A trek to The Deck's perfect on a sunny summer evening.
Last Saturday may have been the first full official day of summer, but man did it ever feel like the seashore season was already going full blast at The Deck at Trump Marina. Patrons started filling up the spacious outdoor venue around 7pm, and by 8:30, when veteran New Jersey-based rocker John Eddie took to the stage, the crowd articulated in the universal language of revelry its readiness to cut loose and have some fun.
It was Eddie's first appearance of the year since he became a Deck regular about three years ago, and with his every call to "Make some summertime noise!" the crowd responded with louder and louder roars of endorsement. Eddie is one of many top-flight musical acts scheduled to perform at The Deck on a daily basis following this weekend's sixth annual Fakefest, where eight tribute bands are slated to play (see schedule). Several bands are on tap every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer (one in the afternoon, another at night), and regular recurring acts will include the Exceptions every Sunday, the Bubba Mac Blues Band every Monday, and the B-Street Band every Thursday.
Tuesdays will feature a revolving slate of country-western groups, and Wednesdays will be "Island Night" with different reggae-calypso bands performing.
Probably in the same way a casino revue show casting legends of the past can still fill showroom seats nearly 30 years after it debuted, and retro nightclubs with ’70s and ’80s themes have been outdrawing many of their contemporary counterparts, FakeFest remains a super-popular, three-day summertime musical event 12 years after it started.
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