Plus Roomful of Blues at Kennedy Plaza for free concert, the Album of the Week and DrewToonz comic
In anticipation of the second season of the HBO hit docudrama Boardwalk Empire, the Atlantic City Free Public Library is hosting a special program series called “Roaring Back to the ’20s” that highlights the golden era in Atlantic City history. Among the events is a free concert on the Boardwalk showcasing the era’s music and dance on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Kennedy Plaza. Artists include the Jersey Rhythm Devils (with Linda DeVaul, Mark DeVaul, Tamara DeMent, Mike Hoebler and AC Weekly editor Jeff Schwachter), the Jim Craine Band (with Craine, Tony DeLuca, Jimmie Hines, Ray Nunzi), and a dance demonstration by Melanie Brough, who will don a “flapper” outfit and teach attendees some period-appropriate dance moves. The series kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 3, with a book discussion by Brother’s Keeper author Jim Waltzer (an AC Weekly columnist) at 2pm at the library (1 N. Tennessee Ave.), and a panel discussion on “people, places and events of the 1920s” at the library on Oct. 29 with three of A.C.’s foremost historians — Ralph Hunter, Boo Pergament and Nelson Johnson (author of the book on which the Boardwalk Empire TV series was based). The library will also enhance its Atlantic City Experience: 1920s’ exhibit by adding rarely seen childhood photos of Enoch “Nucky” Johnson to the display this month. The photos (including the one above) are from the library’s Alfred M. Heston Collection and will also be added to the Atlantic City Experience Web site — atlanticcityexperience.org. Call 345-2269 ext. 3115 for more information. — Ray Schweibert
Funk and Blues at Kennedy Plaza
“Few bands swing the blues more exuberantly than Roomful of Blues,” according to Entertainment Weekly, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more tight-knit, well-versed and inspired blues band in today’s field. On the band’s new album, Hook, Line & Sinker, the horn-equipped New England-based band plays songs by American music icons such as Amos Milburn (“Juice, Juice, Juice”), the late Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown (“She walks Right In,” “Gate Walks to Board”) and the legendary songwriting duo Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller (“It”). The band plays for free on the A.C. Boardwalk Sunday, Sept. 4, at Kennedy Plaza as part of the summer-long Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk series. Although last Monday’s Curtis Salgado Band concert was canceled due to Hurricane Irene, this Sunday will feature 90-minute sets by two bands. At 6:30pm one of New Orleans’ funkiest jam bands, the Honey Island Swamp Band, will perform a full set. Then ROB will hit the stage for its own full set. This is the final show of the summer in the free Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk series, in its second year. Judging from the shows we caught, it was more than a successful season of live music courtesy of Tony Mart’s Presents and the many series sponsors, including Atlantic City Weekly. — Jeff Schwachter
The members of the acclaimed Touareg group Tinariwen began recording and dispersing cassettes of their emotionally charged music in the 1980s throughout Saharan North Africa, where a revolution was taking place. The group of soldier-musicians spent years in a military camp in Libya prior to the Touareg rebellion broke out and sent them to fight in the southern Sahara. Decades later the Touareg revolution has morphed into a musical one with Tinariwen leading the charge. Anti- Records has just released the band’s latest, on which the members shelve their electric guitars for acoustic instruments. Recorded in the Algerian desert, Tassili features the band’s unique desert blues sound stripped down to its weary, sacred, mournful and timeless essence. — Jeff Schwachter
DrewToonz (see more DrewToonz comics here)
The Atlantic City Free Public Library will now be operating the Atlantic City Historical Museum located across from Revel on the Garden Pier.
Cable TV giant HBO has released an official trailer for the second season of its award-winning and milti-Emmy nominated drama series Boardwalk Empire.
The second season of HBO's highly acclaimed drama series Boardwalk Empire, set in 1920s-era Atlantic City, premieres in late September.
Boardwalk Empire picked up a couple more awards last night from the Screen Actors Guild. The SAGs are the most prestigious awards next to the Oscars, since the SAGs are voted on by a performer’s peers.
In a “news” box on the upper right side of the Archeophone Records home page, there’s a list of the songs played thus far in the first two episodes of HBO’s 'Boardwalk Empire,' set in 1920s Atlantic City.
HBO has uploaded the approximately 14-minute behind-the-scenes documentary "The Making of Boardwalk Empire," which premiered...
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