Iron Range rocks as Dylan Days reaches its peak

Dylan Days enters its busiest day with an exciting Saturday lineup: Bobby Zimmerman Bus Tour, 10:30-2:30, pick up/drop off at Zimmy’s: the popular interpretive, interactive tour of Hibbing showing the town Dylan knew, his potential influences, along with the town today through storytelling and history. Waiting list available. Dylan Days 2011 Postal Cancellation, 2-5 p.m.,… Read More →

Dylan Days like a rolling stone with big Friday events

Today brings the first big day of the Dylan Days weekend in Bob Dylan’s hometown of Hibbing. Dylan Days Symposium, 2-4 p.m. at Hibbing Public Library Auditorium, featuring discussion with members of Dylan’s high school band The Golden Chords, original film about Dylan and tourism featuring Manchester professor David Leaver, and the 2011 literary showcase… Read More →

Dylan Days 2011 welcomes world travelers

Dylan Days, the grassroots arts, music and literature event in Bob Dylan’s Iron Range hometown, opens today in Hibbing, Minnesota. Here is today’s lineup: Dylan Days Welcome Reception, 5 p.m. at Zimmy’s; followed by live music from Anchorage, Alaska’s The Grunt Monkeys. Find out more about Dylan Days at the website or by following Dylan… Read More →

Dylan Days Eve brings acoustic show in downtown Hibbing

Dylan Days in Bob Dylan’s hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota, officially opens tomorrow. Nevertheless, tonight there’s a “Dylan Days Eve” show at Zimmy’s featuring acoustic Nashville performers Brittney Lee and Josh Dunne. Lee is an Iron Range native. Find out more about Dylan Days at the website or by following Dylan Days on Facebook or Twitter…. Read More →

How does it feel, to be somewhat older than before?

The Wall Street Journal poses the question “Should Bob Dylan retire?” The Duluth native and Hibbing-raised musician is a favorite here as I help coordinate Dylan Days in Hibbing and have long been a fan of the man’s songwriting and songs, particularly his 1965-1975 catalog. This is not the first time we’ll be asking such… Read More →

Weathered Iron Ranger tops British charts

Bob Dylan’s new release “Together Through Life” has topped the UK charts. This is Dylan’s seventh British #1 but the first in 39 years, breaking a record for the longest gap between #1 records. Dylan Days in Bob’s hometown of Hibbing, Minn., are May 21-24. This is a grassroots celebration of music, literature and art… Read More →

In the basement with Bob Dylan’s English teacher

I had written several times about StoryCorps, the NPR/nonprofit initiative to record, archive and broadcast interviews conducted between regular Americans and their loved ones. The mobile studio spent weeks in Grand Rapids talking to people all over northern Minnesota. The facilitators also went out on assignment, interviewing unique characters. At the StoryCorps blog, Alex shares… Read More →

Dylan Days literary showcase today

Today at 2:30 p.m. I’ll be emceeing the Dylan Days Literary Showcase featuring the winners of the Dylan Days Creative Writing Contest, Toby Thompson and the world premiere of the first-ever Dylan Days One Act Playwright contest winner, Demetra Kareman’s “Lessons and Carols.” The event takes place at the Hibbing Community College Theatre. Admission is… Read More →

‘Tangled Up in Ore: Bob Dylan and the Iron Range’

Dylan Days starts today. There’s plenty going on in Hibbing these next four days, but I’d like to point out the special Bob Dylan exhibit that opens today at Ironworld in nearby Chisholm. As Dylan Days co-chair, I played a role in the early stages of this project. But the hard work and vision came… Read More →

Taking requests: Bob Dylan Fudge Bars

Over the next few days I’ll be responding to questions or requests that I’ve been getting via e-mail. The next few days will include idle speculation on local retail developments and the Minnesota Steel project. Today I’ll clear out an old request, the posting of the recipe for the Bob Dylan Fudge Bars that I… Read More →