Historically speaking, Dylan was a house guest in Woodstock; but the Band, they were the house band. While the Band backed Dylan on several records and tours, nothing better captures the intensely collaborative and equal nature of the relationship better than The Basement Tapes. Released in 1975, The Basement Tapes incorporated original compositions, contemporary covers and traditional material drawn from many styles of American music. It reveals Bob, Rick, Levon, Richard, Garth and Robbie as part madmen, part downright scholars of the tradition, and it remains a high point in unfettered, fecund creativity and rooted experimentalism.
The songwriter Eric Squindo (Mister Roper, The Uncommon) has organized a tribute to this accidental masterpiece on Sunday, August 18 at Colony in Woodstock. This follows Squindo’s successful Townes Van Zandt tribute at Colony and Woody Guthrie tribute at the Towne Crier in Beacon. Squindo has hand-picked the artists for this show to ensure an unforgettable night of solo and band performances and collaborations, culminating in a jam session with all the players. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Basement Tapes tribute with Eric Squindo & friends
Sunday, Aug. 18, 8 p.m.
22 Rock City Rd., Woodstock