It was as though the ’80s had never ended one gloriously over-the-top evening last September, as fans of the candy-colored decade danced happily to the band that, with apologies to New Order and Depeche Mode, was arguably the UK’s best single dance-pop act of the generation: The Pet Shop Boys.
Amos Lee lives in Philadelphia’s Art Museum area, but he’s a Jersey guy at heart. And though he grew up in Cherry Hill, his fondest memories are of time spent at the Jersey shore. “I used to look forward to it every year,” he says. “I remember going to the Brigantine castle and it was amazing. It was scary, fun and just a blast.
Canadian actor Charles Ross was a university acting student looking for summer employment when he decided to put his nerd side to work. The result was a lucrative 14-year career as the writer and star of two unforgettable one-man stage shows devoted to his love of two epic sagas he’d grown up with: Star Wars and the The Lord of the Rings.
Turning two score this summer, self-professed adrenaline junkie Jon Henderson has already thrill-sought his way well into his bucket list, so it may take a little more to stir his passion today than it did when he was a slightly younger man. Bring up the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival, though, and nine years later his reaction still rivals Ralphie raving about the Red Ryder BB gun he so craved for Christmas.