Saturday, December 27, 2014

Along with Showboat, Atlantic City to lose the House of Blues

The Boardwalk casino and its entertainment venues shut down Aug. 31.

Along with Showboat, Atlantic City to lose the House of Blues

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: Cassadee Pope performs during ´FOX & Friends´ All American Concert Series outside of FOX Studios on June 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: Cassadee Pope performs during 'FOX & Friends' All American Concert Series outside of FOX Studios on June 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

The final show listed on the calendar of the House of Blues concert venue at the Showboat casino in Atlantic City is Cassadee Pope, the winner of TV reality show The Voice in 2012, who's scheduled to play the boadwalk venue on August 29. 

That's going to be it. On Friday, Caesars Entertainment Corp. confirmed that Showboat will not live to see Labor Day. The casino will close on August 31, and "will honor all room reservations and events until that time," according to a press release.

According to Caesars spokesman Gary Thompson, the House of Blues, the 2380-capacity concert venue that has hosted The White Stripes, Erykah Badu and Elvis Costello, among many others since opening in 2005, will close along with the rest of the Showboat property at the end of August.

Which means that this summer's rather lackluster final run of shows at the venue, which has always been a nicer place to see a band than say, the character-less but much more impressively booked Borgata Event Center, will be its last.    

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The closing lineup includes Huey Lewis & the News on July 11, TLC on July 12, and Dave Koz on August 15. The full lineup is here. 

Will that mean there will be siginificantly fewer quality musical attractions in Atlanitc City? Not necessarily. Caesar's also books show in Harrah's Resorts, Bally's, and Caesar's, as well as Boardwalk Hall, and many would-be shows could wind up in other venues, though none of those properties boast a room as hip as the HOB.

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