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 2012 (fun fact)! Below, you'll find a complete listing of currently booked bands for the 2024 event, from the main stage to the acoustic stage, there's something here for everyone!
This page is packed full of music so make sure to keep scrolling!
SING & DANCE ALONG!
Friday, April 12th - 8pm to 12am
When HOT MULLIGAN took to social media to declare themselves #1 Hot New Band, it would have been easy to write off the terminally online emo quartet’s proclamation as yet another irreverent entry into their bag of tricks.
But it turns out Hot Mulligan have a way of manifesting things into existence, whether it’s name-dropping Michelle Branch and Mark Hoppus in song titles and netting responses from both (only one got the joke) or, true to their word, becoming synonymous with the newest waves of pop-punk and emo – err, post-emo, the genre Hot Mully have claimed responsibility for inventing. (Go ahead and fact-check it; they’ll wait.)
Since forming in Lansing, Michigan, in 2014, the college friends – vocalist Tades Sanville, guitarists Chris Freeman and Ryan Malicsi and drummer Brandon Blakeley – have ascended from basements to buzz band on the back of two beloved albums, 2018’s Pilot and 2020’s you’ll be fine. Now, bolstered by 140 million Spotify streams, a sold-out nationwide headlining tour, support slots for the likes of The Wonder Years and New Found Glory and headlines in Alternative Press and Rock Sound, the band’s third LP, WHY WOULD I WATCH (Wax Bodega), cements their evolution as one the most versatile and profoundly moving bands in the underground.
Produced by longtime collaborator Brett Romnes, Why Would I Watch is Hot Mulligan at their loudest, their poppiest, and, ultimately, their most poignant: twinkly Midwestern emo guitars and mathy, synthy-heavy rhythms, Sanville’s sandpaper vocals and indelible melodies, the lightning-in-a-bottle kinetic energy of Long Island ca. 2001 updated for newer generations.
“And I Smoke” channels the ghost of Warped Tours past with frenetic pit-starting energy and unrelenting momentum – close your eyes, and you can almost taste the sweat and sunscreen – while “No Shoes in the Coffee Shop (Or Socks)” is the most well-honed slice of pop the band have ever laid down and the ambient slink of “This Song Is Called It’s Called What’s It Called” unfolds and builds, builds, builds into a dynamic eruption of emotion poised to become a highlight of live sets.
Free Throw was formed in April 2012 after the members had graduated high school and had met each other through the Nashville music scene while playing in previous bands. Vocalist Cory Castro described it as "a couple of beers and a couple of ideas The band has since released four full-length albums, titled Those Days Are Gone Bear Your Mind, What's Past is Prologue, and Piecing It Together. They have also released three EPs, titled Free Throw, Lavender Town, and Missing Pieces. After the release of their debut album, the band embarked on a tour opening for Empire! Empire!
The band formed in early 2013 by Sam Kless in his parents' garage in Dublin, California. Enlisting help from his former high school marching band and jazz band classmates Just Friends began as a punk rock band, but largely abandoned the genre in favor of funk rock and pop rap.
In 2015 the band released its first studio album, Rock to the Rhythm through Open Door Records. Their writing at the time was largely influenced by pop punk and emo bands like The Motorcycle Industry and Walter Mitty and his Makeshift Orchestra. During this time the band embarked on various DIY tours around the US and released a split with Prince Daddy & The Hyena in 2016.
In 2017 the band added vocalist Brond and saw the return of Kevin Prochnow on bass. On April 9, 2017, the band released three tracks promoting the upcoming album, Nothing but Love. The band continued to tour the US and gain traction at festivals like The Fest. Originally released in 2018 through Counter Intuitive Records the album was praised for its diverse, genre-blending sound. Just Friends continued to tour the US and the UK & Europe from Fall 2018 to early 2019. On February 14, 2019, the band announced they were signing to Pure Noise Records and re-releasing Nothing but Love on March 15 through the new label. The band continued to tour on the album, supporting Mayday Parade, State Champs, The Wonder Years, and more across all dates of the first and last Sad Summer Fest In the fall the band embarked on a headlining tour with support from Save Face, followed by a string of dates supporting The Story So Far.
Sat, April 13th - 12pm to 4pm
Saves The Day have been through a lot over the past two decades: Van accidents, member changes, the emo explosion, and the adventures that carried the act and their fans from adolescence to adulthood. But they’ve never had a proper history of the band… until now. Saves The Day’s ninth album 9 tells the story of the band from the perspective of the band’s founder Chris Conley and does it in a way that’s as exhaustive as it is poetic and makes the listener a part of the songwriting process. From a narrative standpoint, 9 chronicles the epic story of a group of kids from New Jersey who realized their dream and became international sensations. However, on a more existential level, it shows how Conley “woke up” and became aware of his own consciousness through his relationship with music and the unbelievable adventures it inspired since he formed the act in 1997.
“A lot of the memories that I write about in the lyrics for this album I haven’t written about because they were too painful or complicated. But for some reason when I was writing, my brain kept coming back to thinking about my entire career from a sense of reflection for the first time,” Conley says of the process of writing the follow-up to 2013’s Saves The Day. 9 opens with the upbeat “Saves The Day,” which serves simultaneously as a mission statement and love letter to fans before segueing into “Suzuki,” a song that features the opening line, “On a black and red couch playing a burgundy Les Paul I played on Can’t Slow Down so many years ago, writing album number nine right now.” Then again, this meta sentiment isn’t so surprising coming from someone who famously penned lines like, “You want to know who I really am, well so do I” on the song “See You” from the landmark 2001 album, Stay What You Are.
From there the album takes you back to the earliest days of the band’s history of playing house shows on the crunchy, riff-driven “Side By Side” and drops you into what it’s like to be to on tour with your best friends when all cylinders are firing on the instantly catchy, psychedelica-tinged “Kerouac & Cassady.” Next we move onto the band’s unplanned rise to stardom and relentless work ethic on the driving and uplifting rocker, “It’s Such A Beautiful World.” “This song is about the Through Being Cool era and things are starting to heat up,” Conley says of the latter track, which sounds like an unholy amalgam between Weezer and glam metal. “At this point we are flying to performances all over the world so in the first stanza I say, ‘If we get stuck on a plane, we’re skydiving to the show.’ It’s such an incredible life to get to live and we were nuts for it and enjoying every second of it.”
As pioneers of the ska/punk scene, Catch 22 has built a reputation for smoking live shows and musical innovation. The band formed in the fall of 1996 when founding members Chris Greer, Ryan Eldred and Kevin Gunther set out to play a genre of music that quickly became a huge national trend.
Over 200,000 album sales later, Catch 22 are still one of the most consistent live bands on the road today, filling venues worldwide and helping launch the careers of many others.
Action/Adventure shouldn’t be here. At least, that’s what the Chicago-based five-piece seem to think.They’re wrong–very wrong–but that’s the overriding theme of their debut album.That’spartlywhythey named itImposter Syndrome–because when the band signed to Pure Noise Records, they couldn’tquite believe it.Even after they released their seven-track EPPulling Focusin 2021,and even after thatEP’s lead track “Barricades” went viral on TikTok,it didn’t feel real.After all, this isa label that’sput outsome of their favorite albums by some of their favorite bands, and nowtheywere a part of it.Thatsenseof confused bewildermentwas compounded by the timing of it all.“For us,” sayslead vocalist Blake Evaristo, “having a debut on Pure Noise is insane.Especially because,when“Barricades”blew up for us and we got all thatTikTok clout, it happened during the pandemic, sowe didn’t even play a show till nearly a year later. And I feellike in that time,we were having impostersyndrome, hence the title.Itdidn’t feel real.”“And honestly,” adds vocalist/guitarist Brompton Jackson, “it still doesn’t even feel real. We’ve just beenasking questions likeisthis real? Do we belong here? Is this even happening?
Sat, April 13th - 6pm to 10pm
Along with No Doubt, Sublime, and Rancid, Los Angeles quartet Goldfinger helped contribute to a mini-U.S. ska-punk movement in the mid- to late '90s. The group was originally formed in 1994 by ex-Electric Love Hogs guitarist/singer John Feldmann and bassist/singer Simon Williams (who were both working at the same shoe store at the time), in addition to drummer Darrin Pfeiffer and an unnamed second guitarist (who would leave the group before any recordings could be issued and later become a pro surfer in Costa Rica). A friend of Feldmann's, Charlie Paulson, signed on shortly thereafter, playing his first show with the group just a day after being given a tape of their songs to learn.
A six-track demo EP, Richter, was issued in 1995 and received favorable reviews and a substantial amount of airplay on college radio, leading to Goldfinger signing a major-label contract with Universal. Their self-titled full-length debut hit the record racks a year later, spawning the popular single/video "Here in Your Bedroom" (a track that originally appeared on their EP), and the group toured alongside the Sex Pistols, No Doubt, and Reel Big Fish, and performed at multi-band festival the Vans Warped Tour.
Their second full-length, Hang-Ups, was released in 1997, and although the album failed to live up to the expectations set by their debut, Goldfinger stayed in the public eye with their cover of the Spiral Starecase song "More Today Than Yesterday," featured in the soundtrack of the hit Adam Sandler movie The Waterboy. Williams left the band in 1998, replaced by a former bandmate of Feldmann's from Electric Love Hogs, Kelly Lemieux, and Goldfinger debuted their new lineup with the eight-track all-covers live EP Darrin's Coconut Ass: Live a year later. The quartet's third studio release, Stomping Ground, was issued in 2000 as the group toured both Europe and the U.S. (during their tour of England, Goldfinger recorded one of their sets, issuing the live Foot in Mouth, available only at shows and through the band's official website).
Come 2001, it was Paulson's turn to jump ship, replaced by Brian Arthur (formerly of the Texas alt-metal outfit Unloco), as Goldfinger's first studio album for their new label, Jive/Zomba, was issued in 2002 with Open Your Eyes. Disconnection Notice from 2005 found the group switching to the Maverick label. By 2008, however, Paulson was back on board, and the band released Hello Destiny... on the punk label SideOneDummy.
Over the next several years, the band performed intermittently as Feldmann took on various production and songwriting projects including working with Panic! At the Disco, Allstar Weekend, 5 Seconds of Summer, blink-182, and others. Also during this period, bandmembers Paulson, Pfeiffer, and Lemieux parted ways with the band. In 2017, Goldfinger returned with The Knife, featuring contributions from blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, MxPx bassist Mike Herrera, Story of the Year guitarist Phil Sneed, and others.
Goldfinger Biography by Greg Prato
Hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, CLIFFDIVER is a band that defies boundaries, pushing the
limits of their genre with every note. Formed in 2018, this dynamic group has been on a
relentless journey of musical exploration, cementing their reputation as one of rock's most
exciting and innovative acts.
In May 2022, CLIFFDIVER burst onto the scene with their electrifying debut album,
unleashed via SideOneDummy Records. The record sent shockwaves through the industry,
establishing CLIFFDIVER as a force to be reckoned with. Their distinctive sound,
characterized by catchy guitar riffs, infectious melodies, and emotionally charged lyrics,
quickly caught the attention of music enthusiasts worldwide.