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Atlantic City’s Ovation Hall announces partnership with Franklin Music Hall owners the Bowery Presents

The new partnership starts bringing acts to Atlantic City in February.

Kix Brooks, left, and Ronnie Dunn, of Brooks and Dunn perform at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 18, 2010.
Kix Brooks, left, and Ronnie Dunn, of Brooks and Dunn perform at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 18, 2010.Read moreAP

The Ocean Resort Casino’s Ovation Hall in Atlantic City will feature appearances from country stars Brooks & Dunn, comedian Frank Caliendo, singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins, and others in 2019, thanks to a booking agreement with new Franklin Music Hall owners The Bowery Presents/AEG.

“We are excited about our partnership with The Bowery Presents/AEG,” AC Ocean Walk, LLC chairman Bruce Deifik said via a release. “Being able to combine their experience and expertise in the world of entertainment with the extraordinary venue that is Ovation Hall will allow Ocean Resort Casino to offer our guests and visitors a superior entertainment experience.”

That experience kicks off Feb. 8 with a performance from singer-songwriter Lee Brice, followed by appearances from Brian McKnight, The Isley Brothers, and 38 Special throughout the month. Other performances announced for 2019 include The Monkees (March 2), Jethro Tull, and comedian Tom Segura. Tickets for most shows go on sale Friday via Ticketmaster, but tickets for McKnight, the Monkees and Segura are on sale now.

The full lineup is below:

  1. Feb. 8 — Lee Brice  

  2. Feb. 15 — Brian McKnight 

  3. Feb. 16 — The Isley Brothers

  4. Feb. 22 — 38 Special 

  5. Feb. 23 — Frank Caliendo 

  6. Mar. 2 — The Monkees 

  7. Mar. 9 — Ian Anderson Presents the Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour 

  8. Mar. 23 — Whose Live Anyway? 

  9. Mar. 30 — Chris Botti 

  10. Apr. 12 — Kenny Loggins

  11. Jun. 7 — Brookes & Dunn

  12. Jun. 15 — Tom Segura

The Bowery Presents’ deal with Ovation Hall is the company’s latest in the area, after purchasing the former Electric Factory earlier this year from former owners Larry Magid and Adam Spivak for an undisclosed sum. Now dubbed Franklin Music Hall, the venue was previously renamed North Seventh following its sale in September. Now, the venue is preparing to welcome acts like the Wu-Tang Clan, Action Bronson, and Citizen Cope in the New Year.

Live Nation’s The Met Philadelphia, Philly’s newest music venue, meanwhile, opened this month with a performance from Bob Dylan, which Inquirer music critic Dan DeLuca “among the strongest I’ve seen in 30 years of Dylan-going.” Upcoming performances at that venue include shows from comedian John Oliver, Philly’s own Boyz II men, and singer Mariah Carey.

“The combination of the premier artists that we present along with the high-quality operation that Ocean Resort Casino provides will result in an unrivaled fan experience,” the Bowery Presents/AEG partner Jim Glancy said of the company’s new partnership with Ocean Resort Casino. “We are looking forward to a successful partnership ahead.”