Dylan Days 2011 is over. Thanks to all who attended or participated!
The schedule below refers to the 2011 events. We'll be announcing Dylan
Days 2012 events later this year. Offer your suggestions at our Facebook page.
May 26-29, 2011
(last updated: May 29,
Dylan turns 70 this May and his northeastern Minnesota
hometown celebrates with an exciting lineup of Dylan
Days arts and
entertainment activities from May 26-29, 2011. This is the 10th year of
major Dylan Days activities in Hibbing, contining an informal tradition
that began in 1991. All events are within walking distance in downtown
NOTE: This year we are working in partnership with Duluth's new Dylan
Fest event that runs May 22-28 in Dylan's birthplace city. Click here to see the poster
featuring Dylan music events down the road from Hibbing.
7-11 p.m. at Zimmy’s
Brittany Lee and Josh Dunne. Lee, an Iron
Range native, joins fellow Nashville musician for acoustic “Dylan Days
5 p.m., Zimmy's on Howard St.
Dylan Days Welcome Reception / Hibbing
Chamber of Commerce "Business After Hours." Followed by folk
rock music from The Grunt Monkeys of Anchorage, Alaska.
1-4 p.m., Hibbing Public Library
Dylan Days Symposium. A
series of open discussions and presentations by Dylan scholars and
members of Dylan's high school rock band The Golden Chords. The Dylan
Days B.J. Rolfzen Memorial Writing Contest Literary Event will also
held during the sympoisum, featuring contest winners reading their
work. An original British documentary film about rock n' roll and its
impact on tourism and culture will make its American debut. This film
will feature Dylan, Hibbing and several people you might see around
6-8 p.m., Hibbing Memorial Building Dining Hall
'50s Sock Hop co-sponsored by
Hibbing Historical Society. Enjoy authentic music from the 1950s
that a young Bob Dylan might have listened to. This event is open to
families and will feature a partial reunion of one of Dylan's early
bands, The Golden Chords, with LeRoy Hoikkala and Monte Edwardson
(unless Bob shows up; then it would be a complete reunion).
The world famous Dylan Days
Singer/Songwriter Contest will take place once again at Zimmy's.
Competitors from all over the world sing one Dylan song and one
original. This is the first division of the contest. The winners
receive prizes and joins our hall of fame.
SIGN UP TO COMPETE.
10:30-2:30, pick up/drop off at
Bobby Zimmerman Bus Tour.
Our famous and extremely popular interpretive, interactive tour of
Hibbing showing the town Dylan knew, his potential influences, along
with the town today. Great storytelling and history. BUS TOUR IS FULL -
Waiting list available (Additional
tours of the high school are being planned).
2-4 p.m., Zimmy's
Dylan Days 2011 Postal
Cancellation. Each year the United States Postal Service, by way
of its Hibbing post office, offers a creative, unique postal
cancellation stamp featuring a limited edition Dylan Days image. This
stamp is only available on this day and may be used on memorabilia or
3-approx. 6 p.m., Zimmy's
Dylan Days Singer/Songwriter
Contest. This second
division of singer/songwriters will compete for prizes. Competitors
from all over the world sing one Dylan song and one
After songwriter contest-9 p.m.,
"The Fifth Day of May" with Danny Fox,
of the Singer/Songwriter contest and Dylan Days
9 p.m.-?, Zimmy's
"Johnny's in the Basement," a
new music project with Duluth musician Jamie Ness, plays Dylan music
and keeps the crowd rocking into the night.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Zimmy's
The Dylan Days Farewell Brunch
will be held to let visitors and locals chat with their new friends
before everyone goes home. Local Ojibwa blessing to be given.
Additional live music events will be scheduled along with other unique
for the visitors who join us from all over the
world each year. Dylan's 70th birthday is expected to increase the
number of national and international visitors and many special
surprises are being planned.
Most events are free with the purchase of the Dylan Days pin. The
benefit concert has a separate ticket cost with proceeds going to the
Hibbing Arts Council to promote future Dylan Days events and concerts.
Events are subject to minor schedule changes until two weeks prior to
the event. For
OTHER EVENTS MAY BE ANNOUNCED
Dylan Days prides itself on homegrown traditions
like the singer/songwriter contest, the literary event and the bus
tour. Past events have included:
From its humble origins as a spontaneous jam session, to its growth as
part of the Hibbing Area
Chamber of Commerce, to its current status as a fast growing,
independent community arts organization, Dylan Days seeks to
enhance the arts community in Northern Minnesota
addition to conducting these annual events. Dylan Days
community partners, including the schools, the city, the chamber of
and other artistic groups.We operate off the advertising
revenue for our annual publication, "Talkin' Blues," the program and
literary journal of Dylan Days. Find out how to support us with your advertising dollars
(lower rates available for individuals to take out small patronage ads).
- Sam Miltich and the Big Dipper Jazz Band
- Violinist Scarlet Rivera with Gene LaFond and the Wild Unknown
- An original exhibit at Ironworld entitled "Tangled Up in Ore"
featuring a detailed account of Dylan's time and significance in
- Ramblin' Jack Elliott, a Dylan contemporary and folk legend, in
- Maria Muldaur, another Bob Dylan contemporary
and blues singer, in 2007
- A special concert reuniting the studio band that played on
Dylan's critically-acclaimed masterpiece album "Blood on the Tracks" in
- A screening
of “Tangled Up
in Bob,” a nationally-renowned film celebrating Dylan’s early
influences in Hibbing, also in 2006
- Joel Gilbert's Dylan
tribute band "Highway 61
Revisited" in 2005
- The world debut of the original biographical play "Boy
From the North Country" by Danny Friedman in 2003.
For information on Dylan Days events, ticket information,
or to inquire
about participating in a Dylan Days activity, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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