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9th Annual Duluth Dylan Fest Schedule

Updated: May 19, 2019 10:50 PM

The Bob Dylan Way Committee kicked off their week-long celebrations for the 2019 Duluth Dylan Fest, celebrating the Northland's native son. The fest features events spanning May 18th through the 26th in conjunction with Bob Dylan's 78th birthday.

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On Friday evening, the traditional singer/songwriter contest will be held at Sacred Heart Music Center. The event has has been one of the most celebrated traditions going back to the earliest Dylan Days in Hibbing. The Bob Dylan Revue Reunion Concert will take place on Saturday, May 25th at Sacred Heart Music Center, featuring seven musicians who performed an All Dylan Birthday Show during the 1990's.

Other Duluth Dylan Fest highlights include a Dylan-themed art exhibition, a Dylan trivia contest, and a poetry showcase featuring authors of the poetry anthology, Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan.

Full 2019 Duluth Dylan Fest Schedule:

SATURDAY, MAY 18TH

  • The opening of the William Pagel Archives Bob Dylan Exhibit
    • Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Free
    • Exhibit Runs May 18-August 1

SUNDAY MAY 19TH

  • Duluth Dylan Fest Kick-Off Party with Cowboy Angel Blue performing Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks album
    • Cedar Lounge in Superior, Free
    • 5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Dylan-themed Pub Trivia
    • Carmody Irish Pub, Free
    • 9:00 p.m.

MONDAY, MAY 20TH

  • Opening Reception with live music by Tom O'Keefe and Friends
    • Zeitgeist Atrium, Free
    • 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Dylan Fest Acoustic Jam Session with host Leslie Black
    • Bring your own instrument or voice
    • Carmody Irish Pub, Free
    • 7:00-9:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, MAY 21

  • Armory Arts & Music Center's Music Resources Center Youth (grades 6-12) Open Mic
    • Amazing Grace, Free
    • 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Live Dylan Music by Greg Tiburzi
    • Sir Benedict's Tavern, Free
    • 6:00-8:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22

  • "Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan" Poetry Event 
    • Zeitgeist Teatro Zuccone, Free
    • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Rich Mattson and the North Stars All Dylan Show
    • Cedar Lounge in Superior, Free
    • 8:00-11:00 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 23

  • Joan Osborn sings the songs of Bob Dylan concert with opening act Coyote
    • Sacred Heart Music Center, Tickets $25 on Eventbrite or $30 at the door
    • 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 24

  • Bob Dylan Birthday Party with Greg Tiburzi
    • Dylan childhood home; 519 n. 3rd Ave. East, Free
    • 3:00 p.m.
  • Dylan Fest Singer-Songwriter Contest
    • Sacred Heart Music Center, Free
    • 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Basement Tapes Band
    • Bent Paddle Taproom, Free
    • 9:00-11:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 25

  • Tour of Bob Dylan Sites
    • Carpool at Armory Arts and Music Center Annex, Free
    • 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • John Bushey Memorial Lecture by David Gaines, Opening reception of the Bob Dylan Exhibit
    • Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Free
    • 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Bob Dylan Revue Reunion Concert
    • Sacred Heart Music Center, Tickets $10 on Eventbrite or at the door

SUNDAY, MAY 26

  • Farewell Brunch with Jim Hall
    • Zeitgeist Cafe, Free
    • 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

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