This week in music history: The Atlantic City Pop Festival

You’ve obviously heard of Woodstock, but did you know that just two weeks before the legendary Aquarian Exposition, a festival of somewhat similar proportions occurred just east of Philly? The Atlantic City Pop Festival was a three-day event, taking place on August 1, 2, and 3 of 1969 at the Atlantic City Race Track. Attended by over 100,000 people, the festival featured an epic lineup of performers, including Booker T. & The M.G.s, Chicago, Joe Cocker, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, BB King, Little Richard, Joni Mitchell, Santana, and many more. The event cost $15 for a 3-day pass, a nice $235 difference from this year’s Bonnaroo ticket price. Although organizers did modest promotion and were expecting mostly local attendance, people came from all over the east coast to experience the huge lineup. The festival is widely considered to be the one of the first outdoor festivals of its magnitude, and a stepping stone for Woodstock. As the AC Pop Festival celebrates its 42nd birthday this August 1-3, check out these videos from two of the great artists who performed.


The Dave Matthews Band Caravan festival in Atlantic City is official. (DMB fans rejoice! Indie nation sighs.)

What could possibly be better than a Dave Matthews Band concert, you ask? Why, a three-night Dave-Matthews-Band-curated music festival. With DMB headlining each night. In Atlantic City.

Oh, what a truly joyous event!

Last week, the Internet was blowing up when Dave Matthews Band released new information regarding the wheres and whens of its previously-hinted-at summer festival series; the not-too-specific release mentioned a festival in the “Northeast/Mid-Atlantic” region tentatively scheduled for June 24-26. Meanwhile, the folks at Ants Marching had posted a revealing document from a January 19th Atlantic City Council Agenda meeting—the document, as The Swollen Fox noted, was from “the same day DMB announced the vague details of these events” and detailed how “the council approved a special events permit for an outdoor live musical festival to take place on June 24th, 25th and 26th at Bader Field in A.C.” Not 1000% concrete, but a pretty good bit of investigating, if you ask us.

Yesterday, that information was officially confirmed via DMBnews:

Concert promoters signed a contract for the DMB Atlantic City festival today, The Press of Atlantic City reported. The event, part of the Dave Matthews Band Caravan series of festivals this summer, will take place June 24-26 at Bader Field and have an Atlantic City theme…The DMB Atlantic City festival will feature three 12-hour concerts, running from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day, the paper reported. DMB will be the last performer each night.

So yeah. There it is. The Dave Matthews Band will be in Atlantic City.