Free CRDA Entertainment Continues this Summer at Kennedy Plaza and Gardner’s Basin

The CRDA presents the 2023 "Jazz on the Beach " series of shows at the Chicken Bone Beach featuring live music acts performing on stage at Kennedy Plaza on Thursday July 6, 2023 in Atlantic City, NJ. Photo: Tom Briglia/PhotoGraphics
June 24, 2024

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (June 24, 2024) – The Atlantic City Boardwalk and Gardner’s Basin will be alive this summer with free LIVE music, courtesy of the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA).

Free entertainment takes place from June 26 through September 5 at Kennedy Plaza across from Boardwalk Hall. Atlantic City residents and visitors will enjoy performances from genres including Rock & Roll, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues and everything in between.

Mardi Gras AC, Enjoy world class concerts Free every Wednesday night from June 26 – September 4 at 7 PM!

Produced by Tony Mart Presents, this incredible CRDA funded series of 11 concerts features headliners and award winning international artists. Enjoy a diverse lineup including blues, rock, funk, Americana, jam & roots rock, New Orleans R&B, and classic Rock and Roll.

Kicking off the series on June 26th is the “Piano from Savannah,” Victor Wainwright & The Train. Don’t miss the “Eddie and the Cruisers” celebration on July 3rd featuring John Cafferty and Beaver Brown Band. On July 24th relive the iconic Tony Mart Legacy Last Waltz Concert, a tribute to the Martin Scorsese film originally filmed after Levon & The Hawks became Bob Dylan and the Band.

This year’s line-up includes spectacular performances by New Orlean’s Bonerama, Phantom Blues Band with Curtis Salgado, Samantha Fish, the iconic Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and the Southern rock and blues star Devon Allman. Enjoy performances by hot young jam bands like, Victor Wainwright and The Train, and Philly R&B star Jeff Bradshaw. Classic tribute bands include “Everyday People,” a tribute to Sly and the Family Stone, and The Tony Mart Classic Rock Guitar Tribute.

Chicken Bone Beach Jazz Concert Series returns to Kennedy Plaza between Mississippi and Georgia Avenues at 7 PM on Thursday nights, June 27 through September 5.  These free Thursday night shows feature world-class concerts that appeal to residents and visitors who are attracted to heritage, jazz and cultural entertainment.

June 27, 2024 – Jason Marsalis Local Jazz Artist: Tony Day Quartet

July 4, 2024 – Linda May Han Oh Local Jazz Artist: Keith Hollis & Co

July 11, 2024 – Nicole Zuraitis Local Jazz Artist: Angela Burton

July 18, 2024 – Edmar Castañeda Local Jazz Artist: Vertical Current

July 25, 2024 – Ekep Nkwelle Local Jazz Artist: Rek’D 4 Jazz Eddie Morgan

*August 1, 2024 – No show

Aug 8, 2024 – Sean Jones & Baltimore Jazz Collective Local Jazz Artist: IDEA Youth Music Collective

Aug 15, 2024 – Headliner: Olatuja Local Jazz Artist: Gina Roche

Aug 22, 2024 – Headliner: Ulysses Owens Jr. Local Jazz Artist: John Lamkin Quintet

Aug 29, 2024 – Headliner: Melissa Aldana Quartet Local Jazz Artist: Dwain Davis & Friends

Sept 5, 2024 – Headliner: Arturo Sandoval – 10 Time Grammy Winner Local Jazz Artist: Cintron

*Please note that there is no show on Thursday, August 1.


2024 Free Summer Concerts at Gardner’s Basin, 800 North New Hampshire Avenue presented by The National R&B Music Society Inc.

Saturday, June 29 at 1:00 p.m. Rain Date Sunday, June 30.

The Manhattans ft. Gerald Alston; Honey Cone; Skyy; Full Force; Allure; Helen Bruner; Terry Jones; Dennis Taylor ; Kim Pinder-Garner

Opening Acts: The Cason Express Show Band, Judah Dorrington & Paradise, Calvin Alston

Hosted by: Bowlegged Lou

Saturday, July 27 at 1:00 p.m. Rain Date Sunday, July 28.

Regina Belle; Ray, Goodman & Brown; Ted “Wizard” Mills; Black Ivory; Soul Generation featuring Cliff Perkins; Mass Production; Blaq Rose; Crystal Spivey

Opening Acts: Kemistry, Village Bridge, Chris-N-Teeb

Hosted by: Maurice “The Voice” Watts

Bring your Coolers, Lawn Chairs and Umbrellas!

For more information and a full schedule of CRDA’s free Summer Entertainment, visit  or call our Visitor Information Center at 1-609-449-7100.




About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA’s expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center. In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process. For more information about CRDA and our projects, visit, and follow us on Facebook and X.

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