New York City’s Irving Plaza announced it will host Dylan Fest on May 24 -25 in celebration of Dylan’s 71st birthday… “A night to get drunk and celebrate the music of Bob Dylan,” the website promises.
Ticket prices begin at $25.00. The event is scheduled to include the likes of Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes), Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith (Dawes), Ryan Miller (Guster), Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte, and Matt Vasquez (Delta Spirit) covering Dylan classics.
Other musicians to perform at the event include Christopher Chu (POP ETC), Jody Porter (Fountains of Wayne), Petter Ericson Stakee (Alberta Cross), Sammy James, Jr. (The Mooney Suzuki), Steve Schiltz (Longwave), Adam Green, Boz Scaggs, Cory Chisel and Nicole Atkins.
The festival is also set to pay tribute to late Levon Helm.
The New York Times recently reported Bob Dylan will also receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The award represents the highest civilian honor awarded by the United Sates. Previous recipients include author Toni Morrison, astronaut John Glenn, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Dylan was honored with a National Medal of Arts in 2009, praised as one of the “most influential American musicians of the 20th century” and has had “considerable influence on the civil rights movement of the 1960s and has had significant impact on American culture over the past five decades,” a statement given by the White House.