Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves and More Among Bob Dylan Tribute Performers
Musicians from across multiple genres will be coming together this spring to celebrate Bob Dylan's 75th birthday with a star-studded tribute concert, dubbed Dylan Fest.
Artists set to perform at Dylan Fest 2016 include Kacey Musgraves, Jason Isbell, Emmylou Harris, Wynonna Judd, the Brothers Osborne, John Paul White, Kesha, Heart's Ann Wilson and more; a complete lineup of the 30-plus acts who will take the stage can be found on the event's official website. The Cabin Down Below Band, featuring professional sidemen, producers and industry veterans, will host the event.
Dylan Fest 2016 is scheduled to go off on May 23 -- just one day before the iconic artist's date of birth -- and May 24 (Dylan's birthday itself) at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Ticket prices range from $45 to $59.50, with proceeds benefiting Thistle Farms, a Tennessee-based non-profit that works with female survivors of human trafficking, substance abuse and prostitution. Visit the Dylan Fest website for more information.
A couple of weeks before Dylan Fest, Old Crow Medicine Show will be involved in a Dylan tribute of their own: On May 12 and 13, the band will perform Dylan's classic album Blonde on Blonde -- which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in May -- in its entirety at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Dylan recorded pieces of the project in Nashville, at Columbia Studio B, and used some of Music City’s legendary session musicians, including Charlie McCoy and Hargus “Pig” Robbins.
"This album has indelibly shaped our band, not to mention Music City," explains OCMS' Ketch Secor. "Country music owes a deep debt of gratitude to Bob Dylan, and we are honored to help pay some of that debt and celebrate this influential Nashville record.”
Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, an exhibit exploring Dylan’s work in Nashville; Johnny Cash‘s role in the renaissance that Dylan began; and the work of the studio musicians known as the Nashville Cats, is set to run at the Country Music Hall of Fame through Dec. 31. More information about the exhibit, as well as Old Crow Medicine Show’s concerts, is available at CountryMusicHallofFame.org.