Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Updated Schedule for Duluth Dylan Fest -- May 22-29

As Bob once sang many moons ago, the times are a-changin'. Things have changed a little bit in this year's Duluth Dylan Fest schedule as well, not only the times but also some of the places. As far as I can tell, what you read here will be an official summary of Dylan Fest events for Duluth 2016. I especially want to make sure you get to the correct starting point for next Thursday's Blood on the Tracks Express (boarding at the Depot) and that you note that CD Release Birthday Bash will be at The Rex (downstairs in the Fitgers Complex.)

Events keep growing in size and quantity. Our native son's 75th birthday is imminent (next Tuesday the 25th) and the city of his birth is amping up for a very special 8-day week. There are now16 events lined up. Duluth, the birthplace of Bob Dylan, has been annually celebrating his career and artistic contributions. “We’re proud that Bob Dylan was born on this hillside and is a part of our cultural heritage,” said Duluth Dylan Fest committee member Brad Nelson. “The fest is a nod to his accomplishments and his artistic inspiration to others.”

The Duluth Dylan Fest highlights include a rare Bob Dylan Exhibit at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Chicago artist Daniel Botkin's "Busy Being Born" exhibition, the Duluth Does Dylan CD Release Party, The Basement Tapes/Great White Wonder Benefit Concert for the Armory Arts & Music Center, a poetry showcase featuring current and past Duluth Poet Laurates, Dylan Trivia contest, a bus tour of Dylan sites from Duluth and Hibbing, and The Blood on the Tracks Express, a musical train adventure to Two Harbors and back.

Check out the complete schedule here below.

48-hour Dylan Film Fest Kick-off
Sunday May 22  7pm | Dylan Fest Music Video Contest. Carmody Irish Pub. Free.

Dylan Pub Trivia
Sunday May 22  9 pm | Pub trivia Dylan style. Carmody Irish Pub. Free.

The Original Dan Botkin @ The Red Mug
Dylan Art Opening + Music
Monday, May 23   6 pm | Artist reception and talk with Chicago artist Daniel Botkin. RedMug Coffeeehouse, Superior. Come early for music at 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Free.

Marker Installation of the Dylan Home in Duluth
Tuesday, May 24 at 3:30 pm (Media Conference at 3:30 p.m.). Live music. More information to come.

48-hour Dylan Film Fest Viewing and Awards
Tuesday, May 23  7 pm | Dylan Fest Music Video Contest Viewing and Awards. Zinema 2. Free.

Duluth Does Dylan CD Release Party 
Tuesday, May 24 at 8 pm | Music by an array of local and regional musicians. Rex Bar – Fitger’s. Tickets Eventbrite.com, the Electric Fetus, or at the door. (Note new location for event.)

Duluth Dylan Fest Poets of the North Country 
Wednesday, May 25th 6:00 to 9pm | Duluth Poets Laureate Jim Johnson and Barton Sutter, Author of Songs of the North Country David Pichaske, and several local poets. The Underground. Free

Duluth Dylan Fest Live Music at the Museum 
Wednesday, May 25th 8:00 to 10:30pm | Live music by Cowboy Angele Blue, Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum.

Blood On the Tracks Express
Thursday, May 26  5:30 pm boarding at The Depot, 6 pm departure | A rolling musical adventure on the North Shore Scenic Railroad from Duluth to Two Harbors and back with a stop at the American Legion in Two Harbors for The Boomchucks (performing as The Freewheelers). Returns to the Depot by 11:15 pm. Acts include: 4onthefloor, Erik Koskinen, Feeding Leroy, Cowboy Angel Blue, and Superior Siren. Tickets $30 at the Electric Fetus or Eventbrite.com

Dylan Fest Singer Songwriter Contest
Friday, May 27  8 pm | Singer-Songwriter Contest. Contestants sing an original tune and a Dylan tune. Prizes to the top three places for original song, awarded by celebrity judges. Clyde Iron Works. Free

Dylan Bus Tour: Duluth to Hibbing and Back
Friday, May 27 Departs 9 am from the Armory Arts & Music Center Annex on London Road. Returns 5 pm. Tour of Duluth and Hibbing Dylan-related sites. Hosted by local Dylanologists. Tickets and information at 218-393-7438 or go to Eventbrite.com. $40

Dylan Fest Postage Stamp Cancellation and Music at Valentini’s Vicino Lago
Saturday, May 28 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Armory Arts & Music Center Annex on London Road. Live music by Marc Gartman at Valentini’s from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Bob Dylan Exhibit Lecture
Saturday, May 28 from 2:45 to 3:30 pm. KUMD 103.3 Highway 61 Revisited Host and local Dylanolgist John Bushey will be providing a lecture about the Bob Dylan Exhibit at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. Free.

The Basement Tapes/Great White Wonder Concert
Saturday, May 28 7pm | This event features many artists from the Northland and Minneapolis to benefit the Armory Arts and Music Center. Sacred Heart Music Center. Tickets at Eventbrite.com$30-$100

Duluth Dylan Fest Farwell Brunch
Sunday, May 29 11am-2pm | Singer songwriter Jim Hall playing Dylan tunes. Zeitgeist Cafe. Music free


About the Duluth Dylan Fest
The mission of the Duluth Dylan Fest is to celebrate the spirit of artistic freedom, honesty, and integrity of Duluth’s native son, Bob Dylan, by showcasing the vibrant arts and artists of our region. This group of volunteers is committed to providing creative, high-quality activities by tapping the talents of artists, poets, and musicians in Duluth and surrounding region.


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