THE BEST FEST ANNOUNCES DYLAN FEST NASHVILLE: A CELEBRATION OF BOB DYLAN’S 76TH BIRTHDAY


TO BENEFIT REFUGE FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS

SET FOR MAY 23 AND 24 AT NASHVILLE’s RYMAN AUDITORIUM

FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR, A TWO – NIGHT ALL STAR CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC OF BOB DYLAN

FEATURING MORE THAN 30 ACCLAIMED ARTISTS – ALL PERFORMING BOTH NIGHT — INCLUDING: WYNONNA & THE BIG NOISE, ELLE KING, SHAKEY GRAVES, DUANE EDDY, VALERIE JUNE, BOZ SCAGGS, HAMILTON LEITHAUSER, MOON TAXI, RICHARD HAWLEY, SHOOTER JENNINGS, ANDERSON EAST, THE WEEKS AND MANY, MANY MORE

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The Best Fest is proud to announce Dylan Fest: A Celebration of Bob Dylan’s 76th Birthday. Set for May 23rd and 24th at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, the second annual two-night concert event will see an extraordinary and eclectic array of artists paying tribute to the music of Bob Dylan with unprecedented performances of their favorite Dylan songs. In addition to ringing in Bob’s 76th – he was born on May 24th, 1941 – the concerts will also celebrate Dylan’s recent Nobel Prize win, and mark the 50th anniversary of his 1967 masterpiece, John Wesley Harding, recorded at Columbia’s Studio A in Nashville.

“After last year’s joyous Dylan Fests at the Ryman, we hope to make his birthday party in Music City an annual event, and we hereby invite Dylan’s most fervent fans from all over the world to join us,” says Best Fest co-founder Austin Scaggs. “Dylan’s words and music give meaning to our lives, and to honor Bob and raise money and awareness for a wonderful charity is a win-win.”

These shows will benefit Refuge Foundation for the Arts, a non-profit organization providing sanctuary for the pursuit of creative expression through music and art.  Founded in response to the lack of resources available to artists today, it is the mission of Refuge to offer patronage and opportunity to creators in a supportive and collaborative environment.

As always, the Best Fest’s acclaimed house band, The Cabin Down Below Band, will host a prodigious cast of musicians, with confirmed artists including Wynonna & The Big Noise, Elle King, Shakey Graves, Hall of Fame guitarist Duane Eddy, Boz Scaggs, Valerie June, Hamilton Leithauser, Moon Taxi, Richard Hawley, Shooter Jennings, Anderson East, Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards, Butch Walker, Karen Elson, Langhorne Slim, John Paul White *, The Weeks, Rayland Baxter, Bones Owens, Danny Masterson, The Whigs, The Watson Twins, Jonathan Tyler, Paul Cauthen, Gill Landry, Lauren Shera, The Texas Gentlemen, Eric Pulido of Midlake, Shelly Colvin, Odessa and many more surprise guests.

“We are so thrilled by the generosity of all of these incredible performers,” says Scaggs. “They’re lending their time and talent for their love of Bob, and for a great cause.”

Once again, The Best Fest is proud to have Jameson Irish Whiskey on board as sponsor.  The Fests started in the same New York community of bartenders, musicians, and craftsmen that adopted Jameson as their drink of choice. The Best Fest and Jameson forged a relationship based on similar values, shared appreciation and interest in spreading the community spirit.

The Best Fest is proud to announce a new partnership with Acme Elixirs, a California-based cannabis company that uses the latest technology and intellectual property to create organically derived cannabis oil and CBDs-using a process without harmful solvents or dangerous additives.”Acme Elixirs is at the forefront of the cannabis revolution and we are proud to officially welcome them into the Fest family,” says Scaggs.

No artist is nearer and dearer to the heart of the Fests than Bob Dylan. It was on the occasion of Dylan’s 60th birthday that the first Fest took place, in 2001, at Manitoba’s bar on Avenue B in New York City’s East Village.

Artist & Line Up Subject To Change Without Notice

*Appearing May 23th Only


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Bob Dylan Comerica Theatre
Phoenix, AZ
Thursday
10/4/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Tucson Music Hall
Tucson, AZ
Friday
10/5/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Kiva Auditorium
Albuquerque, NM
Sunday
10/7/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Midland, TX
Tuesday
10/9/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Irving, TX
Wednesday
10/10/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Paradise Cove At River Spirit
Tulsa, OK
Friday
10/12/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Winstar Casino
Thackerville, OK
Saturday
10/13/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Smart Financial Centre
Sugar Land, TX
Sunday
10/14/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Heymann Performing Arts Center
Lafayette, LA
Tuesday
10/16/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Saenger Theatre - AL
Mobile, AL
Wednesday
10/17/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan St. Augustine Amphitheatre
St. Augustine, FL
Friday
10/19/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, FL
Saturday
10/20/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sarasota, FL
Sunday
10/21/2018
7:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall
Fort Myers, FL
Tuesday
10/23/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Au-Rene Theater at Broward Ctr For The Perf Arts
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Wednesday
10/24/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Dr. Phillips Center - Walt Disney Theater
Orlando, FL
Friday
10/26/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Macon City Auditorium
Macon, GA
Saturday
10/27/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Tivoli Theatre - Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN
Sunday
10/28/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Von Braun Center Concert Hall
Huntsville, AL
Tuesday
10/30/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Tennessee Theatre
Knoxville, TN
Wednesday
10/31/2018
7:30 PM
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Bob Dylan Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at U.S. Cellular Center - Asheville
Asheville, NC
Friday
11/2/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Durham Performing Arts Center
Durham, NC
Saturday
11/3/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan North Charleston Performing Arts Center
North Charleston, SC
Sunday
11/4/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Johnny Mercer Theatre
Savannah, GA
Tuesday
11/6/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Bell Auditorium
Augusta, GA
Wednesday
11/7/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Ovens Auditorium
Charlotte, NC
Friday
11/9/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
Roanoke, VA
Saturday
11/10/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan EKU Center For The Arts
Richmond, KY
Sunday
11/11/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Covelli Centre
Youngstown, OH
Tuesday
11/13/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Rochester Auditorium Theatre
Rochester, NY
Wednesday
11/14/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Stanley Theatre - Utica
Utica, NY
Thursday
11/15/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Mark G. Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Atlantic City
Atlantic City, NJ
Saturday
11/17/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Springfield Symphony Hall
Springfield, MA
Sunday
11/18/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Palace Theater - CT
Waterbury, CT
Tuesday
11/20/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Beacon Theatre - NY
New York, NY
Friday
11/23/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Beacon Theatre - NY
New York, NY
Saturday
11/24/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Beacon Theatre - NY
New York, NY
Monday
11/26/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Beacon Theatre - NY
New York, NY
Tuesday
11/27/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Beacon Theatre - NY
New York, NY
Thursday
11/29/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Beacon Theatre - NY
New York, NY
Friday
11/30/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan Beacon Theatre - NY
New York, NY
Saturday
12/1/2018
8:00 PM
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Bob Dylan The Met - Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
Monday
12/3/2018
8:00 PM
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Joan Osborne Sings The SOng Of Bob Dylan Mesa Arts Center - Piper Repertory Theater
Mesa, AZ
Tuesday
2/5/2019
7:30 PM
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Joan Osborne Sings The Songs of Bob Dylan Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Thursday
3/21/2019
8:00 PM
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