Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration at Bearsville

(Courtesy of Milton Glaser)

It has been quite a time for Bob Dylan, what with his Nobel Prize for Literature, his new albums of classic American standards; and through it all, he just keeps on playing. Sometime in May he’ll turn 76, and while he might not know about it, he will be helping one of the area’s finest service organizations, Family of Woodstock, to raise funds for its Crisis Hotline, which is available 24 hours a day, and for its John Herald Fund, which helps musicians and artists in need.

Headlined by Larry Campbell, who toured with Dylan for years in the 1990s, Cindy Cashdollar, who played on Dylan’s album Time Out of Mind, Amy Helm and Kate Pierson, the ninth annual Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration takes place at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 28 at the Bearsville Theater. The show will also feature singer/songwriter Marshall Crenshaw, saxophonist Jay Collins, Charles Lyonhart, Zach Djanikian, Jonah Smith, Brian Hollander, Robin LeMartel, Rich Pagano, Eric Redd and Nick Spinetti, all spinning out Dylan classics and nuggets. Many will be backed up by the stellar house band consisting of Connor Kennedy, Will Bryant, Lee Falco and Brandon Morrison.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the iconic Dylan poster by Milton Glaser. The Woodstock artist has donated a signed poster for this raffle. There will also be two Dylan images by photographer Elliott Landy to be raffled off. And, as a special raffle item, a pair of tickets to the June 24 Bob Dylan show at the Hutton Brickyards in Kingston will be offered.


The doors open at 7 p.m. The show is sponsored by Radio Woodstock 100.1 and the Bearsville Theater, which is located at 291 Tinker Street, Woodstock. Ticket prices range from $25 to $100, and you can get them by phone at Radio Woodstock at (845) 679-7600 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at