Well, it’s happened once again. Atlantic City hosted a rather amazing beach concert, this time featuring Maroon 5. Pulling itself from the ashes of poor governance, outlandish real estate taxes and years of corruption, Atlantic City has been making great strides to trounce all East Coast casinos for title of Gambling Capital of the East. With so much competition in neighboring states, the powers that be seem to have recognized that to win the casino wars AC needs to do more than just have casinos. It its heyday, AC was called the Playground of the World. They offered live shows, diving horses, a diving bell, the Steel Pier, saltwater taffy, fudge and a boardwalk that kept children happy for hours, day and night, night after night. Restaurants were the finest and let’s not forget the wonder of the world, the incredible beach and ocean that bordered all this excitement.
The excitement is back. In so many ways, the casinos stepped to the plate with fine beach bars and restaurants where you can sit on the boardwalk and spend hours people watching. Forget about night clubs. The finest and the hippest clubs are found all around town. So to say that AC rocks is an understatement.
Sunday night was the night for one of the two concerts Maroon 5 would perform all summer. The opening act featured Nick Jonas who had the crowd excited enough to roar with appreciation after each song. Of course this was nothing compared to the reception offered up for front-man, Adam Levine and his group Maroon 5. Fifty-thousand visitors came out for this concert and the beach was jumping. There were so many people that it would not have been a surprise to find out that Ventnor and Margate tilted northward.
People began arriving basically all day for the beach party. The boardwalk hosted wall to wall people just like in the days of grandeur. You could feel great anticipation building as it seemed to take forever for all of the concert goers to get onto the beach. The line crawled for hours with people carrying beach chairs and coolers. The crowd behaved well, with no disorderly thug-like chaos seen at some concert venues.
Tickets were low enough to be affordable at $39.50, however, for a whopping $250 and $450, VIP packages could be had that included enhanced food choices, a private cash bar, seats in the shade, bathrooms with air conditioning and other amenities. Was this upgrade like the proverbial fast food value package that offers super-size fries and a large soda? Not really. This was much more expensive, but worth it for those who wanted to actually see the stage. From general admission, sitting in the back section, your view was limited by row after row of people dancing and grooving to the music.
If you are not familiar with Maroon 5 and would like to know more and hear a sampling of their most popular tunes, take a look at the attached video clip shown above.
Everyone seemed happy and it looks like AC is now running on all cylinders. Let’s hope Atlantic City can have more great dates for a shore-town in recovery. Maybe a new slogan is in order for AC casino goers – We Play Harder!