In conjunction with the summer-long Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk series, seven bands will perform over a three-day stretch leading up to, and following, the ninth annual Atlantic City Air Show.
One of the catalysts behind Carmen Marotta and his associates creating the “Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk” series of free rock, blues and roots music was giving resort visitors a reason to extend their weekends here during the summertime.
The Monday night series achieved that and then some, as this year’s Atlantic City “Thunder Over the Boardwalk” Air Show will tie into the series with seven outstanding bands performing Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 15-17, including about six hours of music beyond when the air show ends (around 3:30pm) Wednesday.
Festivities during the ninth version of the air show include an inaugural America’s Armed Forces Parade starting 6pm Monday. Local guitar virtuoso Billy Walton and his band will precede the parade headliner — the eight-man, New Orleans-based Soul Rebels Brass Band. Another Big Easy ensemble, the gospel and R&B-driven group Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra, will perform in the parade’s second line, as will the Carl Graneri Italian Swing Band brought in by Marotta and the Boardwalk Series committee.
On Tuesday at the Kennedy Plaza amphitheater (on the boards right in front of Boardwalk Hall), Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers perform at 6:30pm followed by another appearance from the Soul Rebels (10pm), who put a personal spin on a genre blend of funk, reggae, R&B and soft rock.
“The Soul Rebels are sensational, and [Thackery’s] a great, great blues/rock guitarist who’s going to do the best rendition you’ve ever heard of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock,” says Marotta. “That’s a patriotic thing in the sense that it symbolizes for a lot of people the Vietnam and post-Vietnam rhetoric. And he kills it. That’s going to be part of our salute to our veterans, particularly our younger veterans — our rock ‘n’ roll veterans.”
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Music fans will have more options than ever to catch a concert in Atlantic City this Memorial Day weekend, but that's not when the music stops. The entire southern Jersey shore region will popping with music of all kinds this summer — including rockabilly, jazz, classcial, rock, blues, R&B and reggae.
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