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MGM National Harbor bets on A-list music lineup to draw customers

MGM National Harbor bets on A-list music lineup to draw customers

Jared and Amy Akman made their first trip to MGM National Harbor in Prince George's County last week for one reason — to see the multiplatinum rock band Kings of Leon kick off its U.S. tour.

Sure, the married couple from Lutherville was curious about the new resort's casino, the celebrity chef-driven restaurants and the high-end shopping. But without the concert, they would have stayed home.

With Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino and Hanover's Maryland Live Casino closer, “to drive an extra 45 minutes to get to [MGM National Harbor], I can say I wouldn't go back for the casino aspect of it,” said Jared Akman, a 29-year-old attorney. “For me, it's more about the music.”

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