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.
Statement by the Hibbing Dylan Days committee:
We, the organizing committee of Dylan Days, the annual arts and music event in Bob Dylan's hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota, voted to disband on Oct. 22, 2014. The event, as such, will be going on indefinite hiatus.
For the last several years, three people have been primarily responsible for the organization of Dylan Days. In 2014, co-chair Linda Stroback Hocking and her husband Bob Hocking were forced to close the iconic Dylan-themed restaurant Zimmy's in downtown Hibbing. Co-chair Joe Keyes and his wife Mary Palcich Keyes will be retiring and closing their retail bookstore storefront, Howard Street Booksellers, at the end of 2014. Co-chair Aaron Brown faces an increasingly demanding schedule with his Great Northern Radio Show. These combined personal factors make it impossible for the current committee to continue.
It remains the hope of the outgoing committee that new volunteers will step forward to continue Dylan Days programming in the city of Hibbing in honor of the town's most famous son, and the reason for thousands of tourist stops in Hibbing every year. We are transferring our remaining funds to the Hibbing Arts Council for future appropriate use to honor Dylan.
Despite this sad news, we are so happy to acknowledge our friends and allies with the Duluth Dylan Fest activities in Duluth will continue to take place. The Duluth Dylan Fest committee has been a longtime partner and collaborator with Dylan Days.
Zane Bail, committee member of the Duluth Dylan Fest, shared, "It has been a fabulous partnership with the Hibbing Dylan Days committee over the past seven years. We are happy to continue carrying the torch to honor the Northland's native son, Bob Dylan, and celebrate his influences on the vibrant art scene in this region and beyond."
The Duluth Dylan Fest is currently planning the line-up for 2015, which will include elements of our popular bus tour in Hibbing for visiting Dylan tourists as well as the singer-songwriter contest. Other programming will be announced by them in the coming months.
For more than a decade, musicians, writers and Dylan fans have converged on Hibbing every May for Dylan Days. We shared stories and experiences, forging lifelong friendships. It is our hope that the spirit of Dylan Days will live on with new volunteers and a successive organization.
Dylan Days began informally as a Bob Dylan birthday celebration at Zimmy's in 1991. In 2001, a citywide committee led by the Chamber of Commerce formed to coordinate Dylan Days activities, eventually becoming its own independent non-profit association.
"The Times They Are 'a Changin.'" This is normal. This is healthy. We offer our sincerest thanks to all who have attended, supported and enhanced Dylan Days in Hibbing, Minnesota.
Duluth Dylan Fest
Welcome to Dylan Days! This weekend, May 23-24, we welcome people from all over the world to join with artists, writers and musicians in celebrating the accomplishments of Bob Dylan and the interesting North Country mining town where he grew up.
Catch up on the Dylan Days schedule and make plans to see our big events this year:
- The Friday Literary Showcase at 3:30 p.m. at Howard Street Booksellers - Featuring winners of the B.J. Rolfzen Dylan Days Creative Writing Contest and David Kinney, author of the acclaimed new book "The Dylanologists."
- The premeire event for the GRAMMY Museum's traveling exhibit "Daniel Kramer: Photographs of Bob Dylan" at the Paulucci Space Theatre on Highway 169 by Hibbing Community College. Doors open at 5 p.m. Friday with a 6 p.m. reception at the HCC Theater. The exhibit will remain open through the summer, thanks to the city of Hibbing.
- The Friday night singer/songwriter contest (spots on the playlist still available)
- The Saturday morning bus tour (seats still available!)
For the complete list of Dylan Days events, see our schedule. Buttons will be available at events, but if you have any questions during your stay in Hibbing, check in at Howard Street Booksellers.
HIBBING, Minnesota -- Dylan Days, an event celebrating the work of Bob Dylan and the arts and culture of his Iron Range hometown, announces the winners of its 2014 B.J. Rolfzen Memorial creative writing contest.
The selected pieces will be published in “Talkin’ Blues,” the literary journal and program of Dylan Days. Winners are invited to read their work and speak at Dylan Days 2014, which takes place May 23-24 in Hibbing, as part of a May 23 presentation featuring David Kinney, noted author whose new book “The Dylanologists” explores the quirky world of Bob Dylan fandom.
Once again, hundreds of writers from all over the world entered the contest, which recognizes fiction, poetry and poetry written by high school or college students. The literary showcase will happen at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 23 at Howard Street Booksellers in downtown Hibbing.
A listing of winners follows:
1st Place: “Category Five” by Matt Debutts of Amherst, Massachusetts
2nd Place: “Foul Shot” by Phil Fitzpatrick of Duluth, Minnesota
3rd Place: “Paper Cut” by April Solberg of Chetek, Wisconsin
Another finalist was selected for publication:
“Car Trouble in Carver County” by C.E. Holmes of Dell Rapids, South Dakota
Other finalists included stories by Kenneth Parsons of Lexington, Kentucky; Cliff Hatcher of Kamloops, British Columbia; Jeanete Lukowski of Bemidji, Minnesota; Camille Verzal of St. Paul, Minnesota; Larry Lattanzi of Libau, Manitoba; and Whitney Strus of Coon Rapids, Minnesota.
1st Place: “Portrait in infrared and sepia tone” by Larry Nightingale of Vancouver, British Columbia.
2nd Place: “South at Howard Street” by Britt Aamodt of Elk River, Minnesota.
3rd Place: “Anna Zimmerman in Trabzon, 1915” by Carl Boon of Istanbul, Turkey
Two other finalists were selected for publication, including:
“Bones and Wings” by Larry Lattanzi of Libau, Manitoba
“wordSwords” by Sheldon Swartz of Norwich, Connecticut
Other finalists included:
Robert Martens of Abbotsford, British Columbia; Gayle Roth of Webster, Wisconsin; Charles Wilson of Etowah, Texas; and Mary McGregor of Duluth, Minnesota.
STUDENT POETRY (enrolled in K-12 or undergraduate college)
1st Place: “Houses” by Delaney Miller of Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois
2nd Place: “Nostalgia” by Siri Wilder of Los Angeles, California at Clarkson University in New York.
3rd Place: “A Letter to Mr. White Man …” by Marlena Wadley of Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois.
Two other finalists were selected for publication, including:
“Missing Family Members” by Jenna Rodrigues of Hartwick College in Westbrook, Maine
“Missing Charms” by Rebecca DiSomma of Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, IL.
Other finalists included Karissa Dohm of Reedsburg, Wisconsin; Latroy Robinson of Oak Park, Illinois; and Junyoung (Joon) Choi of New York.
B.J. Rolfzen was a high school and college English teacher in Hibbing, Minnesota, whose love of poetry and beauty inspired two generations of Iron Range students, among them Robert Zimmerman, the boy who would become Bob Dylan. Dylan Days dedicates its annual literary efforts in his memory.
The Dylan Days literary showcase is on Friday, May 23, 2014. This year’s Dylan Days will feature the American debut of the GRAMMY Museum Traveling Exhibit “Daniel Kramer: Photographs of Bob Dylan.” For more information on Dylan Days 2014, including a listing of other events, see www.dylandays.org.
Dylan Days 2014 is a proud partner with the City of Hibbing in celebrating the GRAMMY museum exhibit "Daniel Kramer: Photographs of Bob Dylan," which will enjoy a run in Hibbing's Paulucci Space Theatre from Dylan Days through the summer.
Dylan Days also says goodbye to Zimmy's, the iconic bar and restaurant where most of our Dylan Days events have been held in our first 11 years. We'll be thanking Linda Stroback and Bob Hocking for their tireless efforts to increase Dylan tourism in Bob's hometown, welcoming thousands of "pilgrims" from all over the world.
Plan your trip to include the entire North Country Dylan Celebration, including Duluth's Dylan Fest and Hibbing's Dylan Days.
Reserve a spot if you plan to compete at the Dylan Days Singer/Songwriter contest.
The GRAMMY Museum and The City of Hibbing, Minn. Present
Daniel Kramer: Photographs of Bob Dylan
Exhibition Exploring The Major Milestones in Dylan’s Career in the 1960s To Open In Hibbing, Minn. On May 23
Hibbing, Minn. (April 10, 2014) — Daniel Kramer: Photographs of Bob Dylan, a traveling photographic exhibition curated by the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum, will make it’s first- ever stop in the United States at the Paulucci Space Theater, in the City of Hibbing, Minn., it was announced today. The exhibition – which first debuted at the British Music Experience in London in 2012– explores the major milestones in Dylan’s career in the 1960s and how they impacted the rock explosion that came to define the decade.
“Daniel Kramer spent one year photographing Bob Dylan—and what a year it was! Through his photographs, Kramer captured Dylan’s spirit and musical evolution and gave the world an early glimpse into the life of an American legend. We at The GRAMMY Museum are honored to be working with Mr. Kramer and the City of Hibbing to bring this exhibition to Minnesota.”
Daniel Kramer’s photographs of Bob Dylan document Bob Dylan’s metamorphosis from folk musician to rock-n-roll icon. The exhibition features more than 50 of Kramer’s iconic photographs made during 1964 and1965 when Dylan changed the world of popular music. Included are the recording sessions for Bringing It All Back Home, the now famous going-electric concert at Forest Hills Stadium, and private moments of the singer-songwriter who is for many the poet laureate of their time. The seseminal pictures of Bob Dylan not only revealed the rising young star to international audiences, they set a standard by which all other rock portraits would be judged.
The City of Hibbing is very excited to announce its partnership with the GRAMMY Museum and share Bob Dylan’s hometown with the world. Everywhere you turn, you are reminded that Bob Dylan grew-up in this northern Minnesota mining town. The exhibition will not only serve as a musical reflection, but a cultural one as well. Dylan’s childhood home still stands on the corner of 7th Avenue and 25th Street. The street has been renamed: Bob Dylan Drive in his honor.
In the 1960’s Bob Dylan revolutionized popular music. Writing with the passion of a poet, the lyrical reach of a philosopher, Dylan-- just in his twenties-- changed the way we heard music and what we demanded from it. By blending elements of American folk music, the blues, and rock, Dylan stitched together these influences to become one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century. Photographer Daniel Kramer, one of America’s most noted music and portrait photographers, accompanied Bob Dylan on tour in 1964 and 1965. His photographs are a striking account of the folk singer’s metamorphosis into a rock star. This photographic ‘backstage view’ showcases key moments in Dylan’s musical career, and a dip into the history of American music.
Kramer is a New York City based photographer and film director whose portraits and picture stories have been published worldwide in major national and international magazines, books, and on numerous album covers. His film work encompasses documentaries, commercials and educational films. Kramer’s subjects include artists, writers, musicians, athletes, political figures and business people. Kramer’s photographsarewidelycollectedandexhibited. Brooklyn born, he lives in New York City with his wife and collaborator Arline Cunningham Kramer.
Daniel Kramer: Photographs of Bob Dylan will run from May 23, 2014 through August 23, 2014. The exhibition is a gift from Bob Dylan’s hometown celebrating Hibbing’s All-Class Reunion 2014, and admission will be free.
About The GRAMMY Museum
Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music — the GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests can experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum can deliver.
About The City of Hibbing
Hibbing is located in the Northeast region of Minnesota in St. Louis County. Once called the "Iron Ore Capital of the World." Hibbing traces its origins to a strong, viable mining industry. The city was built on the rich iron ore of the Mesabi Iron Range. At the edge of town is the largest open-pit iron mine in the world, the Hull-Rust-Mahoning Open Pit Mine.
The Hibbing Public Library boasts what is possibly the nation's only public collection of artifacts about the music legend, Bob Dylan. This public collection includes 1,500 - 2,000 magazine and newspaper articles, collector posters, albums, compact discs, 45 RPM records in their original sleeves, publicity photographs, sheet music and scripts
About the Paulucci Space Theatre
The Paulucci Space Theatre is the largest planetarium in Northern Minnesota and is located on the campus of Hibbing Community College. This educational facility will house the traveling photographic exhibit located at 1502 East 23rd Street, Hibbing, MN.