Duluth Dylan Festival

  And when finally the bottom fell out
I became withdrawn
The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keepin' on
Like a bird that flew
Tangled up in blue ......

The Duluth Dylan Fest was indeed blue back in March when they decided to cancel this year's celebration of the iconic singer-songwriter -- for about a minute.

Duluth Dylan Fest Goes Virtual 2020 - May 16-24

May 18, 2020
Duluth Dylan Fest
Duluth Dylan Fest

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.

Man sitting at a grand piano and woman singing into a microphone
Christine Dean for KUMD

This year's Duluth Dylan Festival featured a concert from Joan Osborne, whose most recent album, Songs of Bob Dylan, paid tribute to Duluth's native son.

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Among the many events during this year's Duluth Dylan Fest, there was the poetry event on Wednesday night at Teatro Zuccone featuring poems from the anthology Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan, edited by Thom Tammaro and Alan Davis and published in 2018 by New Rivers Press in Moorhead, Minnesota.  

Duluth Dylan Fest 5/18-5/26

May 22, 2019
Duluth Dylan Fest
Duluth Dylan Fest

The weeklong festival Duluth Dylan Fest, celebrates the music and influence of Bob Dylan with an array of events and concerts including art exhibits, a poetry reading, The John Bushey Memorial lecture and nightly music events. Musical acts include Joan Osborne, Rich Mattson and the North Stars, Cowboy Angel Blue, a Bob Dylan Review in a reunion show and more.

May 18 - May 26

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Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan 5/23

Apr 15, 2019
Joan Osborne
Joan Osborne

The singer-songwriter who made popular "If God Was One of Us" will perform the music of Duluth's homegrown folkie at a concert during Duluth Dylan Fest. Osborne is a Grammy-nominated artist and released a Bob Dylan cover album in 2017. She's since toured "The Songs of Bob Dylan" around the world.

May 23, 2019

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5/23 Live From Studio A: Courtney Yasmineh

May 23, 2018
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This Chicago native has also spent time in the Twin Cities and New York City. Since the pop/rock singer/songwriter last joined us, she's released a book and a new album. We'll find out more when she joins us in the studio on Wednesday, May 23 at 1pm along with producer Rob Genadek. They perform the same night at The Rex in Duluth as part of Duluth Dylan Fest.

Live from Studio A on KUMD is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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It's no coincidence that the Duluth Dylan Festival is paying a bit more attention to the literary aspect of its favorite son's career, now that he's a Nobel laureate.

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Where's the best art opening this week?  What shows are closing?  Are there any calls-for-entries anywhere?  

Duluth Dylan Fest is an annual celebration of Bob Dylan's work and influence. Celebrate Duluth's native son with exciting events planned including live music, art, poetry, and more.

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Duluth Dylan Festival 2017 KUMD is proud to be the official radio station of the Duluth Dylan Festival taking place from Saturday, May 20 - Sunday, May 28. This year, Bob Dylan's 76th birthday is celebrated in Duluth with music, poetry, art exhibitions, and more. Listen to KUMD for concert and event details and all things Dylan Fest on Highway 61 Revisited Monday and Saturday evenings at 5pm with Dylan historian and KUMD DJ, John Bushey. 

Saturday, May 20

Kristi Abbott

With Bob Dylan being an avid artist, it's nice to see the week long celebration of the man and his music, Duluth Dylan Fest, will also include an art exhibit. Dylan has been painting and welding metal sculpture for much of his adult life and his work  shares a slice of the many places in the world his career has taken him. 

Join us as KUMD and AAMC celebrate the 2016 Duluth Dylan Fest through a concert influenced by The Basement Tapes - the music created in 1967 by Bob Dylan and the group of musicians that would become known as The Band. Performers will include Aurora Baer with Adam Staupe, Todd Eckart, Gaelyn Lea, The Boomchucks and more. 

Adam Swanson

KUMD is the official radio station of the 2016 Duluth Dylan Fest! Highway 61 Revisited host and local Dylan expert John Bushey celebrates the impending celebration with special interviews and rare Dylan tracks. Tune in for his special festival edition on Saturday 5/21 and again Monday, at 5pm.

Maija Jenson

Duluth Dylan Fest is a week-long party kicking off in Duluth on Sunday May 22 but at one venue, the celebration started early.  Einstein Disguised as Robin Hood, Bob Dylan: An Exhibition opened May 4 and is on display through May 30The documentary exhibit is an exciting array of one of a kind and rare Dylan memorabilia from the collection of Bill Pagel at Karpeles Manuscript Library all month long. John Bushey, host of KUMD’s Highway 61 Revisited, part of bringing this exhibit to fruition talks about the exhibit and his friend and Dylan super-fan Bill Pagel.

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