A four-day talent search will conclude today for local musicians hoping to provide the entertainment this summer for Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Cafe and the LandShark Bar and Grill.

Bands have been filtering in and out of the 13th floor of Resorts Casino Hotel since Tuesday, vying for the gig that promised musicians a slot in the schedule for performances seven nights per week.

Joe Ginel, director of entertainment for Margaritaville, said there is no magic number of musicians that will be hired.

He said he is looking at what the local market has to offer to produce a “nice collection of talent for Margaritaville and LandShark.”

For local musicians, such as the band Route 9, working with the international brand opens doors for other possibilities.

“We are thrilled that Margaritaville is coming to Atlantic City, it needs something fresh and brand new,” said lead singer Kelly LaVigna.

The group consists of five members from Atlantic County.

“We prepared well for it,” said Maria Welch, of the Camden-based band No Drama.

Both bands said it was their first live audition, so it was a new experience altogether.

“I’ve been doing this since I was 17, and now I’m 42, and I’ve never had to audition before. It was nerve-racking,” Welch said. She added that many local artists, from Atlantic City to Philadelphia, were in attendance, and some bands knew each other.

“Of course, everyone is on the edge of their seats waiting to hear,” Welch said.

The musicians will hear the results from Ginel in about two weeks, he said.

Contact Anjalee Khemlani:


Follow@AnjKhem on Twitter