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ATLANTIC CITY ARTISTS TAKE CENTER STAGE
AT THE INAUGURAL NORTH TO SHORE FESTIVAL
Dozens of new events added to the festival lineup, featuring the city’s comics, playwrights, deejays, punk bands, muralists, potters, jazz singers and many more
MAY 9, 2023 – Atlantic City, NJ – A playwright whose work tells the history of Atlantic City’s people. A GRAMMY-nominated producer who hosts showcases for local deejays. And an R&B singer who’s entertained U.S. troops around the world.
These are just some of the scores of artists who make their creative home in Atlantic City, who will be showcased at more than a dozen new events added to the lineup for the inaugural North to Shore Festival weekend in Atlantic City on June 4-11. Each event will highlight the work of at least one, and often many, creatives who keep the city’s arts scene humming all year long. These performances and events, many of them free, are made possible by grants offered by the North to Shore Festival.
These performers will join the Festival’s previously announced global headliners — including Jay Wheeler, Jazmine Sullivan and more — in making the first North to Shore Festival weekend in Atlantic City the definitive celebration of the power of the performing arts, and the creativity, diversity and innovation found in the Garden State.
Conceived by Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy, the North to Shore Festival will spotlight both the state’s cultural diversity and its technological innovation with three weekends of concerts, conversations, exhibits and more, one in each of three of the state’s most exciting cities: Atlantic City, Asbury Park and Newark.
NJPAC will produce this three-weekend extravaganza in collaboration with partners including Montclair Film, Newark International Film Festival, TechUnited/Propelify and MediaSense. Music and comedy programming will be produced in collaboration with a cohort of other presenters, including SJ Presents, Madison Marquette, Live Nation, Platinum Productions and Absolutely Live!
An extraordinarily diverse roster of artists from the city — including potters, muralists and musicians — will be featured at Atlantic City’s festival events.
“Atlantic City knows how to put on a great show and North to Shore will be no different,” said Marty Small, Sr., Mayor of the City of Atlantic City. “Our neighborhoods are brimming with talent and we’re ready to show the world that. Adding our hometown flavor to the lineup only elevates this entire festival. It’s always a great day in the City of Atlantic City, but we’re going to make sure it’s a great week in June.”
“A Jersey festival isn’t a Jersey festival unless it’s an authentic reflection of the artists who bring their creativity to work in this state 365 days a year,” says David Rodriguez, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer of NJPAC.
“We’re proud that this festival is a genuine microcosm of the special character of each of the cities that will be hosting this new celebration,” says Rodriguez.
Events produced by Atlantic City awardees held during the festival weekend include:
- Noyes Makers: 2023 New Jersey Arts Annual (June 4-11, 11-5PM, Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, 2200 Fairmount Ave.) A juried art exhibition, sponsored by New Jersey State Council on the Arts, on the theme: “Mother Nature vs Human Nature: The Inequity of Climate Resilience.” Plus, free music, dance and poetry performances by local artists. FREE
- Sisters: An Art Exhibit with Spoken Word, Live Music, & Candid Conversations About Women (June 7-11, 10AM-10PM, Atlantic City Tours, 127 N Michigan Ave.) Atlantic City Tours presents an exhibit, evening performances and conversations dedicated to the diverse artistry of women creators in the community. FREE
- Samples N Needles (June 8, 5-10PM, VUE Rooftop Bar, 123 S Indiana Ave.) Catch the best beats and tunes with Samples N Needles, showcasing the best local musicians and DJs, produced by four-time GRAMMY-nominated producer Saint Luke. FREE
- Mark Ostow’s Atlantic City Boardwalk Photo Portrait Workshop (June 8-10, 12-5PM, Atlantic City Boardwalk) Professional photographer Mark Ostow offers his Atlantic City Boardwalk Photo Portrait Workshops which helps students develop their eye and capture the heart of what makes Atlantic City so special.
- From Earth To Cup (June 9, 5-8PM, The Seed: A Living Beer Project, 807 Baltic Ave.) This multidisciplinary event is a total sensory experience that combines live music and pottery making with samples of delicious local craft beers. FREE
- Comedy By The Water Presents: Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Show (June 9, 7PM, The Celebrity Theater, Claridge Hotel, 123 S Indiana Ave.) Live stand-up comedy show featuring Joe “Joe Cleezy” Clair along with several up-and-coming Atlantic City comedians.
- Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation, Inc. Presents: Tim Warfield & Terell Stafford featuring the Temple All-Stars (June 10, 12-1:30PM, Kennedy Plaza Stage) Jazz on the Boardwalk presented by Chicken Bone Beach. Enjoy the jazz music that helped shape Atlantic City into a cultural and historical landmark. FREE
- The Cason Express Show Band Jazz, Pop & R&B — The History of Music in AC (June 10, 2-3:30PM, Kennedy Plaza Boardwalk) From the Club Harlem to the 500 Club, the Wonder Gardens to Arthur’s and more, the Cason Express Show Band will take you on a musical journey through the songbook of Atlantic City’s storied entertainment history. FREE
- Angela Burton and Passion (June 10, 4-5:30PM, Kennedy Plaza Boardwalk) Angela Burton — who’s sung in 35 countries for the troops, opened for all the headliners at Club Harlem and produces the longest-running African American female-produced act in town — brings her passionate mix of R&B, Top 40, jazz, oldies and Motown to North to Shore. FREE
- Back Sov Bullies Concert (June 10, 2-8PM, Sovereign Ave Field, 3301 Fairmount Ave.) The first annual Back Sov Bullies concert, featuring performances from local hardcore and punk bands, coincides with a Skate AC jam and contest complete with prizes from local sponsors. FREE
- Global Grooves: Music & Arts in the Park (June 10, 1-7PM, O’Donnell Memorial Park, 3501 Atlantic Ave.) Outdoor entertainment and interactive activities — including opera, ballet, hip hop and a dragon dance — plus a vendor market, food trucks and pop-up restaurants. FREE
- Boogie Daze Pool Party (June 11, 10AM-5PM, The Chelsea Rooftop Hotel, 111 S Chelsea Ave.) The Boogie Nights crew presents the Boogie Daze Pool Party, an afternoon of DJs spinning all the best hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, with amenities including fishbowl souvenir cocktails, a hula hoop contest, relay races, giveaways and more.
- Paint the Shore Mural Project (June 10, 2PM-12AM, Absecon Lighthouse, 31 S Rhode Island Ave) Renowned artist Charles Barbin, Dunes Gallery and Create 48, a premier public arts company operating in South Jersey, team up to create a mural for Atlantic City. FREE
- North Beach Mini Golf Presents: Golf & Jazz with Eric Alexander and Friends (June 11, 12-3PM, North Beach Mini Golf, 120 Euclid Ave.) Play a round of Mini Golf while listening to the sounds of jazz music from saxophonist Eric Alexander and Friends. FREE
- Soup Can’s Candemonium (June 11, 1-3PM, C.R.O.P.S., 2101 Atlantic Ave.) Sponsored by Soup Can Magazine, New Jersey’s premiere quarterly art, poetry and cultural publication, this event features spoken word, poetry and hip hop artists covered over the years in the magazine. The event takes place at C.R.O.P.S., a non-profit dedicated to facilitating growth and community through farmers markets, public gardens and educational programming. FREE
- We Love AC Mural (June 5-11, 1-5PM, Hayday Coffee, 155 S. New York Ave.) This interactive event will bring together artists Heather Deegan Hires, Christian Correa and non-artists to collaboratively create a new mural at Hayday Coffee. Presented by the Atlantic City Arts Foundation. FREE
- Yo Eleven: One Woman, Many Voices (June 11, 1-3PM, Location TBD) This one-woman show written and performed by AC’s own Michelle Tomko, tells the history of Atlantic City through the stories of 11 of its residents, including a famous singer, a person in recovery, a Stockton student, a yogi and a pillar of the community who was raised in Atlantic City when the North and South sides of town were racially divided. FREE
All events are subject to change. Check local listings.
Leadership support for North to Shore has been generously provided by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, New Jersey Travel and Tourism, NJM Insurance, Outfront, PSEG and RWJBarnabas Health.
Support for North to Shore in Atlantic City is provided by the Casiello Philanthropic Foundation.
United Airlines is the Official Airline Sponsor for the 2023 North to Shore Festival.
Tickets for the North to Shore Festival are available at NorthtoShore.com. Get Festival updates most quickly on social media. Follow North to Shore on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok.
About the North to Shore Festival
The North to Shore Festival, launched in 2023, features all the talent, diversity, and creativity that New Jersey has to offer, packed into three extraordinary weekends of performances, screenings, parties and conversations in three of the state’s most iconic cities. Hosted by Atlantic City (June 4–11), Asbury Park (June 14–18), and Newark (June 21–25), the North To Shore Festival will bring together events at 50+ venues for an over-the-top showcase of Jersey excellence, aligned with Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy’s vision of a celebration worthy of the Garden State’s long legacy of innovation in the arts, film and technology. For the latest updates and new concert listings, visit northtoshore.com.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States. It is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey — where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. As New Jersey’s Town Square, NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State’s and the world’s best artists, while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted 11 million visitors (including almost two million children) since opening its doors in 1997 and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. Visit njpac.org for more information.