In lieu of the events that had been slated to run from May 16 through May 24, there will be a number of virtual events to celebrate Duluth’s native son Bob Dylan’s 79th birthday on May 24. Local musicians slated for live stream performances include Marc Gartman, Cowboy Angel Blue, Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo. The committee will also air on YouTube the Bob Dylan Revue Concert from 2019 which took place last year at Sacred Heart Music Center. The Bob Dylan Revue Band, lead by Mark Bennett, performed Bob Dylan Birthday Concerts throughout the 1990s to early 2000s. Danny Fox from New Lenox Illinois will also be performing.
May 17--Cowboy Angel Blue Facebook Live
May 24--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
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!"
Miriam Hanson, host of the Highway 61 Revisited radio show, which broadcasts from the John Bushey Studio at KUMD, will be highlighting the online events, as well as share some special memories of the late John Bushey. Tune in to listen at www.kumd.org (5 PM CST on May 16 and May 23).
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DULUTH DYLAN FEST 2021
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.
Friends of Duluth Dylan Fest can continue to follow us on Facebook for special events during the coming year. We will miss seeing you this year! Looking forward to 2021.