Dylanfest Makes Anticipated Return

ROWLAND SHERMAN | PHOTO COURTESY Fargo’s Dylanfest celebrates the career of classic folk musician Bob Dylan
Fargo’s Dylanfest celebrates the career of classic folk musician Bob Dylan

Fargo’s renowned Dylanfest is set to return once again.

The tribute concert to musical icon Bob Dylan will take the stage at the Fargo Theatre for the second year running. The show, entitled “Fargo Dylanfest 2: Broadway Revisted,” will begin 2 p.m. February 27.

Dylanfest, produced by Merill Piepkorn, has garnered much excitement and anticipation that has only grown since last year’s festival.

“Performers of all ages and all styles wanted to take part,” Piepkorn said in a press release.

Piepkorn adds, “The lineup was filled very quickly, the show sold out, and the concert was barely over when people started asking me about the next Fargo Dylanfest.”

The second installment of the festival boasts sixteen acts to pay homage to the acclaimed folk musician. This year’s acts include the Pat Lenertz Band, Diane Miller & Andi Thoreson, the Moody River Band, Darrin Wentz, Poitin, Tucker’d Out, Gregg Temple, Mike Holtz and Loy Larson among others.

Musicians will play their interpretations of classic Dylan songs throughout the day’s festivities.

Fargo Dylanfest 2 will be co-hosted by Diane Miller, of local hip-hop ensemble D Mills & The Thrills, and singer-songwriter Darrin Wentz.

Miller returns for second time hosting the local show.

“The event is a fantastic showcase of local talent. Most of us are used to playing in bars or small venues. It’s not every day we get to perform center stage at the Fargo Theatre,” Miller says.

Dylan, whose momentous career has graced over five decades, is a staple in modern American culture. As one of the most influential musicians to come out of the American folk music revival in the 1960s, Dylan’s blues-tinged songs inspired a generation and continue to thrive into the future.

The Duluth-born musician is also believed to have ties to the Fargo-Moorhead area. In the late 1950s, Dylan stayed at the Bison Hotel in downtown Fargo as he was hired to play piano for American pop singer Bobby Vee.

Now Fargo offers its own tribute to Dylan. Every folk fan will hear fan favorites along with deep cuts reinterpreted by many talented musicians in a day filled with music and recognition.

Ticket Information

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, February 27

Where: Fargo Theatre

Price: General Reserved: $15 and $20, VIP: $40

More Info: Event page on Facebook

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