Friday, February 19, 2016

Bootlegged: Unofficial Duluth Dylan Festival Schedule Turns Up In My Inbox

With snow melting off roofs this morning, one can't help but get the feeling that spring is not far behind. In Duluth that means two major weeks related to music: Duluth Homegrown Music Festival (May 1-8) and Duluth Dylan Fest (May 22-29). The word is out that this year's Dylan Fest will be bigger than ever, with at least six new events to fill out the week, several of them noteworthy.

What follows is the email I received, with the qualifying disclaimer that venues and times may undergo minor revisions.

Duluth Dylan Fest 2016 Schedule

Final venues and minor adjustments in times will be officially out soon. Also, specifics on what bands play at which events will soon be finalized. Watch for the final schedule on facebook at duluthdylanfest. Or, go to

Many events are free, but several will be ticketed events. Tickets will be available shortly after the schedule is finalized. If you want to sign up for the singer/songwriter contest, please email your name, address, phone number, and email address to Or, you may call 218-391-6299 (John). Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you all to help celebrate the 75th birthday of Minnesota’s native son Bob Dylan. Here is our tentative schedule:

Sunday, May 22
NEW Launch of 48 hour film fest, Carmody’s 7pm
Bob Dylan Trivia @ Carmody’s 9pm

Monday, May 23
Dylan Art Opening & concert; Red Mug 6:30pm
Singer-songwriter Fred Gillen Jr. (NY) 7 pm
Highway 61 Revisited radio show; KUMD 5pm

Tuesday, May 24
NEW Dylan Marker installed in front of birth home (Mid-afternoon)
Dylan 48 hour film festival; Zinema 2, 6:30 pm
Duluth Does Dylan CD release party; Clyde Iron,     8pm

Wednesday, May 25 
NEW Poets of the North Country @ the Underground 6:30pm
NEW Cowboy Angel Blue at Karpele’s Manuscript Museum.
Karpele’s will also house an exhibit of rare Dylan photos and documents throughout May. NEW

Thursday, May 26  
Blood on the Tracks Express Train,  5:30pm  (Recommendation: Buy tickets early. This event sells out.) Bands play on train, and Dylan cover band at destination

Friday, May 27
Singer Songwriter Contest @ Clyde Iron 7pm

Saturday, May 28
Possible bus tour to Hibbing and back
NEW Postage Stamp Cancellation 11 am – 2 pm AAMC Annex with music across the street at Valentini's.
Concert; Sacred Heart Music Center 7 pm

Sunday, May 29
Farewell Brunch & Music at Zeitgeist Café
This was a wonderful windup and send off last year.

Here's a really great song that Bob has sung nearly 500 times in concert that originally appeared on the album Planet Waves, an album in which he makes reference to the hills of Duluth

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