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Dylan Days Singer/Songwriters Contest

HIBBING, Minn. ─ Dylan Days, the music and arts event held every year in Bob Dylan's hometown, announces its 2013 Singer/Songwriter contest on May 24 and, if necessary, May 25. Contestants will be invited to sing one Dylan song and one original song in a judged competition. Singer/songwriters in the signature Friday, May 24 evening lineup will compete for an electric guitar. A "bonus" contest singer/songwriter contest (for more casual competitors) may be held the afternoon of Saturday, May 25, competing for an acoustic guitar, if the Friday event fills.

The singer/songwriter contest is acoustic, with vocal and guitar mics on stage and a house sound system. For more information or to RSVP for either competition, call the numbers below.

The 2013 singer/songwriter contest is currently full, but you can call ahead to see if there are cancellations:

Friday night’s Songwriters Contestants

  • Sonny Johnson – Red Lake, MN
  • Chris Haise – Milwaukee, WI
  • Kevin Torbenson – Mankato, MN
  • Iris Kolodji – Hibbing, MN: performing as “In Theory” with Alia Jeraj & Rachelle Smith both from Minneapolis, MN
  • Peter Kaye – Hopkins, MN
  • Sam Erickson – Mt. Iron, MN
  • Rachael Kilgour – Duluth, MN
  • Tim Cheesebrow – St. Paul, MN
  • Danielle Ate The Sandwich aka Danielle Anderson – Minneapolis, MN
  • Sam Tuthill – Britt, MN
  • Sherry Bright – Minocqua, WI
  • Actual Wolf aka Eric Pollard – Grand Rapids, MN
  • Martin Sommers – Virginia Beach, VA
  • Katie Ziegler – Staples, MN
  • Joe Thompson – Detroit, MI
  • Scott Rudd –Hudson, WI
  • Ryan Lee – Minneapolis, MN

Saturday Night Contest

  • Gary Burt – Marble, MN
  • Scott Wilcox – Tomah, WI
  • Jarret Thompson – Bloomington, MN
  • Jerry Schlafer –
  • Dan Botkin – East Peoria, IL
  • Sheila Wonders – currently in Duluth but Everywhere man!
  • Adam Herman – Eveleth, MN
  • Levi Nodari – Iowa City, IA
  • Jim Staley – Evansville, IN
  • Natalie Scally – Hibbing, MN
  • Ted & Jerry VonFeldt – originally from Hibbing, MN via Collier’s BBQ – their good friend Leroy Vague currently from Hibbing will be joining them
  • Tim Valvonado – Lakeland, MN
  • Bob Brate – Osceola, WI
  • George Ellsworth – Duluth, MN
  • Jessica Pistor – Michigan , past Duluthian
  • Paul Seeba – St. Paul, MN formerly from Hibbing, MN

NOTE: To get on the showbill for the 2013 contest call Linda at Zimmy's at 218-262-6145 or 1-866-305-3849 or e-mail Linda at zimmys(at) Contestants MUST pre-register.

2011 Dylan Days Singer/Songwriter winners


  1. Helly and the Dazers (Helen Marshman & Andy Bridge), Liverpool England
  2. TIE - Luke "Little Diamonds" Sopiwnik and Chris Haise, Milwaukee Wisconsin


  1. Gary Burt, Marble, MN
  2. Mark Sutton, Sydney, Australia
2010 Dylan Days Singer/Songwriter winners
  1. Danny Fox, Peoria, Ill.
  2. Sam Erickson, Chisholm, Minn.
  3. Luke "Little Diamonds" Sopiwnik, Minneapolis
2009 Dylan Days Singer/Songwriter winners
  1. Luke "Little Diamonds" Sopiwnik
  2. Danny Fox
  3. Thomas Kivi
2008 Dylan Days Singer/Songwriter winners:
  1. Danny Fox, New Lenox, Ill.
  2. Collen Myhre, Carlton, Minn.
  3. Taryn Gillespie, Mavine, Minn.

Press Coverage

"Dylan's Minnesota Story Shows Poetry in Motion"
-Aaron J. Brown

"Native Son"
-Twin Cities Metro

"Bringin' It All Back Home"
-Twin Cities Metro

"Tangled Up in Stats"
-Minnesota Monthly

Dylan Days is organized by Dylan Days, Hibbing, MN, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the arts in Bob Dylan's hometown.
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