Restrictions have been lifted and headline entertainment is on its way back to Atlantic City this summer. A diverse lineup of comedians, country music stars, classic rockers, and other performers all have shows booked in the New Jersey resort in the coming months.
“Atlantic City is thrilled all indoor gathering limits, specific to meetings, conventions, and events, have been lifted. This will allow us to continue to move our destination forward while growing the meetings and conventions market, ” Meet AC President and CEO Larry Sieg said in a statement.
For those who want to rock and turn back the clock, Ovation Hall at the Ocean Casino Resort might be the place to be.
The summer lineup at Ovation includes Loverboy (July 2), Melissa Etheridge (September 4), Alice Cooper (September 17), George Thorogood (September 24), the Beach Boys (September 25), and Kansas (October 2).
Meanwhile, the Hard Rock Atlantic City will host Kiss (August 21), Guns N’ Roses (September 11 and 12), and Train (October 15).
Country music fans will find current stars heading to Atlantic City. Dierks Bentley will play his twice-rescheduled show July 23 at the Hard Rock, and Brett Young will play Ovation Hall November 13.
Comedy headliners will be all over the city in the coming months, too. The Borgata Hotel will feature Jim Breuer (July 16), Dave Attell and Jeff Ross (July 31), and Deon Cole (September 11), while Jeff Dunham plays Ovation Hall on August 21, and Bill Burr does two shows at the Hard Rock September 3 and 4.
A number of non-rockers are also set for shows, including Michael Buble (August 28, Boardwalk Hall), Gladys Knight (September 17, Hard Rock), Air Supply (July 24, Borgata), David Foster (October 9, Borgata), and Brian McKnight (July 3, Ovation Hall).
“Without question, we believe that entertainment is ready to come back,” Joe Lupo, Hard Rock’s president, told the Associated Press. “The artists and their management have been hungry for the past couple months as we waited for capacity restrictions to lift and vaccinations to increase. We’re looking to bring fans in here and make a statement.”
That enthusiasm seems to be everywhere. “We are excited to welcome back live events responsibly, and to demonstrate how we have been preparing our facilities over the course of the last year, ” said Jim McDonald, general manager of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. “We look forward to greeting guests and visitors alike and are confident that their experience here will be better than ever.”
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