Duluth Dylan Fest ends at Wussow’s café with a farewell brunch
The Duluth Dylan Fest ended at Wussow’s concert café with a farewell brunch. The nine day music festival, with 17 different music acts celebrated Bob Dylan’s music and ongoing legacy throughout the twin ports area.
Laura Whitney talked more about the significance of Bob Dylan’s music impacting the Northland and beyond. “Bob Dylan has worldwide appeal. We haven’t quite really supported the legacy of Bob Dylan as an attraction for both Duluth and Hibbing.” Whitney said. “This guy’s been so prolific. He’s been doing this for 60 years. He’s still producing, writing, touring, he’s an artist and metal work. I mean, he’s incredibly creative and draws people because of the the depth of his music.”
Whitney also talked about the volunteer efforts to get the Duluth Dylan Fest together. “We had nine day Duluth, Dylan Fest, which is run largely by a small group of volunteers.” Whitney said. “We’ve had 17 events. This is the 17th event and we’ve been at a variety of venues in Duluth in Superior. And so we’ve had a really successful fest. And we’re able to do this fest because we have some very generous individual donors. This was a largely self-funded effort this year.”
However, Whitney thinks that Dylan’s music can inspire younger generations with his music. “Once people start looking at his lyrics, they go, ‘Oh, this is pretty interesting!’ And the thing is, we would really like younger people to be interested in his music, and we’re hoping that maybe people can take it and make it their own.” Whitney said.