The Long Island Museum WUSB-FM’s Sunday Street Concert Series and the Greater Port Jefferson – Northern Brookhaven Arts Council are celebrating Bob Dylan’s 78th birthday with a musical tribute by the Kennedys, Rod MacDonald, Russ Seeger and others live on stage in the Carriage Museum’s Gillespie Room.
This year’s celebration is centered on the 50th anniversary of the release of Dylan’s Nashville Skyline so expect to hear many songs from that legendary album, as well as the entire Dylan catalogue, right up to his recent albums. As always, we’ll throw in some obscure Dylan stuff as well.
Anchoring the evening’s celebration will be Pete and Maura Kennedy, who return for their 12th Dylan Birthday show in the series. Guitars, sitars and even ukuleles come into play when The Kennedys “do Dylan.” (www.kennedysmusic.com)
Rod MacDonald, one of America’s finest singer-songwriters and an acknowledged master at interpreting Dylan, returns for another Dylanfest. Rod and his band Big Brass Bed have recently recorded a third album of Dylan songs. (www.rodmacdonald.net).
Russ Seeger, of Levon Helm’s Last Hombres, interprets lesser-known Dylan songs and adds great fiddle and guitar work to other Dylan classics in his 9th appearance at the Bob Dylan Birthday celebrations. (www.myspace.com/russseegermusic).
Also in the band: Brian Kachejian on keyboards, Steve Kaplan on bass and Tom Ryan (of the Last Hombres) on drums.
Special guests for this year’s celebration:
Mary Lee Kortes, New York City-based singer and songwriter known for her song for song cover of Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks, and her new book, Dreaming of Dylan. (www.maryleescorvette,com)
Mary Lamont (accompanied by Jim Marchese), Long Island’s outstanding country artist who also host’s WUSB’s “Down Home Country.” (www.marylamont.com)
Tickets are $35 and limited to 100 seats sundaystreet.org/tickets. Tickets may be purchased at the door on a first come first served basis after all ticket-holder seats have been filled.