Hop Along at Anchor Rock Club | photo by Paige Walter for XPN
Hop Along brings the rock to Anchor Rock Club in Atlantic City
Philadelphia based Hop Along played Anchor Rock Club in Atlantic City on September 22nd as part of a string of shows planned for the Philly area in September and October. It was a special evening at the new venue: Hop Along was the first indie rock group to play the club since it reopened its doors after COVID-19 struck.
The crowd for Hop Along comprised mostly fans who made the trip to Atlantic City from Philadelphia, which is a manageable one hour drive from center city. But as Anchor Rock Club continues to put on attractive shows, you can expect that to change. As the only independent music venue in Atlantic City, Anchor Rock Club fills a hole in the live entertainment scene. Its neighbors to the north, the Stone Pony and other Asbury Park venues, have been bringing original music to New Jersey for decades, and Anchor Rock Club has the same potential. Especially with Johnny Brenda’s alums Chris Ward and Greg Mungan handling the behind-the-scenes.
Frances Quinlan, another former employee of Johnny Brenda’s, made that connection on stage to the audience. They thanked the Anchor Rock team for having them out, but it was the audience who felt the most grateful. It was a gift to hear a setlist from Hop Along ranging the band’s three critically acclaimed albums in Anchor Rock Club’s intimate setting.
Hop Along’s 2021 tour is the band’s first since Quinlan released their solo album Likewise last year. The band will perform as part of Philly Music Fest on October 7th at Johnny Brenda’s. The show is currently sold out, but more information is coming from the festival on Instagram (@phillymusicfest) and Facebook. See below for a gallery of photos from Hop Along’s performance on September 22nd.