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ATLANTIC CITY — An estimated 50,000 people fanned out across the “LandShark” beach and lined the Boardwalk in front of Resorts Casino Hotel on Saturday, June 15, for a free concert that featured famed singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett.
A partner in the new $35 Margaritaville complex at Resorts, Buffett was a late addition – or at least late-announced addition – to the first of what Resorts and Margaritaville will present as a series of free beach shows this summer. Along with Buffett and his longtime Coral Reefer Band ally Mac McAnally, Saturday’s show also included pop-rock star and opening act Andy Grammer, and the popular trio Wilson Phillips that includes Carnie and Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips.
“Built it and he will come,” said Buffett shortly after taking the stage. “Surfs up, Atlantic City! Look at this view. The best thing we did was build this place in Atlantic City.”
In a set that lasted about an hour, Buffett played “Fins,” “Volcano,” “A Pirate Looks at Forty,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” “Another Saturday Night,” “Come Monday” and, of course, “Margaritaville.”
ATLANTIC CITY — Resorts Casino Hotel confirmed that singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett will be strummin’ his six-string as the special guest during Saturday afternoon’s free-and-open-to-the-public beach concert at the newly opened $35 million Margaritaville complex.
Word began circulating a while ago that the world’s most famous bronzed beach bum (pictured left) might be part of the show — the first in a series of summer entertainment Resorts says it has in store at Margaritaville — but Buffett’s presence was either intentionally kept under wraps (attendance will escalate to an insane degree as Parrotheads flock in), or the superstar simply decided on a whim to show up and give his latest business venture the initiation it deserves.
Buffett is currently on a six-week hiatus from his Songs from St. Somewhere Tour, which picks back up at the Comcast Center on June 22 in Boston. He’ll return to South Jersey three days after that, at Camden’s Susquehanna Bank Center, on June 25.
The free concert will also include musicians Andy Grammer, Mac McAnally and Wilson Phillips. Staged on the LandShark Beach (adjacent to the LandShark Bar & Grill) at Resorts from 1pm into the evening (the last concert starts at 7pm), the event will be a series of 90-minute sets interspersed with DJ entertainment, prize giveaways, and more. It has not been specified when Buffett will take the stage.
McAnally, the Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year for five years running, and a longtime associate of Buffett’s (as a member of the Coral Reefer Band) will be part of the lineup, as will pop singer Andy Grammer and the trio Wilson Phillips, comprised of sisters Carnie and Wendy Wilson (daughters of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson) and Chynna Phillips (daughter of The Mamas & The Papas’ John and Michelle Phillips).
EDITOR’S NOTE: This event was postponed to June 28 due to inclement weather. Due to anticipated inclement weather on June 7th, the Absecon Lighthouse’s annual Golf Tournament will now be held Friday, June 28th at McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links in Egg Harbor Township; registration and lunch is at 1:00pm and tee off is at 2:00pm.
ATLANTIC CITY — Absecon Lighthouse’s annual golf tournament will be held Friday, June 7, at McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links (3016 Ocean Heights Ave.) in Egg Harbor Township. Registration is at 12:30pm and tee off is at 1:30pm.
In the spirit of supporting educational programming at the lighthouse, a book club luncheon will be held simultaneously at the Library III restaurant at McCullough’s at 1:30pm.
The golf package is $100 per person and includes green fees and cart, lunch, a DO AC golf cap, tee package, prizes, awards banquet, and a future round of discounted golf at McCullough’s. Awards-banquet dinner tickets alone (non-golfers) are $30 per person. The book-club luncheon is $25 per person and the featured book is A Salty Piece of Land by Jimmy Buffett.
For information or to confirm your spot for the tournament or book club luncheon, please call Lou Paludi, president of the Inlet Public/Private Association, at (609) 432-5806 or the lighthouse at (609) 449-1360.
ATLANTIC CITY — Entertainment tryouts are being held on the 13th floor Screening Room of Resorts Casino today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday, April 18-19), as local entertainers vie for the opportunity to perform at the soon-to-be-opened Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and LandShark Bar & Grill, which is set to open in May.
The tryouts are by appointment only both days from 10am-6pm. Auditions are available to full bands, duos and trios, and solo acoustic guitar solo artists.
Musicians will compete for a spot on an entertainment roster that will feature seven-night-per-week performances at the new Margaritaville Café and at the LandShark Bar & Grill — the first-ever full-service bar and restaurant directly located on the famous Atlantic City beachfront at Resorts.
Talent scouts will be evaluating talent with a particular focus on fun, upbeat acts specializing in cover songs ranging from classic rock to Top 40.
After Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, the region is looking forward to a major summer season. One of the most anticipated components of that season is the addition of the Margaritaville complex to Resorts Casino Hotel.
Today (March 1), Resorts had a topping off event for the LandShark Bar & Grill, the centerpiece of the Margaritaville experience at Resorts, which will be located right on the Boardwalk with beautiful ocean views. The restaurant/bar is scheduled to open Memorial Day Weekend.
“The Margaritaville project at Resorts is an amazing step forward for Atlantic City,” said Morris Bailey, owner of Resorts Casino Hotel. “Our investment coupled with the Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville brand is a huge coup for the city.”
The Margaritaville complex at Resorts will completely embrace the lifestyle featuring a casino, restaurant, Five O’clock Somewhere Bar, retail stores, LandShark Bar and Grill, a year-round beach bar complex, and their first ever coffee shop. Additionally, Resorts Boardwalk façade will be re-themed with the Margaritaville brand.
Margaritaville is inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, whose songs inspire a yearning for an island adventure. Comprised of retail shops, restaurants, consumer products, hotels and casinos, Margaritaville delivers a tropical experience where guests can enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of their favorite destination regardless of their current latitude. Since launching its first location in Key West, Margaritaville has expanded to some of the most popular U.S. destinations, including: New Orleans, Mohegan Sun Casino, Nashville and Jimmy Buffett’s at The Beachcomber in Honolulu.
Margaritaville Entertainment Complex Fact Sheet
• LandShark Bar & Grill
Square footage: 12,650 (including outdoor deck)
Number of Seats: 311 seats
• Margaritaville Café
Square footage: 10,315 (including outdoors)
Number of Seats: 395 seats (including outdoors)
• 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar
Square footage: 1,632
Number of Seats: 57 seats
• Coffee Shop
Square footage: 890
Number of Seats: 20 seats
• Retail Shops
Square footage: 1,292
• Margaritaville Casino
Square footage: 4,440
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY — On Wednesday morning, Nov. 14, as reported in this space yesterday afternoon, construction began on the $35 million Jimmy Buffett-themed Margaritaville project at Resorts (on the Boardwalk side).
“We are thrilled to get the Margaritaville project underway,” said Gary Van Hettinga, the new president and C.E.O. of Resorts Casino Hotel following a partnership deal with Connecticut-based Mohegan Gaming Advisors, who will have a minority ownership in the property.
The project, which is expected to be completed by Memorial Day weekend 2013, includes a 16,000-square foot Landshark Bar & Grill, which will be located across from the casino, according to the Associated Press.
Construction work started on the Landshark venue Wednesday morning.
An AP report Wednesday afternoon states that Resorts president Gary Van Hettinga called the Margaritaville project “a vote of confidence in the seaside resort’s long-term viability.”
“It shows we are extremely confident that the future of Atlantic City is bright and that non-gaming amenities are an essential aspect of it,” he said at the construction site Wednesday morning.
More tidbits about the project from the Wednesday, Nov. 14, AP report:
• As is the case with other Margaritaville properties owned by entertainer Jimmy Buffett, plans call for island-themed landscaping, including palm trees, more than a dozen cabanas, two beach volleyball courts, a bocce ball court, two horseshoe pits and a fire pit. An adjacent surf shop also is planned.
• Wednesday morning, crews using heavy equipment began moving pilings onto the beach that will support the restaurant, which will be on the sand just about 200 feet from the Boardwalk.
• Part of the Margaritaville complex will be inside Resorts as well. Workers were gutting a restaurant that will be re-done as part of the project, while others were putting up new drywall in corridors.
ATLANTIC CITY — The state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a required land-use permit to DGMB Casino LLC, allowing for the development of a new $35 million expansion project that will include a Margaritaville-themed restaurant, recreation center and retail space on the reconstructed Steeplechase Pier in Atlantic City. The project will pave the way for job creation and economic growth in the region, according to an Associated Press article.
According to the AP story, plans call for construction of a 16,000-squarefoot restaurant called Margaritaville Landshark Bar & Grill at Resorts Casino Hotel on the rebuilt pier. Keeping with the character of other Margaritaville properties owned by entertainer Jimmy Buffett, plans for the restaurant and bar on the pier include island-themed landscaping, over a dozen cabanas, two beach volleyball courts, a bocce ball court, two horseshoe pits, a fire pit and a surf shop.
The new venture fits in with the Gov. Chris Christie and his administration’s continuing commitment to developing Atlantic City into a premier destination resort that offers world-class entertainment, shopping and dining in addition to casino gaming. It is designed to provide the Atlantic City Boardwalk with another destination that is vital to the city’s economy, and also will provide an overall boost to the state’s $38 billion tourism industry, says the release.
The proposed development was reviewed by the DEP and meets all of the state’s environmental standards, allowing for issuance of a necessary state Coastal Areas Facilities Review Act, or CAFRA, permit. Under terms of the permit, any beach and/or dune areas temporarily impacted by construction activities must be restored to pre-construction conditions immediately after completion of the project.
This project is expected to create 250 construction jobs and another 162 permanent jobs.
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I never watched America’s Best Dance Crew, and all I know about break dancing is what I’ve seen in the movies. Well last night I got skooled on how inventive break dancing can be, especially when it embraces humor, mime, and other forms of dance in the mix at the debut of Jabbawockeez’ Mus.I.C (pronounced Muse-I-C) at Harrah’s Resort. I’ll have a complete story with interviews in next week’s (Aug. 16) issue of AC Weekly, but my first reaction is that show is terrific and family-friendly. Go here for showtimes and more info. No wonder this show has been a hit in Las Vegas. Check out video here.
Resorts Casino Hotel keeps making news. Just two weeks after its Margaritaville/Buffett business venture announcement, comes the announcement about a new partnership with the Native American Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. After going through the gaming screening process, the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority will take over the operations of Resorts, most likely in the fall. The company will make a purchase to become a minority owner, but current owner Morris Bailey made it clear that, “Resorts is not for sale.”
Reaction from industry pundits so far has been positive. Of course when a new company comes in to run a business, they are sure to be major personnel changes. Time will tell about how that shakes out. But the very fact that such a prestigious, profitable company is interested in the Atlantic City market suggests that the business climate is improving here. Take that, all you Revel haters who are already writing off Revel before it has had a chance to take hold.
I had a chance to see Jimmy Buffett in concert for the first time Aug. 4 and it was quite a show. The positive energy of the Parrotheads bodes well for the success of the Margaritaville complex at Resorts, which will open May 2013 … After enjoying the superb dance crew Jabbawockeez last night (Aug. 7), I’ll be checking out a different style of dancing tonight, Aug. 8, at the opening of the male revue Thunder From Down Under at the Tropicana. These boys from Australia know how to shake it and present an evening that is sexy, not sleazy. The show continues through Aug. 11 … My busy week of show coverage finishes up with Country Superstars, this Sunday at Golden Nugget. The show features tribute artists ala Legends in Concert, highlighting the top country stars around. It will be my first chance to check out the upgraded showroom at GN. I haven’t been to a show there since it was Trump Marina.