SING & DANCE ALONG!
The sounds of The Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival are one of our most important components, hence why we added "music" to the name of the event in 2011 (fun fact)! Below, you'll find a complete listing of currently booked bands on the 2022 event, from main stage to acoustic stage fun, there's something here for everyone!
Saturday, June 4th - 2pm to 6pm
Formed by ex-Jerkwater and Traitors drummer Matt Skiba (vocals/guitar), former 88 Fingers Louie percussionist Glenn Porter, and Rob Doran (bass/vocals), Alkaline Trio were brought together in late 1996 by heartbreak, angst, and the companionship of drinking. The original lineup issued a short EP, For Your Lungs Only, just prior to Doran's departure in late 1997, and Sundials followed one year later on Johann's Face Records. Slapstick's Dan Andriano climbed aboard to handle bass duties, adding a complementary voice and songwriting style to Skiba's that would soon become the group's signature dynamic.
The three then started making a name for themselves in the Midwest with their emotion-fueled, angst-ridden, dark pop-punk. With this lineup firmly in place -- and with Skiba and Porter working as bike messengers to make ends meet -- Alkaline Trio made their full-length debut in 1998 with Goddamnit!, an album whose heartbreak tales and anti-cop rants earned a modest following.
Both Maybe I'll Catch Fire and a self-titled singles collection followed in early 1999. Glenn Porter left the band early the following year and ex-Smoking Popes drummer Mike Felumlee joined in his absence, making Alkaline Trio a three-piece again. Third album From Here to Infirmary arrived on the Vagrant label in spring 2001 and was their first to chart, barely entering the Billboard 200 at number 199. Home to tracks "Private Eye" and "Bloodied Up," Infirmary was followed by a split EP with Hot Water Music, wherein both bands contributed original tracks and covers of each other's songs.
Mainstream breakthrough Good Mourning was released two years later, marking the band's first album with drummer Derek Grant (ex-Suicide Machines, Thoughts of Ionesco). Good Mourning fared well, peaking on the Billboard 200 at number 20 and topping the Independent Albums list. Featuring their first charting single, "We've Had Enough," Good Mourning also scored Alkaline Trio several spots on late-night TV and summer tours. Crimson followed in 2005 and prompted the band to return to the road that summer, both as a headliner and as an opening act for My Chemical Romance.
As their ten-year anniversary approached, Alkaline Trio hit the road in 2006 with a set that emphasized material from their earliest releases, including an entire run-through of the fan favorite Goddamnit! By that fall, they'd also found a new home at V2 Records and began work on their next album, although label restructuring problems in January 2007 led to the band's dismissal from V2 before any material was released. That same month, Vagrant issued a CD/DVD compilation titled Remains, which rounded up B-sides and rarities, and the Trio used their downtime to secure a new home with Epic Records. They also worked on a new album, Agony & Irony, which was released that summer and debuted at number 13, marking Alkaline Trio's highest chart placement to date. Lead single "Help Me" also became their highest-charting song to date, landing at number 14 on the alternative chart. Despite such success, the Trio left Epic's roster one year later and launched their own label, Heart & Skull, which they used for the release of This Addiction in 2010. This Addiction peaked just outside the Top Ten and was notable for reuniting the band with early producer Matt Allison. The following year they released their eighth album, Damnesia, which featured acoustic renditions of some of the band's most beloved songs, as well as a pair of new tracks. In 2013, Alkaline Trio issued their eighth album, My Shame Is True, featuring production from the Descendents' Bill Stevenson.
In 2015, Skiba took a break from the band and joined blink-182 for the recording and promotion of their seventh album, California. He returned to Alkaline Trio at the end of 2017, opening a pair of pre-New Year's gigs with the Misfits. A concert video and LP box set, Past Live, arrived in early 2018, just a month before Skiba had throat surgery that kept him sidelined until the summer. Despite the setback, they recorded another album and embarked on a tour in August. Their ninth effort, Is This Thing Cursed?, arrived that same month.
Alkaline Tri is Matt Skiba – Vocals/Guitar Dan Andriano – Vocals/Bass Derek Grant – Drums
Sunday, June 5th - 12pm to 4pm
New Found Glory has always been about the same thing - honesty, community, and positivity. After 20+ years of being a band, ten studio albums, one live album, two EPs, and four cover albums, New Found Glory’s ethos has never wavered; they always strive to be the friend you always need and always understands you. With their tenth studio album, Forever + Ever x Infinity, the band has put together the quintessential NFG record, supremely catchy with sing-along anthems, trademark breakdowns, and sweetly poignant lyrics. “This is the record our fans have been waiting for us to make,” guitarist Chad Gilbert shares, “The old now feels new and fresh. It was a blast finding ourselves again.”
Combining punk, hardcore, and post-hardcore with emotional lyrics and melody is nothing new for the band that epitomizes heartfelt optimism with DIY work-ethic and spirit. But never has this been more evident than this 15-song barn burner of a record. Set at a blistering pace, songs like “Shook By Your Shaved Head” and “Nothing To Say” rip the listener out of their monotonous day-to-day and drain away all the pressure and self-doubt that manifests inside. When singer, Jordan Pundik, sings, “You’ve gotta take your life back. You’ve got so much more to give. That’s what I say to myself when I feel like giving into the shame I feel. Won’t let it keep me standing still,” you can’t help jumping up, throwing a fist in the air, and singing the words out at the top of your lungs. This is what New Found Glory has always been about - inspiring people to not be afraid of the odds, lift each other up, and get up again.
For what is the most revealing and unnerving than love? After all, Forever + Ever x Infinity represents how long you want your love to last. Songs like “Greatest Of All Time” and “Stay Awhile” dive beyond the surface and into the depths of love, rolling through ups and downs, and riding through the fear to keep going through failure. Lines like “I think we are what we’ve been waiting for,” and “We can love, we can fail, it never goes out of style,” tug at the heartstrings of anyone that has struggled, worked, and made it out the other side. But nothing can prepare you for the joy and exuberance of coming full circle with, “You like my sense of humor and I like the way you smile...Why don’t you stay awhile...or maybe for a lifetime.” It hits hard because you know this to be true, New Found Glory has always been about this; life will be difficult, but these difficulties make us into stronger, bolder people, and celebrating the triumphs in life make it all worth it.
With Forever + Ever x Infinity, the band created an album that is 100% New Found Glory, a brand and mantra 20+ years in the making, riffs and sing-a-longs to last a lifetime.
New Found Glory is Jordan Pundik (lead vocals), Chad Gilbert (guitar), Ian Grushka (bass guitar) and Cyrus Bolooki (drums).