Boogie Nights nightclub has found success in Atlantic City by mixing a little bit of camp with lots of great classic music.
Now, club operators are taking that winning formula one step further.
Starting in October, Boogie Nights will host a two-month series of concerts by tribute bands performing songs by some of the biggest names in music.
The series features bands re-creating the acts of such baby boomer favorites as Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, Kiss and Bruce Springsteen.
"I feel we have mastered the art of bringing people a good time and bringing them the best party in town," said Dave Pena, Boogie Nights brand owner. "This allows us an opportunity to explore the live concert element of the 1970s and 1980s. Some of the best concerts I've ever seen were in the '70s and '80s. People have a passion for that arena rock, but it isn't around anymore."
Boogie Nights is well known for its cast of costumed characters who interact with patrons at the club, which features dance music from the 1970s, 1980s and, at times, the 1990s. There is a bikini-clad roller girl and a Michael Jackson impersonator.
But the club has never offered evening programs of live music - until now.
Pena said the cover bands keep with the whole, fun vibe created at the nightclub.
"The tribute bands almost exaggerate it even more and takes it to another level - it really fits into our atmosphere very well. I'm surprised we haven't done it sooner," he said.
In addition to the music, the performances will feature audio and video effects that - while they might not match the pyrotechnics of a 1980s hair band show - will add some theatricality to the performances.
"The space will be given over completely to the band - if they feel like popping out of the glitter door or running through the audience, that will be their choice," he said.
The nightclubs venue at Tropicana Casino & Resort is large enough to give bands room to stage mini-spectacles, but still intimate enough that – with a little imagination - audiences listening to a tribute band to feel "like you are catching Bon Jovi back in the day when they were starting in theaters or even bars," Pena said..
If the tribute series is successful, nightclub operators will look for additional opportunities for live performances that mirror concerts held 20, 30 or even 40 years ago, Pena said.
"I think that element was missing from Boogie Nights. I wanted to make sure we touched on that, because I think we can do it the best," he said.
The schedule for the tribute series is: Oct. 5: Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi tribute; Oct. 12: Completely Unchained – ultimate tribute to Van Halen; Oct. 19: Draw the Line - Aerosmith tribute; Oct. 26: MiniKiss; Nov. 2: Kashmir – Led Zeppelin tribute; Nov. 9: BStreet – Bruce Springsteen tribute; Nov. 16: Idol Kings – Journey tribute; Nov. 23: Unforgettable Fire - U2 tribute; Nov. 30 Satisfaction - Rolling Stones tribute.
Tickets are $20 for each show and are available at at Boogie Nights the night of the show or ticketmaster.com
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