Blake Shelton apparently had such a cool time in his wildly succesful free concert on the Atlantic City beach last summer that he went back to The Voice and told all his friends. Or at least Adam Levine.
In a big coup for the ailing but suddenly musically resurgent Atlantic City, sources confirmed Sunday that Maroon 5 and Nick Jonas will be performing on the beach Aug. 16th. But unlike last summer, tickets will not be free. Maroon 5 is not touring this summer, but will make a special appearance just because, well, Atlantic City.
The country group Rascal Flatts is also reportedly looking at gracing the old seaside survivor with a second beach concert, date to be announced, also paid tickets, but nothing final has been inked.
Maroon 5 and Nick Jonas, though, are a done deal. Live Nation will announce the details Monday, sources said. Tickets will go on sale Friday. Last year's Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum concerts each drew about 60,000 fans to the beach. Sources said about the same number of tickets would be sold this year.
Despite its casino and economic meltdown in the last year, Atlantic City's music scene has seen a nice uptick this summer with new venues. Borgata's Festival Park has opened to raves, and this new very cool outside venue cum ping pong played host to what was by all accounts a killer sold out concert by The Killers on Saturday. Their outdoor summer lineup is here.