Wildwood will be hosting its first beach concert of the season next month.
“Rockin’ in the 80s” will feature legendary funk band War, along with Asia featuring John Payne and former Journey lead vocalist Steve Augeri. The show will take place on Wildwood’s beach Aug. 19, according to a release from Songbird Entertainment.
In March, Mayor Ernie Troiano said the city was planning seven beach concerts this year between May and September, but War and company are the first act scheduled so far this summer.
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The reason, Troiano said, is because Atlantic City’s beach concert promoter, Live Nation, has hindered his city’s efforts to draw acts to this doo-wop-themed resort.
“The city of Wildwood has been dealing with this ‘90-90 rule,’ where they protect Atlantic City,” Troiano said, referencing a clause he says Live Nation signs with performers prohibiting them from performing within 90 miles of Atlantic City in the 90 days after their Atlantic City show.
“Bringing this concert to the Wildwood beach took persistence and hard work,” Wildwood Commissioner Pete Byron said in the release. “I, along with the team from Songbird Entertainment and Solid Enuff Consulting, worked diligently to find the perfect place to stage this concert.”
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War is best known for their hits “Low Rider,” “Cisco Kid” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” Asia featuring John Payne, which features certain members from the original band, are known for their song “Heat of the Moment,” and Augeri will perform Journey singles such as “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Open Arms,” according to the release.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday via ticketfly.com or at 609-541-1303.