘Blood From Stars’ - Joe Henry

A remarkable songwriter, musician, singer and producer, Joe Henry follows up 2007’s glorious Civilians with his 11th studio album, the dark and subdued Blood From Stars. The album comes out on Anti- Aug. 18.


Photos by Kevin McCarty

Katy Perry at Borgata's Event Center last Thursday, July 30.

Q: How was the show?

Karlee Scull

Absecon, N.J.

A: Katy Perry was super awesome in person and on stage!

Brian Dickerson

Absecon, N.J.

A: Katy rocked the house ... and I liked it!

Andrea Gold

Galloway, N.J.

A: This was my first time seeing her and she rocked! I love that she covered my favorite Queen song “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

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