A lot of speculation on the Web has led many jam-band fans across the country to believe that a festival on the level of Bonnaroo may be in store this June. Details to be released in March.
Ever since Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford stated in early January that his office was working on a deal with a "big-time" national promoter to bring a three-day music festival to Atlantic City this June, the Web has been bubbling with rumors about the possibilities.
Will Phish return? Could the Dave Matthews Band make its Atlantic City debut? How about Robert Plant and his Band of Joy? Will it be along the lines of an Atlantic City version of Memphis' Bonaroo or Chicago's Lollapalooza, where there are multiple bands, stages and performance areas, and fans camping out?
Web sites and blogs such as Hidden Track, Jambands.com and the Dave Matthews fan site, DMBNews.net, have been following the story closely as their users are very interested in any jam-band festival news that is revealed throughout the year, throughout the country.
Many fans of certain jam-bands — a moniker that has become popular since the death of Jerry Garcia and the end of the orginal Grateful Dead more than 15 years ago — such as Phish heads, follow the bands across the country and see every show they can get into.
This would mean that Bader Field, the intended site of the three-day music festival, could be packed with visitors from all over the country.
Thus far, the three-day music festival that Mayor Langford talked about briefly in January 2011 at the MBCA Winter Luncheon at Resorts, has been an intriguing mystery, and one that is slowly unravelling.
Taking shape over the same time line that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the state began putting changes into effect with regard to Atlantic City and its entertainment district, the process with regard to announcing more details about the three-day music festival, has been ongoing.
While Mayor Langford has recently told Atlantic City Weekly that the paperwork between the city and the promoter is just about completed, a source close to the mayor tells Atlantic City Weekly that an announcement should be made within the "two weeks."
To camp or not to camp ... the promoter says there is no room for camping at Bader Field. Meanwhile, an authority on such music fests says camping really isn't the norm anymore.
The city has committed to a one-year deal with Starr Hill Presents to put on this festival in June at Bader Field, the city's old municipal airport (and the first one in the world). However, said Mayor Langford, "We've signed a one-year contract with the hope of a long-term relationship." The mayor added that he thinks this is a great use of Bader Field, a large stretch of city-owned land that has been on the market since it closed a few years ago.
I have no idea if Gov. Christie is a Phish fan. But even if he’s not, it’s time for him to go trolling for some money so that the world knows that Phish, which could have played its Halloween shows anywhere, decided to take Atlantic City’s bait.
There could be a link with the success of that Phish residency in Atlantic City — where the band's Trey Anastasio recorded a live album a few years back at the House of Blues at Showboat — and the three-day music festival that is expected to take place in June 2011 at Bader Field in Atlantic City.
No. 7. The Pier Shops at Caesars: Trip out to the free hourly water show with its 150 individually controlled fountain nozzles, a 19,000 gallon reflecting pool, 179 LED and intelligent lighting fixtures, and "state-of-the-art" audio technology.
Acclaimed jam band Phish has played 10 Halloween shows over the course of its career, which are known in the Phish camp as “Musical Costume” concerts, during its well-chronicled history.
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