Gaming Traveler: A.C. Casinos Ante Up Activities

July 17, 2009

By Bill Ordine

Winter brought a disquieting stillness to Atlantic City casinos, as slot machines often sat silent and dealers frequently stood lonely vigils behind gaming tables – mostly the effects of the recession and increasing competition from Pennsylvania slots parlors. But just as the weather is warming up at the Jersey Shore, so are efforts by the casinos to reverse the 16 percent drop in gambling revenues in the first quarter of this year, compared with the year-ago period.

Meanwhile, Resorts Casino Hotel reaches back to its heyday of the 1970s and ’80s with its popular Boogie Nights dance club on weekends and headliners such as KC and the Sunshine Band, Bad Company, and the Regeneration Tour.

A pair of free art shows also will be nostalgic. The first, May 23 to June 27, will feature the photographic art of Mark Weiss, who frequently focuses on rock and movie stars. From July 3 to 5, the traveling exhibit of Rockart will display original art by musicians including Jerry Garcia and Paul McCartney, plus vintage photos and concert and tour posters.