|Bob's Nobel Prize selection Thursday could not have been better timed.|
The actual anniversary of the show would have been more suitably celebrated the week before but Cowboy Angel Blue, a favorite of John's, was unavailable last week. Dylan's recognition by the Nobel Prize committee delivered added sweetness to this weekend's celebration.
Here's a set of snapshots that capture the flavor of the evening.
Cowboy Angel Blue (James Paavala and Bill Maxwell)
were joined by Columbia recording artist Bill Bulinski on bass.
|Councilman Joel Sipress honors John Bushey with the mayoral proclamation.|
|Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo were joined by Pat Eliason on harp (left)|
|Michael Anderson, photographer|
Michael Anderson has been a faithful documentarian of Armory and Dylan Fest events for many years. His work is greatly appreciated. (You can find more of Michael's work on display here.)
The Boom Chucks -- Brad Nelson drums, Jamie Ness lead (right) -- were
joined by Alan Sparhawk and Bill Bulinski for a portion of their set.
Alan Sparhawk's rendition of One Too Many Mornings, which has been recorded with Gaelyn Lea on the Bringing It All Back Home to Duluth Does Dylan, proved to be one of many highlights of the evening. Paul Metsa's set, which included his song about the nefarious Jack Ruby, also sent electricity to the room.
|John Bushey, at home in the KUMD studio|
The evening ended with a jam session featuring the Boom Chucks and Cowboy Angel Blue together, and a few harmonica accents from yours truly. There were writers and there were dancers, friends of the show and even magicians... all of it magical.
If the measure of a man is what he's done for others, John is a truly great man.
John: Thank you for keeping the music of Dylan alive and fresh, for your dedication to giving your audiences something more, something higher, something richer and more rewarding.