Linda Loves Bob: A Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration

May 23rd, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg

Saturday (May 24) marks the 73rd birthday of Bob Dylan, and there will be a number of musical celebrations all around Nippertown. One of the most intriguing tributes will take place just outside Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Arts Center in Woodstock. Beginning at 12noon on Saturday, performance artist pioneer Linda Mary Montano will lip sync to Dylan’s songs for seven hours while positioned on a 14-foot lift.

Montano’s performances – sometimes called “endurances” – can last anywhere from three hours to 14 years. She is well known for her sensory deprivation endurances of the ’70s, and from 1983-1998, she wore clothing all of the same color for each individual year, corresponding to the Hindu map of the Chakras.

The Dylan endurance outside the Kleinert/James stems from her realization that members of her family bear a striking resemblance to Bob Dylan. She began performing in the persona of Dylan in order to “be like my brothers, having always wanted to be a man as a child — knowing that they were always getting the better cultural deal.”

WHEN: Saturday (May 24), 12noon-7pm
WHERE: Outside Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock
RAIN DATE: Monday (May 26), 12noon-7pm (Memorial Day)


FILM: “Vagabondo!”

April 20th, 2010, 1:30 pm by Greg


At this point in time, Vince Martin is an obscure folksinger known only to obsessive fans of the deeper reaches of the Greenwich Village 60’s folk scene. Chances are, unless you have a shelf full of Fred Neil and Tim Hardin albums, you probably haven’t heard of Martin, much less heard his magical music.

But in his time, Martin was a star, and his 1956 version of “Cindy,” backed by the Tarriers, was one of the defining hits of the early folk boom. Martin began his career as a club singer, draping saloon songs in his fabulous tenor, but eventually he teamed up with Neil to create the powerful duo behind 1964’s “Tear Down The Walls” — a seminal release that marked the young John Sebastian’s debut as a recording artist, blowing confident harp behind them.

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