Bob's birthday bash continues

The festivities continue this week for Bob Dylan, who turned 80 on Monday and was celebrated with a porch party in the front yard of his childhood duplex in the Central Hillside. The annual Duluth Dylan Fest includes a mix of in-person and live events for rock and rollers and Dylan-tellectuals alike. Among the events: poetry, a couple live-streamed shows and multiple outdoor concerts and a lecture, in honor of the late Dylan-head John Bushey, about Dylan in Minnesota. For more info, go to

Bob Dylan (2013 file / News Tribune)
Bob Dylan (2013 file / News Tribune)

Duluth Dylan Fest schedule

May 26

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6-8 p.m.: Greg Tiburzi Sings Dylan, Valentini’s Bistro, free

6:30 p.m.-8: Dylan Fest Poetry Contest Reading Event livestream, Zoom, free

May 27

6:30-8 p.m.: Dylan Fest livestream from 2104 with Luke LeBlanc, free

May 28

6-9 p.m.: Duluth Does Dylan Concert, Earth Rider Festival Field, tickets

May 29

1:30-3 p.m.: John Bushey Memorial Lecture by Dave Engel, author of “Just Like Bob Zimmerman’s Blues: Dylan in Minnesota,” livestream from Teatro Zuccone, free

5-6 p.m.: “Highway 61 Revisited” on KUMD-FM 103.3, free

6-9 p.m.: Bob Dylan Revue Concert, Earth Rider Festival Field, tickets

May 30

2 p.m.: Songs from the North Country Songwriter Contest Showcase featuring Shane Nelson, Earth Rider Festival Field, tickets

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Dylan Fest livestream with Danny Fox, free

"A Little Witchcraft Stuff," a short film by Henriette Soderlind, is available for streaming on YouTube. (Image from YouTube)
"A Little Witchcraft Stuff," a short film by Henriette Soderlind, is available for streaming on YouTube. (Image from YouTube)

Get witchy

A short film by actor and first-time director Henriette Soderlind considers what happens when we get what we want: money, revenge, a return from the dead. “A Little Witchcraft Stuff,” now streaming on YouTube, finds a trio of friends evoking their lunar power with candles, potions, and dance. The results are dark, funny and darkly funny in this quick-hit flick that takes advantage of local vistas, plant-filled spaces and mood music. Soderlind is a student in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. The film premiered at a drive-in theater showcase.

"Fun's Over" by Anthony Bennett
"Fun's Over" by Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett drops 'Fun's Over'

Anthony Bennett, of Cars & Trucks and The Dames, with occasional solo work, has created a pandemic record — a 12-track collection of rock, roll and frustration. “Fun’s Over” is Bennett’s second record under his own name and he describes it as “a mutant lo-fi rock record that I play all the instruments (some poorly) on.” His first single, “I’m a Politician,” is rippy and catchy with vocals that wind their way right into that sweet spot of your brain. In his second, “Starting a War,” Bennett sings “I’m starting a war just like my country taught me to.” His singles are available on YouTube, and it’s available for preorder on Bandcamp.

Gaelynn Lea (2018 file / News Tribune)
Gaelynn Lea (2018 file / News Tribune)

Babies rock

Traditionally, Rock the Cradle has been an in-person event that pairs young humans (and the people in charge of exposing them to solid tunes ASAP) with family-friendly acts. This go-round, its 16th year, it’s virtual. Check out The Current’s YouTube channel or Facebook page starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday mornings through June 19 for performances by Gaelynn Lea, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, House of Dance, Gaby Moreno, SaulPaul, Elena Moon Park, Preservation Hall Jazz Ensemble, Nur-D, Annie Humphrey, Siama’s Congo Roots. It’s free.

Matthew Francis (Photo courtesy of Francis)
Matthew Francis (Photo courtesy of Francis)

Denfeld grad to appear on 'Hell's Kitchen'

Cue up the prime time TV, folks. Matthew Francis, a 2013 graduate of Denfeld High School who attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and has been behind some mighty viral recipe vids, is a contestant on Season 20 of “Hell’s Kitchen: Young Guns.” The series, starring the infamously tough critic Gordon Ramsay, premiers at 7 p.m. May 31 on Fox. For more of Francis’ work, check out his very captivating YouTube series “DinnerViews,” in which he talks about All The Things with his guests, then makes their dream dinner.