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60,000 turn out to see Lady Antebellum play in Atlantic City

Thousands of country music fans returned to Atlantic City for the second time in three days for another free concert on the beach Sunday night.

The beach crowd for Lady Antebellum's free concert on the beach in Atlantic City
The beach crowd for Lady Antebellum’s free concert on the beach in Atlantic City (@AtlanticCity_PD via Twitter)

Lady Antebellum performed before an estimated crowd of 60,000 fans on Sunday despite rain early in the day that threatened to put a damper on the event.

Atlantic City Alliance marketing executive Jeff Guaracino tells the Press of Atlantic City photos and footage from the shows will be used in newspaper ads and online to offset coverage which has focused on the closings of casinos and the loss of jobs“You’ll see in the next two weeks a paid advertising push that will support what just happened here,” he told the newspaper.

South Jersey Congressman Frank LoBiondo (D-2nd district) wants to expand free events in Atlantic City. “We’ll slowly broaden it out.  So we’ll do it in the shoulder seasons, and then we’ll do it all year long,,” he told CBS Philly. He tweeted there was a “great vibe and excitement in (the) air” on Sunday night.

Many fans came to both the Lady A. show and Thursday’s Blake Shelton fan. “I think it’s wonderful. It’s awesome. I had a great time Thursday and it was well run, organized, and a great event,” Tammy Cappolina told NBC 40.

Cat Country 107.3′s Joe Kelly, who was also at both concerts, was pleased. “In the end, I give the Atlantic City Alliance, and Atlantic City itself, a solid A for a couple of great events,” said Kelly.  He said that the biggest complaint was about some venues charging upwards of $50 for parking and noted there were other options including a park-and-ride off the Atlantic City Expressway.

Lady Antebellum was happy with the concert as well. “Atlantic City oh my! Thanks for the incredible show and for capturing the amazing scene,” read a tweet on the band’s official site.

Blake Shelton had performed a free concert on the same stage on Thursday that also drew around 60,000 fans.

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