‘Girls Gone Wild’ tour coming to Saratoga Springs

“Girls Gone Wild,” known for its raunchy videos featuring lingerie-clad and topless women, is coming

“Girls Gone Wild,” known for its raunchy videos featuring lingerie-clad and topless women, is coming to the Spa City.

The “Girls Gone Wild” tour is expected to appear at Mare DiscoTeca Nightclub & Lounge at 19 Maple Ave. on Friday.

It’s one of three reality-based acts coming to the city within the next week. “America’s Next Top Model” casting takes place at Vapor Night Club today, and tonight “Jersey Shore” star Ronnie will appear at Mare.

Mare manager Scott Morgan said there will be no nudity at the “Girls Gone Wild” event and he does not expect it to generate much controversy.

“They come in with a film crew, basically, and hand out T-shirts,” he said, adding that the bar hires extra security for events to make sure things don’t get out of hand.

But city police want to make sure everything is legal with the event and hope to hold a meeting with Morgan on Monday to discuss it.

“We want to make sure the bar’s doing everything that they’re supposed to be doing,” Police Chief Christopher Cole said. “It could raise some potential crowd control problems.”

The “Girls Gone Wild” Web site says the tour, which rides around the country in buses emblazoned with the company’s name and photos of young women in skimpy bikinis, aims to find the “hottest girl in America.”

The tour makes 400 stops a year, mainly at beaches and bars.

“We will bring our bus and cameramen and turn your bar, club or special event into a ‘Girls Gone Wild’ party,” the Web site promises.

Mare is aiming to make a name for itself as a different venue as it changes hands. Morgan, his son Michael Morgan and Fred Sharifipour are buying the former seafood restaurant from Jonathan Petrones and are waiting for the State Liquor Authority to approve the transfer of the liquor license before Petrones hands off the business.

Mare is refashioning itself as more of a nightclub and less of a restaurant, Morgan said Friday. The new owners have redone the interior to reflect the new atmosphere.

To kick off the spring season, Mare will host a grand opening event tonight featuring Ronnie from MTV’s hit TV show “Jersey Shore.”

Morgan said Friday he has already sold out most of the courtyard tables for the night.

“No one really does any national acts locally,” he said. “We just want to bring some national talent in.”

Across town at Vapor Night Club at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, casting for “America’s Next Top Model” takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

The Capital Region’s CW will host the casting call, film would-be models and send the tapes and materials to “America’s Next Top Model” casting directors. Participants will be filmed on a first-come, first-served basis, and officials said they will cut the line early to make sure filming ends at 3 p.m.

Participants must be 18 or older.

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