Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and the musical calendar is filling up faster than a hot barbecue on the Fourth of July. My agenda is already jammed with music so I compiled this list of concerts and musical events for festival season in the Atlantic City area and beyond.
Ventnor City Summer Beach Jams
The Ventnor City Summer Beach Jams are 5-9 p.m. Saturday nights at the beach on Newport Avenue, behind the Ventnor Library and Cultural Arts Center. The family-friendly atmosphere includes food and crafters as well as a playground with music beginning at 6 p.m.
The lineup includes:
Saturday, June 12 Zoetrope playing funky punk
Saturday, June 19 Package Goods Orchestra
Saturday, June 26 Crazy Uncle playing Classic Rock
Saturday, July 3 Dead Reckoning playing Grateful Dead covers
Sunday, July 4 People’s Choice and Ben Singleton playing soul and Motown
Saturday, July 10 Kilted Rogues playing Irish pipes and rums
Saturday, July 17 The Beat Tells playing The Beatles
Saturday, July 24, The Notion playing classic rock
Friday, July 30 The Usual Suspects playing rock and pop covers
Saturday, Aug. 7 The Friends Classic Rock Band playing, you guessed it, classic rock
Saturday, Aug. 14 SJC playing Rock
Saturday, Aug. 21 The Flynn’s playing Irish music
Saturday, Aug. 28 Fusebox playing rock
Saturday, Sept. 4 The Exceptions playing pop and rock
Also in Ventnor, the Sunset at Ski Beach lineup includes crafters, food, music and movies on Wednesdays. The Sensational Soul Cruisers will play Philadelphia soul, Motown, rhythm and blues and disco 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, from 6 p.m. and the Legacy Band will play classic hits from the 70s to today 6 p.m. Friday, June 25.
“Soul” will be on the outdoor big screen Wednesday, 5 p.m. June 9 followed by The Burnsiders playing reggae at 7 p.m. “Elf” will be screened 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 28 followed by singer-songwriter Gina Roche to celebrate Christmas in July at 7 p.m. and “We Are Heroes” is the movie 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25 and The Burnsiders will return for a 7 p.m. concert.
See VentnorCity.org for additional information.
Jazz on the Beach In Atlantic City
In Atlantic City, the 20th Annual free summer jazz concerts Jazz on the Beach free concert series will feature local jazz artists and headlining musicians 7-10 p.m. Thursdays, June 27-Aug. 29 at Kennedy Plaza and the Boardwalk, across from Boardwalk Hall. The concert series is presented by Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation, Inc.
The lineup includes:
Thursday, June 27 Nicholas Payton Quartet
Sunday, July 4 Sean Jones Quartet
Thursday, July 11 Carmen Lundy Quartet
Thursday, July 18 Jason Marsalis Quartet
Thursday, July 25 Charlie Sepulveda Sextet
Thursday, Aug. 1 Helen Sung and “Sung with Words”
Thursday, Aug. 8 Nnenna Freelon Quartet
Thursday, Aug. 15 Harvey Mason Sextet
Thursday, Aug. 22 Matthew Whitaker Quartet
Thursday, Aug. 29 The Yellowjackets
Somers Point Beach Concert Series
The 29th annual Somers Point Beach Concert series will be rocking 7-9 p.m. Friday nights again this summer at William J. Morrow Memorial Beach, on Bay Avenue between Higbee and New Jersey avenues.
Dane Anthony Band opens beach concert schedule Thursday, July 2 and The Tony Mart All-Stars featuring Jimmy Glenn, Rich Kurtz, Brian Conover, Danny Eyer and Brian Varhelyi with special guests Billy Walton and Patty Blee Sunday, July 4 for “Everybody loves Ernie” a tribute to the late Ernie Trionfo.
The entire lineup has not yet been announced for the series, which includes a Labor Day show Sunday, Sept. 5 and concludes Friday, Sept. 17. The bands that have been announced include 50s rock ‘n’ roller Gary U.S. Bonds, reggae band Third World, Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Billy Walton with special guest Anthony Krizan from the Spin Doctors, Edguardo Cintron’s Tribute to Santana, the Tony Mart AllStars tribute to the Eagles and a rock ‘n’ roll tribute to Johnny Winter performed by Johnny’s original producer and guitarist, Paul Nelson.
Wawa Welcome America
Wawa Welcome America will once again put Philadelphia center stage for America’s birthday. The concert, featuring Bebe Rexha, with special guest Flo Rida, and a feature performance by the Philly POPS is 7-9 p.m. Sunday, July 4 at TD Pavilion at The Mann Center For The Performing Arts and will be broadcast live on NBC10 and Telemundo62. Tickets are limited and pre-registration is required. See welcomeamerica.com for information.
AC Jams, a new, all-ages concert series will present live music and food trucks 6 p.m. Thursdays at Showboat Hotel and Resort’s Garden Pier presented by Showboat, Lucky Snake and Ed Maier of ElmThree Productions. The first 10 attendees of each show will receive a free poster. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music will play from 7-11 p.m.
The lineup includes:
Thursday, July 8 Little Stranger with Dry Reef
Thursday, July 15 Brandon “Taz” Niederauer with Annie in the Water
Thursday, July 22 Sierra Ferrell with Joe Cirotti Trio
Thursday, July 29 Start Making Sense with the Cosmic Jerry Band
Thursday, Aug. 5 Soule Monde with Waiting on Mongo
Thursday, Aug. 12 Miss Mojo, Los Elk and the Ocean Avenue Stompers
Thursday, Aug. 19 Nick Perri and the Underground Thieves, GA-20 and Fungkshui
Thursday, Aug. 26 Roots of Creation with On the Spot Trio.
See Facebook for information.
Jam band Phish has rescheduled its 2020 show to Friday, Aug. 13-Sunday, Aug. 15 at The Playground pier. See Phish for information.
Barefoot Country Music Festival
Wildwoods is once again hosting the Barefoot Country Music Festival Aug. 19-22 between the famous Morey’s Piers on the beach. Headliners include features headliners Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band, Dan + Shay, and Lynyrd Skynyrd among others. See barefootcountrymusicfest.com for information.
Philadelphia Folk Festival
After going all virtual last year, the 59½ annual Philadelphia Folk Festival will hold a pocket-sized festival Aug. 21-22 at the Spring Mountain Ski Area in Upper Salford Township, Pennsylvania. The lineup has not been announced and details are limited but organizers promise it will combine elements of both the traditional live event and the virtual event curated for last year’s fest. See FolkFest.org for information.
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival featuring Foo Fighters, Megan Thee Stalion, Lizzo, Tame Impala, Tyler The Creator and Lana Del Rey will be held September 2-5, in Manchester, Tennessee. See bonnaroo.com for information.
One of the coolest festivals in the world is returning to Asbury Park – Sea.Hear.Now combines music, art, and surf culture Sept. 18-19 featuring Pearl Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins and Ventnor’s own surfing phenom Cassidy McClain at 5th Avenue beach. See seaherenow.com for information.
More than 100 bands will take over The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway for Firefly Sept. 23-26 featuring Billie Eilish, The Killers, Tame Impala and Lizzo. See Fireflyfestival.com for information.
Coachella will return next year, April 15-17 and 22-24, 2022 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Tickets are on sale now. See Coachella.com for information.
Let me know what concerts or festivals you’re going to in the comments below and on social media.