Among the most beloved and iconic of American songwriters, but also among the most idiosyncratic and eccentric, Bob Dylan is a tough cover. The temptation to do “that voice” is irresistibly strong; in fact, you could argue that “that voice” is not simply a matter of inflection and delivery, but that it is programmed into the very metrics and melodies of his songs – in which case, you don’t really have a choice; “that voice” does you!
Of course, generalizing about Dylan is moot until you specify which Dylan: the New York City folkie? the Band cohort? the Christian? the croaky old man? On Sunday, May 26 at the Bearsville Theater, a flotilla of rock royalty will raid the Dylan songbook in what should be a fascinating festival of creative interpretation. The Soundout Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration Concert benefits the Woodstock Day School.
The show is hosted by Happy Traum and features Marco Benevento, Tracy Bonham, Don Byron, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, Dave Dreiwitz, Donald Fagen, Aaron Freeman, Amy Helm, Connor Kennedy, Graham Parker, Jerry Marotta, Tim Moore, A. C. Newman, Jane Scarpantoni, Jim Weider, Tim Sutton, Doug Yoel and Peter Dougan & the WDS Advanced Ensemble. More guests will be announced.
Tickets for the Woodstock Day School Soundout – Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration are available online at www.radiowoodstock.com or by phone at (845) 679-7600. Ticket prices are $100 for Golden Circle, $40 for reserved seating, $25 for general admission (standing). The Bearsville Theater is located at 291 Tinker Street in Woodstock.