Plus Ed Hurst Record Hop Returns, the Album of the Week and Drew Toonz.
Roaring ’20s Tour Returns May 3
Highlighting one of Atlantic City’s most thrilling and provocative eras, where luxury hotels, speakeasies and free-wheeling nightlife was the order of the day, the Roaring ’20s Trolley Tour returns Thursday, May 3, and runs every Thursday through the fall. The fully guided tour lasts nearly four hours and takes place aboard a comfortable Victorian-style trolley. It travels the entire length of the city and enlightens passengers of A.C.’s colorful history during that era, including the rise and fall of Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, the political boss and racketeer who helped shape much of the atmosphere in Atlantic City even today, and the inspiration for the hit HBO series Boardwalk Empire. The Roaring ‘20s Trolley Tour is a fully narrated tour and will be introducing new stops for 2012, including Resorts’ Boardwalk Empire façade, the historic Chelsea Pub & Inn and many others, including all the stops from last season. All passengers will receive a keepsake tour booklet highlighting many of the stops on the route. The tour includes lunch at Atlantic City’s famous Irish Pub. The cost is $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 5-10. Children four and under are free. Pickup spots include the Tropicana’s Iowa Ave. entrance at 10:15am, the Wyndham Skyline Towers main entrance at 10:35am, the Flagship main entrance at 10:45am and Gardner’s Basin at 11am. Visit gatrolley.com for more. — Ray Schweibert
Ventnor Hosts First Ed Hurst Record Hop in 20 Years!
Atlantic City native, television and radio legend Ed Hurst will be hosting his first record hop in 20 years on Saturday, May 19, at Congregation Beth Judah, located at 700 North Swarthmore Ave., in Ventnor. The show starts 9pm and will also include Kenny Jeremiah of the famous Philly-based R& B band the Soul Survivors. The hop will feature the music of the ’50s and ’60s, and those who wear outfits reflective of the era can win a prize. There will be other contests, food and prizes for a $30-per-person ticket price. All are welcome. Hurst had a weekly television show on the Steel Pier called Summertime at the Pier that ran for nearly 20 years. He was the first DJ to play a Tony Bennett record on the radio, and when he resumed his radio career last October on WOND (the Steel Pier Radio Show 4-5pm Saturdays), Bennett was his first guest. Contact Ethel Levinson at 822- 7116, ext. 102, for more information.— RS
Bonnie Raitt has self-released (on her Redwing label) her excellent 19th album, Slipstream, her first since 2005’s Souls Alike. It has the swagger of the early Bonnie Raitt and the pathos of a singer who has had a lot of blues-worthy sadness in the last few years with the death of her parents and her brother. Raitt’s consummate skill is her ability to deliver an album that blends uptempo grooves with songs that shatter us with their emotional truth. Top cuts include the Bob Dylan penned “Million Miles,” a love gone bad lament. She does a lovely take on Gerry Rafferty’s “Right Down the Line,” and brings out the agony of more love on the rocks with the exquisite ballad “You Can’t Fail Me Now.” The other Dylan song, “Standing In The Doorway,” is another relationship lament in which Raitt makes her slide guitar cry to match her heartbroken vocals. And, when you are ready once again for toe-tapping Raitt, her slide guitar chops get a workout on “Ain’t Gonna Let You Go” and “Split Decision.” — Lori Hoffman
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