Dylan Fest AC 2018

In 2015, Bob Dylan fans had the opportunity to relive an historic moment in rock history and celebrate the songs that chronicled social issues such as war and civil rights, plus Dylan’s biggest rock classics, at "Dylan Fest AC" on August 28th, 2015, at Dante Hall Theater of Stockton University in Atlantic City.


A live musical celebration and tribute to the ever-popular Bob Dylan and Levon & the Hawks took place Friday, August 28th, 2015 at Dante Hall Theater in Atlantic City (7:30pm).  DYLAN FEST AC celebrated the 50th anniversary of the birthplace of Bob Dylan and The Band right here at the Jersey Shore. Dylan’s discovery of Levon Helm and The Hawks (later to become the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Famers, The Band) in Somers Point, N.J. at the club Tony Mart’s in August 1965 has been called “…one of the most decisive moments in rock history,” by Time magazine.

The show mirrored  the Dylan/Hawks shows of 50 years ago with the first set (acoustic) by Philadelphia’s Peter Stone Brown and the second set (electric) by the Atlantic City-area based 5 Believers, the region's most genuine Dylan tribute band.

The sold out show was followed by Dylan Fest AC 2016 and 2017.

Conversations & Storytelling Panel:    Vicki Gold Levi, All "Boo" Pergament, Pinky Kravitz, Ralph Hunter, Jim Waltzer and Israel Posner with moderator, Jeff Schwachter

Conversations & Storytelling Panel: 

Vicki Gold Levi, All "Boo" Pergament, Pinky Kravitz, Ralph Hunter, Jim Waltzer and Israel Posner with moderator, Jeff Schwachter

In 2010 Jeff Schwachter conceived and produced a 12-episode Web series featuring HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Jeff gathered 6 local historians and personalities on stage for a round table discussion prior to the screening. This became the genesis of the Web series Conversations & Storytelling, which includes discussions about the Atlantic City Boardwalk, the African-American Experience, Entertainment and Nightlife, Sports in Atlantic City, Gambling and Nucky Johnson. 

The Conversations & Storytelling event was held at Caesars Atlantic City on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, and was followed by a viewing party of the debut episode of the HBO drama series, based on Prohibition era Atlantic City. The event was presented by Atlantic City Weekly and the former Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority (ACCVA) in cooperation with the Carnegie Library Center of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; Caesars Atlantic City and Harrah's Entertainment; the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism; and the Atlantic City Free Public Library.

In 2014, for the final season of "Boardwalk Empire," Jeff Schwachter will be sharing his Summer 2014 interview with the award-winning series' showrunner Terry Winter for AC Weekly and Philly Weekly, along with a few surprises during the season — stay tuned.

Follow these links for all things Boardwalk Empire and almost anything you'd want to know about Atlantic City's storied past: 

Watch: All of the Atlantic City History: Conversations & Storytelling videos from the series.

Boardwalk Empire’ Premiere Date Set and More--musings on Robert DiNero and his association with Atlantic City.

Visit the ACWeekly's Boardwalk Empire page for interviews, history, articles and more

Follow AC Weekly's Boardwalk Empire Fan Club Facebook Page

Visit AC Weekly's Local History Page 

Interview with Stephen DeRosa: Eddie Cantor in 'Boardwalk Empire'

Interview with Boardwalk Empire actor Boardwalk Empire actor Anthony Laciura (Eddie Kessler)—Season Three Preview

In the third episode of this multi-part series produced by Atlantic City Weekly, a distinguished panel of Atlantic City historians and authors start to discuss the African-American experience with regard to helping to build the city, how important the city was for blacks in terms of jobs, entrepreneurs, and entertainment.