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Masked, But Not Always Anonymous: Virtual Dylan Fest Kickoff

“For the Times they are A-Changin’…” — Bob Dylan

When we first announced the schedule for this year’s Duluth Dylan Fest in February, one of the scheduled events was a film night at Zeitgeist featuring Jack Fate and a host of stars in Masked & Anonymous. Little did we know that within weeks we would be hit by a life-changing tsunami-level event that would turn our worlds upside down.

It used to be that masks were something only the bad guys wore when robbing trains and banks. (It used to be that quarantine was something only for people who were ill, as with tuberculosis.) Now, it seems masks have become fashionable again for anyone leaving home and heading into public.

I began asking myself “What would Bob wear?” (WWBW) Here’s a smattering of ideas. The John Updike mask was made from the sleeve of a Bob Dylan Chimes of Freedom T-shirt.

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The disruption hasn’t stopped people from trying new ways to hear live music. For example, in Denmark they have been trying some Drive In Concerts in parking lots where you listen to the show on your FM radio. I doubt we’ll see performers leap from the stage to body-surf across the crowds, but who knows?

In February it was a Tentative schedule for Dylan Fest that we announced. In the end, we had no idea how tentative it would turn out to be as communities battened down the hatches and went underground.

Fortunately, in our hyper-connected world, it may even be possible for more people to participate in one or more of our virtual events. Unfortunately, we’re all going to miss the hugs and smiles we always share when we have face-to-face real world festival activities. I know more than one person who is heartbroken that we’re not going to have our Singer/Songwriter Contest at the end of the week.

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John Updike wearing sleeve from Dylan T-Shirt
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Anonymous. She wishes to remain anonymous.
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Superhero look. Some superheroes prefer being anonymous, too.

In the meantime, here’s our schedule of Virtual DDF Events once more.

Virtual Duluth Dylan Fest Events

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May 17Cowboy Angel Blue Facebook Live (6:00–8:00 PM)

May 20Virtual Dylan Fest Performance by Marc Gartman (7:00–8 PM)

May 23Virtual Bob Dylan Revue Reunion Concert Revisited (YouTube) (7:00–10:00 PM)

May 24Danny Fox Livestream Virtual Duluth Dylan Fest Event
5:00 p.m. CST — Two-time winner of the Dylan Days Singer/Songwriter contest will be streaming live from Chicago

7:30 p.m. CST — Bob Dylan Birthday Bash Livestream with Gene LaFond & Amy Grillo
According to Geno, the event “will be a lot of lesser heard Bob tracks, a smattering of stories from my experiences on the road with Bob & his gigs buddy Larry Kegan & a couple of our new originals. It will be big fun honoring the maestro on his 79th!”

Be cool. Wash your hands.

Originally published at https://pioneerproductions.blogspot.com.
All “artwork” created by the author. John Updike illustration orginally appeared in Communication Arts. Superhero image is also from a back issue of Comm Arts.

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