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Some waste away trying out for AC's Margaritaville

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 21, 2013 at 2:42 pm •  Published: April 21, 2013

That may have tripped up The Clamdiggers, a four-piece band from Howell that played along with pre-recorded backing tracks from a tablet computer that included things like xylophone parts for the inevitable "Margaritaville" performance.

The band did well with its predetermined set list, which included Eric Clapton's "Forever Man" and Bon Jovi's "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" But when Ginel asked for a tune from a country artist that wasn't on their rehearsed set list, lead singer Steve Hodgin countered by saying, "How about some Bruce Springsteen, since this is the shore?"

Then they played "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," with nary a country twang to be heard.

Afterward, Hodgin said the band was not prepared to take requests, noting its lead guitar player had just joined the band.

"When they throw you a curveball, sometimes it throws you off," he said.

Margaritaville will open its doors May 24th. It features a Margaritaville restaurant, the LandShark Bar & Grill, Margaritaville-themed casino space, the Five O'Clock Somewhere Bar, a retail store and a coffee shop. A giant blender will welcome guests at its front entrance.

Twelve Margaritaville-themed table games and 160 similarly themed slot machines will be part of the casino.

The project is seen as an integral part of Resorts' plan to jump-start its fortunes in Atlantic City's cutthroat market. The casino has struggled financially for the past few years, although it has been inching closer toward profitability lately.

The franchise has expanded to 25 U.S. and international resort destinations.


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