Hump Day Report: Summertime!
Rants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly
When summertime arrives, the living is anything but easy for the thousands of employees in Atlantic City and the surrounding region who help make our town a sizzling destination resort.
Not that any of us are complaining — this is the time of year when Atlantic City can put all the negative press on the back burner. We can table the concerns about the shrinking profits and competition from Philadelphia casinos. This is the time of year when the Jersey Shore’s inviting beach and boardwalk, in conjunction with the lure of casino gaming and the great shopping, the beach bars, and numerous summer activities, make Atlantic City the place to be.
While the off-season was filled with gloom and doom and speculation that Atlantic City was a dying market, this season’s attractions dispute that claim. Atlantic City is one of the best places to see major musical acts because the venues are much smaller and the shows are more intimate.
The AC casinos and Boardwalk Hall have booked an unbelievable collection of major stars for the summer. How good? In the coming weeks AC will host Adam Lambert, 50 Cent, Lady Gaga, Diddy, Ringo Starr, the Flaming Lips, Dane Cook, Sting, Cheech & Chong, Craig Ferguson, President Bill Clinton (not playing the sax), Kathy Griffin, Santana, Simon & Garfunkel, Black Eyed Peas, Aerosmith w/Sammy Hagar, Daughtry, Kris Allen, Rihanna, Barry Manilow, Sheryl Crow, Iggy and the Stooges, MGMT, Chelsea Handler, Donna Summer, Blondie, Billy Idol and the Temptations with the Four Tops. For the complete list, go to upcoming headliners here.
We’ll live with the Friday and Saturday night traffic jam/parking lot on Atlantic and Pacific Aves. That slow-moving line of cars might be annoying if you are stuck in the middle of it, but it is the lifeblood of the city.
This week’s issue of AC Weekly is our Summer Guide, with tons of excellent information on summer music series, festivals, watersports, beach info and much more.
Strolling the boards in the summer connects today’s visitors with the millions of others who have made Atlantic City “The World’s Playground” since the Roaring Twenties.
Come on down — you’ll have a blast.
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