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NYE 2013 Shows in Atlantic City

In a perfect world, if the casinos had their way, the year would always end on a Friday or Saturday. It would never end on a Monday, as it does this year.

By David J. Spatz
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Kanye West: Dec. 28-30, Revel.

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ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY — In casino show business, timing is especially everything when it comes to New Year’s Eve.

In a perfect world, if the casinos had their way, the year would always end on a Friday or Saturday. It would never end on a Monday, as it does this year.

Because 2012 is going out on a Monday, entertainment offerings are noticeably slim when compared to years that ended over the course of a weekend.

“If [New Year’s Eve] falls on a weekend — even if it’s a Sunday — [the casinos] are more inclined to book heavier,” said one booking agent who does business with Atlantic City casinos. “They can make more creative multiple-show deals with the [entertainers] and have them for more than one night. But with New Year’s Eve on a Monday, it looks like the entertainment focus is more centered on the days leading up to [Dec. 31].”

Unless there are some last-minute surprises — which is doubtful this late in the game — there are just five headliners working public shows in the casinos on New Year’s Eve along with Life In Color, the big electronic music dance (EDM) party that will be held in a giant tent pitched at Bader Field.

This doesn’t include private shows featuring headline artists that casinos often throw on New Year’s Eve for their premium players.

As 2012 morphs into 2013, the casino shows will split the gaming generation gap in half.

The House of Blues at Showboat, for instance, will present the alternative rock band Jane’s Addiction in its 2,200-seat Music Hall. Revel has set their sight squarely on a younger demographic that’s into EDM by turning its 5,000-capacity Ovation Hall venue into a massive dance club featuring world-class Dutch DJ and EMD producer Tiesto doing the spinning on the big stage.

Borgata, which has a private party scheduled for its Event Center, will open up its Music Box for a performance by comedian Billy Gardell, who stars on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly.

Resorts and the Tropicana and Resorts are going back to the beginning and end of the 1970s as Resorts presents the long-running rock band Grand Funk Railroad Dec. 30-31 and the Tropicana offers the latest edition of disco era stalwarts the Village People on Dec. 31.

But in the days leading up to Dec. 31, Atlantic City is loaded with mostly contemporary shows. Revel, which has been curiously quiet this fall with only one major show — Aerosmith — since September, has secured Kanye West for three shows in Ovation Hall Dec. 28-30. West was a last-minute addition to Revel’s summer lineup and sold out a pair of concerts over the July 4th holiday weekend.

The House of Blues skews all across the demographic spectrum with shows during the three nights preceding Dec. 31. On Dec. 28, the funky, Philadelphia-based band The Roots performs a one-night stand.

British dubstep producer and DJ Rusko follows the Roots with a show on Dec. 29 before turning the Music Hall stage over to the re-born early ’90s vocal group Backstreet Boys on Dec. 30.

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1. joe c said... on Oct 22, 2013 at 02:10AM

“wouldn't pay 2 cents to watch that chimp perform”

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