I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to thank the promoters, Phish, the city of Atlantic City and all the agencies and people involved in making last weekend’s concerts a success.
I was at Friday night’s show, and every facet of it showed how well Atlantic City can handle outstanding events such as it.
The fans loved Atlantic City, Bader Field as a concert venue and the show itself, and they were delighted with the way they were treated by the Atlantic City Police Department, the New Jersey State Police, the promoters’ security force and all those involved in dealing with the public.
Hopefully, those involved with booking Phish will be able to work it out with the promoters to bring more shows of this magnitude to Atlantic City. We are quite disheartened at the fact that there will be no concerts in September. It would be nice to have a show midweek in July and August, too.
I am awaiting news from the Atlantic City Alliance about the kind of entertainment it has lined up in addition to what will be offered on front of Boardwalk Hall. One will remember the year we had fireworks almost every Friday night and the numbers of people who flocked to our Boardwalk to watch them. I know we are going to have an outstanding fireworks show on the Fourth of July, but we need more than that throughout the summer.
Some of you may remember the Beach Boys beach concert held a couple of years ago in front of what is now the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel. It drew more than 50,000 people onto the beach. Of course, those who were here back in the ’80s will remember the Beach Boys’ beach concert presented by Caesars that drew more than 300,000 people and 200 boats in the ocean. Without a doubt, something of that nature would draw a big crowd again.
Public art display
The following came from the Artist Organized Art with information about Lance Fung, who will be a part of the group that will transform Atlantic City through a five-year public art campaign.
“We all know public art affects culture in ways far greater than the purse, but suddenly Atlantic City’s community stakeholders, both public and private, are sending a message,” the organization wrote. “Art and culture can expose the elusive quality of place by positively influencing a neighborhood and a city. They will collaborate to turn many entire vacant lots into commissioned works of art or, as Lance describes them, magical green spaces.
“It is amazing art and culture are key. As daring a collaborationist as ever, Lance will triangulate Atlantic City within an exquisite five-year-long public art exhibition that will complete this message. Predictably, Lance brings together international artists and architects to take on Atlantic City’s challenging site. Yet complementing these large-scale attractions, he is planning programs to engage and benefit the local community at even the smallest scale, encouraging local input and further energizing community and its artists.
“The project is designed to enrich the community through its own participation by engaging local residents, new visitors and art lovers alike to experience large-scale contemporary art outside of the gallery, to come out and play together, to have a stake in the improving physical landscape and to enjoying new, free and interactive experiences catered to people rather than cars and trucks.”
This certainly sounds interesting, and I for one am looking forward to this project that has been proposed by the Atlantic City Alliance.
A news release from the Atlantic City Free Public Library provides information about its International Night Series that will add a multicultural flair to Kennedy Plaza, as well as information on programs that will be at Gardner’s Basin, the Bartram Beach Series and the Chicken Bone Beach Jazz Series. These events are sponsored in part by Atlantic City, the Free Public Library, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation.
The Gardner’s Basin concert series will take place from 1 p.m. to dusk Saturday and features Tavares, Con Funk Shun and Kool Moe Dee. On July 21, War and the Chai-Lites headline. On Aug. 4, a Gospel Fest featuring Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers will be presented. And there will be another concert Aug. 18.
The Bartram Beach Series will begin July 6 with Tony Day and continues with Denise Black and the Triangular Swing (July 20), the Tony DeLuca Trio (Aug. 3), Gina Roche (Aug. 17), and concludes Aug. 31 with the Teddy Morgan Trio. Shows are 7 p.m.
The International Night Series will be held at Kennedy Plaza in front of Boardwalk Hall at 7 p.m. and will commence July 11 with the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble. The schedule also includes Niyaz, Iranian music, on July 25, Magdaliz and her Latin ensemble Crysol on Aug. 1; Italian music Aug. 8; the Barley Boys, Irish music, on Aug. 15, Tiko Masala and the Thunder Drummers, Japanese music, on Aug. 22; the New York Korean Marching Band on Aug. 29; and Polynesian music by Hawaiian Luau Entertainment on Sept. 5.
The Jazz Beach Series will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays in July and August at Kennedy Plaza. The performers are to be announced.
Bicycle and pedestrian plan
Today there will be a second steering committee meeting for the Atlantic City bicycle and pedestrian plan. To be discussed are the data collection of travel patterns, relevant studies, crash data assessment and a bicycle-friendly scorecard. The network development will feature preliminary network, sidewalk inventory and assessment, bicycle compatibility assessment, intersection assessment, identified barriers to biking and walking, identified opportunities for improvement and other issues the plan should address such as education.
Also to be discussed will be the Boardwalk Utilization Evaluation with the Boardwalk Assessment. Further information on this project will appear in this column next week.
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