Happy birthday week to Bob Dylan, (cough cough Duluth native), who turns 79 on Sunday. In past years, Duluth Dylan Fest has held days and days of events — exhibitions, concerts, tours, and a songwriting competition — to celebrate the artist. With the pandemic, a handful of tributes have shifted online.
The good news: far-flung Dylan fans can tune in, and far-flung Dylan-digging musicians can participate. For more info on the events, go to bobdylanway.com.
May 23: Virtual Bob Dylan Revue Reunion Concert Revisited: 17 years ago, a crew of local musicians joined to pay tribute to Dylan — and then continued on for years and years. Last year they held a reunion concert that gets a re-run from 7-10 p.m. on YouTube.
May 24: Al Diesan, billed as a Dylan soundalike, will stream a concert from noon-2 p.m. from Rome. Danny Fox, who has twice won the singer-songwriter competition, will stream a concert from Chicago. And Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo will play the Birthday Bash livestream, which will include rarities, shows from the road with Dylan and original tunes. It’s at 7:30 p.m. on the duo’s Facebook page.
Tune in to the arts
If you crave the sound of another human being talking about art, KUMD has you covered with "Where’s Art.” Lisa Johnson’s Monday morning show includes a weekly 10-minute-ish check-in with Anne Dugan, a local resource for art ranging from the fine stuff, to the kooky stuff, to the film stuff, to jigsaw puzzles and more. There is an online archive of back chats to comb through that include topics like Homegrown Music Festival, arts funding, sourdough starter.
At the O
In non-pandemic times, “Cookin’ at the O” is a monthly series at the Oldenburg House, a bed-breakfast-venue in Carlton. On a night when its cookin’, guest jazz musicians play for a small audience, and dinner is served. The home’s owners are charming hosts: Glenn Swanson plays drums; Emily Swanson treats you like a long-lost friend. The Swansons are taking the show online this weekend as a fundraiser for regional healthcare workers. Musicians in the lineup include Ricky Peterson, who has played keyboard with Prince and is fresh from touring with Fleetwood Mac; Andrew Walesch, a St. Cloud, Minn. native who has played NPR’s “Mountain Stage”; Billy Peterson, a bass player who has played with artists ranging from Steve Miller to Les Paul and Glenn Swanson.
“Cookin’ at the O” is 7-9 p.m. May 22-23 on Facebook Live and YouTube.
Hey Minnesota: Get your film fest online
We are midway through the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, an event that has been revamped for home viewing. Its keepers are offering up the films that are available for streaming — as allowed by both filmmakers and distributors — as pay-per-movies. (Discounts to people who are members of the MSP Film Society.) As part of the dealio, you must have a Minnesota billing address. Among the movies with regional connections: Tim Saxhaug of Trampled By Turtles is a producer on “Nina of the Woods,” a feature-length drama by Charlie Griak; “Bridge,” a documentary by Spencer Patzman about the I-35W bridge collapse in 2007; and “Public Trust,” a doc about a land war that includes the Boundary Waters.
Screenings for MSPIFF films are available at mspfilm.org.
All the accordions
Dance Attic, the charming polka duo that with tunes as charming as its coordinated outfits, plays a show Sunday at an empty Sacred Heart Music Center — available for streaming. Also in the lineup: acoustic guitar player Brian Dack with accordion player Arna Rennan.
Dance Attic/Brian Dack streaming concert is at 6 p.m. Sunday on Sacred Heart Music Center’s YouTube channel.