Dylan Fest AC 2017

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.


Dylan's forthcoming album to be released in 2014. (Columbia Records)

Dylan's forthcoming album to be released in 2014. (Columbia Records)

This page is a collection of drawings, photos, videos and more of Bob Dylan. Jeff would like to teach a class on Dylan one day as he has been listening to his music and reading about his songs, life and more (his favorite book is On the The Road with Bob Dylan written by Larry "Ratso" Sloman, who he had the  opportunity to meet in Atlantic City in early 2014 at a Mike Tyson show at Caesars (Sloman co-wrote Tyson's 2014 auto-biography). Jeff also was lucky enough to meet and sit in on a couple classes on Dylan taught by the great Professor Christopher Ricks at Boston University in the 1990s.

Many of the stories, essays Jeff has written about Dylan or have mentioned him in or interviewed other musicians about Dylan appear on the fantastic Web site expectingrain.com. We will attempt to accumulate some of those links here as well. Most appear on the Atlantic City Weekly site as well. 

You can also see some of Jeff's Dylan drawings on the Art page on this site. 

On the Music page you can hear Jeff and his bands play Dylan songs among other artists and original songs. Jeff leads a Dylan tribute band called 5 Believers. 

On YouTube, check out the Schwachter Music channel for Dylan music and various favorites.

Jeff has also had the opportunity to interview folks such as G.E. Smith, Larry Campbell, the Rolling Stones' Ron Wood (listen to Jeff and Ronnie sing "Seven Days" together (!!) during the rare interview!) , Richard "Cheech" Marin (who has a very interesting connection to Dylan), Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Webb and many others on Dylan. Click the links.

Jeff's award-winning feature on how Dylan and the Hawks came together in the summer of 1965 at the Jersey Shore is one of Jeff's pieces he is most proud of. Uncovering some unreported facts and more. Hoping to document the story for the 50th anniversary in 2015 as well as play a mega Dylan tribute show in AC. Here is that story in which Jeff interviewed the son of the owner of the nightclub Tony Mart (Carmen Marotta) where the Hawks were playing a summer-long residency when Dylan plucked them for his upcoming electric shows. 

Below the photos are numerous videos of Jeff and different bands playing the music of Bob Dylan. 



One of the latest Bob Dylan oil pastels I've done. Gotta get working on some new ones now that he shaved his mustache for the first time in more than a decade I think. (Copyright Jeff Schwachter) 

One of the latest Bob Dylan oil pastels I've done. Gotta get working on some new ones now that he shaved his mustache for the first time in more than a decade I think. (Copyright Jeff Schwachter) 

Jeff Schwachter with Larry Sloman, Caesars Atlantic City, Feb. 2014

Jeff Schwachter with Larry Sloman, Caesars Atlantic City, Feb. 2014

Iron Man Dylan

Iron Man Dylan

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Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Junk's piling up; taking up space: Some of my Dylan collection.  Below are close-ups of some of my Dylan books.

Junk's piling up; taking up space: Some of my Dylan collection.  Below are close-ups of some of my Dylan books.

bob dylan books
bob dylan books
My "bible" - the songs are my religion. Would love to get the newest one(s). I studied the first one (that went up to 'Desire' maybe?) when I was in high school, growing up in Boston. Spent a lot of time in the library in both high school and college reading about Dylan and related music, art.

My "bible" - the songs are my religion. Would love to get the newest one(s). I studied the first one (that went up to 'Desire' maybe?) when I was in high school, growing up in Boston. Spent a lot of time in the library in both high school and college reading about Dylan and related music, art.

I have just about every Dylan official release on vinyl - including everything from the 1980s to present (except GAIBTY and WGW) even 'Side Tracks.' Then there are the CDs and tapes! 

I have just about every Dylan official release on vinyl - including everything from the 1980s to present (except GAIBTY and WGW) even 'Side Tracks.' Then there are the CDs and tapes! 

One of my oil pastel drawings of Bob Dylan, called "Million Miles," which I drew in one setting after hearing TOOM for the first time, the day it was released. "Million Miles" was played on the radio earlier that day and I was at work. It killed me. Still does. Especially all the stuff on Tell Tale Signs. Click on the pic for the Art page of this site. Beneath the "Jazz Portraits" is the Dylan gallery. 

One of my oil pastel drawings of Bob Dylan, called "Million Miles," which I drew in one setting after hearing TOOM for the first time, the day it was released. "Million Miles" was played on the radio earlier that day and I was at work. It killed me. Still does. Especially all the stuff on Tell Tale Signs. Click on the pic for the Art page of this site. Beneath the "Jazz Portraits" is the Dylan gallery. 






Check out more Dylan stuff on my art page: original drawings and more.