Friday, February 14, 2014

Events Taking Shape for North Country Dylan Festival

I've had a chance to overhear some of the planning for this year's Dylan celebration and am excited to share that our May tradition will be bigger and better than ever. Like the return of hummingbirds, apple blossoms and baseball, it happens every spring. Here's a brief snapshot of the Twin Ports portion.

On Saturday May 17, the Armory Arts and Music Center in conjunction with Magic Marc Productions will present A Salute to the Music of Bob Dylan. This year's event, to be held at Sacred Heart on Duluth's Central Hillside, should be tremendous. It will not only include a whole catalog of musicians along with a live magic show featuring magicians John Bushey and Marc Percansky.

During the month of May The Red Mug in Superior will feature artwork inspired by Dylan with a special reception on May 20 featuring an evening of poetry, wine and pastries, followed by music in the newly remodeled space to be named The Tapas. If you are an artist you should check out our CALL FOR ART on Facebook. We're eager to recognize you.

Thursday will once again feature the Blood on the Tracks train excursion to Two Harbors, with music at both ends of the train, up the North Shore and back, and in between. Details will be forthcoming in the months ahead as event planners sharpen their pencils and their wits.

On Friday the action shifts to Hibbing where the Zimmerman family moved when young Bob was six. If you've never been to Zimmy's you owe it to yourself to make that trip someday, and Dylan Days would be as good a time as any. Saturday the 24th Bob turns 73. Light yourself a candle, and don't wear sandals. Here's a link to the menu of 2014 Dylan Days activities scheduled at this point in time.

Meantime, as for today, why wait till spring to have a good time. If you haven't firmed up your plans yet for this evening, there are Valentine-themed art openings at the Washington Galleries and the PROVE in Duluth. And for fans of Dylan music, Cowboy Angel Blue will be performing at V.I.P. Pizza on Tower Avenue in Superior.

Life goes on all around you. Engage it.

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