ATLANTIC CITY – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City has announced its tribute to Black History Month that includes a pop-up exhibit, an Atlantic City musical revue, a performance by Grammy Award winning artist Kirk Franklin, and more.

“We are humbled to work with several great partners who live, work and perform right here in our community,” said Joe Lupo, president of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. “We are especially appreciative of Ralph E. Hunter Sr., founder of the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey. He has dedicated his time and efforts to help our community come together to celebrate the African American culture and amplify voices of artists and icons who have had a tremendous impact near and far.”

African American Heritage Museum Pop-Up Exhibit

The property is partnering with the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey to present the “Jackie Robinson: Stealing Home” and “This Little Light of Mine: The Black Church” exhibits. The free pop-up museum will run from Thursday, Feb. 17 though Sunday, Feb. 20 and will be located at the entrance of Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena. Those visiting will explore videos, photos and personal memorabilia that pay homage to the first African American professional baseball player and the rich history of regional black houses of worship. The museum was created with the passion of its founder, Ralph E. Hunter, Sr. After retiring from a long career in retail, Hunter began collecting cultural treasures that he discovered through his extensive travel around the globe.


Hard Rock Atlantic City will present “On Kentucky Avenue,” a musical revue celebrating Atlantic City’s famed Club Harlem. The show will take place in Sound Waves 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18. and 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday Feb. 19. The show features both original music and sounds from the 1960s that showcase acts such as Otis Redding, Berry Gordy, the Isley Brothers, Johnny Mercer and more. Tickets are $25 and go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 7.

Legendary urban gospel singer and sixteen-time Grammy Award winning artist Kirk Franklin will take the stage at Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Tickets start at $39 and are available now. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey.

Tickets for shows are available online by visiting www.HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com.

Self-guided Memorabilia Tour

Hard Rock Atlantic City is celebrating African American artists and their musical influences and contributions by offering an exclusive property wide memorabilia tour. The tour includes memorabilia that legendary black artists wore throughout their career in the industry. Highlights include Prince, Whitney Houston, Clarence Clemons, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, and more. Those looking to take the tour will simply scan the QR code on signage throughout the property and instructions for the self-guided tour will be provided.

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