Welcome to Dylan Days
Welcome to the online home of Dylan Days, an organization 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.
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)
Saturday, May 18
Poets from the North Country @ Zeitgeist Arts Atrium
Sunday, May 19
Dylan Trivia @ Carmody Irish Pub
Monday, May 20
Open Mic Night @ Beaner's Central
Tuesday, May 21
Dylan movie and music night @ Redstar Lounge
Wednesday, May 22
Bob Dylan's 72nd Birthday @ Redstar Lounge
Thursday, May 23
Blood on the Tracks Express @ Fitger's Courtyard
Friday, May 24
Creative Writing Workshop and Literary Showcase @ Hibbing Memorial Building
Saturday, May 25
Hibbing Dylan Bus Tour and U.S. Postal Cancellation
Sunday, May 26
Dylan Days Farewell Brunch
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 2013 B.J. Rolfzen Memorial creative writing contest.
HIBBING, Minnesota -- Organizers in Bob Dylan's Iron Range hometown announce an exciting lineup of activities for the May 23-26, 2013 Dylan Days celebration. Held in collaboration with events in Dylan's birthplace city of Duluth, visitors to northern Minnesota will have access to great live music, Dylan stories, and a grassroots arts scene where people from all over the world will share their work.
This year, Hibbing's Dylan Days celebrating is encouraging people to start their long weekend on Thursday, May 23 with the live music Duluth Scenic Railway tour. Hibbing heats up Friday, May 24 -- Dylan's 72nd birthday -- with a creative writing workshop, literary showcase and our world-famous Singer-Songwriter Contest at Zimmy's. Saturday brings our popular storytelling bus tour of "Bobby Zimmerman's Hibbing" and a full day of live music.
Read the Dylan Days schedule, stay tuned for new additions and make plans to visit beautiful northern Minnesota this May 23-26.
By CHRIS SKOYLES
HIBBING, Minnesota - Artists, musicians, writers and fans from across the globe are heading for Hibbing as Dylan Days, the grassroots arts festival celebrating one of the city’s most famous sons, rolls around for the eleventh year running.
2012 marks fifty years since the man once known as Robert Zimmerman first released his debut album, Bob Dylan. Some 600 compositions, 34 studio albums and a never-ending string of tour dates later, Dylan’s significant impact on American culture was recognized earlier this spring with the announcement that the Duluth native and Hibbing alumnus would receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the White House.
Back in Hibbing, that cultural impact, not to mention the creativity Dylan’s work has inspired in generations of musicians, wordsmiths and visual artists, will once again be celebrated at Dylan Days.
With many of the activities and contests which have made the event one of the Iron Range’s most popular grassroots festivals returning, Dylan Days 2012 begins on Thursday May 24th with a formal reception at the Hibbing Chamber of Commerce, followed by live music from Duluth-based outfit The Adjustments.
Other highlights over the four-day festival include the return of the famous Dylan Days singer-songwriter contest, in which musicians from all over the world pay tribute to the event’s namesake by performing one Dylan cover alongside one original piece, plus the ever-popular Bobby Zimmerman Bus Tour, taking in many of the venues and places of interest which shaped the childhood of a young Robert Zimmerman.
“The idea behind Dylan Days is to keep the arts alive in Hibbing and celebrate that creative spirit that Dylan himself found here and took out with him into the world to succeed,” said Dylan Days co-founder and proprietor of Zimmy’s, the Dylan-themed bar and restaurant on East Howard St.
“The people who come here, whether they’re local residents or Dylan fans from as far away as Australia and England, they come here to meet with like-minded people and share their passions and creativity.
“It’s those people who feel a certain connection, to one another and to Hibbing, as though there’s something in the atmosphere that brings them together, and it’s that intangible connection they feel that helps them fall in love with Hibbing’s charm and that makes them reach the end of their stay with us saying they never want to leave Hibbing.”
Dylan Days 2012 runs from Thursday, May 24 through Sunday, May 27. For more information visit www.dylandays.org.