Saturday, October 1, 2022

The Bob Dylan Tribute Concert at Town Hall was Superb


Last night we went to Town Hall in Manhattan and Joe Henry to see A Tribute to Bob Dylan produced by T-Bone Burnett and Joe Henry.  It was part of the Town Hall Centennial Celebration.  It featured covers of Dylan songs by artists including:

  • The Punch Brothers
  • Bill Frisell
  • Margaret Glaspy
  • Joy Harjo
  • The McCrary Sisters

Songs written by Bob Dylan have been covered and interpreted by numerous recording artists over the years.  I have many CDs in my collection with covers in many genres of music.  In the past I have attended the following performances that covered Dylan songs:

Last night’s concert at Town Hall did not repeat the songs at the 1963 Concert but offered a playlist of songs that represented Dylan’s works from his brilliant 60-year career.  The setlist:

  • Blowin’ in the Wind
  • Masters of War
  • Gotta Serve Somebody
  • Positively Fourth Street
  • Every Grain of Sand
  • The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
  • Tangled Up in Blue – got the biggest applause
  • All Along the Watchtower
  • It’s Alright Ma (I’m only bleeding)
  • Mississippi
  • A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall
  • What Good am I?
  • Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
  • Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright
  • Not Dark Yet – from Time Out of Mind that was released exactly 25 years ago
  • The encore was Rainy Day Way Women #12 and #35 which was an audience sing-along

I must say the performances were superb both vocally and instrumentally.

At the show's beginning, it was stated that the performance would be recorded for posterity.  I hope it will be released as a DVD and CD.

Kathy Fortier took this Photo

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