Frantic City Festival looks to revitalize Atlantic City rock scene

Superchunk. (Brett Villena)

Superchunk. (Brett Villena)

The first ever Frantic City Festival takes place this Saturday in Atlantic City.

Two stages at the Orange Loop Amphitheater will be occupied by rock bands from noon on Saturday.

Actor and comedian Fred Armisen will host the event that’s being headlined by Yo La Tengo and Snail Mail.

Fred Armisen. (Lance Bangs)

Other acts include Merge Records label mates Titus Andronicus and Superchunk.

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Mac MacCaughan is the singer and guitarist for Superchunk, as well as the cofounder of Merge Records.

He said when the band got asked to play the festival, what stuck out to them was getting to play with a lot of people they’ve known for a long time.

“We’ve actually never played in Atlantic City before, so this is our first time there which is always cool to play in town for the first time,” MacCaughan said.

Todd Abramson is doing talent relations for Saturday’s event and said revitalizing Atlantic City as a music destination was one of the main reasons for setting up the festival.

Titus Andronicus. (Ray Concepcion)

The Rolling Stones played there, The Beatles played in Atlantic City as well,” Abramson said. “Nowadays most of the events take place in casinos, but there’s some, you know, hope for some things outside the casinos.”

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Tickets cost 95 dollars and can be purchased at the festival’s website. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Saturdays just got more interesting.

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