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Duluth Dylan Fest Schedule


Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 6-8 p.m.

What: William Pagel Archives: Bob Dylan Exhibit opening reception and John Bushey Memorial Lecture with David Pichaske, author of "Song of the North Country: A Midwest Framework to the Songs of Bob Dylan," free.

About: Pagel, owner of Bob Dylan's childhood home, is a longtime collector of memorabilia ranging from hand-printed lyrics, signage, and Dylan's high chair; Pichaske is an English professor at Southwest Minnesota State University and editor-publisher of Spoon River Poetry Press and Ellis Press, in addition to publishing multiple books.


The Sports Garden, 5 p.m. dinner, 6:30 p.m. show

What: Big Wu Armory Does Dylan and More, Arts & Music Center concert, tickets at and Electric Fetus

About: The Big Wu is a Minnesota-based jam band that toured hard in the mid-1990s and early 2000s, covering songs by the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Dylan.

Carmody Irish Pub, 9 p.m.

What: Dylan Pub Trivia. Free.


Zeitgeist Arts Atrium, free

What: Visions of Duluth art show opening reception. On display through May 27. Free.


Sir Benedict's Tavern on the Lake

What: Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo, 6-8 p.m. and Dylan Fest Open Mic hosted by Marc Gartman, 9-11 p.m. Free.

About: LaFond and Grillo are a singing-songwriting acoustic duo; Gartman is a local musician in bands ranging from Two Many Banjos to Coyote to Fever Dream.


Depot Great Hall, 5:30-8 p.m.

What: "Shakespeare's in the Alley: A Tribute to Bob Dylan" art installation; Poets of the North Country.

About: Skye, a Wisconsin-based artist, created large-scale panels with Dylan's lyrics stenciled on them to create a "forest" of words.

The Rex, 8:30 p.m.

What: Highway 61 Band and Courtney Yasmineh with Rob Genadek, $5.

About: Highway 61 Band, according to its Facebook page, features Brian Welles, Russ Sackett, Marc Gartman, Tyler Dubla, Lee Martin and Teague Alexy; Yasmineh is a singer-songwriter-guitar player who has become a regular at Dylan Fest.


Bob Dylan's childhood home, 519 W. Third Ave., 3 p.m.

What: Front porch concert featuring Greg Tiburzi

About: Bob Dylan spent his early years in a duplex in Duluth's Central Hillside. Bill Pagel, a collector, has worked to restore the house to what it looked like when Dylan was a kid. Tiburzi is a guitar-harmonica player who plays this outdoor Dylan tribute yearly.

The Depot, boarding at 5:30 p.m., returns at about 11 p.m.

What: Blood on the Tracks Express, tickets at

About: Dylan-themed train ride from Duluth to Two Harbors. Featured bands include The 4onthefloor, Black River Revue, Father Hennepin, The Basement Tapes Band, Rolling Bluder Revue ft. Nate Case, Jordan Taylor, Dave Mehling, Alex Piazza, Brad Nelson.


Sacred Heart Music Center, 7 p.m.

What: Dylan Fest singer-songwriting contest

About: Each songwriter performs an original and a Dylan tune in front of an audience and small panel of judges. Sign up at Free.


Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 1-2 p.m.

What: John Bushy Memorial Lecture with Richard F. Thomas

About: Thomas is a professor at Harvard University who published "Why Dylan Matters" in 2017.

Carmody Irish Pub, 8 p.m.

What: Dylan Fest with Cowboy Angel Blue. Free.

About: Cowboy Angel Blue is a longtime acoustic folk, country band


Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

What: Farewell Brunch with Jim Hall

About: Jim Hall is a local folk musician


Duluth isn't the only place celebrating Bob Dylan. The Hibbing Dylan Project is presenting Bob Dylan's Hibbing Experience, a day of Dylan-themed events including a showing of memorabilia, a guided bus tour, and music at a handful of local bars.


1-2 p.m.: Bob Dylan Room at the Hibbing Public Library will offer artifact browsing — which includes a copy of the "Hematite," the Hibbing High School yearbook from 1958-59. Free

1-6 p.m.: Hibbing Historical Society, inside the Hibbing Memorial Building, will have pieces from local memorabilia collector Bill Pagel's collection. There will also be Hibbing-themed documentaries playing in the on-site theater. $5 donation to Hibbing Dylan Project

2:30 p.m.: Mary Keyes will lead a guided bus tour from the Memorial Building parking lot to other places of Dylan interest. $30, reserve tickets at

Music schedule

5:30 p.m.: Aurora Baer at Mike's Pub

6 p.m.: Todd Saatoff at Sportsman's Restaurant & Taverna

7 p.m.: Rob Wheeler & Company, BoomTown Brewery & Wildfire Grill

9 p.m.: Sound Galaxy 19 (DJ), Sportsman's Restaurant & Taverna