SING & DANCE ALONG!
The sounds of The Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival are one 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 2020 event, from main stage to acoustic stage fun, there's something here for everyone!
SESSION 1: APRIL 3 8PM-12AM
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Coral Springs, Florida band New Found Glory broke into the mainstream as part of the early-2000s wave of pop-punk acts, rising to the upper tier of the genre alongside Good Charlotte, Saves the Day, and other Warped Tour-affiliated groups. Their breakthrough third album Sticks and Stones peaked at number four on the U.S. charts in 2002 and was bested in 2004 by their Top Three effort Catalyst. Even though the scene had veered in a more hardcore direction by the end of the decade, NFG maintained their fast-paced pop-punk momentum into the 2010s, scoring a pair of indie chart-toppers in 2009 (Not Without a Fight) and 2017 (Makes Me Sick).
The Early November is an American rock band from New Jersey. The group formed in 2001 and signed with Drive-Thru Records in 2002. As of 2018, they have released two EPs: For All of This (2002) and The Acoustic EP (2005). They have released four full-length albums: The Room's Too Cold (2003), triple album The Mother, the Mechanic, and the Path (2006), In Currents (2012), and Imbue (2015). Their most recent album, Lilac, was released September 27, 2019. The band is currently signed to Rise Records.
Alyse Vellturo, known professionally as Pronoun (stylized pronoun), is an American singer-songwriter and one-woman band based in Brooklyn, New York. Her music has been described by critics as indie/synth and indie pop. Billboard named her as one of their breakout indie artists for 2019. She is also the founder of the record label Sleep Well Records.
In 2016 Vellturo debuted with her EP There's No One New Around You. Her debut studio album I'll Show You Stronger was released via Rhyme & Reason on May 24, 2019.
In 2019 Vellturo released her first full length LP I'll Show You Stronger. The album received a positive review from the Boston Globe, including a score of 6.5 from Pitchfork. The album was ranked 19 on billboard magazine's 25 Best Rock and Alternative Albums list.
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SESSION 2: APRIL 4 12pm-4pm
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Goldfinger continues to build on a highly regarded legacy, where they have been considered one of the forerunners and most well-known bands of the third-wave ska/punk movement of the late 90s. Their 1996 self-titled debut Goldfinger went gold, and was named one of “The Ten Albums That Defined 1996” by Alternative Press in 2006. All Music said “no one had more success with this new sound than Goldfinger on their self-titled debut”, calling it “irresistibly catchy, creative, and hopelessly endearing.” 1997’s Hang-Ups reached #85 on the Billboard 200, and the single “Superman” was prominently featured on the soundtrack for the generation-defining Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game. Over 6 full-length albums and over a decade of touring, Goldfinger amassed an international fan base drawn to the band’s penchant for big choruses, attitude, and creativity of seamlessly fusing punk rock, ska, skate punk, and various other genres throughout their discography.
The Suicide Machines are an American punk rock band formed in March 1991 in Detroit, Michigan and disbanded in May 2006. Since 2009, the band has occasionally played reunion shows. During the course of their career the band released six full-length albums on the labels Hollywood Records and Side One Dummy Records.
Born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in the summer of 2019, Terrible Orange Things is the brainchild of long time friends and first-time collaborators Donovan O’Rourke, James Buniak and Simon Wernovsky. After over a decade between them of working in the professional cover band circuit, Donovan and Simon found themselves exhausted of performing music night after night that was not their own and sought to reconnect with the passion and the music that had originally inspired them to become musicians in the first
place. James and Donovan had grown up together playing in local bands around Allentown, Pennsylvania and after a successful career working as a sound engineer himself, James was ready to get back on stage and proved to be the perfect fit to complete the trio.
The band immediately set to work writing and hired Justin Mitchell (I Am King, Visionary) of King Studios to engineer and produce their first singles, “Alien” & “Stutter”. When it came time to reveal their music to the world the band knew that they wanted to create content
that reflected their own lighthearted, comedic, and adventurous personalities and thusly the Adventures of Terrible Orange Things was born. Teaming up with Philadelphia based Tree of Life Films, the band released the official video for “Alien” on May 1st and hit the ground running on a sci-fi adventure of their own creation, following it up with the sequel, “Stutter” in August. Since then, the band has been hard at work in the studio completing their debut EP, “Lovely Sounds for Lonely Times” to be released in the Spring of 2020.
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SESSION 3: APRIL 4 6pm-10pm
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Before becoming a full-fledged punk band, Against Me! was an acoustic solo project spearheaded by Laura Jane Grace, who began playing shows as a 17-year-old in Gainesville, Florida. Starting in 1997, Grace performed as a solo act wherever anyone would have her, drawing much influence from early acoustic protest music. By 2001, she'd beefed up her sound with the help of a full band -- including guitarist James Bowman, drummer Warren Oakes, and bassist Andrew Seward -- but there would always be some anarchism and Billy Bragg in the group's raucous braggadocio. After a few initial 12" and 7" releases, Against Me! issued the fan favorite Reinventing Axl Rose in 2002. The underground hit blended elements of punk, folk, and country into socially conscious and impassioned anthems. Continuing their reputation of always being on the road, the musicians logged countless tour dates around the country in support of their early material.
A slightly more polished album, As the Eternal Cowboy, was released in 2003 on the indie label Fat Wreck, followed by a compilation of that album's demos titled The Original Cowboy. After the release of a DVD (We're Never Going Home) and another 7", the band returned with its most mature effort to date, 2005's Searching for a Former Clarity. A subsequent headlining tour in support of the introspective, politically aggressive album saw Against Me! proudly hitting every U.S. state, and they signed with Sire Records in December 2005. Later they issued a rough version of Searching for a Former Clarity, titled Total Clarity. They were back on the road by spring 2006, this time opening for the Alkaline Trio, and spent the summer months playing the main stage at the Warped Tour. Though Against Me! were officially signed to Sire's roster, they released their last indie album in the form of Americans Abroad!!! Against Me!!! Live in London!!!, a concert album recorded while on tour in London with Murder by Death.
In July 2007, the band's major-label debut -- New Wave, a decidedly more rock-oriented record produced by Butch Vig -- hit shelves. New Wave was the first album by Against Me! with no acoustic tracks; it was also their first on a major label's tab. Reviews were generally favorable, and the band toured heavily in support of its release. By the summer of 2009, drummer Warren Oakes had officially left the group to pursue an alternate career as a restaurateur, eventually opening up a Tex-Mex eatery in Gainesville. Hot Water Music's George Rebelo joined in his place, and the revised lineup re-enlisted Butch Vig to produce the White Crosses album, which appeared in mid-2010. White Crosses debuted at 34 on the Billboard 200 and Against Me! were prepared to launch an international tour when they canceled a planned leg through Australia and New Zealand in September of 2010. Two months later, the band parted ways with Sire, and then prepared for some end-of-the-year shows with Jay Weinberg sitting in for Rebelo on drums, a move that was made permanent early in 2011. That spring, the demos collection Total Clarity appeared on Fat Wreck Chords, and as Against Me! started work on a new album, they launched their own record label called Total Treble Music; that year, Grace also opened an Elkton, Florida-based recording studio bearing the same name.
Transgender Dysphoria Blues was something of a breakthrough, achieving their highest chart placement to date -- it peaked at 23 on Billboard's Top 200 -- and strong reviews. On its supporting tour, Against Me! recorded the material that became their 2015 live album, 23 Live Sex Acts. During that tour, bassist Inge Johansson and drummer Atom Willard became full-time members of Against Me!, and this is the lineup that recorded 2016's Shape Shift with Me.
Iron Chic was formed in 2008 after the dissolution of Phil Douglas' and Brian Crozier's former band Latterman. Following Latterman's break up, Douglas initially joined Small Arms Dealer as a drummer which featured vocalist Jason Lubrano. Small Arms Dealer broke up shortly thereafter with Lubrano and Douglas deciding to start a new band altogether, recruiting Crozier, as well as drummer Gordon Lafler and bassist John Mee This band released the Demo 2008 and Shitty Rambo under this line up. The band almost broke up the following year when Crozier had to leave the band due to health issues and Mee was asked to leave due to tension within the band. The band immediately chose to continue with Rob McAllister of Capital, and Mike Bruno of Down In The Dumps, Get Bent and Jonesin' as well as owner/operator of Dead Broke Rekerds replacing Crozier and Mee respectively. The new lineup released the debut album Not Like This to critical acclaim. The band toured steadily through the year in support of Not Like This and released their 3rd EP, Split N' Shit in 2011.
In 2013, the band released the Spooky Action EP in anticipation for their Bridge Nine Records debut The Constant One which followed later in the year to once again critical acclaim. In 2015 the band replaced Rob McAllister with Broadcaster guitarist Jesse Litwa and released 2 EP's over the course the year: A split with New Mexico's Low Culture and the Y's single. Rob McAllister unexpectedly died on January 9, 2016 at the age of 36.
In 2017 the band released their 3rd album overall and first for SideOneDummy Records titled You Can't Stay Here. Written in response to singer Jason Lubrano's divorce and McAllister's death, the album showcased more darker themes and experimentation in contrast to their previous work. They released their first music video for the album's second track, "My Best Friend (Is A Nihilist)". The band toured with Propaghandi, Hot Water Music and Heartsounds in support of the album.
On November 16, 2018, the band released a split with Toys That Kill composed of songs from the You Can't Stay Here sessions. It was released via Recess Records and the band's own Dead Broke Rekerds
Tie Goes To The Runner is a band from the outskirts of Atlantic City, NJ. Founded by guitarists, C.J. Blake and Keith Michel, TGTTR has been touring and playing shows from fully packed big stage venues to grimy basements filled with smelly tattooed punks all across the east coast since late 2012. In 2014, Tie Goes acquired Matt Scull as a lead guitarist. Matt has since become the resident bass player as of Summer, 2015. In Winter of 2015, D.J. Passarelli became the official drummer for the band and Nico Musitano became full time utility member in early 2018. Prior, Nico had been a touring member with TGTTR for nearly two years. These garden state natives are who you hear on the 2019 release, "TGTTR - A Self Titled Collection Of Songs By Tie Goes To The Runner", recorded by Nik Bruzzese, Dom Maggi, and Ace Enders at The Lumberyard. Also, check out "Entanglement" recorded at the Lumberyard by Nik Bruzzese and "An American Pastime" which was the band's first full length release recorded with Pat Noon at Eight Sixteen Studios. In early 2019, members Keith and C.J. set out for 6 months to hike 2200 miles from Georgia to Maine via the Appalachian Trail. Now that all members are back safely in society, you can expect to see TGTTR touring vigorously year round and soon coming to a city near you.