AyCee casinos welcome summer with outdoor saloons

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The latest iteration of the legendary reggae group, The Wailers, performs a free concert Friday at 8 p.m. at Sammy's Beach Bar at Bally's Atlantic City. Photo: www.ballysac.com

If it’s Memorial Day weekend, it must be time for some outdoor rockin’ and revelry down AyCee way.

Friday will see all four casino-operated al fresco saloons—three of them beach bars--up and running. While it had a special sneak-peak last weekend, Sammy’s Beach Bar at Bally’s Atlantic City officially kicks off the Summer of ’12 Friday with a free 8 p.m. performance by reggae titans The Wailers.

Sandwiching The Wailers’ appearance will be sets by DJ Sonatra (3 to 8 p.m.) and DJ Aiden Scott (post-show to 3 a.m.).

Also welcoming the unofficial start of summer are Trump Plaza Beach Bar and The Atlantic Club Beach Bar. All three surfside clubs offer various food and beverage specials, live music (generally cover bands) and DJs.

For those who prefer a bay view rather than ocean vistas, The Deck at Golden Nugget is the place for music, Margaritas and munchies. Located on the Frank Farley Marina, The Deck is pretty much the only remaining piece of what was Trump Marina (virtually everything else, inside and out, was lost in the recently completed, $150 million renovation project).

Freebie at Showboat

If the great indoors is your preferred musical venue, be advised alt-rockers Alien Ant Farm (where do these young people get these wacky names?)—which sort-of specializes in Michael Jackson covers--is staging a free show Friday in the Party Pit of the House of Blues casino inside Showboat Atlantic City. The tuneage starts at 10 p.m., but as always, it is recommended you get there early in order to score comfy seats on the Pit’s sofas. And, of course, you must be 21 to attend.

‘Legend’ary lineup

Friday is also the day the latest edition of the popular musical mimic-fest, “Legends in Concert” kicks off at Bally’s.

Through July 11, what is now known as the Legends in Concert Theater (formerly the Palace Theater in the Claridge Tower) will host a cast paying homage to Whitney Houston, Adele, Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Justin Timberlake and Marilyn Monroe.

Show times are 8 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Wednesday (matinees end June 27) and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $32.50 (adults) and $16.25 (kids 12 and under). For tickets, call 800-736-1420, or go to www.ticketmaster.com.

‘MIPW’ at Harrah’s

As the Most Important Person in the World (well, she must be, based on how frequently she is mentioned in the media), Kim Kardashian could spend her holiday weekend anywhere talent, grace and intellectual heft are welcome. She has chosen to spend part of it at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City.

Sunday afternnon, Her Fabulousness will be hosting the "Daydream" splash party at the Pool at Harrah's. Also on hand will be DJs Nicky Romero, Victor Calderone and Serge Devat. If you want to bask in her celestial glow, it'll cost you $47.50 (for the only tix still remaining). To oder, go to www.Harrah's Resort.com.

Mountains of holiday fun

If you’re heading to the Poconos for the weekend, you can check out the holiday festivities at Mount Airy Casino Resort in Pocono Township.

Friday at 9 p.m., the gaming hall will offer a free screening of the iconic 1984 movie, “Footloose.” Saturday at 9 p.m., a fireworks display will fill the skies.  Sunday at 8 p.m., Parrot Beach, a (what else?) Jimmy Buffett tribute unit, is scheduled to perform. The weekend wraps up Monday at noon with the Memorial Day Backyard Barbecue, which will feature vendors hawking a variety of traditional picnic fare.