Thanks to awesome team at DO AC, Steve and I were able to spend 24 hours Atlantic City this past weekend and see Lady Antebellum in a (free!) concert on the beach. We were in town on Sunday afternoon, grabbed lunch at Harry’s (mahi mahi tacos!), and headed over to the beach around 5pm. We had an awesome media tent with food and a stocked bar, plus we had access to Zones 1 and 2 at the very front of the concert.
I’m not a huge concert person—there are only a few artists who I would actually pay to see—but Lady A definitely blew me away. They were amazing on stage; they were entertaining and engaging, sounded great, and did a bunch of covers, which I love. They covered Dixie Chicks’ “Cowboy Take Me Away,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon,” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” It was a gorgeous night on the water, and I even braved the crowd and went down to the front for a little bit. (There are about 60,000 people.)
My favorite Lady A song is “American Honey.” It was the song that I wanted to dance with my dad to at my wedding because it reminds me of growing up. (We had honeysuckle growing in the neighborhood and the smell makes me think of games of Capture the Flag and long summer nights in a sleepy town.) When they played the song, I definitely teared up and got chills hearing it in person.
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She grew up on the side of the road/Where the church bells ring
And strong love grows/She grew up good
She grew up slow/Like American honey
Another cool thing? Our college friend, Kristy, was actually working the concert! We texted for a bit and were able to catch up with each other. After the concert, Steve and I grabbed a drink at a beach bar and then hit the casinos. (I had to at least go to at least one while I was in Atlantic City.) I’m not much of a gambler, for good reason. I started with $5 in slots, got it up to $7.50, and then lost it all. All I could think about for the next few days is how I lost that money …
Thank you million times over to DO AC and Liz, Hillary, and Lauren at Sandy Hillman Communications for hosting us! I really hope that they do it again next year, because it was a phenomenal experience. Music and the beach are a match made.