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Matthews, Monkees playing AyCee in June

June will certainly be a multi-generational month in Atlantic City, musically speaking, as contemporary jam-band titans the Dave Matthews Band and 1960s pop/TV legends, The Monkees are both scheduled to perform there.

Matthews, Monkees playing AyCee in June

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June will certainly be a multi-generational month in Atlantic City, musically speaking, as contemporary jam-band titans the Dave Matthews Band and 1960s pop/TV legends, The Monkees are both scheduled to perform there. 

Matthews and his group will be headlining a three-day music festival at Bader Field, the historic early-20th-century airfield located on the Black Horse Pike, June 24-26.

While few details (including the names of other acts) have been released, pressofatlanticcity.com is reporting the bash will feature three separate performance stages and each of the three days will include some 12 hours of music.

The festival's promoter is Virginia-based Starr Hill Presents. Other than renting Bader Field to the firm, the city's role in the as-yet unnanmed musicale  will be mostly on the public safety/transportation side of things.

The organizers, who are expected to make a formal announcement next Tuesday, reportedly expect 50,000-70,000 people each of the three days for what at this point in time, are DMB's only scheduled 2011 performances.

If that news is music to the ears of Gen-Xers and Millennials, their parents and grandparents are sure to rejoice in the gig by The Monkees set for June 18 at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa.

The date is part of an upcoming 45th anniversary reunion tour just announced by three of the four members of the "Pre-Fab Four" that starred in the NBC-TV sitcom of the same name.

As has been the case in the past, Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork and Davy Jones will be carrying The Monkees' banner, as Michael Nesmith continues his decades-long boycott of the band responsible for such late-'60s chart-toppers as "Last Train to Clarksville," "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" and "I'm A Believer."

Tickets for the 9 p.m. show go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday and are scaled at $150 and $75. To order, call 866-900-4849, or go to www.theborgata.com.

Chuck Darrow
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Philly native Chuck Darrow has literally covered Atlantic City’s casino scene since Day One: He was there on assignment the night in November 1976 when voters approved legalized casinos.

Since then, Chuck has covered the town and its gaming industry for several area newspapers -- which is why, in some circles, he’s known as “Boardwalk Charlie.”

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