The Old Town Arts Center hosts the annual Bob Dylan Birthday Concert on Saturday, May 21, 7-10 p.m., at the Old Town Arts Center in Cottonwood.
For 14 years, from 2006 to 2019, this annual event has celebrated the musical legacy of Bob Dylan. It picks up again this year and is performed by some of the best musicians in the Sedona/Verde Valley area.
If you are going to …
• What: Bob Dylan’s birthday concert (Saturday)
• When: Saturday, May 21, 7 p.m.
• Where: Old Town Center for the Arts, Fifth Street & Main, Cottonwood
• How much: $25 in advance, $28 at the door, $30 priority.
• More information: (928) 634-0940,
This event was one of the most popular musical events at OTCA and throughout Northern Arizona.
Bob Dylan, American singer-songwriter, author, visual artist, Grammy winner, Oscar winner, Nobel laureate and countless other accolades, is considered one of the greatest songwriters all time. He has been a major figure in popular culture for the past 60 years, beginning his career in the early 1960s with songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin'”.
Dylan turns 81 (young) on May 24 and is still in full swing today with his ‘Rough and Rowdy Ways’ tour, the latest iteration of his famous Never Ending Tour, which is in full swing.
Joe Neri, founder, producer and performer of these many Dylan tribute concerts, will be back with his usual fine lineup of local and not-so-local musicians. This year’s performers include Tommy Anderson, Tyler Barrett, the Salt Miners (Nora Bolles, Mike McReynolds, Mark Gifford), Gary Every, Dave and Luke Harvey, Suzie Schomaker, Tim Young and house band Mystery Tramps (Joe Neri, Larry Hill, JJ Corcoran, Hutch Hutchison, Alan Albert).
“I’ve been a Bob Dylan fan since 1962, when it all started,” says Neri. “Bob and I share the same date of birth – May 24 – and I organized the first concert in 2006 like a lark to celebrate our two anniversaries in music. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined how popular it would be. Each year the concert grew in both audience and musicians. I am honored to be able to present this edition of the Bob Dylan Birthday Concert to all of his fans here in the area. of Sedona/Verde Valley and I’m grateful to the Old Town Center for the Arts for making this possible. It really will be a great show.”
The day before, Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m., the ACTO will host Joe Neri’s Blues Dawg Reunion Concert. Come to a concert or both! Both concerts are sponsored by the Best Western Cottonwood Inn and Lee Worthen.
Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 5th Street & Main in Old Town Cottonwood. Tickets for the Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration Concert are $25 in advance, $28 at the door and $30 for priority seating in the first three rows. Tickets for the Fridays Blues Dawg Reunion concert are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, and $25 for priority seating in the first three rows. A special combo package is available for both concerts, $35 advance general seating and $45 priority general seating. Tickets for both events are available online at showtix4u.com or in Cottonwood at Mount Hope Foods and Mysterium and in Sedona you can find tickets at the Mary D. Fisher Theater. For ticket prices and more information on these and other upcoming events, visit oldtowncenter.org or call Elena Bullard at 928 634 0940.