The Frantic City festival will rock the Orange Loop amphitheater

Step into the loop this weekend.

Atlantic City’s Orange Loop Amphitheater, the venue for Frantic City’s first indie rock festival, on Saturday, September 24. Car Seat Headrest, Bouncing Souls, Yo La Tango, Snail Mail, Rocket from the Crypt and more headline two stages, and comedian Fred Armisen hosts.

“It’s fun, cutting-edge programming that’s going to bring people here to Atlantic City,” said Charles Interrante, the venue’s director of operations.

The Orange Loop Amphitheater, named after the orange coloring of New York Avenue on Monopoly, has so far only hosted a handful of events. It’s about the size of the 5,000-capacity Stone Pony summer stage at Asbury Park, and like the Pony, it’s ocean front.

The link between Asbury Park and the Frantic City festival is strong. Joe Holdfast of Holdfast Records in Asbury Park is co-promoter, with Todd Abramson, former booker and co-owner of Maxwell’s in Hoboken. Interrante works with Pat Fasano, owner of the Asbury Park complex, which includes Bond Street Bar, Loteria and Capitoline. He also owns the Orange Loop amphitheater; Bourre, the nightclub opposite the amphitheater; and Loteria AC in Atlantic City.

“The artistic side – that’s what draws people in,” said Interrante, whose office is above Bond Street Bar. “It’s the same in Asbury. It started with a few small places and rejuvenating and energizing the spaces, and then as things grew the Pony came back to its glory and all these art galleries and gastropubs and food establishments started popping up as well.

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Fasano, who previously owned Asbury Lanes, was on the ground floor of the Asbury Park revival, and his former New Brunswick nightclub, Patrix, helped spark a music scene 40 years ago. The Smithereens, Dead Kennedys, Circle Jerks, Violent Femmes and many more have played Patrix.

“We had a lot of acts that we shouldn’t have had, but we did it because it was the 80s and you could do it,” Fasano previously told USA Today Network New Jersey. “Hopefully we can get that kind of excitement in Atlantic City.”

Frantic City’s lineup is made up of bands that don’t play the big Atlantic City casino venue – at least not yet. Car Seat Headrest features frontman Will Toledo, who proudly wears his eccentricities – and sometimes a fur suit – on stage. Snail Mail recently sold the Stone Pony. Protomartyr includes Kelley Deal from Breeders.

Jersey are represented by the Bouncing Souls, Yo La Tango and Titus Andronicus at the festival, and the Ergs and Night Birds, who will play the festival’s opening show on Friday September 23 in Bourre, with Samiam and host Natalie Cuomo.

“(The programming is going to) attract the right crowd, and it’s going to allow people to see Atlantic City for what it is and what it can be – not what people put in their heads,” Holdfast said. , aka Joe Koukos, previously. at the USA Today Network New Jersey. “There are a lot of people, guys like me and Todd, who can see through the mists much like a lot of us did at Asbury Park. We were willing to take a risk on a city that some people wrote off.

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The festival will feature regional vendors selling records, original artwork, clothing and more. There will be food options and trucks for all diets, depending on the festival. There’s also a merch janitor and an ax thrower.

Festival after-parties are Sid Gold’s Request Room presents Live Piano Karaoke with Joe McGinty at Bourre, and the New York Night Train Soul Clap and Dance Off with Jonathan Toubin at the Anchor Rock Club, also a short walk from the festival site.

“Atlantic City is going to be re-energized,” Interrante said.

Go: Frantic City, noon Saturday, September 24, Orange Loop Amphitheatre, 120 S. New York Ave., Atlantic City. $95. franticcitynj.com.

Set schedules

First stage

Noon: Control Top

1:15 p.m.: Protomartyr

2:35 p.m .: Great piece

4:15 p.m.: Shannon and The Clams

6:05 p.m.: Rocket from the crypt

8:05 p.m. Yo La Tengo

9:10 p.m.: Car seat headrest

Second step

12:35 p.m.: Titus Andronicus

1:55 p.m.: Samiam

3:25 p.m.: Murder City Devils

5:05 p.m.: Bouncing Souls

7:05 p.m.: Mail

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Jersey Shore native Chris Jordan covers music and entertainment for USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]

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