In four weeks The Rex Bar @ Fitgers will play host to a very special celebration: 25 years of the KUMD program hosted by John Bushey called Highway 61 Revisited. Here in the Northland Highway 61 literally runs through our back yards. The show showcases the music and influence of the Northland's native son, Bob Dylan.
The event will feature live music by Cowboy Angel Blue and The Boomchucks (a.k.a. The Freewheelers) plus (rumor has it) an assortment of special guests. I'm expecting surprises.
Magic Marc Percansky will be on hand as Master of Ceremonies, so you can count on this being a very special evening.
Last night I was up at the KUMD Studios where John was interviewing guests for an upcoming special show promoting this event. He was gathering stories about how the show, and Dylan's music, has touched people over the years. At the end of each interview he asked people to select a song for him to play.
My short list would include, but not be limited to: Hard Rain, It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding), Love Minus Zero/No Limit, Desolation Row and All Along the Watchtower from the 60s, and from the 70s... You see what a dilemma it quickly becomes.
To purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite. Special thanks to KUMD, the Duluth Dylan Fest Committee, the Rex Bar and everyone else who is helping to make this event happen.
Meantime, life goes on all around you. Get into it.