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As the live music returns, Brett Young performs in Atlantic City at Ocean Casino Resort

After a hiatus of over 18 months, live music is back – hallelujah!

On Saturday 13 Nov. Brett Young brought his ‘Caliville’ style to Atlantic City and lit the stage at Ovation Hall in Ocean Casino Resort.

Listening to music we like has been proven to stimulate the release of the mood-elevating chemical dopamine in the brain. As people across the country struggle to accept the new normal, a concert may be just what the doctor ordered.

The Daily Mail’s American Style Director, Pandora Amoratis, decided to roll the dice and take a trip to the seaside town!

On Saturday, November 13, Brett Young brought his “Caliville” style to Atlantic City, lighting up the stage at Ovation Hall at Ocean Casino Resort

The 40-year-old country crooner is just one of many musical acts that will be touring the seaside town in the coming months

The 40-year-old country crooner is just one of many musical acts that will be touring the seaside town in the coming months

The 40-year-old country crooner is just one of many musical acts that will be touring the seaside town in the coming months

Live music isn’t always about the artists or the songs. Sometimes it’s just about the energy of the audience.

And in a post-pandemic world, the company of others is celebrated.

With a capacity of 5,000 people (vs. 20,000+ in large stadiums), everyone in Ovation Hall hears and feels the music at almost the same tempo.

As the country singer shared personal stories about his life and songwriting, the show became a shared, connected, and enjoyable experience between the concertgoers and the performer — even for a city girl like me who isn’t well versed in the genre.

Songs like “In Case You Didn’t Know” and “Mercy” had me rocking to the beat, dancing in my chair and singing as if I knew the words.

While country stars usually wear blue jeans and cowboy hats, Brett rocked out in a Cincinnati Reds baseball cap, a black denim jacket, army green pants and Air Force 1 sneakers.

As Brett shared personal stories about his life and songwriting, the show became a shared, connected and enjoyable experience between the concertgoers and the performer - even for a city girl like me, who is not well versed in the country.

As Brett shared personal stories about his life and songwriting, the show became a shared, connected and enjoyable experience between the concertgoers and the performer - even for a city girl like me, who is not well versed in the country.

As Brett shared personal stories about his life and songwriting, the show became a shared, connected and enjoyable experience between the concertgoers and the performer – even for a city girl like me, who is not well versed in the country.

Daily Mail's American Style Director, Pandora Amoratis, Visits the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City

Daily Mail's American Style Director, Pandora Amoratis, Visits the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City

Daily Mail’s American Style Director, Pandora Amoratis, Visits the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City

In addition to the concert venue where Brett performed, there is a casino and 2 nightclubs (1 on the beach)

In addition to the concert venue where Brett performed, there is a casino and 2 nightclubs (1 on the beach)

In addition to the concert venue where Brett performed, there is a casino and 2 nightclubs (1 on the beach)

After the Brett Young concert, the live music enjoyment continued at Nola’s Bar & Lounge with an East Coast cover band called Liquid A.

Located just steps from the casino floor, the hotspot features a beautiful 35-foot bar, stage and state-of-the-art custom deejay booth for live music performances, and serves expertly crafted cocktails.

Liquid A had us dancing into the wee hours with songs like ‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Memories’.

East Coast cover band Liquid A had us dancing into the wee hours with songs like "Blurred lines" and "Memories

East Coast cover band Liquid A had us dancing into the wee hours with songs like "Blurred lines" and "Memories

East Coast cover band Liquid A had us dancing into the wee hours with songs like “Blurred Lines” and “Memories

Nola's Bar & Lounge serves expertly crafted cocktails

Nola's Bar & Lounge serves expertly crafted cocktails

Nola’s Bar & Lounge serves expertly crafted cocktails

Located just steps from the casino floor, the hotspot features a beautiful 35-foot bar, stage and a state-of-the-art custom deejay booth for live music performances

Located just steps from the casino floor, the hotspot features a beautiful 35-foot bar, stage and a state-of-the-art custom deejay booth for live music performances

Located just steps from the casino floor, the hotspot features a beautiful 35-foot bar, stage and a state-of-the-art custom deejay booth for live music performances

Ocean Casino Resort is located on the boardwalk of Atlantic City

Ocean Casino Resort is located on the boardwalk of Atlantic City

Ocean Casino Resort is located on the boardwalk of Atlantic City

Ocean Casino Resort is located on the Atlantic City boardwalk.

With floor-to-ceiling windows and breathtaking views in all 1,399 rooms, the luxury oceanfront hotel is a premier destination.

It is the tallest tower in Atlantic City and 7 minutes walk from Steel Pier.

In addition to the concert venue where Brett performed, there is a casino and two nightclubs (1 on the beach).

Other amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and conference room, as well as 10 restaurants, two cafes and two bars.

It is the tallest tower in Atlantic City and is a 7-minute walk from the Steel Pier

It is the tallest tower in Atlantic City and is a 7-minute walk from the Steel Pier

It is the tallest tower in Atlantic City and is a 7-minute walk from the Steel Pier

All 1,399 rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows.  Pandora enjoyed the sunrise from bed in Mou sheepskin slippers

All 1,399 rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows.  Pandora enjoyed the sunrise from bed in Mou sheepskin slippers

All 1,399 rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows. Pandora enjoyed the sunrise from bed in mou sheepskin slippers

Choosing a restaurant involves many considerations and in an unfamiliar location it can be difficult to decide. Here are my recommendations:

I enjoyed it for breakfast makai. The moment I stepped in I forgot I was in Jersey and was transported to island mode.

The unique restaurant offers classic dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a Hawaiian twist.

Pan Pacific favorites like Fish Tacos, Miso Glazed Grouper, Tuna Poke, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, and Rainbow Shaved Ice round out the menu.

For breakfast I enjoyed Makai.  The moment I stepped in I forgot I was in New Jersey and was transported to island mode.  The unique restaurant offers classic dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a Hawaiian twist

For breakfast I enjoyed Makai.  The moment I stepped in I forgot I was in New Jersey and was transported to island mode.  The unique restaurant offers classic dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a Hawaiian twist

For breakfast I enjoyed Makai. The moment I stepped in I forgot I was in New Jersey and was transported to island mode. The unique restaurant offers classic dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a Hawaiian twist

Villain and Saint serves as a rock and roll music hall and gastropub

Villain and Saint serves as a rock and roll music hall and gastropub

Live local bands perform in Villain and Saint

Live local bands perform in Villain and Saint

Once happy hour hits, head to Villain and Saint. The cool spot doubles as a rock and roll music venue and gastropub in the heart of Ocean Casino Resort

For dinner, Amada has it all: great vibes, great food and great drinks.  This rustic-chic tapas style restaurant and bar has embraced the rich traditions of Spanish cuisine with Chef Garces, offering the authentic taste of Andalusia

For dinner, Amada has it all: great vibes, great food and great drinks.  This rustic-chic tapas style restaurant and bar has embraced the rich traditions of Spanish cuisine with Chef Garces, offering the authentic taste of Andalusia

For dinner, Amada has it all: great vibes, great food and great drinks. This rustic-chic tapas style restaurant and bar has embraced the rich traditions of Spanish cuisine with Chef Garces, offering the authentic taste of Andalusia

Once happy hour hits, head to Villain and Saint.

The cool spot doubles as a rock and roll music venue and gastropub in the heart of Ocean Casino Resort.

With a carefully curated menu of KFC Korean Fried Chicken Wings, a Wagyu Chef’s Burger and seasonal, local shellfish and grilled Hanger Steak, you can enjoy a good meal while enjoying live tunes from local bands.

For dinner, Amada has it all: great vibes, great food and great drinks.

This rustic-chic tapas-style restaurant and bar has embraced the rich traditions of Spanish cuisine with Chef Garces, who showcases the authentic taste of Andalusia.

A perfect place for a fun group dinner or an intimate, romantic date night (request a cabana!).

Can a weekend in AC boost your mood? You can bet on it!

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