Welcome to Dylan Days
Dylan Days is an event supporting the arts and honoring Bob Dylan in his hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota. Over the years Dylan Days has built a grassroots tradition including the singer/songwriter contest, writing contest and literary showcase, visual arts competition, Bobby Zimmerman bus tour, live music and more.
In March of 2014, Linda Stroback and Bob Hocking closed Zimmy's Restaurant in downtown Hibbing due to financial problems. Sadly, Zimmy's will not be open during Dylan Days 2014. This has forced the organizing committee of Dylan Days, which includes Linda, to make some hard decisions about our group's future.
Dylan Days 2014 will go on. We will not be able to offer all the same events, but we have offered several of our favorite events in a shorter time span. The event will be condensed into Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24, Bob Dylan's birthday. We have found new venues for the literary showcase, singer-songwriter contest and postal-cancellation. The bus tour will operate as it normally does.
We hope you'll join us in Hibbing this May 23-24 to have some fun, enjoy some great music, say thanks to Linda and Bob. This has been a hard winter for Dylan Days, but we have the warmth of our friends and the talent of so many to look forward to.
Thanks to everyone who joined us in Hibbing for Dylan Days 2013! Stay tuned here for news about next year's event. Contest postings should occur around Feb. 1, 2014.
Congratulations to the winners of our Dylan Days contests.
Friday Songwriters Contest
1st place - Scott Wilcox
2nd place - Katie Ziegler
3rd place - Danielle Anderson
Saturday Songwriters Contest
1st place - Chris Haise
2nd place - Gary Burt
3rd place - Levi Nodari
1st place - Kelli Maag
2nd place - Carol Evensen (SoHo of Hibbing)
3rd place - Barrett Peterson (SoHo of Hibbing)
The weather in Hibbing will be beautiful all weekend for Dylan Days 2013! We've been profiled in USA Today, the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio. Join people from all over the world in making the journey to Bob's hometown for a weekend of live music, art and literature, plus the unique story of a boy named Robert Zimmerman who would become Bob Dylan.
You can find the schedule here.
HIBBING, Minnesota -- Bob Dylan’s Iron Range hometown is preparing its annual celebration of music, arts and the story of a small town boy becoming the most influential musician of his generation. Visitors and musicians from all over the United States and world will gather May 24-26 to share original music, writing and visual art, while learning the story of how Robert Zimmerman, Class of ’59, became Bob Dylan.
“This time last year we learned that Bob Dylan was to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom,” said event co-organizer Aaron Brown. “So this year we’re honoring his achievement while continuing our mission of providing new opportunities for northern Minnesota musicians, writers and artists.”
Dylan turns 72 on May 24 and remains on his never-ending international tour. His birthplace of Duluth will honor him the previous weekend with their annual Dylan Fest. The two organizing groups are working together this year to provide the North Country Dylan Celebration, 10 days of coordinated activity in northern Minnesota.
Major Dylan Days events like the Friday night singer/songwriter contest, Saturday bus tour and live music throughout the weekend will return. Duluth poet laureate Sheila Packa will give a poetry workshop Friday afternoon before keynoting the literary showcase featuring winners of the B.J. Rolfzen Dylan Days Creative Writing Contest.
Most events are free with purchase of a $5 souvenir Dylan Days button, available for purchase at Zimmy’s or Howard Street Booksellers. Some events, like the bus tour, have additional cost. See the complete schedule.
Duluth Dylan Fest and Hibbing Dylan Days
This year Dylan's birthplace and hometown are teaming up to present a solid week of arts and entertainment in honor of Bob Dylan and the artistry of northern Minnesota.
Friday, May 17
Hard Rain in Duluth @ Weber Music Hall (www.ticketworks.com)
7 p.m.: Scarlet Rivera with Gene Lafond and the Wild Unknown and Courtney Yasmineh
A benefit for the Armory Arts and Music Center
Saturday, May 18
Poets from the North Country @ Zeitgeist Arts Atrium
3 p.m.: Past Poet Laureate Sheila Packa hosts a poetry reading celebrating Bob Dylan's influence on the voices of the region
Duluth Does Dylan @ Tycoons Alehouse
10 p.m.: Marc Gartman with Tim Saxhaug and Dave Carroll
Sara Krueger and Diet Folk
Sunday, May 19
Dylan Trivia @ Carmody Irish Pub
8 p.m.: The answers are blowin' in the wind
Monday, May 20
Open Mic Night @ Beaner's Central
8 p.m.: Perform a Dylan tune, and one of your own
Sign up in person at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21
Dylan movie and music night @ Redstar Lounge
8 p.m.: Underground Film Collage by KUMD Highway 61 Revisited host John Bushey and Nelson French with support from the Duluth Superior Film Fest.
9:30 p.m.: SNoBARN
Wednesday, May 22
Bob Dylan's 72nd Birthday @ Redstar Lounge
7 p.m.: Cocktails & music with Jim Hall
9:30 p.m.: The Freewheelers @ Fitger's Brewhouse
Thursday, May 23
Blood on the Tracks Express @ Fitger's Courtyard
Big Wave Dave & The Ripples, Erik Koskinen, Saint Anyway, The Boomchucks as the Freewheelers, Dirty Horse, Barbara Jean & Cowboy Angel Blue
5:30 p.m.: ALL ABOARD! Take the North Shore Scenic Railroad to the American Legion in Two Harbors and back with live bands on board. Pick up your tix at ticketfly.com, Fitger's Brewhouse Beer Store or the Electric Fetus
Friday, May 24
Creative Writing Workshop and Literary Showcase @ Hibbing Memorial Building
1 p.m. Duluth Poet Laureate Sheila Packa runs poetry workshop
3:15 p.m.: Literary Reading featuring winners of the B.J. Rolfzen Memorial Creative Writing Contest
Dylan Days Singer/Songwriter Contest @ Zimmy's in Hibbing
7 p.m.: Come hear competitors from all over the world sing one Dylan song and one original.
Saturday, May 25
Hibbing Dylan Bus Tour and U.S. Postal Cancellation
5 p.m.: Singer/Songwriter contest (Day 2) @ Zimmy's
7 p.m.: The Adjustments @ Zimmy's
Sunday, May 26
Dylan Days Farewell Brunch
10 a.m.: Meet at Zimmy's to recap the week