LIVE: Bob Dylan & His Band @ Tanglewood, 7/2/16

July 11th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg


Review and photographs by Martin Benjamin

What a gorgeous evening it was at Tanglewood. Perfect breeze, perfect temp, perfect humidity and crystal clear out. The crowd was mostly boomer with some 30-40 somethings sprinkled in. Mavis Staples opened with a spirited set backed by her integrated band of three white guys and two black back-up singers. The musicians were a tight unit, playing softly when called upon and incredibly rocking when justified. Guitarist Rick Holmstrom was a standout, full of the energy of youth backing the energetic 76-year-old singer.

Mavis hit her stride beautifully on the third song, Talking Heads’ “Spirited People.” At the end of this song Mavis chatted about Bob. “We’re happy to be here with our good friend Bob Dylan. That Bob, he’s something, you know. I love listening to him, but I really love watching him. He’s got this move [to his step], he’s so cool.”

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Bob Dylan’s New Interactive Music Video for “Like a Rolling Stone”

November 19th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

Oh, THIS should keep you amused for a while…

Yes, it’s a brand new music video for Bob Dylan’s classic “Like a Rolling Stone,” and it’s a hoot and a half. It’s interactive, allowing the viewer to flip through a variety of television channels, all of which feature people lip-syncing the words to the song while engaged in their typical television show scenarios.

From an ESPN tennis match to Drew Carey hosting “The Price Is Right.” From Marc Maron’s “WTF” to rapper Danny Brown to the stars of “Pawn Stars.” And lots more, too, including Bob Dylan…

LIVE: Americanarama Festival of Music @ SPAC, 7/21/13

July 30th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg
Wilco (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Wilco with Garth Hudson

Review by Greg Haymes
Photograph by Timothy Reidy

Five years ago, when Bob Dylan last graced the stage of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, he was the headliner of the one-time-only Saratoga Music Festival that featured a cavalcade of Americana acts, including the likes of Levon Helm, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, the Swell Season and Raul Malo.

Last week, Dylan returned to SPAC as the top-bill on the touring Americanarama Festival of Music – which also featured Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham – and at the end of the night I was left with the same thought that I had back in 2008 – Dylan’s performance was disappointingly anti-climactic.

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Happy Birthday, Bob! It’s the Bob Dylan Birthday Bash in Woodstock on Sunday

May 21st, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Bob Dylan Birthday Bash @ The Bearsville Theater

On Friday (May 24), Bob Dylan – who is slated to head up the Americanarama Music Festival at SPAC on Sunday, July 21 – will celebrate his 72nd birthday.

And to mark the occasion, the Bearsville Theater – in Dylan’s old hometown of Woodstock – will host the annual Bob Dylan Birthday Concert on Sunday (May 26), organized by Happy Traum. An all-star conglomeration of Woodstock musicians will interpret the music of Mr. Dylan in a benefit concert for the Woodstock Day School.

Doors open at 6:30pm. The Woodstock Day School Rock Band plays from 7-7:30pm, followed by the Bob Dylan Bash at 8pm.

Among the many players donating their time and talent are:

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Is Bob Dylan Bad for Your Sex Life?

September 11th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg

Bob Dylan’s new album, “Tempest,” is being released today, which is good news for all of us – except maybe John Wesley Harding and Janeane Garofalo

NOTE: WEXT-FM is playing the Bob Dylan Top 100 all day today. Tune in…

LIVE: Bob Dylan @ Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, 8/9/11

August 11th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg
LIVE: Bob Dylan @ Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, 8/9/11

I had last seen Bob at UMass Amherst in November, play six months before he celebrated his 70th birthday. Could turning 70 possibly make Bob Dylan’s voice better? Did a vocal coach do some work with him, or does he have a new sound engineer?

On Tuesday night, he played with his band in Canandaigua at CMAC, a great venue. I love seeing him at CMAC. It is a miniature SPAC, with every seat a good one and with an easy-going approach to letting people drink their reasonably priced wine and beers without excessive hassle or oversight. Compact, no hassles, nice people, easy and nice bathrooms, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, plenty of beer and wine kiosks and a fine intimate close-to-the-stage arena. Pretty nice!

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Dylan Through the Years: Through the Lens of Martin Benjamin

May 24th, 2011, 1:56 pm by Greg
Bob Dylan @ The Palace Theatre, Albany 4/28/1980

Martin Benjamin is not only an award-winning photographer, an art professor at Union College and a frequent contributor, but he’s also one of the biggest, most devoted Bob Dylan fans that we know.

And in honor of Dylan’s 70th birthday today, he put together this little photographic retrospective, “Dylan Through the Years: Through the Lens of Martin Benjamin”…

Photographs by Martin Benjamin

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Happy Birthday, Bob!

May 24th, 2011, 10:01 am by Greg

Today is Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday. And in case you weren’t able to make it up to Skidmore College on Saturday night for the all-star Nippertown throwdown that Caffe Lena sponsored in his honor, here’s the all-star jam on “Like a Rolling Stone” at the end of the night…

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantHolly & EvanCartoonist John CaldwellCaffe LenaAdvertise on Nippertown!G.C. HaymesMohawk Hudson Humane Society