Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Dylan-Themed Art from the Heart--Virtual Dylan Fest Continues

Masked and Anonymous.
For the past several years Duluth Dylan Fest has had a number of regular features. Lots of music, a trivia night, poetry, more music, a wonderful singer/songwriter contest (in keeping with Hibbing's Dylan Days), a birthday cake on the front yard of young Bob's Duluth Hillside home, and an art event. The art opening has traditionally been on Monday evenings, i.e. last night.

For 2020 we had conceived a student art show in which we'd planned to have young people from three area high schools create work in response to the music of Bob Dylan. The idea was to share the power of Dylan's prose, music, stories with another generation while continuing to affirm the importance of visual art in Bob Dylan's creative oeuvre. 

Then, the pandemic came and shut down all the schools. 

In lieu of this I am sharing some of my own Dylan-themed creative expressions, plus links to posts from previous Dylan-fest art-related events. 

Meantime, art goes on all around you. Get into it.

Dylan as Wizard of Oz
"Blowin' in the Wind" -- 24"x 36" acrylic on panel. $300
Related Links
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Next year the Northland will be celebrating Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday. In anticipation, we’re desirous of making it The Year of Bob here in St. Louis County, where Bobby Zimmerman spent his youth. The dates for Duluth Dylan Fest 2021 have been finalized for May 22-30.

Virtual Duluth Dylan Fest Events

May 20--Virtual Dylan Fest Performance by Marc Gartman -- 7:00-8:00 PM

May 23--Virtual Bob Dylan Revue Reunion Concert Revisited (YouTube)

May 24--Al Diesan, Streaming Live from Rome Italy
Noon-2:00 P.M. CST  Diesan, a Bob Dylan sounds-alike and performer will be streaming live from Rome.

Danny Fox Livestream Virtual Duluth Dylan Fest Event
5:00 p.m. CST--Two-time winner of the Dylan Days Singer/Songwriter contest will be streaming live from Chicago

Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo
7:30 p.m. CST--Bob Dylan Birthday Bash Livestream with Gene LaFond & Amy Grillo
According to Geno, the event "will be a lot of lesser heard Bob tracks, a smattering of stories from my experiences on the road with Bob & his gigs buddy Larry Kegan & a couple of our new originals. It will be big fun honoring the maestro on his 79th!"

May 22 there will be a Cookin' At the O Covid 19 Live Stream Benefit
Benefiting COVID-19 healthcare workers across our region, specifically the Min No Aya Win Clinic on the Fond Du Lac Reservation, Riverwood Hospital in Aitkin, St. Luke’s in Duluth, Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake, Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet.
How does this related to Dylan Fest? Bass player Billy Peterson, who recorded with Bob in Minneapolis (Blood on the Tracks), is in the mix. The jazz trio also includes Andrew Walesch, piano & vocals, & Glenn "Swanny" Swanson on drums.

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