This Friday, May 24, is the 78th birthday of Nobel Prize-winning singer/songwriter Robert Allen Zimmerman. An awful lot of years have passed since Dylan dwelled in Woodstock, but more recently, the anniversary of his birth has served as a great excuse for musicians in his erstwhile home community to come together and make some joyful noise to raise money for Family of Woodstock’s Hotline and John Herald Fund.
The 11th annual Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration goes on from 7 to 11 p.m. on Sunday, May 26 in the Barn at the Levon Helm Studios. This year the show will serve as the kickoff to the town’s summerlong celebration of the golden jubilee of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Festival. Happy Traum serves as emcee as usual, and he’ll be joined this year by Cindy Cashdollar, Tracy Bonham, Scott Petito, Simi Stone, Joe Magistro, Adam Widoff, Bruce Katz, Connor Kennedy, Peter More, Leslie Ritter, Marc Black and the obligatory-for-Woodstock Surprise Guests Yet to Be Announced. Songs written by Dylan will be spotlighted throughout the evening.
Tickets cost $65 to $125 for seats, $35 for standing room. To reserve yours, visit https://levonhelm.com/shows.
Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration, Sunday, May 26, 7 p.m., $125/$65/$35, Levon Helm Studios, 160 Plochman Ln., Woodstock, https://levonhelm.com