When Robin Thicke hit the summer of 2013 with his sexy smash "Blurred Lines," the world turned on to the blue-eyed-soul-boy shtick he'd been working since the early 2000s. As songwriter for R&B queens (Mya, Brandy) and as a burgeoning solo artist, Alan Thicke's kid has proved he has the goods. His songs have an aching sensuality, and his voice is commanding yet subtle, topped with a creamy falsetto. The buying public just needed to catch up.
Which brings us to "Blurred," his lover-man persona (which evidently hasn't pleased his wife, Paula Patton, lately), and Thursday's sold-out gig at Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center.
With Black Daddy, a horn-driven, all-African American band, behind him, Thicke didn't start slow. He started in with the classic yet contemporary-cosmopolitan R&B vibe of which he is a master. His first three tunes were hard and fast, with "Give It 2 U," the teasing "Magic," and "Take It Easy on Me." The last, filled with flitting vocal highs and topped with a false ending, with James Brown-like countdown, was Thicke personified, fascinated by his lady's stare, then ripping off her underwear.
The proceedings slowed to a slink with "Oh Shooter," a psychedelic-soul organ-driven jam, and the lithe "Dreamworld," in which Thicke hopped behind the piano, settled into a twinkly, bluesy cocktail-lounge feel, and sang of role-changing. Then he segued into "When I Get You Alone" and its "A Fifth of Beethoven" sample.
Although his hits were funky and furious, the ballads defined where Thicke is, considering his troubled marriage. Before entering the swaying samba of "Lost Without U" and its appreciation of the female form ("Baby, you're the perfect shape/ Baby, you're the perfect weight"), he spoke to couples in the audience, telling them that if they'd found their soul mate, never give them up - with a catch in his voice. Sincere? All an act? Either way, he was good.
Opener K. Michelle - the star of Love & Hip Hop as well as an as-yet-untitled new VH1 show - started the night boldly with her brand of frank-talking, big-voiced, stormy-weather soul and tracks like the socially conscious "The Life."
Request for Proposals
The Parking Authority of the Camden City is issuing a request for mobile food trucks to provide
unique, high quality, and sustainable food options at the Camden Waterfront. Completed RFPs
are due by 4PM on Friday, March 21, 2014. Contact information is in the enclosed document.
Food Trucks at the Camden Waterfront
Food Truck Vending on The Camden Waterfront will begin on Tuesday, April 8th and last until
September 23rd. All vendors must contract with the Parking Authority of Camden City. The
application and approval process are attached.
Vending on the waterfront will take place on Tuesday from 10:30 am- 2:30 pm. All mobile food
truck vending will take place in parking lot 7 across from Adventure Aquarium.
Respondents selected will be required to commit to one month, payment upfront. There may be
the option to vend for additional dates and months, depending on the number of respondents.
A food truck is defined as a licensed, self-contained, motorized vehicle, which is temporarily
stored on a privately-owned lot where food items are sold to the general public.
The Camden Waterfront : WWW.CamdenWaterfront.com
Downtown Camden attracts a diverse mix of students, residents and employees to its schools,
businesses, and Waterfront each year. Downtown Camden is home to Rutgers, Rowan, Camden
County College and the new Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, educating over 11,000
students. In addition to its flourishing education and private sector institutions, a variety of special
events and attractions that draw visitors and residents to the Camden Waterfront. Last year, over 3
million people visited The Waterfront for concerts, special events and year-round attractions. With
an exciting summer schedule already organized for 2013, the coming months promise to draw
record crowds to the Downtown and Waterfront.
In addition to working closely with all Camden Waterfront partners, the Camden Waterfront works
closely with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, in Philadelphia, to partner on events that
bring people to both sides of the river. Partner events are branded as Two Cities. One Waterfront.
A growing number of these events include, Red Bull Flugtag, WHYY Connections Festival,
XPoNential Music Festival, Freedom Festival, and the NYE fireworks.
Respondents should be interested in partnering with the Camden Waterfront to take advantage
of this lucrative opportunity. There is a growing demand during lunch hours to offer more culinary
diversity in the Downtown. Once vendors have been selected, they must provide proof of all
necessary permitting and licensing required to vend in the City of Camden and should be able to
indemnify the Parking Authority of Camden City on their insurance policy (see Appendix for a
complete list of required documentation and parties to be indemnified).
Mobile Truck Vending Details
The mobile truck-vending season on The Camden Waterfront will begin on Tuesday, April 8th and
last until Tuesday, September 23rd.
Vending will take place weekly, on Tuesday, from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm. Respondents will be chosen
based on the application and availability. Respondents must commit to vending for one month.
Depending on availability, respondents may be chosen to vend for more than one month.
There will be no cancellation of vending days due to inclement weather; vendors are
encouraged to vend in all conditions and fees will not be refunded should they choose not to
show up. While we will secure your truck a spot in lot 7, it is important to note that no additional
parking for cars will be provided for the vendors. Vendors may pay to park their personal vehicles
in one of the many lots or garages along the Waterfront.
Lot 7 is the main waterfront parking lot, located directly across from Adventure Aquarium and
Fountain Park, the two most heavily trafficked areas on the Waterfront. The location is highly visible
for waterfront patrons and employees. The Parking Authority of Camden City will also provide
signage along the sidewalks and at the parking garages to promote the trucks. The Parking
Authority will also launch a full marketing campaign in the beginning of April to help market and
promote the trucks to local employers and residential buildings.
The parking spaces are easily accessible to guests and there are two points of ingress and egress
near the trucks. Most visitors tend to sit and eat in Fountain Park, a County park – located directly
down Market Street - or along the promenade.
Tuesday Waterfront Vending Location
Starting: April 8, 2014
Ending: September 23, 2014
Selected vendors will be assigned a spot to vend in a reserved parking space in lot 7. Parking
Authority lot attendants will be made aware of the vending schedule and will allow you to pull
into the spot up to 30 minutes early.
Preference will be given to food truck respondents who offer high-quality, affordable, diverse, and
sustainable food options, especially those that are fitting to the site, location, and lunchtime slot.
Respondents with a demonstrated history of providing exceptional service will also be prioritized.
Vendors will be asked to pay a $20 per Tuesday for one month, in advance, of the first vending
date. This payment guarantees you one month of vending on the Camden Waterfront for the
Vendors must also secure the necessary permits and inspections from the City of Camden prior to
vending on the Waterfront. Proof of valid permits must be submitted to the Parking Authority of
Camden City at least 5 days prior to vending.
Please note that this proposal is for Waterfront vending only. Completed RFPs should be
emailed or faxed to the contact below by 4PM on March 21, 2014. Applications received after
4PM on March 21st will not be considered.
If you have any questions or need more information,
Director of Operations
Parking Authority of the City of Camden
By: Julia Terruso
The Camden Children's Garden took home four awards - the most in its history - this year in the group's 17th appearance at the Philadelphia Flower Show.
Mike Devlin, Executive Director of the waterfront-based attraction which was threatened with eviction last year, said the wins "made for a true comeback story."
The 400-square-foot exhibit consists of a vegetable and flower garden surrounded by picket fences, individually painted by children in schools, churches and community centers around Camden. The garden also features repurposed tires, an old engine block and a rusted bike painted in bright colors.
The group won the American Horitcultural Society Education Award, the Alfred M. Campbell Memorial Trophey for Major Educational Exhibit award, the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania Special Achievement Award and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Special Achievement award.
Friday Devlin proudly pointed out the silver plates and ribbons now sitting at the front of the exhibit at the first night of the show.
"It's great to be recognized for something the whole community worked on and it's one of the most interactive exhibits here," he said.
The flower show runs through March 9 and the Children's Garden opens for the season March 16.
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